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The Week in Review: 12.06.2019

December 6, 2019
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Between the Covers

Finished last week:

THE FALL OF RICHARD NIXON: A REPORTER REMEMBERS WATERGATE by Tom Brokaw is more about the time period (1974) than it was actually about Richard Nixon and the end of his presidency.  Brokaw starts out by telling how he became a White House correspondent and goes on to tell about Nixon’s downfall but also includes many personal anecdotes, telling about parties he and his wife attended in Washington, press conferences he attended, etc.  There’s not much new material here and those not familiar with Nixon and Watergate might have trouble following the timeline.  I enjoyed some of the personal stories but felt the book was just okay.  Brokaw narrates the audio book and does an okay job – it’s obvious by his voice that he’s getting older.  (Review copy provided by Penguin Random House.)

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SURPRISING STORIES BEHIND EVERYDAY STUFF by Stephanie Warren Drimmer is another winner from National Geographic Kids.  This book might be small (about 6½ inches square) but it is jam packed with fun information!  Divided into chapters like Toys & Games, Beauty, Hygiene & Medicine, and Fashion. there’s something for everyone included between the covers.  Have you ever wondered about the origin of umbrellas?  They were invented over 4,000 years ago to protect the rich and powerful from the sun.  The Chinese realized they could be used in the rain, too, but, at first, only women carried them.  How about the eye chart?  That was invented by Dr. Ferdnand Monoyer, a French doctor who included his last name on the original chart.  I had so much fun reading this book and sharing my newfound knowledge and know the target audience of middle grade readers will as well.  SURPRISING STORIES BEHIND EVERYDAY STUFF would make a great holiday gift for curious youngsters.  (Review copy provided by Media Masters Publicity.)

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PREMEDITATED PEPPERMINT is the third book in Amanda Flower‘s Amish Candy Shop Mystery series featuring Bailey King.  After living in New York City for a while, Bailey moved to Harvest, Ohio to help her Amish grandmother in her candy shop.  As Harvest is gearing up for Christmas, Bailey’s old boyfriend and celebrity chef, Eric, comes to town to shoot a holiday special.  When a member of the crew is murdered in Harvest, Eric is the first one to find the body so he becomes the prime suspect.  Bailey’s not his biggest fan but she has trouble believing he killed someone and she sets out to find out who did.

I had no trouble catching up with the characters in this fun cozy mystery set in Amish country and think it stands alone just fine.  I liked Bailey and the rest of the characters as well as the little town of Harvest.  As you would expect with a cozy mystery, it wasn’t too graphic and the solution to the mystery was believable.  There’s just enough Christmas in the book to put readers in a holiday mood but not too much that it couldn’t be read at other times of the year.  In case you can’t tell, I enjoyed this book and hope to read more of the series.  (Review copy provided by Kensington.)

Currently reading:

On the Screen

I thought A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood was going to about Mr. Rogers and his personal life but it’s not.  Rather, it’s about his relationship with Lloyd Vogel (based on Tom Junod), an Esquire magazine journalist who was assigned to write a puff piece about Rogers.   Vogel was struggling with some issues in his life causing him to be bitter and angry and meeting Mr. Rogers changed his outlook on life.  I enjoyed the movie (and Hanks’ performance as Rogers) and came out of the theater wanting to be a better person.  If you go see this one, be sure to take tissues with you.

Off the blog

  • Our company left Saturday and it sure has been quiet around here.

  • It’s late this year, but our Thanksgiving cactus finally bloomed.

  • We got our Christmas tree up and I made a dent in my shopping but still have a lot of holiday prep to do.

  • I started a new puzzle and, with all that’s going on, I imagine it will take me a while to complete it.
  • We walked at least three miles every morning and I averaged almost 16,900 Fitbit steps a day.

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

21 Comments leave one →
  1. December 6, 2019 5:19 am

    I want to start collecting the National Geographic kids books for my grands. The oldest is becoming quite the reader (she’s 8) and I think would love these. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Lloyd Russell permalink
    December 6, 2019 9:33 am

    I was actually really impressed by Matthew Rhys. I used to watch him on Brothers and Sisters, and thought he was a very good actor. I obviously still do.

