WWW Wednesdays – October 19, 2011

WWW Wednesdays

We found some good books to read this past week and I hope the same happened with you and your kids.

My bookshelf

Gone with a handsomer man by Michael Lee West

Gone with a handsomer man by Michael Lee West

What I’m currently reading
“Gone with a handsomer man” by Michael Lee West. I’m reading this book for my bookclub meeting next Monday. I’m about 60 pages into it and I’m really enjoying – quite a funny book! My only complaint: the font size is way too small and makes it hard to read at my regular pace.

– What I recently finished reading
“Me Talk Pretty One Day” by David Sedaris. What did I think about it? Me not find this book funny. Even though the second part was not as bad as the first part, this book was still awful and I don’t understand why it’s so popular. I think I have a pretty good sense of humor but this book just isn’t funny. I like sarcasm but only if it makes me laugh, and it didn’t. Sedaris recalls his days as a drug addict and there really isn’t much to laugh about. How wants to make fun of a pathetic junkie who fries his brain cells every day and can’t seem to find his way out? Not funny. In Part Deux, Sedaris discusses stereotypes the French have about the Americans, but he doesn’t seem to realize his book is also full of stereotypes about the French. My advice to you: if you’re looking for a funny book to read, skip this one and grab anything else on the shelf. Almost anything will be funnier than this.

– What I think I’ll read next
“The Secret Life of Bees” by Sue Monk Kidd. It’s now on my bookshelf, along with a lot of other books that all showed up at the same time. Oh, I hate when that happens…

My kids’ bookshelf

The Usborne art of treasury– What they’re currently reading
“Jumanji” by Chris Van Allsburg. My kids are still too young for the movie but they’re really enjoying the book!
“Alexander and the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day” by Judith Viorst. A great book to show kids that not every day goes well but we can deal with it by letting go at the end of the day.
“Go away, big green monster!” by Ed Emberley. A great book with die-cut pages that make a monster appear, and then disappear. Great for little ones who may be afraid of monsters.

– What they recently finished reading
“The Usborne Art Treasury” by Rosie Dickins. A lovely book showing 22 famous art works from around the world and step-by-step instructions for art projects you can do in the style of each artist. We borrowed this book from the library but it’s so good I’m planning to buy our own copy.
“Shark in the Dark” by Peter Bently. A great lesson to teach kids that being a small fish doesn’t mean you get to be eaten by a shark if you can unite with other small fish in the ocean. Ah, strength in numbers, what a brilliant concept.

– What I think they’ll read next
I have no idea but some books seem to be making their way slowly to our library so I’m sure we’ll have new reading opportunities by next week.

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

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2 responses to “WWW Wednesdays – October 19, 2011

  1. Just finished reading Water for Elephants. It was not what I expected, but I have to say I liked it. A fascinating look into the circus train and depression era. A few shocking scenes, but not filled with them.

    • I read it a few years ago, probably a year or two after it came out, and I liked it too. I thought the writing was good and the facts behind the story were fascinating, as gruesome as they were. The storyline itself was predictible and there were no big surprises at the end. A little too Hollywood happy ending for me, but hey, the girl deserved a happy ending so I’m OK with it. I haven’t seen the movie and I’m not planning to see it. I’m usually not impressed with movie versions of books (except for Harry Potter, but that’s a different story).

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