Wednesday, August 11, 2010

WWW Wednesdays

MizB of Should Be Reading sponsors this weekly meme so we can share what we're all doing reading-wise!

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

* What are you currently reading?
* What did you recently finish reading?
* What do you think you’ll read next?

Currently Reading:

The Tudors by G.J. Meyer
I am on the 20th and final CD of The Tudors and am so ready to be done with it! It was good but I think I need a little break from the Tudors!

Loving Frank
by Nancy Horan
I've just started this and am already very into it1

Recently Finished Reading:

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford
I cannot put into words how absolutely great this book is!!! I read it in 3 days; I couldn't put it down!

Coming Up Next:

The Penderwicks: A Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy by Jeanne Birdsall

A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Both are my TBR list (and the corner of my bureau!) (Also The Penderwicks can count can count toward the Children's Award-Winning Classics Challenge!!!)

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Teaser Tuesdays

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

* Grab your current read
* Open to a random page
* Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
* BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
* Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Here's mine!

"No, my love," Mamah said, leaning over to kiss his brow. "it's my fault. I told her I am not Mrs. Wright."

~ Loving Frank by Nancy Horan

Children's Award Winning Classics

From July through December, 5 Minutes for Books is sponsoring Children's Award Winning Classics in which we all read award-winning children's books (well, duh; hence, the name!! lol)

I was looking for some light reading/listening and decided to finally read Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo which I have wanted to read ever since Tucker's class read The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane and I LOVED it!

Winner of the 2001 Newbery Honor Award, this story is about a young girl, India Opal, who has just moved to FL with her father, a preacher. Her mother died when she was little and she struggles with this a little each day. She meets a dog at the local grocery store and names him Winn-Dixie after the store. Winn-Dixie leads Opal to meet many wonderful people that she may not have otherwise and as she talks with them, she collects stories and thinks about her mother. Opal grows up that summer as she learns what friendship is all about.

I enjoyed this simple story and loved the characters in it. I was touched by Opal's desire to find out more about about her mother and to grow closer to her father. She learned about friendship from a pretty eclectic group of people and grew because of her experiences with them.