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  1. 8)Beswitched - Kate Saunders Synopsis - When Flora Fox's parents send their daughter off to boarding school, they have no idea that the train will take her back to 1935. On the journey Flora has a strange dream. She wakes up without her laptop or her phone, wearing a hideous uniform with ridiculous bloomers underneath. She is a new girl at St Winifred's, where the rules are mad, the food horrible, and the hairiness of the teachers unbelievable. Her 21st century manners will not be tolerated at strict St Win's - how will she ever survive and find her way back to her own time? But there is a special reason why Flora has been summoned to the past. It involves the tempestuous girl who becomes her best friend... BESWITCHED is a wonderfully funny, classic story from a popular and very talented children's author. My Thoughts - I brought this as the author had written one of my favourite books - Five Children on the Western Front and also it was a bit of a Mallory Towers type book. I really enjoyed this book as i enjoyed all the Enid Blyton type books when I was growing up with boarding school and this was a little bit like that with a modern twist. I would have definitaly enjoyed it when i was younger too! A really good childrens book. I'll definitaly be reading more of this author. Rating - 4/5
  2. I like watching them on youtube too - i just wish i had the time to watch them properly now!
  3. 7)Happy Mum Happy Baby - Giovanna Fletcher Synopsis - A positive and uplifting book about what it is to be a mother and all things mum and baby by Celebrity Mum of the Year and phenomenally popular vlogger, author, TV presenter and actress Giovanna Fletcher. Being a mum is an incredible journey, a remarkable experience that changes how we look, how we feel, who we are. As mothers we are strong, protective, proud. We feel a love like no other. But being a parent can be hard too. It challenges us physically, mentally, emotionally. There are the days where just managing to fit a shower in amidst the endless feeding, entertaining young children and surviving on a lack of sleep feels like an achievement. With so many people ready to offer 'advice' on the best way to parent, it can feel like you are getting it all wrong. Since Giovanna and her husband Tom Fletcher have had their sons Buzz and Buddy, they have been sharing glimpses of their family life. With an infectiously positive outlook and happy take on all things mum-related, Giovanna has developed a following of fellow parents and mums-to-be. This is not a book about how to have the perfect family experience - Gi would be the first to admit she is winging it just as much as the rest of us - instead it is an honest, upbeat and incredibly personal account of her own experience of having a family. In Happy Mum, Happy Baby Giovanna shares her own journey through parenthood and in doing so, she looks at what it is to be a mother today, encourages you to be confident in yourself as a parent and celebrates how putting a focus on being a happy and confident mum can really make for a happy baby. My Thoughts - I'm a huge fan of Giovannas and her husband Tom watching both of them on youtube and also on social media. Also my little boy is around the same age as her eldest so to me it almost feels like im going through the same things at the same time as her - like potty training etc. This isnt a parenting guide - its her thoughts and feelings and troubles of going through motherhood and how putting herself on the internet has made others become quite judgemental of her. Since becoming a parent myself I've found that everyone has an opinion on everything that you are doing with your own child - my particular favourite is people that dont even have children that tell you how to bring up the perfect child. This was a very good book - it was out at the same time as the new Unmumsy Mum book - something that the other half brought me for my birthday too and I think that the two of them being out together was definitaly planned. I really enjoyed this book as it did make me feel that I'm not alone in having a child that has a meltdown in the supermarket or has issues with sleep. Definitaly a book that I would recommend to someone who has young children or even older ones! Rating - 4.5/5
  4. I've only read the first Twilight book - I do plan on reading the rest but they just arent jumping out at me too much. I'm looking forward to getting back into the Shadowhunter world and to hear that they are both good together then it does make me quite excited to get back into it already! They are so good and I'm jelous that you have it all to come hehe well that definitaly happened! I've also got a Amazon voucher to spend so guess what I'll be using that on?
  5. 6) City of Heavenly Fire - Cassandra Clare (#6 The Mortal Instuments) Synopsis - Discover more secrets about the Shadowhunters as they fight to protect the world from demons in the final book in the internationally bestselling series. Darkness has descended on the Shadowhunter world. Clary, Jace, Simon, and their friends band together to fight the greatest evil they have ever faced.. My Thoughts - I love, love LOVE this book series and the whole world of the Shadowhunters! Its quite difficult to write a review without spoiling the plot of both this book and the series that comes before that but its safe to say I really enjoyed this book again much like the rest of the series. In this Jace and Clary face the war that has been coming throughout the series and must fight to save everything that they know. It was a brilliant read - it took me ages to read it but thats because I've been so busy and no fault of the book. It was full of twists and turns and you never knew what was going to happen next. A fantastic book and a fantastic ending to the series. I'm also pleased as ive now got Clockwork Angel to read which is also about Shadowhunters although different characters and also Lady Midnight too! So excited for these books! Rating - 5/5
  6. Thank you In other news I finally finished a book :D
  7. My reading is seriously suffering this year with being so busy! The farm work is getting on the way of everything at the minute as I'm having to take on more of the physical work now I'm not having the time to read in the day nor the energy in the evening to do it! I've got some more new books though as it was my birthday a couple of days ago Happy Mum Happy Baby - Giovanna Fletcher. I've wanted this for ageesss since she announced she was writing a 'mum' book and hubby must have taken notes of my not-so-subtle-hinting that he brought it for me for my birthday. The Accident Season - Moira Fowley Doyle Clockwork Angel - Cassandra Claire Book of Lies - Teri Terry THe Kicking Bucket List - Cathy Hopkins The Moonlight Dreamers - Siobhan Curham The Unmumsy Mum Diary - Sarah Turner
  8. I might dip back into them if I take the Kindle on holiday again as they are on there and hubby would go mad if i took a suitacase of books instead of clothes Theres more new books to be added again! I so agree with this - I didnt want to watch the TV series until id read all the books but I think now I'll probably just watch the show on Netflix and if i do decide to read the next books then it wont ruin it too much for me as i dont think the plots could get much simular!
