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Mischief Bay giveaway

April 13, 2017

I’m currently reading A MILLION LITTLE THINGS, the latest book in the Mischief Bay series by Susan Mallery and am thoroughly enjoying it.  To celebrate its release, Tandem Literay is allowing me to give away the first two books of the series.  That’s right, one lucky reader will receive copies of THE GIRLS OF MISCHIEF BAY and THE FRIENDS WE KEEP as well as a Susan Mallery-branded Post-it Note Dispenser.  How fun is that?  Simply fill out the form and I’ll pick a winner on Thursday, April 20, 2017.

Wondrous Words Wednesday

April 12, 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!

Both of this week’s words are from WALKING ON TRAMPOLINES by Frances Whiting.

1. imbroglio – “I could have phoned you with all of this, Tallulah, but knowing you as I have over the years, when you and I have both been a party to some of Duncan’s little imbroglios, I thought I should talk to you in person.”

I’ve seen this word quite a few times but wasn’t sure I really understood the meaning so I decided to look it up.  Imbroglio means an extremely confused, complicated, or embarrassing situation.  I think I can use this word a lot these days.

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2. abseil – “Harry, Rose, and Michael Parkinson had a three-way date every Saturday night — Rose loved Parky, she said he had a face you could abseil off.”

Abseil is a controlled descent of a vertical drop, such as a rock face, using a rope.

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What words do you want to celebrate today?

Mailbox Monday

April 10, 2017

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

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

 

What did you find in your mailbox?

The Week in Review: 04.07.2017

April 7, 2017
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Finished last week:

CATSTRONAUTS: MISSION MOON by Drew Brockington is the first book in a graphic novel series featuring, you guessed it, cats who are astronauts.  In this first book, the Earth is running out of energy and it’s up to the catstronauts to save the day by putting a new power plant on the moon.  They run into some problems but work together to come up with a solution.  I really like the idea of introducing energy problems to young readers but I felt like Brockington could have done more with it by sharing ways individuals can make a difference.  Having said that, the target audience of 6 to 10 years old should adore this book with its fast pace, adorable illustrations, and fun storyline.  (Review copy provided by Little, Brown Kids.)

I’M NOT THE BIGGEST BITCH IN THIS RELATIONSHIP is a collection of short stories featuring dogs that’s edited by Wade Rouse.  Twenty authors including Jane Green, Jen Lancaster, Sarah Pekkanen, and Allie Larkin contributed to the book and 10% of Rouse’s royalties will be donated to The Humane Society.  The stories in the book are humorous and heartwarming but, after a while, they felt a little repetitive to me.  I think I would have enjoyed them more if I’d spaced them out some.  Still, they’re sweet and charming and will appeal to dog lovers.  (My friend Julie sent me this book.)

THE FUTURES by Anna Pitoniak is the story of the relationship between Evan and Julia, a young couple who meet while they’re undergrad students at Yale.  After graduation, the two move to New York together – Evan gets a job with a high powered finance company while Julia works for a non-profit.  Evan’s job requires long hours and Julia struggles to hit her stride.  I think I might have been too old for this book because I was frustrated with Julia and her problems and wanted to tell her to grow up.  In the end, I liked the book but didn’t love it.  (Review copy provided by Little, Brown.)

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On the Screen

Basketball!  I was thrilled to see the USC women win the national championship in basketball!  That means South Carolina is home to the current baseball (Coastal Carolina), football (Clemson), and women’s basketball (University of South Carolina) champions!

I only saw a few minutes of the men’s championship game but was happy to see North Carolina win.  ACC, baby!

Once again, I watched Dancing with the Stars.  I was fine with Charo going home – her dancing was okay but her “act” was grating after a while.  I still like Rashad and Emma even though they didn’t dance as well this week.  I was very impressed with Nancy and Artem, Heather and Alan, and Normani and Val.  This promises to be a good season.

 

Off the blog

  • I started a fun new jigsaw puzzle.
  • My friends and I played trivia this week and came in 2nd.

 

  • Our weather has been very up and down.  We had severe storms on Monday and Wednesday and even had a little hail early Thursday morning.  There was still some hail on the ground 7 hours later when we walked.
  • I walked three miles every day and averaged just over 15,400 Fitbit steps a day.

 

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

Wondrous Words Wednesday

April 5, 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!

This word is from THE FUTURES by Anna Pitoniak.

