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Wondrous Words Wednesday

November 29, 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’m listening to THE LAST GIRL, a memoir by Naida Murad, a Yazidi woman who was held captive by ISIS.  I wanted to know more about the Yazidis so I did a search and discovered this word on Wikipedia.

1. endogamous – “The Yazidis, or Yezidis are a Kurdish religious minority indigenous to a region of northern Mesopotamia who are strictly endogamous.”

Endogamy is the custom of marrying only within the limits of a local community, clan, or tribe.

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What words do you want to celebrate today?

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Mailbox Monday

November 27, 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

What did you find in your mailbox?

The Week in Review: 011.24.2017

November 24, 2017
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Between the Covers

Finished last week:

ALL THE DIRTY PARTS by Daniel Handler is the very aptly named story of a high school senior named Cole.  He thinks about sex constantly and has figured out how to charm the girls into sleeping with him.  He and his friend Alec share details of their exploits and so much more.  Cole is happy playing the field and experimenting until Grisaille moves to town.  At 134 pages and a lot of dialogue, this was a very quick read but it was too crude and there wasn’t enough substance to it for me.  The writing was fine, though, and I suspect I’m not the target audience so you might consider it if it sounds interesting to you.  (Review copy provided by Bloomsbury.)

I can’t say enough good things about MALALA’S MAGIC PENCIL by Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai.  When she was young, Malala watched a television show about a boy with a magic pencil.  He could draw whatever he wanted with it and the drawing would come to life.  Malala longed for a magic pencil of her own.  As a young child in her native Pakistan she noticed poverty and injustice and decided she would use her magic pencil to help people.  She started writing about how she felt and, when her writing gained attention, she realized she just might have a magic pencil after all.  The back of this beautiful book contains a note from Malala and a short biography of her.  It’s the perfect book to introduce 4 to 8 year olds to Malala and gives parents, teachers, and caregivers an opportunity to start a dialogue on fighting injustice.  Kerascoët‘s gorgeous illustrations enhance this fabulous book.  Be sure to pick this book up for the young people in your life.  (Review copy provided by Hachette.)

I AM NOT YOUR PERFECT MEXICAN DAUGHTER by Erika L. Sánchez is the story of Julia, a high school student whose older sister Olga recently died in an accident.  Julia was born in the US to undocumented parents.  Her sister Olga was the perfect, dutiful daughter – she went to work and community college every day and was happy spending her evenings at home with her family.  Julia’s a good girl but she wants more from her life than that and she and her mother clash about it on a regular basis.  When Julia goes to a party one evening, an old friend of Olga’s lets it slip that there was more to Olga than her family knew.  Julia is determined to find out what her sister was hiding.  I thought this YA book was terrific!  I became attached to Julia very quickly and I think many teens will relate to her and her clashes with her family.  The story line was great and felt realistic and had enough tension to keep me wondering what would happen next.  I AM NOT YOUR PERFECT MEXICAN DAUGHTER was a finalist for The National Book Award for Young People’s Literature for good reason.  It has a lot of crossover appeal and would be great to share and discuss with the teens in your life.  The audio version is narrated by Kyla Garcia and I thought she did a wonderful job – she was Julia to me.  (Review copy provided by Penguin Random House.)

Currently reading:

On the Screen

I saw Monday night’s edition of Dancing with the Stars and, as always, enjoyed the freestyle dances.  My favorite was Lindsey and Mark’s.  I thought Drew was the right person to go home that night.  I missed Tuesday night’s show but was satisfied with the results.

Off the blog

  • This was a very busy week at the store so I didn’t have much spare time to do anything.
  • I did purchase a Christmas gift (the first of the year) and our Christmas tree is up but it’s not decorated yet.
  • Our Thanksgiving was quiet – just the two of us and Vance but Carl cooked us a wonderful meal and we had a nice time.
  • We walked at least three miles every day and I averaged just over 18,500 Fitbit steps a day.

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

Wondrous Words Wednesday

November 22, 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 week’s words came from THE GARDEN OF SMALL BEGINNINGS by Abbi Waxman.

