– What I’m currently reading
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. I started it a couple of days ago and I like it so far.
– What I recently finished reading
Running Blind by Lee Child, the #4 book in the Jack Reacher series. I’ve been reading the Jack Reacher series from book #1 and this has to be the best one yet! The very dark, disturbing plot blew my mind away, and yet I figured out how the murderer manipulated the women, yeah! I can’t believe I didn’t guess who it was exactly, even though I’d solved most of the clues on my own. This is the kind of book that will keep you up at night if you let it happen. I’d give it 5 stars if it weren’t for Jodie and Reacher’s ongoing struggle to make a decision about their relationship that was a little too present and distracting to the plot.
– What I think I’ll read next
Mennonite In A Little Black Dress by Rhoda Janzen, the memoir of a woman going back home to her Mennonite family after having a serious car accident and her husband leaving her for another guy. A friend of mine recommended this book as “funny” so I thought it’d be perfect for a summer read.
My kids’ bookshelf
– What they’re currently reading
We just discovered the Betty Bunny books by Michael Kaplan and they are hilarious! We started with Betty Bunny Loves Chocolate Cake, in which Betty is supposed to learn about being patient and waiting the whole day to have a slice of chocolate cake after dinner. In Betty Bunny Wants Everything, Betty’s mom tells her kids they can pick one toy at the toy store, but Betty wants to buy a whole cartful! When her mom says no, Betty throws a huge temper tantrum… Betty is your typical three-year old, described as a “handful” by the strangers who meet her (and her own parents). You should see the negative reviews for these books on Amazon. Some people think Betty is a terrible example and will have an awful influence on their own children. Whatever happened to talking with your kids about what happens in a book when the character is showing appropriate behavior? My kids love these books and Betty Bunny’s “handful” behavior and not so good choices. It makes them understand how disruptive this type of behavior can be so they can be more aware of their own behavior.
– What they recently finished reading
– What To Do If An Elephant Stands On Your Foot by Michelle Robinson. If you like the Laura Joffe Numeroff’s “If You Give A Mouse A Cookie” type of books, you’ll love this one! It’s based on a similar plot at the start, but the main character doesn’t follow any of the narrator’s advice and gets into a lot of trouble. “Keep calm. Panicking will only startle it!” is the first piece of advice given if an elephant stands on your foot and the first thing the boy does is… scream. A very funny and entertaining book!
– The Quiet Book by Deborah Underwood. Did you know there are many different kinds of quiet? This book will show you plenty of them, from “first one awake quiet” to “trying not to hiccup quiet”. I love the beautiful pencil illustrations and the various animal characters throughout the book. My kids really enjoyed this book so they could talk about the variety of quiet moments in our daily lives.
– 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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