WWW Wednesdays – October 24, 2012

WWW Wednesdays

My bookshelf

The Conflict : How Modern Motherhood Undermines The Status Of Women by Elisabeth Badinter– What I’m currently reading
The Conflict : How Modern Motherhood Undermines The Status Of Women by Elisabeth Badinter. I’m half-way through and I have probably rolled my eyes a dozen times so far.

– What I recently finished reading
Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal by Christopher Moore. The bad part about this book? It’s 100 pages too long and it lost me in many details about the era it describes. I didn’t want to read a book about religion or history and I was mostly looking for entertainment. And that’s the good part about this book. It’s very entertaining, very funny, hilarious at times. Biff is great as Joshua’s sidekick, as he experiences the good, the bad and the ugly and discovers his gifts. If you get bored with some of the descriptions, just skip to the good parts, which is mostly the dialogs. It’s a well worth read just for them.

– What I think I’ll read next
Make the Bread, Buy the Butter by Jennifer Reese. I first heard about this book on Sofacents’ blog. It tells you how to save time and money by buying some food items and making the others from scratch. I don’t have a lot of money and I don’t have a lot of time either, so this may be the book just for me.

My kids’ bookshelf

Roscoe Riley Rules #1: never glue your friends to chairs by Katherine ApplegateWhat they’re currently reading
Roscoe Riley Rules #1: Never Glue Your Friends to Chairs by Katherine Applegate.
I L-O-V-E this book! And here are a few reasons why:
– Roscoe is about 6 -7 years old and he speaks proper English, unlike Junie B. Jones, whose books are permanently banned at our house for this very reason.
– My six-year old read this book on his own in one sitting and liked it so much, he told me I should read it too. On my own. Not with him.
– I started reading it and I liked it so much, I thought it would be a pity for my four-year old not to hear this story, so I’m now reading it with him.
– I love the first person narration and how Roscoe Riley describes himself as an “everyday kid” who sometimes gets in trouble but really doesn’t mean to. I know lots of kids who can relate to him!
– You know you’re going to read an interesting book when Chapter 2 is titled “Something you should know before we get started” and it reads these few words:
“Here’s the thing about Super-Mega-Gonzo Glue.
When the label says permanent, they mean permanent.
As in FOREVER AND EVER.”

I can’t wait to finish this book and read the next ones in the series!

Axle Annie by Robin Pulver– What they recently finished reading
We’ve read two great books by Robin Pulver several times and they were a hit:
Axle Annie: The schools in Burskyville never close for a snow day because school bus driver Axle Annie is always able to make it up the steepest hill in town. That’s until Shifty Rhodes and Hale Snow set out to stop her. Axle Annie is my hero. I can’t drive a car in the snow, so forget about a school bus!
Axle Annie And The Speed Grump: always impatient and driving too fast without paying attention to the road, Rush Hotfoot learns his lesson when he ends up in a life threatening situation. Fortunately for him, school bus driver Axle Annie and the kids on the bus are there to rescue him, because it’s the right thing to do. My kids actually wanted Rush Hotfoot not to be saved because he’s mean, so this was a good lesson of character or them.

– What I think they’ll read next
I don’t know but I’m sure it will be good stuff. What about you? Any books you or your kids are reading you’d like to share?

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15 responses to “WWW Wednesdays – October 24, 2012

  1. I want to read Axle Annie. The pictures look great.

  2. I’m reading “The Syndrome Diaries” by a fellow blogger, Rachel Hallett and John Grisham’s new one, “The Racketeer.” I usually don’t read two fiction novels at once, but I was at the library and saw Grisham’s new book on the hot new release shelf, so I had to grab it. Usually you have to wait weeks to get a new book. I only have a week for it, so I must read quickly. It got good reviews, and I’m always happy for a legal thriller.

    By the way, if you’re only half way through Badinter’s book, you’ve got some more eye rolling coming up. :)

  3. Make the Bread, Buy the Butter sounds intriguing. Thanks!

  4. I’ll be interested to hear your final assessment of the Badinter book. I’ve heard very mixed reviews. I find her fascinating, but I get the sense that this book is not her best work?

    • I love how skewed her research is, to emphasize her points. The examples she picks for breastfeeding are so extreme, I have a hard time relating to them. Having a child attached to your boob for three continuous years? Come on. Many women find a happy medium between that and not breastfeeding at all.

  5. Axle Annie and The Speed Grump is one of my son’s favorite books! We’ll have to track down the first book.

    Thanks for the link back to my blog, on the “Make the Bread…” book!
    We liked how it is a very personal book, with a lot of humor and stories.
    We liked a lot of the ideas and recipes in it, like the bread and cheese recipes, but we didn’t like the main dish recipes, just a little too simplistic.

    • Did your son want Rush Hotfoot to fall to his death too? I was a little shocked to hear my kids even suggest it, but he’s such a jerk, it would be good riddance in a way. ;-)

      I’m starting Make The Bread tomorrow, so I hope to get some ideas to try it in the very near future.

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