Friday, 4 October 2019

August/September Reading Wrap-Up

Today I'm going to be sharing the books I read in August and September, since I've been away from my blog for so long I missed out on sharing August's Reading Wrap-Up before. So without further ado, here's what I've been reading lately. 


Someone (I can't remember who, sorry!) recently commented on a blog post that I should read Winnie the Witch. I'd never heard of this book series before, but picked up the first book on Amazon and was instantly hooked. A fantastically charming series, perfect for younger readers. 

Winnie the Witch = ****
The Magic Wand = ****
The Haunted House = ****

I picked up The Polar Express at a car boot sale I was supposed to be selling at. Every single time I go to a car boot to sell I come back with books! It's a beautiful book, and a wonderful story. I can't wait to share it with our own children one day. 

Spooky Winnie = ****
Mini Winnie = ***
The Polar Express = ****

Another car boot find in The Secret Garden, which was one of my favourite books growing up. I'm really enjoying my trip down memory lane with the Goosebumps books. These were easily my favourite books as a child/tweenager and I'm finding them just as enjoyable, if a little less scary, to read as an adult. 

The Little Mermaid = ***
The Secret Garden = *****
The Haunted Mask = ****

The Little Match Girl was a story I remember reading with my grandma when I was just a little girl. I remember it breaking my heart then, and re-reading it as an adult I felt exactly the same. A heart-breaking story, but a beautiful one nonetheless. 

The Princess and the Pea = **
Thumbelina = ****
The Little Match Girl = *****

Another Goosebumps book! There'll be a lot more of these, I think. Although the story was a little predictable, I still enjoyed Welcome to Dead House. And this collection of Hans Christian Andersen's Fairy Tales was beautifully illustrated. It'll be a gorgeous book to share with future generations. 

The Snow Queen = ***
Welcome to Dead House = ***
Hans Christian Andersen's Fairy Tales = ****

My friend gave me the last two books. They are illustrated quote books and quite inspirational to flick through. I passed them on to my psychologist once I was done with them as I thought she may find a use for them with future clients. 

Say Cheese and Die = **
Daily Strengths for Daily Needs = **
Believe and Achieve = ***

I didn't even know R.L. Stine had written an autobiography, but when I found out I knew I had to read it. It was a fascinating insight into the man behind the books. Why Can't a Man be more like a Cat was also from the friend who gave me the above books. It was an amusing read, but I took it to the car boot after I was done with it.

It Came From Ohio = ***
Claws! = ****
Why Can't a Man be more like a Cat? = ***

Decided to enjoy some graphic novels for a change, with Goosebumps Graphix and The Simpsons. I'd been keen to read The Abominable Snowman of Pasadena for a while, so was excited to find it included in the Goosebumps Graphix Tales book.

Creepy Creatures = **
The Horror at Chiller House = ****
Dead Man's Jest = ***

This was a bit of a switch from all the children's books I've been reading lately. I can't remember where I saw That's So 90s advertised, but I loved the sound of it. It was a real trip down memory lane for me. 

From Beyond The Grave = **
The Magical Unicorn Society Official Handbook = ****
That's So 90s = ***

And we're back to the children's books, of course. My friend gave me these. She was clearing out her son's collection and thought I'd like these as she remembered me saying that Percy the Park Keeper was my childhood. They are beautiful books, in such good condition, and it means a lot to me that she thought of me. 

The Rescue Party = ***
One Snowy Night = ****
Alfie's Christmas = ****
One Warm Fox = ****

And that's a wrap. Phew, that was a long post, sorry! I did do a lot of reading in August and September, though. Mostly in August, actually. As, in September, I embarked on reading Death Note: All-in-One Edition. It's a hefty tome of a book, and it's taken me most of September to get even 80% of the way through. So October's Reading Wrap-Up may not be so long. We'll see, eh?

What have you been reading recently?

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