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The Week in Review: 03.15.2019

March 15, 2019


Between the Covers

Finished last week:

I picked up BEFORE SHE KNEW HIM by Peter Swanson because I’ve always enjoyed his work.  Matthew and Mira invite their new neighbors, Hen and Lloyd, over for dinner and Hen notices a fencing trophy that she thinks might be tied to a murder in their old neighborhood.  She can’t get it out of her mind and comes up with an excuse to visit her neighbors again and this time the trophy is gone.  Hen becomes obsessed with her neighbor but is there a reason to be suspicious or is her mental illness taking over again?

I had to suspend disbelief as I read this fast paced book but it wasn’t a problem – somehow Swanson made the coincidences believable.  He does a great job of ratcheting up the tension so I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough.  There are a few twists along the way – I was able to figure out the big twist at the end but that didn’t keep me from thoroughly enjoying this book.  If you like psychological thrillers, you won’t want to miss this one!  (Review copy provided by Harper Collins.)


I wasn’t sure what to expect when I picked up SONG FOR A WHALE by Lynne Kelly and what I got was a real treat.  It’s the story of Iris, a twelve year old deaf girl who becomes fascinated with a whale who is unable to communicate with other whales because it sings a difference frequency than they do.  Iris comes up with an idea of a way to communicate with the whale and decides she needs to try go to meet him.  Her parents brush her off so she goes to her grandmother and the two of them come up with a plan.

Oh, how I loved this fabulous middle grade book!  I talked about it a lot so I’m sure everyone I know was glad when I finished it.  I adored Iris and have thought about her a lot since I finished this book.  I became fascinated with American Sign Language and the real life whale who inspired the story and found myself Googling them as I read.  In the Author’s Note, Kelly explains how she became a sign language interpreter and shared information on the deaf community and the whale.  I listened to the audio version which is narrated by Abigail Revasch and I thought she did a terrific job.  I think anyone from upper middle grade on up will enjoy this book!  (Review copy provided by Penguin Random House.)


Someone’s robbed Bear and it’s woken him up from his hibernation.  As he leaves his cave, he encounters Rabbit who is a grouch and a know-it-all.  Rabbit’s foul mood doesn’t bother Bear too much but his grumbling stomach does.  Rabbit grudgingly gives Bear a rotten carrot to eat but feels guilty about it after Bear does something good for him.  Rabbit has something to confess to Bear when he learns the true meaning of friendship.

RABBIT AND BEAR: RABBIT’S BAD HABITS by Julian Gough is the first book in an early reader series.  The wonderful tri-tone illustrations by Jim Field and humor (some of it potty humor) will keep young readers invested in the story.  I love the message of the book and think the target audience will as well.  (Review copy provided by Media Masters Publicity.)

Currently reading:

On the Screen

I watched the Virginia Tech – Miami basketball game and was happy to see Tech come away with the win.

Off the blog

  • Carl went to visit his dad so I worked extra the first of the week.

  • I started another of my Christmas puzzles.  It’s only 500 pieces but it’s tough!
  • I had a flare-up in my eye and had to visit the opthalmologist this week.  He’s proposed a long term plan to try to curtail these flare-ups and we’ll talk further about it next week.
  • I walked at least three miles every morning and averaged about 18,750 Fitbit steps a day.

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

26 Comments leave one →
  1. Diane permalink
    March 15, 2019 6:47 am

    The Peter Swanson book appeals to me.

    Hope your eye issues gets resolved soon😢

  2. Sarah's Book Shelves permalink
    March 15, 2019 6:53 am

    I wasn’t a fan of the Swanson. I thought the ending was gimmicky and that’s my biggest pet peeve about thrillers.

  3. March 15, 2019 7:12 am

    I keep saying I need to try a Swanson book. Good luck with the puzzle! And I hope your MD has a good plan for your eye issues. That’s worrisome for a reader and so many other things.

  4. bookingmama permalink
    March 15, 2019 7:30 am

    I’m going to have to find the time to listen to SONGS FOR A WHALE. Your enthusiasm is contagious! Hope your eye feels better!

