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www Wednesdays – September 21, 2011

WWW Wednesdays

September has been a very hectic month so far and it’s been hard to find time for myself to read, but I’m taking it one day at a time.

My bookshelf

One day in the life of Ivan Denisovich– What I’m currently reading
One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. We’ve all heard about life in the Siberian gulags but reading a novel based on the author’s personal experience is something else.

– What I recently finished reading
Good Enough to Eat by Stacy Ballis, my book club’s September selection. Definitely a chick lit book, entertaining enough but I didn’t like the ending, as I felt it was the easy way out. You know the way, when authors are not sure how to make it a good ending, so they leave things hanging, leaving it up to your imagination to figure it out. There were also a good number of characters and I don’t think the author spent enough time on any of them to make me care enough about them. There’s an impressive list of recipes at the end of the book. Each recipe has a “normal” version and a “healthier” version you can choose instead. A novel and a cookbook in one, who knew?

– What I think I’ll read next
I have three or four books waiting for me on the bookshelf. I think my next pick will be whichever needs to go back to the library first, as I have a feeling I won’t be able to return any of them when their due date comes up.

My kids’ bookshelf

Yuck! That's not a monster!– What they’re currently reading
– Yuck! That’s Not a Monster! by Angela McAllister. Super cute story about a monster couple who has three new monster babies, one of which looks very cute rather than monstrous. A good lesson on being different and what good can come out of it.
Eating With Lily and Milo by Pauline Oud. A funny book about two friends getting everything ready for eating outside and left without any of the food they picked by the end. What happened to the food? You’ll have to read to find out…
Termite Tales by Kathy Caple. This book is part of the “Brand New Readers” series and I love it! My five year old picks it up and reads the whole thing out loud to his brother every day. It’s definitely helping with his reading skills and giving him a lot of confidence. I highly recommend it! Besides the stories are very funny. Who would take a termite on a canoe ride, when the thing is made out of wood?

– What they recently finished reading
We’ve had a few of the “Pup and Hound” book series by Susan Hood. These books are for early readers and the stories are cute and entertaining. Hound is the older, experienced dog and puppy is, well, a puppy! I recommend all the books in the series, and so far we’ve read these:
Pup and Hound
Pup and Hound Move In
Pup and Hound In Trouble
Pup and Hound Play Copycats

– What I think they’ll read next
I’m trying to get more of the Brand New Readers series to help my son with his reading skills. I also have requested a number of storybooks but I’m not sure what will be coming in when. Getting books from the library always add an element of surprise!

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

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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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