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WWW Wednesdays – July 17, 2013

WWW Wednesdays

I’m not sure how your summer is going but mine is zooming by. I have tons of funny moments to share for a Goofy Monday edition but by the time I look at the calendar and think about it, it’s usually Tuesday or Wednesday already. So I’m trying my best to at least write this WWW Wednesdays on time, especially since we continue to read lots of good books.

My bookshelf

Made To Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die by Chip Heath & Dan Heath– What I’m currently reading
Made To Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die by Chip Heath & Dan Heath.

– What I recently finished reading
Hoot by Carl Hiaasen. After enjoying Chomp a few months ago, I thought I’d go back and read Hiaasen’s first young adult novel Hoot to see where it all started from. I wasn’t disappointed. Hiaasen has a very natural and convincing way to make his own characters become more aware of the environment around them and show how their actions can have a positive or negative effect. He doesn’t preach to preserve the environment one way or the other, but rather guides you in understanding how we can all help, one person at a time. The main story involves young Roy Eberhardt, who is new to Florida and doesn’t think it’s as cool as Montana. He may just change his mind by the end of the book. There’s bullying, new friendships, greed, and a whole lot of natural props (snakes and alligators, anyone?). A fun read for the summer, or anytime of the year.

Random Acts of Kindness by the editors of Conari Press. A little gem of a book sharing true stories of people’s encounters with random acts of kindness (they were either the givers or the recipients), as well as inspiring quotes about kindness and giving. This short book is super fast to read but full of ideas of what makes a random act of kindness kind and special indeed.

– What I think I’ll read next
How to Remodel a Man by W. Bruce Cameron, the author of A Dog’s Purpose and A Dog’s Journey, a couple of my favorite books these past couple of years, and Eight Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter. This book looks absolutely hilarious and I can’t wait to laugh my way through it.

My kids’ bookshelf

What they’re currently reading 
If You Want To See a Whale by Julie FoglianoIf You Want To See a Whale by Julie Fogliano. This book advises you what to do (and what not to do) so you can spot a whale. That includes wrapping yourself up in a not-too-cozy blanket so you don’t fall asleep, and being very, very patient.

How To Clean Your Room In 10 Easy Steps by Jennifer LaRue Huget. This hilarious book shows you the best way to tidy your bedroom, starting with waiting for your mom to holler,  “GET UP THERE AND CLEAN YOUR ROOM—NOW!”, using all three of your names. One of the next steps is to actually take everything out of the drawers and closets… My kids laugh out loud at the advice and I haven’t seen them follow it, fortunately!

 – What they recently finished reading
My Mom Has X-Ray Vision by Angela McAllisterMy Mom Has X-Ray Vision by Angela McAllister. Matthew believes his mother has x-ray vision because she always knows what he’s doing. It beats the eyes behind the back of the head, doesn’t it? One day he decides to test his theory. The results are quite astonishing, especially for the reader, who gets to see a lot more about super mom than Matthew himself!

The Museum by Susan Verde. As a young girl walks through various museum galleries, she experiences different emotions by looking at different styles of art. When she finds herself in front of an empty canvas, she feels inspired to create art in her own way. The story is OK but Peter H. Reynolds’ illustrations are what make this book a must-read.

– 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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www Wednesdays – August 3, 2011

WWW Wednesdays

Today is WWW Wednesdays and I’m so glad to be able to share some wonderful reading I’ve been doing this past week.

My bookshelf

A dog's purpose by W Bruce Cameron– What I’m currently reading
Tonight I’ll be starting “Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood” by Rebecca Wells. I expect some great reading to happen over the next few days.

– What I recently finished reading
“Bossypants” by Tina Fey. Interesting biography, with Fey sharing her insights on the prevalent sexism in the world of comedy, her career worries, her struggles as a working mother, her difficulties with breastfeeding. A fun book for light summer reading. Expect some giggles and laughs at almost every page. My advice: borrow it but don’t buy it.

Today I finished “A Dog’s Purpose” by W. Bruce Cameron. I read this book in a couple of days. I just couldn’t put it down. Didn’t want to. This has to be the BEST book I’ve read so far this year (5 stars on Amazon with over 500 reviews on Amazon say it all). And I’m a cat person, never been a dog person. But as a pet lover, I so relate to the relationships the dog(s) in this story has with his multiple owners. And it makes me feel so much better for the times I’ve had to say goodbye to my pets, imagining what they could have been thinking at that last moment. I smiled and I cried as I went through the pages, then smiled and cried some more.  After being reincarnated for the first time, our storytelling dog wonders if there’s a reason for his comeback on earth. We follow him along to find out. I just can’t tell more about the story itself without spoiling it. I wanted to know this dog’s purpose and I’m so glad I found out (even though I never saw the ending coming). Read this book. You’ll be so glad you did.

