www Wednesdays – August 3, 2011

WWW Wednesdays

Today is WWW Wednesdays and I’m so glad to be able to share some wonderful reading I’ve been doing this past week.

My bookshelf

A dog's purpose by W Bruce Cameron– What I’m currently reading
Tonight I’ll be starting “Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood” by Rebecca Wells. I expect some great reading to happen over the next few days.

– What I recently finished reading
“Bossypants” by Tina Fey. Interesting biography, with Fey sharing her insights on the prevalent sexism in the world of comedy, her career worries, her struggles as a working mother, her difficulties with breastfeeding. A fun book for light summer reading. Expect some giggles and laughs at almost every page. My advice: borrow it but don’t buy it.

Today I finished “A Dog’s Purpose” by W. Bruce Cameron. I read this book in a couple of days. I just couldn’t put it down. Didn’t want to. This has to be the BEST book I’ve read so far this year (5 stars on Amazon with over 500 reviews on Amazon say it all). And I’m a cat person, never been a dog person. But as a pet lover, I so relate to the relationships the dog(s) in this story has with his multiple owners. And it makes me feel so much better for the times I’ve had to say goodbye to my pets, imagining what they could have been thinking at that last moment. I smiled and I cried as I went through the pages, then smiled and cried some more.  After being reincarnated for the first time, our storytelling dog wonders if there’s a reason for his comeback on earth. We follow him along to find out. I just can’t tell more about the story itself without spoiling it. I wanted to know this dog’s purpose and I’m so glad I found out (even though I never saw the ending coming). Read this book. You’ll be so glad you did.

– What I think I’ll read next
I’m not sure because the library is very slow at getting me the books I ordered, so I may have to pick one from my own bookshelf (I have a few candidates).

My kids’ bookshelf

The princess and the pizza– What they’re currently reading
I just got the “Complete Tales of Madeline” by Ludwig Bemelmans from the library. We read them last year and are doing so again this summer. My boys can’t seem to get enough of the predicaments Madeline happens to encounter.
I also borrowed a few books from the “Magic School Bus” series. My kids like reading them but I can’t stand how much information is crammed on every page, in a messy layout. What happened to spreading the data over a few more pages, or using larger sheets? I know printed books are expensive but an attractive layout still makes for enjoyable reading. Especially when I’m the one reading the books!

– What they recently finished reading
“Rapunzel” by Sarah Gibbs. After watching Disney’s Tangled, I thought it’d be a good idea to read something closer to the original Brothers Grimm’s story. This book has beautiful illustrations to go with the text and my oldest seemed to enjoy it the several times we read it.
“The Princess and the Pizza” by Mary Jane and Herm Auch. This is a funny twist on the common princess tales and quite an entertaining read. You may even learn how pizza was invented (just kidding!).

– What I think they’ll read next
I got one of the “Junie B. Jones” series books. I’ll let you know if we like it.

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

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5 responses to “www Wednesdays – August 3, 2011

  1. Hmmm….I’m stumped..which book could you have possibly been suggesting that I read? Could it have been A Dog’s Purpose?
    I’ve heard this book mentioned before but didn’t think it was for me….maybe I will give it a try now…if I can find it.
    Still waiting on Bossy Pants from my library :( Not sure what’s going on with it…

    • Oh, read A Dog’s Purpose, I promise you’ll love it as much as I read. I’ve never had dogs, wouldn’t want any but I really got into the book easily. I so wanted to know this dog’s purpose and find out about his adventures. It’s a very original story and very well written. You’ll probably read it in a day and wish it lasted longer. In my humble opinion, way, way better than Bossypants.

  2. “Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood” by Rebecca Wells – I read it a few years ago, but sadly can’t comment much as I can’t remember much about it! Brilliant title though!

    • I’m afraid I can see why you can’t remember much of it. So far it’s OK but nothing that makes me not want to put the book down to go to sleep (as in A Dog’s Purpose). I think I’ll get the movie after this to get more visual stimulation. I think that’s what’s missing from the book. A little too much on the chick lit side for me, but maybe it’ll turn out better by the end.

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