Last year I set myself a really difficult (for me) challenge, during 2014 I read a total of 2 books, I love reading but just wasn’t finding the time for it so I started the book a week challenge during 2015. I wasn’t surprised that I failed but I was pleased that I pushed myself to find the time to do more reading. I managed a total of 20 books during 2015 so I didn’t do too bad (for me). The first half of the year I was really good, I even read the whole of the Twilight series in just two weeks but then things (Netflix) got in the way and instead of picking up a book I was picking up my iPad for a fix of The Vampire Diaries or such like.
I have a brilliant Christmas gift idea to share with you all today which is suitable for just about everyone! The Book of Everyone is a beautifully designed and is specially made for the person that you are making it for, on this occasion I made mine for my other half as a gift from the kids for Christmas.
We love books, really love them! So it goes without saying that the kids will find lots in their stockings again this year and I have found some really awesome ones to share with you, they are in no particular order and for no particular age, just really great children’s books…
This year I have been a terrible reader, I am currently reading my second book! This really saddens me so I have decided to make it my goal to read a book every single week during 2015.
I love to read so this shouldn’t be a massive challenge, once I’m reading a good book I am hooked and don’t want to put it down!
Here is a list of some of the books that I intend to read, I own either the paper version or the kindle version of these books already, I love to buy books so I have acquired up quite a collection that I have wanted to read over the past few years… Now I just need to start reading them!
Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn The Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed out of the Window – Jonas Jonasson Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone– J. K. Rowling Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets– J. K. Rowling
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – J. K. Rowling
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire – J. K. Rowling
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix – J. K. Rowling
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince – J. K. Rowling
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – J. K. Rowling
- The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins
- Catching Fire – Suzanne Collins
- Mockingjay– Suzanne Collins
- All for you – Sheila O’Flanagan
- Leftovers – Stella Newman
- The Hidden Child – Camilla Lackberg
- Eat Pray Love – Elizabeth Gilbert
Her Fearful Symmetry – Audrey Niffenegger
- The Slap – Christos Tsiolkas
- White Wedding – Millie Johnson
- A Visit from the Goon Squad – Jennifer Egan
- The Christmas Cookie Club – Ann Pearlman
- What the Nanny saw – Fiona Neill
- The Help – Kathryn Stockett
- Never Let me go – Kazuo Ishiguro
Let’s pretend this never happened – Jenny Lawson
- How to be a woman – Caitlin Moran
- The wedding day – Catherine Alliott
The wedding girl – Madeleine Wickham
- A French affair – Susan Lewis
The lovely Bones – Alice Sebold
- Atonement – Ian McEwan
A compromising position – Carole Matthews
- The girls – Lori Lansens
- Pieces of my heart – Sinead Moriarty
- The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
A minor indiscretion – Carole Matthews The unpredictable consequences of love – Jill Mansell
- The road – Cormac McCarthy
- A clockwork Orange – Anthony Burgess
- The outcast – Sadie Jones
- The bad mother’s Handbook – Kate Long
- 19 minutes – Jodi Picoult
- Mercy – Jodi Picoult
- The Cupid effect – Dorothy Koomson
- The chocolate run – Dorothy Koomson
- The Mill house – Susan Lewis
- Purple Hibiscus – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
- Running with scissors – Augusten Burroughs
Twilight – Stephanie Meyer New Moon – Stephanie Meyer Eclipse – Stephanie Meyer Breaking Dawn – Stephanie Meyer The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society Shopaholic to the Stars
- Pride and Prejudice
Tony Hogan Bought Me an Ice-cream Float Before He Stole My Ma The Sunrise – Victoria Hislop Wish You Were Here – Catherine Alliot
I know there are more than 52 books here and I probably won’t get round to reading more than one per week but I wanted to create a list of all the books that I own that I have yet to read. I am sure I will pick up more when I go shopping too!
If you have any great book recommendations then please leave them in the comments below, I love to hear about new books that I could discover. I will pick up anything and give it a go. I’ve read classics such as ‘The Turn of the Screw’ and ‘Lolita’ but am also happy with a Sophie Kinsella or Sheila O’Flanagan 😉
I’d like to take this opportunity to wish you all a VERY HAPPY New Year! xx
Ladybird books have come such a long way since I was little. I still have a big collection of the old Ladybird books, including some Read it yourself as you can see in the photo below. Some of them will be a good 40 years old now and have been passed down to me from my older sister Cath, after me they went back to her boys and then came back to me when I had Lero and have stayed with me ever since! They are very well-loved and some are even falling apart but they are firm family favourites!
