Book Review – The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

I haven’t had much time for reading this weekend, so my first review of this week is going to be a small one. This was another audiobook that I borrowed from the library. It sounded really cute and I love an anthropomorphic animal tale. Even if it is based on an awful true story. I guess it reminds me of the books I read as a child. There were so many books about animals having crazy adventures. This seemed like a good chance to recapture my childhood as I went about a dull day at work.

Sunday Rundown: That’s What She Read

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Sunday Rundown

What have you been reading this week?

It’s the start of a new month which means I’ll be posting my reading wrap-up tomorrow. It was a bit manic the last few because I was madly trying to get books finished before May officially started. I know it’s stupid but I don’t like starting a new month halfway through a book. I know it will happen every now and then but I just prefer a clean slate. Thankfully I managed it and can start fresh today.

Book Review – The Mystwick School of Musicraft by Jessica Khoury

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Rating: 3 out of 5.

I come from a pretty musical family. My parents are both great singers and my sisters and I all played instruments at school. I initially tried out the oboe but couldn’t cope with the double reed. I then moved to the flute and, after a lot of effort, became pretty adequate. So, it was a given that I’d be interested in a book that a magical musical school with a flautist main character. The fact that I could get it free with my Audible account only made it better.

Book Review – Loki: A Bad God’s Guide to Being Good by Louie Stowell

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

As someone who has made their thoughts about YA very clear, it might seem strange that I enjoy reading Middle-Grade books so much. Maybe it’s because there’s a further distance between me and the intended audience? Maybe it’s because I’m still a child at heart? But I suspect that it’s because children’s writers aren’t trying as hard to fit in with their audience. One of my main criticisms of YA is the way that teenagers are represented. I can’t connect with it. I feel like Middle-Grade fiction is written to both entertain and, in some way, to explain certain aspects of life. It makes it easier for me to stomach. Does that make sense? Probably not.

Sunday Rundown: That’s What She Read

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Sunday Rundown

What have you been reading this week?

I normally think that January is the longest month of the year because it drags so much. This year, February is proving to be the worst. It feels like we should be much further along in the month instead of less than halfway through. It’s possible that it feels longer because I’m still reading the same book that I started weeks ago. If I hadn’t requested the ARC then I’d have DNFd by now.

Book Review – The Amazing Edie Eckhart by Rosie Jones

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

I love Rosie Jones. I think she’s a really funny and odd person. She’s consistently hilarious when she appears on chat shows or game shows. So, I was already super excited when she released a children’s book. I mean how could it not be funny? I was also looking forward to seeing how she handled the topic of disability in the book. Jones has cerebral palsy so if anyone could write a story offering a realistic insight then it’s her. I decided to also buy the audiobook because this seemed like the kind of book that deserved to be heard read out loud. The fact that there is an introduction by Jones herself was an added bonus.

Book Review – The Highland Falcon Thief by M.G. Leonard and Sam Sedgman

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

First things first, my family bloody love trains. We get especially excited about steam trains. It fills me with absolute joy that my niece is finally reaching an age where she’s starting to want to play with our old train set. She’s still not quite got to grips with it but it gives me plenty of excuses to play with it myself. I could easily see myself becoming one of those model train people. If I had enough room, I’d definitely set one up permanently. So, as you can probably tell, I was really excited at the prospect of a series of children’s mysteries set on trains. It was everything I could have wanted.

Sunday Rundown: That’s What She Read

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Sunday Rundown

What have you been reading this week?

We’ve nearly made it through the first month of 2022 and it looks as though nothing is going to change quickly. Although I have managed to read quite a few books so far. It’s certainly refreshing to be able to pick up whichever book I want without having to think about the title. Maybe I’ll actually get some crossed off my TBR this year. That’s if I can stop myself from buying new ones, of course.

Book Review – The Good Thieves by Katherine Rundell

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

This week I’ve unexpectedly finished two books. Two books that I wasn’t intending to read but that I managed to listen to as I was working. I’ve had this for a while but never bothered to read it. I do this a lot with middle-grade fiction. I love the idea of them but I don’t read them. I had bought this after reading and enjoying Katherine Rundell’s The Explorer. This one sounded like an equally fun and charming story. Plus, historical children’s books are becoming a thing for me this month.

Book Review – The Valley of Lost Secrets by Lesley Parr

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

This wasn’t the book that I was expecting to review today but Dear Edward is taking a long time. I wasn’t quite prepared for the emotional weight of that book. So, I started listening to this book at work. I’d had a copy of it on my shelves for a while. I can’t actually remember when I got it but it must have been when I was going through my middle grade phase. I bought a lot of kid’s books in 2020 and at the start of 2021 but never read them. It seemed like a good thing to get me through my day at work.