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WWW Wednesdays – February 20, 2013

WWW Wednesdays

Sorry, I missed last week’s WWW Wednesdays update. It’s not because I didn’t read any books – I sure did! – but simply because I couldn’t find enough time to write about them. And this week’s Wednesday update is one day late for the same reason. But hey, now you get to read about the really cool books we’ve enjoyed these past couple of weeks. There are some really good ones in there…

By the way, did you notice I created a new header for my blog? I’d love to hear what you think of it.

My bookshelf

Die Trying by Lee Child– What I’m currently reading
–  Die Trying by Lee Child. This is the second book in the Jack Reacher series and I can’t put it down! I read Killing Floor, the first in the series a few weeks ago and I just realized I never posted my review, so here it is below.

– What I recently finished reading
Killing Floor by Lee Child. After reading A Wanted Man and liking it, I wanted to go back and read the very first book in the Jack Reacher series. And boy, was I smart to do that. It was excellent! I love the writing style, the story, the mysteries, the Jack Reacher character, his reasoning and deductive skills, and his coldblood behavior when it comes to saving his life and the lives of others. I am hooked and I’m looking forward to slowly reading every single book in the series.
Chomp by Carl Hiaasen. This book is my first experience with Carl Hiaassen and it won’t be my last. Chomp is a young adult novel people of all ages will enjoy. I myself found it very entertaining in many ways. Chomp deals with a lot of subjects in under 300 pages: reality TV, environmental issues, family, financial stress and abuse, just to name a few. Hiaasen takes a big bite of fun at reality TV, which he reveals is nothing but real. Derek Badger is a phony copy of the late and wonderful Steve Irwin, and he had me laughing at every scene he’s in. I enjoyed the bond between middle-school aged Wahoo and his father and seeing how much they work hard to support each other through their hard times. If you’re looking for an entertaining read that will make you question what you see on TV, this is the book for you. I’ll definitely be adding Hoot to my to-read list now.
Coma by Robin Cook. A few weeks ago, I mentioned this story looked familiar. Well, I don’t think I read the book before but I sure saw the movie! I remember seeing it on TV in the early 80s and being really freaked out about the story.
Let me start with a few flaws I see in this book:
1) Being Robin Cook’s first novel, it could have used more thorough editing. I’m not sure why it didn’t. Also, the first third of the book was a little too slow paced for me. The editing could probably have fixed that too.
2) Some of the underlying themes seem outdated today, almost 40 years after the book was written. Woman doctors are a lot common today and I doubt there is as much sexism as described in this story. How do I know? I’ve watched plenty of ER and Gray’s Anatomy’s episodes, so I’m fully qualified. ;-)
3) The main character is very stubborn and determined to figure out what is going on in the hospital. I can’t imagine a medical student blowing off her residency on the very first day to investigate a couple of unsuspicious coma cases.
That being said, this story is riveting and I couldn’t put the book down when I got to the last third. The issue the book tackles with is still very relevant today and it put some very chilling thoughts in my mind.

– What I think I’ll read next
The Lying Game #4: Hide and Seek by Sara Shepard. I can’t wait to read this book, although I know there are probably four more books after this one before the story ends (talking about milking this series all the way to the bank…). Sutton is the narrator and the peculiar thing about her is, she’s dead, and she doesn’t remember who killed her. Her long-lost twin sister somehow appears in Sutton’s town and people mistake her for Sutton, so she plays the game along to try to find her sister’s killer. This is a real nail biter (although I have a pretty good idea who the killer is by now) and I love this guilty pleasure.

My kids’ bookshelf

Nightsong by Ari BerkWhat they’re currently reading
Nightsong by Ari Berk. My kids LOVE this book and I bet it will appear on my top favorite children’s books for 2013. If you have young children, you HAVE to read this book with them. It’s a wonderful story about becoming independent and confident as you start flying on your own. The text is very poetic and the illustrations are simply magical (see below). Chiro, a young bat, feels nervous about flying on a very dark night without his mother for the first time. His mom advises him to rely on his “song” to find his way around and not go past the world he knows unless he’s sure he can make his way back. This is what his mom tells Chiro before he leaves:
“Sense is the song you sing out into the world, and the song the world sings back to you.”
Here’s Chiro singing her song to view the world in front of her. Just beautiful.

Nightsong by Ari Berk

Nightsong by Ari Berk

On Meadowview Street by Henry Cole. I love how this book shows children what little positive changes they can make around them, and how these changes will multiply once other people follow their lead. After they move into their new house on Meadowview street (without any meadow in sight), Caroline and her parents decide to stop mowing their lawn and encourage wildflowers to grow. Many birds and animals start visiting their yard and neighbors follow Caroline’s lead until the whole street lives up to its name. What a great message to give our kids!

