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The Week in Review: 02.16.2018

February 16, 2018


Between the Covers

Finished last week:

PINK IS FOR BOYS by Robb Pearlman is a cute picture book about busting sexual stereotypes.  It says:

PINK is for boys.

And girls

And bows

on fancy clothes.

And also points out that blue and several other colors are for girls and boys before it says that all colors are for everyone.  Eda Kaban‘s illustrations are cute and inclusive.  Reading this book would be a great way to start a conversation about ignoring stereotypes and marching to the beat of your own drum.  Check it out for the 4 to 8 year olds in your life.  (Review copy provided by Media Masters Publicity.)


I’m sure everyone’s heard of THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW by A. J. Finn by now.  The book’s getting a lot of attention so, I have to admit, I was a little nervous going in even though it came highly recommended by Book Club Girl.  I’m sure most people know the author was an editor at William Morrow who has quit to write full time. Believe me, I think he made the right decision!

THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW is the story of Dr. Anna Fox, a woman with agoraphobia who entertains herself by watching her neighbors while she drinks and takes pills.  She sees a woman being murdered in an apartment across the street but, when she reports it, no one believes her.  She’s sure of what she saw, though – or is she?  This book is full of tension and twists and turns so it was hard to put down.  I did see one twist coming but another one floored me.  If you like mysteries and/or thrillers, be sure to pick this book up – you’ll be glad you did!  (Review copy provided by Harper Collins.)


If you’re a beer geek and live in the southeast, you’ve heard of, and possibly visited, Brick Store Pub in Decatur, Georgia.  It’s a place both Carl and I love so, when a customer recommended LOVE AT THE PUB: AN INSIDER’S GUIDE TO CRAFTSMANSHIP, CONVERSATION, AND COMMUNITY AT THE BRICK STORE PUB by Mary Jane Mahan,  I decided to pick it up.  This book tells the history of the pub and its owners and sings the praises of the well known pub.  I found the history interesting but thought the book was redundant and a little overwritten at times.  LOVE AT THE PUB was published in 2009 so some of it’s outdated – this book will only appeal to rabid fans of the pub.

Currently reading:

On the Screen

Not much of anything.

Off the blog

  • I FINALLY finished the second puzzle Vance gave me for my birthday.
  • Carl was out of town, visiting his father, so I worked extra this week.
  • Vicki of I’d Rather Be At The Beach won the autographed copy of PACHINKO by Min Jin Lee.
  • I walked at least three miles every morning and averaged almost 18,500 Fitbit steps a day.

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

26 Comments leave one →
  1. February 16, 2018 6:47 am

    I can’t wait to hear what you think of The Force.

  2. Beth F permalink
    February 16, 2018 7:18 am

    That picture book looks both cute and timely. I’ve been hesitant to read Woman in the Window, I’m glad to know I should just go for it.

  3. February 16, 2018 7:40 am

    I’m a little over halfway through The Woman in the Window. I have some ideas about the twists (I always do – LOL), but not sure they will pan out. I am a bit frustrated with her self-destructive drinking and mixing meds. However, I’m always annoyed when a character does that. Loving the references to old movies and books.

  4. February 16, 2018 8:05 am

    The Woman in the Window might be the choice for my annual thriller!

  5. February 16, 2018 8:52 am

    I have also been afraid of being disappointed by The Woman in the Window but it sounds like it’s a good read!

  6. February 16, 2018 9:41 am

    The Woman in the Window is right at the top of my TBR pile. It’s come too highly recommended to ignore any longer.

  7. February 16, 2018 10:17 am

    I love the picture in your puzzle…what fun to bring the pieces to life. My eldest son and my youngest grandson spent a lot of time with puzzles a few years ago. Do you frame the puzzles afterwards?

    Cute picture book…and I’m all for busting those sexual stereotypes.

    I loved The Woman in the Window…and I, too, was floored by one of the twists. Probably the same one.

    The Force sounds good. Enjoy all of your books…and thanks for sharing.

  8. February 16, 2018 12:03 pm

    You are correct, The Woman in the Window is everywhere right now. I have a copy waiting for me as well. I did not know that it was written by an ex editor at William Morrow. I am really loving these types of books this year so far. Can’t wait to read it.

  9. Sarah's Book Shelves permalink
    February 16, 2018 12:45 pm

    I’ve heard such good things about The Force!

  10. Patty permalink
    February 16, 2018 3:46 pm

    Den read and loved The Force…I have but have yet to read The Woman In The Window…but I will. We are e periencing so much rain that it’s hard to want to be outside. This was a peaceful week for me.

  11. February 16, 2018 6:14 pm

    Kathy, great step count! I love the puzzle. Congrats to Vicki!

  12. February 16, 2018 8:47 pm

    The Woman in the Window is definitely high up on my TBR list!

  13. February 16, 2018 8:47 pm

    So glad you liked The Woman in the Window. I hope to read it this weekend. I started The Force on audio and had to return it before I was finished, but definitely want to get back to it. Have a great weekend.

  14. February 17, 2018 6:16 am

    I love that puzzle! I just bought a puzzle mat so that I can roll up my puzzles when I’m done for the day. If not Jaspurr my cat would destroy it 🙂

    Thanks so much for the Pachinko win!

  15. February 17, 2018 12:57 pm

    ´cool puzzle

  16. February 17, 2018 5:09 pm

    The Woman in the Window sounds so good! I look forward to reading it.

  17. February 18, 2018 11:19 am

    It took me a while to get into The Woman in the Window… but in the end I LOVED it.
    On another note… I am so impressed with your consistent walking. I need to move more and walking is my preferred form of exercise. I just need to stop treating it like a fair-weather friend 🙂

  18. The Cue Card permalink
    February 18, 2018 4:57 pm

    I plan to get to The Woman in the Window, glad you liked it. And the puzzle looks terrific, I especially like the bicycle in it. Enjoy your week.

  19. February 18, 2018 11:30 pm

    I returned home just last week and still playing catch up with bills and paperwork. I’ve read two books both of which were very good. One set in Paris which I loved and a bit philosophical which was a change from my mystery murders!

  20. February 19, 2018 3:46 pm

    The puzzle looks tough with all the similar colors in the picture! I try to avoid those! HA! I’m struggling with one that has lots of cats and all their fur colored pieces are confusing me. PINK IS FOR BOYS is waiting for me to read so I’m glad you enjoyed it.

  21. February 19, 2018 10:41 pm

    Your puzzle is gorgeous, although it does look challenging. I’m glad to hear you like This Woman In the Window. I’m waiting for my copy from the library. Have a great week.

  22. February 19, 2018 11:16 pm

    So far I’ve read nothing but good reviews about The Woman in the Window.Makes me want to read it sooner rather than later!

  23. February 22, 2018 6:40 pm

    I’ve got The Woman in the Window on reserve at my library, but I’m hoping it doesn’t come in for a bit since I have so many others that I’ve already checked out! It sure sounds like a good thriller, though.

    Love that puzzle, but it looks like it was tough with all the similar colors. We’ve been working on one that is taking us forever. I’m ready to go back to another Liberty (wood) puzzle. Those are fun!

  24. February 23, 2018 8:45 am

    I absolutely loved THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW!!!!

  25. February 23, 2018 10:24 pm

    Love the puzzle! I really want to read The Woman at the Window. The kids book looks good, but for Gage at least I always have to question whether a discussion will help or confuse. In his world all colors are good for all people, as they should be, and I don’t want him to start questioning that.
    I am still working on my 2,000 piecer from last summer, lol.

  26. March 6, 2018 10:34 am

    Pink is for Boys sounds fantastic.

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