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Mailbox Monday

October 16, 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

Saturday

What did you find in your mailbox?

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The Week in Review: 10.13.2017

October 13, 2017
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Between the Covers

Finished last week:

THE CURSE OF LA FONTAINE by M. L. Longworth is a mystery set in Aix-en-Provence but, for me, the mystery was secondary to Aix and its residents, who I found completely charming.  When an old skeleton is found by La Fontaine, it stops working and some residents believe it won’t start running again until they mystery is solved by the recently married Judge Verlaque.  This quiet mystery is perfect for those who don’t like violence in their books.  It’s the sixth book in the Verlaque and Bonnet Mystery series but I had no trouble following the story or its characters.  I enjoyed my time in Aix and will definitely be picking up more of this series.  (Review copy provided by Penguin Random House.)

PUG & PIG: TRICK-OR-TREAT is an adorable picture book by Sue Lowell Gallion.  It’s close to Halloween and Pug and Pig are dressed as skeletons.  Pig loves his costume but Pug hates his.  When Pug tears his costume up and takes it off, Pig is sad because he won’t have anyone to join him when he passes out candy, goes trick-or-treating, and goes to the Halloween party.  Pug has an idea, though, and Halloween is saved.  With its themes of friendship and cooperation, this book doesn’t have to be saved for Halloween.  I think young readers will love the sweet, simple story and the fabulous illustrations by Joyce Wan.  Gallion provides great resources for parents and teachers on her author page.  (Review copy provided by Blue Slip Media.)

I picked up WHAT IS IT ALL BUT LUMINOUS: NOTES FROM AN UNDERGROUND MAN by Art Garfunkel thinking it was a memoir and it was – kind of.  It’s very obvious Garfunkel is intelligent, well read, and passionate.  He’s a man who loves his music and his family but I found this book to be disjointed and rambling.  Some of the writing was poetic, but he jumped from topic to topic so it didn’t always flow well.  At the beginning of chapters, Garfunkel lists things like books he’s read, concert sets, and interesting words but he never really expounded on them later.  Garfunkel narrates the audio version himself and he does an okay job (there were some mouth and breathing noises) but I’m not sure anyone else could have done the book justice.  In the end, this book was just okay for me – I’d only recommend it to the most ardent Garfunkel fans.  (Review copy provided by Penguin Random House.)

 

Currently reading:

 

On the Screen

  • I watched most of the Virginia Tech – Boston College game.  I thought Tech looked sloppy and ill prepared for much of the game but at least they came away with a win this week.  I hope things gel for this team soon.

  • It was the “Most Memorable Year” show on Dancing with the Stars this week so there were lots of tears.  This isn’t my favorite theme of the show but I did think the dancing was pretty darn good.  Even though I didn’t think he had what it takes to win the Mirror Ball, I have to admit I was a little disappointed to see Derek go home.  Lindsey and Jordan are obviously the best dancers but, at this point, I think anyone could win.

Off the blog

  • We got a little weather from Nate but we needed the rain so it’s hard to complain about it too much.

  • I finished my puzzle with a little help from a friend.
  • I renewed my driver’s license this week.  It’s always been a pretty big deal when we’ve lived somewhere long enough to renew our licenses but I think I’ll be doing it here for a while because we’re probably here to stay.  I took a book with me but the DMV was so fast, I didn’t have time to read any of it.
  • We got caught in a shower and got soaked while we were walking one morning and had to cut our walk short but walked three miles every other morning and I averaged just over 18,300 Fitbit steps a day.

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

Wondrous Words Wednesday

October 11, 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 a couple words in THE CHILD FINDER by Rene Denfeld.

1. knap – “Mrs. Cottle used to joke they were like twins, both knapping fires of life.”

Knap means to shape (a piece of stone, typically flint) by striking it so as to make stone tools or weapons or to give a flat-faced stone for building walls so the author was using it figuratively.

