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 WhyWhat 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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6 responses to “WWW Wednesdays – April 11, 2012

  1. I just finished reading a novella called “The Walking Man” by Wright Forbucks. He promoted it to me via Twitter, and normally, I probably wouldn’t download a directly promoted book, but it was free, so I figured, why not? Was really, really good. Was about a quadriplegic but was written in a touching and humorous way. Really glad I pursued it.

    I’m now starting “The Leopard” by Jo Nesbo. I really enjoy the Nordic thrillers. I thought about starting “Life of Pi” next but didn’t. Soon, I promise. Soon. :)

    • There are so many books available for Ebook readers, but I don’t have one yet. I’ll probably feel forced into buying one simply because some books won’t be available in a regular print format, argh.

      I promise you, Life of Pi is EXCELLENT and so well written, with a wonderful ending. I need to read it again myself. Here’s just one of the lines from there: “The reason death sticks so closely to life isn’t biological necessity; it’s envy. Life is so beautiful that death has fallen in love with it, a jealous, possessive love that grabs at what it can.”

      • Okay–that’s a pretty cool line, I’ll admit. :)

        I have a Kindle on my IPad so it works out great. So wonderful for trips. You really must get one!

      • I stare at a computer screen several hours a day so I love reading off paper at night. But you’re right, taking an electronic reader on trips beats filling the suitcases with books (or magazines). I really want the brand new, fancy Canon digital camera for my birthday ($800, yikes!) so I’m saving for that and not a reader yet…

  2. I put your Alchemist book on my list to read so I won’t forget about it. I’ve been reading several YA fiction books for a writing conference that’s coming up. Several were kind of blah and not worth mentioning, but the one I’m reading now, Icefall by Kirby is pretty good.

    • Talking about YA novels, the best ones I read last year were “The Lying Game” and “Never Have I Ever” by Sara Shepard. Of course they are super easy to read, but I chewed my nails through both books and I lost a lot of sleep because I couldn’t put them down. Great mystery, murder story. I LOVED the premise from the very first chapter. You really should put these books down on your list if you’re interested in YA. They are amazingly good. The #3 in the series just came out and I ordered it from my library but it’s very popular so I’ll have to wait a while. :-(

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