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Book Haul – Jacqueline Wilson Books!

26 Nov

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This year I’ve made quite a decision with books that I am reading. I’ve been logging my thoughts on and off for the last ten years and reading a lot of books that I thought I should be reading – like classics, literary fiction, historical novels etc that other people have been raving about. this year I decided that I would read books that I would like to read and one particular type of books that I love is young adult and children’s books.

While I was growing up I really enjoyed Jacqueline Wilson books I read a lot of her early ones but as I grew up I missed a lot of her books as I thought I had outgrown them. One of my favourite things as an adult to do is revisit old childhood favourites and enjoy them again.

This authors books are one of the ones I’ve been wanting to revisit for a while. I saw a bundle of them on eBay, quite cheaply!, so I thought it was as good a time as any to get back into these books. Some of the books are ones I have read before, some are part of the reading challenges I’m doing and some are new to me and quite honestly I cant wait to jump into these!

Above is a picture of the books on my shelf however I’ll also list them below!

  • Dustbin Baby
  • Best Friends
  • Starring Tracy Beaker
  • The Story of Tracy Beaker
  • The Lottie Project
  • Secrets
  • Vicky Angel
  • Midnight
  • Clean Break
  • The Diamond Girls
  • Candyfloss
  • The Suitcase Kid
  • The Illustrated Mum
  • Cookie
  • The Worst Thing About My Sister
  • Queenie
  • Diamond

I’m really looking forward to reading these – what are your favourite books by this author?

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Danny Champion of the World – Roald Dahl – Reading Challenge Recap

24 Nov

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Challenges – Ultimate Book Guide #4/672

Synopsis – Danny lives in a gipsy caravan with his father, the most marvellous and exciting father any boy ever had.
All the land around them belongs to Mr Victor Hazell, a rich snob with a great glistening beery face and tiny piggy eyes. Nobody likes him, not one-little bit.
So one day, Danny and his father concoct a daring plot that will give the old blue-faced baboon Victor Hazell the greatest shock of his life – so long as they don’t get caught …

My Thoughts – I read (or was rather read to) this book back in primary school when I was around 7 or 8. However as it was such a good story it stayed with me for a very long time. This book is about Danny and his Dad and a plot that they hatch together. It’s a fantastic story – one that really captured my imagination as a child and one that I will be reading to my children once they are older. I’m trying to re-read some of my childhood favourites and this will definitely be one that I will be reading again.

Rating – 5/5

Recomendations – The BFG – Roald Dahl (Challenge Book), Rescuing Dad – Pete Johnson (Challege Book), Result! – Neil Arksey.

Ultimate Teen Book Guide 2nd Edition – Reading Challenge

14 Sep

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So I’ve already been doing the Ultimate Teen Book Guide Challenge for a couple of years however I didnt realise that there was an updated version of the book. I’m still going to take part in the original challenge but I need to dig out my original book as most of my books are in boxes still from moving – and probably will do for some time!

Like with the Utimate Book Guide Challenge I’ve been working on the master list for this challenge which can be found HERE.

I’m also going to live by my series reading new mantra – I’ll read the first book in a series but if its not enjoyable for me then I will give up on it – purely because life is too short to be reading books that you dont enjoy – plus this always affects my reading mojo if I’m not enjoying what I’m reading!

According to my list there is 782 books in this challenge and I have read a measley 43 books – which equates to only 5.50% – however there are some amazing books on this challenge that I’m really looking forward to reading!

I’m also going to do some re-cap posts of some of the books that I have read with the reading recommendations etc!

Ultimate Book Guide – A Long Term Reading Challenge

11 Sep

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I came across this book a little while ago on Amazon. I’ve already been doing the Ultimate Teen Book Guide Challenge (more about that challenge coming up in another post!) but this book is geared towards the age bracket of 8-12. Having gone through the book there is definitely some more grown up titles in this book too so it does look like quite an interesting challenge.

I’ve complied a list of all the titles to track my progress. This can be found – HERE.

