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The Week in Review: 10.06.2017

October 6, 2017


Between the Covers

Finished last week:

LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE by Celeste Ng is the story of bohemian artist Mia and her daughter Pearl.  The transient duo find themselves in the comfortable suburb on Shaker Heights where they rent a home from the Richardson family.  They become entwined with the Richardsons and consider them friends until Mia and Mrs. Richardson find themselves on opposite sides of a controversial custody battle over a Chinese American baby.   Secrets are revealed and things get ugly.  I went into this book with extremely high expectations and it met them, right up to the end.  I thought the characters were extremely well written and Ng nailed the ambience of suburbs like Shaker Heights but will admit that I wanted a little more out of the ending of the book.  I’m still thinking about this book so I’d say I liked it a great deal but I’m not quite sure I loved it.  I listened to the audio version which is expertly narrated by Jennifer Lim. (Review copy provided by Penguin Random House.)

BONAPARTE FALLS APART by Margery Cuyler is a cute picture book about nerves and friendship.  Bonaparte is a little skeleton who’s worried about going to school because he’s literally falling apart and he’s afraid the other kids will make fun of him.  His friends try to help him but their solutions don’t work until they see a little dog run by with a bone in its mouth.  I thought this book was adorable and think it’s great for back to school or Halloween.  Will Terry‘s illustrations are fantastic and enhance the story.  (Review copy provided by Penguin Random House.)


Currently reading:



On the Screen

  • I watched three quarters of the Clemson – Virginia Tech game and called it a night when I couldn’t take anymore.  Clemson is a very talented team and Tech look ill prepared to me.

  • After all the bad news on Monday, I was in a funk when Dancing with the Stars came on but still thought it was a good episode.  I really liked the dances by Derek and Sharna as well as Jordan and Lindsey but still don’t have a favorite this season.


Off the blog

  • I started a new puzzle this week and it’s a fun one.
  • Like the rest of the nation, I woke up to the horrible news out of Las Vegas on Monday.  I am heartbroken and struggle to understand why someone would do such a thing.  I find it hard to focus on anything right now.
  • I got my flu shot and am glad to have that over with.
  • We walked at least three miles every morning and I averaged just under 17,100 Fitbit steps a day.

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

29 Comments leave one →
  1. October 6, 2017 6:37 am

    I don;t mind a little ambiguity at the endings of most books. It helps me finish the story on my own terms.

  2. Sarah's Book Shelves permalink
    October 6, 2017 7:01 am

    Glad you mostly loved Little Fires – I did too!

  3. October 6, 2017 7:06 am

    I’m on the waiting list for the Ng book at the library – probably number Three Gazillion. That puzzle looks like a White Mountain puzzle – did I guess right? I love those!

  4. October 6, 2017 8:23 am

    I have Little Fires on my audible wish list. I’ll get to it eventually. Yes, heartbreaking news that I will never understand.
    I need to get my flu shot – put it off because I’ve been fighting a cold for the past month. Looks like a fun puzzle. You must have quite a collection at this point. Do you work them more than once?

  5. October 6, 2017 8:40 am

    I’m glad to hear that you liked Little Fires Everywhere.

  6. October 6, 2017 9:58 am

    I still need to read an Ng. And I enjoyed DWTS. A couple of them are beginning to separate themselves from the pack. But it’s still anybody’s game to win.

  7. October 6, 2017 10:34 am

    I loved Little Fires Everywhere….and I didn’t mind the ambiguous ending.

    Yes, it was a horrible week….and it has been hard to settle down and focus after all of that. My reading has been poor….only one book so far.

    But I’m intrigued by the look of Little Monsters and The Child Finder. Thanks for sharing.

  8. bookingmama permalink
    October 6, 2017 12:02 pm

    I just picked LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE for my book club! Your mention of your flu shot just made me stop and make an appointment for Booking Son! Thanks for the reminder.

  9. October 6, 2017 12:26 pm

    I couldn’t seem to get into Little Fires Everywhere. I may try again soon.

  10. October 6, 2017 12:48 pm

    Awww Bonaparte falls apart

  11. October 6, 2017 2:38 pm

    Bonaparte Falls Apart looks too cute! I’m seeing Little Fires Everywhere everywhere, but I’m not convinced it’s really for me.
    17,000 steps – Wow!

