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The Week in Review: 10.20.2017

October 20, 2017


Between the Covers

Finished last week:

Naomi is a private investigator who searches for lost children.  She has a sort of sixth sense about such things so she’s good at what she does.  She’s been hired by Madison’s parents to find their daughter who wandered off when they were looking for a Christmas trees a few years earlier.  She also takes on the search for Danita’s baby – Danita is an autistic woman whose daughter is missing and presumed dead.  THE CHILD FINDER by Rene Denfeld is one heck of a book!  I was hooked on it from the start, partly because of the missing children but also because of Naomi’s mysterious past.  The story is told in the third person from two perspectives – Naomi’s and a young girl’s – that come together at the end.  I suspect we’ll be seeing more of Naomi in future books and I, for one, look forward to it.  (Review copy provided by Harper Collins.)

WORD OF MOUSE by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein is a cute middle grade chapter book about family, friendship, loyalty, and cooperation.  Isaiah is a blue mouse who was born and raised in a lab.  His family plans a daring escape and all of them are recaptured except for Isaiah.  He’s alone and scared and doesn’t consider himself the bravest mouse in the world so figuring out how to survive in a strange new world isn’t easy for him.  Isaiah is smart, though, and he not only survives, he makes friends and comes up with a plan to rescue the rest of his family from the lab  – but he has to convince his new friends to help him out.  This sweet coming of age story has plenty of tension, humor, and action and is sure to please early chapter book readers, like it did me.  There are beautiful illustrations by Joe Sutphin sprinkled throughout the book that they’re sure to enjoy as well.  (Review copy provided by Little, Brown for Young Readers.)


Currently reading:


On the Screen

  • I watched the Clemson – Syracuse football game Friday night and was disappointed by the outcome.  Syracuse was ready to play but Clemson look ill-prepared.  Hopefully they’ll come back from their bye week better prepared.

  • I watched most of Dancing with the Stars but have to admit I really wasn’t focused on it.  Having said that, my favorite dance of the evening was Frankie and Whitney’s Argentine Tango.


Off the blog

  • Carl’s been visiting his dad this week so I’ve worked a little more.
  • I was supposed to meet my mom and my sister at the beach tomorrow but my sister has been in the hospital most of the week with a kidney stone and a kidney infection so we had to call our trip off.
  • My book club met at a local brewery to discuss A MAN CALLED OVE by Fredrik Backman.  Everyone enjoyed the book but, to be honest, we didn’t find too much to talk about – we still had a great time.
  • I walked at least 3 miles every morning and averaged almost 19,500 Fitbit steps a day.

  • I was lucky enough to see Wiley Cash at one of our local, indie bookstores on Monday.  As I left the event, I heard people use the words “charming” and “funny” to describe Wiley and he’s both of those plus a great speaker and a talented author.  Be sure to go see him if he comes near you.  He’s passionate about his new book, THE LAST BALLAD.  I got him to autograph a copy for one lucky reader.  If you’d like a copy, enter your name and I’ll pick a winner next week.  (Open internationally.)

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

29 Comments leave one →
  1. Beth F permalink
    October 20, 2017 9:47 am

    I really liked The Child Finder too. Sorry you had to call your trip off, but yay on seeing Wiley Cash.

  2. October 20, 2017 10:04 am

    I loved Ove. It just got better and better. I started out thinking 3/4, then 3.25/4, etc. I eventually gave it a 4/4. It was so quirky. I really enjoyed the movie, too.

  3. October 20, 2017 10:22 am

    Is the second pov in the Child Finder the missing kid? Or another character entirely. And another silly question that popped into my head when I read your reviews- why is the mouse blue? Result of some experiment in the lab? Freak genetic anomaly? Or just to be cute in a book for kids

  4. October 20, 2017 10:22 am

    The SU-Clemson game was astonishing! A big win for the program, reminiscent of their victory over then #1 Nebraska in 1984. Makes me feel old… I remember that day so vividly 😉

  5. October 20, 2017 10:31 am

    Frankie’s tango was surprisingly good! Hope you can reschedule your trip soon. How awful for your sister.

  6. October 20, 2017 12:12 pm

    I have been pondering The Child Finder….now I think I have to buy it…..but then, what will happen to my improving stats? LOL.

    Thanks for sharing, and how great that you got to meet Wiley Cash. I love the fact that there are still indie bookstores out there.

  7. October 20, 2017 12:51 pm

    Hope your sister feels better ASAP. Sounds like you’ve had a busy week. The Child Finder sounds like a great book – I need to read it now 🙂 That’s so cool you were able to meet Wiley Cash. Hope you have a great weekend!!

  8. October 20, 2017 2:03 pm

    I have Uncommon Type in hardcover and audio and will probably listen to it first.

    I hope your sister is better soon. The drs. think my daughter in law has kidney stones so they’re going to do a test to make sure.

