Sunday, October 28, 2012

Hurricane Edition! It's Monday! What Are You Reading 10/29


Due to the likelihood of a power outage tomorrow, we are posting a day early...  

It's (almost) Monday!  What Are You Reading?





**Hurricane Sandy is fast approaching...  School has already been canceled for TWO whole DAYS!!!  We are likely to lose power, and the Boys are frantically playing as much Minecraft as possible before that happens.  While they may be feeling a last-minute game panic, Mom is looking forward to two days of luxurious, screen-free reading time.  Once they get over post-traumatic electronic loss disorder, Mom thinks the Boys will enjoy it too...

As always, the Boys and I love linking up to this 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.







Hello this is C.J.  Lasagna is delicious, and this... is book report time.

Title:  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Author: J.K. Rowling
Goodreads summary:  The summer holidays are dragging on and Harry Potter can't wait for the start of the school year. It is his fourth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, and there are spells to be learnt, potions to be brewed and Divination lessons (sigh) to be attended. Harry is expecting these: however, other quite unexpected events are already on the march ...
What I think:  I think this was a good book.  Harry was put into the tri-wizard tournament (unwillingly) and has to do a series of tasks to win. But something is waiting for him after the 3rd and final task.  So far I am really enjoying the Harry Potter series. It is amazing.
Recommended for:ages 9-60

Rock Rating:4/5
Of course, C.J. is now reading this:













Hey, this is P.J., and this is my review:

Title:  And Then There Were None
Author:  Agatha Christie
Goodreads summary:  First, there were ten - a curious assortment of strangers summoned as weekend guests to a private island off the coast of Devon. Their host, an eccentric millionaire unknown to all of them, is nowhere to be found. All that the guests have in common is a wicked past they're unwilling to reveal - and a secret that will seal their fate. For each has been marked for murder. One by one they fall prey. Before the weekend is out, there will be none. And only the dead are above suspicion.
What I think:  I think that this was a good book. I like how the author used a type of writing style that left you on the edge of your seat wanting more. I also think that the plot was very well thought out and very well played. I had no Idea who the murderer was until the book told me (no spoilers). Overall I believe that this was one of the best books I have ever read and I strongly believe that you will think so too. 
Recommended for: ages 13-72

Rock Rating: 5/5 :)

By the way, the next book I am reading is The Mark Of Athena by Rick Riordan.
(Mom's note:  This book was a gift from C.J.  He spotted it at the book fair and purchased it for his brother, because he knew he would love the latest in the series.  Mom almost burst with joy when she witnessed the exchange.)



Mom just finished reading this lovely book by Sharon Creech:



With our impending storm, this is the book Mom is reading next:


Eye of the Storm by Kate Messner

Finally, here is C.J. and Mom's new read-aloud book.  It's very funny, and loaded with short stories perfect for bedtime by many of C.J.'s favorite authors.


Guys Write For Guys Read edited by Jon Scieszka

Happy Hurricane Reading, everyone!  Stay safe, dry, and snuggled up with a great book!

Mom and the Boys :)

Monday, October 15, 2012

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? 10/15




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.







Hey this is P.J. and this is my update. I am reading two different books for school because we are in the mystery unit, and I am really enjoying And Then There Were None. I am at the part were they are starting to divide apart accusing each other as the murderer. In The A.B.C Murders I am at the part of the book when the fourth murder is about to happen and they are on the look out for the fourth letter. I like the book And Then There Were None better than the other one because I think that the message is cooler and it is more intriguing to think about who the murderer is in that group than to just wildly guess with no clues. This has been my reading update.


Hey this is C.J. my Grandma has a cat named Jack Sparrow and this... is book report time!

Title:  Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Author: J.K. Rowling
Goodreads Summary:  J. K. Rowling continues to bewitch readers everywhere with the third book in her magical Potter series, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Harry's ongoing exploits, along with those of his contemporaries, teachers, and relatives, are as imaginative, entertaining, and mysterious as ever. For during Harry's third year at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, he must face his greatest challenge yet: a confrontation with Sirius Black, an escaped convict and madman who is rumored to be in cahoots with Harry's archenemy, the Dark Wizard Lord Voldemort. This alone would be daunting enough, but Harry's task is made even more trying when he discovers that Sirius is suspected of being the one who killed Harry's parents.
For Harry, the Hogwarts campus has always been a sanctuary, but when Black escapes from the horrifying clutches of Azkaban Prison, all clues suggest the madman is headed for Hogwarts and Harry himself. As a result, the school starts to feel more like a prison than a sanctuary as Harry finds himself constantly watched and under guard. What's more, the terrifying Dementors - the horrifying creatures who guard Azkaban Prison - are lurking about the campus looking for Black. And their effect on Harry is a devastating one.
Still, life at school offers plenty of distractions. Harry really likes the new teacher for Defense Against the Dark Arts, Professor Lupin, who might be able to teach Harry how to defend himself against the Dementors. But Professor Snape's behavior toward Lupin has Harry wondering what secrets the two men are hiding. Harry's friend Hermione is also acting very strangely. And, of course, there is the tension caused by the ongoing Quidditch competition between the Gryffindors and the Slytherins and the never-ending bullying of the Slytherin leader, Draco Malfoy.
One of Rowling's greatest strengths is her ability to stack mystery upon mystery in a way that keeps the pages turning without frustrating the reader. Her clues are always fair and bountiful, but it's easy to lose track of them in the midst of all the high suspense, spell-casting action, and unexpected plot twists. That's okay, because Rowling ties it all neatly together at the end in a way that will leave readers snapping their fingers and muttering, "Oh yeah. Forgot about that one. How clever!"

