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www Wednesdays – September 14, 2011

WWW Wednesdays

I’m working on a way, way overdue “101 in 1001” August update but in the meantime, here’s my WWW Wednesdays update, with lots of good reading this past week.

My bookshelf

Good enough to eat by Stacy Ballis– What I’m currently reading
Good Enough to Eat by Stacy Ballis, my book club’s September selection. Definitely another chick lit book I probably wouldn’t pick for myself, but it’s an easy read and entertaining enough.

– What I recently finished reading
The Man in the Rockefeller Suit by Mark Seal. Imagine mixing The Talented Mr Ripley and Catch Me If You Can, including the false identities, the money stealing, the power of persuasion and even the murders… That’s what The Man in the Rockefeller Suit is, and the most amazing thing is, this is a TRUE story. If this guy hadn’t kipnapped his own daughter a couple of years ago and been a little careless, he’d still be on the run pretending to be heir to another famous, super rich family. It’s hard to believe he managed to con so many people in almost 30 years. It makes you wonder how gullible we can be when someone tells us a story that seems plausible enough.

– What I think I’ll read next
I’ve been wanting to read A Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Alexander Solzhenitsyn for probably 20 years and it’s now physically sitting on my bookshelf, so it’s next on my list!

My kids’ bookshelf

There was an old lady who swallowed Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold– What they’re currently reading
Since the kids liked Shel Silverstein’s The Giving Tree a few weeks ago, I got more of his books. The illustrations are simple but go very well with the text and my five year old is able to read most of the stories on his own, so it’s great reading practice too! Our favorites are:
A Giraffe and a Half
The Missing Piece
The Missing Piece and the Big O
Who Wants a Cheap Rhinoceros

And of course, we’re reading the “Fly Guy” Series by Tedd Arnold. Again the text is easy enough for early readers and kids love to follow Buzz and Fly Guy on their adventures. Our favorite picks are:
Buzz Boy and Fly Guy
Shoo, Fly Guy!
Fly High, Fly Guy!
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Fly Guy

– What they recently finished reading
Dragon Stew by Steve Smallman – when Vikings get bored and decide to find a dragon to make some stew, they may meet more than what they were looking for… Funny illustrations and dialogs.
A House for Hermit Crab by Eric Carle – a cute story of what it takes to make a house your home.

 – What I think they’ll read next
We have a few books on hold at the library but feel free to suggest what I should add to our reading list.

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

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www Wednesdays – September 7, 2011

WWW Wednesdays

With a three-day weekend and school starting, our reading habits have been moved around but we still managed to read some good things this past week.

The man in the Rockfeller suit by Mark SealMy bookshelf

– What I’m currently reading
The Man in the Rockefeller Suit by Mark Seal. What a fascinating story about a pathological lier who managed to create rich characters for himself, sucking the money out of real rich people and living off them until he finds a better deal. There’s even a story about an unsolved murder this crook may have been involved in. I can’t wait to see what else he can come up with! This is “Catch Me If You Can” with a very disturbing twist.

– What I recently finished reading
The Alchemyst: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel by Michael Scott. I liked this book, even though I didn’t realize it would end in a cliffhanger and I now have to read books 2 and 3 (I hope that’s it!). It’s like a mix between Harry Potter because of all the magic, and The Da Vinci Code because of the various divinity references. This was an easy read, even though it was hard to put the book down at the end of a chapter, and I enjoyed the vivid descriptions that helped me visualize each setting in my mind very clearly. I recommend this book to anyone who likes this genre.

– What I think I’ll read next
Good Enough to Eat by Stacy Ballis. I have to read it for my next book club meeting at the end of September. Again, probably not a book I’d pick on my own, so it should be a nice change of pace.

My kids’ bookshelf

What Is That? Said The Cat by Grace Maccarone– What they’re currently reading
We discovered two new book series (new to us) this past week and my boys really like them. They are very suitable for kids between 3 and 6, to read with someone or on my own.
– Fancy Nancy by Jane O’Connor: this eccentric elementary school girl takes you inside her classroom and out in the world, teaching you new vocabulary words along the way. What happens to her feels very real and it helps kids relate to her (even if they are boys!). So far we’ve read Fancy Nancy at the Museum and Fancy Nancy: Every Day is Earth Day. We’ll definitely had to get more of them at the library.
Oliver Pig and his sister Amanda Pig by Jean Van Leeuwen: fun books about a brother and his sister having everyday adventures. My kids ask to read the books we have at least once a day – I see it as a good sign.

– What they recently finished reading
Actual Size by Steve Jenkins. What a great book to learn more about animals. Each page spread pictures an animal or part of an animal to show you how big they are. Warning, there are so pretty gross pictures of insects and arachnids in there, but kids dig it.
It’s a Book by Lane Smith. Very funny book pinpointing the differences between reading from a real book and from a computer. Find out which one the characters like at the end…
What Is That? Said The Cat by Grace Maccarone. Funny book full of short rhymes for emergent readers. It will teach kids a few things about being too curious too.

– What I think they’ll read next
We’re getting a whole bunch of the “Fly Guy” books by Tedd Arnold so I’ll highlight some of them next week.

What about you? 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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