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The Week in Review: 09.28.2018

September 28, 2018
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Between the Covers

Finished last week:

In A BEAUTIFUL, TERRIBLE THING: A MEMOIR OF MARRIAGE AND BETRAYAL, Jen Waite weaves the stories of the beginning of her relationship with her husband Marco with the ending of their marriage in an oddly compelling narrative that I couldn’t put down.  But, even as I was gobbling the book up, I had issues with it.  It seemed that Waite had trust issues from the very beginning which should have been a red flag telling her to run away.  Throughout the relationship, I wondered why she wanted to hang on to what was obviously not working.  I felt the way she and her mother labeled Marco a psychopath via internet searches to be irresponsible and wonder what her daughter will think about it in the years to come.  Having said all that, I’ve never found myself in the situation Waite was in so it’s hard for me to judge.  I would love to know what someone who’d been in a similar situation thought of this book.  (Review copy provided by Plume.)


WE RISE, WE RESIST, WE RAISE OUR VOICES edited by Wade Hudson and Cheryl Willis Hudson is a collection of essays, poems, letters, and songs for middle graders about living through difficult times because of political strife, racism, and other prejudices written by great authors like Jacqueline Woodson, Kwame Alexander, and Ellen Oh.  A few of the essays felt a little preachy to me but they’re all short so it’s easy to move on to the ones that are more inspiring.  I listened to the audio version which is very well done with a full cast and understand the print version has beautiful art as well.  Overall, I thought this collection was terrific and feel it will inspire and assure young readers who are worried about their future and the future of the world.   (Review copy provided by Penguin Random House.)


GOOD ROSIE! by Kate DiCamillo is an adorable picture book about making friends.  Rosie the dog lives with her owner George.  George is good to her but Rosie is lonely for other dogs.  George decides to take her to a dog park one day and poor little Rosie is overwhelmed when she sees all the other dogs there.  She decides she wants to make friends but has to figure out how to do it.  This is a sweet story with sweet illustrations by Harry Bliss that many children will be able to relate to.  I adored it.  (Review copy provided by Library Thing Early Reviewers.)


Flight attendant Cassie Bowden is a functioning alcoholic.  While on a layover in Dubai, she wakes up next to the dead body of a first class passenger she’d hooked up with the night before.  She’d blacked out and doesn’t remember what happened so she decides to leave without reporting his death.  She’s scared and can’t wait to get back to the US so she can hire a lawyer.   Things quickly escalate and Cassie finds herself in more trouble than she could ever have imagined.

Chris Bohjalian opens THE FLIGHT ATTENDANT with quite a hook and keeps the tension ratcheted up throughout the book.  Cassie’s really not sure what happened that fateful night so readers aren’t either.  I was hooked from the beginning and engrossed in this thriller throughout.  I did have a few issues with the ending so I can’t say that I loved the book but I did like it a great deal.  The bulk of the audio version is narrated by Erin Spencer and Grace Experience – they both did a good job but I preferred Spencer’s work.  (Review copy provided by Penguin Random House.)

Currently reading:

On the Screen

I enjoyed the season premier of Dancing With the Stars on Monday and thought everyone danced pretty well, even Joe – his timing was off but I thought he still did the steps with some rhythm.  I have to admit to a fondness for DeMarcus Ware, though – he played football at the high school when we lived in Auburn and I’ve enjoyed following his career.  I didn’t think Tuesday night’s show was all that great – I had it on but only glanced at the screen occasionally.

Off the blog

  • My sister and nephew came up for the weekend and the three of us went to a little family reunion.  We’re so happy to have reconnected with cousins we haven’t seen in over 35 years and meet some new family members too.

  • I’m making progress on my 3,000 piece puzzle but still have a long way to go.
  • I walked at least three miles every day and averaged almost 15,500 Fitbit steps a day.

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

25 Comments leave one →
  1. September 28, 2018 4:25 am

    Good to hear your thoughts on A Beautiful, Terrible Thing. I was curious about it but not sure it was for me, I feel uncomfortable reading intimate things about others’ relationships but wondered about her experience and how she processed it. Sounds like it’s compelling but problematic.

  2. Diane permalink
    September 28, 2018 7:13 am

    I’m very curious about a Beautiful and Terrible Thing! So nice to have family all together, nice pic.

  3. Sarah's Book Shelves permalink
    September 28, 2018 9:03 am

    I was riveted by Beautiful, Terrible Thing too! And i agree about her being overly trusting, but I’ve seen it happen. People believe what they want to believe.

