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WWW Wednesdays – April 4, 2012

WWW Wednesdays

My bookshelf

My so-called freelance life by Michelle Goodman– What I’m currently reading
Tonight I will start My So-Called Freelance Life: How to Survive and Thrive as a Creative Professional for Hire by Michelle Goodman. I’ve read several books on freelancing as a professional writer already, but few of them were written by women, so this one could be interesting.
 
– What I recently finished reading
The Necromancer (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel) by Michael Scott. This series just keeps getting better and this book was no exception. I can’t believe they haven’t made movies out of this series.
 
– What I think I’ll read next
Mermaids in the Basement by Michael Lee West. I read Gone with a Handsomer Man a few months ago and loved it. It was definitely one of the funniest murder stories I’ve ever read, so I’m hoping this book won’t disappoint either.
 
My kids’ bookshelf

Max's chocolate chicken by Rosemary WellsWhat they’re currently reading
Lots of books with an Easter theme!
Max’s Chocolate Chicken by Rosemary Wells. We love Max & Ruby and this has to be one of our favorite stories. Max and Ruby go on an egg hunt, the prize for the most eggs gathered being a chocolate chicken. Max can’t find any eggs but he really wants the chocolate…
The Easter Bunny That Overslept by Priscilla and Otto Friedrich. Poor Easter bunny sleepts past Easter so he tries to distribute his eggs on Mother’s Day, the Fourth of July and Halloween. Nobody is interested until dear old Santa Claus manages to get him back on track.
Minerva Louise and the Colorful Eggs by Janet Morgan Stoeke. When she notices several unattended, colorful eggs, Minerva Louise decides to gather them and keep them warm. Can you imagine the surprise on the faces of the East egg hunters when they can’t find any eggs?

What they recently finished reading
Too busy Marco by Roz Chast. Marco the parrot is way too busy having adventures to go to bed. My five-year old and Marco share the same aspirations: they both want to be deep sea diver artist-inventors when they grow up…
Where Is The Cake? and Where Is The Cake Now? by T.T. Khing – two wordless books with many stories within the story. And only sharp eyes will figure out what really happened to the cakes in both books.

– What I think they’ll read next
I have no idea but the surprise effect is part of the fun.

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

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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 21, 2012

WWW Wednesdays

Fortunately my kids have had more time to read books than me this past week. At this point I’m mentally and physically exhausted so I’ll give you a quick update. Even if time constraints can get it the way, the important part is enjoying the reading while it lasts.

My bookshelf

– What I’m currently reading
I’m still reading The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey by Trenton Lee StewartThe Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey by Trenton Lee Stewart. I’ve also started  The Awakening by Kate Chopin since I need to finish it before my book club meeting next Monday (argh…).
 
– What I recently finished reading
Nothing since last week. :-(

– What I think I’ll read next
The Necromancer (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel) by Michael Scott, the sequel to The Sorceress, which I finished a couple of weeks ago. I’ll then still have to read two more books to finish this amazing series and the last one isn’t coming out until May 2012.
 
My kids’ bookshelf

How to potty train your monsterWhat they’re currently reading
Snarlyhissopus by Alan MacDonald. This hilarious story shows how quickly you can distort a name, starting with “hippopotamus” and ending up with “snarlyhissopus” while scaring to death half a jungle along the way.
How To Potty Train Your Monster by Kelly DiPucchio. This potty-training guide is a must-have for little kids and their mothers everywhere going through the potty-training stage, or those of us past this stage for a good laugh.
When A Monster Is Born by Sean Taylor. I love this monster story exploring the possibilities from the day a monstern is born. Each page starts with “there are two possibilities. Either… or…”, both pretty absurd. The author picks the second option and goes on with the story. A fun concept for kids to explore.

What they recently finished reading
Lines that Wiggle by Candace Whitman. A great book to show kids the different things lines can do, from curve and curl to zigzag. And kids can follow the path of the glittery lines with their finger.
Bunnies On The Go : Getting From Place To Place by Rick Walton. Rick Walton has had a lifelong love affair with the English language and how he tries to pass  along his passion in all the children’s books he writes. In this one, the bunny family takes a trip using many different types of transportation (car, train, balloon, tractor, etc), all in rhyme with a hint on the previous page.
Suddenly, Alligator : An Adverbial Tale by Rick Walton. A very funny story about a boy who happens to run into a hungry alligator, with a new adverb used to describe the scene on every page.

– What I think they’ll read next
I requested a number of books about Easter so hopefully we’ll start getting some of them soon.

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

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