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The Week in Review: 08.18.2017

August 18, 2017
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Between the Covers

Finished last week:

WHOSE MOON IS THAT? by Kim Krans is a gorgeous picture book about a young cat who wants to know who the moon belongs to.  Everyone it asks claims to own the moon and finally the moon has enough and sets the record straight saying,

When darkness falls,

I’m a light for all.

Yet know one owns my glow.

Satisfied, the cat goes to sleep and wakes up the next morning asking who the sun belongs to.  Children will love the rhymes and the sweet story as well as the beautiful illustrations of this wonderful picture book.  (Review copy provided by Penguin Random House.)

GIRLS ON FIRE by Robin Wasserman is the story of Hannah, a high school student who blended in the crowd until she met Lacey.  Lacey renamed Hannah “Dex” and became a huge influence on her.  The two girls get in over their head and things spiral out of control, linking them for the rest of their lives.   Something about this book didn’t click with me – the characters were well drawn but they felt distant to me and the action seemed remote.  The story is raw, gritty, and disturbing and I liked it but can’t say that I loved it.  It did make me think and I wanted to talk about it so I think it would work well for book clubs.  (Review copy provided by Harper Collins.)

Currently reading:

On the Screen

Not much of anything.

Off the blog

  • Carl’s Mac was hacked via iCloud with ransomware locking down all his Apple devices for 6 days so far.  We’ve all learned a lesson about using iCloud.  We also learned that Apple won’t help you unless you have your receipt – luckily we were able to dig them all up.
  • I had a great time at the beach with my friends but got a little too much sun and came home with a blistered lower lip.

  • I started a new puzzle.  At 1500 pieces, it’s the largest I’ve ever done and it’s proving to be challenging.
  • I walked at least three miles every morning and averaged almost 19,250 Fitbit steps a day.

How was your week?

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Wondrous Words Wednesday

August 16, 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!

My first word came from HER EVERY FEAR by Peter Swanson.

1. conflation – “And because Claire and Linda were on his mind, he suddenly found himself plagued with terrible dreams, conflations of the two murders he’d committed, mixed in with images of chasing Rachael along the beach, a buck knife in his hand.”

This is one of those words I feel like I should have known but couldn’t quite put my finger on its meaning.  Conflation is a noun that means the merging of two or more sets of information, texts, ideas, etc. into one.

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My next word came from an article on NPR, Go See It, Eclipse Chasers Urge. ‘Your First Time Is Always Special’

2. umbraphile – “These eclipsed chasers are also known as umbraphiles, or shadow lovers.”

I found this article fascinating since we live in the path of totality for the upcoming eclipse and are expecting an influx of visitors to the area to witness it.  Umbraphile literally means shadow lover but has come to mean one who loves eclipses, often traveling to see them.

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What words do you want to celebrate today?

Mailbox Monday

August 14, 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

Thursday

What did you find in your mailbox?

The Week in Review: 08.11.2017

August 11, 2017
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Between the Covers

Finished last week:

Hilde Lysiak is the young daughter of a former reporter.  She loved tagging along with her her dad when he was working so decided to start a newspaper of her own, Orange Street News.  Now, she and her dad have collaborated to write a book for early readers.  HERO DOG! is the first book in the Hilde Cracks the Case series and it features a young girl much like the author – her name is Hilde, her father was a reporter, and she’s started her own newspaper.  When Hilde learns of a break-in on her street, she’s determined to write about it and possibly solve it, not knowing she’d get help from a four-legged friend along the way.  As she does, she teaches kids the basics of reporting.  I thought the book was cute and the mystery was simple enough for young readers.  Illustrations by Joanne Lew-Vriethoff are included on just about every page to help keep early readers engaged.  Since I loved Encyclopedia Brown books when I was young, I feel sure I would have loved this one too.  This is a great early chapter book for young mystery lovers.  (Review copy provided by Scholastic.)

