I’ve had huge changes in my life over the last few months, things just kept changing, which meant I just really didn’t have the time to post here anymore. Due to Covid-19 I had to leave my last job and start a new one. I was really sad about it to begin with, but now it seems like it was the right thing to do. I’m so happy at my new job, it really was a great thing to happen as it has really benefitted my mental health. I can’t wait to get back to posting book reviews again! 😄
For those of you that love video games. I also now have a Twitch channel which goes by the name of @MoodyMudkipx
I’m back now and I’m really happy to be sharing my love of books and video games with the WWW.
I am well aware that it has been over a month since my last post. Life has been really busy as I am preparing for uni next term. It’s likely that once uni starts up again once a month posts will be the new norm, anything else will just be a bonus. I have been reading a lot of children’s books lately though, and as work will be breaking up for summer next week I should have a bit more time to post about them.
Disclaimer: I purchased both of these books with my own money. It wasn’t sent to me to review. The information on the book and the author were taken from Amazon UK and are correct as of 12/07/2020
My Mum Tracy Beaker
Paperback: 432 pages
Age Range: 9 – 12 years
Publisher: Yearling (21 Feb. 2019)
Jess and Tracy Beaker are the perfect team. They do everything together.
Jess thinks Tracy is the best mum ever, even when she shouts at her teachers! Tracy has made the perfect home for Jess, leaving The Dumping Ground far behind her.
Yes, their flat’s a bit mouldy. It’s only just big enough for two. And the Duke Estate is a bit scary. But it’s their happy home.
Until Sean Godfrey, Tracy’s rich boyfriend, whisks them away to his mansion, life of fast cars and celebrity stardom.
Will Jess’s brilliant mum turn into a new person altogether? And will Tracy realise that her childhood dream might not be what she needs after all?
About The Author
Jacqueline Wilson wrote her first novel when she was nine years old, and she has been writing ever since. She is now one of Britain’s bestselling and most beloved children’s authors. She has written over 100 books and is the creator of characters such as Tracy Beaker and Hetty Feather. More than forty million copies of her books have been sold.
As well as winning many awards for her books, including the Children’s Book of the Year, Jacqueline is a former Children’s Laureate, and in 2008 she was appointed a Dame.
Jacqueline is also a great reader, and has amassed over 20,000 books, along with her famous collection of silver rings.
Nick Sharratt has written and illustrated many books for children including Shark in the Park, You Choose and Pants. He has won numerous awards for his picture books, including the Sheffield Children’s Book Award and the 2001 Children’s Book Award. He has also enjoyed stellar success illustrating Jacqueline Wilson’s books. Nick lives in Hove.
This next part contains a spoiler of the book. If you do not want to read it, please stop here….
I would like to welcome Cam Lawson to the LGBT community. JW has finally said what a lot of us had already guessed. Cam is a lesbian. She hasn’t come out and said it as such in THIS book, – that happens in the next one. BUT it is heavily hinted and I could not be happier. Tracy has done an amazing job at raising her own daughter I love the relationship that they have as mother and daughter. There are lots of references to the older books and her life at the dumping ground and although she has semi regular contact with her mum, it’s nice to see that she has grown out of the dreams of her mum being perfect. Her taste in men though! – Don’t get me started! Jess is a very lovable girl who helps to keep her mum level, even though Tracy is still a bit of a hot head with a bad temper. Reading these latest TB books has reminded just how much I love JW and the way she writes for children and young adults.
I’d like to start off this review by giving a huge thank you to the publisher for allowing me to have the opportunity to review an eBook copy of this book. I am a huge fan of Jack Monroe and have all of her other books, so I’m incredibly happy and thankful for this opportunity.
So far, I have made two of the dishes featured in this book. I love how simple Jack’s recipes are, and it’s a huge bonus that they are good for you and don’t cost huge amounts. As a single parent I like to be able to feed my children well, and for a low cost. – which often doesn’t happen with other cookbooks.