– What I think I’ll read next
I’m not sure because the library is very slow at getting me the books I ordered, so I may have to pick one from my own bookshelf (I have a few candidates).

My kids’ bookshelf

The princess and the pizza– What they’re currently reading
I just got the “Complete Tales of Madeline” by Ludwig Bemelmans from the library. We read them last year and are doing so again this summer. My boys can’t seem to get enough of the predicaments Madeline happens to encounter.
I also borrowed a few books from the “Magic School Bus” series. My kids like reading them but I can’t stand how much information is crammed on every page, in a messy layout. What happened to spreading the data over a few more pages, or using larger sheets? I know printed books are expensive but an attractive layout still makes for enjoyable reading. Especially when I’m the one reading the books!

– What they recently finished reading
“Rapunzel” by Sarah Gibbs. After watching Disney’s Tangled, I thought it’d be a good idea to read something closer to the original Brothers Grimm’s story. This book has beautiful illustrations to go with the text and my oldest seemed to enjoy it the several times we read it.
“The Princess and the Pizza” by Mary Jane and Herm Auch. This is a funny twist on the common princess tales and quite an entertaining read. You may even learn how pizza was invented (just kidding!).

– What I think they’ll read next
I got one of the “Junie B. Jones” series books. I’ll let you know if we like it.

What about you? Any books you or your kids are reading you’d like to share?

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www Wednesdays – July 27, 2011

WWW Wednesdays

Today is WWW Wednesdays and it’s time to give you an update on what books the kids and I have been keeping on our bookshelf. Lots of fun reading going on!

My bookshelf

Bossypants by Tina Fey– What I’m currently reading
I’m almost halfway through Tina Fey’s “Bossypants and I’ve laughed at least once on each page. It’s refreshing to read the story of an unpretentious celebrity with a “normal” childhood. I can’t wait to read her take on motherhood. I think after reading her book, I’ll like Tina Fey even more!

– What I recently finished reading
“The Talented Mr Ripley” by Patricia Highsmith. Who said you can’t get away from murder? Mr Ripley is quite a talented con man indeed. It’s interesting to realize that, even by using the third-person narrative, Patricia Highsmith helps you understand what’s going on in Ripley’s mind at all times – the fears, the struggles, the paranoia, the egomania, the plain insanity. And yet, I almost found myself rooting for Ripley, even though everything he did was so, so wrong. I’ll definitely read the other Ripley books and I hope they’re just as good as this one.

– What I think I’ll read next
I’m not sure about my next read, so maybe you can help me pick. I have two books waiting for me on the bookshelf:
“Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood” by Rebecca Wells and

 “A Dog’s Purpose” by W. Bruce Cameron.
I’m sure they’re both excellent but which one should I read first?

My kids’ bookshelf

Marsupial Sue presents the runaway pancake by John Lithgow– What they’re currently reading
A whole bunch of John Lithgow books! Their favorite has to be “Marsupial Sue Presents the Runaway Pancake”, which comes with a CD of Lithgow reading his story in front of a live audience of young children. With the funny song by the runaway pancake, children’s laughter and John Lithgow’s hilarious narrative, my kids can’t have too much of it. It’s actually the first thing they ask for when they get up in the morning, and it keeps them company while they eat breakfast (read my previous post on eating and sitting down and you’ll understand why this book is a lifesaver).

A few other favorites from Lithgow are “Micawber” (the squirrel who appreciates art) and “Marsupial Sue” (the original).

– What they recently finished reading
“No laughing, no smiling, no giggling” by James Stevenson – a very funny, interacting book. I dare you to read it without laughing, smiling or giggling!
“Someday we’ll have very good manners” by Harriet Ziefert – great entertaining book showing the good manners we all have to learn as we grow up, comparing them to little kids’ lack of manners.

– What I think they’ll read next
I’ve reordered the Madeline books as we enjoyed reading them almost a year ago. We’ve watched some of the videos (they’re OK, not great) so it would be great to go back to the original stories and illustrations.

What about you? Any books you or your kids are reading you’d like to share?

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