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Word of the Year

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I’ve chosen words of the year a couple of times, and then not really taken much notice of them.

I don’t think I chose a word last year. I don’t think I did much of anything last year.

I wasn’t going to choose a word for the year this year, but it snuck up on me and I realised it’s what I want to aim for overall.

My word of the year is:

HAPPY

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New Year. New Books.

New books are always lovely, and a book sale is an excellent time to stock up for future gifts; grow a home library; or plan for party bags. The Scholastic Book Clubs sale started on 25th December, and has books from as little as 99p. What’s more, 20% of purchases go to the school of your choice.

Our local school sends home Scholastic Book Club catalogues once a term, and they are always packed full of bargains. They also have exclusives, like the paperback version of a something only just out in hardback.

Scholastic Book Clubs asked me to choose a few favourites from the sale to share. I’m not sure if all my choices are sale books, but the prices are pretty¬†great all year round. You can see all the books in the sale on their website.

Scholastic Book Clubs SaleMy first choice is this amazing pack of 20 picture books for only £20. At only £1 per book this would be perfect for party bags, and the quality of the books included is stunning.

The pack includes Marmaduke the very Different Dragon (review), The Pirates Next Door (one of our favourites in 2012), How to Hide a Lion from Grandma and Little Red and the Very Hungry Lion (included in Chaos Castle’s books with single dads). I’d be willing to pay more than ¬£20 just for those four, but there are another 16 included too – something for everyone.


Scholastic Book Clubs saleSticking with early years, who can resist this lovely soft Hugless Douglas? We are huge Hugless Douglas fans, and even though MG and DG are technically a little old for this, it’s still so cute that it gets read and played with regularly. ¬£3.99 is a ¬£7 saving on full price, and a very cheap gift for new babies (or their toddler siblings), or any young child really!


Scholastic Book Club saleMy next choice is the latest in Claire Freedman and Ben Cort’s Underpants series, Aliens Love Dinopants. Currently still only out in hardback, this paperback is even more of a bargain at only ¬£2.99. The¬†Underpants series are wonderful, and¬†each new book is still fresh and inventive (and includes little details relating to other books in the illustrations, which makes reading even more fun.)


169177-ml-1436458My final picture book choice is I’ll Wait, Mr Panda – which isn’t even published in hardback until next week, so this paperback for ¬£3.99 is almost an essential purchase. We haven’t actually read this yet, but Please Mr Panda is amazing and Steve Antony hasn’t had a so-so book published yet. Besides, who could resist that cute face?!


Scholastic Book Club saleThe Phoenix comic is probably the best comic for kids around at the moment, and the collected strips in book form are excellent for reluctant readers, and avid readers alike. Of the three in this pack, we’ve only read The Pirates of Pangaea but are avidly waiting the next installment. This three pack is ¬£14.99, or each can be bought separately for ¬£4.99 each.


Scholastic Book Club sale

Jim Kay’s illustrations for Harry Potter are stunning, and this first illustrated book in the series is stunning and worth the ¬£30 RRP – but it’s only ¬£16.99 here so grab a bargain (and don’t forget the 20% back to your school.)

And if you don’t own any of the Harry Potter series, and have kids approaching the age to enjoy them, the full set of paperbacks (with Jonny Duddle’s gorgeous covers) are only ¬£29.99.


156822-ml-1212677My final choice (and really there are so many more I could point out, but I’m late writing this already!) is the complete set of nine Skulduggery Pleasant books for ¬£39.99. Okay, so it doesn’t include The Maleficent Seven or Armageddon Outta’ Here, but the main nine novels don’t need the extra two unless you get completely addicted (which I did!)¬†The earlier novels are 9+, but later ones are 11+, so I’d recommend this pack for teens and older (up to any age!) The humour, action, twists, and fabulously imagined world of Skulduggery Pleasant is well worth losing yourself in.

I hope that’s given you some good ideas for new books for the new year, and some brilliant bargains. There is so much to browse in the Scholastic Book Clubs sale, and 20p in every ¬£1 spent goes to the school of your choice. Wins all round.

Disclosure: My local school will receive some books in exchange for this post. I’ve been¬†a happy customer with Scholastic Book Clubs for over five years so jumped at the chance to promote them more.

Our Year in Books 2015

I didn’t keep up with this very well this year but more or less have an updated spreadsheet offline, but I can’t be bothered to copy and paste here.

I met my main reading challenge of 52 books, but didn’t quite meet the short reads. I also haven’t got a clue how many picture books we read!

I have done much better on acquiring books, buying 90 less than 2014; but also getting 103 less free/review books and¬†giving away over 280 so a net gain of approx 150 books this year instead of the 400 of the last two years. Still lots of books to cut down on, but that’s a big improvement.

We had half as many review books in 2015 than in 2014, which is a good thing because my reviewing has been terrible. I will try much harder with blogging and reviewing next year, because I have missed it.

I’m keeping the same reading goals for next year. I probably could read more, but I want to channel my procrastination into writing about books to start with rather than reading more that I don’t write about!

