Monday, 8 July 2019

June Reading Wrap-Up//July TBR

Where did June go? I swear it was like I blinked and I missed it. Anyone else feel the same? I can't believe we're now over halfway through the year. 2020 will be upon us before we know it! Truth be told, June wasn't the best month for me. A broken rib, some disappointing news. I'm actually quite glad to see it go, and I'm hoping for a happier July. But I did at least get lots of reading done in June, and some great books at that. So here's a little look back at the books I read in June, and a little look forward at what's on my TBR pile for July.

Carrying on the nostalgia, I finally finished the last two Goosebumps books I had in my TBR pile. Why is nothing ever as good as you remember it? The Beast From The East(***) and Legend of the Lost Legend(****) were not particularly scary. They had a good story-line and Legend of the Lost Legend was particularly interesting and engaging. But I can't believe I was ever scared by these books as a child.

Room on the Broom(****) wasn't around when I was growing up. But it is by an author who's other books I read, and loved, as a child. So I was excited to read Room On The Broom and add it to my growing book collection for our future children. Oi Cat(***) seemed like a humorous read, and a must for any cat-loving family.

The Wife(*) I picked up in a local charity shop. I've enjoyed some of the comedic 'How it works' books from Ladybird in the past (The Cat, and Mindfulness, for example) so now that I'm a wife, I thought this book would ring true and make me laugh. However, I could not relate to anything in the book, and I didn't find it particularly laugh out loud funny either. A disappointment then. This beautifully illustrated edition of The Railway Children(****) I found at a car boot sale. I loved this book as a child, and it delighted as an adult too. 

I spotted these books in a local garden centre, and as they were on 5 for £5 I decided to pick up a few. I remember the Apple Tree Farm books so fondly from childhood, and I enjoyed Kitten's Day Out(****) and New Pony(****) just as much as I remember them.

A few more Apple Tree Farm books. Barn on Fire(****) was a light-hearted, funny tale. Dolly and the Train(***) I didn't enjoy as much, purely because I felt concerned and sad that one horse had to pull a steam train! But that's probably just me overthinking things again. Whenever animals are involved, I always over-concern myself with their welfare. 

Worried Arthur The Birthday Party(****) spoke to me on a personal level. Arthur is a worrier, just like me, and I could understand his anxieties around his birthday party, as I've had those anxieties myself. The final Apple Tree Farm book from the lot I picked up in the garden centre was Camping Out(***) which I enjoyed, just not as much as some of the others. Maybe because it was missing a horse, or a cat! Although, of course, there was still Rusty the dog. 

The Nativity(***) was another car boot find, and is a beautifully illustrated tale of the birth of Baby Jesus. I look forward to sharing this one with our future children, as I believe it's an important story to tell, as well as a beautiful book. However, it was a little bit shortened, for my liking, but it is a book aimed at children. I was excited to read Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World(*****), written by a suffragette descendant. It's not the easiest of books to read in terms of format, but Kate Pankhurst has done a fantastic job of creating a beautifully illustrated book for children that will provide them with enough information without overloading them about some of the most inspiring women in history. An absolute must-read for girls and boys!

Two more books that I adored as a child. I have very vivid, fond memories of my mum/grandma reading Can't You Sleep, Little Bear?(*****)  to me as a little girl. And it didn't disappoint as a big girl, either. Five Minutes Peace(****) is another one I remember fondly. I loved the Large family, and I'm sure I read other books in the Large family series by Jill Murphy.

Would you believe me if I told you, I've never read a Dr. Seuss book before? I think that's a lie, because I'm sure I at least read The Cat In The Hat. But I'd never read Oh, The Places You'll Go Before(*****) and I wish I'd read it sooner, as it's a fantastic book! It explains mental health in a really accessible way for children, talking about lurches and slumps, bang-ups and hang-ups. This is a must-read for all children, to help them become more resilient. 

I'm continuing on with the children's books this month. It's definitely helping me overcome my reading OCD, but sometimes it's like one step forward, two steps back. So I'll keep plodding on. I'm excited to revisit some of my childhood faves, like The Twits. And to explore some books I haven't read before, like Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator. I'll keep you updated on my reading progress in next month's Reading Wrap-Up.

What have you read recently? 

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