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WWW Wednesdays – October 10, 2012

WWW Wednesdays

Sorry for the one-day late update. I wanted to finish my book so I could write a review of it after making sure I knew how it would end.

My bookshelf

Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal by Christopher Moore– What I’m currently reading
Tonight I’ll be starting Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal by Christopher Moore. I could use a funny book right now so I can’t wait. Unfortunately I noticed the font size is again ridiculously small, but I’m ready with my magnifier!

– What I recently finished reading
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. A few of you warned me the beginning of the book was better than the end and you were right. The first half was great and it went downhill from there. I flipped through the last hundred pages because it became too tedious to read every single word. This is quite an amazing story and I’m very glad someone took the time to tell it to the world. This really makes you think about how much science and medicine can progress when given the right human samples, and the ethics involved in the process. The scariest part I read? Apparently it is perfectly legal for any medical institution to do whatever they want with your discarded body parts/tissues, for example after surgery. Unless they plan to make money with them (you’d have to sign a form, and I’m sure this happens ALL the time…), they can use your tissue samples for the advance of science and medicine without your knowledge or consent. The courts see your removed body parts as something you don’t want or need anymore, and they don’t belong to you once they are out. Who knew you’d have to do the same as with mechanics, and ask for your used parts after the procedure?! I found this fact quite shocking, don’t you?

– What I think I’ll read next
The Conflict : How Modern Motherhood Undermines The Status Of Women by Elisabeth Badinter. Carrie at The Write Transition told me I should read it so here I go! I can’t wait to read what a billionaire French compatriot can teach me about motherhood, and how trying to be a great mom undermines my position in society. Yep, if it was only motherhood that undermined women in society…

My kids’ bookshelf

17 kings and 42 elephants by margaret mahyWhat they’re currently reading
I’d like to share three books by Margaret Mahy we’ve been reading:
Down The Back Of The Chair. Dad loses his car keys (ah, men!) so he can’t go to work, which means he can’t get paid. His daughter suggests to look down the back of the chair, where page by page they discover quite a lot of… things. My kids love the effect of surprise every time something else comes out of the chair.
A Busy Day For A Good Grandmother. Mrs Oberon comes to her son’s rescue when he runs out of cock-a-hoop-honey-cake, the only thing that will help her grandson with his teething problems. But she faces quite a few life-threatening obstacles to get there. This book includes a plane ride, a bike ride, a raft ride, and more. I get tired just reading it!
17 kings and 42 elephants. This story doesn’t make much sense but you read it for the ridiculous lines (a delight for anyone appreciating the English language) and the beautiful illustrations, which are silk paintings.

Emily Brown and the thing by Cressida Cowell

Emily Brown and the thing by Cressida Cowell

– What I recently finished reading
Emily Brown And The Thing and That Rabbit Belongs To Emily Brown by Cressida Cowell. We have the French version of Emily Brown And The Thing, a hilarious story about a “thing” who can’t get to sleep and keeps Emily Brown up because he’s worrried about “things”. So we started reading it again after I borrowed That Rabbit Belongs To Emily Brown. In it, the queen keeps asking Emily for Stanley, her stuffed bunny, because he looks loved (read, well used). After Emily refuses her many requests, the queen sends a special team to rabbitnap Stanley at night, which really ticks off Emily. We love the funny, happy ending.

– 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 – October 3, 2012

WWW Wednesdays

Argh, sorry for the previous messed-up post! Alright, let’s start this again. You’ll see I have my reasons to be messed up…

This is going to be a condensed version of my weekly update because my DSL connection has been slowing dying for the past week and I have very limited access to the internet from my computer. I’m working on a replacement solution so in the meantime, I focus most of my internet access on work projects and get to blogging whenever it fits.

My bookshelf

The immortal life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot– What I’m currently reading
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. I like it so far and I had no idea about HeLa cells, their origin and their importance for modern medecine, so this is a fascinating subject.