It’s been an odd year, and not one of many achievements, but it’s the year I finally found out for definite that I am autistic; it’s been one of parenting challenges; it’s been one of building relationships. It’s flown past and I feel like I’ve achieved little in the last four years, but I’m terrible at focusing on the negative.

So the plan for next year is take each day at a time. Focus on the positives. Work on routines and making good habits. I get stressed if I’m over-scheduled, but I think I will be less stress if I work out a schedule / routine that works instead of trying to do everything all the time. My planning and goals may appear to focus on me, but there are unwritten ones for parenting. My daughters are a fundamental part of my life.

Our Week in Books in Numbers
Year progress: 365/365 = 100%
Read 52: 54/52 = 103.8%
Picture books: 120+/52 = 230+%
Short reads: 36/52 = 69.2%

Books reviewed:
Cumulative: lost track…

Books read (excl picture books):¬†lost track…

Books added to shelves: lots…
Cumulative: 429

Library books borrowed: none
Cumulative: 43

Books removed from shelves: 150-ish
Cumulative: 280-ish

A reading challenge from http://liveotherwise.co.uk/makingitup

 

Christmas Gift Guide

 

Books

Books.

Wander round your local independent book store; or huge Waterstones; or order some huge collections from The Book People; or whatever.

And if you don’t know what someone is interested in, book tokens are fab too.

Suitable for any age and any gender.

Just buy books.

The Tragickall History of Henry Fowst by Griselda Heppel

The Tragickall History of Henry Fowst: Griselda Heppel (Matador Books, 2015)The Tragickall History of Henry Fowst

Author: Griselda Heppel
Cover: Hilary Paynter (wood carving)
Publisher: Matador
Original Publication Year: 2015
Edition reviewed: PB 2015
Source: Author

About (from Matador):
In the shadows of Walton Hall a demon lurks. His name: Mephistopheles. In 1586, young John Striven struck a bargain with him in return for help against his murderous foster brother. Nice work for a demon ‚Äď or it should have been. Because somehow, his plan to trap the 12-year-old went wrong. All he needs now is another soul, in similar desperation, to call on him.

Enter 13 year-old Henry Fowst. A pupil at Northwell School, Henry longs to win the Northwell History Essay Prize. Exploring the school‚Äôs sixteenth century library, he stumbles across the diary of a boy his own age beginning this 20th day of Januarie, 1586… Soon Henry is absorbed in John Striven‚Äôs struggles with his jealous foster-brother, Thomas Walton, who, it seems, will stop at nothing to be rid of him.

Then matters take a darker turn. Battling to escape his own enemy, Henry finds his life beginning to imitate John‚Äôs and when the diary shows John summoning ‚Äėan Angellick Spirit‚Äô to his aid, Henry eagerly tries the same.

Unfortunately, calling up Mephistopheles lands both boys in greater danger than they’d ever bargained for.

Griselda Heppel’s first book, Ante’s Inferno, was one of my favourite reads from 2012 and I eagerly awaited her second title. My knowledge of classics is fairly limited – I’m aware of the Faust legend¬†in the sense that it involves someone making a pact with a devil – but no prior knowledge is assumed and this Fowst has more chance of redemption, if he can best Mephistopheles.

The Tragickall History of Henry Fowst is told from three viewpoints, mostly modern-day Henry and Tudor John but with the odd malevolent musing from Mephistopheles itself.¬†Starting in the sixteenth century, we learn about John Striven¬†and his murderous foster-brother; skipping forth and back to modern day where the Hall John Striven lives in is now a school (the same one attended by Antonia Alganesh in Ante’s Inferno) where Henry Fowst¬†is on a scholarship.

Mephistopheles is attracted to both the boys’ misery and attempts to entrap them.¬†Connected across the centuries by the old library of the Hall, Henry finds John’s old diary and willing to try anything to escape his bully (and protect his family from shame) he repeats the ceremony John tried to summon the devil…

Aimed for 10/12+, the novel is gripping and more-ish. Skipping between past and present leaves you needing more of each story, and wondering how they combine. I admit I couldn’t understand why Henry was so willing to summon Mephistopheles without finishing reading John’s diary first, but I’m no longer¬†twelve and choices can seem a lot more limited when you’re being bullied. My children are a little young to read this yet, so this is from my viewpoint only, but I’m glad there was redemption available and the novel shows how it is possible to change from bad choices, even when things seem helpless.

With a mix of history, modern day, spooky school buildings, secret hiding places, supernatural goings on, and a tie-in to the previous novel (although each stand alone), The Tragickall History of Henry Fowst is an absorbing read. I look forward to the next novel (I hope there is a next novel!)

On a final note, there was one tiny scene that made me giggle when I read the book two months ago, and now I know it will make today’s children giggle too. Henry’s sister is singing in the bath: “She’s the top – she’s fantastic – she’s the strongest, she’s the smartest, Rachel FOWWWST!” – which of course I instantly heard to the tune of Danger Mouse. With the new Danger Mouse series, it’s even more spot on. Griselda’s writing is full of tiny observations that add up to a believable world. Highly recommended.

