Saturday, January 23, 2010

My Place and Yours

I'm joining in with a lovely meme this week called My Place And Yours, formerly hosted by the very crafty Pip, now rehoused at Vic's little corner of blogland :) The theme this week is 'What I'm Reading'.

Here's what I'm trying to read:

I love Jodi Picoult, I've read most of her books. Harvesting the Heart explores the nature of ambivalent motherhood, and is the emotional tale of a new mother, Paige, trying to come to terms with motherhood when she didn't know her own mother. Some of Picoult's descriptions of the overwhelming and confused feelings of a new mother trying to take care of a newborn and feeling completely out of her depth rang so true for me that I wondered if the author had read my diary. I'm loving it. I'd even like to finish it.

Yes, this sophisticated and oh so grown up novel is what I'm trying to read...

This is what I actually end up reading most days at my place:

Not so sophisticated, but funny, sometimes rhyming and definitely noisier! (10 Little Rubber Ducks has a little ducky squeaker inside the back cover, too cute).

10 Little Rubber Ducks by Eric Carle is a beautiful tale about a shipment of 10 rubber ducks that gets lost overboard during shipping. The Rubber Ducks each go in different directions, and the last little rubber duck gets adopted by a family of real ducks!

There's a Sea in my Bedroom by Margaret Wild, Illustrated by Jane Tanner tells the story David, a little boy who is frightened of the sea. When David takes a conch shell home, a sea appears in his bedroom and helps David overcome his fears.

Slinky Malinki by Lynley Dodd is a very well worn favourite in our house.
Slinky Malinki was blacker than black,
a stalking and lurking adventurous cat.
He had bright yellow eyes,a warbling wail,
and a kink at the end of his very long tail."
(Yes I can recite the entire book from memory. Don't look so impressed, I have after all been reading it almost daily for the past eight years). Lynley Dodd of course wrote the Hairy Maclary series - if you have young children and you don't know these books, you should!

Thanks Vic for hosting this fun meme!


  1. I love Slinky Malinki!!!

    I suppose I should get around to reading some Jodi Picoult one of these days - but when I worked at Borders in Bondi all of the sniffy book clubs who fought over her books put me off...

    Hope you get to finish it soon, but in the mean time, the loud, rhyming books are super fun too. :)

    Thanks for playing Gypsy!

  2. I remember reading books like that when my kids were all a lot lot younger. There are boxes and boxes of them in the cupboard. I have read one or two of Jodi Picoult and she is very perceptive.

  3. Beautiful post and reading ... doesn't matter what you're reading as long as YOU enjoy it ;) LOVE the kids stories ... see you next week. xo

  4. oh what a fun post!..the kiddies book reviews almost had me wishing i had littlies again..actually NO i'm enjoying my freedom too much lol!!

  5. Um, i'm not a reader so i'm with the Slinky Malinky, we have lots of their books & the rhythm keeps me interested. Love Posie

  6. Oh that Slinky Malinki crew have helped us out with family nicknames for years. My youngest is often Stinky Malinky, when I was very pregnant with her I was mama von crumb with a very low tum...the list goes on. That jodi picoult is a writting machine. She seems to come out with a new book every 2 months. I've only read the sister one so far.

  7. Hi Gypsy. Can't really relate to Jodi Picoult as I've never had kids, but those kids books look like they'd be a lot of fun to read though! Esp that Slinky Malinki. :^)

  8. I love the Hairy McLairy books, the rhymes are ace! It's good you are reading for your own sake as well as for your kids. You need that bit of escape time when you are with kids all day. Happy reading Gypsy! xo

  9. Slinky Malinki is a fav here too. I like the sound of there’s a sea in my bedroom. Thanks :-)


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