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The Week in Review: 05.04.2018

May 4, 2018


Between the Covers

Finished last week:

Twelve year old Dave Greenfield, also known as “Green,” is one of a handful of white students at Martin Luther King Middle School.  He begs to go to private school but his progressive parents believe in public education.  Green struggles to fit in until Marlon finally steps up and defends and befriends the awkward sixth grader, forming a bond over their devotion to the Celtics.

Set in Boston in the 1990s, GREEN by Sam Graham-Felsen, is a coming of age story that tackles matters like friendship, race, class, and education.  It’s told from Green’s point of view and it felt very realistic to me – so much so that it made me cry a couple of times.  It takes a little while to get used to some of the slang and parts of the book are crude since it’s told from a young male perspective but I adored it.  I fell in love with Green and Marlon and wanted things to work out for them.  The audio version of GREEN is brilliantly narrated by Prentice Onayemi – he brought the story and characters to life for me.  (Review copy provided by Penguin Random House.)


If you know a middle grade reader who loves history and animals, you’ll want to grab a copy of DOG DAYS OF HISTORY: THE INCREDIBLE STORY OF OUR BEST FRIENDS by Sarah Albee.  This beautiful book explores the history of man’s relationship to canines in a fun way that entertains readers while it teaches them.  Dogs worked for man for years and only recently became pampered pets.  I was fascinated to learn that the founding of the ASPCA predated the New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children by eight years.  I was surprised to learn that, in the 19th century, purebred dogs could sell for up to $100,000 in today’s money.  Kids will love learning fun facts like that and so much more.  This book is printed on high quality paper and contains many full color illustrations and photographs.  In case you can’t tell, I loved this book and I recommend it to young animal and/or history lovers everywhere!  (Review copy provided by Media Masters Publicity.)


You know summer’s here when a new Mary Kay Andrews book is out!  Her latest, THE HIGH TIDE CLUB is a story of buried secrets and old friendships.  Ninety-nine year old Josephine wants to set things right before she dies and hires Brooke Trappnell, a young, struggling lawyer to help her.  Josephine plans to change her will and directs Brooke to gather the descendants of her friends from The High Tide Club and the women form an unlikely bond when they set out to uncover secrets from Josephine’s past.  This book had a little more substance to it than the light, breezy books I’ve come to expect from Andrews.  It had a mystery, a little romance, and a lot of drama.  I thought the mystery was solid but felt a few of the characters were two dimensional.  The book was repetitive at times but that didn’t keep me from enjoying it.  You’ll want to grab a copy of THE HIGH TIDE CLUB to kick off your summer or pack in your beach bag.  (Review copy provided by Tandem Literary.)

Currently reading:

On the Screen

I watched the first episode of the new season of Dancing with the Stars.  This season will only last four weeks and features all athletes.  This quick format feels rushed to me – I don’t know who most of the contestants are and probably won’t know much about them before it’s all said and done.  I wasn’t surprised to see the ice skaters perform so well but was somewhat surprised to see Tonya Harding treated so sympathetically.  I didn’t think Jamie Anderson should have gone home – in my opinion, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar should have joined Johnny Damon.

Off the blog

  • We woke up to a temperature of 40° on Monday and I tried to enjoy it because it’s probably our last cool night for a while.  We’ll probably be turning the air conditioner on soon.
  • I bought my plane ticket to New York city for BookExpo.
  • The herpes in my eyes flared up so I spent some time in the opthamologist’s office and I wasn’t able to read as much as I would have liked.
  • I walked at least three miles every morning and averaged almost 17,250 Fitbit steps a day.

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

22 Comments leave one →
  1. May 4, 2018 6:46 am

    I tried Green but didn’t like it. Maybe I should try the audio version…

  2. Beth F permalink
    May 4, 2018 6:59 am

    I passed on Green, but maybe I shouldn’t have. As you’ll see from my post today, I’m suddenly all about beach reading!

  3. Sarah's Book Shelves permalink
    May 4, 2018 7:02 am

    Are you loving Female Persuasion??

  4. May 4, 2018 7:34 am

    Loved THE HIGH TIDE CLUB. I hope you are enjoying it too.

  5. May 4, 2018 8:01 am

    Looks like you had an awesome reading week. All 3 of your books look good, but I am especially drawn to Green after reading your review. I look forward to your thoughts on Female Persuasion.

  6. May 4, 2018 9:07 am

    I’m reading The Female Persuasion now, too… loving it!

  7. May 4, 2018 9:54 am

    Totally agree with you about Kareem instead of Jenny. I was actually surprised that Tonya was in the bottom 3. She danced beautifully. But as far as the rushed season is concerned, ABC normally has 2 DWTS seasons and 2 Bachelor/Bachelorette seasons each year. But this time they added American Idol. I guess they figured DWTS could take the blows.

  8. May 4, 2018 10:37 am

    I loved The High Tide Club, and hope to read The Female Persuasion soon. It is on Pippa, patiently waiting, and now that I’ve finished most of my May review books, I am eager to begin.

    I am also eyeing Beach House Reunion. I just saw a made-for-TV movie of The Beach House, and have read some others in the series. Enjoy!

  9. May 4, 2018 12:22 pm

    The High Tide Club sounds like a winner! Sorry to hear about your eye. That sounds painful. 😦

  10. May 4, 2018 1:27 pm

    I’ve heard good things about Green.
    What is going on with your eyes? Is this a long term thing that flares up every now and then? Sounds painful.

  11. May 4, 2018 2:33 pm

    Thanks for sharing some highlights of your week. The Dog Days history book appeals to me–I’d love to get my paws on it. 🙂 Have a great weekend, Kathy!

  12. May 4, 2018 3:23 pm

    Green sounds like a wonderful book. Enjoy the Book Expo, I’ll miss it this year because my son is getting married in Barcelona.

  13. Patty permalink
    May 4, 2018 6:07 pm

    Green sounds engaging…sorry about your eye…we have had the AC on most of the week…Den has to sleep in frigid air! But…we are getting cooler again, too! I walked more this week, too, but I still have lousy stamina!

  14. May 4, 2018 6:50 pm

    I don’t know why, but Mary Kay Andrews and summer just seen to go together. I’m glad to hear about this new book. I also like the sound of Green. In particular I like stories about race, class, education, and friendship. I’m going to find this one.

    I’m sorry about you eye problem. I sure hope the ophthalmologist can figure it out. Have a great weekend Kathy.

  15. May 5, 2018 9:34 am

    I’m glad you’re starting to feel a little better! I’m so excited that you bought your plane ticket. It makes seeing you in a few weeks real!

  16. May 5, 2018 2:28 pm

    Your books look good. I hope to fit a few into my reading schedule.

  17. May 6, 2018 5:05 am

    All your books look good. The High Tide was the one I wanted to track down and failed!
    I hope your eye situation improves fast.

  18. Literary Feline permalink
    May 6, 2018 3:22 pm

    The High Tide Club sounds like a lot of fun. 🙂 I am sorry about the flare up in your eye. It must be so frustrating. I hope you are feeling better and have a great week, Kathy!

  19. The Cue Card permalink
    May 6, 2018 6:18 pm

    It sounds like I need to check out the Green audio! You’ll have to tell us all about BookExpo this year. Hope it’s a blast.

  20. May 7, 2018 10:20 pm

    Jealous you are going to Book Expo. Someday I hope to go. Right now life is too busy with our kids’ schedules.

  21. May 10, 2018 7:13 pm

    Your poor eye! It’s no fun having to spend too much (or any really) at the doctor’s office. Green looks like it has potential. I’ll have to look for it.

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