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The Week in Review: 06.07.2019

June 7, 2019


Between the Covers

Finished last week:

I’m glad I didn’t read the tagline for THE THINGS SHE’S SEEN by Ambelin and Ezekiel Kwaymullina because if I’d noticed it said, “Death was only the beginning . . . .,” I probably wouldn’t have picked it up.  This book is the story of Beth Teller, a young girl who died in a car accident.  She visits her police detective father because he is devastated by grief and can’t let go.  She’s able to communicate with him and helps him solve a case.

This book is a little outside of my comfort zone but I really enjoyed it.  I liked the relationship between Beth and her dad and had no problem suspending disbelief.  Beth has a relationship with another spirit – that part of the narrative is told in verse and reflects the treatment of Aboriginal people in Australia – and I enjoyed it as well.  Pick this book up if you like unique stories.  (Review copy provided by Penguin Random House.)


PARIS FOR ONE AND OTHER STORIES by Jojo Moyes is actually one novella and eight short stories.  The title of the book comes from the novella and, I have to admit, it was my favorite of the bunch.  It’s the story of Nell, a “sensible” young woman who lacks spontaneity.  She goes out on a limb and plans a weekend trip to Paris with her boyfriend.  He doesn’t show up and she discovers a whole new Nell in the City of Light.  My favorite short story was probably The Holdup, about a robber and a jewelry store clerk who strike up a conversation.  I enjoyed the rest of short stories as well and, overall, found this to be a light, fun read which was exactly what I needed at the time.  (Review copy provided by Penguin Random House.)


While Isobel and Grandma are searching for Grandma’s glasses, they find a cat.  This cat is different than Grandma’s other cats, though – this cat is BIG.  Isobel and Grandma try to find the cat’s owner and when no one claims him, they decide to keep him.  Isobel thinks Big Cat is fun and practical but he sure does eat a lot.  The doorbell rings one day and, when Grandma and Isobel open the door, the mystery of Big Cat is solved.

I think BIG CAT by Emma Lazell is a terrific picture book!  The story is fun and the illustrations are wonderful.  Young readers will solve the mystery before it’s revealed but they’ll giggle along the way with Isobel and Big Cat.  (Review copy provided by Media Masters Publicity.)


Currently reading:

On the Screen

Not much of anything.

Off the blog

  • I started a new jigsaw puzzle.  It’s hard to tell from this picture but it will be mostly shells when it’s done.
  • A crown popped off Monday night so I spent a little time in the dentist chair Tuesday morning.
  • We walked at least three miles every morning and I averaged almost 18,500 Fitbit steps a day.


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

19 Comments leave one →
  1. June 7, 2019 7:32 am

    I haven’t had the best luck with short story collections so I’m glad to see you liked Jojo Moyes’. The puzzle looks challenging!

  2. June 7, 2019 8:02 am

    I love the Moyes’ book – it is such a fun one. I’m glad you enjoyed it as well 🙂 Hope you have a great weekend!!

  3. June 7, 2019 8:46 am

    The Things She’s Seen sounds like it should go on my necromancy list!

  4. June 7, 2019 8:48 am

    You can’t go wrong with Jojo Moyes… sorry about the dental visit though.

  5. June 7, 2019 9:22 am

    I hate surprise dental visits! I loved you Book Expo Post! One day I am hopping on the train and just going!

  6. Lloyd Russell permalink
    June 7, 2019 9:41 am

    I totally agree with you about JoJo’s book. I loved the novella and enjoyed the short stories. But if they hadn’t been there, it would still have been worth it because of the novella.

    Lloyd (408) 348-4849

    On Fri, Jun 7, 2019 at 1:01 AM Bermudaonion’s Weblog wrote:

    > BermudaOnion posted: ” Between the Covers Finished last week: I’m glad I > didn’t read the tagline for THE THINGS SHE’S SEEN by Ambelin and Ezekiel > Kwaymullina because if I’d noticed it said, “Death was only the beginning . > . . .,” I probably wouldn’t have picked it up. Th” >

  7. June 7, 2019 9:57 am

    Both of the adult books you read sound pretty good, especially the short stories.

  8. June 7, 2019 11:12 am

    Hmm! The Things She’s Seen whilst not typical of the books I read does appeal to me and yet I’m not sure as whilst the aspect of the novel that reflects the treatment of Aboriginal people in Australia is my kind of thing I do tend to struggle with a rhyming narrative.

    Big Cat – love the cover – meanwhile is my kind of read.

  9. Literary Feline permalink
    June 7, 2019 5:40 pm

    The Things She’s Seen does sound good. Sometimes it pays to step outside our comfort zone, doesn’t it? I’m glad you took a chance on it. Big Cat does sound fun! 🙂 Ugh. I hate having to go to the dentist. I am sorry to hear about your crown. I hope you have a wonderful weekend, Kathy!

  10. June 7, 2019 9:58 pm

    Ooh, the crown thing…I chipped one of mine this week. I hate when that happens!

    Enjoy your books…I’m still eyeing Mistress of the Ritz.

  11. June 8, 2019 2:07 am

    Things she’s seen sounds unusual. I’ve read one Jojo Moyes book. Could never get any other from this excellent writer. The Melanie Benjamin book sounds good as well.

  12. Alana from Dream Come Review permalink
    June 8, 2019 8:01 am

    The cover of The Things She’s Seen is lovely! I’m glad you gave it a chance. My daughter would love Big Cat! I will definitely pick it up after release.

    Happy Reading!

  13. The Cue Card permalink
    June 8, 2019 7:18 pm

    The Paris Jojo Moyes book sounds good. I’ve liked her books in the past. I’ll be interested to see what you think of the Mistress of the Ritz novel. Enjoy your week.

  14. June 9, 2019 9:27 pm

    Hope your crown was an easy fix and no lingering pain! I’ve got one I’ve been nursing along and figure it will have to be fixed this summer. I like to have a book with short stories around to pick up. Have a great week.

  15. June 9, 2019 10:54 pm

    I haven’t read Jojo Moyes since I’ve read Me Before You, though I have one of her other books on audiobook, but this short story collection sounds good.

  16. June 10, 2019 12:18 pm

    Big Cat sounds like a good one.

  17. bookingmama permalink
    June 10, 2019 3:54 pm

    I am dying to read MISTRESS OF THE RITZ. Can’t wait to hear about it!

  18. June 12, 2019 9:44 am

    I’m due for another Jojo Moyes book and this one sounds perfect for summer reading.

    We attempted a similar puzzle with lots of shells and sea anemones, but finally gave up. I wish you luck! 🙂

  19. June 14, 2019 8:41 pm

    I love Moyes, but find it easy to skip short stories. This week I’m hoping to get back to work on the puzzle that’s been sitting on the table for a month or two, lol.

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