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My Mum Tracy Beaker (Spoilers) – Book Review

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.

My own daughter is now a Tracy Beaker fan. This has allowed me to re-read all the old books plus the two latest ones.

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

Book Details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Age Range: 9 – 12 years
  • Publisher: Yearling (21 Feb. 2019)
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440871521

Synopsis

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.

Find out more about Jacqueline and her books at www.jacquelinewilson.co.uk

About The Illustrator

Nick Sharratt has written and illustrated many books for children including Shark in the ParkYou 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.

My Thoughts

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.

A firm 5 stars

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Love at first stitch – Tilly Walnes (Tilly and The Buttons)

You Don’t have to spend a ton of money

Tilly Walnes, Love At First Stitch


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.

Love At First Stitch – Tilly Walnes, published by Quadrille in 2014

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.

Starting easy with the Brigitte Scarf
Moving on to the Margot Pyjamas

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!

https://www.tillyandthebuttons.com/

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Stay At Home – Book Tag

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.

ON WITH THE TAG!

  1. Laying in bed – A book you read in one day

I have a review for this books here

Bingo Love is a fantastic female/female romance graphic novel. It was one of my top reads for 2019 and the bonus content in the jackpot edition is worth the purchase. – This book will leave you feeling VERY emotional.

2. Snacking – A book that is a ‘guilty pleasure’ read

The Princess Diaries series by Meg Cabot is a series I have re-read so many times since the age of 13. Lilly has always been my favourite character I just love her so much, she reminds me so much of my teenage self!

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.

I’m not a big fan of Emma Watson outside of Harry Potter, but I do really like her in this movie.

4. Deep Clean – a book that has been on your TBR for ages.

I Don’t really think there is a reason for this. I just haven’t been in the mood yet. I’ve had the book over a year.


5. Animal Crossing – A book you recently bought because of the hype

Last year I remember seeing so many posts and BookTube videos, about how good this book was and it sounded great! Unfortunately, as much as I wanted to like it, I just couldn’t!

6. Productivity – A book you learned from, or had an impact on you.

Pulp is another book that gave me all the feels. I read it at a time when I was getting used to being openly a lesbian and starting my life over again. It also opened my eyes to being gay in the 1950’s and introduced me to lesbian Pulp fiction. – Which I can tell you, is pretty damn magical.

7. FaceTime – A book you were gifted

A couple of years ago, my grandparents gave me the 70th anniversary edition of The Hobbit.

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

Jaqueline Wilson writing a book about coming out? YES PLEASE! – Out Aug 2020

As I said at the top, I tag everyone that is reading this post.

Most importantly, stay safe.

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On The Come Up by Angie Thomas – Book Review (Spoiler Free)

“Bri wants to be one of the greatest rappers of all time. As the daughter of an underground hip hop legend who died right before he hit big, Bri’s got massive shoes to fill. But when her first song goes viral for all the wrong reasons, Bri finds herself at the centre of controversy and portrayed by the media as more menace than MC. And with an eviction notice staring her family down, Bri no longer just wants to make it – she has to. Even if it means becoming the very thing the public has made her out to be.”

On The Come Up, was another one of those great gripping books. Honestly I’ve read so many brilliant books recently. It’s full of those real life struggles, not just the dramatic teenage ones, REAL ONES. Like, drugs, guns, and racism. OTCU, is unlike any other YA book I’ve read, (and listened too as I also have the audio book now) I’ve not read anything else by Angie Thomas before, but she is officially on my book heroine list now!

Rated 5/5

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Gretel: A Fairytale Retold – Review

Gretel: A Fairytale Retold


From The Book 

Once in a while love gives us a fairy tale…
Tormented by a pack of bloodthirsty wolves, Hans and his sister Gretel, run for their lives.
Desperation leads them into the comforting arms of a beautiful woman who asks for nothing in return for her kindness. While Gretel finds herself drawn to the seductress, Hans grows suspicious of her motives. Torn between a brother she adores and a woman she can’t help but admire, Gretel is forced to make a choice.

Will sibling bonds override the lure of a newfound love?

Find out in this exciting adult fairy tale full of action, adventure, and romance.

‘Gretel: A Fairytale Retold’ is a thrilling adaptation of a classic fairytale for fans of Angela Carter’s ‘Bloody Chamber’ and Malinda Lo’s modern classic, ‘Ash’. It is a six-chapter short story of just over 12,400 words and contains some explicit passages.

This book is for anyone who loves:
  • Lesbian Fairy Tales
  • Lesbian Romance
  • Young Adult and New Adult Fiction
  • Action Adventure Stories
  • Exciting stories with Strong Female Lead Characters
  • Historical Fiction
  • Fantasy Fiction

Rollicking Adventures with Sapphic Romance


My Thoughts 

Gretel is a free eBook from the Amazon Kindle store, It’s only 47 pages long, but that doesn’t stop it being an amazing lesbian romance. The story starts off like the original, only with an older aged Hansel and Gretel. Instead of getting lost, they run from wolves that are hunting them. Instead of a witch we have the beautiful woman that Gretel falls for. 

Goodreads rating 5/5 



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Newbie TAG!






Newbie Tag! 

1. Why did you start this blog? 
I have dabbled in and out of the blogging community for around six years now. For various life reasons it has taken me a long time to find my place. I feel like now the storm of my life is over that I have finally found myself and my place. 🙂 
2. What are some fun and unique things you can bring to the book blogging community? 
My style and quirk. – I am a pretty rad person y’know 😉 
3. What are you most excited for? 
Talking about books and being introduced to new books by other bloggers! 
4.  What book/series got you into reading? 
Enid Blyton’s Magic Faraway Tree. – I was six. 
5. Where do you read? 
I think it would probably be easier to say where I don’t read! 
Anything else you want to know? 
Check the side menu, or drop me a message/comment!