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The Week in Review: 04.17.2020

April 17, 2020


Between the Covers

Finished last week:

THE BEST OF IGGY by Annie Barrows is a middle school book about a boy named Iggy.  He’s nine years old and in the fourth grade.  Iggy’s not bad but he has been known to be impulsive so some of the things he does don’t turn out quite the way he planned.  Iggy and his teacher get along great until one day when Iggy, Owen, and Arch do something that seemed like a great idea when they thought of it but turned out horribly wrong.  Iggy’s instantly sorry but there’s nothing he can do now, or is there?

What a fun book this is!  Many kids will relate to Iggy and the situation he finds himself in.  The book is hilarious and has humor both kids and adults will enjoy – I laughed out loud several times as I read it.  Sam Ricks‘ illustrations are terrific and enhance the story.  I’m excited to see there will be a second Iggy book next year!  (Review copy provided by Putnam.)


I hadn’t read a James Patterson book in a while and needed a fast read to distract myself so I picked up SWIMSUIT, which he co-wrote with Maxine Paetro.  Kim McDaniels is in Hawaii for a swimsuit photo shoot and goes missing.  Her parents get an ominous phone call and head to Hawaii to search for their daughter.  Former cop and current LA Times reporter Ben Hawkins is assigned to cover the story and what he uncovers is horrifying.

This book had the short chapters and fast pace I remember from Patterson’s previous work but it was more gruesome than others I’ve read – as a matter of fact, I almost set it aside at one point.  The focus was on plot rather than on characters and it’s a grisly story.  This quick read was just okay for me.  (I won this in a contest on Bookin’ with Bingo.)


Catherine’s War by Julia Billet and Claire Fauvel with translation by Ivanka Hahnenberger is a graphic novel about a young Jewish girl in World War II Paris with a passion for photography.  She attends the progressive Sevres school but when the Nazis draw near she and other Jewish children are forced to hide.  Her camera helps her remember her story.

This middle grade graphic novel is inspired by true people, places, and events and I thought it was terrific.  The children in this story faced events and hardships we can’t even imagine – being moved from place to place and living with people they don’t know – and did the best they could with the situations they were put into.  I loved the story and thought the full color illustrations were wonderful too.  Pick this book up to inspire young readers in your life.  (Review copy provided by Harper Alley.)

Currently reading:

On the Screen

Carl humored me and watched Splash with me one evening.  This thirty six year old romantic comedy is about a young man (Tom Hanks) who unknowingly falls in love with a mermaid (Daryl Hannah).  I loved it when I saw it in the theater all those years ago and enjoyed it almost a much this time.  Even though it’s not highly rated, I thought it held up well.

Off the blog

  • We had bad storms come through early Monday morning and three tornadoes touched down in our area.  We kept power all through the storm but lost it several hours later.  Thankfully, it wasn’t out too long.  We really can’t complain, though, because it’s only the second time it’s gone out in the almost 13 years we’ve lived here.
  • Carl’s hair was bugging him so he bought some clippers and I cut his hair.  I was nervous but it turned out okay and he’s happy with it.

  • I ran the Virtual Run in Remembrance in honor of the 32 people who were killed at Virginia Tech on April 16, 2007.
  • I walked at least three miles every morning and averaged just over 16,750 Fitbit steps a day.

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

24 Comments leave one →
  1. April 17, 2020 6:29 am

    Catherine’s War sounds great. I think I’ll skip the gruesome one by Patterson though!

  2. April 17, 2020 7:58 am

    I have been eyeing some Patterson books lately, mostly drawn to how quick the reads are. The short chapters are a plus. Maybe not a grisly one, though; hmm, something to think about.

    I am curious about Hidden Valley Road.

    Enjoy your books and your week. What fun it is to see old movies! Tom Hanks is always a winner for me.

  3. April 17, 2020 2:01 pm

    The first and third book sound really good. I haven’t read Patterson in a really long time, but that book sounds good too.

    I saw Splash many years ago and thought it was a bit silly. I love Hanks though!

  4. April 17, 2020 3:45 pm

    Kathy, I’m a fan of Tom Hanks and think I’d enjoy seeing Splash again! We finally saw Sully. 🙂 I’m glad you’re okay after the storms. How was the virtual run? I’ve been interested in the idea for at least a few months now, thanks to Gone for a Run. Home haircuts are becoming popular due to stay-at-home guidelines. Have a good weekend, Kathy!

  5. April 17, 2020 4:14 pm

    3 tornados! Take care

  6. Susan permalink
    April 17, 2020 4:43 pm

    Great job supporting & participating in the commemorative Run. That senseless tragedy will always haunt us and I’m glad you remind us each year of the 32 victims.
    I remember Splash …. wow 1984 … it was a good movie then. Glad the tornado didn’t cause too much damage near you.

  7. April 17, 2020 11:16 pm

    I’m a huge fan of Tom Hanks and remember seeing Splash in the theater many, many years ago. Glad it stood the test of time for you.
    Yikes, those tornadoes are scary. I do not miss living near that sort of weather. I’m glad you didn’t suffer any damage! Good for you to cut Carl’s hair. I’m afraid Rod will have to try a ponytail if he can’t get to a barber in the next few months. 🙂

  8. April 18, 2020 9:58 am

    The new Iggy book sounds great. Kids need some humor, I think.

