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The Week in Review: 06.14.2019

June 14, 2019
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Between the Covers

Finished last week:

READ BOTTOM UP by Neel Shah and Skye Chatham is a modern day romance in epistolary form.  Instead of letters, though, it’s told through text messages and emails.  It’s the story of Madeline and Elliot, who meet at the soft opening of a restaurant.  They’re attracted to each other and start chatting electronically afterward.  They each have a close friend who helps them analyze content and encourage the relationship along.

I read this book while I was at the beach and thought it was quirky and fun.  It was a quick, light read and perfect for a day on the sand.  It made me smile and laugh and be thankful I’m out of the dating pool.  Pick this up when you need a light read!  (Review copy provided by Dey Street Books.)


FURIOUS HOURS: MURDER, FRAUD, AND THE LAST TRIAL OF HARPER LEE by Casey Cep is the true story of a trial Lee was watching in order to write a narrative nonfiction book in the vein of Truman Capote’s IN COLD BLOOD.  It tells the story of the life and death of Reverend Willie Maxwell of Alexander City, Alabama.  Maxwell would take out life insurance policies on friends and family who would end up dying an untimely death.  He was murdered at the funeral of his stepdaughter and the trial of his murderer created quite a stir.

I thought Maxwell’s story was a fascinating one and I’m always interested in reading about Lee but I thought this book lacked focus.  Cep went off on tangents throughout that I found distracting.  The audio is narrated by Hillary Huber and I was unimpressed with the job she did – she mispronounced words like Notasulga, Tallassee, and kudzu and was inconsistent in pronunciation of others like Opelika.  In the end, this book was just okay for me.  (Review copy provided by Penguin Random House.)


MEGABAT AND FANCY CAT by Anna Humphrey is the second book in the Megabat series.  It’s Christmas and Megabat is still secretly living with Daniel.  Daniel receives Priscilla, a purebred cat, for a gift and falls in love with her immediately.  Megabat and his best friend Birdgirl decide they must get rid of Priscilla and devise several plans to do it.  As you would expect, things don’t go as planned and Megabat comes to regret his actions and has to find a way to repair the damage he’s done.

I enjoyed this sweet story of friendship and forgiveness.  Kass Reich‘s illustrations add a delightful element.  I suggest reading MEGABAT before you read it, though – otherwise the beginning could be a little confusing.  Megabat’s speech is similar to Yoda’s and that takes a little getting used to, but once you do, you’ll breeze through this fun book that is sure to please middle grade readers.  (Review copy provided by Library Thing Early Reviewers.)

Currently reading:

On the Screen

I was so excited to see Very Valentine on Lifetime TV and it did not disappoint!  Based on Adriana Trigiani’s best selling novel of the same name, this movie was fun and romantic and included a lot of shoes!  I thought the casting was perfect and the screenplay (which Trigiani wrote) stayed true to the spirit of the book.  If you missed it, you’ll want to catch it when it plays again.

Off the blog

  • It was an odd week, weather wise.  We had some much needed rain and some very cool temperatures for June.  This morning was in the 50s!
  • We were thankful for a quiet week and enjoyed a lunch date with old friends.  It was fun to catch up and visit with them.
  • I walked at least three miles every morning and averaged almost 16,750 Fitbit steps a day.

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

27 Comments leave one →
  1. Beth F permalink
    June 14, 2019 6:54 am

    Thanks for the movie reminder — we were out of town, so it had slipped off my radar. All three books look good. I think I’d like Read Bottom Up.

  2. June 14, 2019 8:18 am

    Read Bottom Up sounds like a lot of fun. The weather has been rainy & cold here, too. I had my SmartWool socks on yesterday – crazy!!

  3. June 14, 2019 8:25 am

    I remember enjoying Read Bottom Up – definitely a fun read. Glad you liked it, too 🙂 Hope you have a great weekend!!

  4. June 14, 2019 8:49 am

    I love epistolary novels and so I’ll watch for Read Bottom Up as well. We’ve had some big storms and also some very cool temps for June. We’re also supposed to have the ‘usual’ heat and humidity that is normal here this next few days. I’ve enjoyed walking outside the last few days, but I’ll have to get out early, early soon.

  5. June 14, 2019 9:01 am

    What fun actually to be at a beach while reading a beach book! Sounds like a great combo!

  6. June 14, 2019 9:17 am

    Oh, yes, I’ve been wanting to watch Very Valentine. I don’t have many movie channels here, but I do have Hallmark and Lifetime.

