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The Week in Review: 02.23.2018

February 23, 2018
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Between the Covers

Finished last week:

SOLO by Kwame Alexander with Mary Rand Hess is the story of Blade Morrison, the son of Rutherford Morrison an old rocker past his prime.  Blade’s beloved mother passed away a few years ago and his girlfriend’s parents forbid her from seeing him because of his father’s drug abuse and bad behavior.  Rutherford swears he’s going to get his act together and make a comeback but Blade’s heard that before.  When Rutherford makes a scene at Blade’s graduation and Blade’s sister, Storm, reveals a long held family secret, Blade takes off to try to figure things out before he starts college in the fall.

This wonderful YA book is written in verse and captivated me from the start.  I loved Blade and think he’s a character a lot of teens can relate to.  He misses his mom and often feels like he’s the only sane member of his family.  He thinks his girlfriend is the only one who understands him but they have to sneak around to see each other.  The writing in this book is lyrical and fast paced making it a quick read.  I recommend it for middle school on up.


After reading Jill’s wonderful review of GET WELL SOON: HISTORY’S WORST PLAGUES AND THE HEROES WHO FOUGHT THEM  by Jennifer Wright, I knew I needed to pick the book up as soon as possible.  With this year’s flu, it seemed like a particularly relevant book.  In it, Wright covers Bubonic Plague, Syphilis, Tuberculosis, Polio, and Lobotomies, just to name a few.  Not only does she cover symptoms of the plagues, she explains how they’re spread, and gives details on what people did to battle them.  She sprinkles lots of humor in with tons of medical and historical facts in this meticulously researched book. (There are 25 pages of notes in the back of the book.)  Who knew reading about horrible diseases could be so much fun?  I shared lots of tidbits from this great book with other people as I read it so I think it would be a good choice for book clubs.  (I won this book from Henry Holt.)


YOU & ME & WHY WE ARE IN LOVE by Aurelia Alcaïs is a fun, cute book about, you guessed it, love.  Each two-page spread features a quirky drawing on the right hand side and a few lines about the people featured in the drawings on the left.  Alcaïs features all kinds of love – same sex, multicultural, and unrequited to name a few – in this quick read.  I loved Alcaïs’ illustrations and probably spent more time studying them than I did reading the text.  I’ve flipped through the book a few times since reading it just to look at them again.  I think this book would make a great gift.  (Review copy provided by Penguin Random House.)

Currently reading:

On the Screen

Not much of anything

Off the blog

  • My book club met on Tuesday to discuss VERY VALENTINE by Adriana Trigiani.  Everyone loved the book, its characters, and the descriptions of shoe making.  At least two people have bought the next book in the trilogy, BRAVA, VALENTINE, and someone suggested we read it in the future.

  • I found a couple puzzles marked down and started one of them this week.  It’s not my favorite but the price was right.
  • We walked at least three miles every morning and I averaged just over 18,000 Fitbit steps a day.

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

23 Comments leave one →
  1. February 23, 2018 5:03 am

    Just by accident, a book came in on hold from the library for me and I started reading it. Only Child is about a school shooting with 19 dead. Eerie!

    • Beth F permalink
      February 23, 2018 7:35 am

      YIkes. talk about timing

  2. Beth F permalink
    February 23, 2018 7:36 am

    I love novels in verse, so I don’t know how I totally missed Solo — I’ll be looking for that. Yes! on Get Well Soon — it was great in audio too.

  3. February 23, 2018 8:42 am

    You had a great reading week. All three of those books sound terrific!

  4. February 23, 2018 9:46 am

    Can’t wait for Hepworth’s latest. She is so darn good.

  5. February 23, 2018 9:57 am

    I want to read Sally Hepworth’s new book. The disease/illness book sounds interesting, but probably on audio for me. Wish I were a puzzle person, but I don’t seem to be. Just puzzles in book plots. LOL

  6. February 23, 2018 11:30 am

    I am probably in the minority, but I really don’t like books in verse. But I did love The Family Next Door, and I’m curious about Layover.

    May I be in your book club? Sigh…no luck finding one, but I haven’t tried that hard. I wonder why.

    Enjoy your weekend!

  7. February 23, 2018 1:38 pm

    I don’t know if I could read that book written in verse. It does sound interesting though.

    I love puzzles but my eyes do not like puzzles. I am at that stage where I need to take my glasses off to see things but taking them off or putting them on doesn’t work for puzzles unless my face is hovering right over the pieces. LOL.

    You managed to get a lot of steps in!

  8. February 23, 2018 2:35 pm

    Yay new puzzle 🙂

  9. Patty permalink
    February 23, 2018 2:55 pm

    I wish we could do real puzzles….but our pieces have a way of disappearing…meow…meow…

    We tried to see the new Marvel movie but our week was too busy!

    I am stepping up my steps as soon as it stops raining!

  10. February 23, 2018 3:16 pm

    I like Kwame Alexander so will have to check out Solo!

  11. February 23, 2018 3:43 pm

    I really liked the sound of Solo so I bought a copy at Audible. Thanks for bringing it to my attention!

    I finally found the puzzle mat I wanted and bought it. Now I can roll them up so my kitty doesn’t destroy them and make me start over.

  12. February 23, 2018 4:57 pm

    Get Well Soon sounds like a winner! I’m glad you had a good week, complete with walks, puzzles, and books. Enjoy your weekend, Kathy.

  13. February 23, 2018 10:17 pm

    Glad you liked Get Well Soon. I bought the audio version as an audible daily deal and it’s next up for me.

  14. February 23, 2018 10:28 pm

    Novels in verse intimidate me. I have one on my shelf that I’ve been avoiding. I think I just need to start it. Where do you get your puzzles?

  15. February 24, 2018 6:43 am

    The authors name (Adriana Trigiani) sounded familiar so I looked her up on my blog. I read her book called Viola in Reel Life. I read it a long, long time ago, but I remember being very cute. 🙂

  16. February 24, 2018 7:09 am

    I LOVED Get Well Soon! I still want to read her earlier book, I think it’s about dating or something? I really loved her style.

  17. Lauren Becker permalink
    February 24, 2018 4:32 pm

    I had my book club meeting this past week too. It was fun! Most of us liked the book okay. 🙂 Good luck with the puzzle!


  18. February 25, 2018 2:34 am

    Wow, sounds like you had a good reading week. I love it when that happens. I also like books in verse, just not on a steady diet. Great puzzle start. Let us see the finished product.

  19. The Cue Card permalink
    February 25, 2018 4:57 pm

    The Plague book sounds interesting; I’m sure there would be quite a few facts I’d find surprising and great to know. I will look for it. thx

  20. February 26, 2018 9:20 am

    I’d love to read SOLO, especially after reading your review. I think my son would enjoy it.

  21. February 26, 2018 10:00 am

    Both Very Valentine and Brava, Valentine are in my to-read stacks. I’m glad to hear that everyone in your book club liked the first book. I’m looking forward to reading it even more now.

  22. March 6, 2018 10:35 am

    I love books in verse and Alexander has great books.

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