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The Week in Review: 12.08.2017

December 8, 2017
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Between the Covers

Finished last week:

I love the Wimpy Kid books and am always excited when a new one comes out so I grabbed a copy of DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: THE GETAWAY by Jeff Kinney as soon as I could.  Greg Heffley’s family has decided to forgo Christmas gifts and go on a vacation to Isla de Corales, which is where Greg’s parents went on their honeymoon.  In true Heffley fashion, things don’t go as expected and Greg shares all the details in his diary.  The latest edition of this fun series started out strong for me.  I laughed out loud several times as the Heffley’s raced to the airport and flew to their destination.  The book lost some of it’s steam after a while, though, but picked up again at the end.  This wasn’t my favorite book of the series but Wimpy Kid fans won’t want to miss it.

Nadia Murad is a young Yazidi woman who was living a peaceful, quiet life with her mother and siblings in Kocho, Iraq when ISIS came in and killed most of the men and captured most of the women.  Murad was among the captured who were bought and sold and abused physically, mentally, and sexually.  She managed to escape when one of her captors left the door unlocked.  She shares her horrific story in her memoir, THE LAST GIRL.  This was not an easy read – it made me feel queasy at times – but I feel it is an important one.  It was horrifying and eye-opening and I applaud Murad for her bravery in sharing her story.  The audio version is read by Ilyana Kadushin and she does an adequate job – I thought her delivery was a little flat but it would be hard to be expressive when telling a troubling story like this.  (Review copy provided by Penguin Random House.)

National Geographic Kids JUST JOKING JUMBO: 1,000 GIANT JOKES & 1,000 FUNNY PHOTOS ADD UP TO BIG LAUGHS is so much fun!  This book is chock full of riddles, puns, and tongue twisters that will keep kids in stitches.  It also has great photos of animals throughout and they even sneak in fun facts throughout the book so kids can learn a thing or two while they’re laughing.  The book is divided into chapters by subjects so readers can dip in and out of it making it perfect for reluctant readers and seasoned readers alike.  Here are a few of the jokes that made me laugh:

Q: What did the pancake say to the waffle?

A: “Watch out for the knife.  He’ll try to butter you up!”

Q: What do you call a monster that has sticky fingers and is afraid of spiders?

A: A little sister.

This book is recommended for 7 to 10 year olds but I think kids up to 13 or so would enjoy it.  It would make a great gift this holiday season!  (Review copy provided by Media Masters Publicity.)

Currently reading:

On the Screen

  • Vance and I went to see Lady Bird – the coming of age story of Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson that focuses on the contentious relationship between her and her mother.  Lady Bird is determined to get out of Sacramento and her mother can’t understand why.  This movie is getting tons of praise from both critics and viewers but both Vance and I were underwhelmed, maybe because of all the hype.  We weren’t the only ones, though – there were three other people in the theater when we saw the movie and, when it was over, they turned to us and said, “That sucked.”  The movie was well cast and the acting was good but the story didn’t feel original to us.

  • It’s been almost six years since I read WONDER by R. J. Palacio but I still remember how special the book was so I was a little leery about seeing the movie.  I saw it this week with a friend and I’m thrilled to say they captured the spirit of the book.  I don’t remember enough of the minor details to know if they got those right but, in the end, I don’t think it matters because of the fabulous message this movie conveys.  I laughed and cried while I watched it and love the fact that it’s a movie the whole family can see together.  You don’t want to miss Wonder – it’s well worth seeing in the theater.

Off the blog

  • I went to a Christmas parade in a small town near us with a few friends.  It was small and kind of cheesy, but we had loads of fun.
  • I made some progress on Christmas prep but still have a lot to do.
  • Weather experts predicted a warm, dry winter for us but, so far, it hasn’t been all that warm.  The high today’s only supposed to be 40ºF and we may see some snow flurries today and tomorrow.  Snow in December is rare for us.
  • We walked at least three miles every morning and I averaged almost 20,000 Fitbit steps a day.

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

22 Comments leave one →
  1. Beth F permalink
    December 8, 2017 6:06 am

    I’ll put Wonder on my movie list — I was hoping it would capture the spirit of the book. Last Girl sounds powerful!

  2. December 8, 2017 6:39 am

    I don’t think I could read Last Girl!

  3. December 8, 2017 6:49 am

    I’ve been wanting to read Last Girl, so I’m glad you posted about it – I’m adding it to my TBR list now. Ladybird sounded good, but I just thought it wouldn’t be as good as the critics are making it out to be – seems like I was right. Wonder does look good – I loved the book, so I definitely want to see the film 🙂 Sounds like you had a great week! Hope you have a relaxing weekend 🙂

  4. Diane permalink
    December 8, 2017 6:52 am

    Kathy, we loved the movie, Wonder and, I’ve wanted to see Ladybird but may wait for tv. BTW- I continue to be amazed by your 20,000 steps average a day. I’m thrilled when i get 5,000😬

  5. Sarah's Book Shelves permalink
    December 8, 2017 7:14 am

    I have Turtles All the Way Down on hold at the library (but I’m WAY down the list…it’ll probably come in midway through next year)…never thought I’d read another John Green, but I heard this one is really really good.

