• Book review for How to stop losing your sh*t with your kids by Carla Naumburg. Blog title graphic with title and an image of the book
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    How To Stop Losing Your Sh*t with Your Kids – Carla Naumburg

    So, you’re losing your sh*t with your kids. You scream, you shout, you snap at them. You’re cranky and irritable more often than you’d like to admit. You know how you want to parent; you want to be a calmer, more rational and intentional parent, but no matter how hard you try, you can’t help it. You keep losing your sh*t. Just remember: YOU ARE NOT A BAD PARENT. How to Stop Losing Your Sh*t With Your Kids is as honest and compassionate as it is pragmatic about helping you work through your sht to be a more present and positive parent. Increasingly relevant to today’s parents, who are more…

  • Review of La Belle Savage, Book of Dust Volume 1 by Philip Pullman image shows book title and author written on green background next to image of book cover.
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    The Book of Dust Vol 1: La Belle Sauvage – Philip Pullman

    Malcolm Polstead and his daemon, Asta, are used to overhearing news and the occasional scandal at the inn run by his family. But during a winter of unceasing rain, Malcolm finds a mysterious object—and finds himself in grave danger. Inside the object is a cryptic message about something called Dust; and it’s not long before Malcolm is approached by the spy for whom this message was actually intended. When she asks Malcolm to keep his eyes open, he begins to notice suspicious characters everywhere: the explorer Lord Asriel, clearly on the run; enforcement agents from the Magisterium; a gyptian named Coram with warnings just for Malcolm; and a beautiful woman with…

  • Again again by e Lockhart blog title graphic with title of book and image of the book cover.
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    Again, Again – E Lockhart

    When Adelaide Buchman’s younger brother succumbs to a drug overdose, she saves his life. In the aftermath, looking for distraction, she becomes a stylish, bright charmer who blows off school and falls madly in love – even though her heart is shattered. Adelaide is catapulted into a summer of wild possibility, during which she will fall in and out of love a thousand times while finally confronting her brother, their history, and her own strength. A raw and funny story that will surprise you over and over, Adelaide is an indelible heroine grappling with the terrible and wonderful problem of loving other people. *** I wasn’t sure what to expect…

  • Book review: 44 Tiny Secrets by Sylvia Bishop and Ashley King
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    44 Tiny Secrets – Sylvia Bishop and Ashley King

    Betsy Bow-Linnet longs to play the piano like her world-famous parents but no matter how hard she tries, the notes never come out right….  This beautifully illustrated book shows the power of secrets, and how hurtful they can be. In a story thats well told and made me think and feel in all the right places.  Aimed at 6-9 year olds, 44 Tiny Secrets is centred around a girl called Betsy who overhears the words ‘Terrible Disappointment’ from her mother and kicks her into a world of determination and more disappointment. While Betsy tries so hard to become something she’s not for her mother, she learns that its always better…

  • Blog graphic with image showing all three Hunger Games books on a windowsill in front of trees
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    The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

    So years ago I read the first Hunger Games book. The hype was huge and everyone was talking about it. The film was about to come out and I had high expectations… They weren’t realised. While I liked the book, I didn’t love it. So much so that I felt no inclination to continue the series straight away. The more time that went the less I felt the need to read them. I just wasn’t interested and although everyone was shocked at the fact that someone who considered themselves a book blogger, once upon a time, hadn’t read the books – I couldn’t bring myself to pick them up. When…

  • A book titled The Guilty Feminist by Deborah Frances-White, on a wooden background
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    The Guilty Feminist – Deborah Frances-White

    It makes me sad that the majority of people won’t read this book because they think it’s ‘just about feminism’ or that feminism ‘isn’t on their agenda’. This book is not about feminism, it’s about privilege and using any level of privilege you have to help those without. Regardless of whether that privilege is to do with gender, skin colour, sexuality or ability.  I have listened to the early ‘The Guilty Feminist‘ Podcasts and loved them which is why my partner bought my this book for Christmas. He thought it would make a great gift, and it did. Not only did it entertain, but it taught me so much about…

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    Stardust – Neil Gaiman

    Did you know, when your partner suddenly starts reading books by an author you have loved and read in the past it makes you remember you have more books by said author lying unread on your shelf. It also gives you a boot up the bum to read them as you know they will be worth every minute. That said, when they are as short but fantastic as Stardust, you regret the fact you haven’t read them before quite quickly.  I have had Stardust sat unloved for a number of years now. I think I remember buying it shortly after watching the movie and not wanting to read it because…

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    One Wish – Michelle Harrison

    It’s probably a crime how long this book has been sat unread on my shelves. I was sent it as a proof copy by Simon and Schuster in 2014 and it has taken until now to finally read it, despite me wanting to read it ever since. I’ve heard of Michelle Harrison and followed her on social media for a very long time. I knew her books are aimed at middle grade and often involve the fairy world. Everything about this book is just up my street. But I think at the time there was a lot of fey stories out and I knew that this deserved my full attention.…

  • His dark materials series of books by Philip Pullman
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    His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman

    “Your death taps you on the shoulder, or takes your hand, and says, ‘Come along o’ me, it’s time.” – The Amber Spyglass, Philip Pullman  I have had my copy of His Dark Materials for years. I read the first book, Northern Lights just before the movie of the series came out. Then the move was slated by the critics and I didn’t bother picking the rest up.  I’d been meaning to return to the books for years but something was putting me off. I remembered finding the narrative a little confusing towards the end of book one and I remember thinking it was a series I’d have to work…

  • The Incredibly Nosy Cat Flap Pony
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    The Incredibly Nosey Cat Flap Pony – Libby Lake & Nick Roberts

    A book with incredible storyline, the Incredibly Nosey Cat Flap Pony was unlike anything me and Spike had read before. With illustrations on every page bringing the story to life, this book rhymes and rhythms its way to finding a solution to a teeny weeny flying pony finding its way into the narrators house.  Spike thought this book was hilarious and thats the main thing I look for. Anything that keeps her interest and makes her laugh is a winner for me.  The Incredibly Nosy Cat Flap Pony followed the story of a teeny tiny pony flying though the cat flap and wanting to explore the narrators whole house.  We…