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The Week in Review: 10.19.2018

October 19, 2018


Between the Covers

Finished last week:

I picked up RUSH by Lisa Patton looking for something light to read and I got so much more.  This story, set around the fictional Alpha Delta Beta sorority at Ole Miss, is about young women who challenge the status quo in order to make a difference in the lives of others.  It tackles issues like race and class in a light hearted way.  The story is told from three different points of view:

  • Miss Pearl, an African American woman who’s been a maid at the sorority house for 25 years.  She loves the girls like they’re her own and many of them confide in her.
  • Wilda’s an alumni member of the sorority and serves as a Rush Advisor.  She hopes her daughter will become a pledge this year.
  • Cali, a freshman from a small town who wants nothing more than to pledge a sorority, any sorority.

I loved Patton’s characters (even the evil one) and thought both her writing and the story were solid.  I was engrossed from the beginning and read the book in just a few days.  There’s a lot to discuss in this book and I think a book club could do a lot with it so I think RUSH would make a great book club selection.  (Review copy provided by St. Martin’s Press.)


Viola Davis’s new book, CORDUROY TAKES A BOW, features the well known stuffed bear, Corduroy.  When Lisa takes Corduroy to the theater she drops him on the floor as she gets caught up in the excitement on the stage.  Corduroy wants to see what’s going on, too, so he makes his way forward, getting a grand tour of the theater.  Fans of Corduroy will love this new addition to the beloved series.  It’s a great way to introduce youngsters to the theater and would be an excellent book to read before a trip there.  Davis reads the audio version herself and does an outstanding job.  (Review copy provided by Penguin Random House.)


If you know a young reader who wants to read a Halloween book but isn’t quite ready for something scary, grab a copy of MEGABAT by Anna Humphrey for them.  Daniel and his family have moved to a new house and Daniel hates it and his attic bedroom.  He keeps finding a wet spot on his floor and quickly realizes it’s from a fruit bat that was shipped when the piece of fruit he was on was picked and shipped across the sea.  Megabat is homesick and quite unique – because he can talk.  Daniel and his new friend Talia try to get Megabat home but come up on several obstacles.  They find some help in an unexpected place.  This book incorporates a little pop culture and some adorable illustrations by Kass Reich and it is tons of fun!  I found myself smiling a lot as I read it and I’m sure young readers will do the same.  (Review copy provided by Library Thing Early Reviewers.)


Even though ANIMAL ZOMBIES! by Chana Stiefel is published by National Geographic Kids, I recommend it to anyone and everyone who’s curious about nature and animals.  Readers learn about all kinds of animals including parasites, bloodsuckers, animals who live in the depths of the ocean and so on.  There’s also information on those who study and photograph them and what they did to become qualified for their jobs.  The book is printed on heavy duty, glossy paper and includes amazing full color photographs.  I loved this book and was eager to share facts and photos with anyone and everyone who would listen.  ANIMAL ZOMBIES! is perfect for kids who love creepy facts as well as budding scientist and reluctant readers – what kid wouldn’t love learning about the giant jellyfish, a creature that “eats and poops through the same hole?”  (Review copy provided by Media Masters Publicity.)

Currently reading:

On the Screen

  • I watched the Virginia Tech – North Carolina football game Saturday evening and boy, was it nerve wracking!  I’m happy the Hokies won but do wish they would have done it in a more convincing fashion.
  • We watched Dancing with the Stars Monday night and thought it was good for the most part.  We felt Joe should have been voted off and were disappointed to see Tinashe go.

Off the blog

  • I’m at the beach with my mother and sister and, unfortunately, our week is coming to an end.  We’ve had glorious weather and a wonderful time.
  • I averaged just over 8,100 Fitbit steps a day.

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

25 Comments leave one →
  1. October 19, 2018 7:37 am

    I couldn’t get into RUSH, so I gave up on it. Glad you enjoyed it. The beach sounds like fun – enjoy those last few days together 🙂 Have a great weekend!!