  9. New books in the last month The Shakespeare Book - DK The History Book - DK The Secret Library - Oliver Tearle Noughts and Crosses - Malorie Blackman Girl Unknown - Karen Perry Forgotten Voices of the Blitz and Battle of Britain - Joshua Levine The Everything Machine - Ally Kennen Dear Amy - Helen Callaghan Everyday - David Levithan A Boy Made of Blocks - Keith Stuart Shtum - Jem Lester 11 new books and I've only managed to read 2 this year off my TBR - oops!
  10. 5) A Series of Unfortunate Events #3 - The Wide Window - Lemony Snicket Synopsis - If you have not read anything about the Baudelaire orphans, then before you read even one more sentence, you should know this: Violet, Klaus, and Sunny are kindhearted and quick-witted; but their lives, I am sorry to say, are filled with bad luck and misery. All of the stories about these three children are unhappy and wretched, and this one may be the worst of them all. If you haven't got the stomach for a story that includes a hurricane, a signalling device, hungry leeches, cold cucumber soup, a horrible villain, and a doll named Pretty Penny, then this book will probably fill you with despair. I will continue to record these tragic tales, for that is what I do. You, however, should decide for yourself whether you can possibly endure this miserable story. With all due respect, Lemony Snicket My Thoughts - I've now read this book in the series and to be honest I'm not sure if i'll read too much more. I enjoyed the plot howeve it does seem quite simular to the other two books and I'm not sure if i want to read the rest if they are all like it. It was ok and I'm probably a bit old to be reading these books for the first time now. Rating - 3/5
  11. 4)A Series of Unfortunate Events #2 - The Reptile Room - Lemony Snicket Synopsis - Dear Reader, If you have picked up this book with the hope of finding a simple and cheery tale, I'm afraid you have picked up the wrong book altogether. The story may seem cheery at first, when the Baudelaire children spend time in the company of some interesting reptiles and a giddy uncle, but don't be fooled. If you know anything at all about the unlucky Baudelaire children, you already know that even pleasant events lead down the same road to misery. In fact, within the pages you now hold in your hands, the three siblings endure a car accident, a terrible odor, a deadly serpent, a long knife, a large brass reading lamp, and the appearance of a person they'd hoped never to see again. I am bound to record these tragic events, but you are free to put this book back on the shelf and seek something lighter. With all due respect, Lemony Snicket My Thoughts - I quite enjoyed this second book in the series. This was a good plot and it was also very interesting reading about the different people in the family. I enjoyed this book more than the first book and it really hooked me in. Rating - 4/5
  12. 3)A Series of Unfortunate Events #1 - The Bad Beginning - Lemony Snicket Synopsis - Dear Reader, I'm sorry to say that the book you are holding in your hands is extremely unpleasant. It tells an unhappy tale about three very unlucky children. Even though they are charming and clever, the Baudelaire siblings lead lives filled with misery and woe. From the very first page of this book when the children are at the beach and receive terrible news, continuing on through the entire story, disaster lurks at their heels. One might say they are magnets for misfortune. In this short book alone, the three youngsters encounter a greedy and repulsive villain, itchy clothing, a disastrous fire, a plot to steal their fortune, and cold porridge for breakfast. It is my sad duty to write down these unpleasant tales, but there is nothing stopping you from putting this book down at once and reading something happy, if you prefer that sort of thing. My Thoughts - I've never read this series although I've been meaning to for a while and with the new series on Netflix based on this book series I thought I'd better read at least this book before watching it on Netflix! The book is about 3 ophan children who end up living with Count Olaf who is basically after the fortune that their parents have left them. I think I've already read book 6 or 7 in this series many years ago when I was a teen! This book was ok and I think it did a lot of plot setting for more of the books in the series. I think I probably would have enjoyed this a bit more too if I was a teen but overall it was good. - I'm looking forward to watching it on Netflix now though! Rating - 3/5
  13. Thank you - holiday was ok, well as much of a holiday as you can have with a 2 year old!
  14. Oh my gosh its been well over a month since last posting! Its not that I havent wanted to get on here its been finding the time! Work and the small one has been so busy that ive barely had time to pick up a book and I've been trying to read the same book at home for six weeks! I did go on holiday to Portugal a couple of weeks ago and managed to read a couple of books off my Kindle so I've got those reviews to catch up on! Also I've been book buying like its been going out of fashion so I've got those to post about too
  15. Im planning on trying to loose 2/3 stone this year Im as heavy as I was after having little one and as hes three this year I cant really use that as an excuse anymore! We also want to have another baby next year and as I put on three stone while I was pregnant before if i did that again from my weight now Id be having serious problems! We are doing healthy eating and cutting take aways right down to less than one a week - when we were in the caravan e ate a lot of takeaway as it was easier than cooking in a tiny space. We have also started smoothies as its in the evenings I struggle not to pick eat. The first week i managed to loose 2lb so off to a good start! Fingers crossed that both me and OH can stick to it as he wants to loose a couple of stone too!