13 Spooky Reads for Halloween

With Halloween on the horizon, here are a selection of spooky reads for any age from birth and up.¬†The lower age guides are not exact, every child is different, and there is no upper age limit for books as far as I’m concerned.

Most of these books were published this year, but I sneaked in a couple extra.

Boo!: Fhiona Galloway & Jonathan Litton (Little Tiger Press, 2015)0+: Boo!: Fhiona Galloway & Jonathan Litton (Little Tiger Press, 2015)

This colourful board book uses gradually decreasing eye-holes on each page as a variety of (extremely cute) spooks try to work out who said Boo! With rhyming repetition¬†and bright colours this should catch the eye of babies. Toddlers will love the chunky pages¬†(and that you can turn pages using the eyeholes!) and I can see this being one being quoted regularly. Danger Girl (6) also loves this, and the text is simple enough for her to read too. Not just for Halloween, a very cute not-all-that-spooky introduction to ‘scary’¬†staples (pumpkins, cats, witches, bats…) Did I mention it’s cute? ūüôā

Ten Spooky Skeletons: Garry Parsons (Little Tiger Press, 2015)0+: Ten Spooky Skeletons: Garry Parsons (Little Tiger Press, 2015)

Glow in the dark alert! We all love a glow-in-the-dark book in the Chaos household, and spooky skeletons are even more of a hit. Not only the cover, but the final spread are glow in the dark. And not only that, but there are peek-through sections on every page too. This book is just too much fun! Garry Parsons is a fabulous illustrator, and his adorably cute skeletons rhyme and count bouncily through the pages. DG (6) and MG (8) both still enjoyed this book, though it’s probably aimed mainly at 2-5 year olds. I can’t recommend this one highly enough – will keep small ones amused for hours. (Note: a torch held near the glow in the dark pages in a darkened room recharges the glow quickly and is such fun. If you’re children aren’t scared in the dark, make sure the last pages have been left in bright light to ‘charge’ first, and then read by torchlight…)

Fright Club: Ethan Long (Bloomsbury Children's Books, 2015)3+: Fright Club: Ethan Long¬†(Bloomsbury Children’s Books, 2015)

That gorgeous front cover drew me into my local bookshop, and although I didn’t mean to buy anything, I was shortly walking out with a copy (I say ‘shortly’ – actually there was a lengthy look at the shelves as usual, and an even lengthier chat about books, phone apps, and life with the fabulous bookshop people…) DG (6) was similarly drawn to this book first when I laid out a few suggestions for a bedtime story, although she did complain that it wasn’t scary enough! The monsters really are adorably cute (and, though it’s a shame I need to mention this at all, they are an actual equal¬†mix of male and female characters – WOOHOO!!) and this is one we will read over and over. The story is funny, as a cute bunny tries to join Fright Club, and inclusive. Extremely gorgeous illustrations, fabulous layout, eye-catching cover. We love Fright Club.

The Ride-By-Nights: Walter De La Mere & Carolina Rabei (Faber & Faber, 2015)3+: The Ride-By-Nights: Walter De La Mere & Carolina Rabei (Faber & Faber, 2015)

Making classical texts accessible to the very young like this, allows an increased vocabulary to permeate into their minds. At least, that’s what I think, and I don’t think you can get more accessible than this beautifully illustrated poem. The pictures show both traditional witches flying through the stars (a basic introduction to constellations is in the text) and children trick or treating in a village. I was completely put off by ‘literature’ at school, but find this beautiful and compelling. I could read it over and over, and it makes a perfect bedtime story. DG (6) asked lots of questions as we went through it, and it’s a book that works as well wordless so toddlers and non-readers can pour over the pages alone too. Personally, I want the “And surge pell-mell down the Milky Way.” page as a print to put up. Beautiful.

Seen and Not Heard: Katie May Green (Walker Books, 2014) 3+: Seen and Not Heard: Katie May Green (Walker Books, 2014)

In Shiverhawk Hall, in the light of the moon, the children come out of their pictures and run riot. Although not described as ghosts, the children have a very ghostly feel in their old fashioned attire. Beautifully illustrated, this is less creepy and more fun (but if you think of them as ghosts, it can feel a lot spookier!) and children of any age will love the naughty things these children get up to. The text is full of lyrical phrases that are a joy to read aloud (Sticky ringlets, jammy ribbons, fizzy tummy, “I feel sick.”) and the muted palette shows their night time antics well. A gorgeous book, not just for Halloween.

No Such Thing: Ella Bailey (Flying Eye Books, 20143+: No Such Thing: Ella Bailey (Flying Eye Books, 2014)

Often in stories you find children who see shadows and sudden noises as signs of something spooky, which are then shown to be completely ordinary. Georgia in No Such Thing sees simple explanations for things moving round the house, getting broken, or going missing. It’s the pets, or her little brother, or something like that, because honestly who believes in ghosts?! There’s no such thing! But… If you look closely at the pictures, maybe you can spot the ghosts hiding? And in case you missed them, they might appear at the end too! Fabulous fun for children who want to believe in (gentle) spooks, and for keen spotters. A lovely autumnal read, for any time of year!

