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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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www Wednesdays – August 3, 2011

WWW Wednesdays

Today is WWW Wednesdays and I’m so glad to be able to share some wonderful reading I’ve been doing this past week.

My bookshelf

A dog's purpose by W Bruce Cameron– What I’m currently reading
Tonight I’ll be starting “Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood” by Rebecca Wells. I expect some great reading to happen over the next few days.

– What I recently finished reading
“Bossypants” by Tina Fey. Interesting biography, with Fey sharing her insights on the prevalent sexism in the world of comedy, her career worries, her struggles as a working mother, her difficulties with breastfeeding. A fun book for light summer reading. Expect some giggles and laughs at almost every page. My advice: borrow it but don’t buy it.

Today I finished “A Dog’s Purpose” by W. Bruce Cameron. I read this book in a couple of days. I just couldn’t put it down. Didn’t want to. This has to be the BEST book I’ve read so far this year (5 stars on Amazon with over 500 reviews on Amazon say it all). And I’m a cat person, never been a dog person. But as a pet lover, I so relate to the relationships the dog(s) in this story has with his multiple owners. And it makes me feel so much better for the times I’ve had to say goodbye to my pets, imagining what they could have been thinking at that last moment. I smiled and I cried as I went through the pages, then smiled and cried some more.  After being reincarnated for the first time, our storytelling dog wonders if there’s a reason for his comeback on earth. We follow him along to find out. I just can’t tell more about the story itself without spoiling it. I wanted to know this dog’s purpose and I’m so glad I found out (even though I never saw the ending coming). Read this book. You’ll be so glad you did.

– What I think I’ll read next
I’m not sure because the library is very slow at getting me the books I ordered, so I may have to pick one from my own bookshelf (I have a few candidates).

My kids’ bookshelf

The princess and the pizza– What they’re currently reading
I just got the “Complete Tales of Madeline” by Ludwig Bemelmans from the library. We read them last year and are doing so again this summer. My boys can’t seem to get enough of the predicaments Madeline happens to encounter.
I also borrowed a few books from the “Magic School Bus” series. My kids like reading them but I can’t stand how much information is crammed on every page, in a messy layout. What happened to spreading the data over a few more pages, or using larger sheets? I know printed books are expensive but an attractive layout still makes for enjoyable reading. Especially when I’m the one reading the books!

– What they recently finished reading
“Rapunzel” by Sarah Gibbs. After watching Disney’s Tangled, I thought it’d be a good idea to read something closer to the original Brothers Grimm’s story. This book has beautiful illustrations to go with the text and my oldest seemed to enjoy it the several times we read it.
“The Princess and the Pizza” by Mary Jane and Herm Auch. This is a funny twist on the common princess tales and quite an entertaining read. You may even learn how pizza was invented (just kidding!).

– What I think they’ll read next
I got one of the “Junie B. Jones” series books. I’ll let you know if we like it.

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

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www Wednesdays – July 27, 2011

WWW Wednesdays

Today is WWW Wednesdays and it’s time to give you an update on what books the kids and I have been keeping on our bookshelf. Lots of fun reading going on!

My bookshelf

Bossypants by Tina Fey– What I’m currently reading
I’m almost halfway through Tina Fey’s “Bossypants and I’ve laughed at least once on each page. It’s refreshing to read the story of an unpretentious celebrity with a “normal” childhood. I can’t wait to read her take on motherhood. I think after reading her book, I’ll like Tina Fey even more!

– What I recently finished reading
“The Talented Mr Ripley” by Patricia Highsmith. Who said you can’t get away from murder? Mr Ripley is quite a talented con man indeed. It’s interesting to realize that, even by using the third-person narrative, Patricia Highsmith helps you understand what’s going on in Ripley’s mind at all times – the fears, the struggles, the paranoia, the egomania, the plain insanity. And yet, I almost found myself rooting for Ripley, even though everything he did was so, so wrong. I’ll definitely read the other Ripley books and I hope they’re just as good as this one.

– What I think I’ll read next
I’m not sure about my next read, so maybe you can help me pick. I have two books waiting for me on the bookshelf:
“Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood” by Rebecca Wells and

 “A Dog’s Purpose” by W. Bruce Cameron.
I’m sure they’re both excellent but which one should I read first?

My kids’ bookshelf

Marsupial Sue presents the runaway pancake by John Lithgow– What they’re currently reading
A whole bunch of John Lithgow books! Their favorite has to be “Marsupial Sue Presents the Runaway Pancake”, which comes with a CD of Lithgow reading his story in front of a live audience of young children. With the funny song by the runaway pancake, children’s laughter and John Lithgow’s hilarious narrative, my kids can’t have too much of it. It’s actually the first thing they ask for when they get up in the morning, and it keeps them company while they eat breakfast (read my previous post on eating and sitting down and you’ll understand why this book is a lifesaver).

A few other favorites from Lithgow are “Micawber” (the squirrel who appreciates art) and “Marsupial Sue” (the original).

– What they recently finished reading
“No laughing, no smiling, no giggling” by James Stevenson – a very funny, interacting book. I dare you to read it without laughing, smiling or giggling!
“Someday we’ll have very good manners” by Harriet Ziefert – great entertaining book showing the good manners we all have to learn as we grow up, comparing them to little kids’ lack of manners.

– What I think they’ll read next
I’ve reordered the Madeline books as we enjoyed reading them almost a year ago. We’ve watched some of the videos (they’re OK, not great) so it would be great to go back to the original stories and illustrations.

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

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