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WWW Wednesdays – March 28, 2012

WWW Wednesdays

I managed to finish two books this past week. Not because I had a lot of time to read (I didn’t) but because I realized I only had a few days to read one of them before my book club meeting. I then found out I couldn’t renew the other book at the library. It was due two days later and I was only three chapters into it. Can you say speed-reading? Phew, I made it!

My bookshelf

The Necromancer by Michael Scott

The Necromancer by Michael Scott

– What I’m currently reading
I’ve just started  The Necromancer (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel) by Michael Scott, the sequel to The Sorceress, which I finished a few weeks ago. It continues right where the previous book left off and I’m already sucked in. I have a feeling this is going to be a quick read…

– What I recently finished reading
The Awakening by Kate Chopin. I understand this book’s original title was “A Solitary Soul”, which makes more sense as you read the story. I can’t help but feel sorry for Edna Montpellier, who lives a boring life with no true purpose. Today this lady would be reading “self-help” books but at the time, she got poor advice from the people surrounding her and got lost along the way. The writing itself is very pretty and poetic and the story is short and easy to read.
The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey by Trenton Lee Stewart. The plot of this book is SO much better than the first Mysterious Benedict Society. The author takes time to develop the characters and the story is not as wacky as in the first book. I’d definitely recommend it for teen readers and adults alike who are interested in adventure, peril and riddles.
 
– What I think I’ll read next
I’m actually not sure since I have no more books from the library waiting on my bookshelf but I just ordered a few more. If I don’t get them in time I’m done with my current book, I’ll probably grab a book off my personal bookshelf.
 
My kids’ bookshelf

The Princess and the Pig by Jonathan EmmetWhat they’re currently reading
The Princess and The Pig by Jonathan Emmet. Priscilla the baby princess accidentally switches places with Pigmella, the farmer’s piglet. Every event following this switch is “what happens in fairy tales”, citing several of them. Even though this book is about a princess, my two boys loved it. It’s a very, very funny book.

We’ve also been reading and re-reading several hilarious Irving & Muktuk books by Daniel Pinkwater, including Bad Bears Visiting and Bad Bear Detectives. These two have to be the funniest polar bears in the children’s book world. Who knew polar bears liked blueberry muffins so much?

What they recently finished reading
Dear Tabby by Carolyn Crimi. A feline advice columnist (get it, Dear “Tabby”?) helps other animals with their problems, including a parrot who talks too much and a cat who complains about being pampered and spoiled.
No more monsters for me! by Peggy Parish. Minneapolis Simpkin’s mom (I’m not making this up, it really is the girl’s name) tells her she can’t have a pet so she decides to bring home a monster she finds outside. Unfortunately it gets bigger and bigger in the basement and now Minneapolis needs to get rid of it. 
Johnny Boo : The Best Little Ghost in the World! by James Kochalka. Presented in a comic book format, Johnny Boo and his friend Squiggle are both ghosts and decide to have some ice cream. Unfortunately the ice cream monster shows up and causes mayhem.

– What I think they’ll read next
I have a lot of new books to pick up at the library and I didn’t look at the list very closely so it will be a nice surprise to discover what they all are.

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

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WWW Wednesdays – March 14, 2012

WWW Wednesdays

My bookshelf

– What I’m currently reading
The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey by Trenton Lee Stewart
The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey by Trenton Lee Stewart, the sequel to The Mysterious Benedict Society, which I read several weeks ago. I’ve only read the first chapter so far but I’m already sucked in.

– What I recently finished reading
The Sorceress, the third in the series of The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel by Michael Scott. It keeps getting better and I can’t wait to read the next one.
The Art of Happiness: A Handbook for Living by The Dalai Lama. This is a good introduction to Buddhism and some of the Dalai Lama’s thoughts on living a peaceful life. I think stating the Dalai Lama as an author is misleading though, since the PhD co-author wrote most of the text, inserting his conversations with and some public talks from the Dalai Lama.
How to Practice : The Way to a Meaningful Life by The Dalai Lama. I wish this book was properly titled “Buddhism and Meditation 101.” In this book the Dalai Lama doesn’t share specific insights on how to live a meaningful life, but rather explains how meditation works and the various steps it follows. It’s still an interesting read but not at all what I was expecting.

– What I think I’ll read next
Probably The Awakening by Kate Chopin, for my book club meeting at the end of March.

