Monday, July 21, 2008

more books!

Chad took the girls to the pool for a long afternoon on Saturday - it's not like I hadn't been to the pool with them every day all week, I needed a break from the chlorine and splashing - so I stayed home to read. I ended up starting a new book and finishing that day as well! I haven't done that since before my oldest was born - I guess the Summer Reading Groupies challenge has really got me going with reading again...

I'd never read a book by James Patterson before, but I did read online that this one, Sam's Letters to Jennifer, was not like his usual writing style. Therefore, I can't make a comparison to his other works. I can say that really did enjoy this story. I like stories with romance, history, struggle, and a satisfying ending. This had them all.

Now I've started his other somewhat-similarly-styled book, Suzanne's Diary For Nicholas. So that will be book #4 - I've made my goal & then some, and it feels great! Thank goodness for the library, because I can't find the box that I packed the books I had planned to read for #3 and beyond.


I also have a quick recommendation for the kids - The Missing Piece Meets the Big O, by Shel Silverstein.

Despite its simplistic black & white illustrations, my kids found it quite entertaining. Beneath the silly story is an easily drawn line between what happens to The Missing Piece and what should happen with each of us as we mature in our friendships and relationships with others. This book goes on my Must Reads For Kids list!

We also borrowed a fun book called Sweet Dream Pie by Audrey Wood - what a fun book, thanks for the recommendation, Nic! We made our own pie (also Nic's idea), using some ingredients we had & went to the store for the rest: Nilla Wafer crust, crumbled up brownies, marshmellows, Hershey's Cookies & Cream candy bar, M&M's, colored sprinkles, hot fudge sauce, and cool whip! Let's just say it was sweet!

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