– What I recently finished reading
Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury. What a lovely book about summer for two brothers, detailing what happens in this small town of Illinois on a daily basis. I love the poetry Bradbury uses to describes every little scene, the humor, the sadness and the frightful moments. It’s a great book to remind you of your own childhood and how you used to spend your summers. I definitely recommend this read, especially anytime during the summer months.

– What I think I’ll read nex
Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal by Christopher Moore. This is for my book club meeting at the end of this month and it looks absolutely hilarious.

My kids’ bookshelf
Mucky Moose by Jonathan AllenWhat they’re currently reading
Mucky Moose by Jonathan Allen. Mucky Moose is the biggest moose in the forest and the biggest wolf in the forest decides to eat him for dinner. Unfortunately the wolf doesn’t know Mucky Moose really, really stinks. So the wolf tries different things, like putting a clothespin on his nose, or wearing a gas mask. My kids LOVE this story and have asked for it almost every day for the past week.
Green Wilma and Green Wilma, Frog in Space by Tedd Arnold. We’re big fans of Tedd Arnold, especially his Fly Guy series and we recently discovered the Wilma books, which are not so recent. Poor Wilma is a normal girl who one days wakes up as a very green frog. This seems to bother everyone from her parents to her teacher but her, as she embraces her new life as an amphibian. Two very absurd, yet very funny stories.

– 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 – September 19, 2012

WWW Wednesdays

Sorry, I’m a day late for this weekly update but sometimes life gets in the way of books. I hate it when that happens.  ;-)

My bookshelf

Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury– What I’m currently reading
Today I’ll (finally) start  Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury.

– What I recently finished reading
The Accidental Bestseller by Wendy Wax. It’s unfortunate the first 100 pages of this book go very slow because the story overall is quite interesting and the pace picks up afterwards. I liked the idea of mingling four different writers’ lives, all of whom include pretty big secrets, to entice me to keep reading. I also enjoyed learning more about the publishing industry and what it takes to get a book written and out on the store shelves. The famous writers’ quotes on writing that start each chapter were a very nice touch too.
 
– What I think I’ll read next
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. This book has been on my to-read list for quite a while, so I’m glad I finally ordered and received it from the library.
 
My kids’ bookshelf

Tumford the Terrible by Nancy TillmanWhat they’re currently reading
Tumford The Terrible by Nancy Tillman. If you’re a Nancy Tillman fan, plug your ears. I don’t think she’s a great artist and her illustrations look pretty cheesy. I also don’t think she’s a great writer and could use a better editor. But… my kids love this story and it’s easy to understand why. Tumford makes mistakes on a regular basis but never apologizes, even though his owners insist he must. It’s a good lesson for kids who wonder why adults are so insistant on requesting apologies. And Tumford sure makes a lot of funny looking faces.
– I love the Nana Quimby books, Cat Up A Tree and Mouse In The House by John and Ann Hassett. In Cat Up A Tree, Nana Quimby calls the fire department to help get one cat down from the tree facing her house, but they won’t help unless “the cat is playing with matches.” As new cats join the first one, Nana’s calls for help stay unanswered. So when the town gets overrun by mice, do you think Nana Quimby will help? In Mouse In The House, Nana Quimby gets a cat to get rid of the mouse, then a dog to get rid of the cat, etc. I really like the unexpected ending of this book.

Back to school for rotten ralph y Jack BantosWhat they recently finished reading
We’re big fans of the Rotten Ralph books by Jack Bantos at our house. Ralph’s attitude and behavior can be quite rotten, but his friend Sarah always ends up showing him a better way. Great, fun lessons about life for all kids.
Practice Makes Perfect for Rotten Ralph – Ralph gets tired of not winning any prizes at the carnival so he resorts to cheating, but his friend Sarah will help him find his way back to honesty.  
Back To School for Rotten Ralph. Poor Ralph, Sarah’s going back to school and he doesn’t want her to make new friends. Poor Sarah, Ralph shows up at her school and sabotages every one of her attempts to make new friends…
Rotten Ralph’s Trick Or Treat. Ralph and Sarah go to a Halloween party dressed at each other, which makes for a very rotten Sarah…

– 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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