We have currently made Cheese and Oregano Rusks and Orange and Blueberry Oat Bars from the book, and are really looking forwards to trying the Five-a-Day Couscous and the Jaffa Cake Mug Pudding.
Another fantastic family, budget and health friendly read from Jack!
I was recently nominated for the Mystery Blogger Award by Ashley at Red Haired Ash Reads The Mystery Blogger Award is a tag created by Okoto Enigma to find and promote bloggers who “haven’t been discovered yet.”
Put the award logo/image on your blog.
List the rules.
Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well.
Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.
You have to nominate 10 – 20 people.
Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog.
Answer the questions by the person who nominated you.
Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify).
Share a link to your best post(s).
Three Things About Me
I have two children aged 11 and 8.
I am currently doing a degree in Primary Education and work in a primary school. – hence why I read a lot of children’s books.
I’m learning how to sew properly. – I want to make all of my own clothes.
Ashley’s Questions For Me
Is there a movie that you think is better than the book? – Oh Yes! Girl Interrupted by Susanna Kasen
What is your favorite thing to drink while reading? – Either herbal tea or cherry flavoured Pepsi Max
Do you create set TBRs or are you a mood reader? – Absolutely a mood reader, I’ve tried planning before and always ended up in reading slumps because I’m not in the mood for that type of book.
What is your favorite trope/theme in books? – I love F/F romance storylines and books about witches. – combine both and I’m such a happy camper
What is one thing that you hate when reading? – People talking to me! Round of applause to the co-worker that went to talk to me the other day, but then stopped and said “Never mind, I can see you are reading.” I also hate noise, I have ADHD so need quiet and no distractions when I read.
I’m nominating the following bloggers for the Mystery Blogger Award:
Like many others, lock down has got me picking up my sewing machine again. I have decided now I want most of my wardrobe handmade by me, by the end of the year, so I’m taking it fairly seriously. I follow a lot of sewing channels on YouTube and have done for a few years now, so the brand Tilly and The Buttons isn’t new to me, in fact I’d been wanting to get this book for about a year now.
Because it’s been a while since I’ve done any sewing, I picked this book up to ease myself in as even the hardest patterns in the book are very suitable for beginner level. For those completely new to the workings of a sewing machine there is even a chapter on setting it up and threading it.
The book starts with a very simple pattern of making scarf and then moves on to pyjama bottoms, skirts and dresses. The patterns for all these are tucked in a slot at the back of the book and are in sizes 6-20.
Sewing books can be really expensive, but this one is so worth the money. I bought my copy from the Tilly and The Buttons website because it was out of stock on Amazon, and I’m so glad I did because Tilly has signed it too.
My first make from this book is going to be the Delphine Skirt from chapter three.
I can’t wait to get started!
I’ll leave the link to Tilly and The Buttons here as I think they are amazing!
Most of the world is stuck indoors at the moment, and in the words of Ms Lovett from Sweeney Todd “Times is ard”.
I’m going to assume that you all at least have a computer or smart device, otherwise you wouldn’t be reading this. This first one is free, pretty much all libraries now have online services. If you aren’t already a member of your local library I recommend signing up online as that’s all you need to do to start borrowing free books. (Your online library service should state which app they use.) Most libraries have really increased the number of books they have available online since lockdown started and they had to close their doors.
For this next one I’m going to recommend the Kindle and Kobo apps. Both book services have a lot of freebies and £1 and under bargains. With Kindle you can sign up to get a daily e-mail from Amazon on their selected daily and monthly book deals. It’s also worth signing up to e-mails/newsletters from authors you like as they will often share when their books are on sale/they have a giveaway, or if you are really lucky – some send free books just for you signing up to get their updates! It’s also worth following them on social media for updates on things like this too.
Depending on how you read, it might also be cheaper for you to sign up to a service such as Kindle Unlimited. – They did have an offer 2 months for 99p. – not sure if this is still running though.