Mortimer Keene Ghosts on the Loose: Tim Healey & Chris Mould (Hodder Children's Books, 2014)6+: Mortimer Keene Ghosts on the Loose: Tim Healey & Chris Mould¬†(Hodder Children’s Books, 2014)

Mortimer Keene books are¬†a well loved series in the Chaos household, with five madcap adventures so far from Slime to Aliens to Dinosaurs to Robots. Ghosts on the Loose was the second in the series to be published, and might just be my personal favourite. Told in rhyme, this tale follows another of Mortimer Keene’s inventions gone wrong, with a host of horrific ghosts portrayed with aplomb by the extremely talented Chris Mould (who looks like he’s had a lot of fun inventing¬†fiendish ghouls to fit descriptions including Hooded Black Monk and Victorian Hangman…) Designed to attract reluctant readers, the fun rhyming, copious illustrations, and clever links of characters between books (we like Mr Bevan, who teaches Shakespeare to Year Seven…) and including extra pages of plans, A-Zs, and tips, Ghosts on the Loose is a perfect Halloween read.

Pablo & Jane and The Hot Air Contraption: Jose Domingo (Flying Eye Books, 2015)6+: Pablo & Jane and The Hot Air Contraption: Jose Domingo (Flying Eye Books, 2015)

I cannot help but love a book which includes dialogue like:
“Muuum, Pablo and I are going out to explore that ruined creepy house on top of the hill, the one that’s filled with monsters and where the radioactive meteorite crashed!”
“Okay darling! Try not to die before dinner time!”
And this is following a page with a map of their local area including the haunted orphanage, the old graveyard, and the abandoned sawmill. Not only that, but this is in wonderful comic strip form. Bliss!

The first 15 pages Pablo & Jane and the Hot Air Contraption are a comic strip story, leading on to twelve double spreads packed with creepy critters and things to spot, finishing with a final six pages of comic strip story. This book can be poured over, delighted in, and absorbed for many hours. I find the picture search pages quite overwhelming in detail, which may be because of my aspie brain, but my children happily pour over the pages. I cannot do this book justice, so I recommend you read Mat Tobin’s wonderful review (and grab a copy as soon as you can!)

The Jolley-Rogers and the Cave of Doom - Jonny Duddle (Templar Publishing, 2015)6+: The Jolley-Rogers and the Cave of Doom РJonny Duddle (Templar Publishing, 2015)

Bewitched pirates, hoards of gold, sea hags, and the magical interweb… “Hubble, flubble, toil and trouble, Lanterns burn and cauldron bubble. Bring us pirates on the double!”¬†The Jolley-Rogers return in their second¬†full length adventure, this time bewitched by sea hags with only Bones the dog left to take a message for help to Matilda. The scary hags have a cave full of gold – and bones. Shudder… Can ‘Tilda and a pint-sized Jim Lad get out of this dastardly dilemma? This isn’t a specifically Halloween story, but it’s spooky enough to count, and Jonny Duddle’s pirates deserve a place on any bookshelf. Packed with delicious illustrations, and some pretty spooky moments, one for pirate fans of any age.

Dixie O'Day and the Haunted House: Shirley Hughes & Clara Vulliamy (Random House, 2015)6+: Dixie O’Day and the Haunted House: Shirley Hughes & Clara Vulliamy (Random House, 2015)

Dixie and Percy are well loved characters in the Chaos household and in this, the fourth book of the series, the daring duo set off for a fun camping trip. Sadly anything that could go wrong appears to go wrong, and they end up escaping from a soaking wet tent and a grumpy farmer to a spooky old house where a friendly old lady offers them a bed for the night… This is a proper old-fashioned ghost story, with a familiar spooky twist for adults but a great introduction to the style for young children. As ever Shirley Hughes writing and Clara Vulliamy’s illustrations are a delight and the pages are also packed with maps, interviews and a quiz. Perfect as a read aloud, an early reader for confident youngsters, a tempting read for reluctant readers, and a joy for any age. Comfortably spooky, with a very friendly ghost.

Once Upon A Zombie Book One The Colour Of Fear: Billy Phillips & Jenny Nissenson (Toon Studio Publishing, 2015)8+: Once Upon A Zombie Book One The Colour Of Fear: Billy Phillips & Jenny Nissenson (Toon Studio Publishing, 2015)

Zombie Princesses. Zombie. Princesses. I don’t think I need to write any more to sell this! Once Upon a Zombie is a line of dolls, in the vein of Ever After High / Monster High, but also in the vein of Ever After High, the novel shows well realised characters and an interesting alternate world concept. Being able to travel to fairytale worlds via their writers’ graves is a new concept, and gives the potential of truly global appeal. This particular story starts in London, with two American sisters, and stories of chickpeas appearing in graveyards around the world… The start drags a little¬†if you’re a 6yo (younger than the recommended 8+) so I¬†summarised when reading aloud and DG (6) really liked the concept even though the writing style of the book was too old for her. There are some fun creepy videos on YouTube to promote the book, and the dolls are also available. Will appeal to children who love their fairy tales with a darker twist.

