Ape House by Sara Gruen #100books

I was thrilled when this arrived in the post yesterday from Two Roads Books. I read Water for Elephants as part of Cara’s book group and absolutely loved it, so couldn’t wait to get my hands on Ape House. It’s published in paperback on 1st September this year, so it’s available for pre-order from Amazon […]

Star Struck by Jane Lovering #100books

I really wasn’t up to much today, so I was thrilled to find an envelope from ChocLituk in my post this morning. It contained and chocolate, so was a very good start to the day. I haven’t read any Jane Lovering before, though I understand there are several about. This one is due out in […]

Bumped by Megan McCafferty #100books

This book was sent to review as part of a bundle of holiday reading for teens/ pre-teens. Big started it, but found it a bit above her head – she is only 11 though. So I read it instead, and found it to be a perfectly enjoyable way to spend an afternoon. The style of […]

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen.

I was very grateful to be included in the first Love a Book bookgroup reading, Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen. The book arrived some weeks ago, and I started reading it almost straight away. Then there was Cybermummy, then there was Kentwell. And I forgot to take it with me camping, not that I […]

Gobble, Gobble, Gobble from Top That! Publishings.

I’ll be up front about this book – I don’t particularly like it. If I hadn’t been sent it to review, I doubt very much that we’d have it in the house. Which would be a shame, as Smallest wouldn’t have spent time sitting on the couch reading it to herself. Granted, the reading sounds […]

Signs of life by Natalie Taylor.

Signs of life by Natalie Taylor is, first and foremost, a fabulous book. It’s not fictional, instead being a journal style account of just over a life in the year of a young woman, widowed unexpectedly while pregnant with her first child. You’d be right to expect this will be a book full of emotion […]

Little Grey Donkey from Top That publishers.

This is a lovely picture book about friendship and courage, as Little Grey Donkey has to dig deep to overcome the fear he experiences on the difficult journey to find his friend and owner Serafina. The pictures are interesting and have different levels of detail, with white line drawings in a cartoon style highlighting details […]

The Dancing Bear by Michael Morpurgo #100books

We got this free with our NGKids subscription – it’s a thin paperback, beautifully illustrated with faded black and white drawings. As it’s a quick and easy read, both Big and I have read it, and Smallest likes looking at the pictures. The story is not complex. A tale of a girl and her pet […]

The bad-tempered ladybird by Eric Carle #100books #FridayReadAlouds

This copy of The Bad Tempered Ladybird by Eric Carle was a charity shop bargain, think it came in a bundle for a pound with some other books. I’d have paid a pound for this, especially as it’s the hardback edition. Eric Carle’s illustrations are hugely distinctive – if you’ve read the hungry caterpillar, you’d […]

Hurry up and Wait by Isabel Ashdown #review

One of the many authors, publishers and book PRs I follow on twitter is Isabel Ashdown, and I was lucky enough a week or so ago to win copies of both her debut novel, the award winning Glasshopper, and her forthcoming book, Hurry Up and Wait Synopsis: It’s more than twenty years since Sarah Ribbons […]

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