Books We've Been Reading | May 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've really missed our trips to the library, it's so good to be back.  Here's what we've been reading this month....
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Image of the front cover of The Book With No Pictures By BJ Novak. Front cover is plain white with bold black text. Book is laid on a vibrant floral background.



This book is one of my favourite children's books of all time. It's pure genius. It is literally a book with no pictures but it is absolutely perfect for pre-schoolers. How is that possible? Because it's silly, absolutely ridiculous, preposterous in fact! It's full of silly non-sensical words that have kids rolling with laughter. It's a bit of a pain when it's chosen for a bedtime story as it tends to get kids in a silly mood rather than a relaxed one but it's honestly so much fun to read that I don't really mind. It's a book that I'll be buying for all my friends kids purely so I can bestow the gift of reading this book aloud onto their parents. 


Image of the front cover of Octopants by Suzie Senior and Claire Powell. The front cover is mainly blue with the title and authors names written in white in a fun bold font. There is a large illustration of a cartoon octopus that has different items of underwear in his many tentacles. It looks comical.



Iris is very into silliness at the moment so a book about underpants was definitely going to impress her. It's a story about a  friendly octopus that wants to find some pants but due to his extraordinary amount of legs no 'normal' pants fit but maybe he's been looking at it all wrong? Maybe finding something to fit takes a change of perspective? This is a great book about learning to accept your differences and finding your place whilst remaining true to yourself. We actually got sent this book from pre-school in a Bookstart pack aimed at 3-4 years old. Children across the UK get a FREE Bookstart pack when they are aged 0-12 months and again when they are pre-school age. The aim is to increase literacy and spark a love of reading from an early age. Check out the BookTrust's website or ask at your local library for more information.


Image of front cover of Busy Fire Station by Campbell Books and Jo Byatt. The cover shows an image of a bold colourful fire engine and four fire fighters of different genders and different ethnicities. There is also an interactive element that goes side to side and makes it appear that the engine lights are flashing. There is a logo that indicates there are elements to push, pull and slide throughout the book.



Iris is still loving interactive books and although I would deem this board book to be too young for her Iris picked it off the library shelf and has enjoyed reading it every night since. It's an easy story about a fire team getting ready and heading out to put out a fire. It's only four pages long and each page has a simple interactive element that is relevant to the story. I would suggest it's targeted at 18months-2 years due to it's simplicity but my nearly four year old is really enjoying it so it's suitable for everyone really. 

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Image of the front cover of the ebook version of Kazuo Ishiguro's novel Never Let Me Go on a Kindle Paperwhite. The cover features and image of a close up of an adolescent girl looking upwards. The Kindle is placed on a floral background.


This month I read a modern classic. A haunting tale of a dystopian near future where children are cloned from 'possibles' purely to donate their organs in a bid to rid society of illness and disease. It's a fantastic premise and the story is written in the most beautiful prose but did I like it? You'll have to read the full review to find out! 

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27 comments:

  1. Psychological thrillers at their best

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  2. I love thrillers and crime fiction.

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  3. My favourite genre is mystery/crime. Can't beat whodunits!

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  4. My boys used to love the book with no words x #kcacols

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  5. We read 'Never Let Me Go' recently in my book club. It was the second time I'd read it. It's chilling, I think and totally unique. Don't think I've ever read anything else like it. An amazing achievement.

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    1. Have you ever read anything else by the same author? They are recommended so much on the dystopian instagram pages I'm on. I'll have to give one of the other books a go x

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  6. I haven't read Never Let me Go but I really love Remains of the Day - what an incredibly clever writer. That book with no words is a crack up - you can find clips of him reading it on youtube #KCACOLS

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    1. Thank you for the Youtube tip- my daughter will love it and it'll give me a break from making all those silly sounds! x

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    2. Back for #FortheloveofBLOG

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  7. Psychological thrillers and crime books are my favourite.

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  8. I love autobiographies and also children's books.

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  9. I like to read sci-fi and biographys

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  10. I love historical fiction and magical realism 💙

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  11. I love fantasy but recently I’ve been getting into a lot of middle grade.

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  12. You’ve got some of my favourites here! My kids loved the book with no pictures, my husband was particularly good at reading it. I used to work in the library and would use lots of books from the busy books series at rhyme time. Never Let me Go is one of my favourite books of all time, I love dystopian fiction and it’s one of the best! #mischiefandmemories (I keep getting an error message so sorry if this posts multiple times!)

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  13. I LOVE the sound of the octopus story! "Maybe finding something to fit takes a change of perspective?" Ain't that the thruth <3
    The book with no pictures sounds pretty amazing as well, I think I might have liked that one a lot myself as a child, I've always found words and language quite exciting. Thanks so much for linking up with #KCACOLS! x

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  14. Never Let Me Go is a great book, I really enjoyed reading it a few years ago. Love the look of the Octopants book and the Busy Fire Station book. #MischiefandMemories

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  15. I usually read crime fiction but I do love a good mystery or thriller too.

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  16. What an exciting selection! Octopants sounds genius - so bright and colourful and anything that encourages giggles is a winner for me. Thank you for sharing your reads over on #mischiefandmemories xx

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  17. I have seen the Book with No Pictures is popular but I haven't got around to buying it yet. I am torn between favouring historical fiction and crime/psychological thrillers. My daughter has just announced she wants young adult detective fiction so am on the hunt! Thanks for linking up with #MischiefAndMemories

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  18. Thrillers or historical fiction are the gene I mostly choose

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  19. I do love a good fantasy book but im quite an eclectic reader so sometimes something different is good too!

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  20. Hello, I think my favourite genres are either historical family sagas or non fiction books. Thank you for the chance to win. (I think I might have accidentally posted my answer here already so sorry if I have!)

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  21. Crime msedollyp

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  22. I like the sound of the book with no pictures. I've not heard of that one before. Thanks for linking up to #fortheloveofblog

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  23. I love romance books especially ones which are set in another country.

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  24. I don't seem to have a favourite genre. I read a wide range of both fiction and non-fiction. I particularly enjoy books that make me think and can empathise with. How to be Brave by Louise Beech and The Return by Victoria Hislop are to of my recent reads that fall into that category. I also adore going back and re-reading the classics (Dickens, Austen, Brontes etc)

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