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Wondrous Words Wednesday

February 8, 2017

Wondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme where you can share new words that you’ve encountered or spotlight words you love.  Feel free to get creative!   If you want to play along, grab the button, write a post and come back and add your link to Mr. Linky!

I found one new word in THIS IS HOW IT ALWAYS IS by Laurie Frankel.

1. appurtenance – “Rosie assembled after-school appurtenances then went upstairs again to get showered and dressed herself.”

An appurtenance is an accessory or other item associated with a particular activity or style of living.

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I found a new to me word in Jill of Rhapsody in Books review of WILL IN THE WORLD by Stephen Greenblatt.

2. adduce – “But the author clearly identifies it as such, and adduces much evidence for why it could have, or might have, been true.”

Adduce means to cite as evidence.

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What words do you want to celebrate today?

Mailbox Monday

February 6, 2017

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Welcome to Mailbox Monday, a meme started by Marcia and now hosted on its own blog.   I found these goodies in my mailbox:

Saturday to Wednesday

What did you find in your mailbox last week?

The Week in Review: 2.03.2017

February 3, 2017

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Between the Covers

Finished last week:

presidents-of-the-united-statesJanuary seemed like the perfect time to read Time for Kids Presents PRESIDENTS OF THE UNITED STATES.  This fact filled book is up to date and includes our current President.  Both Carl and I read this middle grade book and learned quite a bit in the process.  Each President is featured on one or two pages that includes a photo and a timeline of major events from their term of office.  This book is beautifully bound and printed on high quality paper.  The back of the book gives a brief overview of the campaign process, 2016 campaign spotlights, a tour of the White House, a few pages on the First Lady, and a Presidential Gallery.  PRESIDENTS OF THE UNITED STATES is a great resource for young history buffs! (Review copy provided by Blue Slip Media.)

a-stolen-lifeI’m sure most people remember the tale of Jaycee Dugard – the young girl who was kidnapped on her way to the bus stop and, eighteen years and two babies later, discovered living with her captors.  She tells her own story in A STOLEN LIFE and it is heartbreaking and gut wrenching.  Dugard is open and honest in this recounting of the horrors she had to withstand.  She shares some entries in a journal she kept and also features a few photos.  This book was tough to read at times and it’s hard to say I enjoyed it but I’m glad I read it and I’m amazed at the the resilience this young woman displays.

the-marriage-lieSeveral people recommended THE MARRIAGE LIE by Kimberly Belle so I used one of my Audible credits on it.  It’s the story of Iris and Will, a couple who seem to have the perfect marriage – after seven years they’re still deliriously in love.  They’ve decided it’s time to start a family but Iris’s world falls apart when the plane Will is on crashes.  She wonders what he was doing on that plane and discovers a whole world he was keeping from her.  After a while, this one became a little too far-fetched for me – you definitely have to suspend disbelief to enjoy it.  Iris mentions her Southern accent yet the audio version of the book is narrated by Johanna Parker who has no accent.  Why can’t publishers find Southern narrators?

Currently reading:

 

On the Screen

Nothing – I didn’t watch any TV or make it to the movies this week.

 

Off the blog

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———————– The Birthday Girl ———————–

  • I was lucky enough to spend my mom’s 90th birthday with her.  We didn’t do anything out of the ordinary but had a great time just being together.
  • When I’m with my mom I let her set the pace so I didn’t get in my usual walks and averaged around 8,250 steps a day, which is just fine with me.

 

Wondrous Words Wednesday

February 1, 2017

Wondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme where you can share new words that you’ve encountered or spotlight words you love.  Feel free to get creative!   If you want to play along, grab the button, write a post and come back and add your link to Mr. Linky!

I found several words in HIDDEN FIGURES by Margot Lee Shetterly.

1. hoosegow – “He spent the night in the city hoosegow for his trouble.”

Hoosegow means jail.

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2. synecdoche – “Against ignorance, she and others like her mounted a day-in, day-out charm offensive: impeccably dressed, well-spoken, patriotic, and upright, they were racial synecdoches, keenly aware that the interactions that individual blacks had with whites could have implications for the entire black community.”

