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The Week in Review: 02.15.2019

February 15, 2019


Between the Covers

Finished last week:

I don’t know why it took me so long to read THE WORLD WE FOUND since Thrity Umrigar is one of my favorite authors.  All I can say is better late than never.  Armaiti, Laleh, Kavita, and Nishta were great friends when they were in college in Bombay in the 1970s.  After college, they went their separate ways and Armaiti ended up going to the US for graduate school.  She married Richard and stayed after graduation.  When she learns she’s dying, she wishes to see her friends again.  Unable to make the trip to India, she asks them to visit her.  Her desire reunites her friends as they try to figure out how to make the journey.

I loved this story of friendship.  The four women led such different lives but, deep down, they were very much alike.  As always Umrigar’s writing and characters are top notch and the story is wonderful.  She did a fabulous job of blending politics, culture, and religion in this terrific book.  (Review copy provided by Harper Collins.)


HOO HOO WHO? by Mary Maier is a sweet picture book about friends.  Owl is throwing his friend Mouse a surprise party but his glasses are broken so he doesn’t recognize the guests as they arrive.  When he asks who they are, they give him a hint so he can figure it out.  After everyone is there, a package comes with Owl’s new glasses.  Lauren Horton’s illustrations are fabulous and add much to this story that will have youngsters answering questions, singing songs, and yelling surprise.

According to Maier,

Kids with language delays work on WH- questions A LOT. Many children know their colors, shapes, numbers, letters, but not the difference between whowhat and where. These questions are the building blocks of conversations and are HUGELY important to language development.

This important book focuses on Who and Maier’s next two books will focus on Where and What.   (Review copy provided by Media Masters Publicity.)


ROLLER GIRL is a terrific graphic novel for middle grade readers by Victoria Jamieson.  I’m not surprised it’s a Newbery Honor winner.  When Astrid’s mother takes her to roller derby for “cultural enlightment” one evening, Astrid is hooked.  She signs up for roller derby camp and assumes her best friend, Nicole, will want to as well but Nicole is more interested in dance.  Astrid finds herself struggling with roller derby, a deteriorating friendship, and thoughts of middle school but she learns she’s tough enough to handle it all.

I thought Astrid and her mother were terrific characters and loved the unique roller derby storyline.  I even learned the basic rules of roller derby!  I listened to this audio book and was amazed at how well the full cast of narrators was able to bring a graphic novel to life.  I want to go back to see the illustrations now because I loved this book!  (Review copy provided by Penguin Random House.)

Currently reading:

On the Screen

I watched the Virginia Tech – Georgia Tech basketball game Wednesday night.  VT has a lot of players out with injuries but still played well (especially during the second half) and won 76 to 68.

Off the blog

  • WordPress changed some things on their Dashboard and somehow, this post disappeared on me.  I tried to reconstruct my thoughts on the books I read but it was difficult since I no longer have the books to refer to.

  • I started one of the puzzles I got for Christmas.  This puzzle is interesting because I have no picture to work by.  It came with a short mystery to read and the solution is in the puzzle.
  • We walked at least three miles every morning and I averaged just over 18,250 Fitbit steps a day.

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

27 Comments leave one →
  1. February 15, 2019 6:15 am

    I was waiting for your review to decide if I would read the new Umrigar book so now I guess I will read it!

  2. Diane permalink
    February 15, 2019 6:35 am

    The Umrigar title sounds familiar and she is a favorite author but, I have no recollection of the storyline. Now I’m wondering whether I read it or not LOL.

    Sounds like you had a busy week, your puzzle sure looks challenging!

  3. February 15, 2019 6:55 am

    The puzzle sounds fun but tough with the mystery aspect! I’ll have to take care with the wordpress issue. And Umrigar has been on my authors to read list for years. I’ll add this title to my GR list.

  4. Carol Evans permalink
    February 15, 2019 8:39 am

    The puzzle sounds fun!
    I have a niece who loves graphic novels – Roller Girl might be perfect for her.

  5. February 15, 2019 9:10 am

    That Umrigar book sounds very good. I have meant to read one of her books for eons. And that puzzle – how clever, but maybe a little annoying because you don’t know what it’s supposed to look like. I’m not an actual puzzle person, just puzzles in crime novel narratives. Have you read the mystery that came with it? Inquiring minds…ha!

