Monday, September 17, 2012

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? 9/17


Today the Boys and I are linking up to a meme hosted by Shelia at Book Journey as well as Jen and Kellee at Teach Mentor Texts.  It's called: It's Monday!  What Are You Reading?  Check out both of their blogs for many, many, more wonderful book recommendations and links to others who are doing the same!
Rock on!


Our rating system, as written by P.J.:  
  • For every "rock" it means something different, like 1 rock is not very good, 2 rocks is OK, 3 rocks is good, 4 rocks is great, and 5 rocks is amazing! Well now that I got you up to speed, let's get into these book reviews.


P.J.'s update:  I have been reading this book (The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke) for quite a while now but I am just not that interested in it.  I mean, IT IS EXACTLY LIKE THE MOVIE.  I see almost the exact same things I saw in the movie in this book. That is why I am now going to switch my full attention onto my lit links book The A.B.C. Murders by Agatha Christie.  I will be writing about that book next week. This has been P.J.'s weekly update, thanks for reading and I  hope you read next week.







Rock Rating: 3 out of 5 
This book is good!
Hi this is C.J.  Big swords make ninjas look good... and this is book report time!
Lately I have been reading a book called Maxx Comedy by Gordon Korman.  It is a story about a boy named Max Carmody who tries to compete in a contest to become the funniest kid in America.  He makes it in the contest against 5 other people.  Max goes through hard times, funny times, and weird times throughout the book. It is up to you to find out if "Maxx Comedy" wins the title "Funniest Kid in America.
I recommend this book for ages 9-14.

What C.J. is reading now:



What Mom read this week (click on the title to link to book reviews and ratings):



Mom doesn't normally "Rock Rate" books, but if she did, she'd give this one a 5 out of 5!!!

Good thing the sequel comes out TOMORROW!!!  Yay!!!




Happy Reading, Everyone!!



Monday, September 10, 2012

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? 9/10

Today the Boys and I are linking up to a meme hosted by Shelia at Book Journey as well as Jen and Kellee at Teach Mentor Texts.  It's called: It's Monday!  What Are You Reading?  Check out both of their blogs for many, many, more wonderful book recommendations and links to others who are doing the same!

This week, we began our first week of school!  Therefore, this week is also the commencement of the crazy after-school schedules of homework, soccer, drum lessons, karate practice, orthodontist appointments, and eventually orchestra rehearsals.   And we are also reading???


Yes!

We set a page goal and designated reading time for each day, so that we can continue our reading through the school year.  We are also bringing our books with us EVERYWHERE, because those minutes while waiting for Coach to arrive at practice (or the doctor to see us, or rehearsal to start...) are precious reading minutes.  We also always read before we go to sleep at night, heading up at least 30 minutes before bedtime to allow for tooth brushing and a chapter or two.
So, although the Boys didn't finish an entire book this week, they have been reading.  Mom was able to squeak in one book (far from her summer reading pace), but her goal is one a week, so she is happy!

Here are our reading logs for the week:

Our rating system, as written by P.J.:  
  • For every "rock" it means something different, like 1 rock is not very good, 2 rocks is OK, 3 rocks is good, 4 rocks is great, and 5 rocks is amazing! Well now that I got you up to speed, let's get into these book reviews.


After starting to Chapter 1, C.J. realized that he had already read Schooled by Gordon Korman, so he switched to Maxx Comedy by the same author, Gordon Korman.


This is C.J if I ever see a man in a metal suit walking by I'll say "Hey the Tin Man called, he needs his nose back" and this... is book report time. 

I am reading Maxx Comedy by Gordan Korman. It is funny at parts, but "eh" at others. It is about a kid named Max Cormandy who's dream is to be a standup comedian on a T.V show.   So he enters a contest and has to do a 3 minute video of him making jokes so he can win 3000 dollars and be a special guest on a T.V. show. That is how far I got. So far I am enjoying the book. My prediction for this good book is that Max will win because, well in a book was there ever a main character who didn't win anything?