    Enjoy your books.

  7. June 14, 2019 9:26 am

    I love epistolary novels, but haven’t read one in ages. Read Bottom Up sounds like a fun summer read. After several warm days, we are back to our usual cool, coastal temps. No rain for the next week or so, which is good for my long walks into town and back.

  8. Lloyd Russell permalink
    June 14, 2019 9:34 am

    Have you seen Rocketman? It’s really good.

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    On Fri, Jun 14, 2019 at 1:02 AM Bermudaonion’s Weblog wrote:

    > BermudaOnion posted: ” Between the Covers Finished last week: READ BOTTOM > UP by Neel Shah and Skye Chatham is a modern day romance in epistolary > form. Instead of letters, though, it’s told through text messages and > emails. It’s the story of Madeline and Elliot, who meet” >

  9. June 14, 2019 11:01 am

    Read Bottom Up does sound like a fun summer read! I think I need something like that as all my reads have felt heavy.

  10. June 14, 2019 11:38 am

    Read Bottom Up looks fun. I’ll see if my library has it. I missed Very, Valentine but will hopefully find it somewhere to watch. I loved that series.

  11. June 14, 2019 12:29 pm

    I will look for that movie on repeats. We have had very freaky weather…I needed long sleeves everyday!

  12. Melissa S permalink
    June 14, 2019 1:53 pm

    I can’t wait to read your review of Craig Ferguson’s book! He’s one of my fave comedians. My husband and I still miss his late night show.

  13. June 14, 2019 3:29 pm

    I did not know about Very valentine 😀 Must watch it

  14. June 14, 2019 8:48 pm

    I definitely need to see Very Valentine.

  15. June 15, 2019 9:58 am

    I LOVED Mistress of the Ritz!

  16. June 15, 2019 10:29 am

    Odd week weather-wise here too, but I think we live in the same neck of the woods (maybe?). It’s been up and down, mostly middling, not that I’m complaining. I’m not a fan of the heat.

    Here in my corner of the world, the big news is that I’m getting an MRI Monday morning for my left knee that has been bothering me for several months. I’ll be glad to know finally what’s going on there and maybe get a plan for some relief.

  17. June 15, 2019 12:12 pm

    Read Bottom Up sounds very interesting and very much part of our times.

  18. June 15, 2019 4:35 pm

    We are having a lot of rain here. It’s gloomy and not great for my auto immune crud. the books look interesting. I’ll have to add them to my list.

  19. Diane permalink
    June 15, 2019 7:31 pm

    Glad you enjoyed Very Valentine; sounds fun! Hope you are enjoying your weekend.

  20. June 15, 2019 10:30 pm

    Kathy, I missed blogging for about a week, due to travel. (We missed a super hot day here, 100º, which was an added bonus. Now the temps are much cooler, thankfully.)
    I will keep an eye out for Very Valentine. It sounds wonderful. The books you review here sound good, too.
    Have a lovely weekend, Kathy!

  21. June 16, 2019 7:18 am

    Summer should be a time for reading books like Read Bottom Up, I think. Summer is a great time for gentle stories.

    I was afraid the Harper Lee book might be a bit of a mishmash. Thanks for your honest review.

    I’m glad you liked Very Valentine so much. Any story with lots of shoes should appeal!

    Have a great week!

  22. Trin Carl permalink
    June 16, 2019 9:36 am

    “Bottom up” Sounds interesting, I always keep my goodreads open while commenting on people’s blogs because I know they’ll have some good book I can add to my tbr. #sundaysalon

  23. June 16, 2019 8:51 pm

    I am going to check out the movie. I am missing getting out for my usual daily walking. I’ve been struggling with fatigue and have had to scale it back a bit. Have a great week.

  24. June 17, 2019 1:06 am

    Read Bottom Up sounds fun.
    I really need to get walking more, most days I never go any further than the letterbox 😉

    Have a great reading week

  25. June 18, 2019 8:10 pm

    Sounds like a good week. I missed the Lifetime movie, but i don’t think we get that channel. Mega bat and Fancy cat sounds like a good read.

  26. bookingmama permalink
    June 18, 2019 8:24 pm

    I am listening to FURIOUS HOURS right now. I am enjoying it but not exactly as excited as I had hoped. I think the book reads like three separate books.

  27. June 21, 2019 5:21 pm

    I thought of you while at camp because although I didn’t have a signal, my app still tracked my steps and on each day I averaged about 21K steps. No wonder my legs are toast right now. All that up and down hill climbing really did me in.

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