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www Wednesdays – August 24, 2011

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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 10, 2011

WWW Wednesdays

This past week has been interesting from a reading perspective. It was a mixed bag of disappointments and exciting adventures.

My bookshelf

Divine secrets of the ya-ya sisterhood by Rebecca Wells

Divine secrets of the ya-ya sisterhood by Rebecca Wells

– What I’m currently reading
I just started “Rebecca” by Daphne DuMaurier (Sharon at The Real Sharon inspired me to read it after she liked it so much). The book had been sitting on my personal bookshelf for a long time. The first time I tried to read it years ago, I couldn’t get past the first chapter and the dream about Manderley. This time, I made it past a few chapters and things are getting really interesting and mysterious. I can’t wait to see where the story goes.

– What I recently finished reading
Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood” by Rebecca Wells. Well, “finished reading” is not the accurate term – I couldn’t finish the damn book. After going through two thirds of the book, I couldn’t justify wasting any more of my time on this piece of junk. I thought maybe it was me, doomed with my personal busyness and impatience. But when I read Amazon reviews from other people who didn’t like this book, I saw I had plenty of company. If you liked this book, I congratulate for reading it from one end to the another, but I personally can’t recommend it. It’s poorly written, the story is sooooo boooooring, going nowhere. The characters are so uninteresting and I could care less what happens to any of them. And there are so many stereotypes about the South, and cliches about chick lit. Oh, did I forget to mention the word “ya-ya” is splattered about 100 times over the first 200 pages? Ugh, these were a few hours of reading I’ll never get back. Please warn me next time!

– What I think I’ll read next
The Lovely Bones” by Alice Seibold. This is a murder mystery told from the victim’s point of view in her after-life. Quite an interesting concept! I’m interested in seeing the movie but the book should come first.

My kids’ bookshelf

Three tales of my father's dragon by Ruth Stiles Barnett

Three tales of my father's dragon by Ruth Stiles Barnett

– What they’re currently reading
We’re back in our “Froggy” phase, the hilarious books by Jonathan London. Our favorite has to be “Froggy Eats Out“, where Froggy manages to pull the table cloth off the table at the fancy restaurant and land a bowl of spaghetti all over him. My kids can’t stop looking at the illustrations with their bulged-out eyes – how shocking of Froggy! That’s why we don’t go to restaurants with table cloths.

Minnie and Moo : the attack of the Easter bunnies” by Denys Cazet. We are fans of the two cows Minnie and Moo and can’t have enough of their funny adventures. In this book, they look for farm animals to dress up as the Easter bunny since the farmer doesn’t want to do it this year. The ending is surprising and laugh-out-loud funny. It’s not called the attack of the Easter bunnie for no reason.

– What they recently finished reading
Three Tales of My Father’s Dragon” by Ruth Stiles Gannett
I read this book to my five-year-old son and he loved it – perfect for one-on-one time together. He even got to practice his reading skills on almost every page. This is a great chapter book for children 4 to 8 years old (to read on their own or with a parent). This is a trilogy and each book follows the previous story towards the conclusion. The drawings on most pages help the child understand what is going on. Lots of adventures, intricate situations requiring imagination and intelligence to get out of. I highly recommend it!

– What I think they’ll read next
We still haven’t started any of the Junie B. Jones books we have borrowed. I also requested a lot of books the San Diego County Library recommends for four and five year olds, so I’ll let you know if I find any good ones.

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

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