It’s Monday! What are you reading?

It’s Monday! What are you reading? is a weekly meme now hosted by Sheila over at One Person’s Journey through a World of Books.

I think I’m finally getting out of my reading rut. Being in a reading rut is bad when you’re a bookworm but it’s even worse when you’re a book blogger. Last week I finally read and finished my second and third adult books of the year: A Photographer’s Life by Annie Leibovitz and  The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin. Fingers crossed that I’m able to write reviews this week.

I seem to be on a non-fiction kick so this morning I started How To be an Everyday Philanthropist by Nicole Bouchard Boles. The author gives readers 330 different ways to make a difference without giving money. Another non-fiction book I’m reading is Spilling Open: The Art of Becoming Yourself by Sabrina Ward Harrison. Spilling Open is Harrison’s collection of pages from her journal. So far I love the pages I’ve read. It makes me want to write more in my own journal.

I just started listening to The Soloist by Steve Lopez on audio. Lopez is a LA Times reporter who becomes friends with homeless violinist, Nathaniel Ayers. I’m listening to it because next month is my city’s The Big Read. March kicks off with a lot of great events that I can’t wait to go to that includes author signings, book discussions, and more.

Later today I’m starting another non-fiction read, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. I’m reading this with Joy over at BiblioAddict. Joy is one of my favorite bloggers so I’m pretty psyched to be reading this with her. Another read-along for this week is Gringolandia by Lyn Miller-Lachmann with Natasha over at Heidenkind’s Hideaway. If you’re not on Twitter, you need to be. Natasha is a bad influence when it comes to books. Because of her I want to read Jane Austen and a ton of art history books. She’s funny and very smart.

So that’s what I’m reading this week. What are you reading?


What My Children Are Reading, October 22, 2009

For the past couple of days my oldest son has been home sick because of multiple asthma attacks and a fever that won’t completely go away. Thankfully his attacks have been mild. One of the ways I’ve been entertaining him has been by reading to him. Luckily for me that before my son became sick, I went to our library and picked up some of this year’s Cybils nominees.


The Fantastic Undersea Life of Jacques Couseteau (2009) – Dan Yaccarino. This book reminded me of another Cybils-nominated biography from last year, A River of Words by Jen Bryant. I really enjoyed reading about Cousteau’s life and all the obstacles he overcame because the sea and its inhabitants were his passion.


Unite or Die: How Thirteen States Became a Nation (2009) Written by Jacqueline Jules. Illustrated by Jef Czekaj. Unite or Die is so unique. The book shows kids how the Constitution came into being. Everything from the illustrations to the text kept the kids interested in the story.


Abigail Spells (2009) by Anna Alter. Out of all three books this one was my son’s favorite. Abigail is a bird who loves to spell. So when she finds out her school is hosting a spelling bee, she signs up expecting to win. But when she doesn’t her best friend George tries to show her winning is not everything.

What great books did you read to your kids this week?

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Musing Mondays (BIG)Today’s MUSING MONDAYS post is about the read-a-thon…

Are you planning on participating in the upcoming 24 Hour Read-a-thon (either as a reader or cheerleader)? Have you made any preparations for the event? And, veterans out there, any tips you’d like to share with the newbies?

I am definitely planning on participating in the read-a-thon. As usual I’m reading and cheerleading so things will be a little hectic for me on Saturday. I’ve already started making preparations by getting my read-a-thon stack ready. I have a few books still on their way but I cannot wait!

My tips for newbies:

  1. Make sure the books in your pile are light and fun to read.
  2. Graphic novels, short story collections, young adult reads, children’s fiction, plays, and even poetry are great additions to any read-a-thon stack.
  3. Make sure you have healthy snacks ready. You’ll hate to be running around on Saturday trying to fix a meal.
  4. Naps are your friend. Don’t feel guilty taking one. I plan on taking several.
  5. Clean your house, do the laundry, and any other household needs BEFORE Saturday.
  6. You don’t have to read or cheer for 24 hours. Do it for as long as you want. When you no longer want to, take a break. Don’t feel like going back, stop. The readathon is supposed to be fun.

It’s Monday, What are you Reading?

Last week I read:

  1. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
  2. Sea Change by Aimee Freedman

Right now I’m in the middle of:

  1. August: Osage County by Tracy Letts

This week I plan to read:

  1. The Transfigured Hart by Jane Yolen
  2. Love That Dog by Sharon Creech
  3. B.P.R.D. #2: The Soul of Venice and Other Stories by Mike Mignola
  4. The Arrival  by Shaun Tan
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What My Children Are Reading – July 16th

This is a meme started by Jill over at Well-Read Child. For some reason this week has been really laid back. I don’t think any of us over here has read as much as we wanted to except for my youngest Oli. Oli’s asthma has been acting up again, so he’s spent most of the week at home with me. Here are a few books the kids and I have been reading this week.


My Mom Is Trying to Ruin My Life (2009). Written by Kate Feiffer. Illustrated by Diane Goode. The girls in my house love this book and I have to admit I do too. The main character, a little girl, swears her mother is trying to ruin her life by doing a number of embarrassing things like giving her a kiss in public and talking too loud. The main character then thinks of a plan to get rid of both of her parents. The ending is such a nice lesson for kids about how great our parents can be.

Gone with the Wand by Margie Palatini (2009). Written by Margie Palatini. Illustrated by Brain Ajhar. After Bernice, a fairy godmother, loses her magical powers, her best friend Edith the tooth fairy comes to the rescue. What ensues is a hilarious journey to help Bernice get her powers back. The first time I read this I laughed so hard, I had to stop reading for a second.



Dog’s ABC: A Silly Story about the Alphabet (2000) by Emma Dodd
Dog’s Colorful Day: A Messy Story about Colors and Counting (2000) by Emma Dodd
Dog’s Noisy Day: A Story to Read Aloud (2002)by Emma Dodd

The Dog series by Emma Dodd is the series right now in our family. All the kids, ages 4-9, have read and re-read these three books. In Dog’s ABC, Dog goes through his neighborhood noticing the different creatures. It’s a great ABC book and my family loved the illustrations by Dodd. Dog’s Colorful Day is a story about colors and counting that’s easy and fun for kids to learn. Dog goes through his neighborhood getting dirty by adding a new color spot with each adventure he has.  Then Dog takes a tour of a farm in Dog’s Noisy Day, listening to all the sounds that different creatures make. My youngest enjoyed making the sounds along with each creature.


Frogs (2008) by Nic Bishop. The title is pretty self-explanatory. This book is all about frogs, telling readers how they reproduce, live, and the different species. I just this as a read aloud for the older kids and though most aren’t into reading about animals, they really enjoyed reading the book and looking at the great photos that the author took.

Chicken Soup with Rice: A Book of Months (1996) by Maurice Sendak. Oli has read this book several times a day this week. A little boy loves chicken soup with rice so much that every month he does something different with it. Told in rhyme, readesr will love seeing what happens with every month.

What books are you and your children reading together this week?