WWW Wednesdays – May 1, 2013

WWW Wednesdays

My bookshelf

The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg– What I’m currently reading
The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg. Covering a very interesting topic indeed, this book is supposed to make us understand how we create habits and how we can change them. I can’t wait to find out more.

– What I recently finished reading
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows. I love the way the story is told in this book, through many letters between the various characters. At first, I was concerned I wouldn’t keep track of all of them, since there are many characters involved. The letters actually helped understand each person in detail and made the connection easy. I LOVED Juliet’s independent mindset and how she doesn’t feel stuck in one genre as a writer. I had no idea the Channel Islands had been occupied by the Germans during WWII like France, making people’s lives very different from the rest of England. This book tells history in a very personal way, and you can’t help but be touched by it. I really, really enjoyed reading this book, full of history, literature, suspense, love and misunderstandings. It’s sad to hear its author died as the very time the book was being published.

– What I think I’ll read next
Nicholas Saint North and the Battle of the Nightmare King by William Joyce, the first book of the Guardians of Childhood series. I reviewed book #2 and #3 last week and I can’t wait to read how it all started.

My kids’ bookshelf

Keats's neighborhood : an Ezra Jack Keats treasuryWhat they’re currently reading
Keats’s neighborhood : an Ezra Jack Keats treasury. This is a wonderful collection of 10 books by Caldecott Award-winning author and illustrator Ezra Jack Keats: The snowy day — Whistle for Willie — Letter to Amy — Peter’s chair  — Goggles! — Jennie’s hat — Hi, cat!  — Apt. 3 — Louie’s search — Pet show!
Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon by Patty Lovell. Molly Lou Melon is tiny, clumsy, buck-toothed, and with a voice “like a bullfrog being squeezed by
a boa constrictor” but her grandmother never stops reminding her to believe in herself. This comes in handy when the class bully at her new school makes fun of her.

The Three Ninja Pigs by Corey Rosen Schwartz– What they recently finished reading
The Three Ninja Pigs by Corey Rosen Schwartz. Inspired by “The Three Little Pigs” tale, this book features Pig One and Two, who tend to neglect their ninja school martial arts training. This makes them no match for the wolf, but Pig
Three’s practice and dedication saves the day. By the way, Pig Three is a girl, yeah!
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba. This is the true story of 14-year-old William Kamkwamba’s village in Africa that was hit by a drought in 2001 and destroyed crops. William’s family didn’t have enough money to  send him to school so he spent his days in the library, where he discovered how to build a windmill that could bring electricity to his village. William managed to create a functioning windmill out of junkyard scraps and a few years later, he figured out how to use the windmill for irrigation purposes. A very INSPIRING story of how a single person can change the lives of so many. It’s also a great story on using creativity and innovation to make some productive and useful. William Kamkwamba also wrote his The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind story in a longer format for grown-ups.

– 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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14 responses to “WWW Wednesdays – May 1, 2013

  1. I’m reading ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time’ by Mark Haddon. The narrator and main character is a 15-year-old boy with Asperger’s syndrome. Although the book itself isn’t that riveting, it’s interesting to read a novel from the POV of a character with high-functioning autism. It’s for a book club. Of course. Otherwise I’d be reading a thriller. :)

  2. Glad you liked the Potato Peel book. I was sad the author died as well. She never got to see how awesome her book took off.

    • In a way, I’m glad she died when she was almost done, so millions of people got to enjoy her finished book. But that’s quite a sad story to hear, especially since it was a very first book.

  3. I’m happy to hear you liked the potato book – it sounded like a good one to me too so I’ll have to read it now. Those ninja pigs sound like a lot of fun too.

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