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WWW Wednesdays – June 6, 2012

WWW Wednesdays

My bookshelf

A Dog's Journey by W. Bruce Cameron

A Dog’s Journey by W. Bruce Cameron

– What I’m currently reading

A Dog’s Journey by W. Bruce Cameron, the sequel to his bestseller A Dog’s Purpose, one of the BEST books I read last year. I read the first three chapters last night and I couldn’t put it down, but I figured I did enough crying for one night. I can’t wait to see what happens to Buddy in his new brand life!
 
– What I recently finished reading

Until Tuesday: A Wounded Warrior and the Golden Retriever Who Saved Him by Luis Carlos Montalvan. I really enjoyed reading this book, even though some parts were tough (the horrors of war) and others made me angry (the lack of strategy during the war, the VA’s poor treatment of PTSD and our soldiers’ health and minds overall, the discrimination against service dogs and the disabled, etc). Montalvan is a true soldier, courageous in the field and on the street. Even though he’s not part of the Army anymore, he continues to fight for his fellow veterans, their rights and their well-being. And Tuesday… Well, he’s Tuesday and he’s perfect, unaware of how much he’s done to save a lost veteran and give him traction again.  Everyone should read this book to understand the struggles our soldiers go through when they come back from combat wounded and confused.
 
 – What I think I’ll read next
The Enchantress by Michael Scott, the fifth and last (GASP!) installment of The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel. I really want to know how it all ends, but I really don’t want it to end!
 
My kids’ bookshelf

What they’re currently reading

The duckling gets a cookie by Mo Willems

The duckling gets a cookie by Mo Willems

The Duckling Gets a Cookie!? by Mo Willems. Willems’ famous pigeon is very angry when the duckling gets a cookie just by asking politely. The ending is hilarious! The duckling kindly gives his cookie to Pigeon, but that’s because it has nuts and the duckling doesn’t like nuts!
Dinosaur Cove – Attack of the Tyrannosaurus Rex by Rex Stone. I’m not sure how I stumbled upon this book but my kids love it. What’s not to love about two boys who discover a secret entrance to a prehistoric world filled with dinosaurs at the back of a cave? This happens to be the first in the series so we’ll be reading more of them soon. The book is at the third-grade reading level but my kindergartner reads it with me out loud. An interesting topic is the key when it comes to reading!

What they recently finished reading
– We’re gadly revisiting the wonderful Mercy Watson books by the brilliant Kate DiCamillo. The illustrations are so perfect for the text, it makes reading time a delight! My favorite books so far have to be Mercy Watson Fights Crime and Mercy Watson – Something Wonky This Way Comes. Both feature Leroy Ninker, a small man who longs to be a cowboy but can’t help himself being a thief…
– I know I’ve mentioned these books before but we’re reading them again since  they’re so good and worth sharing. Regis Faller, a talented French comic strip author, entertains us with his Polo the dog books, where imagination and creativity flow, mostly wordless. My kids love to love at the books and narrate the story strip by strip. So far we’ve read The Adventures of Polo, Polo and The Dragon, Polo and Lily, and  Polo and the Runaway Book.

– What I think they’ll read next
We still have lots of unread library books and still more are coming in – not a dull moment. What about you? Any books you or your kids are reading you’d like to share?

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WWW Wednesdays – June 15, 2011

WWW Wednesdays

The whole family has done a lot of good reading this past week, with a few books I’d like to recommend.

My bookshelf

– What I’m currently reading
I just started Michael Pollan’s In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto, when he starts by putting down the whole hype for low-fat diets. Besides trans fats, which are very bad for your health, some fat has never hurt anyone and could actually be good for you. Who doesn’t like to hear that?

How Reading Changed my Life by Anna Quindlen– What I recently finished reading
I highly recommend The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon. Narrated from the viewpoint of 15-year-old autistic character Christopher, it gives you great insight on how the autistic mind functions – and sometimes mis-functions. It doesn’t take long to realize Christopher is a very sharp young man but has a hard time processing some types of information, especially in stressful situations. Haddon does a great job at mixing mystery, humor and tragedy, and he clearly understands autism better than most of us.
I then read How Reading Changed by Life by Anna Quindlen, a talented writer who shares how she developed her lifelong love of reading, and the people and books that inspired her. If you’re a parent who thinks reading is important for your children, this will be a good read. She even contributes several reading lists, including “10 books that will help a teenager feel more human” and “the 10 books I would save in a fire”.

– What I think I’ll read next
Probably Suzanne’s Diary for Nicholas by James Patterson, recommended to me by a fellow blogger. I’ve never read James Patterson so I hope this will be a good way to start.

My kids’ bookshelf

Little Critter: Going to the Seapark– What they’re currently reading
Mike Mercer has issued several Little Critter books in the past few years, so we’re reading them now, including:
Little Critter: Going to the Seapark (perfect for us, regular SeaWorld visitors)
Little Critter: A Green, Green Garden (also perfect for us since we’re growing things in the backyard)
Little Critter – Just Saving My Money (a good lesson on making and saving money to buy your own toys)
These books have fun illustrations and are great for early readers. My kids ask to read them again and again.

– What they recently finished reading
More Mercy Watson by Kate DiCamillo! They’ve enjoyed Mercy Watson Fights Crime and Mercy Watson: Something Wonky This Way Comes. Both books feature new character Leroy Winker, a little wannabe cowboy (yippie-i-oh!) with some not-too-honest intentions. Several characters from the previous Mercy Watson adventures get to revisit. Very fun to read. I also want to thank Kate DiCamillo for having me say 10 times in a row “Beatrice Leapaleoni”.

– What I think they’ll read next
More Little Critter, and more Mr Putter & Tabby books, since that’s what’s waiting for us at the library. We’re all looking forward to some great reading!

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

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