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The Week in Review: 02.02.2018

February 2, 2018


Between the Covers

Finished last week:

EDUCATED is the story of Tara Westover a woman who was born into the Mormon faith in Idaho – her domineering father wanted to live off the grid and her mild and meek mother was a midwife/healer.  Westover was the youngest of seven and, by the time, she came along, her parents didn’t see the need to send their children to school.  One of her brothers encouraged her to study for the SAT and at age 17, she found herself in a classroom for the first time at Brigham Young University.  She was woefully unprepared – she’d never heard of Napoleon, the Holocaust, or the Civil Rights Movement, just to name a few – but that didn’t stop this determined young woman.  I’m in awe of her and all she achieved and recommend this book to anyone who enjoys memoirs or stories of strong women.  The audio version is narrated by Julia Whelan – at first I didn’t think she was the best choice but once I settled into the story, it seemed like she was telling me her own story.  (Review copy provided by Penguin Random House.)


SOMEBUNNY LOVES ME: SHARING KINDNESS WITH OUR ANIMAL FRIENDS by Parry Gripp is an adorable book (and song) that is sure to be a hit with young readers.  It’s fun to listen to the song as you read this book about taking care of pets with kindness and love and having that love returned to you in kind.  As you would expect from a National Geographic Kids book, it’s printed on high quality paper and features beautiful full color photos of children with animals.  The rhyming words and wonderful photos are sure to bring young readers back again and again.  This would be a great Valentine or Easter gift for the little ones in your life.   (Review copy provided by Media Masters Publicity.)


Currently reading:


On the Screen

Not much of anything.


Off the blog

  • I’m at the beach with my mom and my sister, celebrating my mom’s 91st birthday!  It hasn’t exactly been beach weather, but we don’t care since we’re together.
  • When I’m with my mom, I let her set the pace and I averaged just over 8, 500 Fitbit steps a day.

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


26 Comments leave one →
  1. Beth F permalink
    February 2, 2018 6:47 am

    Educated sounds great! Have fun with your family … my mom turns 90 in a few months.

  2. February 2, 2018 7:48 am

    Somebunny looks great! I may have to seek it out. Happy Birthday to your mom!

  3. February 2, 2018 8:15 am

    Educated sounds really good. Enjoy the family time at the beach… Happy Birthday to your mom!

  4. February 2, 2018 8:15 am

    Happy 91st Birthday to your Mom!! That is awesome 🙂 Sounds like you are having a great time celebrating with her and your sister. Hope you have a great weekend!!

  5. Sarah's Book Shelves permalink
    February 2, 2018 9:12 am

    I’ve heard such awesome things about Educated and it’s on my TBR list for Nonfiction Nov.

  6. February 2, 2018 9:17 am

    I want to read Educated. I hope your mom had a wonderful birthday and that you all had a nice visit.

  7. February 2, 2018 9:29 am

    Educated does sound good. Might pick it up on audio. A very happy birthday to your Mom! 91 is quite an accomplishment!

  8. February 2, 2018 9:37 am

    Sounds like your mom is doing great. That is very cool. And Educated looks like a good book for all of us to read.

  9. February 2, 2018 10:40 am

    Enjoy the beach and your visit with your mom.

    Educated sounds really good, and I’m also eyeing White Houses. Thanks for sharing.

  10. February 2, 2018 10:42 am

    Awww bunnies

  11. February 2, 2018 10:47 am

    Educated, sounds very interesting. Happy Birthday to your mom! I think any weather is beach weather. I love the beach when it’s cloudy too.

  12. February 2, 2018 12:00 pm

    Educated sounds like a good memoir. Have a fab time with your mom and sis. Happy Birthday to your mom!

  13. February 2, 2018 2:36 pm

    Educated sounds like a great read. Adding to my wishlist. Have a great weekend.

  14. Patty permalink
    February 2, 2018 2:49 pm

    I agree with Ti..the beach is awesome anytime. Your reading material last week was totally unique! Have a wonderful time with your mom.

  15. February 2, 2018 4:54 pm

    Both of the books sound wonderful. Enjoy the beach with the birthday girl and your sister!

  16. February 2, 2018 5:23 pm

    It’s rainy on my coast, but I don’t mind! Happy birthday to your mom!

  17. February 2, 2018 7:58 pm

    How great that your mom has achieved 91 years. I’m glad she has her daughters with her to celebrate. The audiobook, Educated, sounds very moving. It amazes me that people in our country are allowed to slip through the cracks with such inadequate education.

  18. February 2, 2018 11:43 pm

    I cannot imagine getting to college and not knowing about all those major people and events! Her book sounds interesting.

  19. February 3, 2018 1:12 pm

    Wow, your mom’s 91st birthday! Tell her Happy Birthday for me please! And 8, 500 steps a day is still good. Amazing if your mom got that many!

  20. February 4, 2018 7:30 am

    I love the description of Educated, not sure if I want to read it, but if it was a movie I would def. watch. 🙂

  21. Lauren Becker permalink
    February 4, 2018 7:28 pm

    Happy Birthday to your mom! I hope you all are having a great getaway.


  22. February 4, 2018 10:24 pm

    What a great way to celebrate your mother’s birthday!!

  23. February 6, 2018 9:52 am

    I’m so jealous that you are at the beach. More snow and bitter cold here in Iowa yesterday and today. UGH! I am definitely interested in the audio of Educated. So far it isn’t available on my library’s overdrive so I may have to use an audible credit to get it. I loved Somebunny and thought it was so fun to read and the pictures make me want all the pets!

  24. The Cue Card permalink
    February 6, 2018 4:19 pm

    I hope you are having a great time at the beach with your mom, happy bday to her! That Tara Westover book sounds quite compelling. I feel for her that she was kept out of school by her parents, ugh. Go Tara!

  25. February 8, 2018 10:20 am

    Enjoy your family time. It is precious. SomeBunny Loves Me sounds delightful

  26. February 10, 2018 3:12 pm

    I’m listening to EDUCATED right now. I’m not very far in but I haven’t been loving the narrator so far.

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