Pumpkins Pumpkins Everywhere – getting ready for Halloween

Pumpkins pumpkins everywhere

Apart from books from school, we’ve not had many new books for N recently.  I think he’s generally really happy with repeating the rest of the books he has already.  But we were sent Pumpkins Pumpkins Everywhere as our next Parragon Book Buddies read. N does like a themed book at certain times of the year (he’s already had out the Christmas books!), so he’s been quite interested in this one as we’ve been able to talk about Halloween and… Continue Reading “Pumpkins Pumpkins Everywhere – getting ready for Halloween”

Books update for March

March books update

Ok, so I’m a bit late with my books update for March, but I’m pleased to say that I’m back reading regularly, and even (vaguely) managed to find some time alongside it for some crochet too.  I did think I’d not read much, but I finished 4 books in March so I’m still on track with my target of 52 books this year.  I’ve also been reading proper books as well as e-books.  I will reduce my paperback ‘to read’… Continue Reading “Books update for March”

Book review: A chilling novel – The Ice Twins by SK Tremayne

the ice twins

When I was chosen to review this book, I was really excited.  The blurb sounded haunting, and after feeling a bit meh over the last book I read, I wanted to get back to one I really got into.  The Ice Twins didn’t disappoint. The Moorcraft family move from London to a Scottish Island a year after the death of one of their identical twin daughters Lydia, and following money worries.  The father Angus is returning back to his Scottish roots,… Continue Reading “Book review: A chilling novel – The Ice Twins by SK Tremayne”

Personalised books with Penwizard

Personalised books from Penwizard - Bubbablue and me

I remember being bought a personalised book when I was a child and loved reading how I and my friend helped Snow White and the 7 Dwarves save the day.  I always thought it was magical being in a book myself, and when Penwizard asked me to review one of their books, I thought of that magic and how N might feel. The Penwizard website is easy enough to use.  It filters by character books, by boys and girls (although… Continue Reading “Personalised books with Penwizard”

Little Snappers books – review and giveaway

little snappers books

Last year we did the 300 picture books challenge and managed to complete it in May or June, reading 300 different picture books.  I can’t say the same for my own personal challenge, it was a seriously poor showing and this month alone I’m not far off my 2014 books read total! This year, we’re taking it easy with picture books.  N’s book shelves are bursting (so much so that his downstairs fabric sling ones have broken), but we do… Continue Reading “Little Snappers books – review and giveaway”

Book review: There’s a Dinosaur in my Bathtub

Dinosaur in my bathtub book review

We were sent There’s a Dinosaur in my Bathtub to review by Britmums.  If you’re a regular reader, you’ll know we love books, and this shoots right up near the top of the list for me.  Even N was keen to read it, even though he can sometimes be a bit funny with dinosaur books, and books with girls in. The illustrations are really bold colours and I love that in a picture book, showing it really means business.  I… Continue Reading “Book review: There’s a Dinosaur in my Bathtub”

50 Books 2013 challenge – November update

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The last couple of months I’ve been quite slack at reading, but have got back into it now, so only 1 to go to hit my 50 books challenge for this year.  Just one month of not reading a full book really makes a difference. Here’s a few of the books I’ve read during October and November. The Castaways – Elin Hilderbrand Eight close knit couples living in Nantucket, then one couple are killed when their boat capsizes.  Everything is… Continue Reading “50 Books 2013 challenge – November update”

Book review and 50 Books 2013 Challenge: August update

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Alone – Robert J Crane Another one of my random ebook freebies, this was actually a good choice.  I couldn’t work out whether it was a young adult book due to the more futuristic genre of the book, or adult reading.  Given the violence, I’d opt for adult. Again, it wasn’t the usual type of book I’d go for.  Initially I thought it was going to be about kidnapping, and in a way it was, but mostly it’s about superhuman… Continue Reading “Book review and 50 Books 2013 Challenge: August update”

50 books challenge: July update

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I’m back on my reading again this month, and am going to start back on real books rather than ebooks, as my pile doesn’t seem to be going down fast enough at all. Head over Heels – Sara Downing Shopaholic girl’s meant to be marrying boy, doesn’t want to have kids, all gets called off, girl falls for school colleague….  A bit predictable what happens next, although I wasn’t keen on either of the main men in it.  I kept… Continue Reading “50 books challenge: July update”

50 Books Challenge: May round up

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It’s been a while since I did a round up, mainly because I’ve read a couple of huge books (my Kindle was telling me they’d take 8 hours each, and I’m a pretty fast reader, although only really get an hour a day before going to sleep), but also because I seem to be not really getting huge chunks of time to read so feeling a bit behind my usual reading speed. Here’re the books I’ve been reading in May… Continue Reading “50 Books Challenge: May round up”