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WWW Wednesdays – May 2, 2012

WWW Wednesdays

My bookshelf

The happiness advantage by Shawn Achor– What I’m currently reading
The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor. The book is very interesting so far, pulling data from various studies and Achor’s own observations of human behavior. I’ll have a more complete review after I finish the book.
 
– What I recently finished reading
Michael Scott’s The Warlock (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel). The last book of the series is coming out in the next few weeks and I can’t wait to see how it all ends!
 
– What I think I’ll read next
 Two Truths and A Lie by Sara Shepard, the third book in The Lying Game series. Oh my gosh, I can’t wait to read what happens in this one, even though I know I’ll probably anxiously bite my nails and lose a few hours of sleep staying up to read it.
 
My kids’ bookshelf

Captain Flinn and the pirate dinosaurs by Giles AndreaeWhat they’re currently reading
Captain Flinn and the pirate dinosaurs by Giles Andreae. This book is PERFECT! Where else can you find not only pirates AND dinosaurs, but pirate dinosaurs? Add a battle on the seas and swordfights and you end up with delighted children.
Purr-fect Pete by Samantha Hay. Pete is the new acro-cat addition to the circus team. He’s very little, doesn’t eat fish and smells like stinky cheese, but he’s the best on the team. Is Purr-fect Pete keeping a secret? My kids LOVED the surprising twist.
Are you going to be good? by Cari Best. Robert is attending his first night party to celebrate Great-Gran Sadie’s 100th birthday, and his parents request him to use his best manners. Things don’t go as planned, but Robert is the one who ends up entertaining the guest of honor best.

What they recently finished reading
Badness for beginners : a Little Wolf and Smellybreff Adventure by Ian Whybrow. Little Wolf and his brother Smellybreff get a lesson in badness from Mom and Dad, and Little Wolf is having a hard time being bad…
What’s the time, Little Wolf? by Ian Whybrow. Little Wolf and his brother play a naughty trick on a few rabbits in their quest for dinner. We loved the shocking ending (stuffed rabbits for dinner, anyone?), as it shows life as it is, at least for a family of hungry wolves.
If A Chicken Stayed For Supper by Carrie Weston. Five little foxes promise their mother not to leave the den when she goes out hunting for a chicken for supper. Unable to resist going outside to play in the dark, they meet a chicken who will lead them safely back home. Oops, what will they do with the chicken who just helped them out?

– What I think they’ll read next
I have no idea, but I’m sure it will be lots of fun books!

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

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WWW Wednesdays – April 25, 2012

WWW Wednesdays

My bookshelf

– What I’m currently reading
The Warlock by Michael ScottMichael Scott’s The Warlock (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel). Will Sophie and Josh help save the world? Argh, I can’t wait to find out…
 
– What I recently finished reading
Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard by Chip & Dan Heath. This book is full of very interesting information but most of it comes from research studies you can find in other books. I’m not sure how much research the authors did themselves. I found this book a little long, as it includes a lot of facts. There’s not much about implementation in general, rather a lot of individual examples showing how to implement change. To implement change, you need find the right trigger (the hardest part), then pave the way. I personally think this book is more useful for businesses trying to change their employee behaviors, and less for individuals.
 
– What I think I’ll read next
The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor. I can’t wait!!!
 
My kids’ bookshelf

Listen to my trumpet by Mo WillemsWhat they’re currently reading
Mo Willems, one of our favorite children’s author, has two new books out so far this year and they’re both very funny. In Listen To My Trumpet, Piggie tries to impress Gerald with her trumpet blowing, but he feels he needs to give her an honest answer when she asks about her performance. In Happy Pig Day!, Piggie celebrates her favorite day of the year, but Gerald is sad, thinking he can’t join the fun since he’s an elephant. A great lesson about differences and inclusion.
We’re also re-reading Mo Willems’ Should I Share My Ice Cream? This is one of the funniest Gerald & Piggie books and I love reading it out loud to my kids. Gerald needs to decide if he should share his ice cream with Piggie or keep it all to himself. But you know what happens if you wait too long to eat your ice cream… A wonderful and very funny lesson on sharing and guilt.

