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www Wednesdays – July 20, 2011

WWW Wednesdays

Alright, I think I’ve got everything ready for my son’s birthday family celebration tonight. The Spider-Man cake turned out OK, and you’ll get to see a photo soon. Today is WWW Wednesdays so I wanted to give an update on what my kids and I have been reading.

The talented Mr Ripley by Patricia HighsmithMy bookshelf

– What I’m currently reading
I’m about halfway through The Talented Mr Ripley by Patricia Highsmith. Wow, what an interesting novel about a sociopath character. Even though Highsmith chose the third-person narrative, she really makes the reader realize what’s going on in Ripley’s mind. Fascinating, and very scary.

– What I recently finished reading
I finally finished The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger. This novel offers such an interesting, different twist on the common love story. I kept reading wondering where this was going, and now that I’m done, I’m sad to say goodbye to the characters. Impressive feat for a first-time author. The only thing I didn’t like about the book is its length. I felt some parts didn’t add much to the story and could have been edited out to make for a shorter, more powerful book. Overall I recommend this novel to anyone looking to read a great story.

– What I think I’ll read next
Oh my gosh, I just got Tina Fey’s BOSSYPANTS from the library!!! I’ve heard from several people how hilarious (i.e. laugh out loud) this book is, so I can’t wait to dig into it!

My kids’ bookshelf

Pinkalicious by Victoria Kann– What they’re currently reading
I told you last week we had started reading some Lisa Wheeler books. I think my favorite so far are:
Bubble Gum, Bubble Gum
Ugly Pie (which is actually delicious pie)
Old Cricket (because you don’t become an old cricket by being a dumb bug…)
Dino basketball (the woman can write in rhymes using words like stegosaurus and triceratops, she’s quite talented)

– What they recently finished reading
Actually my kids are still asking to read these books but I sooooooo want to take them back to the library because I can’t stand them. The “least” worst of the series is Pinkalicious by Victoria Kann, but the sequels Goldilicious and Purplicious are simply ATROCIOUS. The computer-generated illustrations are not that good, the text is average and could use a lot of editing. Apart from an interesting premise for Pinkalicious, the stories in the other books are booooooring. But my kids really like the books, so I’m trying to be nice by reading them a few more times.

– What I think they’ll read next
I requested several books by John Ligthgow (yes, the actor). He’s been writing children’s books for the past ten years or so and I’d like to see if they’re any good.

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

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www Wednesdays – July 13, 2011

WWW Wednesdays

My reading has been pretty slow this past week so most of the updates below are for children’s books this week.

My bookshelf

The talented Mr Ripley by Patricia Highsmith– What I’m currently reading
I’m still reading The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger. I’m tree quarters of the way in and I’m really enjoying it. I so want to know how it ends, even though I know I’ll miss the characters when the book is over.

– What I recently finished reading
Since I’m still reading the same book, I have no updates for this section.

– What I think I’ll read next
Oh, The Talented Mr Ripley by Patricia Highsmith just showed up at my library! This will definitely be my next book. I’ve wanted to see the movie for many years but the book should come first, as always.

My kids’ bookshelf

Should I share my ice cream by Mo Willems– What they’re currently reading
The brand new “Should I Share My Ice Cream?” by Mo Willems and they love it! OK, I do too. The story is hilarious, sweet and agonizing. And it illustrates my husband’s worst nightmare about ice cream cones, so it’s a plus. I recommend this book to all kids between 3 and 6.

We’re also reading the new Rob Scotton book, “Splish, Splash, Splat!”. My kids have been taking swim lessons for several weeks so this book is a perfect companion to help them conquer any fear of water they may have. If a cat manages to like water, so should they!

– What they recently finished reading
We recently revisited a storytime favorite, “Interrupting Chicken” by David Ezra Stein. If your little ones interrupt you during storytime, this is the book for you. Lovely painted illustrations and a laugh-out-aloud storyline will help kids understand why interrupting the reader can be frustrating.

– What I think they’ll read next
We’ve borrowed a number of Lisa Wheeler books and are starting to make a dent into the pile. Wheeler likes to write in rhymes and she’s quite talented at it. I’ll comment on her books next week after we have a chance to read a few.

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

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www Wednesdays – July 6, 2011

WWW Wednesdays

I thought my next post would be a monthly update to my “101 in 1001” challenges but I got so busy doing fun things this past three-day weekend, I simply ran out of time. Oh well, at least I know what I’ll be writing about before this week is over.

Lots of great reading this past week. I can’t wait to read your feedback if you’ve read some of the same books.

My bookshelf

The time traveler's wife– What I’m currently reading
The Time Traveler’s Wife
by Audrey Niffenegger. I’ve wanted to see the movie for a while but figured I should really read the book first, so I’m doing it now! I’ve only read the first few chapters and I’m having a hard time putting the book down. Such an interesting concept and way to tell a love story. I can’t wait to see where this goes.

– What I recently finished reading
The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro. This was a challenging read for me because of the style but I got used to it about a third into the book and really enjoyed the story (and now I’m ready to see the movie too!). This is the story of Mr Stevens, a “perfect” English butler, oblivious to the life going on around him, uptight and emotionally withdrawn. Putting his career and loyalty towards his employer above everything else, Stevens goes through life without living it. Spanning from the early 1930s to the mid 1950s, it’s a great snapshot of England during these trying times. This book is a good reminder that no matter how much pride and focus you can have on your career, there’s so much more to life and we should make the best of it.

Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, a Young Man, and Life’s Greatest Lesson by Mitch Albom. Now, how ironic is this? I’ve managed to read two completely different books in a row about the same theme: what really matters in life. Just like Stevens, Mitch Albom went through the first 15 years of his career focusing on money and fame, unaware of the void within. That’s until he happens to meet Morrie Schwartz again, his old college professor. Morrie’s life lessons are simple and humble, yet they’ll ring a bell for most of us. Many people chase materialistic possessions to feel less unhappy and empty instead of addressing the real reason for their unfulfilled lives. A great, easy to read book to keep us grounded.

– What I think I’ll read next
At this point, I’m not sure. I have a library book already waiting for me on the bookshelf and I’m expecting a few more soon, but my best friend also gave me a mystery book for my birthday and it looks quite interesting.

My kids’ bookshelf

Hooray for Amanda and her alligator– What they’re currently reading
We’ve re-entered an Amelia Bedelia stage, alternating between Amelia Bedelia and the Cat, Come Back Amelia Bedelia, and Amelia Bedelia Bakes Off. I have a low tolerance level for the whole Amelia Bedelia concept but my kids love the books, especially my oldest, who’s just starting to understand play-on-words and number of American idioms. I personally would love to go back to the Mo Willems books simply because they’re a lot more entertaining!

– What they recently finished reading
Speaking of Mo Willems, we’ve read Hooray For Amanda & Her Alligator! a few times already. This is a compilation of 6 and 1/2 stories and is pure Willems’ fun. My kids’ favorite part? When the alligator tries to chomp on the top of Amanda’s head because he’s bored and she’s too busy reading library books to play with him…

– What I think they’ll read next
Surprise, surprise… Actually, I have no idea at this point but I’m hoping for more great books.

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

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