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The Week in Review: 07.21.2017

July 21, 2017


Between the Covers

Finished last week:

When Ruth goes home for Christmas, she sees her father’s Alzheimer’s disease has progressed.  Her mother talks her into staying for a year to help with his care and, while she’s there, Ruth keeps a journal of sorts.  Interspersed with her reflections on how her dad’s doing are notes he wrote about her when she was young.  Ruth is also trying to get her life together since she recently broke up with her fiancé and is trying to deal with tidbits she’s learning about her parents’ marriage.  I thoroughly enjoyed GOODBYE, VITAMIN by Rachel Khong and read it quickly.  Even though it tackles some serious and rather sad issues, it’s written with humor so it doesn’t drag the reader down.  I fell in love with Ruth and her family and admired the way they handled things.  The conclusion was open ended but I thought it fit the book very well.  (I won this book from Henry Holt.)

YOU’RE BACON ME CRAZY by Suzanne Nelson is the story of Tessa, a 13 year old girl who loves cooking and working at her aunt’s food truck.  She’s not too happy, though, when her aunt hires Asher – one of the “Beautiful People” from her school.  To make things worse, her best friend, Mei has her first boyfriend so she doesn’t have much time for Tessa. When Flavor Fest – an event that can make or break a food truck – is canceled, Tessa wants to do something but what can a kid like her do?  I thought this sweet book about friendship, young love, and food (bacon in particular!) was delightful!  I loved Tessa and her passionate, quirky personality and the food truck element was so much fun.  There are four recipes using bacon at the very back of the book and they all sound great.  I’m sure middle school girls will love this book too.  (Review copy provided by Scholastic.)

Currently reading:


On the Screen

Not much of anything.

Off the blog

  • I painted Kindness Rocks with a few friends this week.

  • I finished my puzzle and think I’m going to buy one with more pieces.
  • I played King of Tokyo with friends a couple nights and didn’t win a single game.  I need to re-think my strategy.
  • I walked at least three miles a day and averaged just over 18,250 Fitbit steps a day.
  • It’s been hot and humid here and the next few days are supposed to be even worse.  I don’t mind the heat but the humidity is another story.

What’s going on in your corner of the world?

31 Comments leave one →
  1. July 21, 2017 6:22 am

    I love the rocks, esp. the Day of the Dead one! And the number of steps you do is so impressive! I’m lucky to do 500 LOL

  2. Sarah's Book Shelves permalink
    July 21, 2017 7:33 am

    Thrilled you loved Goodbye, Vitamin! I agree, sad topic but handled with humor…so book didn’t feel heavy overall.

  3. July 21, 2017 7:48 am

    The rocks are awesome. I’ve never heard of kindness rocks before. You are rocking it with all those steps – awesome! Hope you have a great weekend 🙂

  4. July 21, 2017 8:00 am

    The rocks are so pretty, and so is the finished puzzle.

    The Marsh King’s Daughter is on my list, and I’ve also been eyeing Cocoa Beach.

    Enjoy your week, and thanks for sharing.

  5. Lily Wilson permalink
    July 21, 2017 8:44 am

    Good-bye Vitamin looks like a great read, I’m going to get one! THanks. Puzzle looks great!

  6. July 21, 2017 9:14 am

    I really enjoyed Goodbye, Vitamin as well. I’m so glad to see so many people liking it, it seems to be a great word of mouth book

  7. July 21, 2017 9:39 am

    I’ve never been a jigsaw puzzle guy. And I have never heard of Kindness Rocks. What do you do with them?

  8. July 21, 2017 10:01 am

    Both of your books sound so good! I’ve been at a conference this week, but just started a book that is grabbing me: Holding up the Universe by Jennifer Niven.

  9. July 21, 2017 12:42 pm

    Goodbye, Vitamin sounds like a winner! I’ll have to add it to my library list.

    Hooray for all those steps! I should get my pedometer out and see how many I’m walking these days. I usually get two walks in each day; sometimes three.

    Love that puzzle you finished. I enjoy the ones like that with lots of detail. 🙂

    Have a great weekend, Kathy!

  10. Patty permalink
    July 21, 2017 4:39 pm

    I have never heard of Kindness Rocks either but I looked them up. I have never heard of King Of Tokyo either…looking that up now. The amount of steps you get is amazing! I yearn for that many!

  11. July 21, 2017 7:58 pm

    Goodbye Vitamin is on my list so I’m glad you liked it. I haven’t heard of kindness rocks either so will look it up.

  12. July 21, 2017 10:29 pm

    I’ve not heard of Kindness rocks too. Could you expand on this? Humidity very high here despite having rains. I think its the rains that makes it worse.

  13. July 22, 2017 8:09 am

    Your rocks are so pretty, you’re a talented painter! I’m currently listening to The Marsh King’s Daughter. Have a great weekend!

  14. July 22, 2017 10:00 am

    I find a Kindness Rock now and then in my Little Free Library. I paint them, too.

    I like the look of both of your reads this week. Thank you for sharing them!

  15. July 22, 2017 10:26 am

    I saw a Kindness rock at a local park and didn’t know what it was. I left it as I thought someone may be looking for it. You paint very well.
    Good for you on your walking. The heat and humidity here is awful too.

  16. July 22, 2017 12:33 pm

    The first I’d heard of Kindness Rocks, a fun project! And the Goodbye Vitamin book sounds to be well done, and a good read especially for anyone dealing with that issue.

  17. July 22, 2017 4:20 pm

    Books books sound interesting although I think Im more likely to read the one about the food truck. Thanks for the reviews

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  19. July 23, 2017 1:13 am

    I, too, love the Kindness Rocks. I would like to read Goodbye, Vitamin, as well as You’re Bacon Me Crazy. You have been getting in a lot of steps!

  20. July 23, 2017 7:00 am

    You’re bacon me crazy is one of the best titles I’m ever seen

  21. July 23, 2017 5:12 pm

    You had me at ‘food truck’.

  22. July 24, 2017 8:49 am

    Both the books you’ve read are my kind of books. How fun that you painted rocks. That puzzle looked challenging. Enjoy your reading week!

  23. July 24, 2017 6:21 pm

    Nice puzzle of Oranges and pretty rocks! Glad you liked Goodbye, Vitamin — I think I will get on the wait list for it at the library. It’s getting good buzz!

  24. Elisabeth permalink
    July 24, 2017 9:01 pm

    Love the jigsaw puzzle! I collect those type of old labels. Where did you get it? Who makes it?

  25. July 25, 2017 12:10 am

    I’ve been hearing good things about Goodbye, Vitamin. That puzzle looks fun! Love the old labels!

  26. Beth F permalink
    July 25, 2017 8:39 am

    You’re Baking Me Crazy looks like a good read. Glad you liked Goodbye, Vitamin; I didn’t love it, but I did like it. I keep meaning to get a puzzle — something fun to do while listening to a book or watching TV.

  27. bookingmama permalink
    July 26, 2017 7:50 am

    Your steps are insane!!!! I liked GOODBYE, VITAMIN too.

  28. July 26, 2017 4:33 pm

    I’m so glad you shared your finished puzzle. That looks like a fun one. Kindness rocks are new to me, but they look great. Very artistic. Have a great week Kathy.

  29. July 27, 2017 12:00 pm

    omg, you are also into rockpainting! have you ever seen mine?
    There’s a very active group on facebook. we exchange tips and ideas. In fact, some of us meet in Missouri every year in June

  30. August 1, 2017 1:34 pm

    Look at those awesome rocks!

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