Mooseltoe by Margie Palatini– What they recently finished reading
–  Mooseltoe by Margie Palatini. We’ve read this book before and we enjoyed it a lot, so we had to get it from the library again. Moose thinks he has all of the Christmas preparations taken care of, until his family points out he forgot the Christmas tree. And there are no more trees left in town. Oh my, where will Santa put the presents? Moose isn’t about to let his kids down and you can probably guess from the book cover how Moose will save the day, or rather Christmas night.
Moosekitos: A Moose Family Reunion by Margie Palatini. Moose plans the perfect moose family reunion but it doesn’t turn out quite as he expected. Everyone seems to be going off on their own instead of spending quality time all together. With a little help from mosquitoes, Moose may just get the family reunion he’s been hoping for.

– What I think they’ll read next
I don’t know but I’m sure it will be good stuff. What about you? Any books you or your kids are reading you’d like to share?

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WWW Wednesdays – December 21, 2011

WWW Wednesdays

Did you notice I revamped my blog yesterday? What do you think of the new look?

I was going to work on my “101 in 1001” update late last week when, one by one, each member of our family got attacked by the nastiest stomach bug. It looked like we had an exorcist visiting our home and working its anti-demon moves on all of us for several days. As a parent, there’s nothing worse than being sick as a dog when you have to take care of your kids (whether they’re sick or not themselves). We’re now recovering and finding the energy to get out of the house for fresh air. My advice to you: use hand sanitizer everywhere you go! That bug is NASTY.

My bookshelf

Between shades of gray by Ruta Sepetys– What I’m currently reading
Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys. A fascinating novel written by the descendant of Lithuanian refugees. In 1941, 15-year old Lina and her family are deported to a forced-labor camp in Siberia. I’m a third into the book and even though it’s definitely not a book to put me in the Christmas spirit (interesting to note it arrived at the library right after I finished Man’s Search for Meaning), I can’t wait to see what’s going to happen next to Lina and her family.

– What I recently finished reading
Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl. A fascinating memoir of Frankl’s years spent in various concentration camps during World War II and his analysis of what makes man want to survive such atrocities rather than give up on life. As you read this book, or any book on similar inhumane situations (e.g. genocides, ethnic cleansing, slavery), it’s so hard to believe these still happen in so many places around the world, every day.

– What I think I’ll read next
Deck the Halls by Mary Higgins Clark and Carol Higgins Clark. It’s the prequel to The Christmas Thief, which I just read a few weeks ago. Since it’s set around Christmastime I thought it would be a good change from the horrors of the concentration camps at this time of year.

My kids’ bookshelfThe Berenstain Bears save Christmas

What they’re currently reading
Lots of books with a Christmas theme!
The Berenstain Bears Save Christmas by Stan & Jan Berenstain and Michael Berenstain. A great story to remind our little ones what the true spirit of Christmas really. The Berenstain Bears help Santa Bear find it amongst the Christmas gone-crazy lights, shopping and overall holiday extravagance.
Mr. Willowby’s Christmas tree by Robert Barry. My kids LOVE reading this story. They’re amazed to see how one Christmas treetop that gets chopped because Mr Willowby’s tree is too tall can keep on giving a Christmas tree to so many families. A lovely Christmas story to read all together.
Mooseltoe by Margie Palatini. Papa Moose is taking care of all the Christmas decorations and preparations on his “check” list but his family makes him realize he forgot one crucial item: the Christmas tree. But Papa Moose is here to save Christmas!

What they recently finished reading
How The Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr Seuss. I’m not a big Dr Seuss fan (his over-the-top play of words using made-up words usually drive me nuts) but I’ll admit I really like this story, especially around Christmastime. We also watched the original How The Grinch Stole Christmas DVD based on this book and the kids liked it a lot (it’s about 25 minutes, just right for little ones).
A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip C. Stead. A very sweet story about an older gentleman, Amos McGee, who spends time every day with his animal friends at the zoo. When Amos finds himself too sick to go to the zoo, his friends decide to return the favor. 
Look! A book! by Bob Staake. By the author of  The Red Lemon (another great picture book), this is a great seek-and-find adventure picture book with rhyming text and lots of die cuts on every page to find hidden objects and characters. My kids liked reading this book with me and on their own.  
– What I think they’ll read next
There are a few books already waiting for us at the library so I’ll have to pick them up by the end of this week and see what great stories are waiting for us.
What about you? Any books you or your kids are reading you’d like to share?

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