    We’ve been watching a few somewhat-old movies (Devil Wears Prada, Importance of Being Earnest) with my sister and her husband over Facetime (conversations before and after) since they want to wait on Star Wars until we get together again. I’d like to see if we can stream some recent movies. I wish there was a better way to support our movie theaters.

    I’m glad you were not damaged by the tornadoes. We keep being threatened by bad weather, but it keeps missing us. I keep wondering what might happen if a tropical storm or hurricane comes in the Gulf while all this is going on, though this is much too early for this to happen. Still. What would we do?

  9. Helen Murdoch permalink
    April 18, 2020 1:35 pm

    I loved the movie Splash when I saw it 36 years ago. 🙂 I have never read a James Patterson, but they are so popular, maybe I should get one during this pandemic.

  10. April 18, 2020 2:38 pm

    I love Splash. One of my favorites from back in the day. I started Patterson’s series The Women’s Murder Club a few years ago. I liked the first two but never finished all of them. And I’ve enjoyed the movies based on his books.

    What an amazing virtual run event! Good luck with your week and hope it’s full of fun reading and great walks.

  11. Literary Feline permalink
    April 18, 2020 8:16 pm

    Catherine’s War sounds like a really good one. We watched Splash recently too. My daughter got a real kick out of it. I am sorry to hear about the bad storms and power outage in your area. We’ve gotten a lot of rain. The sun was out for a couple of days there, which was nice, but it’s back to being overcast and rainy again. I offered to cut Marty’s hair, but I don’t think he trusts me. Probably for the best. LOL He wants to see how long he can grow his hair before he gets tired of it. Mouse and I both have long hair (well, mine’s more medium length) and are okay with letting ours grow. I do miss the salon though. I know I could color my hair myself, but I always make such a mess of it. We’ll see how long I can go before the grays start to bother me. . .I hope you have a great week, Kathy. Stay well and safe.

  12. kaysreadinglife permalink
    April 19, 2020 9:43 am

    Glad the bad weather didn’t affect you too much. There were tornadoes close by us as well, but honestly, it’s the season for those and the bad storms. Every spring. My husband bought some clippers too and coached me through giving him a haircut. Then he did a bit of a trim at my neckline and the sideburn area. It looked just fine. Now the top of my head is getting so long. Sigh. Very shaggy. Hope you have a good week. I’m so glad we can still get out and walk – safely, of course.

  13. Diane permalink
    April 19, 2020 11:10 am

    I love To Hanks and Splash was a good one. I love to rewatch old time faves. I gave my husband a hair trim yesterday and he loved it and offered to pay me LOL I could use a trim but, that will have to wait. (I’m embracing my gray hair too – 8 weeks now). Have a great week (as great as a week can be these days). Hope your mom is doing okay?

  14. April 19, 2020 11:30 am

    Good for you with the virtual run! Aww Splash! I convinced my daughter to watch that one with me a few months ago and she enjoyed it. I love Tom Hanks. Last week we all watched Big, another favorite.
    Stay well and happy reading this week. Glad the tornado passed, that’s scary.

  15. April 19, 2020 12:34 pm

    Oh, yes… I remember Splash, too.What fun to revisit after all these years! I may end up cutting my husband’s hair before much longer, but am pretty nervous about it. I need a good cut and color myself, too, but that definitely won’t be happening at home! Glad you dodged the worst of the weather. Stay well!

  16. April 19, 2020 2:08 pm

    I hope you haven’t had any more tornadoes or damage since posting.

    I’ve not seen Splash in years!

  17. April 19, 2020 4:33 pm

    I managed to trim my bangs away from my eyes yesterday but I wouldn’t try to cut my husband’s hair. My hair is longer than its been in years.
    I saw Splash in the theater but not since. Glad it held up! I wonder how much Patterson contributes to the co-written novels. I’ve only read one of his.
    Good job on the exercise and virtual run!

  18. April 19, 2020 5:58 pm

    We cut my husband’s and son’s hair as well here. I wish it was just as easy to do mine but I guess I’m going to have to wait a bit for that. Catherine’s War sounds like a very good book. Will be looking for that one.

  19. April 20, 2020 2:13 am

    I cut my sons hair, and my own. My husband has long hair but it grows barely at all so he doesn’t need a trim any more than three times a year.

    If nothing else Patterson’s books are quick and easy reads, I enjoyed his series co written with Australian author Candice Fox.

    Wishing you a great reading week, no more tornadoes and good health

  20. April 21, 2020 12:14 pm

    Splash is a cute movie.

    I have always cut my husband’s hair so this quarantine thing should not have concerned him in that regard but last night, he opened up some clippers he bought and shaved his head! He came down and looked like, like… a survivor of Chernobyl. I have no idea why he did that since I always do his hair anyway. I had to fix it because it was striped if you can believe it. He is now completely bald and honestly, looks weird.

    If you have Netflix and need some riveting TV, check out these Harlan Coben shows: The Stranger, Safe and The Five. Oh my word they are so good and each show only has about 8 episodes. Violence minimal.

  21. April 23, 2020 7:29 am

    My mom had the same issue with Swimsuit.

  22. April 26, 2020 12:15 pm

    I need to get the Iggy book for Gage. I remember loving Splash. Good choice:)

  23. April 26, 2020 12:16 pm

    Oh, and two days Jason took the clippers to his own hair. I’m now calling him Ezekiel.

  24. May 11, 2020 6:14 pm

    Ughhhh tornadoes scare me. I hate when we get those warnings and watches.

    Iggy looks like a cute / fun book!

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