Anyway when Ladybird got in touch to tell me that the Read it yourself books were being relaunched and would I like to review some I was super excited! The new Read it yourself books are paperback and there are four different levels. Aimed at 4-7 year olds
Bugs got some books from Level One including Topsy & Tim, Peppa Pig and Rex the Big Dinosaur. Level one is recommended from age 4 so they are a little advanced for Bugs at the moment but that doesn’t stop us reading them together and he loves looking at the lovely pictures. We love reading in this family and I am always trying the children to pick up a book and I have a feeling that these new Ladybird books are going to be just as well loved as mine! I really love the fact that Ladybird have brought in some recognisable characters; it makes Bugs more eager to look at them.
Boo got three books from Level four including Charlie & Lola and Moshi Monsters. This level is aimed at children who are independent and fluent readers. Boo has really enjoyed reading these books and is already trying to encourage me to buy more! At only £3.99-£4.99 I probably will too 😉
Also something that I think is pretty awesome is the Read it yourself with Ladybird app. It comes with four books, one from each of the four different levels: The Three Billy Goats Gruff (Level 1), Pirate School (Level 2), The Elves and the Shoemaker (Level 3), and The Pied Piper of Hamelin (Level 4). To expand the collection, you can purchase additional stories, available for £1.99 each, from the in-app shop.
For further information visit http://www.ladybird.com/readityourself
A few weeks ago the lovely people at Penguin Books sent me a few children’s books that they have recently published. We cannot get enough of books in our house so we always jump at the chance to review new ones, especially for the kids! They spend hours looking at books and reading stories!
The first one I want to tell you about is Charlie and Lola: My Doodling and Colouring-In Book – I first thought this might be a bit young for Boo but as she still enjoys watching Charlie and Lola and she just loves to draw, doodle and colour I thought I’d give it a shot anyway! It is quite a simple book with lots of places for you to draw something and lots of colouring in to be done, there are also lots of questions to get children thinking, which I love! Boo has spent hours so far with this book and she still has lots more to do! I would highly recommend this book for any Charlie and Lola fan!
I’m Ready for Phonics: Say the Sounds is a lovely big hard back book with lots of big bright illustrations! Bugs finds this book so interesting as there is so much to look at and so many new words to say and learn! This definitely is a great book for pre-school children. Each page contains a letter, with lots of pictures of things beginning with that letter and also lots of words and sentences containing words with the letter!
Please and Thank You: A Pirate Pete and Princess Polly book – We are already big fans of Pirate Pete and Princess Polly and this book hasn’t let us down, Join Pete & Polly as they learn all about saying please and thank you. The sound button is to cheer them on along the way… I find this rather annoying, it wouldn’t be so bad if it was just pressed once for every page but Bugs insists on pressing it the whole time I’m reading it! So why not buy it for a child whose parents you don’t like *wink* No seriously it is slightly annoying but the kids love it and that’s all that matters right!
You can check out all of these books and all the other wonderful books published by Penguin Books over on their website… http://www.penguin.co.uk/
Hello Kitty 2012 Annual!
Every child must have an annual for Christmas and for every little girl there is a perfect one in the Hello Kitty 2013 annual!
It is packed full of fun things to make and do, quizzes, puzzles and much more!
The pages are all packed with things to do and are all adorable and eye-catching – perfect for a little Hello Kitty fan!
The Hello Kitty Annual is priced at £7.99.
Diary of a Christmas Wombat
Christmas comes but once a year and it’s just as well for Santa’s reindeer who have to fight with Mothball for the carrots left out for them by the local children. And when Mothball takes an unexpected sleigh ride, it’s not just Santa who faces the prospect of getting stuck in the chimney!
Christmas from a wombat’s eye view is always going to be interesting – especially when that wombat is Mothball!
My kids adore Diary of a Christmas Wombat; it’s light – hearted, funny and has really lovely simple illustrations!
The Diary of a Christmas Wombat is available in paperback for £6.99
Both of these books were sent me free of charge by Harper Collins Children’s Books for the purpose of this review.