WWW Wednesdays – April 3, 2013

WWW Wednesdays

My bookshelf

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn– What I’m currently reading
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. Several people recommended this book to me and I finally got it from the library. It’s interesting so far, but I keep thinking I know how it will end, and I hope this is not the way. One thing that bugs me so far, because I find it completely unrealistic, is how Amy writes in her personal diary. I can’t think of anyone writing pages and pages and pages in their own diary to narrate everyday events, describing every single detail. Sure, it makes for a more detailed narrative, but it’s not how someone in their 30s would write, is it? I thought only teenage girls did that. If you read this book, please tell me if that bugged you too.

– What I recently finished reading
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein. I really liked this book and I’m not sure what to say about it, for fear of giving some of the story away. My only advice is, stick to it. You may find the beginning a little hard to read and understand, because of the way it’s narrated. But as you go on, you’ll understand why and by the end, you’ll realize how brilliant this story is and you’ll want to read it again. There haven’t been many fiction books about British women who actively took part in the WWII effort and I praise this book for giving those brave women a face. Read this book, you won’t be disappointed.

Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage, a 2012 Newbery honor winner and New York Times bestseller. I picked this book because it won a Newbury award and I wasn’t disappointed. For a couple of days, I was transported to a tiny town in North Carolina and I enjoyed every moment spent with Mo and her best friend Dale. This murder mystery had me guess until the very end and I loved Mo’s spunk and determination to uncover the truth. I recommend this book to anyone looking for an entertaining and fun story, from age 10 to 99.

– What I think I’ll read next
Tripwire by Lee Child, the third in the Jack Reacher series. I can’t wait!

My kids’ bookshelf

What they’re currently reading
The Lunch Lady series by Jarrett J. Krosoczka. Disclaimer: I’ve flipped through the books but I haven’t sat down to read them one by one. My six-year old has read all of them though, and then he read them again. And again. And he laughed every time. He shared some of the funny pictures and text with me. Did I mention he’s read these books several times already? This lunch lady, who happens to be a secret agent with some interesting weapons (fish-stick nunchucks, anyone?), will make you wonder the next time you see a food worker who they really might be…

The Lunch Lady series by Jarrett J. Krosoczka

The Lunch Lady series by Jarrett J. Krosoczka

– What they recently finished reading
The Man in the Moon by William Joyce. After reading Joyce’s The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, I was intrigued to see what else he wrote. I found out he’s the author of The Guardians of Childhood books and is the co-author of the movie Rise of the Guardians. Joyce actually wrote The Man in the Moon after the other books in the series. He mentioned him in the various books but didn’t tell his personal story until this book. And what a story it is! I loved it and my boys did too. Whether you’re five years old or 55, you should read these books as a treat to yourself!

The Man in the Moon by William Joyce

The Man in the Moon by William Joyce

The Sandman: The Story of Sanderson Mansnoozie by William Joyce. In this simply magical book, William Joyce explains how the Man in the Moon recruited the Sandman to help him protect the children from having nightmares in their sleep. Joyce wrote the words and illustrated the book and you can’t close the book without thinking the guy is a genius.

The Sandman: The Story of Sanderson Mansnoozie by William Joyce

The Sandman: The Story of Sanderson Mansnoozie by William Joyce

– 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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12 responses to “WWW Wednesdays – April 3, 2013

  1. I will have to read those Jack Reacher books. And Gillian Fly’s. I’ve heard lots of good things about that too.

  2. I can’t answer your question about Gone Girl, because it would give things away. So you’ll just have to keep reading. :)

    • I will! I find the book intriguing so far, but I’m not liking the characters so far. I have a feeling this is a book people either love or hate. :-)

      • Gillian Flynn is known for creating characters readers don’t like. It’s even worse in ‘Dark Places’ which I just finished, but her writing is so good, I’m willing to put up with less than likable characters. I’ll read ‘Sharp Objects’ next, which was her first one.

      • Oh, alright, I don’t feel so bad then! ;-)

        If you want to read a book with a despicable character, The Perfume by Patrick Suskind, a German writer, is brilliant. The main character is so detestable, you want to like him.

      • Haha. Normally I stay away from those kind of books, but sometimes a change of pace is good.

      • I try to stay away from those people in real life, so running into them in books can be disappointing. ;-)

  3. My book group doesn’t have a book selected for April. Amazon says Code Name Verity is a book for youths. Would it work for my book group?

    • I have no idea why this is categorized as a youth novel because the main characters are in their early 20s and the content is definitely PG-13. The book contains mature war content, tough interrogations, torture, death, murders and other grusome acts. The way the story is told is very unique and that would be great to discuss in a book group. I also learned a lot about that part of WWII I wasn’t really aware of (the female participation in the UK). I hope you get to recommend it, it’s really worth reading. I think it will make it to my top best reads for 2013.

  4. The Lunch Lady made me LAUGH. :lol:

    I’m re-reading Jane Austen . . . have finished 3 of her 7 novels (Persuasion, Northanger Abbey, and Lady Susan). Emma’s next.

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