Tag Archives: Ultimate Book Guide

The Diary of a Young Girl – Anne Frank * Reading Challenge Recap *

15 Feb

index

Challenges – #6/672 Ultimate Book Guide, #10/691 Ultimate Teen Book Guide, #10/782 Ultimate Teen Book Guide 2nd Edition.

Synopsis -First published over sixty years ago, Anne Frank’s Diary of a Young Girl has reached millions of young people throughout the world.

In July 1942, thirteen-year-old Anne Frank and her family, fleeing the occupation, went into hiding in an Amsterdam warehouse. Over the next two years Anne vividly describes in her diary the frustrations of living in such close quarters, and her thoughts, feelings and longings as she grows up. Her diary ends abruptly when, in August 1944, they were all betrayed.

My Thoughts – I first came across this book in Primary School when it was introduced to us by a class teacher. My mum then brought me the book after hearing me talk about it and I honestly believe that its a book that everyone should have read. It is such a haunting book especially the abrupt ending and it really tells the story of what it was like to be Jewish through the eyes of a child. Her innocence but at the same time the horrors to what she is subjected too will never leave me. I’m pretty sure this book is one of the reasons that I am so interested in the second world war.

Recommendations – Ultimate Book Guide – Zlatas Diary – Zlata Filipovic, Maus – Art Spiegelman (Challenge Book), The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas – John Boyne.

There is also a section entitled – Books that make you sad – but happy too.

  • Goodnight Mr Tom – Michelle Magorian
  • Charlottes Web – E. B. White
  • Journey to Jo’Burg – Beverley Naidoo
  • The Little Prince – Antoine de Saint-Exupery
  • Up on Cloud Nine – Anne Fine
  • The Snow Goose – Paul Gallico
  • The Iron Man – Ted Hughes
  • Becky Bananas – Jean Ure
  • A Little Princess – Frances Hodgeson Burnett
  • The Snowman – Raymond Briggs

Ultimate Teen Book Guide – The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas – John Boyne (Challenge Book), When Hitler Stole the Pink Rabbit – Judith Kerr, Surviving Hitler – Andrea Warren, Number the Stars – Lois Lowry, Hitler Youth – Susan Campbell Bartoletti (Challenge book).

Ultimate Teen Book Guide 2nd Edition – Surviving Hitler – Andrea Warren, Hitlers Canary – Sandi toksvig, Saving Rafael – Leslie Wilson, The Story of my Life – Helen Keller.

The Day of the Triffids – John Wydham * Reading Challenge Recap *

14 Feb

wyndfam-triffids

Challenges – Ultimate Book Guide #5/672, Ultimate Teen Book Guide #8/691, Ultimate Teen Book Guide 2nd Edition #8/782

My original review can be found HERE

Synopsis – When a freak cosmic event renders most of the Earth’s population blind, Bill Masen is one of the lucky few to retain his sight. The London he walks is crammed with groups of men and women needing help, some ready to prey on those who can still see. But another menace stalks blind and sighted alike. With nobody to stop their spread the Triffids, mobile plants with lethal stingers and carnivorous appetites, seem set to take control.

My Thoughts – I read this back in 2011 and it was one of the first dystopian books that I read. Although I don’t remember too much about it since it was so long ago I do remember that I enjoyed it. If you are interested in what I thought back then I’ve added a link above.

Rating – I rated this 4/5

Recommendations – Ultimate Book Guide – Chocky – John Wyndham, The midwich Cuckoos – John Wyndham, Z for Zachariah – Robert C. O’Brian, Why Weeps the Brogan? – Hugh Scott (Challenge Book), Enders Game – Orson Scott Card.

Ultimate Teen Book Guide – The Kraken Wakes – John Wyndham, The War of the Worlds – H. G. Wells (Challenge Book), Hatchet – Gary Paulsen (Challenge Book), Jurassic Park – Michael Crichton (Challenge Book)

Ultimate Teen Book Guide 2nd Edition – The Kraken Wakes – John Wyndham, The War of the Worlds – H. G. Wells (Challenge Book), The Death of Grass – John Christopher, I Am Legend – Richard Matheson (Challenge Book), Jurassic Park – Michael Crichton (Challenge Book)

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

24 Nov

index

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.

The Borrowers – Mary Norton *Reading Challenge Recap*

17 Oct

619yohRiA+L._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_

Challenge – Ultimate Book Guide #3/672

Series – The Borrowers (I read the series back in 2013 – If you click on the links it will take you back to my original reviews)

Synopsis – The Borrowers live in the secret places of quiet old houses; behind the mantelpiece, inside the harpsichord, under the kitchen clock. They own nothing, borrow everything, and think that human beings were invented just to do the dirty work. Arrietty’s father, Pod, was an expert Borrower. He could scale curtains using a hatpin, and bring back a doll’s teacup without breaking it. Girls weren’t supposed to go borrowing but as Arrietty was an only child her father broke the rule, and then something happened which changed their lives. She made friends with the human boy living in the house…

My Thoughts – I won’t post my thoughts again as the links are above – so if your interested to what I thought at the time then feel free to check out my reviews!

Rating – On average I rated the series 4/5

Recommendations – The Borrowers is the only title listed in the book so the rest of the series is recommended, The Piemakers – Helen Cresswell (Challenge Book), Charlottes Web – E.B. White (Challenge Book)

Ultimate Book Guide – A Long Term Reading Challenge

11 Sep

9781408104385

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!