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The Week in Review: 10.13.2017

October 13, 2017


Between the Covers

Finished last week:

THE CURSE OF LA FONTAINE by M. L. Longworth is a mystery set in Aix-en-Provence but, for me, the mystery was secondary to Aix and its residents, who I found completely charming.  When an old skeleton is found by La Fontaine, it stops working and some residents believe it won’t start running again until they mystery is solved by the recently married Judge Verlaque.  This quiet mystery is perfect for those who don’t like violence in their books.  It’s the sixth book in the Verlaque and Bonnet Mystery series but I had no trouble following the story or its characters.  I enjoyed my time in Aix and will definitely be picking up more of this series.  (Review copy provided by Penguin Random House.)

PUG & PIG: TRICK-OR-TREAT is an adorable picture book by Sue Lowell Gallion.  It’s close to Halloween and Pug and Pig are dressed as skeletons.  Pig loves his costume but Pug hates his.  When Pug tears his costume up and takes it off, Pig is sad because he won’t have anyone to join him when he passes out candy, goes trick-or-treating, and goes to the Halloween party.  Pug has an idea, though, and Halloween is saved.  With its themes of friendship and cooperation, this book doesn’t have to be saved for Halloween.  I think young readers will love the sweet, simple story and the fabulous illustrations by Joyce Wan.  Gallion provides great resources for parents and teachers on her author page.  (Review copy provided by Blue Slip Media.)

I picked up WHAT IS IT ALL BUT LUMINOUS: NOTES FROM AN UNDERGROUND MAN by Art Garfunkel thinking it was a memoir and it was – kind of.  It’s very obvious Garfunkel is intelligent, well read, and passionate.  He’s a man who loves his music and his family but I found this book to be disjointed and rambling.  Some of the writing was poetic, but he jumped from topic to topic so it didn’t always flow well.  At the beginning of chapters, Garfunkel lists things like books he’s read, concert sets, and interesting words but he never really expounded on them later.  Garfunkel narrates the audio version himself and he does an okay job (there were some mouth and breathing noises) but I’m not sure anyone else could have done the book justice.  In the end, this book was just okay for me – I’d only recommend it to the most ardent Garfunkel fans.  (Review copy provided by Penguin Random House.)


Currently reading:


On the Screen

  • I watched most of the Virginia Tech – Boston College game.  I thought Tech looked sloppy and ill prepared for much of the game but at least they came away with a win this week.  I hope things gel for this team soon.

  • It was the “Most Memorable Year” show on Dancing with the Stars this week so there were lots of tears.  This isn’t my favorite theme of the show but I did think the dancing was pretty darn good.  Even though I didn’t think he had what it takes to win the Mirror Ball, I have to admit I was a little disappointed to see Derek go home.  Lindsey and Jordan are obviously the best dancers but, at this point, I think anyone could win.

Off the blog

  • We got a little weather from Nate but we needed the rain so it’s hard to complain about it too much.

  • I finished my puzzle with a little help from a friend.
  • I renewed my driver’s license this week.  It’s always been a pretty big deal when we’ve lived somewhere long enough to renew our licenses but I think I’ll be doing it here for a while because we’re probably here to stay.  I took a book with me but the DMV was so fast, I didn’t have time to read any of it.
  • We got caught in a shower and got soaked while we were walking one morning and had to cut our walk short but walked three miles every other morning and I averaged just over 18,300 Fitbit steps a day.

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

20 Comments leave one →
  1. October 13, 2017 7:00 am

    I had to renew my driver’s license last year. I was totally freaked out I would fail the test! but I guess I didn’t….

  2. Sarah's Book Shelves permalink
    October 13, 2017 7:29 am

    I have Unraveling Oliver on my library hold list – would love to hear your thoughts on it!

  3. October 13, 2017 8:19 am

    I was considering Garfunkel’s book, but may not qualify as the most ardent of fans 😉

  4. October 13, 2017 8:49 am

    I have to renew my driver’s license next month. I ordered Uncommon Type and it’s supposed to arrive on the 17th. I love Tom Hanks and I can’t wait to read it.

  5. October 13, 2017 9:54 am

    Tom Hanks went to my high school in Oakland, CA. He was 8 years behind me. Pretty cool, yes?
    I thought that DWTS was particularly tear-inducing. But I really liked it. I’m a big sap when it comes to these things. I liked Derek too. But I think they had the right 2 on the bottom. It’s a pretty even group this time.
    I didn’t realize that you did a lot of moving around. If it’s not too personal, can you tell me why?

  6. October 13, 2017 10:43 am

    I spent a lot of the week reading and watching the Yankees playoff games- we are so excited that they won three in a row from a tough Cleveland team. I finished three books while we were in Florida (a lot of that was plane reading) and I love it when I am in a reading groove.

  7. October 13, 2017 10:50 am

    I can’t believe it will be time to renew my license again next year! It seems I just did that. LOL.

    Unraveling Oliver looks like a book I must read.

    Thanks for sharing!

  8. October 13, 2017 1:28 pm

    Awww Pug and Pig

  9. The Cue Card permalink
    October 13, 2017 4:07 pm

    Thanks for the review of the Garfunkel book. I like S & G’s music. I’m curious what he had to say about Paul and if they split for a specific reason etc. Enjoy your weekend. Cheers.

  10. Patty permalink
    October 13, 2017 4:38 pm

    Oh no! Caught in a rain storm! You week sounded full and busy. I hate driver’s license photos. Not a big fan of Simon or Garfunkel!

  11. October 13, 2017 5:56 pm

    We had to get new licenses when we moved to Oregon and I was surprised that I missed more questions than my husband. When we moved to Nebraska, I aced the test and he flunked his. 🙂 This time he beat me by four questions. We’ve had rain for the past week, but the sun is finally out and it should be a gorgeous weekend. We’re off on another road trip in a week, so we’re busy preparing for that! Love Simon & Garfunkel, but I have no interest in this book. I wonder if Paul Simon’s is any better. Have a good weekend, Kathy!

  12. Beth F permalink
    October 14, 2017 6:13 am

    I think I’ll just pass on the Garfunkel book. I’m a big fan of Simon and Garfunkel music, but I bet I’m not interested enough in the man. I was hoping the book was more of a straight memoir.

    The Curse of La Fontaine sounds like my kind of book.

  13. October 14, 2017 9:25 am

    I think I’d like the Longworth book (although the cover didn’t really sell it to me – your review did!). Glad the DMV wasn’t terrible.

  14. October 15, 2017 3:01 pm

    Pug and Pig looks so cute! Love the puzzle 😀 Hope you’re having a good weekend!

  15. October 15, 2017 7:32 pm

    I saw Tom Hanks interviewed on CBS Sunday Morning about his collection of old typewriters and his nerves surrounding writing the book and waiting for reviews to come in. I’m anxious to hear what you think! The interview made me want to read it even more.

  16. October 16, 2017 12:57 am

    I can’t believe you didn’t get any reading done at the DMV! I always get tons read 🙂

  17. bookingmama permalink
    October 16, 2017 8:44 am

    That mystery sounds positively adorable!!! I think I’ll skip the Garfunkel book!

  18. October 19, 2017 6:20 pm

    The Pug and Pig book looks so cute!

  19. October 24, 2017 5:38 pm

    I need to renew my license. It’s been expired for a few months!

  20. October 25, 2017 4:51 pm

    I like the idea of spending time in Tuscany. The book sounds fun. I love your puzzle although it looks hard.

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