  2. October 19, 2018 7:42 am

    Rush is already on my list, but it sounds like I need to move it closer to the top. Glad you’re enjoying your time at the beach! 🙂

  3. Beth F permalink
    October 19, 2018 8:26 am

    I’ve had Rush on my list too — I agree with JoAnn: perhaps time to bump it up. Savor the last beach moments.

  4. Rhonda permalink
    October 19, 2018 9:37 am

    Rush is moving up on my tar list thanks💕📚

  5. October 19, 2018 9:38 am

    It’s crazy the support Joe has. Usually even popular people go off after a couple of weeks if they can’t dance well. It’s also crazy how popular he was on Bachelor in Paradise when he was out the first night in Becca’s season.

  6. October 19, 2018 9:40 am

    Since I couldn’t understand a word of what you wrote about Rush, I was very interested to know what goes on and what happens.
    I’d love to read your review.

  7. October 19, 2018 9:47 am

    I’ve heard good things about Rush, so I am adding it to my list. Today is my first day on my new laptop, and I’m exploring it. Trying to find my feet! LOL

  8. October 19, 2018 11:39 am

    Lookss like I need to find a copy of Rush. I also like books with strong characters. Glad you have had a great week at the beach.

  9. October 19, 2018 2:49 pm

    Animal zombies! eeeek

  10. October 19, 2018 3:18 pm

    Rush sounds promising! I wish I were at the beach right now. We’re in San Luis Obispo (in the hills) and it’s very hot! Tomorrow we head to Salinas/Monterey and then north to Santa Rosa. There may be some wine tasting in my future! 🙂

  11. October 19, 2018 4:54 pm

    I loved Rush…I am so glad that you loved it, too. It must be peachy to be at the beach this time of year! Joe is really not a dancing machine.

  12. October 19, 2018 5:20 pm

    Glad you enjoyed Rush as much as I did! Yay for a nice week at the beach.

  13. October 19, 2018 7:12 pm

    Kathy, I’m glad you’ve been enjoying the beach. CORDUROY TAKES A BOW sounds very charming. Enjoy your weekend!

  14. October 19, 2018 7:29 pm

    Rush sounds good! I’ll have to look it up. Glad you had such a good time and weather at the beach!

  15. October 19, 2018 8:24 pm

    I’m so glad you get to spend time with your mom and sister; it’s so important and fun.

  16. October 19, 2018 8:58 pm

    I have been staring at Rush on our sales cart for awhile. You have convinced me to buy it.

  17. October 20, 2018 11:56 am

    I had no idea Corduroy books were still being written. That Animal Zombies book would be a hit with kids. They always gravitate towards the books that have weird or strange or creepy animals.

  18. October 20, 2018 6:18 pm

    Nice you’ve been at the beach! Sounds like a great week. Hooray for the Corduroy story!

  19. Diane D permalink
    October 20, 2018 8:06 pm

    You read some fun sounding books last week. Rush and the Viola Davis one sound especially good. Hope you had nice beach weather.

  20. Literary Feline permalink
    October 21, 2018 12:19 am

    I hope you are enjoying Kate DiCamillo’s and Joshilyn Jackson’s books. Both are ones I would like to read. I am glad you have been enjoying your visit to the beach. You’d think I’d go more often given how close I live to the coast. It’s so rare we go though. I hope you have a great week, Kathy! We are hoping to visit the pumpkin patch tomorrow.

  21. October 22, 2018 8:18 am

    How wonderful to spend time with your mom and to be on the beach! *sigh* I live in the wrong country. My son would have LOVED Animal Zombies. National Geographic can make anything interesting!

  22. October 22, 2018 5:16 pm

    You definitely caught my attention with Rush! Time at the beach with your mom and sister sounds wonderful.

  23. October 24, 2018 2:37 pm

    The Animal Zombies looks good, as does MegaBat

  24. November 1, 2018 9:43 am

    I loved Corduroy so much when I was little. I need to get the new one for my daughter before she’s too old!

  25. bookingmama permalink
    November 15, 2018 11:08 am

    Wasn’t ANIMAL ZOMBIES a terrific book (albeit a little gross/scary)?

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