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The Week in Review: 08.11.2017

August 11, 2017
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Between the Covers

Finished last week:

Hilde Lysiak is the young daughter of a former reporter.  She loved tagging along with her her dad when he was working so decided to start a newspaper of her own, Orange Street News.  Now, she and her dad have collaborated to write a book for early readers.  HERO DOG! is the first book in the Hilde Cracks the Case series and it features a young girl much like the author – her name is Hilde, her father was a reporter, and she’s started her own newspaper.  When Hilde learns of a break-in on her street, she’s determined to write about it and possibly solve it, not knowing she’d get help from a four-legged friend along the way.  As she does, she teaches kids the basics of reporting.  I thought the book was cute and the mystery was simple enough for young readers.  Illustrations by Joanne Lew-Vriethoff are included on just about every page to help keep early readers engaged.  Since I loved Encyclopedia Brown books when I was young, I feel sure I would have loved this one too.  This is a great early chapter book for young mystery lovers.  (Review copy provided by Scholastic.)

I’m not sure what made me grab UNTIL I MET HER by Natalie Barelli from Audible but I sure am glad I did!  It’s the story of Emma, a young woman who owns a cute little shop.  One day, one of her favorite authors, Beatrice Johnson-Green comes in the shop and they strike up a friendship.  Beatrice has written a book outside of her normal genre and proposes publishing it under Emma’s name, under certain conditions.  Emma reluctantly agrees but then takes things into her own hands.  The book takes off and now Beatrice wants to reveal the truth but Emma can’t allow that to happen.  I was hooked on this book right from the start and found myself doing extra things just to keep listening to the audio book which is expertly narrated by Kate Rudd.  I just discovered this is the first book in the Emma Fern series and I’m really looking forward to the next one.

I’m a big fan of Joyce Maynard and was excited to pick up her memoir, THE BEST OF US.  Maynard was married fairly young and then divorced for over 20 years when she met and fell in love with Jim.  They married and, shortly thereafter, he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.  She shares the story of their time together with the focus on his battle with cancer, from the caregiver’s perspective.  As I expected to, I loved her writing but have to tell you, this book is gut wrenching.  It’s also intimate, honest, and personal.  If you, or someone you love, has experienced cancer you will relate to much of this book as I did.  I found myself nodding and crying big, ugly tears as I read it and I felt devastated when I finished the book.  Even though it was tough to read at times, I’m glad I read it because it made me think about the way I want to live my life.  This book is well worth reading but be sure to have tissues handy when you pick it up.  (Review copy provided by Bloomsbury.)


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On the Screen

The Big Sick is the story of Kumail Nanjiani, (who immigrated to the US from Pakistan) and Emily Gordon, the American girl he falls in love with.  The two date for a little while but decide that things won’t work out because of the differences in their cultures.  When Emily is hospitalized and put into a medically induced coma, Kumail finds himself dealing with doctors and her family.  When Emily’s health improves the couple must figure out what they mean to each other.  This movie is based on Kumail Nanjiani’s real life and was written by him and Emily Gordon and I thought it was charming.  It’s sweet, romantic, and funny – you won’t want to miss it!

Off the blog

  • I finished the jigsaw puzzle I was working on.

  • We moved into our current house ten years ago this past Wednesday, which is the longest we’ve ever lived in a house.
  • I’m at the beach with a couple of friends for a long weekend.
  • I walked at least three miles every morning and averaged just over 19,500 Fitbit steps a day.

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

21 Comments leave one →
  1. August 11, 2017 4:33 am

    Enjoy your time at the beach! I’m relaxing with a couple of books, after finishing one myself 😀 One of those books is Jeannette Winterson’s Gut Symmetries. I’ve read about half. It’s poetic and quite enthralling.

  2. Sarah's Book Shelves permalink
    August 11, 2017 7:34 am

    I’ll be interested to hear what you think about Fierce Kingdom! It’s on my list of books to possibly try before the end of the year.

  3. August 11, 2017 9:06 am

    Just added Until I Met Her to my audible wish list! Have fun at the beach – always fun to have a girls getaway. Love the puzzle – so colorful.

