WWW Wednesdays – January 23, 2013

WWW Wednesdays

Yes, technically today is Thursday but I finished writing this post late last night, so I saved it for this morning. I tell you, I could really use an extra two hours in the day, every day!

My bookshelf

Still life with crows by Preston & Child– What I’m currently reading 
Still Life With Crows by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child. This is my very first encounter with both authors. My best friend gave me this book a year and a half ago for my birthday and I’m finally reading it now. I have a feeling I’m going to bite a few nails off while reading this story…

– What I recently finished reading
Are you there, God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume. What a sweet book! I’d never read it until now, and now I wish I had read it when I was a preteen like Margaret. She’s such a lovable character, you can’t feel anything for her but love and empathy. I enjoyed her search for religious purpose throughout the duration of the story. She originally didn’t have an issue speaking to God without belonging to a specific religion, having been raised religion free, until her new friends told her she had to pick one. Her adaptation to a new suburban life and friends and the discoveries of her body are something I would think most girls and women can relate to. I loved how Margaret stood up in front of her parents and grandparents to claim her religious independence and personal choice. I would love to find out what became of Margaret when she grew up. Did Judy Blume ever write about that?

The 100 Simple Secrets of Happy People by David Niven– I also read two books on happiness: The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin, and The 100 Simple Secrets of Happy People by David Niven. You can read my full reviews in my post The pursuit of happiness from earlier this week.

– What I think I’ll read next
Coma by Robin Cook (it’s waiting for me at the library). Carrie at The Write Transition suggested I read it. I figure it’s only fair I do it, after all the books I’ve recommended her to read! I think I also have Harmful Intent on my personal bookshelf to read, if I really like this one.

My kids’ bookshelf

Paddington Bear by Michael BondWhat they’re currently reading
Books with Paddington Bear by Michael Bond! I can’t believe it’s taking me so long to introduce my kids to this super cute bear from Darkest Peru. Especially because I read several of these books as a child. Of course we started with the first in the series, Paddington. We’ve also read Paddington Bear at the Circus, and Paddington Bear and the Busy Bee Carnival. I have more Paddington books coming from the library, including some pretty long ones, and some in French. Yeah, Paddington!

Little Bear Treasury by Elsa Holmelund Menarik– What they recently finished reading
The Little Bear Treasury by Elsa Holmelund Minarik (pictures by Maurice Sendak). We love Little Bear and we tend to borrow these stories a few times a year from the library. Little Bear is just like my four-year old in his thoughts and actions. It’s an early reader book and my son reads words and short sentences in there, so it’s an added benefit to these sweet stories.
No dinner! The Story of the Old Woman and the Pumpkin by Jessica Souhami. We’ve read this story in French in the past, but it never gets old. This is the retelling of a folkstale from India, where an old woman outwits a wolf, a bear, and a tiger who want to
eat her while she crosses the forest to go see her granddaughter. This version is very funny and very witty, and my kids really like the simple, yet bold, illustrations.

– 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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24 responses to “WWW Wednesdays – January 23, 2013

  1. I’m finishing up Hilary Mantel’s Bring Up the Bodies, the sequel to Wolf Hall. I’m loving this one almost as much as the first, but you know that my stamp of approval might mean you should run in the other direction! ;)

  2. Catherine Johnson

    We’ve got Paddington too, a classic! The pre-teen one looks great!

  3. Can’t wait to read your review on Still Life with Crows. That looks intriguing.

    • It’s a murder mystery, with lots of anguish, I guess. Yikes, not the best to read before going to sleep! I lost a few hours of sleep when I couldn’t put the Jack Reacher books down, so I’m afraid this will have the same effect…

  4. I just finished “Plum Island” and all its sexism. Got way too long-winded at the end, so I skimmed the last 100 pages. Now onto something new (after I’ve finished mingling with the magicians :) ).

    Coma is probably Cook’s best. I wasn’t as thrilled with Harmful Intent. His writing seems more cheesy recently. Or maybe I’m just getting better at recognizing the cheese.

    Thanks for the mention!

    • I don’t know what it is with all these big name authors that tend to publish poor quality books as they go on. Are they just burned out? Do they not care because they’re going to make the money anyway (I can think of James Patterson here). Are they afraid to try out another genre? I felt so bad for JK Rowling who tried that because she didn’t want to be stuck in the magical world, but she got such criticism for her new book, which wasn’t great. At least she took a chance, unlike her male counterparts.

  5. I loved all of Judy Blume’s books! One year for Christmas, I ended up getting about a dozen copies of “Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great” for some reason. “Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret” was one of my favorites. That and “Fudge” is another great one. She wrote some good grown up ones too, but I don’t think there was one of Margaret in her later years. That’s a great idea – she could do that with all of her characters.

  6. I’m reading Gone Girl – have you heard of it?

  7. Paddington! What a wonderful bear.

  8. I have nominated you for the “Family of Bloggers Award”! :)

  9. I love Judy Blume. I miss having her around now that the girls went and grew up on me.

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