The Graveyard Book: Neil Gaiman & Chris Riddell (Bloomsbury Children's Books, 2008)10+: The Graveyard Book: Neil Gaiman & Chris Riddell (Bloomsbury Children’s Books, 2008)

I’ve not read this for years (when it was published in 2008), but I couldn’t exclude it from a list of spooky books. The Graveyard Book is the tale of Bod, a boy raised by ghosts, and the ghosts who raise him, and the man Jack who means to find him and finish his job of killing Bod’s whole family. It starts with a knife, and Neil Gaiman is not one to shy from the creepy¬†for children. It’s suitable for any age that can read, but some parents might find it a little scary. ¬†For me, anything written by Neil Gaiman is worth reading, and this is one of his best, and Chris Riddell is a master (again, some parents might find the illustrations a bit scary!) A book I’d put on every child’s bookshelf.

The Tragickall History of Henry Fowst: Griselda Heppel (Matador Books, 2015)10+: The Tragickall History of Henry Fowst: Griselda Heppel (Matador Books, 2015)

With a mix of history, modern day, spooky school buildings, secret hiding places, supernatural goings on, and a tie-in to Ante’s Inferno¬†(although each stand alone), The Tragickall History of Henry Fowst is an absorbing read. Skipping between past and present leaves you needing more of each story, and wondering how they combine. I‚Äôm glad there was redemption available and the novel shows how it is possible to change from bad choices, even when things seem helpless.¬†Griselda‚Äôs writing is full of tiny observations that add up to a believable world. Full review here.

Disclosure: Some books received as review copies, others own copies.

Remember Remember the Fifth of October

Because it doesn’t rhyme.

I meant to do book reviews today but it was my aspie parents’ group in the morning and although I get a lot out of it, two hours socialising is wearing so my brain wasn’t up for it.

Or post writing.

Ah well.

Our Week in Books #39 & most of #40

Three quarters of the way through the year… I really need to get the short reads updated (if I can remember which ones weren’t on Goodreads at the time) and especially the picture books. Should be no problem getting Read 52 hopefully ūüôā

Our Week in Books in Numbers
Year progress: 275/365 = 75.3%
Read 52: 45/52 = 86.5%
Picture books: ??/52 = 100+%
Short reads: 33/52 = 63.5%

Books reviewed: none?
Cumulative: 15

Books read (excl picture books):
lost track…

Books added to shelves:
Tough Guys Have Feelings Too – Keith Negley (review book from Flying Eye)
Beautiful Birds Colouring Book – Emmanuelle Walker (review book from Flying Eye)
The Mystery of the Disappearing Cat – Enid Blyton (bought from The Book People)
The Mystery of the Secret Room – Enid Blyton (bought from The Book People)
The Mystery of the Burnt Cottage – Enid Blyton (bought from The Book People)
The Mystery of the Spiteful Letters – Enid Blyton (bought from The Book People)
The Mystery of the Missing Necklace – Enid Blyton (bought from The Book People)
The Mystery of the Pantomime Cat – Enid Blyton (bought from The Book People)
The Mystery of the Vanished Prince – Enid Blyton (bought from The Book People)
The Mystery of the Hidden House – Enid Blyton (bought from The Book People)
The Mystery of the Strange Bundle – Enid Blyton (bought from The Book People)
The Mystery of the Tally-Ho Cottage – Enid Blyton (bought from The Book People)
The Mystery of Holly Lane – Enid Blyton (bought from The Book People)
The Mystery of the Missing Man – Enid Blyton (bought from The Book People)
The Mystery of the Strange Messages – Enid Blyton (bought from The Book People)
The Mystery of the Banshee Towers – Enid Blyton (bought from The Book People)
The Mystery of the invisible Thief – Enid Blyton (bought from The Book People)
Monster Mission – Eva Ibbotson (bought from The Book People)
The Secret of Platform 13 – Eva Ibbotson (bought from The Book People)
Which Witch – Eva Ibbotson (bought from The Book People)
The Beats of Clawstone Castle – Eva Ibbotson (bought from The Book People)
Mountwood School for Ghosts – Tony Ibbotson (bought from The Book People)
The Gorgeous Colouring Book For Grown Ups (bought from The Book People)
The Creative Colouring Book for Grown Ups (bought from The Book People)
The Magical City – Lizzie Mary Cullen (bought from The Book People)
The Tracing Paper Colouring Book – Felicity French (bought from The Book People)
The Ride By Nights – Walter De La Mere & Carolina Rabei (bought from The Book People)
Chris Riddell’s Doodle-a-Day (bought from The Book People)
Chris Riddell’s Doodle-a-Day (bought from The Book People)
The Jar of Happiness – Alisa Burrows (review book from Child’s Play)
Harper and The Scarlet Umbrella – Cerrie Burnell & Laura Ellen Anderson (review book from Scholastic)
Hooray for Bread – Allan Ahlberg & Bruce Ingman (second hand from charity shop)
Three Little Pirates – Georgie Adams & Emily Bolam (second hand from charity shop)
Pugs of the Frozen North – Philip Reeve & Sarah McIntyre (bought from Mostly Books)
Dixie O’Day and the Haunted House – Shirley Hughes & Clara Vulliamy (bought from Mostly Books)
Cumulative: 349

