Weekly Wrap-Up #23-24

I’ve done pretty well this past week. Even though I’m tired and depressed at moments because I miss my guys, I trudged through with my readings. I’ve even watched a few documentaries (which if you don’t know, my major was Sociology so I tend to like discussions on society). You can read more about one documentary I watched in my review of The Lotterys Plus One.

These past weeks I’ve finished 2 Audios, began another, finished 2 Adult Non-Fiction books and begun an Adult Fiction.


The Zookeeper’s Wife: A War Story by Diane Ackerman and read by Suzanne Toren

I finished this one and, while it isn’t as good as some books, it is worth a trip if you don’t mind not knowing which genre you are in. The end felt rushed especially after all the happenings that occurred at the beginning of the Occupation. All in all it was decent.

The Lotterys Plus One by Emma Donoghue and read by Therese Plummer

Read more about my thoughts of this book here.

In the Company of Others by Jan Karon and read by Erik Singer

I’ve just begun this one. It is a part of the “Mitford Years” series. My co-worker told me it works as a stand alone, so I didn’t have to search for the first one in the Mitford SAGA (there are so many!).

so far it’s about a couple visiting Ireland to learn more about the family’s past. The husband is 70 year old Reverend Tim and his 64 year old wife who have only been married for 8 years. I’ve never read a book with the main characters being this old. It’s certainly pushing my “wall.”


The Invention of Russia: From Gorbachev’s Freedom to Putin’s War by Arkady Ostrovsky

I finished this one and it is a must read. Now every time I see Putin talking I think, He is probably making it up. As a former KGB agent who has no trust in other people and likes to use the media to manipulate what goes on, do we really need to discuss more on why we DON’T take what he says or what the state media in Russia puts out?

Uh, no.

And in light of all this Russian meddling in the US, etc., Russian, or should I really say Putin’s interests, in what is going on in the US is disconcerting. Russia doesn’t want the US to succeed. It wants to see us fall. So all the more we need to stand together amidst our differences.

Heaven is For Real: A Little Boy’s Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back by Todd Burpo and Lynn Vincent

So I won’t go into anything doctrinal because I’m sure all of my readers have different interpretations of the Bible. However, after I browsing the picture book version of this book, I knew I had to read the actual book because Colton saw Jesus, God the Father and the Holy Spirit.

Again I’m not going to get into anything doctrinal, so I’ll just leave it with this question: why did Colton’s parents feel the need to share his experience? If it was a genuine experience of his, then it should have been up to Colton to share it. I don’t get from the book the reason for his father sharing Colton’s experience and it makes me uncomfortable.

Personally, if this had happened to Theo, I would have waited for him to decide when he was a lot older than 4 or even 8 years old.

Tales from a Village School by Miss Read

An adult book! It turns out this particular Miss Read book is a compilation of vignettes taken from teaching at a rural school back in the 1950s. I’m only a quarter of the way complete and the little stories are delightful. I was hoping for a full-on novel. I guess that will have to wait.

Theo’s Books

During our FaceTime times, I read to Theo. These are the books we have read this past week:

Olivia the Spy by Ian Falconer

The newest Olivia book! I’m not sure Theo got the funny bit about Olivia accidently “photo-bombing” the ballet, but he asked for me to read it to him again and again. Because, really, who doesn’t love and relate to Olivia?

Hank’s Big Day: The Story of a Bug by Evan Kuhlman and Chuck Groenink

A 2×2 book! Theo asked for this book again much to my surprise. It is a bit dry; it simply shows Hank, a doodle bug, going about his day. He meets up with his bestie, a young girl, and they have a good time together. Then Hank make the same trek back as he did going and it ends with him sleeping. A simple, sweet book.

Pete with No Pants by Watkins Rowboat

A really silly book. Its humor is based on the illustrations and it’s hard to get the jokes across over the phone. Theo didn’t really laugh while reading it until Ryan or I explained the how Pete, without clothes, looks like that or that.

Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey

All my life (since I never read this book as a little girl), I thought Sal was a boy. No, Sal is a girl. Theo really liked hearing this book. Because it is a bit longer and doesn’t rely on slap-stick or silly humor, I wasn’t sure about reading over FaceTime, but he enjoyed it. Maybe my boy prefers gentle stories.

Ryan took Theo to see The Adventures of Captain Underpants this past week. Looks like that book will be on my TBR list, not only for me but with him.

What have y’all been reading?

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