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The Week in Review: 09.27.2019

September 27, 2019
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Between the Covers

Finished last week:

Things aren’t great at home so fourteen year old Beverly Tapinski runs away to Florida.  She manages to find a job busing tables and is taken in by an Iola, a lonely, older woman.  Beverly is mature for her age and quite spunky.  She stands up for herself, makes friends, and learns what’s important in life.

BEVERLY, RIGHT HERE by Kate DiCamillo is the third book in a series featuring Beverly and her friends Raymie and Louisiana but it stands alone quite well.  I fell in love with Beverly and her pluck and determination.  This great story is filled with wonderful characters and drew me in from the beginning.  Some things were a little unrealistic – like her ability to drive – but I was able to suspend disbelief and go with it.  Middle grade readers are sure to relate to Beverly and the other characters in this terrific book.  The audio is narrated by Jorjeana Marie and she was the perfect choice for the role.  (Review copy provided by Penguin Random House.)


I’ve had THE LATE BLOOMERS’ CLUB by Louise Miller on my shelves for longer than I’d like to admit and picked it up on a whim recently.  It’s the story of Nora and her sister Kit.  The sisters grew up in the small town of Guthrie, Vermont.  Their mother died young, leaving their father devastated and Nora essentially took over her mother’s role, even trying to mother Kit.  When local resident, Peggy (the Cake Lady) passes away, the sisters are shocked to learn she left everything to the two of them.  A big box store wants to buy Peggy’s land – Kit is anxious to sell while Nora wants to maintain the charm of their small town.  The sisters have to figure out a way to come to a compromise.

I picked up this pleasant read at just the right time because I thought it was terrific!  I loved the characters, the writing, and the storyline.  I was charmed by the town of Guthrie and its eclectic mix of residents.  I loved the little surprises Miller threw in from time to time and even enjoyed the small romantic element woven through part of the story.  I hated when the story ended and would love to spend more time with the citizens of Guthrie.  (Review copy provided by Viking.)


Hey Grandude! by Paul McCartney is a cute picture book about a grandfather with a big imagination.  Grandude is taking care of his “chillers” one day and entertains them with his magic compass when they’re bored.  They go on some grand adventures around the world from riding on flying fish to running from stampedes.  Grandude’s “chillers” enjoy the excitement and look forward to their next journey with their grandfather.  I listened to the audio book which is read by the author who does a fabulous job.  I flipped through a copy of the book at SIBA and thought Kathryn Durst’s illustrations were delightful.  Pick this fun book up for the little ones in your life or as a gift for a new mother (or grandparent).  (Review copy provided by Penguin Random House.)

Currently reading:

On the Screen

My friend and I had heard great things about The Peanut Butter Falcon so we decided to go see it.  It’s the story of Zak, a young man with down syndrome who escapes from a nursing home to pursue a dream.  He encounters Tyler, a man with problems of his own, and the two head off on a journey.

Dubbed “the sweetest film of the decade” by Film Inquiry, it’s a movie that’s supposed to make you feel good.  It has all the elements to do just that but neither my friend, nor I, loved it.  There were just too many coincidences and times we had to suspend disbelief.  The acting was fine but there was something about it that didn’t click with us.  I think you can wait for this one on streaming.

Off the blog

  • I had my annual check-up with my doctor on Monday and things were so good, he reduced my blood pressure medicine. I got my flu shot while I was there.  I brought up BOTTLE OF LIES by Katherine Eban and we had a good discussion about generic drugs.  He agreed that they’re not always manufactured in the best conditions but thinks people will balk at paying more for their prescriptions which I found disheartening.

  • After far too long, Carl and I made it back to see my sweet aunt.
  • We walked at least three miles every day and I averaged just over 17,400 Fitbit steps a day.

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

17 Comments leave one →
  1. September 27, 2019 7:11 am

    I love Kate DiCamillo. I totally agree that some things in her stories are somewhat unrealitic, but I love the characters so much I don’t care! :–)

  2. September 27, 2019 7:30 am

    Always great to have a good check up. Congrats on the reduction in bp meds. I usually get my flu shot first week of October so that’s coming up. Glad to read your review of The Late Bloomers’ Club. What a nice pic of you and your aunt!

  3. September 27, 2019 7:48 am

    That’s so great about your bp meds – congrats! All that walking is really helping 🙂 I just did my check up, so my fingers are crossed all my results turn out good. Love the pic of you and your aunt. Hope you have a great weekend!

  4. September 27, 2019 9:08 am

    The Late Bloomers’ Club sounds delightful. I’m also curious about Hey Grandude!

    Good news about your blood pressure improvements. I always love seeing my test results improve.

    Enjoy your weekend.

  5. Helen Murdoch permalink
    September 27, 2019 11:52 am

    You’re the first person that I know who has seen that film. Too bad it wasn’t wonderful. I may still see it when it’s available to stream.

  6. September 27, 2019 3:54 pm

    Re: The Late Bloomers club – this sounds right up my alley. I like books about small towns with a quirky cast of characters. This one sounds kind of like a Fannie Flag book to me and I really like her.

    I haven’t heard of that movie but it sounds like that’s okay. I saw the Downton Abbey movie last Saturday. That was really good.

  7. September 27, 2019 4:06 pm

    Sweetest film of the decade? nice

  8. September 27, 2019 9:38 pm

    Your books sound so good and the Grandude one seems just right for my grandson who thank the Lord likes to read.
    We are still having rains which have as usual turned to floods but it has made the temperatures tolerable at least.

  9. September 28, 2019 9:37 am

    Glad your check up went well! Always nice to hear good news as the years pass. The Late Bloomers sounds like a great read. Have a book filled week!

  10. September 29, 2019 8:50 am

    That’s a nice picture of you and your aunt. And your doctor sounds nice to take the time to discuss the book.
    Happy reading this week! The Late Bloomer’s Club sounds good.

  11. Diane permalink
    September 29, 2019 8:12 pm

    The Late Bloomers Club seems like a nice story. I like Vermont settings too. Love the pic with you and your aunt.

  12. September 29, 2019 9:39 pm

    So glad your checkup went well! Any time you can reduce the amount of medicine you are taking it is a good day.

    I love Kate DiCamillo. I’ve read both of the other books in the series, and I hope to read this one soon. I’ve hesitated a bit at requesting it from the library. I’m waiting until I get finished with at least one of the big books I’m reading right now.

    Thanks for sharing your books. I always feel like your reviews of books are your honest thoughts about the books you read.

  13. September 29, 2019 10:22 pm

    That’s good news about your health. And it’s great when the books you read turn out good too. I love that pic with your great aunt. She’s gorgeous!

  14. September 30, 2019 12:59 pm

    Grandude sounds delightful. I’m glad you got a chance to see your aunt.

  15. Literary Feline permalink
    September 30, 2019 3:23 pm

    THE LATE BLOOMERS’ CLUB sounds like a fun book. I am glad you enjoyed it. I am glad you got a clean bill of health! We need to get our flu shots one of these days. Perhaps next weekend if we have time. I hope you have a great week, Kathy.

  16. October 2, 2019 4:03 pm

    I added Late Bloomers’ Club to my list and yay for a good check up!

  17. bookingmama permalink
    October 28, 2019 8:09 pm

    Beautiful picture! I loved Louise Miller’s last book so I’m anxious to read this one!

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