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The Wishing-Chair Collection
Enid Blyton was one of my favourite childhood authors, the Magic Faraway Tree stories being my all-time favourites of hers, but somehow I never did di ...more
Jan 29, 2013
Jul 09, 2011
Superfudge (Fudge, #3)
Another amusing and enjoyable read.
The only problem with reading this one to a younger child is the chapter where Peter and his mum discuss the non-e
not set
Nov 09, 2011
The Handmaid's Tale
One of the best books that I've read this year. I found the Handmaid's Tale original and engaging, and not that far-fetched for a futuristic/dystopia ...more
Nov 06, 2011
Nov 05, 2011
A Monster Calls
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness took me by surprise. I don't think I would have picked this book up if I had known what it was about as I tend to avoi ...more
Oct 11, 2013
Oct 08, 2013
The Virgin Suicides
**spoiler alert** This is one of those books that was a bit hard to rate, because I don't really feel right saying I 'love' a book with such a depress ...more
Feb 17, 2012
Feb 13, 2012
God is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything
I was hesitant to add this book to my shelves here, because I know the title is somewhat inflammatory, and the book itself divisive. However, for me i ...more
Jan 23, 2013
Jan 15, 2013
The Brightest Star in the Sky
Marian Keyes' novels are some of my favourite light reads, although admittedly this book is not all light and fluffy. However, I like that about her b ...more
Jul 17, 2011
Jul 10, 2011
Rainbow Magic: My Rainbow Fairies Collection
I feel unfair giving this a 2 star rating as my little one (5 years) loves these stories, as did her big sister at around this age, and she is thrille ...more
Nov 2014
Nov 12, 2014
The Wee Free Men (Discworld, #30; Tiffany Aching, #1)
This is the first Discworld book I have read. It was a present for Miss 7 so we read it together, and have had an enjoyable time doing so. Although I ...more
Feb 18, 2012
Feb 04, 2012
**spoiler alert** I will admit I hadn’t done my research before reading Lolita. I’d misunderstood and believed it to be a love story of sorts between ...more
Jun 15, 2013
Jun 01, 2013
Hetty Feather
**spoiler alert** Miss 7, is very much into Jacqueline Wilson at the moment. She read this one over a weekend, very engrossed in it, but it did make h ...more
Sep 25, 2012
Sep 08, 2012
Daughter of the Forest  (Sevenwaters, #1)
A sweet and simple story, based on a famous Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale, but written in the tradition of Celtic mythology. Humans are treated a ...more
Aug 2004
Jun 23, 2011
LEGO Ninjago: Character Encyclopedia
I won't rate this because it's not really my thing, but it is my son's very favourite book at the moment and he would give it 5+++ stars. He is a very ...more
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Feb 07, 2013
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
**spoiler alert** Tempting to give this less than the 4 stars it deserves (for being beautifully narrated, well researched, and interesting) because t ...more
Nov 07, 2013
Oct 26, 2013
Bleak House
My favourite Dickens so far; it is the best I have read in terms of characterisation, plot, prose, humour, depth and message. I thought it was a near- ...more
Mar 18, 2014
Feb 02, 2014
Jane Eyre
**spoiler alert** I enjoyed this book. Liked the style of writing, and found Eyre's character to be strong, intelligent, honest, compassionate and com ...more
Sep 04, 2011
Jul 25, 2011
All Quiet on the Western Front
War books are not really my choice of genre, so this one had been sitting on my shelf unread for quite some time now (it was given to me a number of y ...more
Jul 29, 2011
Jul 11, 2011
**spoiler alert** This is the first book I've read this year that blew me away. It was a really intense and beautiful read. For me to give a novel 5 s ...more
Jul 06, 2011
Jun 30, 2011
The Monster at the End of this Book (Sesame Street)
Such a fun book this one. I received a copy of it as a birthday present when I was a preschooler and I fell in love with it instantly; was always read ...more
Jan 1982
Jun 16, 2011
Dreamfever (Fever, #4)
Still don't think the ending of book 3 in this series (Faefever) was necessary as a plot device, and the 'cure' for Mac's trauma in this book was most ...more
Oct 17, 2014
Oct 06, 2014
The Graveyard Book
Great kid's book; loved the characters and storyline. While obviously a fantasy, featuring ghosts and ghouls, werewolves and very possibly a vampire ( ...more
Feb 20, 2014
Oct 15, 2013
April Fool's Day
**spoiler alert** I can't remember the last time I cried so much reading a book; my husband couldn't understand why I was putting myself through the o ...more
May 29, 2012
Sep 16, 2011
Her Fearful Symmetry
Like many readers of Her Fearful Symmetry, I had read and adored The Time Traveller's Wife, and thus had high hopes for Her Fearful Symmetry. However, ...more
Feb 03, 2013
Jan 31, 2013
A Clockwork Orange
Re-read 2014 and bumped from 2 stars to 4.

While much of the content is obviously still disturbing and upsetting, I got much more from this reading. I
Jan 2003
Jun 10, 2011
The Best Dressed Bear
This book description says it's original title is 'The Best Loved Bear' and the reviews also seem to be for ' The Best Loved Bear'. I have not read Th ...more
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Aug 30, 2013
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)
I remember reading the first four books back in 2001, couldn't put them down, had to know what was going to happen next. It was a pleasant surprise be ...more
Mar 2001
Jun 10, 2011
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
4.5 stars. This is the best young adult book I have read in ages - found it to be sweet, entertaining, perceptive and believable, and I really liked t ...more
Aug 21, 2013
Mar 08, 2013
The Storyteller
A really good story, particularly the historical sections, which were very powerful and of course very sad and disturbing. Minka was a beautifully wri ...more
Jul 20, 2013
Feb 23, 2013
Things Fall Apart (The African Trilogy, #1)
**spoiler alert** Only read this one a month or so ago and already find myself forgetting much of what actually happened. I recall it was an easy read ...more
May 17, 2011
May 16, 2011
The Secret Garden
Miss 6 and I are enjoying this one together at the moment, and I would give it 4 stars so far, but I'll refrain until we are finished. I can't believe ...more
Jun 20, 2011
Jun 11, 2011
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