  12. October 6, 2017 2:59 pm

    A copy of LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE just came in my October My Lit Box. I’m really looking forward to reading it. BONAPARTE FALLS APART sounds cute. We need to get our flu shots. Probably when Mouse is feeling better. I hope you have a great weekend and next week.

  13. Patty permalink
    October 6, 2017 5:10 pm

    Waking up Monday to that horrific news was a nightmare. Our week has been filled with home repair and appointments…I had to get knee injections because my knees hurt. Den had blood work…Lucy needed fluids and sweet Roxie needs a shot. We actually went out to lunch today then came home and promptly fell asleep for three hours. I need stamina and I don’t have it yet!

  14. October 6, 2017 5:24 pm

    I see you had a busy week. I’m with you on the sports issue. When my teams are performing badly, its hard to watch them. You did persuade me to try the Ng book. Your puzzle looks challenging. Have a great weekend.

  15. October 6, 2017 6:17 pm

    I’d like to listen to LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE by Celeste Ng (on CDs). Thanks for sharing your honest reviews and thoughts. What happened in Las Vegas is so sad and beyond comprehension.

    Your step count continues to amaze! Enjoy your weekend, Kathy.

  16. October 6, 2017 8:55 pm

    I’m intrigued with Little Fires Everywhere – even where you said it fell apart at the end. How did it fall apart? I want to know. It has an intriguing premise. I seem to be reading a lot of different books and listening to a lot of different audios. Work has been busy so I’m going slower than usual!

  17. October 6, 2017 10:32 pm

    2 of my colleagues were at the Vegas concert. Their concert clothes are splattered in blood and they are certainly having a tough time of it this week. It breaks my heart

  18. October 7, 2017 12:42 am

    Nice list of reads here. I like the sound of the Mouse book you are currently reading.

  19. Beth F permalink
    October 7, 2017 6:17 am

    I really loved Little Fires, so glad it was a hit with you. I’ve been meaning to read or listen to the Art Garfunkel book, so I’ll await your thoughts.

  20. October 7, 2017 8:25 am

    What a interesting way to tell a story about our differences for kids. Even the name Bonaparte adds a level of uniqueness. Cute illustrations too! The puzzle looks fun. Is it a White Mountain brand?

  21. October 7, 2017 4:35 pm

    Little Fires Everywhere is on my near future TBR list. I think I’m number 20 something on hold at the library. I can’t wait!

  22. October 7, 2017 9:11 pm

    Glad to hear you enjoyed Little Fires Everywhere! I’m next in line at the library. Still need to get my flu shot though… this week for sure.

  23. Diane D permalink
    October 8, 2017 5:08 pm

    Glad u had a chance to try Little Fires Everywhere. Probably the last book I enjoyed in a while:(

  24. Lauren Becker permalink
    October 8, 2017 7:41 pm

    I still need to get my flu shot. Ugh! I hope you enjoy The Child Finder and Little Monsters: I liked both.


  25. October 8, 2017 10:22 pm

    I’m curious about Little Fires. The Vegas shooting was so distressing. Our lives can change so drastically from one day to the next with these senseless acts of violence.

  26. October 9, 2017 11:16 am

    I don’t have a DWTS favorite this year either. They’re all really good. I was sad when Debbie Gibson went home, I thought she was charming.

  27. October 9, 2017 1:44 pm

    I’ve got Little Fires in print and audio. I had to turn the TV off and leave it off last week, it got so distressing.

  28. October 12, 2017 1:10 am

    We’re reading Little Fires Everywhere for our book club next month. I LOVE Shaker Heights – it’s where Gage has been going to nature camp for 3 years – and the author grew up here in Shaker. I’m looking forward to starting it soon.
    as for the Vegas shooting…the world is just too crazy right now and I’m in a constant state of stress. I pray for the victims and their families and hope that some sanity returns to our country soon.

  29. The Cue Card permalink
    October 13, 2017 4:10 pm

    I’m reading The Child Finder now and I’m on the waiting list for Celeste Ng’s book — it sounds quite good, thanks for the review.

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