06-02-12 Love Books Weekly Showcase

Did you know that Saturday 04 February was National Libraries Day? I didn’t. This is a definite downside of my decision not to read newspapers and listen to the news; I’m always out of touch with current and even local affairs.
So what was National Libraries Day? It was a day to celebrate the work done in libraries (school, college, university, workplace and public) to promote learning, literacy and the enjoyment of reading to all. Library users new and old were encouraged to visit their local library, find out about the services and other opportunities on offer and join in with fun activities. My local library celebrated with a family story time, treasure trail quiz, poetry, a healthy heart display and a CPR demo alongst other things. I wish I’d known about it!
In finding out more about National Libraries Day, I came across this dedicated poem, written by Julia Donaldson, Waterstones Children’s Laureate, in celebration of the day, which I’d like to share with you:

Everyone is welcome to walk through the door.
It really doesn’t matter if you’re rich or poor.
There are books in boxes and books on shelves.
They’re free for you to borrow, so help yourselves.

Come and meet your heroes, old and new,
From William the Conqueror to Winnie the Pooh.
You can look into the Mirror or read The Times,
Or bring along a toddler to chant some rhymes.

The librarian’s a friend who loves to lend,
So see if there’s a book that she can recommend.
Read that book, and if you’re bitten
You can borrow all the other ones the author’s written.

Are you into battles or biography?
Are you keen on gerbils or geography?
Gardening or ghosts? Sharks or science fiction?
There’s something here for everyone, whatever your addiction.

There are students revising, deep in concentration,
And school kids doing projects, finding inspiration.
Over in the corner there’s a table with seating,
So come along and join in the Book Club meeting.

Yes, come to the library! Browse and borrow,
And help make sure it’ll still be here tomorrow.
National Libraries Day may have been and gone but we can all continue to support our local libraries by paying a visit, finding out what’s on offer and encouraging others to do the same. If you haven’t been to yours before, try it – you may be nicely surprised!

Introduction kindly written by Rhiannon from A Hell Of A Woman

Ramblings Of A Suburban Mummy – What’s Your Favourite Children’s Book?

What's Your Favourite Children's Book?

What’s Your Favourite Children’s Book?

Today as we snuggled up on the sofa for a great PJ day we decided to plough our way through our substantial children’s book collection. We have read around 25 different books today but these are our favourites:

C’s favourite book

The Fearsome Beastie

Here is a short exert from the book

We love the sinister twist on the standard fairy tale and the great illustrations. You can read our full review HERE

LissyLou’s favourite book

Sometimes I Like to Curl up in a Ball

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I Can’t Brain Today; I Have the Dumb – Goodreads Challenge Update

Goodreads Challenge Update

I finished book 3 of 20 for the Goodreads 2012 Reading Challenge. The book I finished was The Hangman’s Daughter by Oliver Pötzsch.
Set in the town of Schongau, Bavaria in the spring of 1659, The Hangman’s Daughter tells the tale of a murder mystery. I’m not sure if the title of the book is the same as the original German because the hangman’s daughter, Magdalena Kuisl, is a minor character. The story centers around the hangman himself, Jakob Kuisl, and the son of the town physician, Simon Fronwieser.

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House With No Name – Friday book review – Gangsta Granny by David Walliams

Friday book review - Gangsta Granny by David Walliams

David Walliams’s new book, Gangsta Granny, is out – and even though I didn’t love it quite as much as Billionaire Boy it’s hugely entertaining. This one’s the story of 11-year-old Ben, who thinks his granny is the most boring person on earth. All she wants to do when he stays the night is play Scrabble and, even worse, she serves up disgusting cabbage soup, cabbage pie and cabbage mousse for his tea. When he tips one gigantic portion of soup into a pot plant and hurriedly tells her it was “yummy,” she’s so pleased she serves up another bowlful.

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Nearly Everything but the Kitchen Sink – Cure for a Cold

Wriggles is FULL of snot and quite rightly, grumps. Part of my attempts at cheering up are reading lots of stories especially those with silly pictures and one such book is the wonderful Norman the Slug with a Silly Shell by Sue Hendra.
Norman is a ridiculous story about a slug who wants to be a snail. They’re so colourful and fun and amazing and cool and brilliant and beautiful and….he can’t join in. He just isn’t the same and has to just watch as they laugh. Then Norman has a great idea.

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More Than A Mum – Bear Hunt

Bear Hunt

Well, you may well know by now that I (Ruth) am an English teacher and am passionate about reading and especially getting children engaged in books and reading from a young age. You may also know that both Loretta and I have really rather active little mites who, although they both enjoy books, are often in need of activities that burn off a little more energy than reading, so I gave some thought to the matter and when we met up with the kids, we went on a bear hunt.

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Gaelic Medium Mum – The Boy and the Bunnet

The Boy and the Bunnet

I played the CD in the car for the children and they were enthralled! My little boy didn’t want to leave the car to race in and play with his Leappad when we arrived home until he’d found out if the Urisk was creeping up on the boy – a miracle! He loved trying to work out what each creature was like based on the music. The selkie is pretty because her music is lovely and is his favourite, the craw sounds naughty and the Urisk… well

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Tired Mummy of Two – Dead Wood By Chris Longmuir

You know when you finish a book and you want more and more and more. Well that was how I felt when I finished Dead Wood, I wanted to know what happened next, what happened first, where the characters came from who their families were. You see these were not your average characters in a book, these were real, they had history, they had a future, god dammit this women is good.

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Fantastic Reads – Four Fantastic Libraries

Four Fantastic Libraries

Sunnydale High library
As all Buffy fans know, Sunnydale High was built over the mouth of hell, hence why it is plagued by vampires and demons. Buffy’s creator Joss Whedon is primarily a fan of fantasy and horror, and one of the joys of the series for me is his clever inversion of their tropes.

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Algarve Blog – January’s Books

January's Books

It has been an interesting reading month at the start of my 101/1001 project, so I thought I would share the seven books I have read with you – and I’d love to know your thoughts on the books listed below if you have read them too?

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No-one But a Bloghead – Book Review – The Ghost

Book Review - The Ghost

The Ghost, written by Robert Harris, a one-time friend of Tony Blair, features a former British Prime Minister not named Tony Blair.
The character, Adam Lang, was a charismatic PM (but not named Tony Blair), was accused of lacking depth (but wasn’t named Tony Blair), and got Britain heavily involved in the War on Terror (but remember, he isn’t Tony Blair).

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The Girl Behind – Book Collection

Today’s Special Project. Sometimes, I think I go a bit far with things. My mother used to say that, “You always go too far with things and then get fed up. This’ll just be another fad.” That was after I gave up tap dancing and wanted to join the Brownies.

Anyway, on with the show.

Total number of books owned:
I’m an INTJ – this gives me a great opportunity for some cataloguing

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WAHM-BAM! – Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother

Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother

I read a few articles and blog posts about Amy Chua’s Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother when it was causing so much controversy in the US. And I admit to feeling outrage at many of the incidents and attitudes described. But, like many of the authors of these pieces, I had not actually read the book …

… I loved this book. It was a fascinating read and while, yes, there were some incidents and attitudes described that did make me feel uncomfortable, the overall read overshadowed these.

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barbicakes – Books

For the love of a book. A title, a bookcase, the smell of leather. The adventure starting in the first few lines of the description,the inception.
A temporary marriage. What holds your attention and draws you in? Where do you fall in love, why? Yes, why?

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MummyBarrow – Light Between Oceans

A review of the most amazing book, comes out in April.

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