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WWW Wednesdays – February 8, 2012

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I’m still having a hard time to find enough time to myself to read as much as I’d like to, but with my husband finally starting all-day rehab this week, we’re settling down in a new routine and the boys have been reading a lot of books every day so I can’t complain.

My bookshelf

The innocent by Harlan Coben– What I’m currently reading
I’m about to finish The Innocent by Harlan Coben, a murder mystery I have to read for my February book club meeting. I’d never read anything by Coben until now but I understand he’s quite famous and prolific in this genre. Although I’m not done with the book yet, I really like it so far. I was concerned about the many characters and how they would all come together since they seemed so disconnected, but Coben is tying things up nicely and I like how he takes time to develop each character. And of course there is a lot of suspense, murders and twists. I definitely want to read more of him and I think I’ll start with Tell No One, which was made into a French movie a couple of years ago.

– What I recently finished reading
Nothing new since I’m finishing up The Innocent this week. 

– What I think I’ll read next
The Magician (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel) by Michael Scott, the sequel to The Alchemyst: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel, which I enjoyed reading a few months ago.

My kids’ bookshelfWhat do people do all day by Richard Scarry

What they’re currently reading
My two kids start school 30 minutes apart every day, so after I drop off my five-year old, I go back to the car and read books with my three-year old, enjoying some nice, quiet reading time together. His favorite book to read in the car this past week has been Richard Scarry’s What Do People Do All Day.
We’re also enjoying the Cornelius P.Mud series, which we originally read probably two or three years ago:
Cornelius P. Mud, Are You Ready for Bed?
Cornelius P. Mud, Are You Ready for School?
Cornelius P. Mud, Are You Ready for Baby?

What they recently finished reading
We’ve enjoyed reading a couple of books by Doreen Cronin:
Diary of a Spider
Diary of a Worm
They’re not as funny as her Click, Clack, Moo book series where farm animals blackmail the farmer to get what they want, but we still like them.

– What I think they’ll read next
I’ve ordered some new books from the library but they’re a little slow to come in. Fortunately we still have plenty of unread books to keep us entertained until then.

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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WWW Wednesdays – August 31, 2011

WWW Wednesdays

The Alchemyst: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel by Michael ScottMy bookshelf

– What I’m currently reading
This past week has been extremely busy on the work front (I have a large writing project in progress) and I’ve also had the kids full-time since there’s no preschool right now, so I’m still reading The Alchemyst: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel by Michael Scott. I like it so far and find it quite entertaining for a Young Adult novel. I’m surprised nobody has made a movie out of it yet.

What I recently finished reading
No update since last week…

– What I think I’ll read next
The Man in the Rockefeller Suit by Mark Seal, the true story of a serial impostor, or I’ll have to return it to the library in a couple of weeks. Since it’s new and quite popular, I doubt I’ll be able to renew it.

My kids’ bookshelf

The cow that laid an egg by Andy Cuthill– What they’re currently reading
The giving tree by Shel Silverstein. A lovely story about a boy who makes a tree happy by playing with it. Eventually the boy wants more, and more, and the tree keeps giving to please him, until there’s nothing left to give. It’s quite a sad story with no specific message/moral but I can see it makes my kids think about giving and taking.
Press here by Herve Tullet. I’m plugging in a French author today, who’s got the talent to create interactive books for little kids. The illustrations are very basic but each page asks the child to do specific tasks to make things happen on the next page. Who said reading had to be passive?
Toot & Puddle by Holly Hobbie. A very cute story about two pigs, Toot who likes to travel around the world, and Puddle who entertains himself quite well staying at home.

– What they recently finished reading
Cinder Edna by Ellen Jackson. You get to read two stories side by side, Cinderella’s and her neighbor Cinder Edna’s, and find out which character will really live happily ever after.
The cow that laid and egg and The cow that was the best moo-ther by Andy Cutbill. Marjorie the cow happens to think she’s laid an egg and this premise sprouted two hilarious books, with the perfect illustrations for these stories. If you’re looking for a story that will make you laugh and cry (of laughter), I recommend these two books.
The plot chickens by Mary Jane and Herm Auch. If you want to know what happens when a chicken decides to become a writer, this is the book for you!

– What I think they’ll read next
My youngest has requested the “Fly Guy” series by Tee Arnold and I just requested them today. We enjoyed them a few months ago and obviously they’ll be back by popular demand!

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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.

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