Library books borrowed: 4
Cumulative: 43

Books removed from shelves: none
Cumulative: 126

A reading challenge from http://liveotherwise.co.uk/makingitup

 

Our Week(s) in Books #36 – #38

Slightly better than the last gap, but still a bit rubbish. I really, really, really need to get back into blogging. I ‘write’ so many blog posts in my head than never end up here it’s silly. I have the blog brain, but lack the energy. Last week was a long week. Two bookish social events (three if you extend the week by another day), which is lovely but I’m not functioning that well now. Fortunately nothing else coming up, but I need to write up so many things it’s annoying. Ah well.

Our Week in Books in Numbers
Year progress: 264/365 = 72.3%
Read 52: 42/52 = 80.8%
Picture books: ??/52 = 100+%
Short reads: 33/52 = 63.5%

Books reviewed: none?
Cumulative: 15

Books read (excl picture books):
lost track…

Books added to shelves (including some older forgot-to-add ones):
M is for Autism – the students of Limpsfield Grange (review book from NetGalley)
Need – Joelle Charbonneau (review book from NetGalley)
Cleo – Lucy Coats (review book from NetGalley)
What Milo Saw – Virginia Macgregor (review book from NetGalley)
The Quality of Silence – Rosamund Lipton (review book from NetGalley)
Pirates in Pyjamas – Caroline Crowe & Tom Knight (review book from Little Tiger Press)
The Shepherd’s Crown – Terry Pratchett (bought from Amazon)
The Children of Green Knowe – Lucy M Boston (second hand from charity shop)
The Queen’s Nose – Dick King-Smith (second hand from charity shop)
NeuroTribes – Steve Silberman (bought from Mostly Books)
M is for Autism – the students of Limpsfield Grange (bought from Mostly Books)
Monty’s Magnificent Mane – Gemma O’Neill (bought from Poundland)
Jack and the Baked Beanstalk – Colin Stimpson (bought from Poundland)
Paddington 13 Book Set – Michael Bond (bought from The Book People)
Paddington 13 Book Set – Michael Bond (bought from The Book People)
Paddington 13 Book Set – Michael Bond (bought from The Book People)
Paddington 13 Book Set – Michael Bond (bought from The Book People)
Paddington 13 Book Set – Michael Bond (bought from The Book People)
Paddington 13 Book Set – Michael Bond (bought from The Book People)
Paddington 13 Book Set – Michael Bond (bought from The Book People)
Paddington 13 Book Set – Michael Bond (bought from The Book People)
Paddington 13 Book Set – Michael Bond (bought from The Book People)
Paddington 13 Book Set – Michael Bond (bought from The Book People)
Paddington 13 Book Set – Michael Bond (bought from The Book People)
Paddington 13 Book Set – Michael Bond (bought from The Book People)
Paddington 13 Book Set – Michael Bond (bought from The Book People)
The Rest of Us Just Live Here – Patrick Ness (bought from The Book People)
The True Meaning of Smek Day – Adam Rex (second hand from charity shop)
Fergus Crane – Paul Stewart & Chris Riddell (second hand from charity shop)
How to Write Really Badly – Anne Fine (second hand from charity shop)
Curse of the Mummy – Steve Jackson & Ian Livingstone (second hand from charity shop)
Forest of Doom – Ian Livingstone (second hand from charity shop)
Crypt of the Sorcerer – Ian Livingstone (second hand from charity shop)
Heartsong – Kevin Crossley-Holland & Jane Ray (review book from Hachette)
Ten Spooky Skeletons – Garry Parsons (review book from Little Tiger Press)
My Little World: Boo (review book from Little Tiger Press)
Ever After High 3 book Set (bought from WHSmith)
Ever After High 3 book Set (bought from WHSmith)
Ever After High 3 book Set (bought from WHSmith)
Hilda and the Troll – Luke Pearson (bought from Daunt Books)
Hilda and the Troll – Luke Pearson (bought from Daunt Books)
The Queen’s Handbag – Steve Antony (review book from Hachette)
Sir Scaly Pants the Dragon Knight – John Kelly (review book from Bloomsbury)
Old Bear’s Bedtime Stories – Jane Hissey (review book from Salariya)
Aliens Love Dinopants – Clare Freedman & Ben Cort (review book from Simon & Schuster)
Goth Girl and the Wuthering Fright ‚Äď Chris Riddell (bought from Mostly Books)
A Great Big Cuddle – Michael Rosen & Chris Riddell (bought from Mostly Books)
The Fairytale Hairdresser and the Sugar Plum Fairy – Abie Longstaff & Lauren Beard (bought from Mostly Books)
Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse – Chris Riddell (second hand from charity shop)
Ghost Girl and the Fete Worse than Death – Chris Riddell (second hand from charity shop)
The Art of Being Normal – Lisa Williamson (second hand from charity shop)
Seen and Not Heard – Katie May Green (bought from Blackwell’s)
The Wolf Wilder – Katherine Rundell (review book from NetGalley)
Cumulative: 316

Library books borrowed: 5
Cumulative: 39

Books removed from shelves: 1 (I think)
Cumulative: 126

A reading challenge from http://liveotherwise.co.uk/makingitup

 

Our Week(s) in Books #22 – #35

 

Updated my spreadsheet at last. Well, mostly updated. There are gaps in authors, illustrators, and prices but I can fill that in for me later. It’s been so long that I’m not sure where I am with anything and I think there are a few books not on Goodreads at all.

