www Wednesdays – September 14, 2011

WWW Wednesdays

I’m working on a way, way overdue “101 in 1001” August update but in the meantime, here’s my WWW Wednesdays update, with lots of good reading this past week.

My bookshelf

Good enough to eat by Stacy Ballis– What I’m currently reading
Good Enough to Eat by Stacy Ballis, my book club’s September selection. Definitely another chick lit book I probably wouldn’t pick for myself, but it’s an easy read and entertaining enough.

– What I recently finished reading
The Man in the Rockefeller Suit by Mark Seal. Imagine mixing The Talented Mr Ripley and Catch Me If You Can, including the false identities, the money stealing, the power of persuasion and even the murders… That’s what The Man in the Rockefeller Suit is, and the most amazing thing is, this is a TRUE story. If this guy hadn’t kipnapped his own daughter a couple of years ago and been a little careless, he’d still be on the run pretending to be heir to another famous, super rich family. It’s hard to believe he managed to con so many people in almost 30 years. It makes you wonder how gullible we can be when someone tells us a story that seems plausible enough.

– What I think I’ll read next
I’ve been wanting to read A Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Alexander Solzhenitsyn for probably 20 years and it’s now physically sitting on my bookshelf, so it’s next on my list!

My kids’ bookshelf

There was an old lady who swallowed Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold– What they’re currently reading
Since the kids liked Shel Silverstein’s The Giving Tree a few weeks ago, I got more of his books. The illustrations are simple but go very well with the text and my five year old is able to read most of the stories on his own, so it’s great reading practice too! Our favorites are:
A Giraffe and a Half
The Missing Piece
The Missing Piece and the Big O
Who Wants a Cheap Rhinoceros

And of course, we’re reading the “Fly Guy” Series by Tedd Arnold. Again the text is easy enough for early readers and kids love to follow Buzz and Fly Guy on their adventures. Our favorite picks are:
Buzz Boy and Fly Guy
Shoo, Fly Guy!
Fly High, Fly Guy!
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Fly Guy

– What they recently finished reading
Dragon Stew by Steve Smallman – when Vikings get bored and decide to find a dragon to make some stew, they may meet more than what they were looking for… Funny illustrations and dialogs.
A House for Hermit Crab by Eric Carle – a cute story of what it takes to make a house your home.

 – What I think they’ll read next
We have a few books on hold at the library but feel free to suggest what I should add to our reading list.

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

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4 responses to “www Wednesdays – September 14, 2011

  1. Some of Shel Silverstein’s poetry was written for adults, not kids. Make sure you flip through it yourself first. At our library one of his “adult” books got shelved with the ones for children. I wasn’t familiar with the title and picked it up. I quickly alerted the librarian that this one did not belong with the children’s books.

  2. “The Man in the Rockefeller Suit” sounds intriguing – maybe a good book group book?

    • “The Man in the Rockefeller Suit” would be a great read for a book club! There’s definitely a lot to talk about, including any signs people could have picked he was such a crook and how so many ended up believing his lies. Even though the man is a con and a murderer, I have to admit his talents for pulling this masquerade for so long.

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