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The Week in Review: 02.08.2019

February 8, 2019


Between the Covers

Finished last week:

Ellery and her twin brother Ezra are sent to live with their grandmother in Echo Ridge when their mother goes into rehab.  Echo Ridge seems like a quaint small town but it’s holding lots of secrets – secrets that Ellery discovers when she’s nominated for the homecoming court.  The point of view switches back and forth between Ellery and Malcolm, one of the first friends the twins make in Echo Ridge.  Malcolm’s brother was a suspect in an earlier murder.

TWO CAN KEEP A SECRET by Karen McManus is a mystery/thriller for the YA audience.  I enjoyed it (and think teen readers will enjoy it even more than I did) but I did have a few issues with it.  It’s plot driven for sure and I think it could have used a little more character development.  The plot was confusing at times but it did all come together for me at the end.  The audio version is narrated by Sophie Amoss and Kirby Heyborne and I thought they both did a pretty good job.  (Review copy provided by Penguin Random House.)


While she’s on the bus one day, Laurie notices a man sitting at a bus stop and she’s instantly drawn to him.  She’s sure he’s drawn to her as well but neither does anything about it.  Laurie can’t get over him, though, and spends the next year searching for “bus boy.”  Imagine her surprise when Sarah, her roommate and best friend, shows up with him.  She has to set her feelings aside and move on with her life and the three become friends.

ONE DAY IN DECEMBER by Josie Silver is a cute, fun book that explores the friendships, opportunities lost, and heartbreaks of these characters through the years.  The point of view shifts between Laurie and Jack (bus boy) giving readers the total picture.  When I started the book, I thought it was going to be very predictable but it had a few twists I didn’t see coming.  I listened to the book and thought the narration by Eleanor Tomlinson and Charlie Anson enhanced my enjoyment.  I recommend this book when you want something light or chick litty.  (Review copy provided by Penguin Random House.)


LOVE by Stacy McAnulty is a sweet picture book about, you guessed it, love.  It’s important to look at the delightful illustrations by Joanne Lew-Vriethoff when you read some of the words like, “Love needs special presents.” The pictures show that special presents don’t have to be expensive and can be a drawing, homemade cookies, a book, or a crown of flowers.  I love the kindness shown in the book and the diverse characters as well and think the ending is just perfect.  This is a great book to share with youngsters because it can spark discussions about empathy, kindness, and inclusion.  It’s a terrific book to share for Valentine’s Day.  (Review copy provided by Media Masters Publicity.)

Currently reading:

On the Screen

The Super Bowl was on in our house but I’d be lying if I said I watched it.  I did glance up from time to time and, for the most part, I thought it was a pretty dull game.

Off the blog

  • One of my nieces was in town for a conference so I got to spend an evening with her.

  • I got to have coffee with an old friend this week.  We used to be neighbors about 15 years ago when we both lived in a different city.  After a few moves, we lost contact and have recently been in touch again.  It turns out her mother moved close to me about 6 months ago!

  • I finally finished the jigsaw puzzle Vance gave me for my birthday.
  • We walked three miles every morning and I averaged almost 16,400 Fitbit steps a day.

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

24 Comments leave one →
  1. Beth F permalink
    February 8, 2019 6:58 am

    I thought One Day in December was a great escape read — just what I wanted at the time. I have Two Can Keep a Secret on my list. Yay on meeting up with friends and family!

  2. February 8, 2019 8:37 am

    I’m going to keep One Day in December in mind for the next time I need a light read. Hope you’re enjoying Free Food for Millionaires as much as I did!

  3. The Cue Card permalink
    February 8, 2019 8:45 am

    Great photos, and the puzzle is a beaut. The Super Bowl was a bit of a bummer, I was rooting hard for the Rams but no offense ever fully materialized. It was quite a defensive battle that put some to sleep. Enjoy your week.

  4. February 8, 2019 9:33 am

    On Super Bowl Sunday, Joni and I went to see The Upside at a local theater. I did see the 2nd half. Both QBs are from Northern California, which created a little bit of interest for me. My son-in-law is from Rhode Island and is a HUGE Pats fan. I guess I had a little skin in the game.

