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The Week in Review: 08.10.2018

August 10, 2018


Between the Covers

Finished last week:

Quincy Carpenter survived a horrible attack that left four others dead to become what the press dubbed a “Final Girl.”  There are two other Final Girls but they’ve never met.  When one of them dies of an apparent suicide, Sam, the third one comes to New York to meet Quincy.  Sam wants to talk about the past – a past Quincy would just soon put behind her.  But, as more and more details, come to light Quincy starts to remember things from that bloody night years ago and finds herself in a race for her life.

FINAL GIRLS by Riley Sager is well written with plenty of tension and twists to keep readers flipping the page.  I liked Quincy and wanted her to recover from her past and get on with her life.  I did have trouble believing one key item in the book but that didn’t keep me from enjoying it.  I wouldn’t go so far as to say I loved it but I did like it a great deal.  The audio version is narrated by Erin Bennett and Hillary Huber and I thought they both did a great job.  (Review copy provided by Penguin Random House.)


SARAI AND THE MEANING OF AWESOME by Sarai Gonzalez and Monica Brown is an early reader book about determination, family, and love.  Sarai and her family live close to her grandparents and see them often – in fact, her grandfather stays with Sarai and her sisters after school each day.  When the owner of the house her grandparents rent decides to sell it, Sarai’s grandfather tells her they can’t afford to buy it and will have to move.  Sarai can’t stand the thought of being away from her grandparents and springs into action to try to raise money to help buy the house.  A house costs more than she realizes, though, so she has to come up with another plan.

I thought Sarai was a great character.  Her parents immigrated to the US and have taught her the importance of family.  When they face a crisis, she’s full of creative ideas and ready to jump in with both feet.  I appreciated the fact that her ideas were age appropriate and realistic.  I think young readers will like Sarai, too, and just might be inspired by her. Christine Almeda‘s illustrations are the perfect touch to bring the story to life.  (Review copy provided by Scholastic.)


THE HOUSE SWAP by Rebecca Fleet is a domestic thriller in the vein that’s so popular right now.  Caroline and Francis are trying to revive their troubled marriage so they decide to get away by listing their house on a house swap website.  When an offer comes through, it sounds like exactly what they’re looking for but, when they get there, Caroline gets an uneasy feeling about the person they’ve swapped houses with – it seems this person knows more about Caroline than she wants her to.

I had mixed feelings about this book.  I thought Fleet’s writing was outstanding – almost too good for this genre to be honest – but I wanted the story to have a faster pace and more tension than it did.  There was enough to keep me invested in the story but I wanted more from it.  This is the author’s debut novel and I see a lot of potential in it so will definitely be reading whatever she writes next.  (Review copy provided by Penguin Random House.)

Currently reading:

On the Screen

Not much of anything.

Off the blog

  • Carl and I took a day trip to the mountains.
  • Thursday marked 11 years in our current home.  I’ve only lived in one place longer.
  • The winner of THE SHORTEST WAY HOME by Miriam Parker is Ti.
  • I’ve had, and loved, a Fitbit One for years.  It went dark when I was at the beach last week and then came back to life.  This week, I got some error messages on it so I decided it was time to replace it.  Unfortunately, they no longer make the One so I went with a Fitbit Zip.
  • Speaking of Fitbit, we walked at least three miles every morning and I averaged almost 15,500 Fitbit steps a day.

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

19 Comments leave one →
  1. Beth F permalink
    August 10, 2018 7:04 am

    I live in fear of my FitBit One dying. I really like clipon idea. I don’t know what I’ll get when that day comes. Hope you enjoy Women in Sunlight. I liked it. I’m going to give House Swap a try, I’ll notch down my expectations a bit.

  2. Diane D permalink
    August 10, 2018 7:28 am

    I have the Fitbit One as well – for like 5 years; love it! I started House Swap on my Kindle 2 weeks ago and dest it’s slow and I haven’t picked it up in over a week but, the writing is good and I WILL finish it. LOL

    We’re in our current home 9 years and our previous one 10. I’m a bit of a gypsy, the older I get LOL

  3. August 10, 2018 7:50 am

    My Fitbit One bit the dust while ago. I have an Alta now, but miss the clip-on version. Hope you’re enjoying Women in Sunlight as much as I did!

  4. August 10, 2018 7:53 am

    I’d probably read House Swap. Re the One – too bad they’ve stopped making it. I liked it. Hopefully the Zip will be a good replacement.
    Congrats to Ti!