Hey this is P.J. and this is my Monday update. I have been reading the book The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke. I am at the part when the gang is about to meet the man with a job for Scipio, but the detective is about to try and get Prosper and Bo to return to his aunt. Some of my goals for this year reading wise is to try and read some mystery novels. I think that I am going to find spare time to read when I don't have any after school activities.  I am going to read a lot. That was my Monday Update with P.J.   





This week, Mom read Ruby Holler by Sharon Creech.  (Click on the book title for rating and review on Goodreads.)


C.J. and I are slowly making our way through The Fellowship of the Ring as our read-aloud.  We are both guilty of falling asleep while reading our own books, so we haven't made much progress this week.  We should build up our stamina as we adjust to our school schedules!


What's next?
Mom is planning to read this one this week (Paranormal YA!  Yay!):



Happy Reading!!

Monday, September 3, 2012

It's Labor Day Monday! What Are You Reading? 9/3

Today the Boys and I are linking up to a meme hosted by Shelia at Book Journey as well as Jen and Kellee at Teach Mentor Texts.  It's called: It's Monday!  What Are You Reading?  Check out both of their blogs for many, many, more wonderful book recommendations and links to others who are doing the same!

It is official... Today is the LAST DAY OF SUMMER.  <tears welling in our eyes>

Yesterday, the Boys and Mom discussed our summer reading blog and its destiny. Should we stop, now that summer has officially ended?  Are the Boys finished, tired of books and blogs and nagging Moms?

To Mom's great surprise and glee, the Boys said, "NO!"  They LIKE blogging about their reading.  


What is that again?

The boys

LIKE

blogging about their READING?




The Boys

think it is COOL

to recommend books to their friends?




Yes, yes, YES!!!


We want to continue with our reading and book recommendations throughout the school year.  


Mom's wildest dream has come true.  



Yes.

The Boys want to carry on.  So, here we go....  

Carry on, Boys!

Here is our rating system, as written by P.J.:  
  • For every "rock" it means something different, like 1 rock is not very good, 2 rocks is ok, 3 rocks is good, 4 rocks is great, and 5 rocks is amazing! Well now that I got you up to speed, let's get into these book reviews.


This week, C.J. read:

Title: No More Dead Dogs
Author: Gordon Korman

Goodreads Summary:  Here's one for every reader weary of being assigned novels in which the dog dies. For expressing his true views of "Old Shep, My Pal, " eighth-grade football hero Wallace Wallace earns a detention that takes him off the team and plunks him in the auditorium, where his English teacher is directing a theatrical version of "Old Shep, My Pal."

What I think:I think that No More Dead Dogs was a awesome book! It was basically about a football player that has to do a report about a book called "Old Shep My Pal." He refuses to because the dog dies. Wallace (He's the guy who did the report) then has to go to detention at the auditorium where the drama club is doing a play about that book. Later Wallace helps out with it and quits the football team to make the play "better". But there is someone trying to ruin the play! Who could it be? Could it be someone on the football team? Could it be someone from the Drama club? You need to find out for yourselves.
Recommended for:Ages 11-15
Rock Rating:5/5

What I am reading next:
Schooled by Gordon Korman


Hey this P.J. and I am going to read the book The Thief Lord.

Title: The Thief Lord
Author: Cornelia Funke
Goodreads Summary:  Welcome to the magical underworld of Venice, Italy. Here, hidden canals and crumbling rooftops shelters runaways and children with incredible secrets....
After escaping from their cruel aunt and uncle, orphans Prosper and Bo meet a mysterious boy who calls himself the "Thief Lord." Clever and charming, The Thief Lord leads a band of street children who enjoy making mischief. But the Thief Lord also has a dark secret. And suddenly Prosper and Bo find themselves on a fantastical journey to a forgotten place. What they discover there will change the course of their destiny... forever.

Why I chose this book: I picked this book because I loved the movie and I love thief stories. I am looking forward to seeing how the movie is different from the book, and how they incorporated the stuff from the book into the movie.

Mom's books for this week:

About Average by Andrew Clements


C.J. and Mom are also still reading aloud:


It's getting exciting!  Frodo and Gandalf just discovered that Bilbo's ring is the "One Ring to Rule them All!!"


Mom has just begun reading:
Ruby Holler by Sharon Creech

Happy School Year to everyone, and Keep Reading!!