What I Think:  I think this was a great book! It is Harry's 3rd year at Hogwarts, and you are in for a treat. For those of you who have not read Harry Potter, it is about a wizard whose parents were murdered by Lord Voldemort by a curse that kills instantly. But Harry survived as a baby when Voldemort tried to kill him. So back to the topic. Harry gets to Hogwarts and it starts off all normal,but halfway through, Fred and George Weasley give Harry a map that shows every nook and cranny of Hogwarts. Be warned, this book has a lot of twists in it, so if you don't like twists, this book is not for you!

Recommended For:ages 8-70

Rock Rating:5/5
It ROCKS!



What I am reading now: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling


Mom's update:  C.J. and I have been reading The Fellowship of the Ring aloud at bedtime for some time.  Last night, he commented that it was beginning to get creepy with the Black Riders chasing Frodo, Sam, and Pippin. We may be changing our read aloud if we start having nightmares...  



Mom read (click on the title to link to the review):


Every Day by David Levithan


Mom is currently reading:


The Great Unexpected by Sharon Creech



What are YOU reading?


Monday, October 8, 2012

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? 10/8/12


After 2 weeks of whirlwind mayhem...

We're baaaaccckkk!



While our blog waited patiently for us, we continued to read.  Finally we are here, catching up with you, dear readers, on this dreary rainy (for us) holiday (for some) Monday.   

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.






Hey this is P.J. and this is my update.
I have been reading the Agitha Christie book The A.B.C. Murders and so far it is good.  My favorite thing about this book is that you can't really figure out the mystery on your own, and you have to read to figure it out. This has been the weekend update with P.J.

Hello this is C.J.  Harry Potter's scar is makeup and this... is book report time
Title:  Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Author:  J.K. Rowling
Goodreads summary:  The Dursleys were so mean and hideous that summer that all Harry Potter wanted was to get back to the Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry. But just as he's packing his bags, Harry receives a warning from a strange, impish creature named Dobby who says that if Harry Potter returns to Hogwarts, disaster will strike.
And strike it does. For in Harry's second year at Hogwarts, fresh torments and horrors arise, including an outrageously stuck-up new professor, Gilderoy Lockhart, a spirit named Moaning Myrtle who haunts the girl's bathroom, and the unwanted attentions of Ron Weasley's younger sister, Ginny.
But each of these seem minor annoyances when the real trouble begins, and someone - or something - starts turning Hogwarts students to stone. Could it be Draco Malfoy, a more poisonous rival than ever? Could it possibly be Hagrid, whose mysterious past is finally told? Or could it be the one everyone at Hogwarts most suspects... Harry Potter himself?

What I think:  I think this is a tremendous book. It is the second book in the Harry Potter series. In the beginning, Harry's Uncle Vernon has Harry's other aunt come over. She is extremely mean too Harry and super nice to Dudley, Harry's Cousin. While his aunt is over, Harry has to stay in his room and gets visited by a mysterious man, or should I say thing...

Recommended for:ages 9-60
Rock Rating:4/5
Great!

What I am reading now:  Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. (So far it is Sirius-ly awesome.)




Here are the books that Mom has read over the past two weeks (click on the titles to link to Goodreads reviews!)

This one was every bit as good as I had hoped it would be:


Necromancing the Stone by Lish McBride

I snagged this one at our school's Book Fair this week.  It's  A-dorable,  and I wish my Boys weren't too old for me to read it to them at bedtime (but maybe I will anyway and they will indulge me???):


Nighttime Ninja by Barbara DaCosta

Here's what I am actually reading to C.J. at night.  We are finally on Chapter 4, having just eaten a fine meal with the Elves:

The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien


I am currently reading:


Every Day by David Levithan




Happy Reading!

Mom and the Boys