I’m not sure what made me grab UNTIL I MET HER by Natalie Barelli from Audible but I sure am glad I did!  It’s the story of Emma, a young woman who owns a cute little shop.  One day, one of her favorite authors, Beatrice Johnson-Green comes in the shop and they strike up a friendship.  Beatrice has written a book outside of her normal genre and proposes publishing it under Emma’s name, under certain conditions.  Emma reluctantly agrees but then takes things into her own hands.  The book takes off and now Beatrice wants to reveal the truth but Emma can’t allow that to happen.  I was hooked on this book right from the start and found myself doing extra things just to keep listening to the audio book which is expertly narrated by Kate Rudd.  I just discovered this is the first book in the Emma Fern series and I’m really looking forward to the next one.

I’m a big fan of Joyce Maynard and was excited to pick up her memoir, THE BEST OF US.  Maynard was married fairly young and then divorced for over 20 years when she met and fell in love with Jim.  They married and, shortly thereafter, he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.  She shares the story of their time together with the focus on his battle with cancer, from the caregiver’s perspective.  As I expected to, I loved her writing but have to tell you, this book is gut wrenching.  It’s also intimate, honest, and personal.  If you, or someone you love, has experienced cancer you will relate to much of this book as I did.  I found myself nodding and crying big, ugly tears as I read it and I felt devastated when I finished the book.  Even though it was tough to read at times, I’m glad I read it because it made me think about the way I want to live my life.  This book is well worth reading but be sure to have tissues handy when you pick it up.  (Review copy provided by Bloomsbury.)

 

Currently reading:

 

On the Screen

The Big Sick is the story of Kumail Nanjiani, (who immigrated to the US from Pakistan) and Emily Gordon, the American girl he falls in love with.  The two date for a little while but decide that things won’t work out because of the differences in their cultures.  When Emily is hospitalized and put into a medically induced coma, Kumail finds himself dealing with doctors and her family.  When Emily’s health improves the couple must figure out what they mean to each other.  This movie is based on Kumail Nanjiani’s real life and was written by him and Emily Gordon and I thought it was charming.  It’s sweet, romantic, and funny – you won’t want to miss it!

Off the blog

  • I finished the jigsaw puzzle I was working on.

  • We moved into our current house ten years ago this past Wednesday, which is the longest we’ve ever lived in a house.
  • I’m at the beach with a couple of friends for a long weekend.
  • I walked at least three miles every morning and averaged just over 19,500 Fitbit steps a day.

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

Wondrous Words Wednesday

August 9, 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 more words in my advanced copy of COCOA BEACH by Beatriz Williams.

1. inchoate – “Just a sort of inchoate fury, or frustration, or some damned thing.”

I know I should have known the meaning of this word but I didn’t so I looked it up.  Inchoate means just begun or not fully formed; rudimentary.

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2. redound – “That the sins of the father redound on the head of the daughter, penetrating deep into the chambers of the unconscious where they shoot about like tennis balls in a drawing room, smashing all the china and disfiguring the paintwork.”

Since I was reading an advanced copy, I suspected this might be a typo but wanted to be sure and was surprised to learn redound is a word.  Its archaic meaning is come back upon, rebound on.

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What words do you want to celebrate today?

Mailbox Monday

August 7, 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

Thursday

What did you find in your mailbox?

Back to School: Weird but True Daily Planner

August 5, 2017
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My baby may have just turned thirty (how did that happen?) but I still remember what it was like getting him ready to go back to school and trying to keep him organized once school started.  I wish NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC KIDS WEIRD BUT TRUE! DAILY PLANNER: 365 DAYS TO FILL WITH SCHOOL, SPORTS, FRIENDS, AND FUN! had been out when he was in school because I think he would have loved it.  I know I do.

This fabulous planner is spiral bound and has a soft cover.  The first few pages are for the owner’s information and schedule and then the planner pages begin.  Each page has two days on it and each page spread has a weird but true fact, a question to make kids think, or a fun pop quiz.  Kids can learn fascinating things like one out of ever 10,000 clovers is a four-leaf clover or in Ukraine, it’s customary to decorate your Christmas tree with spiderwebs.  There’s also plenty of room for kids to keep track of appointments, tests, meetings, and assignments.  Fun photos and graphics are spread throughout the planner.

The back of the planner has 14 “Homework Help” pages including a world map, metric conversion charts, and tips for giving an oral report.  If your school age child needs some help staying organized, you’ll want to grab a copy of this planner!   (Review copy provided by Media Masters Publicity.)