HAPPY WORLD BOOK DAY EVERYONE!
I absolutely love reading. Right from being a young girl I have very fond memories of my Mum reading to me and eventually, reading on my own. I can recall receiving books from my parents for Christmas and I would read a whole book before Christmas Lunch! I loved books that much, I even studied A-Level English Literature at 6th Form.
When I had my children I always encouraged them to read and enjoy books, which they have and still do. But, out of the two its Bruiser’s that is the real little book-worm. I think he takes after me.
In celebration of World book Day, my boys are taking part and dressing up for the day. Wriggler is dressing up as the loved by all and his favorite Comic Book Hero, Spiderman. I’m sure he will also be taking part in various book related activities during the day too. All week he has been learning about the author Anthony Brown. I’ve learnt so much about him from Wriggler when he has come home from school. He’s really showed a lot of interest. I love that he’s enjoyed learning more about books and about the people who write them.
Bruiser isn’t at nursery or going to groups today but I’m sure he will want to dress up as something in the house. I’ll be sure to get his books out too and make the most of them! Wriggler has decided that a trip to the library after school would be a good way to celebrate too!
In the past for, Children’s Book Week. I have shared Wriggler and Bruiser’s favorite stories and books. This time, I thought I would share with you some of my personal favorites.
This book is my All Time Favorite Read!
Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austin
For me this is a timeless classic that needs no introduction. A book that was recommended to me by my Mum when I was in my early teens. I get swept away by the lovely Mr Darcy every time. Its also a favorite of my Nan! (this copy of the book is something like my 4th copy of it, the others having fell apart… from over reading i think :-))
My Best Friends Girl, by Dorothy Koomson
Best friends Kamryn Matika and Adele Brannon thought nothing could come between them – until Adele did the unthinkable and slept with Kamryn’s fiance, Nate. Worse still, she got pregnant and had his child. When Kamryn discovered the truth about their betrayal she vowed never to see any of them again. Two years later, Kamryn receives a letter from Adele asking her to visit her in hospital. Adele is dying and begs Kamryn to adopt her daughter, Tegan. With a great job and a hectic social life, the last thing Kamryn needs is a five-year-old to disrupt things. Especially not one who reminds her of Nate. But with no one else to take care of Tegan and Adele fading fast, does she have any other choice? So begins a difficult journey that leads Kamryn towards forgiveness, love, responsibility and, ultimately, a better understanding of herself. (link back)
A very touching story, it made me laugh and cry at the same time in parts. A book that I just cannot recommend enough.
Bridget Jones Diary (both books) by Helen Fielding
Bridget Jones’ Diary is the devastatingly self-aware, laugh-out-loud daily chronicle of Bridget’s permanent, doomed quest for self-improvement — a year in which she resolves to: reduce the circumference of each thigh by 1.5 inches, visit the gym three times a week not just to buy a sandwich, form a functional relationship with a responsible adult, and learn to program the VCR. (link back)
Bridget Jones, the Edge of Reason. The Wilderness Years are over! But not for long. In The Edge of Reason, she discovers what it is like when you have the man of your dreams actually in your flat and he hasn’t done the washing-up, not just the whole of this week, but ever. Bridget embarks on a spiritual epiphany, which takes her from the cappuccino queues of Notting Hill to the palm- and magic-mushroom-kissed shores of … (link back)
I first read these books before the films were made. They make me literally laugh out loud when I read them. Which used to be quite embarrassing on the bus/train journey to work I might add. When I want to read something easy going, these are the books! I’m looking forward to book 3!
My Sisters Keeper by Jodi Picoult
It is about Anna. Anna is not sick, but she might as well be. By age thirteen, she has undergone countless surgeries, transfusions, and shots so that her older sister, Kate, can somehow fight the leukemia that has plagued her since childhood. The product of preimplantation genetic diagnosis, Anna was conceived as a bone marrow match for Kate – a life and a role that she has never questioned… until now. (link back).
I loved this book. It stirred up so many emotions and thoughts I never thought id consider. A definite must read. I will add though that the film does not do it justice in the very least and the ending has been changed significantly. If you are considering the film, read the book first!
Last but by no means least…
50 Shades of Grey (the Trilogy), by Erika Leonard James
How could I leave these books out. These too need no introduction! Whilst they aren’t (in my personal opinion) great literary masterpieces. Seriously… who hasn’t fallen for Mr Grey?? 😉
What are your favorite books? Are your little ones celebrating World Book Day?
Hop over to the World Book Day website to learn more about today, see what other people are doing around the UK, events being held and other fun stuff.
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