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The Week in Review: 03.22.2019

March 22, 2019
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Between the Covers

Finished last week:

HAVE I EVER TOLD YOU? by Shani King is a little book with a big message.  A parent or caregiver asks repeatedly if they’ve ever told the reader some significant things like:

Have I ever told you that you should
always do the right thing, even
when the right thing is hard to do?

Have I ever told you that?

I think the target audience may not understand a few of the topics but if they spark conversation that can be a good thing.  Anna Horváth’s illustrations are cute and I love that the characters are multi-cultural.  I think HAVE I EVER TOLD YOU? is a sweet book for the pre-school set.  (Review copy provided by Media Masters Publicity.)


SMALL FRY by Lisa Brennan-Jobs is the memoir of Steve Jobs’ oldest daughter.  Jobs denied paternity until a DNA test proved he was indeed the father.  He provided for Brennan-Jobs financially but was rather distant and cold emotionally.

I thought Brennan-Jobs’ writing was fine but, to be honest, I thought this book was rather dull.  There wasn’t a lot of new material about Jobs in the book and there were a lot of small details that weren’t particularly interesting.  I didn’t think Brennan-Jobs or either of her parents came out looking particularly great after reading it – they sounded like one big dysfunctional family.  I’d been looking forward to this book for a while and, I’m sad to say, I was disappointed by it.  I seem to be in the minority, though, so if it interests you, you might want to give it a try.  (Review copy provided by Grove Press.)


From Artichokes to Zucchini and Summer Squash, America’s Test Kitchen has you covered with VEGETABLES ILLUSTRATED: AN INSPIRING GUIDE WITH 700+ KITCHEN-TESTED RECIPES.  Each vegetable has its own chapter and each chapter begins with information about the vegetable, including shopping, storage, and prep tips.  Recipes included are for so much more than traditional side dishes – you’ll find recipes for salads, appetizers, breads, main dishes, and desserts – and if you know anything about America’s Test Kitchen, you know these recipes are tried and true.  There’s nutritional information, conversions and equivalents, and a recipe index in the back.  Some of the recipes that stand out to us are Brussels Sprout Gratin, Pan-Seared Scallops with Sugar Snap Pea Slaw, Bold and Spicy Gingerbread Bundt Cake, and Wheat Berry and Endive Salad with Blueberries and Goat Cheese.  You’re sure to find recipes to suit every member of your family in this wonderful cookbook. (Review copy provided by Amazon Vine.)

Currently reading:

On the Screen

Carl and I went to see Captain Marvel.  I knew it wasn’t my kind of movie going in since I don’t enjoy fight and chase scenes.  I also want more plot than this movie provided.  Having said all that, I enjoyed seeing such a tough, strong female super hero and can see how this movie would appeal to kids.  The rest of the audience certainly enjoyed it more than I did.

Off the blog

  • I finished my puzzle.  It was tough but fun.
  • I got word that I’m approved for BookExpo and bought my plane ticket for New York.

  • Carl and I went to visit my aunt.  Seeing her always brightens our week.
  • I’m still struggling with my eye so the opthalmologist added eye drops to my regimen.  I’m also starting on a medicine for long term prevention.
  • I walked at least three miles every morning and averaged almost 16,600 Fitbit steps a day.

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

30 Comments leave one →
  1. Sarah's Book Shelves permalink
    March 22, 2019 7:19 am

    I’m with you on Small Fry…I liked it but was expecting more from it.

  2. March 22, 2019 7:41 am

    Hope your eye gets better. And that’s awesome that visiting your aunt brightens your week like that 🙂 That Small Fry book sounded interesting, but I gave it a pass and now I’m glad I did. That puzzle does look hard – like it would definitely take a lot longer to put together than normal. Hope you have a great weekend!!

  3. March 22, 2019 8:00 am

    I’ve also heard the Small Fry book makes the Jobs family sound very bad! I’ll have to look for “Have I Ever Told You.” Great pic with your aunt!

  4. Beth F permalink
    March 22, 2019 8:07 am

    Yay on BEA! I’m leaning on not going (have to be on a plane heading west just a few days later), but I may pop into the city for a day. The new ATK looks great! I love their books.

  5. Diane permalink
    March 22, 2019 8:36 am

    Have I Told You sounds like a good one for my girls. Sorry you didn’t enjoy Small Fry; I liked it a lot and, yes both families were dysfunctional!
    Love the pic and good luck with your eye situation.

  6. Lloyd Russell permalink
    March 22, 2019 9:03 am

    Joni and I just don’t enjoy superhero movies. We won’t see it, but I still appreciate a female superhero. And I’m glad it’s doing so well at the box office.

    Lloyd (408) 348-4849

    On Fri, Mar 22, 2019 at 1:00 AM Bermudaonion’s Weblog wrote:

    > BermudaOnion posted: ” Between the Covers Finished last week: HAVE I EVER > TOLD YOU? by Shani King is a little book with a big message. A parent or > caregiver asks repeatedly if they’ve ever told the reader some significant > things like: Have I ever told you that you shoul” >

  7. March 22, 2019 9:59 am

    I am eager to read Parkland…and I guess I’ll pass on Small Fry. Happy news about Book Expo! I hope your eyes improve soon!

    Enjoy your weekend.

