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Teaser Tuesdays

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading . To participate, you're supposed to share two teaser sentences from a random page in the book you're currently reading. I'm still reading the same book I was reading last week. Isn't that sad? But I had just started it last Tuesday and hopefully I'll be done with it within the next day or two, so I guess it's not that bad! Anyway, here's another teaser from the book: Glenn Strange: Pizza was just one of the things we missed, and, though it sounds trivial when piled on top of all the other things and people we missed, it made a significant gap in our lives there. (When Mac Byrd got back from R&R in Hawaii with his wife, he told us that on about the fourth day she said, "Mac, I know it's been a long time since you've had any and it will be a long time before you get any more, but can't we eat something besides pizza today?" ~ page 61 of A Hundred Fee

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

Happy Monday morning! Thanks for stopping by! It hasn't been a great reading week for me, but hopefully it has been for you! I did have a great blogging week! I joined in the Book Blogger Hop hosted by Crazy-for-Books and ended up with several new followers. Welcome to my blog! I didn't manage to complete any adult books last week. I did read and review Ima Nobody Becomes Somebody by Brenda Poage. It's a children's book about bullying. I also published my weekly What My Children Are Reading recap. So I guess it was a big week for kids books around here! I've been reading A Hundred Feet Over Hell: Flying with the Men of the 220th Recon Airplane Company Over I Corps and the DMZ, Vietnam 1968-1969 by Jim Hooper, and I'm enjoying it. But I just haven't had a lot of time to read this past week. I'm hoping to finish it soon! Up next: The Piano Teacher: A Novel by Janice Y. K. Lee ~ whenever it's finally available from the library! Forget

What My Children Are Reading This Week

This week, we made it back to the library, and got a whole new set of books to read. Unfortunately, M has been on a reading strike this week. We usually read at night before bed, and lately she's been wanting to just go to bed without reading. I guess I need to pull out the books more during the day. So for this week, I'm going to focus on the books we've been reading with C. If You Decide to go to the Moon by Faith McNulty is a book that was chosen for a children's book club we joined. It's written as a sort of manual; the first line is, "If you decide to go to the moon in your own rocket ship, read this book before you start." This is a cute story as it's told by a child and the illustrations are of him going to the moon, not an adult. It includes some great facts, such as how far away the moon is and how long it takes to get there, as well as what seems like a realistic description of what it's like on the moon. But it's all done in a

Book Blog Hop

Jennifer at Crazy-for-Books had made her Book Blog Hop a weekly meme, so book bloggers can link up and network with others every week now! I'm excited to participate and hope to discover some great new blogs to follow! I love that she's now having participants include a list of the types of books they read and discuss on their blogs. It makes it much easier to find the book blogs with the content I'm most interested in. So, if you talk about books on your blog, stop over and add your link! If you're just looking for a list of some great book blogs to read, head over to Crazy for Books and start hopping!

Book Review: Ima Nobody Becomes Somebody by Brenda Poage

In Ima Nobody Becomes Somebody , Brenda Poage introduces us to Ima, a little girl with a lot of problems. First, there's her name. How can a little girl with a name like Ima Nobody feel good about herself? Then there's her looks. Her red hair is all tied up in a knot on top of her hair, her front teeth stick straight out and her knobby knees knock together when she walks. So the fact that bratty little Billy Do-good, her neighbor and classmate, picks on her is not a surprise. But on the first day of first grade, Ima becomes friends with Junie, who helps her cope with the bullying. They come up with a great plan for Ima to compete in the school Olympics and beat Billy once and for all. Ima Nobody Becomes Somebody is a fairly realistic example of bullying, with kids calling each other names and sticking their tongues out at each other. I think it would be good for elementary kids who are dealing with bullying in their own lives. My son is in kindergarten, and I chose not to

Teaser Tuesdays

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading . To participate, you're supposed to share two teaser sentences from a random page in the book you're currently reading. Here's a teaser from the book I just started: "With grease pencil in hand, I began by circling where we had recently taken AA fire around Finger Lake, and the locations of enemy artillery pieces we had destroyed. The pilots who had never flown up north seemed shocked by the number of circles I'd drawn." ~ page 125 of A Hundred Feet Over Hell by Jim Hooper

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

Good Monday morning to you! Thanks for stopping by! I hope you had a great weekend. We had absolutely beautiful weather here, and enjoyed a lot of time outside. I love Spring!! Speaking of which, I joined the Spring Reading Thing 2010 challenge this weekend, which I hope will give me more motivation to read, read, read! I completed a couple of books last week. The first was Our Promised Land by Michael T. Darkow. This was a wonderful novel about two families ~ one Jewish and one Palestinian ~ and their experiences during the formation of the nation of Israel. I'm giving away two copies of this book, so be sure to enter my giveaway . It ends tonight at 10:00pm EDT. The other book I completed last week is Wench by Dolen Perkins-Valdez. This was another great book about four slave women who accompany their masters to a summer retreat in an area of the North that is free. You can click on the title to see my review. I also published my weekly What My Children Are Reading rec

Book Review: Wench by Dolen Perkins-Valdez

In the mid-1800s, Tawawa House, a resort in Ohio, was popular among Southern slaveholders who vacationed at the resort with their slave concubines. In Wench , Dolen Perkins-Valdez imagines what it may have been like for these slave women to spend time in free country with their masters. She brings this world to life through four slaves: Lizzie, Mawu, Sweet and Reenie. Although all four share the same role of "lover" to their master, they are all treated differently and have different feelings about their roles. The story really focuses on Lizzie, her life with her master, the children she has borne for him, and her struggles to reconcile her love for her master and her friendship with the other slaves. However, all four characters are built up and brought to life throughout the novel. Wench is a remarkable look at how women like Lizzie had to use their special relationship with the master to gain favors for their fellow slaves and for their children. Perkins-Valdez also l

Spring Reading Thing 2010

Yes, it's true. I'm joining another challenge. But this one isn't like the others! The Spring Reading Thing just requires me to make a list of the books I'll read during the season of Spring, and read them. That's it. So I'm including books that will help me meet my other challenge goals and this will just be an added incentive to finish them by June 20th. I'm leaving space to read a few additional publisher reviews as well. Here's a list of the books I plan to read from March 20 - June 20, 2010: A Hundred Feet Over Hell by Jim Hooper ~ for publisher review Review Forget Me Not by Vicki Hinze ~ for publisher review Review The Piano Teacher: A Novel by Janice Y. K. Lee ~ for April book club Review Rebecca by Daphne De Maurier ~ for May book club Review Not My Daughter by Barbara Delinsky ~ for June book club Review The Post-War Dream by Mitch Cullin ~ for Read Your Own Books Challenge Review to come The Glass Castle by Jeannette Wal

What My Children Are Reading This Week

Thanks for stopping by! We didn't get to the library this week, but we have lots of books from last week's trip that we've been reading. I have a few new books I've requested, too, so I'm sure I'll be heading over there again this weekend. Anyway, here are a few of the books we've been reading this week. I picked up The Sleepy Little Alphabet by Judy Sierra for M. This is a cute book that follows the little letters as they get ready for bed. I'm always looking for new books that show the lower case letters, since I want to reinforce this with M, so I was pleased with this one. It's not a spectacular book, but it's cute and the illustrations are fun ~ the little letters are drawn with faces and arms and legs, and have silly expressions on many pages. One of the books I picked up for C to read is Sammy the Seal by Syd Hoff. This is an I Can Read Book that is fairly long at 64 pages. It took C a few nights to get through it, although that wa