Our Week in Books in Numbers
Year progress: 239/365 = 65.5%
Read 52: 39/52 = 75.0%
Picture books: ??/52 = ??%
Short reads: 31/52 = 59.6%

Books reviewed: 12
Cumulative: 15

Books read (excl picture books):
Might fill in later. Lots!

Books added to shelves:
The Moster Snorey Book – Leigh Hodgkinson (bought from Mostly Books)
The Fairiest Fairy – Anne Booth (bought from Mostly Books)
The Princess and the Giant – Caryl Hart & Sarah Warburton (bought from Mostly Books)
Crunch – Carolina Rabei (review book from Child’s Play)
Grandad’s Island – Benji Davies (review book from Simon & Schuster)
More – Tracey Corderoy & Tim Warnes (review book from Little Tiger Press)
No More Cuddles – Jane Chapman (review book from Little Tiger Press)
Poo in the Zoo – Steve Smallman & Ada Grey (review book from Little Tiger PresS)
Blog Giveaways – Di Coke (free Kindle)
How Many Legs – Kes Gray & Jim Field (review book from Hachette)
Follow Me – Ellie Sandall (review book from Hachette)
Peter Pan & Wendy illustrated by Shirley Hughes (review book from Hachette)
The D’Evil Diaries – Tatum Flynn (review book from Hachette)
The Ship of Ghosts – Gillian Philips (review book from Hachette)
Eleanor the Snow White Fairy – Daisy Meadows (review book from Hachette)
Mortimer Keene: Robot Riot – Tim Healey & Chris Mould (review book from Hachette)
Knight in Training: A Horse Called Dora – Vivian French & David Melling (review book from Hachette)
Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam: The Cat Burglar ‚Äď Tracey Corderoy & Steven Lenton (bought at Mostly Books)
Nixie the Bad Bad Fairy – Car Lester & Ali Pye (bought from Mostly Books)
Katie McGinty Wants a Pet – Jenna Harrington & Finn Simpson (review book from Little Tiger PresS)
Pocket Pirates: The Great Cheese Robbery – Chris Mould (review book from Hachette)
Clariel – Garth Nix (bought from the Book People)
Zoe’s Rescue Zoo – (bought from the Book People
Zoe’s Rescue Zoo – (bought from the Book People
Zoe’s Rescue Zoo – (bought from the Book People
Zoe’s Rescue Zoo – (bought from the Book People
Zoe’s Rescue Zoo – (bought from the Book People
Zoe’s Rescue Zoo – (bought from the Book People
See Inside The Universe (bought from the Book People)
You Do the Maths (bought from the Book People)
You Do the Maths (bought from the Book People)
You Do the Maths (bought from the Book People)
You Do the Maths (bought from the Book People)
Tilly’s House – Faith Jacques (2nd hand from charity shop)
Tilly’s Rescue – Faith Jacques (2nd hand from charity shop)
Les Animaux – John Burningham (2nd hand from charity shop)
Ella Bella Ballerina and Cinderella – James Mayhew (2nd hand from charity shop)
Adelita – Tomie dePaulo (2nd hand from charity shop)
How To Live Forever (2nd hand from charity shop)
Alice By Accident – Lynne Reid Banks (2nd hand from charity shop)
Ladybird Cleopatra and Ancient Egypt (2nd hand from charity shop)
Polly and the Wolf Again – Catherine Storr (2nd hand from charity shop)
Sin City 1 (2nd hand from charity shop)
Sin City 2 (2nd hand from charity shop)
Russian Fairy Tales (2nd hand from charity shop)
Pushkin’s Fairy Tales (2nd hand from charity shop)
Will Grayson Will Grayson (2nd hand from charity shop)
Let it Snow (2nd hand from charity shop)
The Stone Pilot (2nd hand from charity shop)
Can’t see title in picture and can’t be bothered to find book right now ( (2nd hand from charity shop)
Hugless Douglas Goes To Little School – David Melling (bought from Mostly Books)
The Parenting Puzzle – (bought from Mostly Books)
Seed – (goody bag at YALC)
The IT Girl – (goody bag at YALC)
How Many Legs – (review book from Flying Eye)
Whatever Happened to My Sister? – (review book from Flying Eye)
Lottie Lipton 1 (review book from Bloomsbury)
Lottie Lipton 2 (review book from Bloomsbury)
Bound By Duty – Stormy Smith (free Kindle)
The Grumbug – Adam Stower (bought from Discover Story)
The Toucan Brothers – Tor Freeman (bought from Discover Story)
Blown Away – Rob Biddulph (bought from Discover Story)
The Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow – Katherine Woodfine (bought from Tesco)
My Brother is a Superhero – David Soloman (bought from Tesco)
I Let You Go – Clare Mackintosh (bought from Tesco)