1. anneal – “My breakdown had been an annealing, a hot forge of character that finally showed Rachel how strong she was.”

Anneal means to heat (metal or glass) and allow it to cool slowly, in order to remove internal stresses and toughen it.

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2. fermata – “I was lounging in the kitchen, enjoying the small fermata between emptying the dishwasher and reloading it.”

Fermata is a noun that means a pause of unspecified length on a note or rest.

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What words do you want to celebrate today?

Mailbox Monday

November 20, 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:

Monday

 

Tuesday

Friday

 

What did you find in your mailbox?

The Week in Review: 11.17.2017

November 17, 2017

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Between the Covers

Finished last week:

ME AND MARVIN GARDENS by Amy Sarig King is a fabulous coming of age story for middle grade readers.  Obe is a science loving middle school boy who is upset about the development of land that used to belong to his family.  His best friend has abandoned him for some of the cool kids who’ve moved into the new homes that have been built.  Obe spends his spare time going to the creek and picking up trash there.  He discovers a new creature that eats plastic and he wonders if Marvin Gardens (as he’s named him) could be the solution to our pollution problem.  He wants to share the news of Marvin and keep him safe as well and has to figure out how to do that.  I found this book to be very engaging – it has wonderful characters, a great storyline, and a fabulous message.  I adored Obe and Marvin and won’t be forgetting them any time soon.  (Review copy provided by Amazon Vine.)

Vance has been a fan of hockey every since he attended a minor league game when he was in elementary school.  I wish Sports Illustrated Kids HOCKEY: THEN TO WOW! had been out then because I’m sure he would have loved it.  Who am I fooling?  I showed him part of the book as I read it and he grabbed it from me so he could read it too.  This fabulous book shows the evolution of ice hockey in every way from rules, to uniforms, to pucks and more.  It even mentions women’s hockey and shares the stars of the sport.  It highlights great players from the past and present and even mentions hockey games and trading cards.  HOCKEY: THEN TO WOW! is aimed at 8 to 12 year olds but it’s sure please hockey fans of all ages.  It would make a great gift for the hockey lover on your list.  (Review copy provided by Blue Slip Media.)

SOUR HEART by Jenny Zhang is a series of interconnected short stories about young daughters of Chinese parents who’ve immigrated to the US.  I found the look into the girls’ lives and their relationships with their parents, friends, and families fascinating and I really liked the way Zhang had characters reappear in many of the stories but I felt like the language was unnecessarily crude much of the time.  I listened to the audio version which is very aptly narrated by Greta Jung, Jenny Zhang and others – using multiple narrators works very well for a short story collection, in my opinion – and can’t help but wonder if the language would have bothered me as much in print.  I think the book is still worth reading unless raw language offends you.  (Review copy provided by Penguin Random House.)

Currently reading:

 

On the Screen

I watched Dancing with the Stars with my mother and sister.  We were all surprised to see Victoria and Val go home.  (We thought it should have been Drew and Emma.)  We were rooting for Frankie and were glad to see him make it to the finals but we all think Jordan or Lindsey will take home the mirror ball trophy.

Off the blog

  • Today’s my birthday!

  • I went to Atlanta last weekend to visit our nephew.  We went to the Virginia Tech – Georgia Tech football game.  We sat in a sea of Hokies and most of us in the section weren’t happy with Virginia Tech’s coach.  Adam was the rare exception.  After the game, we shopped a little and ate out.  All in all it was a great weekend.
  • From Atlanta, I went to see my mom.  She’s doing great and I’m happy to report that my sister is recovering nicely.

  • I finished my puzzle and need to get a new one to work on.
  • While I’m with my mom, I let her set the pace and don’t go on my daily walks.  I averaged just over 11,800 Fitbit steps a day.

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

Wondrous Words Wednesday

November 15, 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 came from WHAT MADE MADDY RUN by Kate Fagan.

1. tangential – “Most high school coaches are also full-time teachers; sports are tangential.”

When I saw this word, I felt like I should know it’s meaning but I couldn’t put my finger on it.  Tangential means touching lightly: incidental, peripheral.

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What words do you want to celebrate today?