This book runs along the same theme as the UTBG book – a book title, review and then some recommendations of both other challenge books and some others too which I always like.

I’m going to do this challenge slightly differently when it comes to series reading – I will read the first book in the different series but if I don’t enjoy it I’m not going to read the full series – this is something that I’ve adopted all throughout my reading lately. Life is just too short to be forcing myself to read books I’m not enjoying.

Having gone through the list I have read 34 books out of a possible 672 – which means I’m about 5.07% of the way through.I will be doing some catch up posts over the next few months of these books that I have read (In between looking after my 3 year old, having another baby in the next month, working full-time running our own business and studying for an accounting qualification!) as I want to catch up on the recommendations etc!

I have also not marked as read some books that I’d like to read again like the Famous Five series – I’m sure that I’ve missed a couple of books in this series so I’m going to try to read these again.

I am really looking forward to this long-term reading challenge and hopefully I will discover some really good reads along the way!

 

The Borrowers Avenged – Mary Norton

13 Feb

Started – 10/2/13

Finshed 12/2/13

Format – Paperback book

 

Synopsis – The Borrowers are back – Pod, Homily and Arrietty have managed to escape from the fiendish Potters, though only by the skin of their teeth – or, more precisely, with the help of Spiller who navigated them downriver in an old knifebox. This is the fifth Borrowers story.

 

My Thoughts – This is the final installment of The Borrowers series and i have to say this one here has really brought the series round for me in a good way.

 

In this book Arrietty and her family are finally able to borrow again in a house. They meet another Borrower along the way, Peagren, which if my memory serves correctly in the movie version Peagren is actually Arriettys brother and played by Tom Felton.

 

There is also the ending of the long running story between the humans, the Potters especially and i really liked how this was explained. As it was a childrens book it is fairly obvious that good will triumph over bad and things like that but all in all a good story.

 

At the end of the book we are finally given a taste as to when the book series is set and its actually set before the first world war which i didnt expect i thought it was later on than that.

 

I have really enjoyed reading this series of books and I’m going to buy my younger cousin a set for her birthday this year, she will be seven so i hope its a book series she will like.

 

Rating – 4/5

The Borrowers Aloft – Mary Norton

10 Feb

Started – 6/2/13

Finished 10/2/13

Format – Paperback book

 

Synopsis – The Borrowers have found the perfect place to live – a complete model village! But their life is disturbed once again when Mr Platter, who has a rival scheme, decides he wants some live inhabitants for his village. The ingenious Borrowers thwart Mr Platter’s plans and escape from his
grasp…

 

My Thoughts – This is the fourth book out of five in the borrowers series. In this book Arrietty and her family finally reach the village of Little Fordham a model village where they settle. However there is a simular village nearby where the owners kidnap the borrowers and lock them in an attic for the winter.

 

I did like this book more than i did the previous two. I did enjoy the story between the two villages and how they were trying to always better each other. I enjoyed this too as the storyline had a bit more of the convential borrowing as described in the first book. Overall a good story and one i think children will like.

 

Rating – 4/5

The Borrowers Afloat – Mary Norton

9 Feb

Synopsis – The Borrowers are homeless again. The gamekeeper’s cottage, their latest refuge, is being closed up. Luckily their friend Spiller comes to the rescue and introduces them to a new home by the river, in a kettle! Once more the Borrowers find themselves in the middle of a huge adventure.

 

My Thoughts – I am currently working my way through the whole series of The Borrowers and this is the third out of five books. In this book Arrietty and her family are living with Aunt Lupy and her family in a gamekeepers cottage. However the family dont really like this arrangement and then the humans decide to move out so it could be fatal for all the borrowers with all those mouths to feed. So the three borrowers leave in the middle of the night with there friend Spiller who always turns up at the right moment. in this book they end up floating down the river in Spillers kettle, hence the picture on the front of the book.

 

I did like this book however it was a little bit predictable for my liking. I know that its a childrens book and its going to be easy reading but i did think it is a bit too simular to the second book for my liking. still it is a good book and i think that children will enjoy it a lot.

 

Rating – 3/5