Below I’m going to post some links to some Bewitching Reads approved books that are currently under £1 on Amazon.
Electrigirl – (all three books are currently under £1 Each)
I’d like to start this post with a huge thank you to Dellybird over at dellybird.co.uk
I’ve decided for this tag to just tag everyone that is reading it, I hope you are all staying safe and coping as well as you can during lockdown, It’s such a hard time for everyone right now. As someone that works in education, I am certainly feeling the stress and anxiety about my job, with worrying about how my pupils are doing on a daily basis. I am missing my crazy normal life! I’ve recently had covid-19 myself, thankfully I have recovered, I hope you are all keeping as safe as you can.
2. Snacking – A book that is a ‘guilty pleasure’ read
3. Netflix – a series you want to start
Okay, I am aware this next one is cheating. I’m not really a book adaptation person so I really struggled. I do however love The Perks of Being a Wallflower – and it is on Netflix at the moment.
4. Deep Clean – a book that has been on your TBR for ages.
5. Animal Crossing – A book you recently bought because of the hype
6. Productivity – A book you learned from, or had an impact on you.
7. FaceTime – A book you were gifted
8. Self-care – What is one thing you have done recently to look after yourself.
Putting mine and my children’s mental health first when it comes to lockdown. Both are on home school. Yes we are working, but we a doing it to the beat of our own drum, and also are filling our days with board games and Disney movies.
Bonus! – an upcoming release you are looking forwards to
As I said at the top, I tag everyone that is reading this post.
It’s 1:07am and I can’t sleep, I’ve been quite distracted this evening. I’ll be honest, I’ve been pretty terrible at reading since lockdown started. There is just something about being pushed out of my daily routine that has pushed me into doing sod all. Things have been picking up the last week or so though, I think I’m now starting adjust.
I currently have three books on the go at the moment Our Own Private Universe by Robin Talley. It’s taken me a few chapters to get in to, but it has me hooked now. I need some romance. – PULP was one of my favourite reads in 2019, it introduced me to lesbian pulp fiction, and now I’m never looking back.
I’m also currently reading Gears For Queers, which is a review book. I went in blind simply just because it’s LGBTQ+ but I’m really enjoying it.
The third book is right up my street because the protagonist is a geek. The books is The Frame-up and I’m listening to it on audible while I’m doing housework and what have you. Not enjoying it as much as I thought I would, but that’s just because there seems to be a heterosexual relationship brewing, and I often struggle with those now. It’s not the book’s fault.
As a way of signing off, I’m going to pimp my jacket out. I’m upcycling a charity shop jacket and people are giving me words/quotes for me to stitch on the back. They can be absolutely bonkers! – as long as it isn’t too offensive! Ha! If you would like to contribute ping me on Twitter or comment here.
Last night I finally read Heartstopper by Alice Oseman. It was one of those books that I’d had my eye on for a while but kept getting pushed back for whatever reason. Now everyone around the world is finding themselves in lockdown and with some extra time, I thought it would be the perfect time. – Plus that fact that it’s only 99p on kindle currently, helped.
Charlie and Nick are at the same school, but they’ve never met … until one day when they’re made to sit together. They quickly become friends, and soon Charlie is falling hard for Nick, even though he doesn’t think he has a chance.
Heartstopper is about love, friendship, loyalty and mental illness. It encompasses all the small stories of Nick and Charlie’s lives that together make up something larger, which speaks to all of us.
But love works in surprising ways, and Nick is more interested in Charlie than either of them realised.
– Description taken from Amazon
I’m new to Alice Oseman. Although I had heard her name before, I wouldn’t have been able to put any books to it. I loved the build up of Charlie and Nick’s friendship, and then watching it blossom into something else. I also love how normal sexuality is in this book. Just as it should be. I love how there is no “big shock” when someone slips into a conversation that they are gay. It’s normalised and doesn’t faze anyone. I devoured this book from cover to cover VERY quickly, and I absolutely cannot wait to read Volume 2.
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