  8. Patty permalink
    March 22, 2019 10:19 am

    There are so many white pieces in that puzzle! I love doing puzzles but only on my iPad. This is the aunt that is relatively new in your life…right? She looks as though she would be fun to take to lunch!

  9. March 22, 2019 4:54 pm

    What a lovely photo of you and your aunt. I’m sure she appreciated your visit as much as you did. I’m sorry you eyes are still giving you trouble. I’m beginning to notice that mine get dry at night (never during the day), so I guess I should talk to my eye doctor about that. It’s always something! That puzzle looks incredibly difficult. I’m talking a short break from our puzzlemania since we’re getting ready to hit the road for a week in the RV. I’ll be eager to start one when we get home.

  10. March 22, 2019 5:05 pm

    I will see Marvel when it comes on dvd

  11. March 22, 2019 8:24 pm

    Book Expo sounds like a lot of fun and since it involves a trip to New York, that makes it even better!

  12. March 22, 2019 9:14 pm

    Sorry to hear you’re still having problems with your eye. I haven’t been tempted to read Small Fry, but would like to get my hands on the new ATK cookbook. Great photo of you and your aunt!

  13. Lauren Becker permalink
    March 22, 2019 11:18 pm

    Sorry to hear Small Fry wasn’t that great! It seems like it COULD have been more intriguing. Yay for going to BEA!


  14. The Cue Card permalink
    March 23, 2019 12:02 am

    Glad you’ll be going to BookExpo, that’s great. I wonder if Small Fry is any better on audio? I think I’m still on the wait list for it. Your puzzle looks really good.

  15. Mae Sander permalink
    March 23, 2019 7:52 am

    My husband liked the ATK TV program at some point — maybe he would like this book.
    I am sure he’ll like Captain Marvel: me too.

    best… mae at

  16. March 23, 2019 9:35 am

    Yay for the puzzle! Looks tough but fun. Looking forward to your posts for Book Expo.

  17. March 23, 2019 10:04 am

    I may have to look up that Vegetable cookbook. I used to watch Test Kitchen on PBS and subscribed to their Cook’s Illustrated magazine when I was young and single. I feel like I am always cooking vegetables the same way, so with farmer’s market season coming, this would be a great way to try vegetables in different ways! I hope this new treatment works for your eye.

  18. March 23, 2019 11:17 am

    That looks like it was a tough puzzle! Will have to look for the ATK veggies book — I need inspiration.

  19. Claudia Riley permalink
    March 23, 2019 12:02 pm

    The “Have I Ever Told You?” book sounds like a perfect gift for my little grand niece. And there are some vegetables out there I know could use a new profile in my kitchen, so that one would be a good resource.

  20. March 23, 2019 4:16 pm

    A good round up. Cheers

  21. March 23, 2019 5:45 pm

    It’s a bummer you didn’t like Small Fry! My book club is reading it in a few months, so I hope we all enjoy it a little better 🙂

  22. March 24, 2019 1:19 am

    Wonderful photo, Kathy! You both look radiant. The vegetable book sounds great. I hope you are enjoying your weekend.

  23. March 24, 2019 11:01 am

    My wife has told me more than once in the last few months that she is “over” the comic book movies. Me? I want to see the last Avengers movie, but then I think I’m done too.

  24. March 24, 2019 11:01 am

    The vegetable book looks good, and I didn’t know that about Steve Jobs 😦
    Yay for BookExpo and NYC. And that’s a nice pic, enjoy your week!

  25. March 24, 2019 6:06 pm

    Oooh…the veggie book sounds great! We join a CSA each season, so we are often getting vegetables we are unfamiliar with and unsure what to do with (the most recent being giant “meat radishes” – ??) – this book sounds handy. I reviewed a similar sort of food/cookbook last year, organized by ingredient and found it useful.

    I’m with you – not a big superhero fan, though I did enjoy Wonder Woman and Black Panther. Not sure if I’ll see Captain Marvel or not.

    Have a good week!


    Book By Book

  26. March 25, 2019 11:49 am

    Feel better! I haven’t seen Captain Marvel yet. i hope I can soon, but it may have to wait for dvd. We did finally see Lego Movie 2

  27. March 25, 2019 4:40 pm

    Congratulations on going to BookExpo! I’m terribly envious. I won’t be going again this year, but I hope that I can make it next year.

    I love the look of the vegetable recipe book. I’m interested in hearing more.

    Have a lovely week.

  28. March 26, 2019 2:22 pm

    Not enthusiastic over Captain Marvel but my son saw it and said that I must see it before the new Avengers movie. That franchise, I enjoy quite a bit so maybe I will listen to him.

    Hey, I hope the drops work well for you. Eye stuff is not fun at all.

    What’s going on with me? Tonight I have a much needed hair appt and then I am skipping one thing to attend my daughter’s theatre showcase. That means I can just sit there and enjoy it. This week has been something and it’s only Tuesday.

  29. bookingmama permalink
    April 2, 2019 7:37 am

    I just love that picture of you and your aunt. You should frame it — you both look gorgeous! I think the cookbook looks amazing but I’m not sure my family would eat a thing from it!

  30. April 5, 2019 11:34 pm

    Have I Ever Told You looks sweet. I’ve seen all the Avenger movies but I’m not sure why. I get bored or annoyed usually, lol.

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