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The Week in Review: 03.02.2018

March 2, 2018


Between the Covers

Finished last week:

National Geographic Kids 1,000 FACTS ABOUT THE WHITE HOUSE by Sarah Wassner Flynn is so much fun for history buffs and trivia geeks.  It contains interesting tidbits about the White House itself as well as its residents, its staff, and events that are held there.  As I’ve come to expect from National Geographic Kids, it’s printed on high quality, glossy paper and is filled with lots of full color photographs (as well as some old black and white ones).  Facts are arranged by subjects like Spooky and Scary, Food, and Gadgets, just to name a few.  I read the book from cover to cover but think kids will have fun dipping in and out of it.  Did you know:

  • “At the flick of a switch, windows in the Situation Room frost over to give the president privacy.”
  • “President John Adams was not a studious child and sometimes skipped class to go fishing.”
  • “Thomas Jefferson was known to greet dignitaries while wearing a robe and slippers.”

I thought this book was a lot of fun and enjoyed reading it.  It would be a great addition to a school, classroom, or home library, where I imagine it would get picked up over and over again.  (Review copy provided by Media Masters Publicity.)


THE GIRLS IN THE PICTURE by Melanie Benjamin is historical fiction based on the friendship of Mary Pickford and Frances Marion, two women who were influential in the time of silent movies.  Going into the book, I was familiar with the name Mary Pickford although I  didn’t know that much about her but Frances Marion was completely new to me.  Mary Pickford was a huge star and was also one of the founders of United Artist and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.  Frances Marion was one of the most famous and most highly paid screenwriters of the period.  The two worked together and formed a strong bond and friendship, even honeymooning together after their marriages.

The story alternates between the two women – with Marion’s in the first person narrative and Pickford’s in the third.  It started out slow for me – the pace did pick up after a while but this was never a page turner.  I still enjoyed learning of these two pioneering women and was glad Benjamin explained what was true and what was not in the author’s note at the end.  If you enjoy stories of old Hollywood, strong women, and/or female friendships, you’ll want to give this a try.  Kimberly Farr does a nice job narrating the audio version.  (Review copy provided by Penguin Random House.)

Currently reading:

On the Screen

I watched the Virginia Tech Men’s basketball team defeat Duke Monday night.  Tech has had some great wins and seems to be ending the season on a positive note.  This win should secure them a spot in the NCAA Tournament.


Off the blog

That’s me on the right, with the purple shirt on.

  • I ran my first (and probably last) 5K with a time of 25:48.5.  I was the 14th (out of 260) fastest female and came in 51st (out of 429) overall.  I placed 2nd in the Female Masters Division (even though I’m old enough for Female Grand Masters).

  • My puzzle was easier than it looked so I finished it this week.
  • I completed and filed our 2017 tax returns.  It’s a chore I abhor so I’m glad to have it over with.
  • We walked at least three miles every morning and I averaged just over 17,250 Fitbit steps a day.

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

26 Comments leave one →
  1. March 2, 2018 6:13 am

    I agree that the National Geographic has great books. We love their magazines too!

  2. March 2, 2018 7:03 am

    I think I would enjoy reading those snippets of Presidents even though so far removed from my world.
    Congratulations on taking part and doing so very well.

  3. Beth F permalink
    March 2, 2018 7:03 am

    Hope you love I’ll Be Gone in the Dark. Yay you for running! I don’t run anymore, though Mr. BFR keeps saying we should. The White House book sounds like a lot of fun.

  4. March 2, 2018 7:55 am

    Wow, congrats on the 5K, that is an awesome accomplishment! My son would have loved that White House book when he was a young fella.

  5. March 2, 2018 8:58 am

    Look at you, running in that 5K! Congrats on your time! I’ve done 3 of these races in the last 6 months, but we walk and don’t run. Our best time is 64 minutes, which I know is not ideal for most, but honestly, I couldn’t have walked 3.1 miles at one stretch a year ago and now, I do it every single day. I think I’ll stick to walking, but again, congrats!!