  5. Lloyd Russell permalink
    March 15, 2019 9:20 am

    “Lloyd?” Really? There’s more than 1 out in the world? Just finished Daisy Jones and the Six. It’s very good. Got to see the author live last week. Her book is going to Amazon Prime no later than 2021.

    Lloyd (408) 348-4849

    On Fri, Mar 15, 2019 at 1:00 AM Bermudaonion’s Weblog wrote:

    > BermudaOnion posted: ” Between the Covers Finished last week: I picked up > BEFORE SHE KNEW HIM by Peter Swanson because I’ve always enjoyed his work. > Matthew and Mira invite their new neighbors, Hen and Lloyd, over for dinner > and Hen notices a fencing trophy that she thin” >

  6. Patty permalink
    March 15, 2019 9:30 am

    I loved the Peter Swanson book, too, and I continue to tell everyone I know about it. So sorry about your eye…maybe this time itwill finally get better?

  7. Beth F permalink
    March 15, 2019 9:35 am

    Bummer on the eye. I have both print and audio of Songs for a Whale … time to READ it already.

  8. March 15, 2019 10:36 am

    Sorry about your eye flare-up. I just got the Peter Swanson book, which I’m eager to read. Enjoy your weekend.

  9. March 15, 2019 11:57 am

    Song for a Whale sounds so good! Thanks for highlighting it!

  10. March 15, 2019 12:58 pm

    I’ve yet to try a Peter Swanson book, but I think I’ll try one of his earlier ones before giving this one a go. So sorry you are struggling with eye issues. 😦

  11. March 15, 2019 3:27 pm

    Sorry to hear about your eye. Hope you can keep reading and puzzling through it and you find some answers soon. Sounds like Rabbit and Bear will be a good read for early and maybe reluctant readers.

  12. March 15, 2019 3:38 pm

    I’m looking forward to reading the Swanson book. I really enjoyed a couple of his earlier ones. So sorry about your eye. Hope you and your doc can figure out something to do to keep this from happening. Have a good weekend, Kathy!

  13. March 15, 2019 3:40 pm

    The MG book sounds great!

  14. March 15, 2019 4:03 pm

    I’ve never read Swanson, the book sounds good. I want to get a copy of Song For A Whale, it sounds like just what I need right now!

    I hope you get your eye problem straightened out soon!

  15. The Cue Card permalink
    March 15, 2019 4:14 pm

    The Swanson book sounds like a fast page-turner. I might save it for summer. Good luck to Tech during March Madness …. which I assume will start soon.

  16. March 15, 2019 6:46 pm

    Song for a while sounds absolutely wonderful. What an uplifting story and to know that it is based on a true story makes it even better.

  17. March 15, 2019 10:15 pm

    Sorry to hear about your eye, hope a solution is on the horizon. I haven’t read anything by Swanson, so many books! I’m also reading Daisy Jones & The Six. Hope you have a nice weekend.

  18. March 16, 2019 4:02 pm

    Song for a Whale sounds like a wonderful book. Good luck with the new puzzle, and keep up the high step count. Have a great weekend, Kathy!

  19. March 17, 2019 11:06 am

    I hope your eyes settle down. As a fellow reader, I’m always terribly worried about the loss of my eyes.

    I’m happy to see the new early reader series. I must look for Rabbit and Bear.

  20. March 17, 2019 11:24 am

    You and Suzi from another blog I know really like your puzzles, I see. 🙂 In my corner of the world, I’m reading blogs like yours and chilling to some music.

  21. March 17, 2019 7:21 pm

    I’ve never read Swanson before, but am tempted to give him a try. Sorry to hear about your eye issue… sure hope they can figure out a way to prevent it from happening again.

  22. March 17, 2019 11:17 pm

    I’m adding Before She Knew Him and Song For a Whale to my list.

  23. March 17, 2019 11:17 pm

    I hope your eye gets better quickly.

  24. March 19, 2019 2:39 pm

    Before She Knew Him sounds like something that’s been done before but also sounds like something I’d like.

  25. March 19, 2019 9:37 pm

    I think I might like the Song for a Whale book.

  26. March 20, 2019 10:10 am

    Rabbit and Bear was a nice read for my daughter. I like the sound of Song for a Whale.

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