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The Week in Review: 12.07.2018

December 7, 2018


Between the Covers

Finished last week:

I’ve never considered myself a fan of the Beastie Boys but I was always aware of them and their popular songs but decided to pick up BEASTIE BOYS BOOK by Michael Diamond and Adam Horovitz anyway and, I’m happy to say, I enjoyed it for the most part.  The two friends (plus a few others) share memories from their childhoods and their days as bandmates.  I never realized how innovative this group was and learned a lot about them like they originally had a female drummer, what Beastie stands for, etc.  It seems they managed to keep grounded even with all their fame.  The audio book is read by the authors and a host of their famous friends.  It was an interesting concept but I found it somewhat distracting at times – it seemed odd to have a female voice narrating something written by a man in the first person.  I laughed out loud when the pictures in the book were “read,” though.  I think fans of the Beastie Boys will love this book – it would make a great holiday gift – but they may want it in print so they can see all the photos in the book.  (Review copy provided by Penguin Random House.)


Even though I’m way past the target audience, I’ve always been a fan of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney so as soon as the 13th book came out, I grabbed a copy at our local indie bookstore.  Greg Heffley is at it again in THE MELTDOWN and, as usual, he made me laugh out loud.  Greg’s mom is on a campaign to reduce her kids’ screen time so when school is cancelled because of snow, she shoos Greg outside.  He decides to head to his friend Rowley’s house only to discover Rowley’s been sent outside too.  The duo become involved in a snow battle to end all snow battles – between the kids who live on the hill and those who don’t.  I thoroughly enjoyed this book and thought the storyline was a lot of fun.  Greg isn’t the nicest or smartest kid out there but he feels so real to me so I’m sure kids can relate to him.  This book would make a wonderful holiday gift for young readers and reluctant readers alike.


I’m sure most people have heard about BECOMING by Michelle Obama by now.  It’s the story of the former First Lady’s life – from her childhood through her years in the White House.  I thought it was well written and honest and I thoroughly enjoyed it.  Hers is a true American success story.  She was raised in a working class family that valued education and hard work in the South Side of Chicago.  Never politically inclined, she met and fell in love with Barack Obama and supported his dream and the rest is history.  Obama revealed several personal things that I’d never read and also shared what it’s like to live and raise children in the White House.  I listened to the audio version of the book which is narrated by the author.  I thought she did a fabulous job and felt like I was listening to a friend telling me a story.  I do want to flip through a print copy to look at the photos.  BECOMING would make a fabulous gift for those who love memoirs by strong women.  (Review copy provided by Penguin Random House.)

Currently reading:

On the Screen

Not much of anything

Off the blog

  • I went with two friends for my annual mammogram on Tuesday.  Two of us had mammograms and the third was there for moral support and breakfast afterward.  We both got good results.
  • Carl got the outside lights up and we’ve started our Christmas shopping.

  • I started a new puzzle.  I thought it would be pretty easy until I realized most of it is white.
  • We walked at least three miles every morning and I averaged just over 17,650 Fitbit steps a day.

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

24 Comments leave one →
  1. Sarah's Book Shelves permalink
    December 7, 2018 6:39 am

    Glad you started Dopesick – will look forward to hearing your thoughts 🙂

  2. Beth F permalink
    December 7, 2018 6:42 am

    I really do need to get to Becoming. Oops on the white puzzle and what a great idea to go for mammograms with friends. Good motivation to get it done.

  3. December 7, 2018 7:40 am

    I want to read both Becoming and Dopesick… probably both as audiobooks.

  4. December 7, 2018 8:49 am

    Hooray for the good test results! Sounds like audio is a great way to go with Becoming. I think my kids would be interested in the Beastie Boys book. I seem to remember a poster on a bedroom wall at one point, lol. Too funny about the photos being read. Have a great weekend, Kathy.

  5. December 7, 2018 9:13 am

    Yeah for getting it over with and yeah for good results! I hate lots of white in anything…especially puzzles!