  6. March 2, 2018 9:10 am

    National Geographic can take any subject and make it super interesting for kids. Congrats on your 5K run! That’s awesome!

  7. March 2, 2018 9:24 am

    Congrats on the 5k!! Hope you have a great weekend 🙂

  8. March 2, 2018 9:43 am

    Nice job on the 5K. I don’t do any exercising that involves a “K!”
    I have never read a Benjamin. Maybe one of these days…

  9. March 2, 2018 11:26 am

    You are so impressive, with your regular walking and running.

    I am drawn to I’ll Be Gone in the Dark…and I, too, felt The Girls in the Picture was a slow book; it held my interest, but I had to keep taking breaks from it.

  10. Patty permalink
    March 2, 2018 11:41 am

    Wow! Awesome on your run! You should be so proud of what you have done…Den is working on tax prep as I write…we hate it, too!

  11. March 2, 2018 12:07 pm

    I didn’t know you ran. I know you’ve mentioned the walking before. Way to go! My body was not made for running but I love the idea of it. You need to read Murakami’s What I Talk About When I Talk About Running. It’s a memoir and it will make you want to keep running.

  12. March 2, 2018 1:00 pm

    I love Nat Geo books and shows. Congratulations on you times/places in the 5K! I love that puzzle.

  13. Diane D permalink
    March 2, 2018 1:01 pm

    Congrats on your 5K; that’s awesome!

  14. March 2, 2018 2:34 pm

    Ohh 5 k. cool

  15. March 2, 2018 4:31 pm

    Congrats on the 5K and placing so very well!

  16. March 2, 2018 7:40 pm

    Congratulations and excellent job on the 5K! I just heard an NPR story about Mary Pickford; she sounds like such an interesting woman.

  17. Lauren Becker permalink
    March 2, 2018 11:13 pm

    Oh wow, congrats on the 5k! That’s awesome.

    The 1,000 Facts about the White House sounds fun. I love books that contain random facts! I hope you enjoy I’ll Be Gone in the Dark; I want to read that.


  18. March 3, 2018 2:26 pm

    Way to go on your 5K!! I miss running (I’m one of those who actually loves it), but it’s brutal on my knees. I walk 3-4 miles a day and bike when it’s nice out. We got our taxes back from our tax man and we were thrilled that we actually get a refund this year. Whoohoo!

  19. Literary Feline permalink
    March 4, 2018 5:27 pm

    Way to go on the 5K! That is so great that you did that–and did so well!I hope you enjoy your reading this week. I hope to find more time for it. This past week I felt like I barely had time to pick up a book. 😦 Have a great week.

  20. March 4, 2018 6:46 pm

    YAY! I knew you’d kill that race!

  21. March 4, 2018 7:38 pm

    Great 5k time, and photo, Kathy! I run in some 5ks and 10ks, and they are always challenging for me. Your daily step count continues to be terrific. Thanks for sharing your thoughts about the two books. Have an excellent week!

  22. March 5, 2018 12:14 am

    Wow! Good for you on doing so well in that race!

    Love that puzzle. It looks a bit too challenging for me and my four-year-old puzzle master, but we still love looking at them.

  23. March 5, 2018 10:48 am

    Congrats on your 5K. You should be really proud of your time. Some of the girls on our XC team don’t finish that fast! That puzzle looks hard with all the similar looking pieces.

  24. The Cue Card permalink
    March 5, 2018 4:19 pm

    Congrats on your 5k! Nicely done. I’ll be curious what you think of the Michelle McNamara book b/c I’m thinking about reading it as well. Is it good? hmm

  25. March 6, 2018 10:36 am

    Love National Geographic books. WOW, your first 5K, Congrats

  26. March 6, 2018 11:26 pm

    Wow! Nice run!! I have cousins who have become addicted over the past few years once they started participating in the 5Ks. I’m going to need to get some of these National Geographic books for Gage.

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