WWW Wednesdays – May 2, 2012

WWW Wednesdays

My bookshelf

The happiness advantage by Shawn Achor– What I’m currently reading
The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor. The book is very interesting so far, pulling data from various studies and Achor’s own observations of human behavior. I’ll have a more complete review after I finish the book.
– What I recently finished reading
Michael Scott’s The Warlock (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel). The last book of the series is coming out in the next few weeks and I can’t wait to see how it all ends!
– What I think I’ll read next
 Two Truths and A Lie by Sara Shepard, the third book in The Lying Game series. Oh my gosh, I can’t wait to read what happens in this one, even though I know I’ll probably anxiously bite my nails and lose a few hours of sleep staying up to read it.
My kids’ bookshelf

Captain Flinn and the pirate dinosaurs by Giles AndreaeWhat they’re currently reading
Captain Flinn and the pirate dinosaurs by Giles Andreae. This book is PERFECT! Where else can you find not only pirates AND dinosaurs, but pirate dinosaurs? Add a battle on the seas and swordfights and you end up with delighted children.
Purr-fect Pete by Samantha Hay. Pete is the new acro-cat addition to the circus team. He’s very little, doesn’t eat fish and smells like stinky cheese, but he’s the best on the team. Is Purr-fect Pete keeping a secret? My kids LOVED the surprising twist.
Are you going to be good? by Cari Best. Robert is attending his first night party to celebrate Great-Gran Sadie’s 100th birthday, and his parents request him to use his best manners. Things don’t go as planned, but Robert is the one who ends up entertaining the guest of honor best.

What they recently finished reading
Badness for beginners : a Little Wolf and Smellybreff Adventure by Ian Whybrow. Little Wolf and his brother Smellybreff get a lesson in badness from Mom and Dad, and Little Wolf is having a hard time being bad…
What’s the time, Little Wolf? by Ian Whybrow. Little Wolf and his brother play a naughty trick on a few rabbits in their quest for dinner. We loved the shocking ending (stuffed rabbits for dinner, anyone?), as it shows life as it is, at least for a family of hungry wolves.
If A Chicken Stayed For Supper by Carrie Weston. Five little foxes promise their mother not to leave the den when she goes out hunting for a chicken for supper. Unable to resist going outside to play in the dark, they meet a chicken who will lead them safely back home. Oops, what will they do with the chicken who just helped them out?

– What I think they’ll read next
I have no idea, but I’m sure it will be lots of fun books!

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

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10 responses to “WWW Wednesdays – May 2, 2012

  1. I just finished Kitchen House by Grissom (AMAZING!), and am now reading Guernica by Boling. It’s pretty good so far. It tells about the Basque people in Spain in the 1930’s and there are a lot of Basque in Idaho, so it’s intriguing.

  2. I’ll be interested to hear your thoughts on “The Happiness Advantage.” Looks intriguing. The only new book I’ve started since last Wednesday is my next book on writing. It’s called “Story Engineering” by Larry Brooks. I’ve only read the intro so far, but it looks like it will be very useful.

    • I just finished it last night and I really liked it. It discusses several principles to help you change your state of mind and make things happen, including happiness. I’ll review in more detail next week but I recommend it, and it’s a very fast read. I’m sure there are many books on positive psychology but this one probably gives you everything you need to know to get things moving, if needed. I’m guessing you’re a pretty happy gal and I’m too. For me, it was interesting to see how so many people can get stuck in a rut.

      • I am a big believer that we make our own happiness (and I’m not referring to when horrible things happen–no one can control that). If someone is unhappy with something, then they and they alone have the power to change it. Constant complaining will not improve the situation nor will it improve one’s happiness.

      • I agree. It’s all about how you react to outside events. And one more thing I can tell you from first-hand experience is, negative attitudes are contagious and very toxic to your mental health. There’s just so much I can take of it!

      • Could not agree with you more. I do my best to limit interaction with these “toxic” individuals.

      • You remind me I have a pretty “big deal” post to write yet. I just can’t get myself to do it yet, argh…

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