  4. The Cue Card permalink
    August 11, 2017 9:15 am

    Glad to hear you liked The Big Sick. I plan to see it. The Maynard book sounds really rough/sad, not sure I’ll go there. Hope you enjoy the time at the Beach!

  5. August 11, 2017 9:33 am

    Joyce Maynard is a local author. I met her at an event and asked her if she would be interested in being an RBC author. She said that she had a personal situation that prevented her from doing that. Of course she was referring to Jim’s cancer. I haven’t read this book. But it sure seems like something I want to/should read.
    I agree with you on The Big Sick. I absolutely loved it. In fact, I rated it a 4+/4.

  6. August 11, 2017 11:41 am

    As you know, I also LOVED The Best of Us (and everything the author writes), but the emotions generated in this book left me thinking about it afterwards and tearing up again.

    Until I Met Her looks like one I would enjoy, too…and now I must check out The Big Sick.

    Wow, ten years is the longest you’ve lived in a house…for me, it was the thirteen years I lived in my foothill house. I have moved a lot, but now seem to be settling down (I’ve been in this condo now for ten years!). Which means there is a lot of purging of shelves and closets to keep ahead of what builds up during those years. Before, moving took care of that.

    Enjoy your weekend, and thanks for sharing.

  7. August 11, 2017 12:05 pm

    I have followed Maynard’s life and books since way back in the late ’80s when she wrote a column about parenting and life. Can’t recall the name of it, but I could so relate to her stories. I’ll have to get a copy of her new book, although it sounds terribly sad. The Usual Rules is my all-time favorite of hers. It’s also a heartbreaking read.

    I haven’t heard of The Big Stick, but it sounds like one I might enjoy. Thanks for the recommendation.

    10 years is a milestone, isn’t it? We were in our previous house for 17 years. Longest either of us have ever lived in one place.

    Enjoy the beach!

  8. August 11, 2017 12:55 pm

    I’ve lived where I am now since ’98, 19 years. And it’s the longest I’ve ever lived anywhere.

    Have fun at the beach! I want to see that movie!

  9. August 11, 2017 2:29 pm

    I love the sound of the Hilde mystery books. I will definitely have to look for those. Perhaps my daughter might be interested in them. I have enjoyed Maynard’s books, at least the ones I’ve read. I’ll have to keep an eye out for her memoir. I’ve heard great things about The Big Sick. I hope to see it someday.

    I hope you are enjoying your time at the beach! Have a great weekend, Kathy!

  10. August 11, 2017 3:18 pm

    Your featured books sound very good, and the movie (is new to me) and also sounds quite good. Have a fun weekend at the beach, Kathy! I hope you take some nice, sandy walks. 🙂

  11. August 11, 2017 4:14 pm

    Ohh I like that guy, so I must watch it

  12. Patty permalink
    August 11, 2017 4:25 pm

    The mysteries are new to me but sound so good. I still envy you your steps! I am sure you are having a wonderful time at the beach! I will have to think about the sad book…

  13. August 12, 2017 9:09 am

    Joyce Maynard’s book sounds excellent, but I’d need to be very careful in choosing my reading time!

  14. Lauren Becker permalink
    August 12, 2017 11:51 am

    Oh lucky you – have fun at the beach! I really liked The Big Sick too!


  15. August 13, 2017 11:11 pm

    I’m so glad you got that puzzle done. It’s so bright and cgeerful. I hope you are having a great time at the beach.

  16. August 14, 2017 1:28 am

    I havent watched a movie for ages (decades) but this one got me thinking maybe its time to start again.

  17. Beth F permalink
    August 14, 2017 7:47 am

    I have the Maynard book on my list. Hoping I can get through it without breaking down too many times. 🙂 The movie looks great. Enjoy the beach.

  18. August 14, 2017 10:37 am

    I definitely want to see the Big Sick but may wait until it’s on Netflix.

  19. bookingmama permalink
    August 21, 2017 6:46 am

    Ten years — where does the time go? I love that puzzle. My favorite that you’ve ever finished!

  20. August 22, 2017 6:43 am

    Wow 10 years in the same house. Love that. I hope you enjoy your weekend at the beach.

  21. August 30, 2017 1:31 pm

    The Big Sick has been my favorite movie this year!

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