  4. September 28, 2018 9:34 am

    How great to have a lovely reunion with family! I love the photo.

    Now I am definitely curious about A Beautiful, Terrible Thing.

    Enjoy your weekend!

  5. September 28, 2018 9:37 am

    I agree with you about DWTS #2. I don’t remember 2-2 hours shows back-to-back. It was too much. At least The Voice cuts the 2nd night down to 1 hour.

  6. September 28, 2018 9:37 am

    I am excited for DWTS too! I have several favorites this season, but I don’t like it when they stretch it into 2 shows unnecessarily. The junior season looks interesting as well. I bet my daughter will enjoy watching it. How fun to see cousins you haven’t seen for that long. I just attended my uncle’s funeral and saw a cousin I hadn’t seen in nearly 30 years.

  7. September 28, 2018 10:33 am

    Aren’t family reunions the best!
    I’m always curious about the motivation to publish such a personal memoir. I missed DWTS but will try to catch it next week. Life is just so busy right now.

  8. September 28, 2018 10:44 am

    We Rise sounds like a great book for middle grade students since they are in a such a tough time in life in general.

  9. September 28, 2018 11:52 am

    The Flight Attendant started off very strong but ended pretty weak. I really did not like Cassie. She will be played by Kaley Cuoco in the movie.

  10. September 28, 2018 2:30 pm

    I so need to try a puzzle. Hmm, maybe when she is older 😉

  11. Literary Feline permalink
    September 28, 2018 4:05 pm

    I am glad you had such a nice time with family! Good Rosie sounds adorable. 🙂 I would like to read The Flight Attendant one of these days. Have a wonderful weekend, Kathy!

  12. Patty permalink
    September 28, 2018 6:01 pm

    You really read some interesting books this week. I know your reunion must have been fun, too. I had a reasonably miserable week but i did everything I was asked to do and it’s over. I could not move today…not a muscle…I missed a hair appointment and I didn’t even care. I look awful today and I don’t care. I plan to stay in all week end and just walk. I have to stay strong and flexible!

  13. September 28, 2018 6:02 pm

    Alaskan Holiday sounds good. I’m rooting for Bobby Bones to win DWTS.

  14. September 28, 2018 7:59 pm

    Yay, Dancing With the Stars! I am still working my way through Monday’s show — I haven’t been home to watch it at all this week — but I’m thinking I may skip Tuesday. The results shows always feel really bloated to me.

  15. September 29, 2018 2:47 am

    Wow, you’re making great progress on that puzzle! Hang in there. How nice that you could connect with new family members. Have a great week ahead Kathy.

  16. September 29, 2018 3:48 am

    I have a few of Chris Bohjalian’s books either on my shelf or on my TBR list and this one sounds interesting too. It’s unfortunate the ending wasn’t to your liking though!

    Also, that puzzle looks great!

  17. Veena permalink
    September 29, 2018 6:13 am

    Te kiddo in the photo looks so so cute!! And I am looking forward to your reviews ❤

  18. Beth F permalink
    September 29, 2018 6:58 am

    I’ve been meaning to read the Flight Attendant; glad it’s good (even if the ending is a bit off). How fun to get together with family.

  19. The Cue Card permalink
    September 30, 2018 5:18 pm

    Wow that’s great about your family reunion! Both of your books last week seemed quite tension packed, holy smokes. Glad you enjoyed them, mostly.

  20. September 30, 2018 9:12 pm

    Kathy, I really enjoyed reading your mini reviews (at least I now know what these books are about). It sounds like you’ve had a good, busy week with reading and family. Terrific picture (I’m not sure if you’re in the photo). Anyway, thank you for sharing some of the highlights of your week.

  21. September 30, 2018 9:33 pm

    I liked Flight Attendant too even though I wanted to shake Cassie sometimes!

  22. bookingmama permalink
    October 1, 2018 8:49 am

    You got a lot of reading done last week! I liked THE FLIGHT ATTENDANT (parts were outstanding) but I know exactly what you mean about the ending.

  23. October 1, 2018 11:10 am

    The collection of poems and essays sounds interesting.

  24. October 2, 2018 9:25 am

    I’m going to see if our library has Good Rosie! And good luck on the 5,000 piecer. Time consuming but so much satisfaction when you’re done 🙂

    • October 2, 2018 9:26 am

      Oh and kudos to the family reunion. I’m going to my first one in at least 15 years this month and taking Gage 🙂

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