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The Week in Review: 08.18.2017

August 18, 2017
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Finished last week:

WHOSE MOON IS THAT? by Kim Krans is a gorgeous picture book about a young cat who wants to know who the moon belongs to.  Everyone it asks claims to own the moon and finally the moon has enough and sets the record straight saying,

When darkness falls,

I’m a light for all.

Yet know one owns my glow.

Satisfied, the cat goes to sleep and wakes up the next morning asking who the sun belongs to.  Children will love the rhymes and the sweet story as well as the beautiful illustrations of this wonderful picture book.  (Review copy provided by Penguin Random House.)

GIRLS ON FIRE by Robin Wasserman is the story of Hannah, a high school student who blended in the crowd until she met Lacey.  Lacey renamed Hannah “Dex” and became a huge influence on her.  The two girls get in over their head and things spiral out of control, linking them for the rest of their lives.   Something about this book didn’t click with me – the characters were well drawn but they felt distant to me and the action seemed remote.  The story is raw, gritty, and disturbing and I liked it but can’t say that I loved it.  It did make me think and I wanted to talk about it so I think it would work well for book clubs.  (Review copy provided by Harper Collins.)

Currently reading:

On the Screen

Not much of anything.

Off the blog

  • Carl’s Mac was hacked via iCloud with ransomware locking down all his Apple devices for 6 days so far.  We’ve all learned a lesson about using iCloud.  We also learned that Apple won’t help you unless you have your receipt – luckily we were able to dig them all up.
  • I had a great time at the beach with my friends but got a little too much sun and came home with a blistered lower lip.

  • I started a new puzzle.  At 1500 pieces, it’s the largest I’ve ever done and it’s proving to be challenging.
  • I walked at least three miles every morning and averaged almost 19,250 Fitbit steps a day.

How was your week?

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23 Comments leave one →
  1. August 18, 2017 4:18 am

    I had a great business week! Plus I finished Coben’s latest and got into Kerry Lonsdale’s Everything We Left Behind, the sequel to Everything We Keep.

  2. Beth F permalink
    August 18, 2017 6:57 am

    I’ve been curious about Girls on Fire, but haven’t gotten around to reading it. I just finished Watch Me Disappear, which I mostly liked. Oh no on the ransomware! How horrible. I don’t think I use iCloud.

  3. August 18, 2017 7:42 am

    Very scary about icloud! I rely on it! The puzzle sounds fun. I love big ones but finding table space is challenging! Since I broke my kneecap, I’m lucky to get 100 steps a day! I hate to think how out of shape I will be by the time it heals!

  4. Sarah's Book Shelves permalink
    August 18, 2017 8:19 am

    I didn’t love Girls on Fire either and I normally love demented high school books. Sounds like you’ve moved onto August BOTM picks now! Will be interested to hear what you think of them.

  5. August 18, 2017 9:29 am

    When my mom was here visiting we did two large puzzles and enjoyed the time working on it and talking. Sorry about the iCloud issues and glad you got help. Need to make sure my mom has her receipts! Have a great weekend.

  6. August 18, 2017 10:30 am

    Oh, so sorry about iCloud….now I’m glad I didn’t get around to using it.

    Watch Me Disappear caught my eye…the Berkeley mom aspect, for starters. Missing people always intrigue me.

    Enjoy your week, and thanks for sharing.

  7. August 18, 2017 10:32 am

    I’ve always been a bit worried about iCloud, and haven’t synced up anything beyond the basics. It’s awful that the Apple service folks refused to help without a receipt.

  8. August 18, 2017 11:03 am

    Sorry to hear about the iCloud hack… glad you were able to come up with the receipts. I’m going to have to google iCloud safety tips now.

  9. August 18, 2017 1:33 pm

    Oh, I’m worried about the iCloud issue. I use it. Better dig up my receipts just in case. Glad Carl’s problems were resolved. The picture book looks and sounds wonderful. So does your puzzle but I’m rather intimidated by the number of pieces!! Have a nice weekend, Kathy.

  10. August 18, 2017 2:57 pm

    Ohhhh new puzzle

  11. Literary Feline permalink
    August 18, 2017 3:34 pm

    Whose Moon Is That? Sounds so cute! I am sorry to hear about Carl’s computer problems, but am glad they are resolved now. I am glad you had a nice time at the beach. My week was a busy one. I’m looking forward to the weekend. Have a great week, Kathy!

  12. Patty permalink
    August 18, 2017 4:58 pm

    Awwww to the cat book….and. OMG to the MAC issue! I need to walk with you…you would make me walk more!

  13. August 18, 2017 7:12 pm

    Kathy,
    The Moon book looks and sounds wonderful. That challenging puzzle will be a lot of fun!
    Have a great weekend! I’m taking a short blogging break next week. 🙂

  14. August 18, 2017 11:50 pm

    I just finished a book called Beautiful Animals very similar to your Girls on Fire. One girl overwhelmingly influences the other and before you know it, way over their heads leading to unimaginable deeds. How on earth does that happen? but happen it does obviously. I am still slightly shaken to think how peer pressure would work with young people.

  15. August 19, 2017 1:32 am

    I’ve heard mixed things about Girls on Fire but I’m glad to hear you enjoyed it somewhat, even though it could have been better. I’m still intrigued by it, I should give it a try!

  16. August 19, 2017 3:45 pm

    I’d love to spend a week or so at the beach. I’d like to do a puzzle but Jaspurr would demolish it as soon as I went to bed. Still, gotta love her!

  17. August 19, 2017 8:20 pm

    I agree about Girls on Fire being a great book club pick. There’s a ton to discuss within it. I liked it a lot but it was a bit TOO over the top for me and I had a hard time believing that teen girls (and guys) can actually go as far as these girls went. A bit much.

  18. August 19, 2017 9:48 pm

    I so enjoy your puzzles. I’m glad you shared the info on iCloud. I immediately checked my receipts, just in case. I’m glad you had a good time at the beach.

  19. August 20, 2017 10:35 am

    Hi Kathy, Gosh should we not use iCloud? I guess I should find out more about it. Enjoy your puzzle, looks major! Hope the book Fierce Kingdom is decent.

  20. bookingmama permalink
    August 21, 2017 6:42 am

    That puzzle is going to be amazing. I can’t even imagine. I enjoy puzzles but I don’t have the patience for 1500 pages.

  21. August 22, 2017 6:45 am

    I need to fit in more exercise but I already get up at 4:30 AM, I’m not sure earlier is going to work for me, but I’m glad it does for you. Happy walking

  22. August 22, 2017 3:59 pm

    It’s funny, I don’t use iCloud and never really have. I guess I’m glad!

  23. August 30, 2017 1:33 pm

    iCloud scares me – thanks for reinforcing that 🙂 I’. ALMOST halfway with a 3000 piecer, but since I put in about 5 pieces a day there’s no telling when it will be done!

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