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2. crummy – “Stepping outside, nursing the headache, Naomi almost stumbled directly into the orange crummy the Murphy family drove.”

From the context, I knew the author was referring to some kind of vehicle but had never heard of one called a crummy before.  It is explained a little later in the book but I had already looked it up and learned that a crummy is an old or converted truck used to transport loggers to and from work.

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What words do you want to celebrate today?

Mailbox Monday

October 9, 2017

Welcome to Mailbox Monday, a meme started by Marcia and now hosted on its own blog.  It was a light week for my mailbox but I’m not complaining since it allowed me to make the smallest of dents in my TBR pile.  This is what was in my mailbox last week:

Friday

What did you find in your mailbox?

The Week in Review: 10.06.2017

October 6, 2017
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Between the Covers

Finished last week:

LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE by Celeste Ng is the story of bohemian artist Mia and her daughter Pearl.  The transient duo find themselves in the comfortable suburb on Shaker Heights where they rent a home from the Richardson family.  They become entwined with the Richardsons and consider them friends until Mia and Mrs. Richardson find themselves on opposite sides of a controversial custody battle over a Chinese American baby.   Secrets are revealed and things get ugly.  I went into this book with extremely high expectations and it met them, right up to the end.  I thought the characters were extremely well written and Ng nailed the ambience of suburbs like Shaker Heights but will admit that I wanted a little more out of the ending of the book.  I’m still thinking about this book so I’d say I liked it a great deal but I’m not quite sure I loved it.  I listened to the audio version which is expertly narrated by Jennifer Lim. (Review copy provided by Penguin Random House.)

BONAPARTE FALLS APART by Margery Cuyler is a cute picture book about nerves and friendship.  Bonaparte is a little skeleton who’s worried about going to school because he’s literally falling apart and he’s afraid the other kids will make fun of him.  His friends try to help him but their solutions don’t work until they see a little dog run by with a bone in its mouth.  I thought this book was adorable and think it’s great for back to school or Halloween.  Will Terry‘s illustrations are fantastic and enhance the story.  (Review copy provided by Penguin Random House.)

 

Currently reading:

 

 

On the Screen

  • I watched three quarters of the Clemson – Virginia Tech game and called it a night when I couldn’t take anymore.  Clemson is a very talented team and Tech look ill prepared to me.

  • After all the bad news on Monday, I was in a funk when Dancing with the Stars came on but still thought it was a good episode.  I really liked the dances by Derek and Sharna as well as Jordan and Lindsey but still don’t have a favorite this season.

 

Off the blog

  • I started a new puzzle this week and it’s a fun one.
  • Like the rest of the nation, I woke up to the horrible news out of Las Vegas on Monday.  I am heartbroken and struggle to understand why someone would do such a thing.  I find it hard to focus on anything right now.
  • I got my flu shot and am glad to have that over with.
  • We walked at least three miles every morning and I averaged just under 17,100 Fitbit steps a day.

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

Wondrous Words Wednesday

October 4, 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 CURSE OF LA FONATAINE by M. L. Longworth.

1. oratory– “One of the dozens of oratories put up in Aix during the seventeenth centruy, the Esquicho-Coude statue had little projection: just three thin metal bars goind across the niche and two down.”

I thought oratory had something to do with speech and it does, sometimes.  Oratory can also mean a small chapel, especially for private worship.

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2. lateen– “‘I’ve always loved their lateen sails,’ Ludovic said, as if he hadn’t heard Philippe’s idea.”

A lateen is a triangular sail on a long yard at an angle of 45° to the mast.

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3. transhumance– “The sheep were led here in late spring all the way from Arles, to begin their summer transhumance in the mountains around Aix.”

Transhumance is a noun that means the action or practice of moving livestock from one grazing ground to another in a seasonal cycle.

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What words do you want to celebrate today?

Mailbox Monday

October 2, 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:

Wednesday

Saturday

What did you find in your mailbox?