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WWW Wednesdays – June 20, 2012

WWW Wednesdays

Oops, my WWW Wedsnesdays is one day late! What can I say? Work projects and my kids interfered with my blogging time. At least I have my priorities straight, right?

My bookshelf

 The Enchantress by Michael Scott– What I’m currently reading
I’m finishing up The Enchantress by Michael Scott, paying my 25-cent-per-day fine because I couldn’t finish it by the time it was due. But it’s all worth it and I’ll review it next week. 
 
– What I recently finished reading
Fifty Shades of Grey by E L James. This book is garbage, absolute garbage. Erotica is not one of my genres, so I’d never read it if it weren’t for my book club. Even though I skimmed the last 3/4 of the book, those are a few hours of my life I’ll never get back. Reading this book is like watching porn: lots of bad sex scenes, and no substance in between. With better writing and editing, the story would have been 100 pages. This book looks like it was written by a teenage girl who can’t write and has limited vocabulary. I have no idea how many times I read roll her eyes, smirked, muttered, mumbled, bit my lip, cocked his head, and so on, but I’m sure someone has kept a tally. The 22-year old female character is more naive and gullible than a 12-year old. The 27-year old character is perfect: billionaire, the most beautiful man in the world, he speaks fluent French, and is working on solving world hunger. Pleeeeeaaaase. The sex scenes would have been the best part of the book if they hadn’t been so repetitive and laughable. Anastasia has orgasms by just hearing her name and have Christian look at her. Right. If you haven’t read this book but still want to, do it at your own risk. I bet any other book in that genre will be better than this one.
 
 – What I think I’ll read next
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares. Perfect summer read, I hope.
 
My kids’ bookshelf

Pete & Pickles by Berkeley BreathedWhat they’re currently reading
Pete & Pickles by Berkeley Breathed, the author of the Bloom County comic strip. This book will have to go on my 2012 list of favorites! It is funny, heartwrenching and inspiring all at once. I think I heard my kids say wow, and I know I did too. This is the story of Pete the pig is lonely and sad but doesn’t know he is. When Pickles the elephant turns his life upside down, Pete eventually realizes that a perfectly predictable, practical, and uncomplicated life is not always better, and he finds a new friend along the way. A MUST READ!
Meet Wild Boars by Meg Rosoff. You can try as much as you can but it’s very hard making friends with wild boars because they’re dirty and smelly, bad-tempered, and rude. Spoiler alert: the end is quite shocking, and smelly. My boys loved this book.
Spuds by Karen Hesse. Maybelle, Jack, and Eddie want to help their mom by putting something extra on the table, so they decide to go out at night and take potatoes from a nearby field. But it’s hard to pick potatoes out of the dirt in the dark. When they get home and empty their sacks, they’re shocked to realize they only harvested rocks. But a kind and caring farmer may end up helping the thieves after all… This is a wonderful story about kids trying to help out a parent, facing disappointment after hard work and how something negative  can turn into something positive.

A bad case of stripes by David ShannonWhat they recently finished reading
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak but we read it in French as Max et les Maximonstres. You can’t go wrong with a classic, which we’ve read in English many times. I’m glad my library has the French version and the kids enjoyed it.
A Bad Case of Stripes by David Shannon. To remain popular at school, Camilla Cream always does what the other kids expect her to do, even pretend she dislikes lima beans when she loves then, until the day she ends up covered in stripes. A great book on peer pressure and the importance of self-identity.

– What I think they’ll read next
I have no idea! What about you? Any books you or your kids are reading you’d like to share?

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WWW Wednesdays – June 13, 2012

WWW Wednesdays

My bookshelf

 The Enchantress by Michael Scott– What I’m currently reading
The Enchantress by Michael Scott, the last in the series The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel. It’s 500 pages long, due at the library in six days and I already know I can’t renew it. I also have to read Fifty Shades of Grey by E L James for my book club meeting at the end of the month. Since I got my copy from a friend who hasn’t read the book yet, I need to give it back to her by next week. Did I say it was another 500-page book? HELP!
 
– What I recently finished reading

A Dog’s Journey by W. Bruce Cameron, the sequel to his bestseller A Dog’s Purpose. A Dog’s Purpose was one of my favorite books in 2011 and this one will make it to my 2012 favorites list. I wasn’t sure how the author would be able to pull off the sequel, after such an interesting initial storytelling twist. I mean, how many times can you reincarnate a dog without running out of steam? Well, Cameron did it and I gulped it all the way down to the last page, laughing, crying, feeling inspired, over and over. And I’m not even a dog person. Brilliant storytelling that makes us care about the characters, the story, and life in general. A MUST READ!
 
 – What I think I’ll read next
Hopefully I won’t need to return this book before I’m done reading it, but I’m planning to read The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares.
 
My kids’ bookshelf

Chalk by Bill ThomsonWhat they’re currently reading
Chalk by Bill Thomson. This beautifully illustrated wordless book tells the story of three children visiting a playground, finding some chalk, and drawing pictures that come to life, including a lifesize Tyrannosaurus Rex. Yikes!
Flap Your Wings by P.D. Eastman. A boy finds an egg without a nest and puts it in a nest without an egg. Mr and Mrs Bird think the egg is a little big but take care of it. When it hatches, surprise, it’s a baby alligator! But the birds do their parental duty and keep feeding him until he’s too big for the nest. All he has to do then is “flap his wings” to leave…
Hubert Horatio Bartle Bobton-Trent by Lauren Child. Hubert Horatio is a prodigal child but his wealthy parents happen to be terrible spenders and about to lose the family estate. Hubert sets off to find a way to convince his parents to become more thrifty and save what little money they have left. A great lesson in money management, showing what can really happen when you blow it all.

What they recently finished reading
Dear Fish by Chris Gall. While at the beach, a small boy writes an invitation to the fish to come for a visit, puts the paper in a bottle and throws it into the ocean. What comes next is a little more than he expected. 
No David! and David Gets in Trouble by David Shannon. David is a young boy who likes to get in trouble but figures out a way to apologize by the end of the day. This is the second time we’re borrowing the David books from the library and my kids can’t get enough of them.

– What I think they’ll read next
I have no idea! What about you? Any books you or your kids are reading you’d like to share?

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