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The Week in Review: 07.19.2019

July 19, 2019


Between the Covers

Finished last week:

I picked up LUNA: THE SCIENCE AND STORIES OF OUR MOON by David A. Aguilar to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first moonwalk and I’m so glad I did.  This terrific book opens with Neil Armstrong’s word when he stepped out on the moon (an event I vividly remember watching) and goes on to explain the origin and evolution of the moon and lots more, like moon myths and lunar features.  I learned so much as I read this book aimed for late middle grade readers, like

Without our moon, life on Earth might be very different.  Days would be much shorter and seasons would never change or be wild and erratic.

I also learned about the lunar landscape, the dark side of the moon, and about other moons in our solar system.

As with every other book I’ve seen from National Geographic Kids, LUNA has a quality binding and is printed on heavy-duty paper.  The photographs and illustrations are full-color and draw the reader in.  I think this book is terrific for anyone interested in learning about Earth’s moon.  (Review copy provided by Media Masters Publicity.)


Evvie Drake is having trouble moving forward after the death of her husband.  Money is tight and some bills are going unpaid so her best friend, Andy, suggests she rent out the apartment in the back of her house to his old friend and washed up baseball pitcher, Doug.  EVVIE DRAKE STARTS OVER by Linda Holmes is a quirky, fun book about love, friendship and finding yourself and I thought it was great.  It’s light, predictable, and perfect for warm summer days.  Evvie’s not sure how she’s supposed to act as a widow so she shuts herself off from the world and it was fun to see her come into her own.  Holmes’ writing is solid and so are her characters.  I listened to the audio version of this book and thought Julia Whelan did a terrific job with the narration.  Pick this book up when you’re in the mood for lighter fare.  (Review copy provided by Penguin Random House.)


National Geographic Kids ALMANAC 2020 is chock full of fascinating facts presented in a fun way.  As a matter of fact, this book is so much fun, kids won’t even realize they’re learning as they read it.  I love books like this and read this one from cover to cover but it’s the type of book that easily renders itself to being flipped through over and over again.  With chapters like Your World 2020, Amazing Animals, Space and Earth, and History Happens (just to name a few) there’s something in here to interest everyone.

Material is presented in clear, precise language and includes full-color photos and illustrations.  There are also fun quizzes, activities, and crafts to get kids excited about learning.  There’s suggested reading and an index in the back.  I learned a lot as I read this book like:

Brain cells live longer than all of the other cells in your body.

A light, fluffy cumulus cloud typically weighs about 216,000 pounds (98,000kg).

You drink the same water as the dinosaurs!

ALMANAC 2020 is great for reluctant readers and avid readers alike.  I just loved it and know kids from late elementary school on up will too.  This is the perfect book for home, school, and classroom libraries.  (Review copy provided by Media Masters Publicity.)

Currently reading:

On the Screen

Not much of anything.

Off the blog

  • Carl and I went to visit my aunt since my cousin, his daughter, and her boyfriend were in town.  It was our first time meeting my cousin’s daughter and her boyfriend and they were a delight.  It was a wonderful way to spend the afternoon.
  • Carl and I went back to the lawyer to finalize what we want in our wills.  We’re so glad to have that over with and only have to go back one more time to sign the final documents when they’re ready.
  • Wednesday was “Mini Kathy Day,” so we went on a short day trip, did a little shopping and stopped at a brewery for lunch.
  • I walked at least three miles every morning, excpet Wednesday (see above) and averaged almost 16,950 Fitbit steps a day.

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

25 Comments leave one →
  1. July 19, 2019 5:35 am

    A good week all around for you. 🙂

    Love the tidbits of information…thanks for sharing.

  2. July 19, 2019 6:58 am

    Luna sounds wonderful. Evvie Drake Starts Over exceeded my expectations (and the hype). You had a nice week!

  3. July 19, 2019 6:58 am

    Evie Drake Starts Over sounds like a good one.

    What a great family get-together…and Mini Kathy Day sounds like a wonderful event. Enjoy your weekend.

