Tuesday, May 15, 2012

What We're Reading: May


Family Read Alouds

Last month, we read several Anansi stories.
These are lots of fun.



This month, we're reading a few more trickster tales.  Particularly, we're reading Sister Tricksters, because the boys shouldn't get to have all the fun . . . or suffer consequences alone.

Ella's Reading List
(age 8)

Last week, Ella finished reading, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.  I have never seen her so excited to carry around such a big book.  The pride in her face . . . oh, it made my mama heart happy.  It came with lots of tears in those last few days, but it was so worth it in the end.

She also read The Watcher: Jane Goodall's Life with the Chimps .  I'm a big Jane Goodall fan.  Big.  Huge.  I was thrilled to find this book.  I meant to use it as a read aloud, but my little bookworm devoured the whole thing before I had the chance to crack it open. And yes, I did give her a little oral quiz to make sure she actually read it.  :)






Mom's Reading List

In April, I picked a book to go with my kids' tricksters theme.  I read Neil Gaiman's Anansi Boys.  I really enjoyed this one.  It was particularly enjoyable because we were already talking about the trickster tales, and I could compare Gaiman's story and see how he was both using the Anansi character and mimicking the structure of the tales.

Also last month, I finished A Game of Thrones (Book 1).  Wow.  It's great, but be prepared.  It's rough.  My best advice is do NOT get attached to any characters.  You've been warned.

So, of course, I started A Clash of Kings (Game of Thrones, Book 2) once I finished the first one.  Except, Ella wanted me to read Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,*** with her, so I took a break and downloaded the ebook from my library.  But I'm halfway through and there's a two week limit on checkouts and a waiting list, so I'm going to go back to A Clash of Kings until I get Harry back.  Because I really only read at night, in the girls' room, in the dark, while I'm waiting for Harper to sleep.  My e-reader is kind of vital to the whole process.  When I do read during the day, I grab my husband's paperback copy of A Clash of Kings.

And yes, for those of you doing the math, that means I am reading TWO big-ass books simultaneously.  Don't worry.  My brain is used to it.

It's my superpower.


*** Confession time: I have never actually read any of the Harry Potter books.  
Begin shock and awe now . . . I'll wait . . . go ahead . . . get it all out. . . 
I don't know why.  I was busy with school and work when they first came out, and since then it's been on my list, but I just never got around to it.   But that means I'm doing the indefensible . . . I'm reading the last book without have read the previous six.  *sigh*  I know, I know.  But I did see the movies, and I do intend to read them all one day.  I just swore I'd read the last one before watching the movie, and Ella really wanted me to read it so we could talk about it.  And I just couldn't tell my girl, "No." 


Ok . . . begin mocking me . . .



3 comments:

  1. When the Harry Potter books first came out in the US I was incensed that Scholastic felt the need to Americanize the language. Having grown up reading E. Nesbit in the *ahem* original British English and not suffering any confusion in the least, I wanted to read the Harry Potter books the way they'd been originally written too. (And also, Scholastic? Really? Do you think American kids are THAT dumb?) But I couldn't get my hands on the British copies. You couldn't order them from Amazon.uk; it broke some distribution agreement. I didn't know anyone in England who could send them to me. Finally I caved and started reading the American versions--this may have been by book 3? I'm not sure. Later, I found some British copies of some of the books in a used book store we used to have in town. Now I suppose I could ask my internationally traveling husband to pick up the whole set the next time he's in Europe...

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  2. Thanks for the Reading list. You don't know how much it means to me, gotta check it out.

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