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The Week in Review: 03.13.2020

March 13, 2020
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Between the Covers

Finished last week:

THE QUEENS OF ANIMATION: THE UNTOLD STORY OF THE WOMEN WHO TRANSFORMED THE WORLD OF DISNEY AND MADE CINEMATIC HISTORY by Nathalia Holt was my book club read for February.  Everyone enjoyed the book and found the historical details and tidbits fascinating.  It tells the story of the beginnings of Disney and the role women made in the studio’s ultimate success.

The early days of animation required a lot of hand work and Walt Disney employed more women than most.  Of course, the women weren’t paid as well as men and often struggled in their roles.  There were several women who played crucial roles in the studio’s success, though.  I thoroughly enjoyed the peek into the life of these women – both in the studio and out of it.  I did think the end of the book felt a bit rushed but, overall, appreciated the research and details Holt shared.  I recommend this book to those who enjoy historical fiction, movies, and animation.  (I won this book from Book Club Cookbook’Gallery Match program.)

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Maddie and Theo share Alexa as a best friend even though they can’t stand each other.  They find themselves at the same social events from time to time because of Alexa’s recent engagement, especially since they’re both in the wedding party.  After one event, they “accidentally” fall in bed together and things are rather hot.  They decide they’d like to keep up that arrangement but there have to be some ground rules, like don’t tell anyone and don’t fall in love.  Will they be able to keep up the charade until Alexa’s wedding?

THE WEDDING PARTY by Jasmine Guillory is a predictable romance that was a fun diversion.  It’s the third book in The Wedding Date series and features some characters from previous books.  (The second book, THE PROPOSAL, was a Reese Witherspoon book club pick.)  I’ve only read one of the previous books and had no trouble reading this one.  I liked the book for what it was but didn’t love it.  It won’t be for everyone because of language and some of the explicit scenes.  I listened to the audio version and thought Janina Edwards did a pretty good job with the narration.  (Review copy provided by Penguin Random House.)

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BUG BOYS by Laura Knetzger is a collection of comics about two friends –  a rhinoceros beetle named Rhino-B and a stag beetle named Stag-B.  They live in a village with other insects and the comics follow them on their adventures.  The book is aimed at 7 to 10 year olds but used words like Chrysalis and speculative technology.  I found some of the comics confusing and didn’t always “get” them so I feel like they’ll miss their mark with the target audience.  The drawings are fine and I love that the author included beetle facts and instructions for drawing the characters in the back of the book but none of that was enough to save the book for me.  (Review copy provided by Random House Graphic.)

Currently reading:

On the Screen

I saw Emma at the theater and was pleased to see a fairly large crowd during the day on a weekday.  Based on the classic novel by Jane Austen it’s the story of Emma Woodhouse.  Raised in privilege, Emma enjoys society and matchmaking.  She takes young Harriet Smith under her wing and decides to find a husband for her.  Social engagements and misunderstandings ensue.

The movie was slow at times but I still enjoyed it.  I haven’t read the book so can’t say how true to the story it is.  The casting and acting were terrific and I loved the costumes, hair and scenery.

Off the blog

  • We had beautiful, spring like weather most of the week.
  • I walked at least three miles every morning and averaged just over 17,000 Fitbit steps a day.

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

20 Comments leave one →
  1. March 13, 2020 7:38 am

    I’ve heard Wild Game is really good but haven’t decided if I want to read that one yet. Will be looking forward to hearing your thoughts on it!

  2. March 13, 2020 7:59 am

    I know I’ll see Emma eventually because I like to see all Austen film adaptations. I loved the one from over 20 years ago. Have a great weekend!

  3. March 13, 2020 8:55 am

    I would like to read the Natalie Wood biography. Enjoy your books!

  4. Diane permalink
    March 13, 2020 8:56 am

    I was curious about Emma. We say The way Home with Ben Affleck last week (pretty good). This week we’ve stayed home a bit more except for walks and necessary pit stops.

  5. Lloyd Russell permalink
    March 13, 2020 9:27 am

    The Queens of Animation looks very interesting. It’s something I definitely knew nothing about. Kind of a Hidden Figures type of story. We saw Emma. I’ve never been into Jane Austen or period pieces. And I thought the movie was very slow.

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    On Fri, Mar 13, 2020 at 1:01 AM Bermudaonion’s Weblog wrote:

    > BermudaOnion posted: ” Between the Covers Finished last week: THE QUEENS > OF ANIMATION: THE UNTOLD STORY OF THE WOMEN WHO TRANSFORMED THE WORLD OF > DISNEY AND MADE CINEMATIC HISTORY by Nathalia Holt was my book club read > for February. Everyone enjoyed the book and found th” >

  6. Felicity Grace terry permalink
    March 13, 2020 12:53 pm

    Well that’s three wonderfully different books you’ve shared.

    Still cold and wet here, its nice to think Spring isn’t too far off

  7. March 13, 2020 2:26 pm

    The Queens Of Animation, Bug Boys, and the Natalie Wood biography sound really good.

  8. Susan permalink
    March 13, 2020 3:26 pm

    I think I’d like to see the movie Emma — thanks for your thoughts about it. Natalie Wood had such a tragic end / sad.

  9. Helen Murdoch permalink
    March 14, 2020 12:50 am

    I haven’t read any of the Wedding series, but did read her book Royal Holliday, which was fun.

  10. March 14, 2020 3:25 am

    I obviously want to see the new Emma 😀

  11. March 14, 2020 10:09 am

    It sounds like you had a good, but not great, reading week. In many ways, these three books would be ideal reads during these stressful times. They do not add to the worries of our times. They have interesting subjects. Gentle reads. That’s certainly what I’m seeking out right now.

    I’m also eager to find ways to support my favorite places during these difficult economic times in the days and weeks ahead. The library conference in Houston was canceled, for example, but those of us who registered were encouraged to apply our refund to a virtual conference that was created. The YMCA sent out a set of online videos for those who feel like they should not venture out. I’d like to see more of this.

    I’m very interested in seeing Emma.

    I hope you have a good week, Kathy.

  12. March 14, 2020 5:37 pm

    I’ve actually been eyeing the Wedding Date books for a while but have not been having much success with any hyped romance books. I can’t recall if I tried it or not but after your review, I probably won’t try it. Queens of Animation sounds very interesting – that’s a book I would like to read.

  13. March 15, 2020 8:45 pm

    Queens of Animation sounds interesting.
    We were going to see Emma this weekend, but in light of the coronavirus protections we decided not to.

  14. March 15, 2020 11:53 pm

    Queens of Animation and The Wedding Party are both on my wishlist. My weekly update

  15. March 16, 2020 1:48 am

    Diversions are essential in these stressful times I think.

    Wishing you a great reading week, stay well.

  16. March 16, 2020 10:59 am

    I would love to see Emma, but guess I’m going to have to wait for an at-home release.

  17. Beth F permalink
    March 17, 2020 8:35 am

    I watch all the Jane Austen movies and spin offs, but I wait for streaming services. Queens of Animation and Wedding Party both sound worth the read.

  18. March 18, 2020 8:04 pm

    Emma is my least favorite Austen but at least you can still go to movies! Everything is closed here. Movies a few days ago but today we closed barbers, salons, etc. Some restaurants are open for pick up only since the dining room is closed. It’s a little scary up here, BUT I am very glad that we are being so proactive as a state.

    • March 18, 2020 8:25 pm

      Our theaters are closed now, too.

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  19. March 19, 2020 12:54 pm

    I really wanted to see Emma. I haven’t yet for obvious reasons. I am intrigued by the disney and women book.

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