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The Week in Review: 01.05.2018

January 5, 2018


Between the Covers

Finished last week:

I can’t imagine any kid not loving National Geographic Kids BET YOU DIDN’T KNOW! because I sure did.  This large book is printed on high quality paper and features gorgeous, full-color photos throughout.  Each two fold spread includes fun facts about topics ranging from the human body to geology to the color red.  There are also several “What’s the Difference?” pages that explain the difference between things that are commonly confused like moths and butterflies or affect and effect.  I learned quite a bit as I read this book aimed at the 8 to 12 year old audience and shared it with anyone who would listen.  Here are a couple fun facts to share:

People in Spain eat 12 grapes on New Year’s Eve for luck.

Wearing yellow underwear on New Year’s Day in Peru is considered lucky.

BET YOU DIDN’T KNOW! is perfect for both avid readers and reluctant readers.  They’ll pick it up the first time for the bright colors and great photos but they’ll keep coming back for all the great information.  (Review copy provided by Media Masters Publicity.)

THE LAST BALLAD by Wiley Cash is the historical fiction story of Ella May Wiggins, a poor young woman who worked long days for little pay in a textile mill in Bessemer City, North Carolina.  She was frustrated with her life and wanted a better life for her kids so she joined the newly formed union and became a leader in the Loray Mill Strike in neighboring Gastonia.  My father joined the military to escape a life in the mills so this book struck a chord with me.  As I read it, I kept wishing I could discuss it with him.  I enjoyed the book and Cash’s writing but did think a few of the side stories were a little distracting.  The book and Wiggins’ story is relevant today so I think it will hold a lot of appeal for most people.


Currently reading:


On the Screen

I watched some of The Rose Bowl and some of The Sugar Bowl.  I was disappointed in Clemson’s performance – they looked poorly prepared to me.  Overall, the ACC had a poor showing in post season play this season.

Off the blog

  • Like the rest of the country, we’re experiencing frigid temperatures and I, for one, am not a fan.  Our highs have been what our lows generally are this time of year.  Thankfully, though, we haven’t gotten any precipitation.

  • I just started a new jigsaw puzzle.  This one’s a little larger than the ones I usually tackle so it will probably take me a while to finish.
  • We walked at least three miles every morning (even when it was 11ºF) and I averaged just over 19,500 Fitbit steps a day.


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

26 Comments leave one →
  1. Beth F permalink
    January 5, 2018 6:01 am

    I usually don’t walk outside if it’s below about 15, so I’m impressed! You always make the National Geo books look like so much fun to read.

  2. January 5, 2018 6:45 am

    The Nat.Geo. book looks great. Have to say, as someone used to winter weather, I’d rather put up with the cold than shovel snow 🙂 We’ve only had a few inches this season and I’m hoping that’s the trend. Great job on the steps despite the temps!

  3. January 5, 2018 6:53 am

    I agree that you make the Natl Geographic books look fun!

  4. January 5, 2018 9:12 am

    Your Fitbit step number is amazing! I’ve been doing my walking inside my house, if you can believe it. Our house is pretty large and with my husband at home recovering from surgery, we’ve been using the treadmill or (me) walking a route around the house. I’ve managed my daily 5K doing that. LOL

  5. January 5, 2018 9:16 am

    My son’s fiancee is from Spain and she Skyped with her parents at 6pm (midnight there) and ate 12 grapes.

  6. January 5, 2018 9:20 am

    Great on walking!!

    HUGE puzzle.

    The Last Ballad sounds good.

    Enjoy your day, and stay warm. Are you in this deep freeze too? We are -1 this morning in Pennsylvania.

  7. January 5, 2018 9:27 am

    Since we’re in Northern California, it’s not much of an issue. But friends of ours in New York are leaving for 2 months in Florida on Monday. They are, very obviously, looking forward to it!

  8. January 5, 2018 10:19 am

    We had a storm last night and got lucky that the temps rose because we lost power overnight.

  9. January 5, 2018 10:49 am

    I am tempted by Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between…and your puzzle should be an interesting challenge.