Enid Blyton Holiday Tales (review book from Hachette)
First Class Murder – Robin Stevens (bought from Mostly Books)
Dragon Knights (bought from Mostly Books)
There’s a Toucan on my Telephone – Jo Lodge (bought from Mostly Books)
The Island of Adventure 10 books – Enid Blyton (Birthday Present)
The Island of Adventure 10 books – Enid Blyton (Birthday Present)
The Island of Adventure 10 books – Enid Blyton (Birthday Present)
The Island of Adventure 10 books – Enid Blyton (Birthday Present)
The Island of Adventure 10 books – Enid Blyton (Birthday Present)
The Island of Adventure 10 books – Enid Blyton (Birthday Present)
The Island of Adventure 10 books – Enid Blyton (Birthday Present)
The Island of Adventure 10 books – Enid Blyton (Birthday Present)
The Island of Adventure 10 books – Enid Blyton (Birthday Present)
The Island of Adventure 10 books – Enid Blyton (Birthday Present)
Dead Cat Bounce – Seth Freedman (free Kindle)
Aspergers: Parenting a child with Aspergers (free Kindle)
Tree – Britta Teckentrup (review book from Little Tiger Press)
The Accidental Prime Minister – Tom McLaughlin (postage paid to The Mile Long Bookshelf)
Mango & Bambang: The Not-a-Pig: Polly Faber & Clara Vulliamy (review book from Walker Books)
Penguin’s Way – Johanna Johnston & Leonard Weisgard (review book from Bodlein)
Whale’s Way – Johanna Johnston & Leonard Weisgard (review book from Bodlein)
Dorrie and the Blue Witch – Patricia Coombs (bought from Mostly Books)
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo – Steig Larsson (Free Kindle)
I Have Asperger’s – Erin Clemens (Free Kindle)
Shogun – James Clavell (99p Kindle)
The Invisible Library – Genevieve Cogman (99p Kindle)
Trixie the Halloween Fairy (second hand from charity shop)
The Colour Thief – Gabriel Alborozo (review book from Bloomsbury)
The Snow Lady – Shirley Hughes (second hand from charity shop)
Doctor Who: Prisoner of the Daleks (second hand from charity shop)
Doctor Who: Sting of the Zygons (second hand from charity shop)
Doctor Who: Judgement of the Judoon (second hand from charity shop)
Happy Families: Mr Cosmo the Conjuror (second hand from charity shop)
Moshi Monsters Pick your path (second hand from charity shop)
The Crazy Collector – Diana Hendry (second hand from charity shop)
Frozen Book of Film (second hand from charity shop)
Basher’s Planet Earth (second hand from charity shop)
Basher’s Rocks and Minerals (second hand from charity shop)
Spiderwick Chronicles The Field Guide (second hand from charity shop)
Garfield The Great Lover (second hand from charity shop)
Apple Pigs – Ruth Gary Orbach (review book from National Trust Books)
The Tragickall History of Henry Fowst – Griselda Heppel (review book from Griselda Heppel)
Grey РE L James (£3.45 Kindle)
Imelda and the Goblin King – Briony May Smith (review book from Flying Eye)
Pablo and Jane and the Hot Air Contraption – Jose Domingo (review book from Fying Eye)
Faster Faster, Nice and Slow – Sue Heap & Nick Sharatt (bought from The Book People)
Red Rockets and Rainbow Jelly – Sue Heap & Nick Sharatt (bought from The Book People)
Alphabet Ice Cream – Sue Heap & Nick Sharatt (bought from The Book People)
How to Code: Step By Step Computer Coding Book 1: QED (bought from The Book People)
How to Code: Step By Step Computer Coding Book 2: QED (bought from The Book People)
How to Code: Step By Step Computer Coding Book 3: QED (bought from The Book People)
How to Code: Step By Step Computer Coding Book 4: QED (bought from The Book People)
Arabel’s Raven – Joan Aiken & Quentin Blake (bought from The Book People)
Arabel, Mortimer, and the Escaped Black Mamba – Joan Aiken & Quentin Blake (bought from The Book People)
The Spiral Stair – Joan Aiken & Quentin Blake (bought from The Book People)
Mortimer and the Sword Excaliber – Joan Aiken & Quentin Blake (bought from The Book People)
Basher’s Space Exploration (bought from The Book People)
Guinea Pig Party – Holly Surplice (bought from The Book People)
Doctor Who: Time Traveller’s Journal (bought from The Book People)
Cumulative: 263

Library books borrowed: 18
Cumulative: 34

Books removed from shelves: 23 (I think, maybe more)
Cumulative: 125

A reading challenge from http://liveotherwise.co.uk/makingitup