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Posted on November 13, 2015

Christmas Gift Guide: Children’s Books

Books/ Christmas Gift Guide

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…

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Posted on December 31, 2014

2015: A year for Books!

Books/ Reading

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!

  1. Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn
  2. The Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed out of the Window – Jonas Jonasson
  3. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – J. K. Rowling
  4. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets – J. K. Rowling
  5. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – J. K. Rowling
  6. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire – J. K. Rowling
  7. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix – J. K. Rowling
  8. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince – J. K. Rowling
  9. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – J. K. Rowling
  10. The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins
  11. Catching Fire – Suzanne Collins
  12. Mockingjay– Suzanne Collins
  13. All for you – Sheila O’Flanagan
  14. Leftovers – Stella Newman
  15. The Hidden Child – Camilla Lackberg
  16. Eat Pray Love – Elizabeth Gilbert
  17. Her Fearful Symmetry – Audrey Niffenegger
  18. The Slap – Christos Tsiolkas
  19. White Wedding – Millie Johnson
  20. A Visit from the Goon Squad – Jennifer Egan
  21. The Christmas Cookie Club – Ann Pearlman
  22. What the Nanny saw – Fiona Neill
  23. The Help – Kathryn Stockett
  24. Never Let me go – Kazuo Ishiguro
  25. Let’s pretend this never happened – Jenny Lawson
  26. How to be a woman – Caitlin Moran
  27. The wedding day – Catherine  Alliott
  28. The wedding girl – Madeleine Wickham
  29. A French affair – Susan Lewis
  30. The lovely Bones – Alice Sebold
  31. Atonement – Ian McEwan
  32. A compromising position – Carole Matthews
  33. The girls – Lori Lansens
  34. Pieces of my heart – Sinead Moriarty
  35. The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
  36. A minor indiscretion – Carole Matthews
  37. The unpredictable consequences of love – Jill Mansell
  38. The road – Cormac McCarthy
  39. A clockwork Orange – Anthony Burgess
  40. The outcast – Sadie Jones
  41. The bad mother’s Handbook – Kate Long
  42. 19 minutes – Jodi Picoult
  43. Mercy – Jodi Picoult
  44. The Cupid effect – Dorothy Koomson
  45. The chocolate run – Dorothy Koomson
  46. The Mill house – Susan Lewis
  47. Purple Hibiscus – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  48. Running with scissors – Augusten Burroughs
  49. Twilight – Stephanie Meyer
  50. New Moon – Stephanie Meyer
  51. Eclipse – Stephanie Meyer
  52. Breaking Dawn – Stephanie Meyer
  53. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
  54. Shopaholic to the Stars
  55. Pride and Prejudice
  56. Tony Hogan Bought Me an Ice-cream Float Before He Stole My Ma
  57. The Sunrise – Victoria Hislop

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

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Posted on August 6, 2013

Read it yourself with Ladybird Books

Books/ Review

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!

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My Ladybird book collection

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

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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.

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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.

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Posted on July 1, 2013

Three Great Children’s Books.

Books/ Review/ Toddlers

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!

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Charlie and Lola: My Doodling and Colouring-In Book

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!

I’m Ready for Phonics!

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!

Pirate Pete and Princess Polly: Please and Thank You

Pirate Pete and Princess Polly: Please and Thank You

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…

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Posted on December 7, 2012

Two Great Books for Christmas

Books/ Review

Hello Kitty 2012 Annual!

Hello Kitty 2013 Annual

Hello Kitty 2013 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!

Hello Kitty 2013 Annual

Just dance!

Hello Kitty 2013 Annual

Perfect Perfume!

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

Diary of a Christmas Wombat

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!

Diary of a Christmas Wombat

Diary of a Christmas Wombat

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.

Posted on September 20, 2012

Blurb Book Review

Books/ Review

I was recently given a £30 voucher to spend at Blurb so that I could do a review for them, naughtily I accepted and didn’t mention I was already a HUGE Blurb fan! Hopefully I won’t get told off for this! What can I say? I love Blurb I really do! I  made my first Blurb book back in 2007 – it was a Christmas present for Boo’s Daddy! You can see a picture of it below (titled Boo Boo, photo books weren’t quite as huge as they are now and it totally blew James away, he cried – it remains his best Christmas present ever (not sure how I am going to top it to be honest!)

Anyway If you follow my blog you will know I am a HUGE Instagram addict so I decided to spend my voucher on making yet another Instagram book! YES I HAVE TWO ALREADY FROM BLURB AND LOVE THEM! They are so simple to make, you just authorise your Instagram account and blurb uploads your photos for you and hey presto you just need to pay and Blurb will print it and stick it in the post for you. I have one hard-cover book and three soft-covers; they are all extremely good quality, the  print is colour perfect and as best as an Instagram photo can be printed! I highly recommend Blurb!

My new Instagram Book from Blurb

Inside my Blurb book

Inside my Blurb book

Inside my Blurb book

My collection of Blurb Books

So yes I am a HUGE Blurb fan and will continue to use them FOREVER!

Posted on August 27, 2012

Perfect Books for Children Starting School…

Books/ Review

We adore books in this household and so we were very happy when Harper Collins sent us some to have a look at. These books are ideal for those of you with little ones starting school in September :)

Come to School Too, Blue Kangaroo.
Written & Illustrated by Emma Chicester Clark

This is a really lovely book about a little girl called Lily who starts a new school and takes along Blue Kangaroo for the adventure. They both have so much fun on their first day and can’t wait to go back again! Such a lovely little story that will help any child who may be apprehensive about starting school or even those who are not! It is full of lovely pictures that show just how much fun is to be had at school even when you are left there alone for the night 😉

Lily and Blue Kangaroo – a friendship forever! The eighth title in this hugely popular series featuring Lily and her loveable soft toy sees the inseparable duo starting at a new school with surprising results.

When Lily starts at a new school she asks Blue Kangaroo to come too. Lily thinks Blue Kangaroo is worried about going but, secretly, he can’t wait to explore and try new things – which is just as well, because the fun lasts even longer than he expected…

Come to School Too, Blue Kangaroo was published on the 2nd August 2012 and the recommended price is £10.99

 Hello Kitty: Starting to Write & Alphabet Letters.

These Hello Kitty sticker books are perfect for any little girl who is learning her alphabet & learning to write! They have over 100 stickers and a reward chart and lots of bright colourful pages that Hello Kitty fans will love!

Join Hello Kitty as she shows your child a simple way to learn the alphabet and develop early years literacy skills through lots of fun activities.

Content is written by an education expert and linked to the Early Years Foundation Stage.

Hello Kitty Alphabet Letters was published on the 5th July 2012 and the recommended price is £4.99

Hello Kitty helps your child take the next step in getting ready for school in this simple-to-follow guide to starting to write.

Covering letter shapes and formation and linked to the Early Years Foundation Stage, Hello Kitty makes learning fun.

Hello Kitty Starting to Write was published on the 5th July 2012 and the recommended price is £4.99

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