  4. Beth F permalink
    July 19, 2019 7:19 am

    All your books this week sound great. And how wonderful to spend the day with family. Stay cool (PA is miserably hot)

  5. Sarah's Book Shelves permalink
    July 19, 2019 7:42 am

    I loved 5 Days at Memorial….super intense!

  6. July 19, 2019 7:54 am

    Almanac 2020 sounds great!

  7. Lloyd Russell permalink
    July 19, 2019 9:15 am

    If you get a chance, go see a documentary called Maiden and a movie called Wild Rose.

    Lloyd (408) 348-4849

    On Fri, Jul 19, 2019 at 1:01 AM Bermudaonion’s Weblog wrote:

    > BermudaOnion posted: ” Between the Covers Finished last week: I picked up > LUNA: THE SCIENCE AND STORIES OF OUR MOON by David A. Aguilar to celebrate > the 50th anniversary of the first moonwalk and I’m so glad I did. This > terrific book opens with Neil Armstrong’s word when” >

  8. Diane permalink
    July 19, 2019 11:02 am

    I thought Evvie Drake was fun and loved Five Days at the Memorial as well. Sounds like you had a fun week.

  9. July 19, 2019 12:35 pm

    I’m list ning to Evvie Drake now and loving it. Glad you did a Kathy Day even if it was just a mini one, it sounds like it was fun! Great job with your steps. Family time is so important to me!

  10. July 19, 2019 2:27 pm

    I adored Evvie Darke, so gald you liked it. Five Days at Memorial is one of my favorite nonfiction books ever.

  11. July 19, 2019 3:47 pm

    So my brain is still alive when I am dead? Ugh no

  12. July 19, 2019 6:37 pm

    Luna, and the other books featured here, sound wonderful! I enjoyed reading your reviews.
    Terrific photo! Happy reading, happy weekend, Kathy!

  13. July 20, 2019 10:21 am

    We were just at Kennedy Space Center this week so it was cool to be there during all this celebration. I like the idea of Mini Kathy Day. I may have to suggest a mini or full Stacie Day to my husband! LOL!

  14. July 20, 2019 3:30 pm

    Yeah I think the Evvie Drake book sounds like light fun, so I’m hoping to get to it this summer. Glad you liked it.

  15. July 21, 2019 7:26 am

    Your week is very balanced . I left Sri Lanka to visit family in Melbourne this week. Very busy times with children.

  16. July 21, 2019 9:07 am

    Glad you were able to get your own day this time around 🙂 and that it went well.

  17. July 21, 2019 10:08 am

    Your reads all sound good, especially Luna. Sounds like a good week and nice family pic!

  18. July 22, 2019 11:08 am

    Evie sounds very good. I have it and will get to it eventually. I am pushing through all my summer reads at the moment and making good time. Funny how that happens when you decide to actually do it.

  19. July 22, 2019 2:37 pm

    looks like you had another great week. I’ll be catching up on work this week as I prep for August vacation. I’m eager for a break from work and swim is over, so much more free time.

  20. July 22, 2019 11:29 pm

    I think I’ll get Evie Drake on audio. I’m ready for something light! Congrats on finishing your wills. We should probably update ours now that we’re living in a different state. Not much new around here. Got stung by two wasps while gardening yesterday, so I’m ready for that first frost! 🙂

  21. July 25, 2019 7:26 pm

    I feel so cheated that I didn’t see the moon landing when it happened. We didn’t have a TV and instead were at a park having my 4th birthday party!

  22. July 29, 2019 5:00 pm

    I might have to check out the Evvie Drake book; I have a friend who became a widow this year and she told me that at the memorial service everyone kept telling her she was acting “normal.” This was a surprise to her (and me) because it may be the first time in her life anyone’s ever told her that.

  23. July 30, 2019 11:49 pm

    Adding Evvie Drake to my list!
    Spending time with family is always time well spent 🙂

  24. bookingmama permalink
    August 16, 2019 11:55 am

    I also loved EVIE DRAKE and listened to it on audio. Such a treat!

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