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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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WWW Wednesdays – June 8, 2011

WWW Wednesdays

Just a week ago I embraced the WWW Wednesdays weekly theme to give you an idea of what books my kids and I get to read. I’ve gone through quite a few since last week, so here’s an update.

My bookshelf

The curious incident of the dog in the night-time– What I’m currently reading
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon
I’ve been meaning to read this book for a while so I’m glad to finally get to it.

– What I recently finished reading
Babe the Gallant Pig by Dick King-Smith
A lovely, inspiring story for both children and grown-ups. No matter the prejudices we can  suffer from, hard work and persistence can help us become whoever we want to be, even a sheep-pig. As for politeness, it happens to be a very useful skill to gain cooperation from others. I can’t wait till my kids are old enough to read this book.

Encore by Marc Freedman
Although this book focuses on people in their 50s and 60s looking for a second or third career, this is a good read for anyone longing to find a more fulfilling, meaningful job.

The Alchemist by Pablo Coelho
Sorry if you’ve read this book and loved it but I couldn’t be more disappointed. This book has gotten so much hype and really doesn’t deliver. If you’re searching for your true passion and purpose in life, many other books will guide you through your search and inspire you. This one may just bore you to death. I can’t believe some people have compared it to Saint Exupery’s The Little Prince. Now, that’s a great story everyone should read!

There are cats in this book by Vivian Schwarz– What I think I’ll read next
Probably Michael Pollan’s In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto, to follow up on The Omnivore’s Dilemma.

My kids’ bookshelf

– What they’re currently reading
Two hilarious books they can’t get enough of:
There are cats in this book by Vivian Schwarz, featuring Tiny, Moonpie and Andre, and There are no cats in this book (even funnier than the first one). I love the interactivity between the book characters and the reader. My kids flip through the pages on their own and can retell the dialogues in each word balloon.

I broke my trunk by Mo Willems– What they recently finished reading
I broke my trunk by Mo Willems
Some Mo Willems books are better than others and this is the most recent of the Gerald & Piggy series. Very, very funny. It’s a long, crazy story… you’ll have to find out why for yourself.

– What I think they’ll read next
I’m getting some new Mercy Watson and Mr Putter & Tabby books soon.

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

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