- What I’m currently reading ,
The Mistress of Spices by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni. I saw the preview for the movie while watching a DVD a few months ago and decided to read the book instead. It’s interesting so far but I have no idea where it’s eventually going, although I’m reaching the end. I’ll review it in more detail next week when I’m done with it.
- What I recently finished reading
I finished The Giver series and I loved it! Read my review of The Giver here, the first in the Quartet.
- Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry. I really liked reading about Kira’s chilling, yet fascinating, world. She fights against adversity and is determined to find out the truth about her cruel world and change what can be changed. I love reading about strong female characters and this book didn’t disappoint. If you wondered what happened to Jonas at the end of The Giver, this book gives you a small clue.
- Messenger by Lois Lowry. I love how the stories in this series intertwine without overlapping and how each main character has a definite role in their own world. For those who felt the end of the The Giver was incomplete, this book gives you a good idea of what happened to Jonas, even more than in Gathering Blue.
- Son by Lois Lowry, which was just published a few months ago, in October 2012. What a powerful ending to The Giver series! Reading the four books in a row was the best decision I could make to understand the powerful message of these stories. The Giver, Gathering Blue and Messenger are all connected in one way or another, and Son brings all of the characters together to tie things up neatly. I love how Lois Lowry tells the story, yet leaves room for your own imagination in every chapter. She’s a wonderful storyteller with a realistic grasp of humanity, with all its faults and strengths. I’m so glad I read this series and I can’t wait for my kids to be old enough to do the same (age 10 and up is probably best). I couldn’t have asked for better reading materials to end 2012.
- What I think I’ll read next
My friend Mia recommended I read Cutting For Stone by Abraham Verghese. I requested it from the library a couple of months ago but I had to return it before I had a chance to start it. I just got it again so I need to hurry this time. If you’ve read Cutting For Stone already, I’d love to hear what you thought, but no spoilers please.
My kids’ bookshelf
- What they’re currently reading
- Olivia and the Fairy Princesses by Ian Falconer. Even though they’re boys, my kids love reading Olivia’s adventures. After all, she’s not your typical girl pig. She’s quite unique and that’s the theme Olivia and the Fairy Princesses explores. Olivia doesn’t want to be a princess like all the other girl pigs, but she’s not sure what she wants to be. The ending is typical Olivia and we enjoy reading this book over and over. It was interesting to hear my kids express their concerns about looking different from the other kids. I guess peer pressure is already very strong, even at their young age. Scary.
- King Arthur’s Very Great Grandson by Kenneth Kraegel. Kristen at Motherese said in a recent post that her youngest boy really liked it so I requested it from the library. Henry Alfred Grummorson is the great-great-great-great-great-greatgreat grandson of King Arthur and decides to search for adventure when he turns six. Unfortunately, none of the creatures he encounters seem to want to fight a grand battle. Poor Henry!
- What they recently finished reading
We’ve read four books of the same series recently. What I like about them is, they’re very funny and show you that a bad thing (a dog with very bad gas) can turn into a good thing, depending on the circumstances. What I don’t like about these books is the artwork. It’s a major eyesore. Even my kids complain how ugly the computer illustrations and colors are. How a publisher would even allow such ugly artwork to go to press is beyond me. I bet the writers are still scratching their heads about this one too. My advice to you: borrow the books from your library, don’t buy them.
- Walter the Farting Dog by William Kotzwinkle. (CORRECTED) If you’ve ever read Dav Pilkey’s Dog Breath, The Horrible Trouble with Hally Tosis, you’ll wonder how Kotzwinkle didn’t get accused of plagiarism because these two books tell exactly the SAME story (just replace the bad breath with the smelly farts). Pilkey’s version is by far the best: Hally Tosis is cuter and the story is very witty. By the way, if you want to read a fascinating children’s book about farts, go with Fartiste, the real story of French performer Joseph Pujol, who grew up to become “Le Petomane” (read my personal review of Fartiste here).
- Walter the Farting Dog: Banned from the Beach
- Rough Weather Ahead for Walter the Farting Dog
- Walter the Farting Dog: Trouble At the Yard Sale
- What I think they’ll read next
I don’t know but I’m sure it will be good stuff. What about you? Any books you or your kids are reading you’d like to share?
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