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The Week in Review: 09.15.2017

September 15, 2017
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Between the Covers

Finished last week:

I decided to stretch myself and read outside my normal genres so I picked up THE BLINDS by Adam Sternbergh.  It’s a speculative mystery about a town populated with people who’ve had memories erased – because they’ve committed or witnessed a horrific crime.  The town’s been around for a while and things are going well until a murder is committed and some people from outside the town come to investigate.   I appreciated the writing and the storyline of this fast-paced book and am glad I read it but will readily admit it won’t make my list of favorites for the year.  That doesn’t mean it’s not good – I think readers who enjoy speculative fiction will love it – but it’s not a genre I gravitate to.  (Review copy provided by Ecco Books.)

A few years ago, I read, and loved, SUNNY SIDE UP by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm so I was really excited to pick up SWING IT, SUNNY.  Sunny returns in this graphic novel about family and friendship –  her parents have sent her brother Dale to military school to try to straighten him out and Sunny misses him something awful.  When she does get to see him, he’s full of anger, which confuses her.  I found this book to be entertaining but I didn’t think it held quite the same magic as the first book.  Having said that, I think it will strike a chord with some readers and l think the middle grade target audience will enjoy it quite a bit.  While it’s not necessary to read SUNNY SIDE UP first, readers will enjoy SWING IT, SUNNY more if they do.  (Review copy provided by Scholastic.)

TO BE WHERE YOU ARE by Jan Karon is the latest book in her Mitford series that revolves around the residents of the small North Carolina town of Mitford.  The focus has shifted from Father Tim and Cynthia to Dooley and Lace but it’s the same type of story fans of the series are used to – imperfect characters trying to lead the best life they know how.  In this book, Lace and Dooley are focusing on the adoption of their son, Jack, and trying to figure out how they’re going to pay for costly repairs to Dooley’s vet practice.  The story is sweet and has a Christian element to it and, as all the other Mitford books have, it made me feel good.  I thought it was light and entertaining and I always dream of living in a town like Mitford as I read these gentle books.  TO BE WHERE YOU ARE can stand alone but readers who’ve read the rest of the series will enjoy it more than others.  (Review copy provided by Penguin Random House.)

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On the Screen

I caught a little bit of the Auburn – Clemson football game but not much of anything else.

Off the blog

  • We had a quiet celebration for Carl’s birthday on Sunday.  He was happy with the new computer her received.
  • We got some weather from Irma, but nothing compared to Florida.  We had some wind and got 2.37 inches of rain.  Vance lost power but ours never even flickered.
  • I walked at least 3 miles every morning and averaged just over 18,250 Fitbit steps a day.

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

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22 Comments leave one →
  1. September 15, 2017 6:05 am

    Happy Birthday to Carl!!

    TO BE WHERE YOU ARE looks good.

    Great week for you.

    I am in New York City visiting my son until Tuesday and will be back on the 28th. Lucky me to get to see him a lot this month.

    Enjoy your weekend, Kathy.

  2. Sarah's Book Shelves permalink
    September 15, 2017 7:18 am

    Ha – The Blinds sounded really out there for me as well when I saw it on BOTM selection list!

  3. Beth F permalink
    September 15, 2017 7:38 am

    I read some of the Mitford books many years ago and thought they were charming and entertaining, though sightly more religious than I like.

  4. September 15, 2017 7:42 am

    Even though The Blinds doesn’t sound like my kind of book, it’s good to shake things up every now and then. Hope Carl had a great birthday!

  5. September 15, 2017 8:08 am

    Oh I feel like I come from the town that The Blinds is set in – I can’t remember so much, but not about crimes, about everything !!!! (as in, when talking to Jim, “Oh YOU know, that movie called something or other starring What’s-His-Name!”)

  6. bookingmama permalink
    September 15, 2017 9:01 am

    You got a lot of reading done. I hope you love LEMONS like I did.

  7. September 15, 2017 9:21 am

    I’m glad the Mitford book can stand alone because it’s been so long since I read one I’m not sure I remember much – except Fr. Tim 🙂
    I’m heading to my parents’ with my sisters for the weekend.

  8. September 15, 2017 9:35 am

    Sounds like Carl had a great bday 🙂 I chose The Blinds as my BOTM and I like the sound of it. Hopefully, I’ll like the story, too. I’m in South Florida, so we got tons of horrible weather from Irma. Luckily, the house is okay – just knocked down trees and our fence went down. Its a big mess around town, but the cleanup started ASAP and the stores are opening up and life is resuming to normal (as much as it can). I’m glad Irma didn’t bother you all too much 🙂 Hope you have a great weekend!!

  9. The Cue Card permalink
    September 15, 2017 10:24 am

    Every once in a great while, reading out of the norms can work out all right. The Blinds sounded that way for you. Glad Irma didn’t hit too badly there. It’s starting to cool off here — must be fall.

  10. September 15, 2017 10:45 am

    Oh, happy birthday to Carl!

    I’m curious about The Blinds…and might need to read some of the Mitford books, as I enjoyed the Hallmark movie based on one of the books.

    Enjoy your weekend, and I’m glad you didn’t get much of the storm.

  11. September 15, 2017 2:56 pm

    Happy Bday to Carl 🙂

  12. Patty permalink
    September 15, 2017 5:48 pm

    Yes…you were so lucky that the storm passed you by. We had sort of an off an on rainy week with good work outs…35 minutes for me…

    We spent time in the basement and organized and gave away tons of clothes!

  13. September 15, 2017 8:19 pm

    You actually read three books this week that appeal a lot to me. I agree with Jill’s statement about personally living in the town of The Blinds. My own sentences often resemble the one she quoted. We just call it senior brain. I’m glad to hear you escaped the worst of Irma.

  14. Literary Feline permalink
    September 16, 2017 10:55 pm

    The Blinds sounds like a good one. I might have to check that one out. I have only read one of Karon’s books and I really liked it. I kept meaning to go back to her books, but I never seem to be in the mood for them. I hope you are enjoying your current reads! I am interested in both Grafton’s and Jacobs’ books. I am glad Carl had a nice birthday. His must be the day after mine. 🙂 Have a great week, Kathy!

  15. Diane D permalink
    September 17, 2017 1:03 pm

    So glad you were spared by the hurricane (rain we can handle generally). You continue to amaze me with all the steps you get in each week. Do you walk alone or with others?

    Have a great week

  16. September 17, 2017 4:16 pm

    My dad really enjoyed the Jan Karon books but doesn’t really read much anymore.I have never read them. I should probably borrow all of his copies!

  17. September 17, 2017 9:18 pm

    Happy birthday to Carl! I hope you al had an awesome time celebrating. Glad to hear that you all are ok. I hope you enjoy the books you’re currently reading. Have a wonderful week. 😁❤️

  18. September 17, 2017 9:42 pm

    Your week sounds like it was a good one, Kathy. I’m glad that Irma did not wreck havoc in your area.

  19. September 18, 2017 4:55 am

    Belated birthday greetings to Carl. Glad that Irma did not decide to be full blown on you. Have a good week.

  20. September 19, 2017 11:10 am

    Happy birthday, Carl. I am glad that Irma wasn’t as devastating where you are.

  21. anna@herding cats & burning soup permalink
    September 20, 2017 9:03 pm

    It’s nice to step outside of your norm now and again just to see what’s out there. That does sound pretty interesting!

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