    Your walking always impresses me! I’m thinking I should drive to a mall to walk when it’s cold…or more likely, when it’s hot in the summer. Definitely! LOL

    Enjoy your week!

  10. January 5, 2018 2:02 pm

    I almost started the audio of The Last Ballad today, but decided to go with The Art Of Hiding by Amanda Prowse instead. I’ll listen to The Last Ballad next.

    I love the NatGeo kids books! Didn’t know that about the grapes.

  11. January 5, 2018 2:26 pm

    Still awesome with the steps

  12. January 5, 2018 6:26 pm

    It sounds like you’ve had a great week, in spite of the cold weather! That puzzle looks challenging. Great step count, again!

  13. January 5, 2018 8:09 pm

    I’ve read one of Cash’s other books and likes it enough but for whatever reason this one slipped past my radar.

    I love the idea of puzzles but my eyesight is bordering on the bifocal stage. I know, it was hard for me to even say it so puzzles are not good for me right now. I have to view them form really far away or take off my current glasses and get right up to the pieces in order to do anything. LOL.

  14. January 5, 2018 10:26 pm

    I am so impressed that you walked even when it was so cold! I’m impressed.

  15. January 5, 2018 10:54 pm

    You have convinced me to check out the National Geographic books. Can’t wait to see how that puzzle turns out.

  16. January 6, 2018 12:05 am

    Wow. I didn’t realize it got down to 11 down your way. It was below zero here today and tomorrow will be colder. So over it.

  17. January 6, 2018 7:40 am

    We’ve been in the deep freeze for far too long now. -15 again this morning! UGH! I’m anxious to see what I can learn from the Nat Geo book too! It sounds fun!

  18. Patty permalink
    January 6, 2018 1:51 pm

    I do Puzzles on my iPad but you have made me yearn to do a real one…the flaw in that thinking is that Roxie would seriously and literally carry off the pieces! And then Den and I would be in the frustration zone. Stay warm…we are freezing here!

  19. January 7, 2018 3:13 pm

    I am completely and utterly envious of your FitBit count. I’m just getting back into the groove and UGH. lol Thanks for the BET YOU DIDN’T KNOW recommendation! I think G would love it.

  20. Literary Feline permalink
    January 7, 2018 3:57 pm

    I think my daughter would like Bet You Didn’t Know That. I hope you are staying safe and warm. I’ve been following some of the news about the extreme cold in much of the country. We’re hoping for rain tomorrow and Tuesday. Hopefully the predictions are true. I hope you have a great week, Kathy!

  21. January 7, 2018 11:47 pm

    I’ve never read anything by Wiley Cash. Looks like frigid temps are in a lot of places. It’s been deadly cold here in Montreal with -30 F with the windchill and even colder on some days. Kids couldn’t do any outdoor activities.

  22. January 8, 2018 7:59 am

    I reviewed that same book last weekend. It’s terrific! I’m also impressed with your toughness no matter what the weather.

  23. January 9, 2018 11:34 am

    The Nat Geo looks great. We have a kids Nat Geo kids mag subscription, but this isn’t included in my sub. I should look into if I can get it some other way.

  24. January 10, 2018 11:11 am

    I enjoyed The Last Ballad, my father was very involved in the labor unions and this early look was very well done. I can’t imagine walking 3 miles in 11degree weather, but I guess it would keep me moving faster…ha ha.

  25. The Cue Card permalink
    January 12, 2018 6:40 pm

    A couple of the Bowl Games were incredible, the OT ones — wow. I think the Wiley Cash novel sounds good. I will keep my eye out for it at the library. thanks.

  26. January 15, 2018 1:31 pm

    I’ve read both of Cash’s earlier novels and have this one on my Nook. My mom just finished reading it and said it was very good, but very depressing. We’ve been enjoying some beautiful weather this weekend and I was thrilled to get out and walk into town. I was able to hit 12,000 steps that day, which is more than my usual when I work out at the gym. Of course the rain is returning this afternoon and will be around for a couple of weeks. Back to indoor workouts.

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