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The Week in Review: 04.10.2020

April 10, 2020
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Between the Covers

Finished last week:

YOU ARE NOT ALONE is the latest psychological thriller by the writing duo of Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen.  It features Shay, a young woman who witnesses someone commit suicide by jumping in front of a subway train.  Distraught, she decides to go to the memorial service and becomes entangled with the dead woman’s friends who are devious in ways she can’t imagine.

This is only the second Hendricks/Pekkanen book I’ve read but, of the two, it’s by far my favorite.  Seeing the suicide really affected Shay and she hoped the memorial service would bring her some peace.  She was going through a rough patch and, when the dead woman’s friends sensed her vulnerability, they took it as an opportunity to take advantage of her.  Sure, I had to suspend disbelief at times but the story was so fraught with tension it was easy to do.  I really enjoyed this fast page turner!  (Review copy provided by St. Martin’s Press.)

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THE GIRL WITH THE LOUDING VOICE by Abi Daré is the story of Adunni, a 14 year old Nigerian girl who’s determined to go to school because her mother told her an education will help her get a louding voice.  A louding voice is what gives a woman the ability to speak out and decide her own fate.  Unfortunately, her mother passes away and Adunni’s father sells her to a man to become his third wife.  Something happens with one of his other wives and Adunni runs away and eventually ends up being a servant in the house of a cruel woman.  Adunni must figure out if her situation will defeat her or make her stronger.

Oh, how I loved Adunni!  She is a fabulous character in a rough situation.  I rooted for her determined spirit even as she made me laugh and cry.  The audio version of the book is narrated by Adjoa Andoh and she did a fabulous job.  She filled the story with emotion and even sang some.  I highly recommend this book, especially on audio.  (Review copy provided by Penguin Random House.)

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Middle schooler Mikey Pruitt is the founder and CEO of Anything, Inc.  Inspired by his grandfather, he’s sure he can come upon the right business to strike it rich.  None of his ideas pan out until Julian (also known as Coco Caliente, MIstress of Madness and Mayhem) comes to him asking him to be his talent agent.  Mikey opens the Anything Talent and Pizzazz Agency and finds more talent to represent.  It’s an exciting beginning but can he find work for them?

MIDDLE SCHOOL’S A DRAG: YOU BETTER WERK by Greg Howard is a cute middle school book with diverse characters that made me chuckle more than once.  Mikey is great character.  He realizes he’s gay but isn’t ready to share it with the world.  Fortunately, it doesn’t matter to his friends and family.  Julian is gay as well but his father has trouble accepting it.  They both discover ways to find their own acceptance.  (Review copy provided by Penguin Random House.)

Currently reading:

On the Screen

Nothing.

Off the blog

  • I’m having trouble focusing on books and finding the motivation to write about them.

  • I started the puzzle Vance gave me for Christmas.  My last puzzle took me to Venice, this one is taking me to Paris.
  • I’m trying to be even more mindful of where and how I spend money and have been so impressed by some of the creative things local businesses are doing to try to remain relevant and in business.
  • I walked at least three miles every morning and averaged just over 16,800 Fitbit steps a day.

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

23 Comments leave one →
  1. Lloyd Russell permalink
    April 10, 2020 11:12 am

    I’ve seen The Girl with the Louding Voice all over the place. Glad to finally see a review from someone I trust.

    Lloyd (408) 348-4849

    On Fri, Apr 10, 2020 at 8:04 AM Bermudaonion’s Weblog wrote:

    > BermudaOnion posted: ” Between the Covers Finished last week: YOU ARE NOT > ALONE is the latest psychological thriller by the writing duo of Greer > Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen. It features Shay, a young woman who > witnesses someone commit suicide by jumping in front of a su” >

  2. April 10, 2020 11:21 am

    I also loved You Are Not Alone…and I am intrigued by The Girl with the Louding Voice!

    Enjoy!

  3. April 10, 2020 11:23 am

    Work takes up the majority of the day. The rest of the day is trying to keep these kids fed. They eat constantly. Yeah, they are old enough to fend for themselves but their nutrition is all over the map these days. Tonight, we will pick up takeout because I am out of meals to make.

    STILL trying to motivate myself to read my club book. It’s been raining here for days and it’s just so gloomy. Usually, good weather for reading but with work and all these niggly requests that continue to come in, I am so distracted.

  4. April 10, 2020 12:24 pm

    I loved Adunni too!

  5. Susan permalink
    April 10, 2020 12:57 pm

    Glad you liked both books — I’m looking forward to getting to them. Adunni sounds too awesome to miss! I hear it’s hard to get puzzles these days …. I’ve done one easy one but want to get more now. It’s good you got a few during the holidays.

