Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Some Fun Summer Books

I'm addicted to a few things. Here they are in no particular order:
1. dark chocolate, at least 70% cocoa

2. iced green tea

3. my computer - if I'm forced to be away from it for more than a few days, I start to shake

4. chickens! No, not as in 'eating' them, but as in raising them, enjoying them and harvesting their nummy eggs

5. most animals, really. I'm pro-pet for sure! Except for maybe tarantulas and lizards. I can't seem to muster affection for them. Guess an animal needs to have fur or feathers in order for me to connect with him or her (wait a minute......tarantulas have fur. So maybe I'll just toss the previous sentence out the window.)

6. good reading material be it Backyard Poultry magazine (my latest subscription), Eating Well, or a fabulously engrossing novel about a woman in the 1940's living on a chicken ranch (seriously - it's called The Egg and I and was written by Betty McDonald. I just read it and laughed my way through it).

6. AMAZON! I use Amazon almost daily to research and pile things into my wish list. Then I visit the library.

Max needs good books to stick his nose into, too. Today he's started to break into these clever and fun books; it makes me feel good when I peek in his room before lights out to see him hungrily devouring a book. Oftentimes after I've shut off his light, he turns it back on when he thinks I'm out of range so that he can keep reading. Should I get after him for this? I generally don't - there's nothing like losing yourself in a book.

Here are the books we've recently added to the bookshelves for summer reading - I chose them based on pure fun and entertainment.

This is a 'choose your own adventure' book with 3,856 possible endings. It's a maze of choices and outcomes! Kind of like life. I've heard Max laughing several times this evening while this book was open on his lap.

The World According to Humphrey
Some friends returned this book to us today and I remembered that we liked the story a lot, so I'm including it in this list. Humphrey is the kind of hamster you need to meet! A feel-good story. Humphrey continues to have other adventures in other books, but we haven't read them.

The Adventures of Ook and Gluk, Kung-Fu Cavemen from the Future
Graphic novels are a bit of a buzz these days. Max likes them and can get through them pretty quickly. He always goes back for more, though, and re-reads parts and pages. Dave Pilkey's latest book about two bumbling cavemen is not out just yet, but will be in early August.

Of course, Calvin and Hobbes carried him through the first part of the summer. I LOVED Calvin and Hobbes while growing up and consider those books to be part of a large chunk of my childhood. That type of humor is priceless and oh-so-fun. I am so happy that Max has taken a liking to them - Calvin is one interesting child!

I was hoping to read the Little House on the Prairie series to him over the summer, but it's just not happening. Someday we are going to dive into James Herriot's All Creatures Great and Small series, too. Another big chunk of my childhood - such grand memories of reading about life in Yorkshire and a country vet! That's bliss.

Happy summer reading! Hope you have your nose in some good books, too.

1 comment:

  1. Ooohhh I just commented on another post but then I saw this post at the bottom of your page. I can see my son liking The World According to Humphrey and Meanwhile. We have read books like Meanwhile before and my son loved them. I am going to add your blog to my google reader. Thanks for the great recommendations.

    Lil' Momma
    Living with a hard working husband, 1 toddler, 1 preschooler and 1 middle schooler who are Five in Training for HIM


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