I didn’t do a WWW Wednesdays update last week but I’m catching up today, with the many books we’ve read in the past couple of weeks.
– What I’m currently reading
E. Aster Bunnymund and the Battle of the Warrior Eggs at the Earth’s Core by William Joyce. This book is part of The Guardians book series, which inspired the Rise of the Guardians movie. My six-year old read this book on his own and told me I should read it too, so here I go! So far, I’ve really enjoyed William Joyce’s picture books, The Man in the Moon and The Sandman: The Story of Sanderson Mansnoozie.
– What I recently finished reading
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. I have a feeling Gone Girl is one of those books most people will either love or hate. I can see the appeal of the story and on the plus side, I have to say it’s well written and make you want to continue reading. But by page 40, I had figured out the whole story so by the time I got to the “twist”, it wasn’t a surprise at all. In the book, Nick keeps saying that Amy seems three steps ahead of him. Well, I was three steps ahead of Amy. Honestly, the title “Gone Girl” is a dead giveaway. I have no idea why the author picked it instead of something like “Missing Girl”, which would be a little more mysterious. The ending is disappointing too and made me wonder why I bothered reading over 400 pages to get there. If you like reading books on sociopaths, this is a good one. If you like mysteries, you’ll figure out everything that happens before it happens.
Tripwire by Lee Child, the third in the Jack Reacher series. Another great Jack reacher story as usual. This one is full of twists that kept me on the edge. I’m pretty good at predicting what happens in books but I never saw these twists coming. This is a great mystery that doesn’t unfold until the very end.
How Full Is Your Bucket? Positive Strategies for Work and Life by Tom Rath and Don Clifton. This book is very short but a great read. I think it deserves its own post, along with How Full Is Your Bucket? (For Kids), so I’ll write a review on both books very soon.
– What I think I’ll read next
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows.
My kids’ bookshelf
– What they’re currently reading
– Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein. Char at Joy in the Moments talked about this book in a recent post. I read it a long time ago with my kids so it was time to revisit it. We’re enjoying it just as much the second time around. Little Chicken is a hoot, constantly interrupting her dad’s storytelling to save the characters of each fairy tale by rewriting the ending. I love David Ezra Stein’s colorful and lively paintings too.
– Green by Laura Vaccaro Seeger. The die cut pages of this book let you explore the many shades of the color green. My kids love the format of this book and keep guessing what’s hiding on the next page.
– Creepy Carrots! by Aaron Reynolds. Jasper Rabbit can’t resist the carrots that grow in Crackenhopper Field, until he begins hearing and seeing creepy carrots wherever he goes. Does he really see creepy carrots, or is it just his imagination? After you read this book, you’ll realize how smart carrots can be (I had no idea!).
– What they recently finished reading
– The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate. I first read this book by myself (you can read my review of The One and Only Ivan here) and I really wanted to share this story with my kids, since it’s a youth book. My five-year old didn’t stick around for long. I think the book had a lot of text and not enough illustrations for him. My six-year old LOVED it and shared bits of the story with his brother every morning. Warning to sensitive parents: it’s really hard to read a few parts of this book without choking up and looking like an idiot in front of your kid. ;-)
– Arrowhawk by Lola M. Schaefer. This is the true story of a red tailed hawk’s survival after being struck by a poacher’s arrow. At the end of the book, you can read how this bird survived a severe injury to its leg and wing for eight weeks in the wild, being tracked and eventually getting rescued and released.
– 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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