  6. Diane permalink
    April 10, 2020 2:07 pm

    I just downloaded You Are Not Alone today frim library. Hope to start audio tomorrow. Have a good weekend KAthy- as much as ine can. For us, the days just blend together!

  7. April 10, 2020 3:49 pm

    I think I’ll get The Girl With the Louding Voice on audio. I listened to a sample and the reader is very good. That looks like a great puzzle. We’re working on one of a castle in Scotland. Lots of blue and white sky, which makes it very challenging.

    Take care and I hope you have a good weekend with lots of sunshine!

  8. April 10, 2020 5:01 pm

    I really liked how local businesses have changed here too

  9. April 11, 2020 5:09 am

    How did I know about The Girl With the Louding Voice? It sounds fantastic!

  10. April 11, 2020 6:50 am

    Adding the Abi Daré book to my audible wish list!
    I was able to order two puzzles this week. My reading has been sporadic at best and puzzles seem to be something I can dip in and out of easily – which is all to say I’m kind of going with the flow.
    I hope you and yours are well, Kathy.

  11. April 11, 2020 10:50 am

    Turbulence seems to encourage creativity. No ricotta cheese for the lasagna this week—so I found cream cheese to be a good substitute. I ran across a board game that had been on my shelf for over a year and we played it this week. In the back of the closet was an old record player and a huge stack of old records—why not? If you can’t have what you want, want what you have.

    Fortunately, we have Zoom and e-books and, being a planner, I’ve always kept a good supply of necessities on hand. I miss people most of all. I wave and greet everyone I see when I am out walking. There is really no substitute for people.

    I am adding Girl with the Louding Voice to my wish list. It sounds wonderful.

    Thank you for the puzzle inspiration and the walking-daily inspiration and the reading-even-when-you-don’t-feel-like-it inspiration, Kathy.

  12. Helen Murdoch permalink
    April 11, 2020 12:53 pm

    I’m so glad to hear you really enjoyed The Louding Voice as it is on my TBR shelf and I was questioning why I got it. But, now I am motivated!

  13. April 11, 2020 1:28 pm

    The Girl with the Louding Voice is a recent addition to my wish list, but I’ll move it over to the audio list instead. Thanks for the suggestion!

  14. April 11, 2020 4:58 pm

    I have You Are Not Alone on hold at the Library, I love this authors books and have read their previous books. Have a great week!

  15. April 11, 2020 5:01 pm

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  16. Literary Feline permalink
    April 11, 2020 6:16 pm

    All three books you reviewed this week sound like a lot of fun to read. I think I would enjoy them as well. I hope you have a Happy Easter, Kathy.

  17. April 12, 2020 10:01 am

    Trouble with focus is a big problem on my side as well. With each day passing, I do feel more hopeful overall because as bad as things are right now, we are coping. But I’m very worried about where this economy will leave us. Hope you are still able to read some. I’m keeping myself busy with a million projects.

  18. April 12, 2020 11:31 am

    The Girl with the Louding Voice sounds like a fantastic audio! Have fun in Paris 🙂

  19. April 12, 2020 1:41 pm

    The Girl With the Louding Voice sounds very impactful.
    I’m having trouble concentrating on reading too, I thought I was going to turn it around this week but instead time just slipped away.

    Wishing you a great reading week, good health and a Happy Easter 🐣

  20. April 13, 2020 5:01 pm

    I’ve been curious about The Girl with the Louding Voice. Our library has the audio version so I’ve put a hold on it! Thanks for the recommendation!

  21. April 14, 2020 4:04 pm

    Great job on the consistent walking! I’ve been trying to keep my routine going consistently as well. I’m loving the puzzles you get to every week.

    The Girl with the Louding Voice looks really good. I’m putting it on my list. I hope you have a safe and healthy week!

  22. April 16, 2020 9:44 am

    I always wonder about books with more than one author. Are they going to be good or not?
    I’ve been walking more about 5 miles per day, which is a big difference. I usually walked about 2.5 miles. If there’s anything to say about the lockdown, I’m certainly getting more exercise.

    I love seeing your puzzles.

  23. April 20, 2020 11:07 am

    First, you’re rocking the Fitbit! Keep up the good work!

    Second, you are not the only one having a hard time focusing on reading or writing about it. I keep joining stay-at-home readathons and failing miserably. I have learned I do best with short stories, still Sherlock Holmes, but most of the time I just have the focus to play Scrabble2Go on my phone and that’s about it or watch TV with my wife when she’s not at work.

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