    Lloyd (408) 348-4849

    On Fri, Dec 6, 2019 at 1:01 AM Bermudaonion’s Weblog wrote:

    > BermudaOnion posted: ” Between the Covers Finished last week: THE FALL OF > RICHARD NIXON: A REPORTER REMEMBERS WATERGATE by Tom Brokaw is more about > the time period (1974) than it was actually about Richard Nixon and the end > of his presidency. Brokaw starts out by telling” >

  3. Beth F permalink
    December 6, 2019 11:47 am

    I love those National Geo books. The Tom Brokaw book is very timely! I always love a good cozy when I want some escape reading.

  4. December 6, 2019 2:58 pm

    I love NatGeo books! I’ve been wanting to go see A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood. I too thought it was about Rogers life, but it still sounds good.

  5. December 6, 2019 5:13 pm

    Kathy, your tree is very lovely. Ours is up as well, but we need to put our ornaments on it. I saw A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood also. I thought is was wonderful! Have a terrific weekend!

  6. December 6, 2019 5:48 pm

    I was enjoying the bright pink of your cactus flower when I noticed it seems to be upside down. Still pretty, but it surprised me enough to look carefully. I even turned my laptop screen upside down. Maybe it’s just hanging down?

  7. December 6, 2019 7:59 pm

    I do want to see Tom Hanks in A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.

    Thanks for sharing, and enjoy your weekend.

  8. December 7, 2019 4:12 am

    Oh no tissue movie! Noted

  9. December 7, 2019 12:52 pm

    I’m planning to see A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood with some friends this coming Monday. I’ll be sure to take some tissues. 🙂

    That puzzle looks very challenging. We’ve started a new one (1000 pieces) and I have a feeling it will be out on the table for a couple of weeks.

  10. Helen Murdoch permalink
    December 7, 2019 4:20 pm

    We are on Liberty puzzle number 5 of the holiday season. At this rate we’re going to run out. Good thing there’s one going under the tree for my dad. 🙂

  11. December 8, 2019 7:06 am

    Mister Rogers is my hero, and I loved the Esquire magazine article…it’s a classic in nonfiction writing and I’ve read it many times during writing classes. I’m eager to see this movie. I hope to go to the movies next week.

    National Geographic books are always so much fun. They were huge in our school book fairs, and I think they would be a great choice for a gift for a child.

    It looks like you have made good progress on your Christmas. I hate how busy we are at this time of year. It feels like we are trying to do everything in a small window. I wish we could spread Thanksgiving and Christmas out for several more months.

  12. December 8, 2019 10:26 am

    Pretty tree & cactus! Thanks for the word on the Mister Rogers movie — I wasn’t really keen on seeing it but now you have me reconsidering that. It sounds like it’s quite worthwhile.

  13. December 8, 2019 11:40 am

    Your tree is gorgeous! The Amish Candy Shop Mystery sounds good and I want to watch teh Mr. Roger’s movie. Enjoy your week.

  14. December 8, 2019 9:44 pm

    Your Christmas tree looks lovely, ours isn’t up yet but we’ll get to it soon.
    Reading Know My Name and The Only Plane in the Sky in the one week can’t be easy, both such emotionally charged topics.

    Wishing you a great reading week

  15. Sarah Sammis permalink
    December 8, 2019 11:17 pm

    We have our tree but it isn’t inside yet. Ours is a living tree and it’s been in our backyard for the last year in a pot. My weekly update

  16. Diane permalink
    December 9, 2019 7:19 am

    I was wondering about Mr Rogers Neighborhood; sounds rather good – my kids loved Mr. Rogers, but I wasn’t a huge fan back then for some reason.

  17. Carol Evans permalink
    December 9, 2019 10:59 am

    I think I’m going to skip A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.
    Premeditated Peppermint sounds fun. I’ve read a couple of Amanda Flower’s books before, but none from this series.

  18. December 11, 2019 11:23 am

    The Fall of Richard Nixon sounds fascinating.

  19. December 11, 2019 2:54 pm

    I think a lot of folks think that Rogers movie is about his life. I know I did. I like what you said about coming out and wanting to be a better person. That’s a really great feeling.

    Your tree looks lovely. I finally got mine up. I was dizzy and had no help. My iron has been deadly low again but I will try to include a pic in Sunday’s post.

    I have this week and part of next and then I am off for awhile. I seriously cannot wait. Very tired and just done.

  20. December 12, 2019 3:22 pm

    I want to be a better person and I really want to see the Mister Rogers movie. Maybe we’ll find time soon. Your tree and cactus look beautiful and that looks like my kind of puzzle! Can’t wait to see if finished.

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