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Happy Thanksgiving

November 24, 2016


Happy Thanksgiving to my American readers!  I hope everyone has much to be thankful for and I wish you a day full of family, food, and fun.

Wondrous Words Wednesday

November 23, 2016

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 week’s words come from THE WORLD’S LARGEST MAN by Harrison Scott Key.

1. catalepsy – “Thirty minutes later, after I’d achieved a pleasant cataleptic trance and had rededicated my life to serving widows and the fatherless, it occurred to me that if holding the gate was necessary, then Tom was clearly expecting the cow to burst through it.”

Catalepsy is a physical condition characterized by suspension of sensation and muscular rigidity.


2. adumbrate – “Our end of the street is adumbrated in live oak and sweet gum trees, but there was something more, some ecliptic phenomena, that arrested every thing in gray-blue half-light, like somebody put in the wrong bulb.”

Adumbrate has several meanings but I think the author means indicate faintly in this case.


3. suzerain – “Pop had been a suzerain king of the Pecan Ridge subdivision, ensuring clean, tasteful homes by patrolling the streets with his four-wheeler, menacing his constituents, waving documents in the air, threatening legal action if they did not roll up their garden hoses properly.”

Suzerain is a noun that means a sovereign or state having some control over another state that is internally autonomous.  Historically it’s meant a feudal overlord and I think that’s more what the author meant.


What words do you want to celebrate today?

At the Movies: The Girl on the Train

November 22, 2016


Rachel passes the same houses day in and day out as she rides the train.  She watches the activity at one house in particular and, when she notices something suspicious, reports it.  Because of her background, though, her statement is doubted.  She decides to do some investigating of her own and puts her life in danger.

THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN by Paula Hawkins was a huge hit last year and a highly anticipated movie version of it was made pretty quickly.  I’d heard some pretty mediocre things about the movie but decided to see it anyway.  It’s been almost two years since I read the book but, from what I remember, The Girl on the Train was pretty faithful to it.  I liked the movie but can’t say that I loved it.  After watching it, though, I wondered if those who haven’t read the book would understand some of the intricacies of the plot because I found it a little confusing at times.  I thought the acting was fine but not particularly stellar.  This is a movie I’d recommend watching at home after you’ve read the book.

Mailbox Monday

November 21, 2016


Welcome to Mailbox Monday, a meme started by Marcia and now hosted on its own blog.    I got back from the beach Friday and headed straight to work.  This will be a crazy busy week for us but we’re not complaining!  I found these goodies in my mailbox last week:

Friday to Friday


What did you find in your mailbox last week?

Review: Inspector Flytrap

November 18, 2016


Inspector Flytrap is a Venus Flytrap who happens to be a detective.  He gets around on a skateboard pushed by his trusty sidekick, Nina the goat.  He wants to be “the greatest detective that ever grew” so he’ll only take on BIG DEAL mysteries.

INSPECTOR FLYTRAP by husband and wife duo Tom Angleberger and Cece Bell is the first book in a fun new series for early readers featuring the botanical detective.  The mysteries are silly so it will keep its target audience fully engaged.  Cece Bell’s adorable illustrations do a great job livening up the pages.  I really enjoyed this book as an adult and know I would have loved it as a kid.  It’s perfect for reluctant readers and kids who enjoy mysteries.  Here’s a peek at the interior:




The first two books in The Inspector Flytrap series are already out and the third one will be out soon so it’s a great series to get a young reader hooked on.  Be sure to check it out for the young readers in your life.
kid konnection new will link this up to Booking Mama’s Saturday feature, Kid Konnection. If you’d like to participate in Kid Konnection and share a post about anything related to children’s books (picture, middle grade, or young adult) from the past week, leave a comment as well as a link on her site.

Review copy provided by Amulet Books. I am an Indiebound Affiliate.

Review: Leave Me

November 17, 2016


Maribeth Klein is a busy working wife and mother of four-year old twins.  She’s tired and nauseated and feels like she can’t go on so she heads to the doctor’s office and learns she’s having a heart attack.  A few tests determine that she needs surgery and that turns out to be more complicated than it should have been.   She’s released from the hospital and given instructions to rest and eat healthy which she finds impossible to do because no one – not her husband nor her mother – is stepping in to pick up the slack.  Fed up, Maribeth withdraws a sizable amount of money from the bank and hits the road with no real plan of action.

Maribeth takes on a new identity and makes a new life for herself in Pittsburgh – she makes friends, finds a new doctor, and searches for her birth mother in earnest.  But is this the life she wants to live?

I was intrigued by LEAVE ME by Gayle Forman after reading Jill’s review of the book.   I left her a comment and she emailed me telling me that the reviews for the book are all over the place because a lot of people are offended by Maribeth’s actions.  That made me even more curious so I decided to pick the book up and I’m glad I did.  The book is not without faults – I thought the ending was a little too neat – but I really enjoyed my time with it.

Maribeth is a character that many women will be able to relate to.  She’s frazzled because she’s overworked and underappreciated.  She can’t even get a break to recover from surgery.  Of course, most women don’t react the way she does but I’m sure many have been tempted.

I liked the storyline and the other characters Maribeth encountered as well.  There were a few little twists but it wasn’t hard to see which way the story was going to go.  The journey was so intriguing, though, that didn’t bother me in the least.  I found myself wanting to talk about LEAVE ME as I read it so I think it would make a fabulous book club choice.

The audio version of LEAVE ME is narrated by Eva Kaminsky and I thought she did a terrific job.  It was a great way to experience this thought provoking book.

I am an Indiebound Affiliate.

Wondrous Words Wednesday

November 16, 2016

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 haven’t been finding a lot of words in my reading lately but I did find one word in THE GIRL WHO SLEPT WITH GOD by Val Brelinski.

1. geosmin – “Outside, it had finally stopped raining, but the dusky air was still damp and heavy with the odor of something her father called geosmin, but which always reminded Jory of the smell of an Indian head nickel collection she kept in a leather coin purse. ”

According to Wikipedia, “geosmin is an organic compound with a distinct earthy flavor and aroma produced by a type of Actinobacteria, and is responsible for the earthy taste of beets. . .”  Now I know why beets taste like dirt!


What words do you want to celebrate today?