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The Week in Review: 09.08.2017

September 8, 2017


Between the Covers

Finished last week:

I listened to A STRANGER IN THE HOUSE by Shari Lapena on the way home from my mom’s and thought it was terrific!  Tom comes home from work one day to find the door unlocked, his wife Karen gone but her purse and phone at home.  He calls the police but when they come, they inform him his wife has been involved in an accident and is in the hospital.  They take Tom to the hospital where he learns his wife doesn’t remember anything about the evening.  Things get complicated when their neighbor Brigid gets involved.  There are lots of secrets and several twists and turns and I totally guessed the ending wrong.  Since I liked this book so much, I was surprised to see very mixed reactions to it.  I think those who enjoy domestic thrillers will like this as much as I did, especially on audio – Tavia Gilbert does a great job narrating it.  (Review copy provided by Penguin Random House.)

BENJAMIN FRANKLIN’S WISE WORDS: HOW TO WORK SMART, PLAY WELL, AND MAKE FRIENDS by K. M. Kostyal takes some quotes from Franklin, like “A slip of the foot you may soon recover: but a slip of the tongue you may never get over” and puts a modern spin on them for early middle grade readers.  As well as modernizing Franklin’s message, Kostyal gives a little of his background with each quote, giving kids a history lesson along with the sage advice.  Each page spread has an illustration one on side and a quote and explanation on the other so young readers can dip in and out of the book.  I think reluctant readers will find the layout appealing and I really liked the message of this book even though I think the author made Franklin sound too good to be true.  Fred Harper‘s illustrations are terrific but, at times, I thought they were a little too lighthearted for the book.  Overall, though, this one’s a winner.  (Review copy provided by Media Masters Publicity.)


Currently reading:

On the Screen

College football is back and I’m both excited and nervous.  The Hokies have a new, redshirt freshman quarterback and I’m not sure what to expect from him.  He did well in their opener against West Virginia, which was an ugly win, but I’ll take it!  I watched parts of other games as well but my focus was on the Virginia Tech game.

Off the blog

  • As of Tuesday, all of Carl’s Apple and iCloud issues have been resolved!
  • We’re keeping an eye on Hurricane Irma because it looks like it might impact our area.
  • Our weather has cooled off a little bit – I won’t miss the fierce humidity but I’m not sure I’m ready for fall.
  • We walked at least three miles every morning and I averaged just under 15,200 Fitbit steps a day.

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

25 Comments leave one →
  1. September 8, 2017 5:09 am

    I need to check out that Franklin book. I read his autobiography when I was young and I became obsessed with him after that!

  2. Diane permalink
    September 8, 2017 6:49 am

    We listened to A Stranger in the House on a recent road trip and enjoyed it as well — great narrator!

  3. Sarah's Book Shelves permalink
    September 8, 2017 7:11 am

    So glad football is back on! I’m becoming an adopted Tech fan through my sisters in law b/c my Wahoos are so terrible!

  4. bookingmama permalink
    September 8, 2017 7:24 am

    I need to start listening to A STRANGER IN THE HOUSE. It’s the next one up for me but I haven’t had much time to listen to audiobooks lately… and it’s only going to get worse. Good luck with the hurricane.

  5. September 8, 2017 8:59 am

    Fingers crossed Irma doesn’t impact you all (really scared for all those in its path). I’m going to have to get A STRANGER IN THE HOUSE for my wife — she’s got a 2 hour commute and has started listening to audiobooks to survive. She’ll love this one.

  6. Beth F permalink
    September 8, 2017 9:11 am

    I’ll e sure to add Stranger to my audio list. Hoping you stay dry — so many hurricanes!

  7. September 8, 2017 9:35 am

    I think I’d like A STRANGER IN THE HOUSE and will add it to my Audible wish list. Our temps have cooled the past week. I hope it means a very extended fall, my favorite season. I thought about you yesterday when I saw the possible routes for Irma. Wishing you the best!

  8. September 8, 2017 9:59 am

    I have A Stranger in the House and Y is for Yesterday…and can’t wait to read them. I’ve been thinking of reading Jan Karon, as I saw a movie based on one of the Mitford books…and I loved it.

    Thanks for sharing….and enjoy your weekend.

  9. September 8, 2017 10:03 am

    Never got into Grafton. Don’t think I’ve read Karon. You are definitely focused on the veterans right now!

  10. September 8, 2017 10:18 am

    I’ve got Stranger in the House in print, but may want to get it in audio! Glad Carl’s issues have been resolved, what a frustrating mess. Sending thoughts for no damage as this storm makes it way towards you.

  11. September 8, 2017 11:38 am

    A Stranger In The House sounds like a winner to me. I’m happy that Carl’s ICloud issues were resolved, what an annoyance.

  12. September 8, 2017 3:03 pm

    I hope Irma does not hit!

  13. Patty permalink
    September 8, 2017 5:06 pm

    I started reading Stranger but my copy is a corrupted mess…as usual…I envy you those steps!

  14. September 8, 2017 11:18 pm

    I’m so glad you enjoyed A Stranger In the House. It sounds good and I’m looking forward to listening to it too. I’m hoping Irma misses you completely. Have a great week Kathy.

  15. September 9, 2017 1:03 am

    Kathy, hopefully Hurricane Irma will not impact your area! I read (and enjoyed) a different book by Jan Karon, the first in the Mitford series. Your step count is quite impressive. Keep up the good work!

  16. September 9, 2017 9:25 am

    A Stranger in the House sounds great. Didn’t she have an earlier novel that people raved about? Irma is heading right towards me – I’m just north of Orlando – and I think we’re prepared but you never really know until it hits. Hoping for not too much damage and only a short power outage. And I certainly hope it stays away from you guys!

  17. September 9, 2017 10:02 am

    I have Stranger In The House on my wish list after seeing so many great reviews. Hope I get to read it soon. Stay safe!

  18. Literary Feline permalink
    September 9, 2017 5:12 pm

    I am glad you enjoyed A STRANGER IN THE HOUSE. It does sound good! Stay safe, Kathy! Have a good week.

  19. September 9, 2017 5:54 pm

    I love domestic thrillers and will be ready for a new audiobook in a couple of days, so I’m going to add this to my Audible queue.

    Hope Irma doesn’t cause you any problems. Stay safe!

  20. September 9, 2017 11:09 pm

    Well after I liked The Life We Bury so much / I’ll have to try A Stranger in the House. Hope Irma calms down where you live. take care.

  21. September 10, 2017 10:07 am

    A STRANGER IN THE HOUSE sounds great. I may need to see if my library has it. Stay safe.

  22. September 10, 2017 12:22 pm

    A Stranger in the House sounds very good. Stay safe. Irma does not look good.

  23. Lauren Becker permalink
    September 10, 2017 9:17 pm

    I hope Irma doesn’t hit you too hard – stay safe!! I’ll be thinking of you.


  24. September 11, 2017 5:43 pm

    I just read someone else’s review of Stranger in the House, it sounds intriguing.

  25. September 19, 2017 11:12 am

    Finally, the iCloud issues are solved. Yipee

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