  9. October 20, 2017 2:10 pm

    I hope she feels better½!

    Ohh chance to win

  10. October 20, 2017 4:31 pm

    I loved Wiley Cash’s The Last Ballad- lucky you that you got to see him. We are SU fans fans, so we were thrilled that they beat Clemson; it was a huge win for SU.

  11. October 20, 2017 8:45 pm

    Hope you are enjoying Unravelling Oliver. Best wishes on your sister’s recovery.

  12. October 20, 2017 11:18 pm

    Oh, Kidney stones sound horrible; I hope she passes it soon! I actually watched a little bit of two Dodger games this week. I haven’t watched baseball in decades!

  13. Lauren Becker permalink
    October 20, 2017 11:30 pm

    Your book club sounds fun. I JUST went to my first book club this past Tuesday. It’s at the library but it’s YA books for adults and I LOVE it. I hope your sister feels better soon. That’s got to be rough!!

    I liked The Child Finder too; I’m hoping we’ll get more from the character.


  14. October 21, 2017 12:17 am

    Hi Kathy, nice to be in the giveaway of Wiley Cash’s book. Someday I’ll have to hear him speak! Glad you liked The Child Finder. Perhaps you are right the author will make it into sequels? Have a good week.

  15. Patty permalink
    October 21, 2017 9:15 am

    Oh my…I do wish I had a book club! I may have to start one! So sorry about your sister being ill. I hope that gets fixed soon!

  16. Jackie permalink
    October 21, 2017 9:48 am

    I finished Unraveling Oliver last week and loved it!

  17. Diane D permalink
    October 21, 2017 10:20 am

    Sorry to hear about your sister’s kidney stone UGH, I hear those are so painful. Glad u had a chance to hear and see Wiley C. this week. Have a nice weekend Kathy

  18. October 21, 2017 12:46 pm

    How lucky to hear Wiley Cash! I love his novels and am eager to read this new release!

    We’ve been watching a lot of baseball this week and were very happy for the Dodgers’ big win. A subway series with the Yankees would be fun, but I’m hoping the Astros beat them so the Dodgers have a better chance of winning the series.

    We’re getting ready for another trip with the trailer, so I’ve been busy getting organized on that front. Just wish the rain would quit for our drive tomorrow, but at least it’s supposed to clear up by Monday.

    I loved A Man Called Ove, but can see how there wouldn’t be a lot to discuss. I feel the same way about my most recent book (News of the World by Paulette Jiles). Very good, but probably not a good choice for a book club.

  19. October 21, 2017 11:03 pm

    THE CHILD FINDER sounds really good. I am glad you enjoyed it, Kathy. That is awesome that you got to meet Wiley Cash!

    I am sorry to hear about your sister and hope she is feeling better soon. I hope you have a great week, Kathy.

  20. October 22, 2017 12:26 pm

    Sorry to hear about your sister. Hope she is feeling better soon. I hear kidney stones are extremely painful.

    I have A Man Called Ove in my tbr pile. Everyone says it is a must read. Looks like I will be putting The Child Finder on my must read list too. I have so much catching up to do!

  21. October 22, 2017 12:28 pm

    I’ve been seeing The Child Finder around a lot and it looks pretty good. This time of year I’m usually in the mood for thrillers so it would be a good choice. I am about halfway through Little Fires Everywhere right now and can’t put it down! It’s so great!

  22. October 22, 2017 4:17 pm

    Both your books sound like winners. I still haven’t read A Man Called Ove even though I’ve wanted to. I hope your sister feels better soon. She must be in a lot of pain.

  23. October 22, 2017 7:16 pm

    Kathy, The Child Finder and Word of Mouse both sound so appealing! I hope your sister is recovering well. Have a good week ahead, and keep up the great step count!

  24. October 22, 2017 11:07 pm

    Word of Mouse reminds me of Finding Nemo a bit. Sorry to hear about your sister. Kidney stones are the worst but thankfully I had one that passed quite quickly on its own. How fun it is to meet authors, especially those whose writing we love!

  25. bookingmama permalink
    October 23, 2017 6:26 am

    I know you had a crazy week! Let’s hope this one is better!

  26. October 24, 2017 5:23 pm

    I didn’t know Tom Hanks wrote a book – I’m looking forward to your review. I hope your sister feels better soon!

  27. October 25, 2017 11:40 am

    Those middle grade books by Patterson sound intriguing. Tom Hanks wrote a book?!

  28. October 25, 2017 4:33 pm

    I’m glad to hear you liked The Child Finder. I’ve been thinking about that. I hope your sister is better.

  29. Beverly Sizemore permalink
    October 26, 2017 3:08 pm

    I hope you have a better week coming up. 🙂 LUCKY you getting to see Wiley Cash! I have read a couple of his books and liked them very much. His new book looks interesting too!

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