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The Week in Review: 12.20.2019

December 20, 2019


Between the Covers

Finished last week:

COUNTRY MUSIC: A HISTORY by Dayton Duncan is based on the film series by Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan.  My dad loved “old school” country music so I grew up listening to singers like Marty Robbins and Tex Ritter and their music still brings back lots of great memories.  I don’t really care for today’s “snap track” country music so I wasn’t sure this book would be for me.  Boy, was I wrong!  This book is exactly what it says it is –  a history of country music, starting with performers like the Carter Family and ending with some current performers like Garth Brooks.  Included are stories of their professional and personal struggles as well as their musical influences.  I found this book fascinating and stopped often to listen to the artists mentioned.  I listened to the audio book and I thought Brian Corrigan did a terrific job with the narration.  I’d like to take a look at the print version of the book since it contains photos and would also like to see the film series now.  Fans of music won’t want to miss this book.  (Review copy provided by Penguin Random House.)


DISNEY STORIES FOR 2-YEAR OLDS is the perfect book to introduce little ones to Disney characters.  This sturdily bound book features fourteen stories with characters like Mickey Mouse, Goofy, Donald Duck, and Pluto.  Each story is self contained and runs about 10 to 14 pages long.  Since it’s geared towards two year olds, there are big, colorful illustrations on every page and each story has a happy ending.  There’s an emphasis on friendship while the characters have fun adventures going to a firehouse, visiting a lake, going on a picnic, etc.  I thought this book was fun and learned how Mickey and Pluto became friends by reading this book.  Grab a copy of this book for the youngest Disney lover in your life.  (Review copy provided by Media Masters Publicity.)


DOGGY DEFENDERS: DOLLEY THE FIRE DOG by Lisa M. Gerry is another terrific book in this series published by National Geographic Kids.  Readers meet Dolley, a Labrador Retriever who works with Captain Herndon at the fire station.  Dolley is trained to smell fire-starting liquid and helps teach children about fire safety.  When there’s a fire, Dolley goes in to find the source.  At the end of the day, she goes home to relax and play with Captain Herndon and his family.  Included at the end of the book is a Q and A with Captain Herndon and some fire safety tips.  There are great full-color photos of Dolley at work or play on every page.  The pre-school set will fall in love with Dolley and ask for this book over and over again.  (Review copy provided by Media Masters Publicity.)

Currently reading:

On the Screen

Off the blog

  • I had a flare-up in my eye and had to visit the opthalmologist.  It’s extra frustrating since I’m on a medication that’s supposed to prevent flare-ups.
  • A friend and I went together to have our annual mammograms.
  • It rained too hard for us to walk last Friday, but we walked at least three miles every other day and I averaged just over 15,500 Fitbit steps a day.

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

21 Comments leave one →
  1. Trin Carl permalink
    December 20, 2019 6:01 am

    Sorry to hear about the flare up in your eye. I hope it gets better.

  2. December 20, 2019 6:15 am

    I’ve heard only good things about Country Music: A History. I want to track down the documentary because I want to hear the music. Still, I bet print is a wonderful book to have in a personal library. I hope your eye flare calms. How annoying.

  3. Diane permalink
    December 20, 2019 6:59 am

    Our youngest granddaughter I’d obsessed with all things Disney, I bet she would love that book! Sorry about your continued eye issue😢

  4. December 20, 2019 7:36 am

    Oh, how frustrating to have more eye issues…hopefully things will improve!

    Enjoy your week and your new books.

  5. Lloyd Russell permalink
    December 20, 2019 9:16 am

    Looking forward to your review of Sepetys’ new book. Have you read her others?

    Lloyd (408) 348-4849

    On Fri, Dec 20, 2019 at 1:01 AM Bermudaonion’s Weblog wrote:

    > BermudaOnion posted: ” Between the Covers Finished last week: COUNTRY > MUSIC: A HISTORY by Dayton Duncan is based on the film series by Ken Burns > and Dayton Duncan. My dad loved “old school” country music so I grew up > listening to singers like Marty Robbins and Tex Ritter” >

  6. Beth F permalink
    December 20, 2019 9:29 am

    After seeing the Ken Burns show on TV, I think I’d love to see the print / digital version of this book so I can study the photos and re-visit some of the stories.

  7. December 20, 2019 9:55 am

    The weather has changed. Rainy but with a slight coolness which is so very welcome. Christmas is just days away.

  8. Helen Murdoch permalink
    December 20, 2019 11:05 am

    I like that you and a friend went to get your mammograms together. It’s such an important test to do.

  9. December 20, 2019 2:58 pm

    We’ve watched the first episode of the Country Music History program and thought it was very good. We’ll get back to the show after the holidays, but I’m going to see if my husband is interested in the book, too.

    So sorry about your eye issues. Rod has been getting a shot in his eye once a month, which we’re hoping will correct the problem he is having with his retina. My mom is also getting monthly shots for her macular degeneration. I use eye drops (daily) for my glaucoma. We no longer take our vision for granted! Hope your problems subside or at least get back under control.

    Lots of wind and rain here, so no walks for a bit. Too dangers with all the trees in our neighborhood. The roads were covered with branches this morning!

  10. December 20, 2019 4:30 pm

    I’m definitely interested in the Country Music book. We DVR’d the Ken Burns special on PBS and I’m hoping we can watch it during the Christmas season when things are a bit quieter around here. Merry Christmas to you and your family, Kathy!

  11. melreadingcorner permalink
    December 21, 2019 8:23 am

    I remember my daughters couldn’t get enough of those Disney characters when they were little. I think they are a part of many children’s childhood memories.

  12. December 21, 2019 8:48 am

    It must be difficult to cope when your eye flares up. I hope the medication at least reduced the time you spent with the flare up and the severity of it.

    It is rare for you to miss a day of walking. You are diligent.

    I bet there are some fascinating stories in the Country Music book. And I can’t wait to hear what you thought about Fountains of Silence. I ended up giving away my copy unread, but I will probably regret it.

    Have a lovely week, Kathy!

  13. December 21, 2019 2:51 pm

    My husband was raised by his grandparents so he grew up listening to the old country music and listened to it his whole life, and he also listened to many other types of music. This book sounds good to me.

    I love all things Disney, so Disney Stories for 2-Year-Olds sounds good.

    I have Doggy Defenders: Willow The Therapy Dog & Dolley The Fire Dog is on my list.

    Sorry to hear about your eye.

  14. December 21, 2019 4:23 pm

    I am wondering about the new Sepetys

  15. December 21, 2019 6:40 pm

    Hmm. I’m off to find out how I can see the Ken Burn series. I’m not huge into country music but you have piqued my interest all the same. thx

  16. December 22, 2019 8:13 am

    So sorry to read about your eye flare-up!

  17. December 22, 2019 9:08 am

    I hope the situation with your eyes has improved. I really need to walk more.

    Wishing you a great reading week, and a very Merry Christmas!

  18. December 22, 2019 12:38 pm

    I’m sorry about your eye. My eye injury flared up too. The air has been dry with the heater on and the like.

    Hard to believe Christmas is almost here. I am going to head out against my better judgement today ti get a game my daughter and I played in a coffee shop.

  19. December 22, 2019 4:17 pm

    Kathy, your featured books sound good. I hope your eye gets better quickly. Have a merry Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year!

  20. Sarah Sammis permalink
    December 22, 2019 11:17 pm

    Sorry to hear about your eye. My weekly update

  21. December 23, 2019 10:49 am

    I hope you are feeling better and that your eye has returned to normal. Have a happy Christmas.

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