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WWW Wednesdays – June 8, 2011

WWW Wednesdays

Just a week ago I embraced the WWW Wednesdays weekly theme to give you an idea of what books my kids and I get to read. I’ve gone through quite a few since last week, so here’s an update.

My bookshelf

The curious incident of the dog in the night-time– What I’m currently reading
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon
I’ve been meaning to read this book for a while so I’m glad to finally get to it.

– What I recently finished reading
Babe the Gallant Pig by Dick King-Smith
A lovely, inspiring story for both children and grown-ups. No matter the prejudices we can  suffer from, hard work and persistence can help us become whoever we want to be, even a sheep-pig. As for politeness, it happens to be a very useful skill to gain cooperation from others. I can’t wait till my kids are old enough to read this book.

Encore by Marc Freedman
Although this book focuses on people in their 50s and 60s looking for a second or third career, this is a good read for anyone longing to find a more fulfilling, meaningful job.

The Alchemist by Pablo Coelho
Sorry if you’ve read this book and loved it but I couldn’t be more disappointed. This book has gotten so much hype and really doesn’t deliver. If you’re searching for your true passion and purpose in life, many other books will guide you through your search and inspire you. This one may just bore you to death. I can’t believe some people have compared it to Saint Exupery’s The Little Prince. Now, that’s a great story everyone should read!

There are cats in this book by Vivian Schwarz– What I think I’ll read next
Probably Michael Pollan’s In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto, to follow up on The Omnivore’s Dilemma.

My kids’ bookshelf

– What they’re currently reading
Two hilarious books they can’t get enough of:
There are cats in this book by Vivian Schwarz, featuring Tiny, Moonpie and Andre, and There are no cats in this book (even funnier than the first one). I love the interactivity between the book characters and the reader. My kids flip through the pages on their own and can retell the dialogues in each word balloon.

I broke my trunk by Mo Willems– What they recently finished reading
I broke my trunk by Mo Willems
Some Mo Willems books are better than others and this is the most recent of the Gerald & Piggy series. Very, very funny. It’s a long, crazy story… you’ll have to find out why for yourself.

– What I think they’ll read next
I’m getting some new Mercy Watson and Mr Putter & Tabby books soon.

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

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WWW Wednesdays – a new weekly post theme

WWW WednesdaysOne of my fellow bloggers (thanks, Sharon!) picked up this weekly post idea from another blogger, who got it from another… and since I love books and reading, I thought I’d jump on the bandwagon too. By taking part in the W… W… W… Wednesdays post theme, I hope to share answers to these same questions every Wednesday:

– What I’m currently reading
– What I recently finished reading
– What I think I’ll read next

As a mom, I thought it would be a good idea to share the books I read on my own, as well as those I read with my kids and think other young kids would enjoy. Our house hosts about 50 library books at any time, so I’ll share the best of them each time. Here we go!

My bookshelf

1) What are you currently reading? 

The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan

The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollan
I should be done with this book today and it’s been very insightful. I’ve learned more about where our food comes from than I ever wanted to know, and how messed up the corn industry really is. This explains why there’s corn everywhere, from our food, to pet food, livestock feed, even car gasoline (ethanol, anyone?). I also learned that “organic” doesn’t always mean “mom and pop farm”, quite the opposite. While the author shares his personal experiences with food, he includes a lot of facts and research and doesn’t condone anyone for eating meat or some other questionable foods. If you want to know what’s really on your plate and your kids’ plates, this is a great place to start.

2) What did you recently finish reading?

Holes by Louis Sachar
What a great read! I’m buying a permanent copy for our home bookshelf, and I can’t wait for my boys to be old enough to read this book. This is what great writing looks like, and the kind of juvenile literature that will give kids (and adults alike) a genuine love for reading.

3) What do you think you’ll read next?

Babe the Gallant Pig by Dick King-Smith
I had no idea the famous movie was a book first. Since most books are a lot better than the movies they inspire, I thought, why not try it.

Mercy Watson Goes For A Ride by Kate DiCamillo

My kids’ bookshelf

1) What are they currently reading? 

After I read The Tale of Despereaux on my own, I realized Kate DiCamillo has a series of books with attractive illustrations about a pig named Mercy Watson. So we’re currently reading Mercy Watson To The Rescue and Mercy Watson Goes For A Ride. My oldest loves these books and my youngest, who’s just over three, is now patient enough to sit through the whole story (the vivid images help a lot). I definitely recommend Mercy’s adventures to little ones!

Some other new favorites are Rita and Whatsit and the Fly Guy series by Tedd Arnold (great book series for early readers).

2) What did they recently finish reading?

Mr Putter & Tabby Pick The Pears by Cynthia Rylant

We’ve read most of the Mr Putter & Tabby collection by Cynthia Rylant. Our favorite picks so far are Mr Putter & Tabby Pick The Pears and Mr Putter & Tabby Paint The Porch. Both storylines along with their illustrations are simple hilarious. Where else can you see a pink squirrel and a blue chipmonk?

3) What do you think they’ll read next?

I’m not sure.I’ve ordered lots of books at the library and don’t know what’s coming next, but I hope for some more Mercy Watson.

What about you? What’s on your bookshelf or nightstand these days? Any books you may recommend for me or my kids?

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