My Top 7 Summer Romance Reads

Summer is the perfect time for grabbing a few must-reads, be it by the pool, in the garden or just 5 minutes peace on holiday. The Romance genre is probably the best at producing seasonal books for such sunny occasions (followed only by their Christmas novels) and I thought I'd compile a list of books I've … Continue reading My Top 7 Summer Romance Reads

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7 Books for Summer

I know that some schools have a few days left, some have already broken up (lucky!) but with the sunshine, and heatwave, and threats of hosepipe bans in the air, Britain is feeling extra summery right now. Whether you have a day off work booked, a holiday by the pool, a day at the park, … Continue reading 7 Books for Summer

Support Kids Reading This Summer

There has been an overall concern recently about children's literacy and the declining numbers of children owning books at home as well as enjoying reading for pleasure. For once I'm going to save my own thoughts and the politics of this for another day, but suffice to say I think many of us can do our bit … Continue reading Support Kids Reading This Summer

Book Review: The Island Villa by Lily Graham

  The Blurb: A story of two sisters, living in a time of fear and betrayal, and rumours of a stranger on the island. If you loved The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah or The Island by Victoria Hislop, you’ll devour this dramatic book-club read set in a beautiful Spanish villa where the walls whisper with … Continue reading Book Review: The Island Villa by Lily Graham

Book Review: Bookworm: A Memoir of Childhood Reading by Lucy Mangan (plus my own history of childhood reading)

The Blurb: When Lucy Mangan was little, stories were everything. They opened up new worlds and cast light on all the complexities she encountered in this one. She was whisked away to Narnia – and Kirrin Island – and Wonderland. She ventured down rabbit holes and womble burrows into midnight gardens and chocolate factories. She … Continue reading Book Review: Bookworm: A Memoir of Childhood Reading by Lucy Mangan (plus my own history of childhood reading)

Mancub reviews: Defender of The Realm by Mark Huckerby & Nick Ostler

I am handing the blog over to my eldest today to review a book my kids have kindly been sent to read and LOVED so we thought a post of its own was in order and hopefully if it goes down well he will want to come and write more for me. He loves a book dab... Defenders of … Continue reading Mancub reviews: Defender of The Realm by Mark Huckerby & Nick Ostler

Kids Read for Fun – Our Thumbs-up Recommendations Ages 7-12

  I've received a couple of requests in the past few months (and witnessed a couple of tweets also) asking for author/series/title recommendations for children of various ages. I love these requests as it's always enlightening to see what other kids' have enjoyed reading and there's always an abundance of great advice on Twitter so … Continue reading Kids Read for Fun – Our Thumbs-up Recommendations Ages 7-12