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The Week in Review: 03.09.2018

March 9, 2018


Between the Covers

Finished last week:

If you know a curious middle schooler, you’ll want to grab a copy of Time for Kids BIG BOOK OF WHY: 1,001 FACTS KIDS WANT TO KNOW for them.  This great book features high quality photographs and features categories like Animals, Earth, History, and Technology so there’s something to interest everyone.  The material is presented in an attractive question-and-answer manner that draws readers in and teaches in a subtle manner.  You could easily dip in and out of this book but I don’t know why you’d want to.  Even though I’m way past the target age, I did learn some things as I read BIG BOOK OF WHY.  I did notice that it didn’t actually answer the question it asked a time or two, but that’s okay, because it presents lots of great materials.  This would be a fun book to share with the whole family!  (Review copy provided by Blue Slip Media.)


When my friend Julie (Booking Mama) recommends a book, I take notice so when she said THE FORCE by Don Winslow was one of her favorites of 2017, I picked it up immediately.  THE FORCE is the story of Denny Malone and the special force he’s in charge of – a special unit that’s in place to fight gangs, drugs, and violence in New York City’s Manhattan North.  When they score a huge heroin bust, they skim a little off the top for themselves.  Things are good, though – they’ve got a handle on their district and their families are taken care of – until the feds get wind of things and come to Malone for information.

I found THE FORCE compelling and disturbing.  It’s rough and gritty but I couldn’t put it down.  I thought the characters were fantastic and the storyline was addictive.  It was hard to keep track of who was corrupt and who wasn’t.  There’s a lot of language in this book but it’s appropriate in the context.  If you enjoy mysteries, thrillers, and/or police procedurals, this is a must read!  (Review copy provided by Harper Collins.)


LAYOVER by Amy Andelson and Emily Meyer is a fun book for teens.  It’s the story of step-siblings Flynn and Amos – the two have feelings for each other but they’re not sure what to do about it.  The two of them, along with their stepsister Poppy, are on their way to meet their parents in Bora Bora when Poppy informs them that their parents are taking them on the trip to break the news of their impending divorce.  They decide they don’t want to face the drama so they explore LA rather than catch their connecting flight.  The trio have quite the adventure and learn a lot about themselves and each other while the fun lasts.  The story alternates between Flynn’, Amos’s, and Poppy’s points of view, giving readers a fuller picture of their relationship.  I thought the story was fun and the characters were appealing.  There’s just enough drama to keep readers invested so I think it will hold a lot of appeal for teen readers, especially girls.  The audio version is very capably narrated by Phoebe Strole, Michael Crouch, and Cassandra Morris.  (Review copy provided by Penguin Random House.)

Currently reading:


On the Screen

I watched the second half of Virginia Tech’s ACC Tournament game and what a disappointment it was.  Tech had a 21 point lead early in the half and ended up losing by 6 points.

Off the blog

  • Happy birthday to my dear OLDER sister, Karen!
  • I spent the first part of the week at my mom’s, getting her taxes done.
  • Vance left the day I got back so I’m working extra hours now.
  • I walked three miles a day when I was at home and averaged just under 12,000 Fitbit steps a day.

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

23 Comments leave one →
  1. Sarah's Book Shelves permalink
    March 9, 2018 7:09 am

    I just started The Chalk Man last night….only made it 7 pages before falling asleep, so we’ll see how it goes.

  2. Beth F permalink
    March 9, 2018 7:33 am

    I thought Layover might be good … I’ll remember it when I’m looking for a good audio. The Force looks fantastic!

  3. March 9, 2018 7:42 am

    I’ve heard about The Force and Layover – wasn’t too sure about them, but you make them sound so good. I guess that’s two more books to add to my TBR list 🙂 Hope you have a great weekend!

  4. March 9, 2018 7:57 am

    We are in agreement on The Force- I couldn’t put it down either!

  5. March 9, 2018 9:39 am

    I’ve never read Winslow. Looks like I need to add that to my TBR pile.

  6. March 9, 2018 10:55 am

    That Layover book sounds pretty good. Chalk Man! I listened to an interview with the author. She said her inspiration was Stephen King and King recently recommended the book on Facebook. I believe I have a copy. I can’t wait to read it. It sounds super creepy.

    What am I doing? I am at work all day today. Tomorrow we have a volleyball tournament to attend, acting classes and a party to attend but in all honesty I am think we won’t make the party. It’s a full day and I only get two days to rest and they are always filled with too much.

  7. March 9, 2018 11:00 am

    I’ve been eyeing The Chalk Man for a while…and I enjoyed The Girls.

    I am also curious about Layover, as it sounds like fun.

    Enjoy your week, and happy birthday to your sister.

  8. March 9, 2018 12:01 pm

    The Force sounds really good and as if it would make a great TV show/mini-series.

  9. March 9, 2018 1:42 pm

    Thanks for sharing some new to me authors.
    sherry @ fundinmental

  10. March 9, 2018 2:20 pm

    Happy Bday to your sis!

  11. March 9, 2018 3:25 pm

    I’m so jealous of all your steps. A big day for me is 2,000 . LOLOL

  12. March 9, 2018 4:08 pm

    The Force sounds excellent! Your step count is great, as usual. Enjoy the weekend!

  13. Patty permalink
    March 9, 2018 5:48 pm

    Den read and loved The Force…I have not been motivated to read it but maybe I should!
    I always love your “kid” books…

    You had a busy week!

  14. March 9, 2018 8:16 pm

    I’m hoping to get The Force from the library soon. My number is getting closer. Happy Birthday to your OLDER sister. )I got that. My sister and I go through the same thing, except I always say Happy Birthday to my BABY sister.) Have a great weekend Kathy.

  15. March 9, 2018 11:24 pm

    I had a customer recommend The Cartel (Don Winslow) when it first came out, but it didn’t appeal at all to me. However, The Force sure does! I bet my husband would enjoy it, too.

    I’m keeping busy with plans for a 3-week trip (in our travel trailer) at the end of the month. This will be the longest we’ve gone in the trailer, so I really need to make sure I have all my lists of what to pack and get all the campground reservations in order. The planning is fun, but a bit stressful since we don’t want to drive more than 200-250 miles in a day. Other than that, we’re enjoying the beautiful spring weather!

  16. March 10, 2018 8:56 am

    March is the best time for college basketball… seems like almost anything can happen! Syracuse has had the most disappointing season in years, but I’ll still watch the tournaments.

  17. March 11, 2018 5:42 pm

    I would like Big Book Of Why and Layover. Great job getting so many steps!

    Happy Belated Birthday to your older sister 🙂

  18. Lauren Becker permalink
    March 11, 2018 8:48 pm

    The Big Book of Why sounds really fun. I hope you are enjoying The Chalk Man – I was a big fan!


  19. melreadingcorner permalink
    March 11, 2018 10:53 pm

    The Chalk Man was so good! I hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I did.

  20. The Cue Card permalink
    March 12, 2018 2:51 pm

    Sorry about Va Tech. I hear that UVa is seeded #1, seems like a long time since they’ve gone far in the tournament. I wonder how you like The Girls novel — it’s a bit creepy but good too. Enjoy your week.

  21. March 14, 2018 2:59 pm

    I hope your sister’s birthday is fabulous

  22. March 19, 2018 11:48 pm

    Jason just finished a Don Winslow book and raved about him. I don’t think it was this one though. Maybe I’ll take him more seriously now 🙂

  23. March 20, 2018 6:49 am

    I am still blown away by THE FORCE despite reading it quite awhile ago. I loved it… but gritty it is!

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