  6. December 7, 2018 10:30 am

    I have Becoming waiting on my coffee table. Can’t wait to read it…and I’m curious about Dopesick. Thanks for sharing, and have a great weekend.

  7. December 7, 2018 11:00 am

    I did not think of that, but yes no pics when audio

  8. December 7, 2018 12:20 pm

    I just finished Becoming and absolutely LOVED it. Such a great story – loved getting to know her. Glad you enjoyed it as well 🙂

  9. December 7, 2018 12:20 pm

    I am reading Becoming now. I would be surprised if the book didn’t impress me in some way so I guess I have very high hopes for it. I really don’t know much about her background so it should be interesting.

    A mostly white puzzle sounds like a real nightmare to me.

    Group mammograms! Whatever it takes to get them done. Such a simple test but women all over seem to dread them.

  10. December 7, 2018 12:58 pm

    So glad you both got good results! And yes, that puzzle looks like a hard one, good luck!

  11. December 7, 2018 5:44 pm

    All those white pieces are going to be tricky! I’ve seen puzzles that are just one plain color- a blue sphere, or a green rectangle- and people speed solve them purely based on shape. I think it’s crazy! (much prefer a picture myself)

  12. December 7, 2018 5:49 pm

    Glad to hear you got your mammogram, mine is scheduled for February. I am also glad to hear you enjoyed the Obama book as I have been contemplating getting it and now I will.

  13. December 7, 2018 6:07 pm

    Glad you got good results on your mammo! Over 17,000 steps is so awesome. Hope you have a great weekend Kathy!

  14. Diane D permalink
    December 7, 2018 7:28 pm

    Kathy, we’ve been listening to the audio of Becoming, about half way through, and loving it. Glad you enjoyed it.

  15. December 7, 2018 8:19 pm

    Thanks for your review of Becoming. It sounds like a great audiobook listen. I’m curious to find out things I don’t already know about her or Obama. I’m on the wait list for it!

  16. December 7, 2018 9:26 pm

    I think I’ll cave in and buy Becoming.

  17. December 7, 2018 11:58 pm

    It sounds like Becoming is going to be worth my wait for it. I think I’m in the 30s in the line at the library. I do admire the woman and I’m eager to read it. Your new puzzle definitely looks like a challenge. Have a good weekend Kathy.

  18. December 8, 2018 6:07 am

    I agree; I would like to see the pictures that go with Becoming! Gaah – I hate puzzles that are mostly one color! But I guess it will keep you occupied for a long time, LOL

  19. December 8, 2018 9:33 am

    HEhehe… mostly white puzzle. When I was young, they had these puzzles that were just all one color! Devilish!

  20. December 9, 2018 10:52 am

    Nice reviews. I want to listen to the audio of Michelle’s book.

  21. December 9, 2018 11:21 am

    You’ve just reminded me I want The Beastie Boys Book. Michelle’s book sounds good also. Glad your mammogram results were good and happy reading and puzzling this week.

  22. Literary Feline permalink
    December 9, 2018 8:59 pm

    I really want to read Becoming and am hoping someone might get it for me for Christmas this year. I have so much respect and admiration for Michelle Obama. I am not a huge famous person/celebrity memoir reader, but hers definitely interests me. I am glad you enjoyed it, Kathy. I am glad you received good results on your mamogram. My mom was really nervous with hers this past month, as it was a year ago then she had gotten called in and told she had breast cancer again. She didn’t get a call though, and so hopefully the letter saying everything’s clear will come soon. I hope you have a great week, Kathy!

  23. December 10, 2018 10:22 am

    I am hoping to see that Beastie Boys book under my tree! LOL Becoming I can borrow from my mom since she bought it already. Have a great week.

  24. bookingmama permalink
    December 16, 2018 7:29 am

    I am dying to read BECOMING! I’ve heard such great things about it. You sure are getting a lot of audio books read!

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