  5. February 8, 2019 9:42 am

    Thanks for the reminder about One Day in December. I am totally looking for a fun escape read!

  6. February 8, 2019 10:17 am

    I thought the Love book was wonderful as well. I have the One Day in December book but didn’t get it read over Christmas. I may just save it for my holiday read next year.

  7. February 8, 2019 10:40 am

    I want to read ONE DAY IN DECEMBER – but I may wait until next December. Ha! I read the book Karen McManus wrote just prior to TWO CAN KEEP A SECRET. It was ONE OF US IS LYING. Those titles seems like a series, but I don’t think I’ve heard that any characters are in both. Anyway, TWO is on my list to read or listen at some point. We didn’t watch the Super Bowl. I was eh… about it. Nice that you got to spend time with old friends and family, Kathy.

  8. February 8, 2019 11:04 am

    I agree that One Day in December is fun chick lit. I enjoyed it.

  9. February 8, 2019 11:35 am

    I’ve been eyeing One Day in December…I like books that take me away from the dark thoughts of thrillers…for a while.

    How great that you got to reconnect with an old friend!

  10. February 8, 2019 11:46 am

    What fun you had this week! A niece and a visit with an old friend made your week awesome! And good books, too!

  11. February 8, 2019 1:37 pm

    I have One Day in December on my “want to read” list at the library. Love sounds cute so I’ll look for it. I love getting together with old friends I haven’t seen in a while. Love that puzzle!

  12. February 8, 2019 2:49 pm

    I have One Day in December on my library list and look forward to reading it sometime this month. We went to a Super Bowl party, but like you, I found it very dull. I did enjoy chatting with my friends at the party, though. I still want to go back and watch the commercials since I missed most of them. That puzzle is gorgeous! I’m ready to start another one myself.

  13. February 8, 2019 6:22 pm

    I love all your pictures. How great it is when old friends can reconnect. Your puzzle looks like a lovely painting. Have a great weekend, Kathy.

  14. February 8, 2019 8:03 pm

    What a great week for you, Kathy.

    Thanks for sharing.

  15. Literary Feline permalink
    February 8, 2019 10:48 pm

    One Day in December does sound sweet. I would like to read that one. Sounds like you had a nice week, Kathy. I am glad you had a nice visit with your friend! I hope you have a great weekend. We have a cookie booth on Sunday, and my husband has to work tomorrow. Take care!

  16. February 9, 2019 2:57 pm

    Wow, love that jigsaw! 😀
    And yay for old friends

  17. Diane D permalink
    February 10, 2019 10:14 am

    Glad you read One Day in December, it was fun. How nice to catch up with old friend and relative this week as well. Hope your weekend is going well.

  18. Lauren Becker permalink
    February 10, 2019 7:32 pm

    I don’t really watch football, but my family didn’t think it was that great of a game either. I’m curious about Two Can Keep a Secret, but sorry to hear it needed a bit more characterization.


  19. February 11, 2019 10:20 am

    Love the puzzle. The Super Bowl game was so boring…the halftime show was a disappointment to me, also. I love the LOVE book. Cute

  20. bookingmama permalink
    February 11, 2019 5:01 pm

    You got a lot of listening done last week! That puzzle is gorgeous. I can’t imagine how hard it was.

  21. February 12, 2019 11:53 am

    That’s a lovely puzzle. What do you do with them once they are complete? One of our lunch rooms always has a puzzle going. When they are complete, they glue them and hang them up. But about a year ago someone thought it would be funny to steal one piece of the in-progress puzzle so we could never finish them. At some point, they’d come in with it and complete but that killed it for me.

  22. February 12, 2019 2:28 pm

    I love the photos! So nice.

  23. February 15, 2019 2:31 am

    One Day in December sounds like a lovely read. And your puzzle is beautiful!

  24. February 21, 2019 9:35 pm

    Fun visits! Wish we could have made one happen last month 🙂 Adding One Day in December to my list.

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