1. peregrination – “My mother hates it, my middle-of-the-night peregrinations and the way I sleep so late, wasting daylight hours.”

A peregrination is a journey, especially a long or meandering one.

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What words do you want to celebrate today?

Mailbox Monday

April 3, 2017

Welcome to Mailbox Monday, a meme started by Marcia and now hosted on its own blog.  My mailbox exploded last week!  I found these books in my mailbox:

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

What did you find in your mailbox?

The Week in Review: 03.31.2017

March 31, 2017

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Finished last week:

MIDNIGHT IN BROAD DAYLIGHT: A JAPANESE AMERICAN FAMILY CAUGHT BETWEEN TWO WORLDS by Pamela Rotner Sakamoto is the true story of the Fukuhara family.  Katsuji Fukuhara immigrated to the US and later brought over Kinu, a picture bride.  They married, had children, and settled in to a good life in America.  After Katsuji died, Kinu decided to return to her native Hiroshima with her children.  Harry and his sister Mary felt American and returned to the land of their birth as soon as they could.  Once the US became involved in World War II, the Fukuhara children found themselves on opposing sides.

MIDNIGHT IN BROAD DAYLIGHT is thoroughly researched and highly rated but it was a little too detailed and dense for me.  I felt like it got bogged down with unnecessary details so it was like reading a textbook to me.  I might have quit reading it if it hadn’t been a book club selection.  History buffs and those with a deep interest in World War II will probably like this more than I did.   (Review copy provided by Harper Collins.)

Barbara Dee tackles puberty in her terrific middle grade coming-of-age book TRUTH OR DARE.  Lia’s mother died in a car accident a few years ago and Lia is getting along pretty well thanks to her dad, her brother, and her group of friends.  Something happens, though, the summer after sixth grade.  It seems that everyone else is starting their period and developing, except Lia.  She doesn’t feel like she fits in anymore and doesn’t really know what to do.   When one of her friends starts a game of Truth or Dare, Lia lies about her summer.  Things get out of hand and Lia wonders if she’ll lose all of her friends.  Middle grade girls are sure to love this book about friendship.   (Review copy provided by the author.)

WONDERFUL YOU: AN ADOPTION STORY by Lauren McLaughlin is a beautiful picture book about adoption with a little bit different twist.  It shows the birth mother wondering “Who’ll be the parents of this beautiful girl?” as she searches for the right couple to adopt her unborn child.   The couple are thrilled to have their daughter and imagine the things they’ll do together.  Meilo So‘s dreamy illustrations are perfect for the tone of this book which was inspired by the author’s adoption of a baby girl.  This book is ideal for adopted children but is useful in introducing the concept of adoption to other children as well.  It would make a lovely baby gift.   (Review copy provided by Blue Slip Media.)

I listened to I LIKED MY LIFE by Abby Fabiaschi.  It’s the story of Maddy, a wife and mother, who’s in a sort of limbo after her death, trying to influence the life of her husband and daughter.  Even though the topic sounds somewhat morbid and depressing, I found the book uplifting.  The point of view shifts between the three family members giving readers a greater understanding of the events and the struggles each of them has been through.  There’s a sort of twist at the end that I didn’t see coming but it fit.  I really enjoyed this book and do recommend it.  The audio version is very capably narrated by Susan Bennett, Dan Bittner, and Therese Plummer.

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On the Screen

I watched the NCAA tournament on Sunday and was excited to see both USC and UNC win.  I’d love to see both teams make it to the championship game but won’t know who to root for if they do.

Once again, I watched Dancing With the Stars.  I thought Chris Kattan was the right one to go even though he did well considering all he’s been through.  My favorite is still Rashad Jennings with Emma Slater but I thought Normani Kordei and Val Chmerkovskiy danced very well too.  I didn’t think Heather Morris danced as well without Maks Chmerkovskiy.

 

Off the blog

  • It took a while but I finally finished my jigsaw puzzle.
  • It’s been really warm here – we tied a record high on Tuesday – so we cut our air conditioner on and I bought a few new summer clothes.
  • I had a semi-annual visit with my doctor and found out she’ll be leaving the practice.  This was only my second visit with her since my last doctor retired.  She’s referred me to another doctor and, hopefully, the new one will stick.
  • My friends and I tried a different place for trivia but didn’t care for it and left early.
  • We walked three miles every morning and I averaged almost 15, 750 Fitbit steps a day.

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