  5. August 10, 2018 8:40 am

    I tried a fitbit once but couldn’t figure out how it worked so that was the end of fitbit for me!

  6. Patty permalink
    August 10, 2018 9:08 am

    I love day trips…especially now with my phobia of being away over night! I just got a new Fitbit, too but Den made me get the one that does everything! First I hated it…then I ignored it…now I have conversations wit it! Have a lovely weekend!

  7. August 10, 2018 10:00 am

    I enjoyed The House Swap.

    I’ve never had a FitBit, but I can see what a great exercise buddy it is.

    Women in Sunlight looks good.

    Thanks for sharing, and have a great weekend.

  8. August 10, 2018 12:35 pm

    I’d like to try the House Swap, I’m currently reading a thriller. I don’t have a fit bit but my Apple watch shows me steps and I love seeing them go up. It feels so nice.

  9. August 10, 2018 1:30 pm

    I’ll have been in my current house for 10 years next year, but we should be moved out by them. I had a wrist Fitbit but it counted my arm movements as steps. If I get another one it will be the Zip.

  10. August 10, 2018 2:48 pm

    Ohh new fitbit! Nice :=D

  11. August 10, 2018 4:22 pm

    I liked Final Girls too, a little more than you I think. It certainly kept my attention. And I’m wanting to read House Swap, though I can’t imagine doing that in real life. Other people in the house I live in all the time – no thank you!

    I have a Polar Watch and it works well to keep up with my steps, etc., but it doesn’t sync with my Weight Watcher app. A Fitbit would, but then there’s no watch. My husband has an Apple watch and his does pretty well syncing, but he laughs at all the ‘stickers’ he gets. Like he’s 5, he says. I suspect he’ll be getting me one for my birthday or I wouldn’t be surprised. I do need something to keep up with my steps. It’s kind of a big thing with me these days. LOL

  12. August 10, 2018 7:51 pm

    Final Girls sounds so good. This is definitely the year of mysteries and thrillers.

  13. August 11, 2018 12:28 pm

    I’m feeling out of sync today – I haven’t read any of your books and have no desire to count my steps. Oh well, at least I’ve taken plenty of road trips, and what a joy they are. A mountain trip is especially nice. That fresh air at the top always makes me feel new again. And the variety of trees is another treat. Glad you got away.

  14. August 11, 2018 12:42 pm

    I hope you are liking your new Fitbit Zip. I’m thinking I’d like to check one out. The House Swap novel sounds like a great premise. I’ll have to find that one. thx

  15. Literary Feline permalink
    August 12, 2018 12:40 pm

    A day trip to the mountains sounds so nice! Our favorite spot suffered recent fires, and so it’s probably best we don’t head out that way. As much as I want to make my daughter’s last Sunday before school starts tomorrow exciting, I have a feeling we will be having a lazy day at home. I think my husband and I need it after so many busy ones this summers with the rehearsals and shows. LOL The House Swap does sound intriguing, although I’m sorry it wasn’t better for you. I will probably give it a try to see what I think. I hope you have a great week, Kathy!

  16. August 12, 2018 9:57 pm

    I wish I would have known about your One. I have a Fitbit One I’m not using. If you are interested in it as a back-up, let me know! I stopped using it once I got my Apple Watch. The House Swap sounds creepy. Sarai sounds like a great book to tell stories about the power of family.

  17. bookingmama permalink
    August 13, 2018 8:02 am

    Sorry about your Fitbit! I am still curious about THE HOUSE SWAP if nothing more than for the writing!

  18. August 13, 2018 11:17 pm

    House Swap sounds like a good audio choice, but if the writing is as good as you say, maybe I’ll get it in print at the library. I’ve never had a Fitbit, but I do wear a Samsung Gear watch, which syncs to my phone, so I know when I’m getting a call if it’s not nearby (or a text or email or alert). It also keeps track of my steps, although I often wonder just how accurate it is. I’ll have to test it against the treadmill one of these days. 🙂

  19. August 17, 2018 11:48 am

    Patty mentioned House Swap the other day and it was vaguely familiar to me, now after reading your post I do remember adding it to my virtual want list. Interesting how you thought the writing was almost too good for the genre. That tells me a lot. I’ve been reading a lot of these psychological suspense books but they are all just okay of late.

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