What we are reading this week

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Time again to share what we are reading this week.  I wanted to update you on what our final thought were on The Willoughby's by Lois Lowry.  I'm not sure it deserves to be on a 100 must read book list, but it ended up being a cute book, despite the slightly dark view on relationships. The boys all liked it and it ended the way we had hoped.  I would love to know what others have thought if you have read this book.  On to this week's reads.

Nighttime- Britton

Return to Howliday Inn by James Howe

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Still working our way through the Bunnicula series.  We are on book 5 now, with two more to go. We are still laughing at the silly jokes and enjoying the crazy situations this crew gets into.  In this book, they are back at the dreaded Chateau Bow Wow and of course something terrible will be in store for them.  We can't wait to see how Harold, Howie, and Chester save the day again.

Nighttime- Greyson and Lincoln

The Ranger's Apprentice: The Ruins of Gorlan

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We are about half way through this book and we are enjoying it so far.  I feel like since this series is 12 books long, this book is really setting the stage for what will happen in future books.  Not much has happened in it yet other than getting to know the characters and understanding their lives.  But even though it hasn't had an action packed start, I still look forward to reading it each night with the boys.  And I am sure something will have to happen soon in order to hook you into wanting to read the next book. I am hoping to have this book finished by the next time that I post and I will have an update on what our final thoughts were about it.

Daytime Read- All 3 Boys

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang by Ian Fleming

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I had no idea that Chitty Chitty Bang Bang was a book.  I love the movie, but had no idea that the movie was based on a book.  And I had no idea that the author is the same author of James Bond, which I also didn't know was a book.  The boys and I are really enjoying this book.  It's a quick read, nothing too deep.  It's just a fun, light book so far.  I will let you know what I think next week, but so far I would recommend it to read with your kids.

So, that is our list for the week.  I'm starting to look at a new series for Britton.  I'm trying to decide between the Wizard of Oz Series and the Green Ember books.  Both will be crossed off the list at some point.  And will be getting ready to read Tuesdays at the Castle with all three boys soon.
What is on your list to read this week?

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What we are reading this week

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Last week we were reading the first Percy Jackson and I told you all we would probably read the whole series, well I changed my mind.  I just couldn't get into it.  The Greek gods were interesting but I just felt like the characters were not deep enough and I also didn't like how mean everyone was to each other in the book.   If I am reading a book about bullying, then that is fine.  It will show character development and gives me a good jumping off point to talk with the boys about some tough topics.  But this book just struck me as being mean just for the sake of being mean.  Now my boys really liked the book and wanted me to continue reading it, but if they want to finish the series they are going to have to do it on their own. So this means a whole new book list this week.

Nighttime Read- Britton

Nighty-Nightmare by James Howe

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Britton and I are working our way through the next book in the Bunnicula series. These books crack me up.  I wish Britton would catch all the jokes that the characters say to each other.  Although he does catch more of them than I would expect.  In this book, we are following Chester, Harold, & Howie to a camping trip in the woods on St. George's Eve.  Of course Chester's overactive imagination is creating quite a few problems for the gang.  These books are so cute.  These are the perfect books to read with your early elementary kids.

Nighttime Read- Greyson & Lincoln

Ranger's Apprentice Book 1- The Ruins of Gorlan

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If you know me, you know that I spend a good amount of time every week scrolling through book lists.  This series has popped up quite a few times and I have been very interested in starting it with the boys.  The thing is, this is not the type of book I would usually read.  I'm not really into fantasy books.  (Ok, I know I am a huge Harry Potter fan, but that is different.)  I have never read books like The Hobbit or Lord of the Rings.  They just are not my thing, but yes, they are on my list to get to with the boys.  This series has 12 books in it and we really are just in the introduction phase of the book.  Not much has happened yet.  So I can't say if I will want to read this whole series with the boys, but I know many who have read this series multiple times because they say it is just so good. I'll let you know next week what I am thinking about this series.

Daytime Read- All 3 Boys

The Willoughbys by Lois Lowry

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Up next on our 100 book list was another Lois Lowry book.  I was not a fan of Anastasia Krupnik, so I wasn't sure what I would think of this one.  I had never heard of this book before our book list either.  I still can't quite say what I think of this one.  I like the idea of this story, but I think the topic has been covered in a better way by other authors.  It's about 4 children who are hoping to become orphans and are being raised by their nanny while their parents are away on a very dangerous vacation.  And yes, I did say they were hoping to become orphans.  This story has a Series of Unfortunate Events feeling to it. All I can say is that I like parts of this story so far and I'm hoping the bits that I don't like get all nicely wrapped up at the end.

This is what we are reading this week.  I would love any suggestions about books I must share with my boys.  Any favorite series your kids are reading right now?  

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