Six For Sunday – Children’s Books I Love

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This weeks topic is Children’s Books I Love.

This is such a great topic! I got to reminisce on all the books I loved when I was little. In no particular order these are six of the children’s books I love:

  1. The Tiger Who Came to Tea by Judith Kerr

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    The doorbell rings just as Sophie and her mummy are sitting down to tea. Who could it possibly be? What they certainly don’t expect to see at the door is a big furry, stripy tiger!

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  2. Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter

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    In this original edition, Peter and his sisters are told to go gather blackberries and not to go into MacGregor’s garden because Peter’s father was made into a pie by MacGregor after being found in the garden. Peter, who is wearing a new coat, promptly disobeys his mother, stuffs himself with vegetables, gets spotted by MacGregor, loses his coat and barely makes it out of the garden alive. When Peter gets home, he is given chamomile tea for dinner. Peter’s sisters, who listened to their mother and stayed out of the forbidden garden have a regular dinner.

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  3. Rebecca’s World by Terry Nation


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    It was the eleventh day of the school holidays and Rebecca was bored. But events take a dramatic turn for the better (or worse) when she finds herself transported to a distant planet whose people are terrorized by jelly-like monsters called Ghosts.

    Rebecca’s World is a marvellously gripping (and frequently comic) adventure story, with a memorable cast of characters. A story that will be enjoyed by children and adults alike.

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  4. We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury

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    Come along on a bear hunt in this award-winning classic from Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury. We’re going on a bear hunt. We’re going to catch a big one.. Will you come too? For more than twenty-five years readers have been swishy swashing and splash sploshing through this award-winning favorite. Join in the fun!

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  5. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson

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    The plot centers round Mary Lennox, a young English girl who returns to England from India, having suffered the immense trauma by losing both her parents in a cholera epidemic. However, her memories of her parents are not pleasant, as they were a selfish, neglectful and pleasure-seeking couple. Mary is given to the care of her uncle Archibald Craven, whom she has never met. She travels to his home, Misselthwaite Manor located in the gloomy Yorkshire, a vast change from the sunny and warm climate she was used to. When she arrives, she is a rude, stubborn and given to stormy temper tantrums. However, her nature undergoes a gradual transformation when she learns of the tragedies that have befallen her strict and disciplinarian uncle whom she earlier feared and despised. Once when he’s away from home, Mary discovers a charming walled garden which is always kept locked. The mystery deepens when she hears sounds of sobbing from somewhere within her uncle’s vast mansion. The kindly servants ignore her queries or pretend they haven’t heard, spiking Mary’s curiosity.

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  6. Anything by Roald Dahl

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The BFG

Captured by a giant! The BFG is no ordinary bone-crunching giant. He is far too nice and jumbly. It’s lucky for Sophie that he is. Had she been carried off in the middle of the night by the Bloodbottler, the Fleshlumpeater, the Bonecruncher, or any of the other giants-rather than the BFG-she would have soon become breakfast.

When Sophie hears that they are flush-bunking off in England to swollomp a few nice little chiddlers, she decides she must stop them once and for all. And the BFG is going to help her!

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George’s Marvellous Medicine

George’s Grandma is a grizzly, grumpy, selfish old woman with pale brown teeth and a small puckered up mouth like a dog’s bottom. Four times a day she takes a large spoonful of medicine, but it doesn’t seem to do her any good. She’s always just as poisonous after she’s taken it as she was before. When George is left to look after her one morning, it’s just the chance he needs

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What were your favourite books growing up?

 

Lucy xx

 

Six For Sunday – An Ode to my Favourite Genre

Steph from A Little but a Lot  hosts a weekly prompt called Six for Sunday and this week’s topic is ‘An Ode to my Favourite Genre’.  

I don’t have a distinguishable favourite genre. When I pick up a book it always depends of my mood at that particular time. Of course there are a few genres that I am not a fan of but I don’t tend to read them.

However, there is always one genre that I can can go back to at any time. Especially when I’m stuck for something to read or I need something to help me out of a reading slump and that is contemporary literature.

Here are six reasons I love to read contemporary:

  1. The characters are relatable
    I have read so many contemporary books that have both helped me and taught me so much about the world and other societies around me.
    Contemporary books give you an insight of topical issues that you may not be aware of.  Personally, they have given me tips on how to deal with certain things that have affected me over the past few years. For example grief and anxiety.This leads me onto reason number 2.
  2. Contemporary novels deal with real life topics that some people may be uncomfortable talking about
    Like I have already said, contemporary literature tend to focus on topical issues that people face within society and/or in their personal lives. Topical subjects can be a hard thing to write about and I think it is really inspiring when authors tackle these subjects. From mental health and disabilities to race and sexuality I love how there are authors out there focusing on these areas. They are ultimately teaching people things they did not necessarily know about the topic that is being covered.Several years ago I was really struggling with my anxiety. After trying to speak to people about it I was ignored and fobbed off. It made to feel stupid and an outcast. I was made to feel like it was wrong to feel the way I did. I got the stereotypical comments when I spoke to people too. For example, “Well, you seem fine to me.” or “There is nothing wrong with you stop thinking about it, it’ll go away.”   I had no one to turn to and contemporary books helped me deal with my issues. They gave me the confidence to stand up for myself and my mental health.
  3. They can be super emotional
    Every so often I just need to have a good cry and contemporary books are good at brining out my emotional side.Of course they make me laugh they make me angry but they also make me happy. I do love a good emotional rollercoaster. You just get all the feels through a contemporary book.
  4. You watch the characters grow and l earn to understand themselves and the world they are in
    I know this is a popular happening in most genres and I think it is a super important thing in all books but there is something about it happening in contemporary. Especially when you watch them battle their demons, no matter what they are.
  5. THE ROMANCE!
    Everyone knows I love a bit of romance and contemporary literature brings all the love dovey romance.  I love seeing relationships grow throughout books and contemporary is a great genre to watch relationships develop.
  6. They are easy to read
    Contemporary books tend to be easy reads…well at least some of the time. They are easy to fit into a busy working week which is great. I have read so many books that take up a lot of time and when you’re an adult a lot of the time you don’t have much free time to yourself. I need to allocate a lot of my time for work, chores and family/friends time. This genre is easy to fit into my busy schedule and it doesn’t feel like an effort when I’m reading.

 

What is your favourite genre and why?

Lucy xx

 

Six for Sunday – Bookish Couples

I’ve been having a really tough time this week and I’ve been thinking that maybe little  writing will be a good distraction as my head is all over the place. Steph from A Little but a Lot  hosts a weekly prompt called Six for Sunday and this week’s topic looked fun. So I’ve decided to jump on the bandwagon.

This week’s prompt is Bookish Couples so here is a list of my favourite couples from books that I have read.

They are in no particular order. I genuinely don’t think I would be able to list them from least favourite to my most favourite.

 

  1. Claire and Jamie from the Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon
  2.  Ava and Jesse from the This Man Series written by Jodie Ellen Malpas
  3. Tatiana and Alexander from The Bronze Horseman Series by Paullina Simons

  4. Diana and Matthew from the Deborah Harkness’ All Souls Trilogy

  5. Feyre and Rhysand from the A Court of Thorns and Roses Trilogy written by Sarah J Maas

  6. Jane Eyre and Mr Rochester by Charlotte Brontë

 

Do you have any favourite bookish couples? What’s your #sixforsunday?

 

Lucy xx