Synecdoche means a figure of speech by which a part is put for the whole, the whole for a part, the species for the genus, the genus for the species, or the name of the material for the thing made.

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3. azimuth – “A number transposed in calculating the launch azimuth, a significant digit too few in measuring the fully loaded weight of the capsule, a mistake in accounting for the rocket’s speed and acceleration or the rotation of the Earth could cascade through the chain of dependencies, causing serious, perhaps catastrophic, consequences.”

Azimuth sounds pretty complicated to me.  It means the horizontal angle or direction of a compass bearing.

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What words do you want to celebrate today?

Mailbox Monday

January 30, 2017

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Welcome to Mailbox Monday, a meme started by Marcia and now hosted on its own blog.    I’m still at my mom’s, celebrating her 90th birthday, so I won’t be around much this week.  I found these goodies in my mailbox:

Wednesday

Friday

What did you find in your mailbox last week?

The Week in Review: 1.27.2017

January 27, 2017

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Between the Covers

Finished last week:

s-u-g-c-animalsIf you know any kids who love animals, be sure to get a copy of ANIMAL PLANET: STRANGE, UNUSUAL, GROSS & COOL ANIMALS by Charles Ghigna into their hands.  I can’t say enough good things about this book that’s full of gorgeous illustrations and fun facts.  The title fits the book perfectly!  There are even pages about poop and throw up – what kid wouldn’t love that?  I adored this book and learned lots of fun and useful facts like a tarantula’s venom is less potent than a bee sting.  (Review copy provided by Blue Slip Media.)

hidden-figuresI wanted to love HIDDEN FIGURES by Margot Lee Shetterly but I can’t say that I did.  It’s the story of five black female mathematicians who were instrumental in the early days of NASA and the race to the moon.  This is such an important story and it sounded like just the kind of book I’d love but, for me, it was too dry and impersonal.  I wanted less technical details and more personal stories about the women.  In the end, I’m sad to say, I liked the book but didn’t love it. I’m still glad I read it, though.   (Review copy provided by Harper Collins.)

between-breathsI listened to BETWEEN BREATHS: A MEMOIR OF PANIC AND ADDICTION by Elizabeth Vargas in December.  It’s the story of her battle with alcoholism.  She was an anxious child and contributes her addiction to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder she suffered as a child.  What struck me the most about her story was the fact that, because she was a well known journalist, the media felt entitled to her story so they invaded her privacy, making it more difficult for her to heal.  Vargas narrates the audio version of her book and, as you’d expect, does an outstanding job.  I give Vargas a lot of credit for being brave enough to tell her story but I found the book good, but not great.

Currently reading:

On the Screen

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  • We’re not big pro football fans but did turn the NFL conference championship games on and were happy to see the Atlanta Falcons win since our nephew lives in the ATL and we will be rooting for them in the Super Bowl.

Off the blog

  • My mom will be 90 years old tomorrow and I’m heading down to celebrate with her!
  • My friends and I came in first place at trivia this week.
  • I walked three miles every day, averaging just over 15,000 Fitbit steps a day.

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  • I was lucky enough to attend a Karen White event at Fiction Addiction on Monday.  Karen spoke to a packed audience and told us all about her latest book, THE GUESTS ON SOUTH BATTERY, as well as her upcoming April release, THE NIGHT THE LIGHTS WENT OUT, and a yet to be named collaboration with Beatriz Williams and Lauren Willig.  Karen is a great author and speaker so her event was loads of fun.  I’ve got an autographed copy of THE GUESTS ON BATTERY for one lucky reader. You can enter by filling out the form below and I’ll pick a winner on February 3.

Wondrous Words Wednesday

January 25, 2017

Wondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme where you can share new words that you’ve encountered or spotlight words you love.  Feel free to get creative!   If you want to play along, grab the button, write a post and come back and add your link to Mr. Linky!

LONER by Teddy Wayne had a few more new to me words.

1. insufflation – “It was easier than I thought, and I mimicked the others, tilting my head back when the line had vanished and continuing the insufflation.”

Insufflation is the act of blowing something into a body cavity.

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2. ambit – “I expanded the ambit of my study to include Beta.”

Ambit is the scope, extent, or bounds of something.

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What words do you want to celebrate today?