Wednesday, July 24, 2013

What We're Reading Wednesday #2

I think I missed a week or two since the first WWRW link up.  But we're still reading!  It's taking me a bit longer to recover from our super busy VBS/Birthday Party week.  I think the heat wave we had last week didn't help matters.  Maybe I just need a nice long vacation.



I took a break from some of the books I was reading and delved into Donna-Marie Cooper O'Boyle's latest book, The Miraculous Medal.  Honestly, when it arrived at my house I intended only to page through it and put it in the pile with the rest of the review books to wait its turn.  Instead I wound up finding myself needing to read the book now.  I'm just a few pages from the end.  It's not a book I can easily put down.  I'll be writing a review for it very soon, but here's the short and sweet of it:  We get the back story of St. Catherine Laboure and the origins of the miraculous medal.  Then we move into chapters that discuss miracles surrounding the miraculous medal.  Donna-Marie tells us of how she came to be friends with Blessed Mother Theresa and thus became inspired to make giving miraculous medals to those she meets as part of her ministry.  She then tells many stories about how the medals she has distributed to others has made an impact.  The final part, which I haven't yet read contains novenas and prayers.

I'm also slowly making my way through Fr. F. X. Lascance's Our Lady Book.  I really enjoy reading older prayer books, but with so many other things to read I really only find myself able to read bits and pieces of it each day.  It's just not a book I can sit and read for an hour or so, but I am still enjoying it.

Ellie just started reading the Julie books from American Girl.  She finished up Meet Juliethe other day and has just moved on to reading Julie Tells her Story.  She's enjoying the books so I can't complain.  I would have preferred it if she selected one of the other American Girl's.  
Madeline has been avoiding books in favor of distractions like the iPad or the Wii.  But she did just devour A Bundle of Trouble: A Rebecca Mystery.  She's been in this phase where any book Bryan or I suggest to her is THE. WORST. BOOK. EVER.  Sigh.  We had told her that we expected her to start reading either The Hobbit or Harry Potter.  But those are "boring" books according to Madeline.  Those of us who like those books just don't know any better.  Sorry kid, you're going into 7th grade.  It's time to start reading real books.  Save the wailing and gnashing of teeth over the truly horrible book selections for the language arts teacher.
Katie is still on her Tomie DePaola kick.  She's been adding Strega Nona into the mix.  I love how Tomie DePaola weaves our Catholic faith into the stories.  Katie seems to love both the pictures and the stories.  For a while there I thought she was just interested in the pictures but I've noticed that she has little interest in books illustrated by Tomie but not written by him.  She must be a fan of his story telling.
Earlier this week she spent a bit of time brining me some of our (meaning me, Bryan, Madeline and Ellie) favorite Boynton books.  I think she was a bit annoyed at how short the books are.  She's just so used to sitting and listening to longer stories that these short little board books don't impress her.

So what are you reading this week?  Visit Housewifespice for more What We're Reading Wednesday posts.


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