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WWW Wednesdays – April 11, 2012

WWW Wednesdays

I’m working on a way overdue 101 in 1001 update and I hope to post it before the end of this week. In the meantime, here’s my WWW Wednesdays weekly update. Quite a mix of literary genres this past week… 

My bookshelf

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith- What I’m currently reading
Last week I mentioned my next book would be Mermaids in the Basement by Michael Lee West. That was before I got Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith from the library, which I need to read for my April book club meeting. I’m a huge fan of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer series because of its action-packed episodes with a high dose of humor and wit. But reading a serious book about vampires is a different story, something I’ve never done before. I’m a quarter into it and I like it so far (note I said “like” it, not “love” it). Let’s hope the rest is just as entertaining.
 
- What I recently finished reading
My So-Called Freelance Life: How to Survive and Thrive as a Creative Professional for Hire by Michelle Goodman. If you want to read a book on freelancing, this one contains everything you need to know. I’ve read a few before so I didn’t really learn anything new. I wanted to hear about this topic from a woman’s perspective but I quickly realized Goodman is not married and doesn’t have children, so she didn’t offer much advice on balancing work and super-busy life.
 
- What I think I’ll read next
Besides Mermaids in the Basement, I just got new books from the library I’m sure I won’t be able to renew in three weeks because of their popularity. So I think my next pick will be the #5 in Michael Scott’s The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel, The Warlock (yeah!). I’ll probably read it in just a few days (and lose precious hours of sleep along the way), and then move on to the rest of the books on my shelf.
 
My kids’ bookshelf

National Geographic for Kids First Big Book of Why- What they’re currently reading
- National Geographic for kids First Big Book of Why. This is a great book for kids ages 3 to 7, answering their most common questions, such as “Why do donuts and bagels have holes?” or “Why do owls throw up?” I too have learned a few things, including that ice worms melt if they get too warm, and the longest type of worm is 3 feet long (yikes!).
- Fall Mixed Up by Bob Raczka. A HILARIOUS story on the joys and delights of the fall season, described in mixed-up verse and illustrations. “Bears gather nuts. Geese hibernate. Squirrels fly south in big figure eights.” My kids love this book!
- The Useful Moose: A Truthful, Moose-Full Tale by Fiona Robinson. A young girl finds out a lot of moose are vacationing in her city. She invites three of them to rest at their home, and her family quickly discovers how useful moose can be. Who knew moose had such great housekeeping skills?

- What they recently finished reading
Little Bunny Foo Foo : The Real Story by Cori Doerrfeld. A very funny twist on the original story. Find out why Little Bunny Foo Foo had a good reason to bop those field mice on the head, and why the Good Fairy should have been more careful threatening to change the bunny into something else.
Humbug Rabbit by Lorna Balian. We read this book last Easter and again this year. This is probably the funniest book on Easter. Above ground, Gracie the hen hides her eggs from Grandma, causing an egg hunt dilemma. Underground, Father Rabbit insists on telling his children he’s not the Easter Rabbit. Will everything be fixed by Easter morning?
- Ice Cream Larry by Daniel Pinkwater. Larry the Polar Bear spends an afternoon eating an 1/8 of a ton of ice cream at a local ice cream shop, attracting the attention of the Iceberg Ice Cream Company. He happily becomes their spokesbear, inventing new ice cream flavors (blueberry & cod, anyone?) and their new slogan, “I do not feel sick.”

- What I think they’ll read next
I just ordered a whole bunch of books on dinosaurs, good manners and some for early readers, so I’ll see what comes in first.

What about you? Any books you or your kids are reading you’d like to share?

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WWW Wednesdays – April 4, 2012

WWW Wednesdays

My bookshelf

My so-called freelance life by Michelle Goodman- What I’m currently reading
Tonight I will start My So-Called Freelance Life: How to Survive and Thrive as a Creative Professional for Hire by Michelle Goodman. I’ve read several books on freelancing as a professional writer already, but few of them were written by women, so this one could be interesting.
 
- What I recently finished reading
The Necromancer (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel) by Michael Scott. This series just keeps getting better and this book was no exception. I can’t believe they haven’t made movies out of this series.
 
- What I think I’ll read next
Mermaids in the Basement by Michael Lee West. I read Gone with a Handsomer Man a few months ago and loved it. It was definitely one of the funniest murder stories I’ve ever read, so I’m hoping this book won’t disappoint either.
 
My kids’ bookshelf

Max's chocolate chicken by Rosemary Wells- What they’re currently reading
Lots of books with an Easter theme!
- Max’s Chocolate Chicken by Rosemary Wells. We love Max & Ruby and this has to be one of our favorite stories. Max and Ruby go on an egg hunt, the prize for the most eggs gathered being a chocolate chicken. Max can’t find any eggs but he really wants the chocolate…
- The Easter Bunny That Overslept by Priscilla and Otto Friedrich. Poor Easter bunny sleepts past Easter so he tries to distribute his eggs on Mother’s Day, the Fourth of July and Halloween. Nobody is interested until dear old Santa Claus manages to get him back on track.
- Minerva Louise and the Colorful Eggs by Janet Morgan Stoeke. When she notices several unattended, colorful eggs, Minerva Louise decides to gather them and keep them warm. Can you imagine the surprise on the faces of the East egg hunters when they can’t find any eggs?

- What they recently finished reading
- Too busy Marco by Roz Chast. Marco the parrot is way too busy having adventures to go to bed. My five-year old and Marco share the same aspirations: they both want to be deep sea diver artist-inventors when they grow up…
- Where Is The Cake? and Where Is The Cake Now? by T.T. Khing - two wordless books with many stories within the story. And only sharp eyes will figure out what really happened to the cakes in both books.

- What I think they’ll read next
I have no idea but the surprise effect is part of the fun.

What about you? Any books you or your kids are reading you’d like to share?

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