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www Wednesdays – August 24, 2011

WWW Wednesdays

If you’ve read the same books I read this past week, I’d love to hear what you thought about them.

My bookshelf

The lovely bones by Alice Sebold– What I’m currently reading
Tonight I’ll be starting The Alchemyst: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel by Michael Scott. What? Michael Scott from NBC’s The Office wrote a book? Not really, but I hope this story is a lot better than The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho.

– What I recently finished reading
I read two books this past week. The first one was Commencement by J. Courtney Sullivan. This book is what happens when a journalist who went to Smith College decides to write a fiction novel rather than a non-fiction essay on her alma mater. I didn’t find the story of these four young women that interesting and many of the dialogues were boring, sometimes silly. What happens to April is borderline ridiculous – how gullible can she be? I found most of the book stereotypical and I’d expect more fruitful discussions and behaviors from Smith graduates.

I also read The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold. I know some people loved the book while others hated it. The latter think some of the story is hard to believe and I think this point is not relevant. The whole story is narrated by a murdered teenager from her in-between/heaven world. If you believe this is even possible, why not believe the rest? After all, it is a fiction book. I’m a fan of the supernatural and one of my favorite TV shows is Medium, so I’m open to reading about “irrational” events. To me, a good book is one you don’t want to put down as it sucks you in, and this did it. The only thing I didn’t like was the violent and gruesome, but necessary, details. They were very difficult to read, especially as a parent, but overall I liked this book.

– What I think I’ll read next
I just got a whole bunch of books from the library and I have a feeling I won’t have time to read them all before their time at my house is up. My next book will probably be The Man in the Rockefeller Suit by Mark Seal, the true story of a serial impostor. Fascinating!

My kids’ bookshelf

The mixed-up chameleon by Eric Carle– What they’re currently reading
We discovered several really nice books recently and the kids can’t seem to get enough of them:
The Trucker by Brenda Weatherby (cute story about a very boyish boy whose mom tries to make more sensitive by giving him a cat)
Alice the Fairy by David Shannon (hilarious story of a girl who tries to do magic on her belongings and family – my kids loved this one!)
The Mixed-Up Chameleon by Eric Carle (I love the cut-outs throughout the book, a great addition to a story about a confused chameleon)

– What they recently finished reading
We finally got to read a few of the Junie B. Jones books by Barbara Park. Junie B. has to be one of the funniest kindergarteners we’ve ever met and my kids (mostly my 5-year old) enjoy reading her adventures. However I can’t get past Junie B.’s atrocious English grammar. At five years old, she doesn’t know any of her irregular verbs and clearly doesn’t understand adverbs, so some sentences look like this: “I shaked it real good” (and no, I’m not making this up!). I just don’t get it. Even my youngest speaks better English. Since I’m the one reading the books out loud, I’m correcting the grammar as I go. Somebody please teach Junie B. proper English!!!

– What I think they’ll read next
Good question! At this point, I don’t know but we’re planning a trip to the library this week, so we’ll see.

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

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www Wednesdays – August 17, 2011

WWW Wednesdays

We’ve done a lot of great reading this past week, so I’m excited to share our discoveries with you.

My bookshelf

Commencement by J Courtney Sullivan– What I’m currently reading
I just started “Commencement” by J. Courtney Sullivan. I know I said last week I’d be reading “The Lovely Bones” by Alice Seibold next, but I just joined a book club (one of my 101 in 1001 tasks). The book to read by the end of this month is Commencement, definitely not something I’d pick on my own, but book clubs are here to expand our horizons so I’m glad to have this experience.

– What I recently finished reading
Rebecca” by Daphne DuMaurier. This is a wonderful read, a mix of romance, mystery and emotional struggles. I’m usually good at guessing what’s going to happen next in a book or a movie, but I never guessed how this story was going to turn out (except the very, very end). Many twists kept me on my toes, making me eager to find out how things would wrap up. I’ll be watching the movie soon (with Alfred Hitchcock as the director!). Now here’s the weirdest thing about reading Rebecca. About an hour after I finished the book, something clicked inside my head. Hey, I’ve read this book before!!! I must have been a teenager then and I believe I read it in French. It was quite amazing to read this book for a second time without any recollection of the first time the whole length of the book!

– What I think I’ll read next
The Lovely Bones” by Alice Seibold. It will be quite a different read from Commencement, so I’m looking forward to getting to it eventually. I have lots of great books coming my way, so I’m going to have to pick up the pace if I want to read them because the library asks for them back!

My kids’ bookshelf

Mister Seahorse by Eric Carle– What they’re currently reading
My oldest has finally requested we read the first Harry Potter (Harry Potter and the chamber of secrets”) together and he’s enjoying it so far. I promised him we’ll watch the movie when we’re done, which seems to keep him motivated.”
We’re also reading some great books about nature, and our favorites are:
“Mister Seahorse” by Eric Carle (where you lerarn that seahorses are not the only male underwater creatures to take care of their babies)
“Secret Seahorse” by Stella Blackstone (the illustrations are made out of fabric!)
“Do frogs have fur? : a book about animal coats and coverings by Michael Dahl (great book to learn more about this subject)

– What they recently finished reading
I’d like to thank my fellow blogger at Pseu1’s Blog for recommending the Hairy Maclary books by Lynley Dodd. So far we’ve read “Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy” and “Hairy Maclary’s caterwaul caper” and the kids enjoy the stories and the narrative very much. I don’t think I would ever have known about these books unless someone mentioned them to me, so thanks again!

– What I think they’ll read next
We’re getting books about sharks, pirates, seasons and school – what a mixed bag! I’ll highlight those we like best when we get to read them.

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

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