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Wednesday, 31 July 2019

July Reading Wrap-Up//August TBR

Oh yes, it's that time again. I know, I can't believe it either. But here we are, at the end of July already. And it's time to take a look back at what I read in July and what's on my TBR pile for August. Let's start with the former...


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Picked these up at a car boot sale. I remember them fondly from my childhood, and they were just as great as I remembered. The inclusion of mazes, fold-out pages and hidden surprises made it a very pleasing and surprising read, especially for younger audiences. 


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Another garage sale find, I'm really enjoying diving back in to childhood books. I think everyone should do it at some point in their lives. I learnt to read with Biff and Chip so, as well as wanting to put some aside for our future children, I wanted to see if they'd stood the test of time. They had. And I have such fond memories of my mum reading "I Love You To The Moon And Back" to me. It's something we still say to each other often. 


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Chicken Licken was one of my favourite books as a child, and it really resonates with me as an adult. Chicken Licken is a worrier, as I am. I feel like he and I are kindred spirits and I feel his panic when he thinks the sky is falling down. I'm also discovering a love for Dr Seuss. That man could write. I'm keen for our children to experence Dr Seuss for themselves, so I bought A Classic Treasury to start them off. 


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Dr Seuss manages to tell stories that are both hilarious and important at the same time. For instance, The Cat In The Hat cautions about the danger in strangers. How The Grinch Stole Christmas shows the true meaning of Christmas. Each of his stories/rhymes has a moral or a meaning at its heart. And that's why I love his work. 


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Fox In Socks. My god. That story was hard to read. And I cannot for the life of me fathom out what the moral behind it is. Maybe not to boss people around or be so bullish? I don't know. It was a hard and complicated read, and not one of my favourite Dr Seuss's.

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My first five star read of July! In the form of childhood fave, Slinky Malinki. I always did love a book about cats, to be fair. And this is a thoroughly humorous one that reminds me of an old family cat that used to steal links of sausages or sides of beef from our neighbour's house every Sunday!

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Oh my god. The Ugly Duckling broke my heart. I'd forgotten just how sad of a story this was and reading it as an adult I fully appreciated the story. It really hit me right in the feels. Such an emotional read. 

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So, one of my goals for July was to read at least one adult book. And I decided to accomplish that in the form of The Handmaid's Tale: The Graphic Novel. Which was a beautiful read. The artwork was stunning. However, I couldn't help but feel that the story was cut too much. Vital parts, I felt, were missing. Which is what prevented it from getting a five star rating. But I still very much enjoyed it. 


August will see me continuing to work through my huge children's/YA TBR pile. Including one of my childhood favourites in the form of Amelia Jane. I'm also hoping to revisit another childhood fave this month; Milly-Molly-Mandy. I'll let you know how I get on in next months reading wrap-up. Keep an eye out for that!

What have you read recently? 

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