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The Week in Review: 08.02.2019

August 2, 2019
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Between the Covers

Finished last week:

Allie goes home for an old friend’s funeral with more than the usual dread because she and two other old friends have been harboring a horrible secret for years.  It’s a secret that’s been gnawing at her, even threatening to wreck her marriage.  She decides it’s time to do something about it before it destroys her completely and is shocked by what she finds.

I was drawn into SOMEONE KNOWS by Lisa Scottoline from the very beginning and quickly fell into the rhythm of the story.  I found myself wondering what I’d do if I’d been the teens involved and understood why the event haunted Allie.  But, the ending came out of left field and seemed unbelievable to me.  So, while the writing was fine and the characters were good, the book was good but not great for me.  I listened to the audio version and thought both Ari Fliakos and Brittany Pressley did a great job with the narration.  (Review copy provided by Penguin Random House.)

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I’m not sure what it says about me but I just love trivia and odd facts so I’m always excited when a new Weird but True book comes out.  The latest is WEIRD BUT TRUE! USA: 300 FASCINATING FACTS ABOUT THE FIFTY STATES and, like its predecessors, it does not disappoint.  This fun, compact book is chock full of interesting tidbits about the US, like:

You could drive across Rhode Island, the smallest state, in just one hour.

In California’s Mono Lake, limestone formations called tufa towers are three stories tall.

Tomato Juice is Ohio’s state drink.

Published by National Geographic Kids, this book has all the qualities I’ve come to expect from them – bright, full-color photographs and drawings, thick glossy paper, and sturdy binding.  There’s an index in the back to look up facts quickly.  I suspect kids will pick this book up and flip through it over and over again, just like I have.  (Review copy provided by Media Masters Publicity.)

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WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING by Delia Owens is the story of Kya, a “marsh girl” who was abandoned by her family at a young age and survived through her wits and the help of a few local people.  When a local young man is found dead, she finds herself accused of his murder.

I read this wildly popular book (it’s sold more copies than any other book in 2019 as of this writing thanks to an endorsement from Reese Witherspoon) for my book club and then the meeting date was changed and I was unable to attend.  It’s my understanding, though, that most of the members enjoyed the book.  Once again, I find myself in the minority.  The characters weren’t developed well enough for me to become attached to them and I found the story slow and the writing tedious.  This book has lots of great reviews, though, so you should read it if it interests you at all.  (Review copy provided by Penguin Random House.)

Currently reading:

On the Screen

Not much of anything.

Off the blog

  • We celebrated Vance’s 32nd birthday this week.  How is that even possible?

  • I finished my latest jigsaw puzzle.
  • We walked at least three miles every morning and I averaged just over 17,600 Fitbit steps a day.

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

20 Comments leave one →
  1. August 2, 2019 7:31 am

    I’ll look for the trivia book! HB wishes to Vance 🙂

  2. Lloyd Russell permalink
    August 2, 2019 9:03 am

    I’m one of those many that really liked it a lot (3.75/4). So did my wife, who doesn’t read many novels. It’s just one of those rare times when we can agree to disagree!

    Lloyd (408) 348-4849

    On Fri, Aug 2, 2019 at 1:00 AM Bermudaonion’s Weblog wrote:

    > BermudaOnion posted: ” Between the Covers Finished last week: Allie goes > home for an old friend’s funeral with more than the usual dread because she > and two other old friends have been harboring a horrible secret for years. > It’s a secret that’s been gnawing at her, even ” >

  3. August 2, 2019 9:35 am

    Happy Birthday to Vance!! I love that puzzle – makes me think of Christmas (of course, I just watched nothing but Christmas movies on Hallmark all of July 🙂 ). I know what you mean about the Scottoline book – it sucks you in and then it just becomes so OTT you can’t help but wonder what the author was thinking. And I get what you mean about being in the minority when it comes to not love the “it” book of the moment = that is always me. I never seem to fall in love with the latest “it” book, which makes me wonder what everyone else sees in the book. LOL!. Hope you have a great weekend!!

  4. August 2, 2019 1:35 pm

    Happy birthday to Vance! Great picture!

  5. Diane permalink
    August 2, 2019 1:54 pm

    Happy Belated Birthday to Vance – such a cool name:) I really liked Where the Crawdads Sing (sorry you weren’t as thrilled). I hope to listen to the Scottoline one as well – it’s on my phone.

  6. August 2, 2019 3:35 pm

    Happy Bday Vance! 🙂

  7. August 2, 2019 5:12 pm

    Happy birthday to Vance! 🙂 It sounds like you’ve had a good week. Enjoy your weekend, Kathy!

  8. August 2, 2019 6:17 pm

    Happy Birthday to Vance! Time sure flies doesn’t it? My oldest is 41.

  9. August 2, 2019 7:52 pm

    Happy birthday to Vance! I do love trivia, too, and I want to read the new Joshilyn Jackson book.

    Enjoy your week.

  10. August 2, 2019 11:29 pm

    I feel like I’ve been in the minority with a lot of the new books lately, but I did like Where the Crawdads Sing quite a bit. I listened to the audio, so maybe that was the key.

    Looks like Vance got a yummy birthday cake! I know how you feel about having a child in his 30s. My daughter will be 36 this year! Absolutely unbelievable to me.

  11. Beth F permalink
    August 3, 2019 5:55 am

    Happy birthday to Vance! I listened to Crawdads and really liked it, though some parts stretched belief. The trivia book sounds fun.

  12. August 3, 2019 12:33 pm

    I have Crawdads sitting on my shelf and despite all the great reviews, I keep not picking it up to read. I have promised myself I’ll read it before the end of the year.

  13. August 4, 2019 9:19 am

    My son Ben turns 32 in November. I agree. Crazy.

    I am with you. Crawdads didn’t live up to the hype. The first chapter was great, though. I think the author must have sold the book based on that.

    I love all the National Geographic books. They are always big hits at our book fairs and big hits in my library.

    Have a great week.

  14. August 4, 2019 12:50 pm

    I still haven’t read the Crawdads Sing and to be honest, I have no desire to read it. I think I did skim it and went, “Meh.” Happy belated birthday to Vance. In my corner of the world, yesterday I read a couple of books during the Reverse Readathon. My favorite: Hunger by Roxane Gay.

  15. Literary Feline permalink
    August 4, 2019 7:53 pm

    When it first came out, When the Crawdads Sing seemed to get nothing but great reviews. Now I am beginning to see some dissenting opinions. I am not sure if I will read it–it hasn’t called to me yet. Maybe one day. Lisa Scottoline’s book sounds good. Happy Birthday to Vance! I hope you have a great week, Kathy!

  16. August 5, 2019 9:20 am

    Happy Birthday, Vance. Sounds like a great week. I’ve driven through RI in an hour with friends. It can be done.

  17. The Cue Card permalink
    August 8, 2019 12:05 am

    Happy bday to Vance — that’s a great cake! Neat puzzle too. Have a great week.

  18. August 10, 2019 3:26 pm

    Love the pic of Vance! So handsome 🙂 I like Crawdads but not quite as much as everyone else, I listened to it, sometimes that helps.

  19. bookingmama permalink
    August 16, 2019 11:50 am

    Such a nice picture of Vance!!! I enjoyed SOMEONE KNOWS but I totally get what you mean about the ending. I listened to it on audio as well!

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