I’ve managed to read a couple of books in the past week and I’ve found some cool books to read with the kids, so it’s been a productive week, at least on the reading side.
– What I’m currently reading
The Body by Stephen King. Shame on me, I’ve never seen the movie “Stand by me”, which is based on King’s short story. So I thought it’s about time I read the book where it all started from…
– What I recently finished reading
State of Wonder by Ann Patchett. This book was on NPR’s list of 2011 summer reads and I’m glad I followed their advice. A story mixing adventure, medical discoveries, ethics and hope, it’s hard to put the book down. I’m pleased to see the ending wraps things up and leaves some things unanswered, on purpose. This would be a great book to submit for a book club.
One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. A short, simple story about life in a Soviet Gulag in the middle of winter and sub-zero temperatures of Siberia. Solzhenitsyn drew from his own experience when imprisoned for 10 years in a gulag to write his first novel. There’s a lot to learn about this period in history, as well as human nature and our spirit of survival. I think I would have frozen to death on my very first day. Seriously.
– What I think I’ll read next
Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris. It’s about time for me to read a funny book, and I think this one just may do the trick!
My kids’ bookshelf
– What they’re currently reading
We’ve on a David Shannon streak and we all both his hilarious books about David’s (mis)adventures. I recommend David’s stories to all kids from 2 to 6 – they are laugh out loud funny!
– No, David!
– David Gets in Trouble
– David Goes to School
– Good Boy, Fergus! (Fergus is David’s dog…)
– What they recently finished reading
Mrs. McNosh and the Great Big Squash by Sarah Weeks – Mrs McNosh plants a squash seed that instantly starts to grow at an amazing speed. I want her seeds for my garden!
A Pirate’s Guide to First Grade by James Preller – a great book for boys who are obsessed with pirates. Perfect, I have two of them at home.
Rude Giants by Audrey Wood. A great lesson on teaching good manners and what good can come out of it.
– What I think they’ll read next
We have sooooo many books in our pile still to read, and more to pick up at the library, I’m not sure what the kids will want to read next. But I’ll make sure I share with you the highlights next week.
What about you? Any books you or your kids are reading you’d like to share?
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