  6. February 15, 2019 9:38 am

    Come With Me sounds good…and so does Finding Dorothy.

    Oh, no, WP changing things again is not good news!

    Enjoy your weekend.

  7. February 15, 2019 10:11 am

    I’ve never read Umrigar. Maybe one of these days…

  8. Patty permalink
    February 15, 2019 10:12 am

    Uh oh…more WP issues! The books sound yummy…I have not read any of the first author’s books. No picture for the puzzle would drive me mad!

  9. Beth F permalink
    February 15, 2019 12:01 pm

    I remember really loving that Umrigar. Glad you got to. How fun to have a mystery puzzle!

  10. February 15, 2019 12:34 pm

    I have had an ARC of The World We Found on my shelf since 2012! I read (and loved) The Space Between Us in 2016, so I don’t know why I haven’t dusted this one off and given it a read. I’m glad to know you enjoyed it! That puzzle looks far too challenging for me. I rely on the picture far too much to tackle something like this without knowing what it’s supposed to look like! Good luck! Have a good weekend. I’m playing mahjong, hosting a dinner party and hopefully, learning how to play Pickleball!

  11. February 15, 2019 12:38 pm

    Umrigar is wonderful! I’m pretty sure I have that book on my shelf at home… not sure why I haven’t read it yet. The puzzle sounds very challenging. Good luck!

  12. February 15, 2019 1:32 pm

    I like Umrigar’s book and have added The World We Found to my “want to read” list at the library.

  13. February 15, 2019 2:41 pm

    The Umrigar does sound good

  14. The Cue Card permalink
    February 15, 2019 3:04 pm

    Yeah the WordPress changes have taken me quite a while to get used to. They seem to take me longer to post. You’ve gotten me to be an Umrigar fan too.

  15. Jeane permalink
    February 15, 2019 6:33 pm

    Looks like a tough puzzle! I think I’ve done one once before that had no accompanying picture- man, that was frustrating.

  16. February 15, 2019 7:38 pm

    The World We Found sounds like a book that is right up my alley so I am adding it to my to-read list!

  17. Literary Feline permalink
    February 16, 2019 3:07 pm

    I used to be better at keeping track of when my favorite authors came out with books. I haven’t even heard of The World We Found. It sounds really good. I have a friend whose daughter would love Roller Girl. I’ll have to recommend it to her. I hope you are enjoying your current reads! Have a great weekend and week, Kathy.

  18. February 16, 2019 4:23 pm

    Unrigar always writes good books!
    I’ve been having problems accessing blogs with WordPress. I don’t seem to have much luck for the last two days.

  19. February 16, 2019 10:25 pm

    I’ve had so many problems lately trying to comment on blogs. I’m not sure what is going on.

    I love the idea behind the puzzle you are working on. Very fun.

  20. February 17, 2019 2:38 am

    I love the puzzle concept with the story’s solution in the puzzle. To me it seems unique. Based on what you say here, I’d like to read THE WORLD WE FOUND. It sounds like a good one. Have a good weekend Kathy.

  21. February 18, 2019 6:08 pm

    I’m trying to figure out why I have yet to read a book by Thrity Umrigar. I’ve been meaning to though. All three of your books sound like winners!

  22. Lauren Becker permalink
    February 19, 2019 9:26 am

    Oh wow, I’ve never heard of a puzzle that didn’t have a picture to go by! Good luck! I think Roller Girl sounds like a fun one.


  23. February 19, 2019 10:55 am

    I love that you are walking three miles every day. Fantastic. You inspire me.

    I loved The World We Found, but all of her books are fantastic.

  24. February 20, 2019 2:45 pm

    I don’t do well with Umrigar books. My first impression is that they are rather stereotypical. I’ve read at least three. I don’t know. I am sure it’s me because she has quite a following.

    I am at work and lunch is about 45 minutes away. I have all sorts of things to do but I am waiting on people to get things to me. I hate waiting on other people. So, now and then I grab a page or two of my book. Don’t tell.

  25. February 21, 2019 9:44 pm

    Ah, Thrity. Another local author I’ve had the good fortune to meet several times. Love her. I have this book signed but not read. When we cleared the house I boxed up my signed books only and put them in our garage. I’m going to wait a year or so and open them up to see if I can save them 😦

  26. February 24, 2019 9:13 am

    I agree with Thrity Umrigar — she’s amazing. ROLLER GIRL looks precious!

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