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Mailbox Monday

March 13, 2017

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

These books came while I was at my mom’s:

Friday

Saturday

What did you find in your mailbox last week?

The Week in Review: 03.10.2017

March 10, 2017

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Between the Covers

Finished last week:

one-of-the-boysONE OF THE BOYS by Daniel Magariel is the brutal story of two young boys caught in the middle of their parents’ divorce.  The mother has given up on them and their drug addict father forces them to endure all sorts of abuse and neglect in order to be “one of the boys.”  I found the book to be well written and engaging as well as disturbing.  It’s told from the point of view of the twelve year old son so parts of the story were violent and difficult to read but I think it’s an important story.  I wanted to talk to someone about the story as I read it so I think it would make a terrific book club selection.  (Review copy provided by Simon & Schuster.)

mapping-my-dayMAPPING MY DAY by Julie Dillemuth is an adorable picture book about, you guessed it, maps!  It covers topics like cardinal directions, scale, legend, and route by telling the story of Flora.  I loved Flora and her multi-cultural family and think this book is an excellent way to introduce kids to the dying art of map reading.  The back of the book includes a note to “parents, caregivers, and professionals” and also includes activities to engage young readers.  Laura Wood’s drawings are adorable and enhance this fun book for early readers.  (Review copy provided by Blue Slip Media.)

 

Currently reading:

 

On the Screen

I was hoping to watch some basketball but that didn’t happen – I didn’t watch any TV or make it to the movies this week.

 

Off the blog

  • I was at my mom’s most of the week to get her taxes done.  I’m happy to say that I am officially done with 2016 taxes.
  • While I’m with my mom, I let her set the pace and got in 9,200 Fitbit steps a day.
  • Vance is out of town so I’ll be putting in more time at the store.

How was your week?

Wondrous Words Wednesday

March 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 two new words in FINDERS KEEPERS by Stephen King.

1. nebbish – “For the first time Morris realized consciously that Andy was no intellectual giant eager to join him in an existential act of outlawry but just another nebbish.”

A nebbish is a person, especially a man, who is regarded as pitifully ineffectual, timid, or submissive.

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2. moke – “Not that this moke would give a shit, one way or the other.”

A moke is a donkey.

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What words do you want to celebrate today?

Mailbox Monday

March 6, 2017

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

Monday

Tuesday

Thursday

What did you find in your mailbox last week?

The Week in Review: 03.03.2017

March 3, 2017

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Between the Covers

Finished last week:

finders-keepersFINDERS KEEPERS is the second book in Stephen King‘s Bill Hodges trilogy.  It’s the story of a teen-aged boy who finds a chest containing thousands of dollars and the unpublished manuscripts of a much loved author who was murdered years before.  His family’s going through a rough patch so he decides to use the money and the manuscripts to help them out.  The guy who hid the chest is released from prison and he wants those manuscripts back and will do anything to get them, creating a high stakes game of cat and mouse.  I enjoyed revisiting some of the characters from MR. MERCEDES but it’s not necessary to read that book to enjoy this one.  King’s writing is very engaging and the book is suspenseful but I do think it was a little longer than it needed to be.  I’d still recommend it, though.

pop-goes-the-circusPOP GOES THE CIRCUS! is the fourth book in the Three-Ring Rascals series by Kate Klise and it is so much fun!  Bert the Mouse gets carried away by a helium balloon and just happens to run into Flora LaPasta, a young friend of the circus who has run away from home.  They have a few adventures before they find their way home in a surprising ending.  The illustrations by M. Sarah Klise, the author’s sister, are perfect for this sweet story.  This just might be my favorite book in this terrific series for early readers.  (I won this book from Algonquin Books.)

Currently reading:

 

On the Screen

A couple of my friends raved about Bad Moms so Carl and I decided to rent it.  It’s the story of three moms who are tired of trying to do it all so they decide to accept that they’re “bad moms.”  The movie had some very funny moments but is really a social commentary on how difficult it is to be a mom these days.  I liked it but don’t think I liked it as much as my friends did – maybe because my child is an adult.  There are some suggestive scenes and salty language so this movie isn’t for everyone.

 

Off the blog

  • My friends and I played trivia at a different venue this week – it was more complicated than we’re used to, and we came in third place.
  • I helped Vance get his taxes done and am glad to have that over with.
  • We walked three miles every morning and I averaged around 15,200 Fitbit steps a day.
  • I am so ready for spring and sandals even though we haven’t had much of a winter

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

Wondrous Words Wednesday

March 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!

SWEETGIRL by Travis Mulhauser had a couple new to me words.

1. perspicuity – “He closed his eyes and when he fired the load it was not an instrument of justice or redemption, was not an act of self-hatred or of martyrdom, but was only the truth expelled through a smooth-bore barrel, all buckshot and perspicuity.”

Perspicuity means clearness or lucidity.

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2. corn snow – “There were a few cars scattered in the parking lot and the wind blew and tossed around some corn snow while Starr dug the smokes out of her bag.”

I’ve never lived anywhere that gets much snow so I’m not surprised I didn’t know this term.  Corn snow is snow with a rough granular surface resulting from alternate thawing and freezing.

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What words do you want to celebrate today?

Mailbox Monday

February 27, 2017

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Welcome to Mailbox Monday, a meme started by Marcia and now hosted on its own blog.   I only got one book this week but I think it’s going to be a good one.

Friday

 

What did you find in your mailbox last week?