Tuesday, 11 July 2017

What I've been reading.

I find what I read directly correlates to the state of the world.  And in this current climate of Brexit, Trump, Theresa May and the aftermath of a snap general election, I'm sticking with kids books, gardening and tales of TV dogs.  Here's what I've been reading,

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Nigel, My Family and other Dogs - Monty Don
Disappointingly this book was neither written by Nigel the dog from Gardener's World, or written from the point of view of Nigel the dog.  Rather it's Monty Don's stories of Nigel and his other pet dogs.  I don't particularly like dogs, but Nigel is my favourite part of Gardener's World and I really liked this book.

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The Worst Witch - Jill Murphy
I never read The Worst Witch as a child, but I loved the 90's kids TV programme based on it and wished my school uniform included stripey tights and doc martins.  I love the illustrations in this book too.  Am I definitely too old to go to a boarding school for witches?  

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The Rurbanite - Alex Mitchell
If you want to live a more rural life in an urban setting then this book's for you.  There's lots of inspiration for guerilla gardening, community gardens, urban wildlife gardening and all sorts of other eco-friendly things you can do to make your urban space nice and green.  I liked this even though I don't live in a city.

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The Twins at St Clare's - Enid Blyton
The Twins at St Clare's series is basically Malory Towers, with different names.  But they're a nice easy read, full of midnight feasts, tricks on teachers and schoolgirl dramas.  Malory Towers has a swimming pool though, which I think makes it the better school.  Swimming is waay better than lacrosse. 

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The Tales of Beedle the Bard - J K Rowling
So firstly, this has the most beautiful black and white illustrations, which totally makes it worth reading.  Secondly, if you need to read wizarding fairy tales, with additional commentary and analysis from Prof. Dumbledore, then you should probably read this.  

More things I've been reading,

Emmy and Oliver - Robin Benway  Ollie is kidnapped as a child, and returned to his neighbourhood as a teen, with added romance with the girl next door.

Rat Queens Vol. 1 Sass. and Sorcery - Kurtis J. Wiebe  You definitely want to read a graphic novel about kick ass, violent ladies called 'sass. and sorcery'!

Air Head - Meg Cabot  The plot for this is Weird, in a way I can't say without giving a spolier, but it's still good!

All the Feels - Danika Stone  When her favourite film character is killed off, Liv launches an online campaign to reinstate him, which gets ever so slightly out of control.

What have you been reading?  I'm trying to get through my big pile of library books so I can start re-reading the Harry Potter series!  (It's not going well, I keep adding to my library book pile!)


  1. That Alex mitchell book looks right up my street, I'm off to stalk Amazon. xxx

  2. St Clares has a swimming pool too! You will read about it in Summer Term at St Claire's and Claudine at St Claire's etc! It's just not as picturesque as Malory Towers since that is carved out by the sea!
    I like reading children's books too!
    The Worst Witch books are great- I loved the ones I read as a child and I recently read a few more I hadn't read. I also liked the film or the one with Fairuza Balk from Return to Oz and Tim Curry!x

    1. Oh I'm glad to hear they have a pool, I'll have to read on!

      I've had to buy that Worst Witch film (for 99p on ebay!), I'm intrigued, I love Tim Curry and Fairuza Balk too!

  3. I'm also doing a lot of comfort reading (mostly re-reading) - old Agatha Christie paperbacks that my mum found in the Oxfam bookshop where she volunteers, along with lots of YA and children's fiction.

    1. I love a good comfort read, I can't cope with anything too dramatic right now!


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