WWW Wednesdays – June 20, 2012

WWW Wednesdays

Oops, my WWW Wedsnesdays is one day late! What can I say? Work projects and my kids interfered with my blogging time. At least I have my priorities straight, right?

My bookshelf

 The Enchantress by Michael Scott– What I’m currently reading
I’m finishing up The Enchantress by Michael Scott, paying my 25-cent-per-day fine because I couldn’t finish it by the time it was due. But it’s all worth it and I’ll review it next week. 
– What I recently finished reading
Fifty Shades of Grey by E L James. This book is garbage, absolute garbage. Erotica is not one of my genres, so I’d never read it if it weren’t for my book club. Even though I skimmed the last 3/4 of the book, those are a few hours of my life I’ll never get back. Reading this book is like watching porn: lots of bad sex scenes, and no substance in between. With better writing and editing, the story would have been 100 pages. This book looks like it was written by a teenage girl who can’t write and has limited vocabulary. I have no idea how many times I read roll her eyes, smirked, muttered, mumbled, bit my lip, cocked his head, and so on, but I’m sure someone has kept a tally. The 22-year old female character is more naive and gullible than a 12-year old. The 27-year old character is perfect: billionaire, the most beautiful man in the world, he speaks fluent French, and is working on solving world hunger. Pleeeeeaaaase. The sex scenes would have been the best part of the book if they hadn’t been so repetitive and laughable. Anastasia has orgasms by just hearing her name and have Christian look at her. Right. If you haven’t read this book but still want to, do it at your own risk. I bet any other book in that genre will be better than this one.
 – What I think I’ll read next
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares. Perfect summer read, I hope.
My kids’ bookshelf

Pete & Pickles by Berkeley BreathedWhat they’re currently reading
Pete & Pickles by Berkeley Breathed, the author of the Bloom County comic strip. This book will have to go on my 2012 list of favorites! It is funny, heartwrenching and inspiring all at once. I think I heard my kids say wow, and I know I did too. This is the story of Pete the pig is lonely and sad but doesn’t know he is. When Pickles the elephant turns his life upside down, Pete eventually realizes that a perfectly predictable, practical, and uncomplicated life is not always better, and he finds a new friend along the way. A MUST READ!
Meet Wild Boars by Meg Rosoff. You can try as much as you can but it’s very hard making friends with wild boars because they’re dirty and smelly, bad-tempered, and rude. Spoiler alert: the end is quite shocking, and smelly. My boys loved this book.
Spuds by Karen Hesse. Maybelle, Jack, and Eddie want to help their mom by putting something extra on the table, so they decide to go out at night and take potatoes from a nearby field. But it’s hard to pick potatoes out of the dirt in the dark. When they get home and empty their sacks, they’re shocked to realize they only harvested rocks. But a kind and caring farmer may end up helping the thieves after all… This is a wonderful story about kids trying to help out a parent, facing disappointment after hard work and how something negative  can turn into something positive.

A bad case of stripes by David ShannonWhat they recently finished reading
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak but we read it in French as Max et les Maximonstres. You can’t go wrong with a classic, which we’ve read in English many times. I’m glad my library has the French version and the kids enjoyed it.
A Bad Case of Stripes by David Shannon. To remain popular at school, Camilla Cream always does what the other kids expect her to do, even pretend she dislikes lima beans when she loves then, until the day she ends up covered in stripes. A great book on peer pressure and the importance of self-identity.

– What I think they’ll read next
I have no idea! What about you? Any books you or your kids are reading you’d like to share?

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9 responses to “WWW Wednesdays – June 20, 2012

  1. Believe me, I’ll trust your review of “Fifty Shades.” You’re not the first I’ve heard it from. But she is selling tons of books, so more power to her, I guess. But please, if you read my book in the future, try not to count all of the “She sighed” or “He sighed.” I’m going through the manuscript again and shaking my head. I seemed to really enjoy that word. Can you say chop, chop? :)

    I’ve started Chevy Steven’s “Never Knowing” about a woman who discovers something horrible when she tracks down her adoptive mother. It’s pretty good.

    • 50 Shades is a great example of bad writing and poor editing and I hope a lot of writing classes will discuss it. It’s a mystery to me how this ended up on the NYT bestseller list because of the complete absence of plot, and I’m a little concerned about the poor taste of the American reader…

      • I think your last sentence is what bothers me most, because I too have worried about the taste of readers. I’ve picked up some books from big NY publishers that get published because the author is famous with lots of other books under his/her belt. But some of the writing is not that great. Yet people still buy and read it. Go figure.

      • I had to read The Christmas Wedding by James Patterson last year for my book club and we all agreed it was crap. Probably something he didn’t even write himself (there was a co-author) but slapped his name on just to increase sales. Or maybe some bestselling authors are under pressure from publishers to write so many books in their contract. Whether they’re good or not is not implied.

      • He was a name that came to mind, but I didn’t want to single him out. Thanks for doing it for me. :) Another is Patricia Cornwell. I used to love her books–couldn’t wait until they came out. But something has happened with the last few. I finally gave up and quit reading them. Not even a library copy.

  2. We tallied some of the repetition on kindle during book club and with some phrases, there was 14 pages worth!

    • Besides the fact there is no plot, no major conflict, and flat characters, the poor writing really doesn’t help. I can’t believe this book has been so popular. Housewives must be quite bored to think this is good reading material!

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