What they recently finished reading
I recently discovered a wonderful series of books for early readers (Level 2) about two cat siblings called Harry & Emily by Karen Gray Ruelle. They are perfect for my kindergartner reader, as we take turns reading (I read the left pages, he read the right ones). There are many books in the series, but our favorites so far are:
April Fool! Harry, Emily and their parents all play tricks on each other for April Fools’ Day. But Emily keeps the best tricks for her brother until the end of the day. My kids love the surprising ending!
Dear Tooth Fairy. When her tooth becomes loose, Emily starts writing to the Tooth Fairy every day. She wants to make sure the tooth fairy knows what she likes so she can bring her a great present when her tooth falls out.
Mother’s Day Mess. You can guess what this book is about from its title. And it’s very funny.
Now I just need to order more books in this series!

– What I think they’ll read next
I’ve ordered more books on dinosaurs and some on good manners, so I’ll probably highlight the good ones next week.

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

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WWW Wednesdays – April 11, 2012

WWW Wednesdays

I’m working on a way overdue 101 in 1001 update and I hope to post it before the end of this week. In the meantime, here’s my WWW Wednesdays weekly update. Quite a mix of literary genres this past week… 

My bookshelf

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith– What I’m currently reading
Last week I mentioned my next book would be Mermaids in the Basement by Michael Lee West. That was before I got Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith from the library, which I need to read for my April book club meeting. I’m a huge fan of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer series because of its action-packed episodes with a high dose of humor and wit. But reading a serious book about vampires is a different story, something I’ve never done before. I’m a quarter into it and I like it so far (note I said “like” it, not “love” it). Let’s hope the rest is just as entertaining.
 
– What I recently finished reading
My So-Called Freelance Life: How to Survive and Thrive as a Creative Professional for Hire by Michelle Goodman. If you want to read a book on freelancing, this one contains everything you need to know. I’ve read a few before so I didn’t really learn anything new. I wanted to hear about this topic from a woman’s perspective but I quickly realized Goodman is not married and doesn’t have children, so she didn’t offer much advice on balancing work and super-busy life.
 
– What I think I’ll read next
Besides Mermaids in the Basement, I just got new books from the library I’m sure I won’t be able to renew in three weeks because of their popularity. So I think my next pick will be the #5 in Michael Scott’s The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel, The Warlock (yeah!). I’ll probably read it in just a few days (and lose precious hours of sleep along the way), and then move on to the rest of the books on my shelf.
 
My kids’ bookshelf

National Geographic for Kids First Big Book of WhyWhat they’re currently reading
National Geographic for kids First Big Book of Why. This is a great book for kids ages 3 to 7, answering their most common questions, such as “Why do donuts and bagels have holes?” or “Why do owls throw up?” I too have learned a few things, including that ice worms melt if they get too warm, and the longest type of worm is 3 feet long (yikes!).
Fall Mixed Up by Bob Raczka. A HILARIOUS story on the joys and delights of the fall season, described in mixed-up verse and illustrations. “Bears gather nuts. Geese hibernate. Squirrels fly south in big figure eights.” My kids love this book!
The Useful Moose: A Truthful, Moose-Full Tale by Fiona Robinson. A young girl finds out a lot of moose are vacationing in her city. She invites three of them to rest at their home, and her family quickly discovers how useful moose can be. Who knew moose had such great housekeeping skills?

What they recently finished reading
Little Bunny Foo Foo : The Real Story by Cori Doerrfeld. A very funny twist on the original story. Find out why Little Bunny Foo Foo had a good reason to bop those field mice on the head, and why the Good Fairy should have been more careful threatening to change the bunny into something else.
Humbug Rabbit by Lorna Balian. We read this book last Easter and again this year. This is probably the funniest book on Easter. Above ground, Gracie the hen hides her eggs from Grandma, causing an egg hunt dilemma. Underground, Father Rabbit insists on telling his children he’s not the Easter Rabbit. Will everything be fixed by Easter morning?
Ice Cream Larry by Daniel Pinkwater. Larry the Polar Bear spends an afternoon eating an 1/8 of a ton of ice cream at a local ice cream shop, attracting the attention of the Iceberg Ice Cream Company. He happily becomes their spokesbear, inventing new ice cream flavors (blueberry & cod, anyone?) and their new slogan, “I do not feel sick.”

– What I think they’ll read next
I just ordered a whole bunch of books on dinosaurs, good manners and some for early readers, so I’ll see what comes in first.

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

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