My kids’ bookshelf

Toot & Puddle - wish you were here by Holly HobbieWhat they’re currently reading
Lots of Toot & Puddle books, which are really cute and funny. Holly Hobbie tells great stories and is a gifted illustrator.
Toot & Puddle : Wish You Were Here by Holly Hobbie. If you’ve ever wondered what a blue pig looks like, this book will show you. Toot travels to Wildest Borneo but when he returns with the Violet Virus, Opal and Puddle try to help him find a cure.
Toot & Puddle : A Present for Toot by Holly Hobbie. Puddle tries very hard to find the right birthday gift for Toot in a pet shop and that’s where he meets Tulip the parrot, which you encounter in other Toot & Puddle books.
Toot & Puddle : The New Friend by Holly Hobbie. Opal gets annoyed with her new friend Daphne who seems to be the best at everything she does, but Toot and Puddle help Opal see another side of her. A great lesson on accepting kids can’t be the best at everything and it’s OK.

What they recently finished reading
Benjamin Bear in Fuzzy thinking : a Toon Book by Philippe Coudray. This comic book with easy dialogue for young readers is full of humor. My kids really enjoyed it and I think I have to find more books in this style. I believe this is the only book from this author that’s been translated in English so far, so I may ask my mom to get us the others in French.
Gullible’s Troubles by Margaret Shannon. Poor Gullible Guineapig pays his aunt, uncle and cousin a visit and believes everything they tell him (and none of it is nice). However they’re quick to dismiss his warning about what’s about to come out of the basement. This book finishes with a funny twist of events.
Harry and the Terrible Whatzit by Dick Gackenbach. When his mother goes to the cellar and doesn’t come back, Harry goes search for her and meets the terrible two-headed Whatzit, who keeps getting bigger and bigger. Another great book for kids who need to confront their fear of monsters.

– What I think they’ll read next
I don’t have too many book requests in my queue at the library right now so I need to think about new books but I’m not sure what theme to pick. Any suggestions?

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

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WWW Wednesdays – February 1, 2012

WWW Wednesdays

I skipped last week’s WWW Wednesdays update because the boys and I haven’t had a lot of time to read, with our many trips to hospitals and my many hours on the phone after my husband’s accident. Things are settling down a little bit fortunately and we’ll start a new routine next week when my husband starts the all-day rehab program. Here are some of the books we’ve been reading in the past couple of weeks.

My bookshelf

The mysterious Benedict society– What I’m currently reading
I’m just finishing The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart, a young adult novel. This is a very entertaining and adventurous read. It was hard to put down and although I found some of the storyline a little far stretched, I really enjoyed reading it. This book has a sequel I’d like to read but this story wraps up on its own, without a cliffhanger to force you into the sequel.

– What I recently finished reading
Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery. I just couldn’t make myself like this book and I flipped the pages to finish it. I just feel Anne is an obnoxious, self-centered girl and I didn’t care for her. The book was way too full of overstretched rosy descriptions, which made my reading experience boring.

– What I think I’ll read next
My February book club choice is The Innocent by Harlan Coben, a murder / thriller story.

My kids’ bookshelfAll about Sam

What they’re currently reading
All About Sam by Lois Lowry. We’re all enjoying reading this book, as Lois Lowry is a real genius at putting herself in a child’s shoes. She really knows how they think and act. My kids relate to Sam and what happens to him throughout the book so I know she’s spot on. I’d never would have known about this chapter book if my son’s teacher didn’t read it to him in class. If you have kids 4 and over, this is a great read for them.
Lon Po Po : a Red-Riding Hood story from China by Ed Young. Three sisters at home alone invite a wolf disguised as their grandmother inside. Fortunately the eldest finds a way to outsmart the hungry guest.

What they recently finished reading
The Man Who Walked Between the Towers by Mordicai Gerstein.  This is the true story of Philippe Petit, a French street performer who stretched a cable between the two Twin Towers in New York City as they were almost completed and walked in between them for almost an hour. The book was written in 2003 and it discreetly mentions the towers being gone but still there in memory, with Petit walking among the clouds.
Dogzilla and Kat Kong by Dav Pikley. These are very funny spoofs of the original stories, featuring hilarious pictures (and dialogs) of real cats, mice, dogs and hamsters.

– What I think they’ll read next
We have so many books from the library, it’s going to take us some time to read them all. We’re expecting fun reading times ahead of us and I’ll highlight our favorite books over the next few weeks.

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

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