22 January 2013

What are You Reading RIGHT NOW? May 2012-January 2013

To participate in this challenge the first thing The Four of Us do is head our bookshelves, our Library Bookshelf in particular:
The Library Bookshelf is a MUST in home like ours. If we aren't reading a library book, this is where it lives. When it's Library Day (Thursday) we grab our library bags, library cards, grab the books that need to be returned
and then hit the library.
We're thinking Alex Johnson would get a kick out of our 
bookshelves. The Dad makes new shelves every 
time we need them: OFTEN; bookshelves literally fill our house. 
Want to tell us what is on YOUR bookshelf? 
Take The Bookshelf Challenge --one of our first challenges!

Coincidentally,  The Poet sent us this piece from NPR: A Book About Bookshelves To Put On Your Very Own Bookshelf. His timing was perfect, The Mom purchased Bookshelf by Alex Johnson for The Dad!  The shelves in the book are wild and wonderful, you can explore some of them on the Bookshelf blog and the NPR storyThe bookshelves around here are not exactly the artful masterpieces we imagine are featured in the book (it should arrive tomorrow); we wondered what Alex Johnson's own bookshelves were like. Thankfully Madhulika Sikka asked him this exact question:
So how does Johnson himself store books?
         "Ha, ha! Just as the cobbler's children have the shoddiest shoes, my bookshelves and bookcases are spectacularly dull and straightforward," he says. "Most of them are standard, horizontal wooden shelves painted white in the basement of the house where I work."

So, What are you Reading Right Now? 
Tell us in the comments below:


  1. We're reading How to Sharpen Pencils by David Rees

    The Mom found it and bought it for The Dad --but we ALL love it and want to write our own "How to" book just like it!

    The Big Sis says, "when I opened this book, I started laughing --I couldn't help it. There are pictures of how to warm up before you sharpen a pencil. And oh, how I love chapter 11!"

    Watership Down Richard Adams

    The LIttle Sis says, "I LOVE it, I love the bunnies!!!"

    The Big Sis says, "at first I thought is would be a book about rabbit trivia, but now I see its about adventure, and friendship and trust... I really love it!"

  2. The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet by Reif Larsen

    It’s slow going but SO good!

    Moby Dick by Herman Melville

    When I was really little I heard of this book and wanted to know the story. And now that I love reading Shakespeare, I thought, oh, I could give Moby Dick a try. And all the sudden I can’t stop reading it. I sit in bed at night and stay up very late reading it.

    Loamhedge by Brian Jacques Pronounces “jakes” like stakes.
    Audio Book, narrated by the author and a full cast

    A full cast narrating Loamhedge brings it to life completely. From the baby otter voices to the squeaky old gatekeeper and Jacques’ thick Scottish accent I feel like I’ve entered a whole new world. I barely see the room I am sitting in, instead I am transported to Redwall! I am listening to this with The Little Sister!

    The Case of the Peculiar Pink Fan by Nancy Springer
    Audio Book, narrated by Katherine Kellgren

    When Enola (Sherlock Holmes’ little Sister) finds out that Lady Cecily Alistair is in great peril she takes it into her own hands to solve the mystery –which includes a VERY peculiar pink fan.

    The Complete Works of William Shakespeare by William Shakespeare

    When I am in need of a good story or even a little bit of tragedy, I just open the complete works and it’s all laid out in front of me! I can never get quite enough of Shakespeare.

  3. Thea Stilton and the Star Castaways
    Geronimo Stilton A Fabumouse School Adventure
    The Keepers Book Three: The Wizard’s Scepter
    by Jackie French Koller
    Mermaid Tales from Around the World retold by Mary Pope Osborne

    The Star Castaways is funny, mysterious and sometimes exciting –funny words and MORE!

    A Fabumouse School Adventure, this book it is very funny because he says a lot of funny things like “cheese whiskers” and “fabumouse”!!

    The Keepers is filled up to the brim with dragons, magic wands and magical things and magical beasts.

    The Mermaid book, all kinds of mermaids stories, short clips –including Irish, American, and British mermaids. I recommend you get it from the library if you are into magical creatures!

    Dictated by The Little Sister, typed by The Mom!

  4. Swim Back To Me by Ann Packer. I loved her book The Dive From Clausen's Pier, so when I walked into the library on Monday & saw this displayed on the new fiction shelf, I just had to grab it. So far, I've successfully checked it out & it's on my nightstand... more soon, when I've taken a gulp of it. xo BFW!

  5. Superman: The High-Flying History of America's Most Enduring Hero by Larry Tye :-)

  6. Just about to start reading Arsenic Under the Elms.

  7. Anonymous10:09 AM

    Not exactly reading this book, more like studying it but it's really awesome. Papercraft: Design and art with paper.

  8. Lynn Barret10:02 AM

    On the 11 hour drive to Connecticut with my daughter, and part of the way back, we listened to Sacre Bleu (A Comedy d'Art) by Christopher Moore. It's definitely adult fare but totally engaging on many levels - mystery, comedy, well known characters and references. Great fun!
    And when I can snatch some time between packing and organizing my house for a move, I'm reading The Passion of the Western Mind by Richard Tarnas. I've had this book since it was first published and have tried to get into it a number of times. This time I'm finding it fascinating.
    It's good to be back with BFWP!

  9. Kathleen Hoagg10:19 AM

    Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts

  10. "Pajamas are good for the soul."
    — Rebecca Stead (When You Reach Me)

    Today The Big Sister is reading: The Book Thief by Markus Zuzak;
    The Mom is reading: Son by Lois Lowry;
    The Little Sister is reading: the latest Thea Stilton;
    The Dad is reading: Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos;
    and together we are reading: The Mysterious Benedict Society.

    And today we WILL be reading in our pajamas, it is that kind of snowy winter's day.

  11. Anonymous9:40 AM

    A Shadow in Summer by Daniel Abraham
    The Last Colony by John Scalzi

  12. A Tale For The Time Being by Ruth Ozeki,

    This book is so beautifully written and has such a moving story I can't put it down... I don't want to put it down!

    While the story deals with very harsh themes the way it's told seems so unashamedly true and real that you let the story take you where it wants to go instead of thinking that you know something about it.

    I love all of the information Ozeki adds as well as the prospect that her writing has some historically and true cultural elements. I will be researching this story long after I've finished it!