  6. December 8, 2017 7:39 am

    One of my daughters saw Lady Bird and she loved it – told me to see it. I’ll wait until it’s available to stream. I think my steps haven’t totaled more than 2K/day this week. I have a sinus infection that has put me firmly on the couch and yet without the concentration to read much. Yikes. I heard my nephew in San Antonio has snow on the ground this morning. I’m near Lake Michigan and we have nothing. I’m fine with that 🙂

  7. December 8, 2017 9:10 am

    The Last Girl does sound like an important ready, but I’m not sure I could handle it…

  8. December 8, 2017 9:58 am

    Last Girl looks like a rough one, but important. I agree with your assessment of Wonder. I didn’t read the book but absolutely loved the movie. And I liked Lady Bird more than you did. I gave it a 3/4. I didn’t like it as much as the critics did (100% on Rotten Tomatoes!). But I still thought it was a good movie.

  9. December 8, 2017 11:10 am

    I loved the book Wonder so am looking forward to seeing the movie. And Last Girl sounds super intense, but I’ll add it to my TBR list as it also sounds important.

  10. December 8, 2017 11:58 am

    I’ve been on the fence about Turtles All the Way Down…but I’m tempted.

    I’m sorry you didn’t enjoy Lady Bird. Maybe I was more captivated by the scenes and memories of Sacramento…and the portrayals by the actors.

    I do want to see Wonder.

    Thanks for sharing, and enjoy the weekend.

  11. December 8, 2017 1:26 pm

    My family loves kid-style jokes and I’m going to get this one. I’m glad you shared it. Have a great weekend.

  12. December 8, 2017 2:20 pm

    The Last Girl sounds scary and sad. I want to read Wonder before seeing the movie, I’m glad to know you liked both.

    Great job on your steps!

  13. December 8, 2017 3:59 pm

    I’ve only read one of John Green’s books and am eager to give his latest one a try. I’m so glad to hear that Wonder lived up to your expectations. I loved the book and will watch the movie (probably with my mom – I doubt my husband will be interested) on DVD.

    20,000 steps is outstanding! I need to boost mine a bit more. I hit the 10K when I go to the gym, but my off days are only around 7K.

    No snow here (thank goodness!), but it’s been pretty chilly (30s) in the morning. The sun is shining and we’re in the 50s during the day, so no complaints from me.

    Off to work on my Christmas cards. Have a great weekend, Kathy!

  14. December 8, 2017 4:02 pm

    You sure did have a busy week! I am dying to see Wonder and I think Booking Son wants to see it too. I love that you’re still reading the Wimpy Kid books!

  15. Patty permalink
    December 8, 2017 5:50 pm

    Now that is quite an I teresting mix of books! I love that you saw two movies even though one sucked…and I think that cheesy parade sounds cool!

  16. December 9, 2017 6:16 am

    I really want to read Wonder and then watch the movie. I see the trailer of it everytime I turn on the telly! The Last Girl sounds like an interesting, but difficult read.

  17. December 9, 2017 3:32 pm

    I’m hoping we can see Wonder over Christmas break. As soon as I’m done with the joke book, I’m passing it on to my great nephew. I know he will love it!

  18. December 9, 2017 8:51 pm

    Kathy, I’d love to see Wonder (I’d also like to read it)! The Last Girl sounds like a painful yet valuable memoir. Terrific step count! Thank you for sharing some of your week!

  19. The Cue Card permalink
    December 10, 2017 8:36 pm

    Too bad about Lady Bird, argh! But I’m glad Wonder held up. I think I’ll get the book first; I’ve heard such good things about it. As for The Last Girl — that’s so brave of her to do the book. she sounds like a hero who escaped a horrific attack.

  20. Lauren Becker permalink
    December 10, 2017 11:07 pm

    Glad the Christmas parade was fun! Cheesy works for me during this time of the year. hah Sorry you didn’t really like Lady Bird. I am curious, because I like a lot of the actors in it. I NEED to see Wonder though – loved that book.


  21. December 13, 2017 12:00 pm

    The Christmas parade sounds delightful. Love it. Have a great week.

  22. December 16, 2017 12:41 am

    I plan on making Wonder my first read of 2018 because I LOVED the movie so much. Thanks for the Lady Bird warning, I’d only heard all the hype! Oh, and I need to start the Wimpy Kid series with Gage!

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