Books We've Been Reading | March 2021 | PLUS! WIN A MYSTERY BOOK BUNDLE!

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Anyone who knows me knows that I love to read. It's something I've always enjoyed and I think it's so important that we grow and nurture a love of reading for future generations. We are really missing our trips to the library but thankfully we have a rather hefty children's book collection and I've been making the most of our libraries online ebook loan service to keep my kindle well stocked with reading material. Here's what we've been reading this month....

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Front Cover of Protect The Planet by Jess French World Book Day 2021 £1 Book.

We used our World Book Day voucher to purchase this non fiction book. It's aimed at children older than Iris but she is really enjoying learning at the minute and this book has been a great way to encourage that. Protect The Planet is about the environment and the impact that humans are having on it. It's a great first step in bringing these issues into a child's consciousness and the book offers great tips on reducing our environmental impact and being a friend of nature. Iris is particularly interesting in recycling and requests that we read the 'bin man' pages several times a day.

Front Cover of Have You Got My Purr? By Judy West and Tim Warnes.

Have You Got My Purr? is a great book for exploring all the different sounds that animals can make. The story goes that little Kitten has lost his purr and looks all around for it, he asks all the individual animals if they have his purr but they respond with "no I have a moo/quack/baa etc." It's a lovely repetitive book and I think that's why Iris has read it so much, she's wanting to read independently but can't yet so she's choosing books she can memorise and therefore join in with reading. 

Front Cover of Good Night Like This By Mary Murphy, featuring a rabbit mother and baby.

Another book that's great for memorising is Good Night Like This. This is a lift the flaps book that has a different set of animals on each page. Each set of animals is awake on the main page then beneath the flap is a picture of the animals asleep.  The phrase "Good night..." is printed on the main image, and "...like this" is printed underneath the flap alongside the sleeping animals. It shows how everyone likes to get snuggled up down to fall asleep. The last few nights Iris has been saying "good night like this" when she turns the light off and gets wrapped up in her quilt. 

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Front Cover of 1984 by George Orwell. Cover shows 1984 in bold type and close up image of Big Brothers eye. 


This is one of my all time favourite books. I first read 1984 when I was about 15 years old and it instantly won me over. Dystopian fiction is my favourite genre and I usually love to re-read this classic every few years but revisiting it in the year of the pandemic has been a little too much. The parallels between modern life and life in Oceania seem a little too close for comfort.


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29 comments:

  1. Helen Keller the story of my life - inspirational and beautiful

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  2. Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy

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  3. The Double Helix: A Personal Account of the Discovery of the Structure of DNA

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  4. Lovely choice of children's books, great give away! xx #mischiefandmemories

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  5. 'Becoming' by Michelle Obama

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  6. What a fab collection of books. I've seen the Protect the Planet book popping up quite a bit on social media over the last few weeks. Thank you for joining us for the #mischiefandmemorieslinky xx

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  7. Small Great Things was a truly inspirational book that provoked a lot of thoughts

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  8. Giovanna Fletchers Letters on Motherhood

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  9. Great range of books. I love the cleverness of 1984. I often review books on my blog but there are few that make me go wow even though most are really enjoyable. Some books make you think, others appeal to the heart and others are just so entertaining. Thanks for linking up with #MischiefAndMemories

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  10. I found the happiness project to be very inspirational

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  11. A Promised Land by Barack Obama

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  12. I love reading myself and with my daughter in the evenings. At the moment I'm reading Grown Ups by Marian Keys. I recently finished Elanor Oliphant is Totally Fine and absolutely loved it. #KCACOLS

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  13. I have always wanted to read 1984 will have to get myself a copy. Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next time

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  14. I love reading, give me a really good page turner and i'm on i.

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  15. I've not heard of those children's books. I'll have to get hold of them as my boys love their stories. Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS.

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  16. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee is a book which has had a massive impact on me since I read it in my teenage years. Such a powerful, thought-provoking novel that has always stayed with me.

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  17. Absolutely loved Elizabeth Gilbert's Big Magic - I think it would inspire and motivate anyone to give something a go despite their fears of failure.

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  18. Pride and prejudice is one of the ones that O find many people find influential.

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  19. Shakespeare Romeo and Juliet

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  20. Rich dad Poor dad by Robert Kiyosaki.

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  21. Living with Joy by Sanaya Roman

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