The Find-Outers: The Mystery Of The Burnt Cottage by Enid Blyton

‘Fatty, Larry, Daisy, Pep, Bets and Buster the dog turn detectives when a mysterious fire destroys a thatched cottage in Mr Hick’s garden in their village.

Calling themselves the ‘Five Find-Outers and Dog’ they set out to solve the mystery and discover the culprit. The final solution, however, surprises the Five Find-Outers almost as much as it surprises Mr Goon the village policeman.’

This book was wonderful.

I have been loving my re reads of Enid Blyton classic this year, so I was excited to read this one. After a few chapters I realised that I have never read this series before. I have no memory of this story or any of the characters. This made reading this book a wonderful experience.

Enid Blyton’s book are classics for a reason and this book really showed you why. The characters where amazing. I loved getting to see how they interacted with each other and seeing their individual personalities and strengths becoming important at different stages throughout the story.

The plot of this book was really fun. I love following the kids as they found clues and tried to identify suspects. It was fun to see how they went about their interactions with each suspect and the conclusions they made throughout their investigation.

As usual Enid Blyton’s writing was perfect. She captured each character and their personalities with such easy and normality. I loved the dialog between the children and how this dialog changed as the started investigating and communicating with adults.

I honestly don’t have a bad word to say about this book. I am so glad that I have found a new Enid Blyton series to devour and I am looking forward to reading more about these wonderful characters and their adventures.

The Find-Outers: The Mystery Of The Burnt Cottage by Enid Blyton is a must have for all young readers.

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The Classic Adventures of Paddington Bear by Michael Bond

‘Paddington Bear had travelled all the way from Darkest Peru when the Brown family first met him on Paddington station. Since then their lives have never been quite the same… for things just seem to happen to Paddington. Wherever there is excitement to be found, a flooded bathroom, menacing dumplings, or a bear overboard, Paddington is never far from the scene…’

This complete Collection includes all 15 of the wonderful Paddington Bear stories.

A Bear Called Paddington

More About Paddington

Paddington Helps Out

Paddington Abroad

Paddington at Large

Paddington Marches On

Paddington at Work

Paddington Goes to Town

Paddington Takes the Air

Paddington on Top

Paddington Takes the Test

Paddington Here and Now

Paddington Races Ahead

Love From Paddington

Paddington’s Finest Hour

I absolutely adored this collection.

I honestly didn’t realize that there were so many Paddington Bear books, but once I did I was very excited to get my hands on them.

I genuinely loved these books. Paddington is a fabulous character to read about and his adventures and misadventures are both funny and heartwarming.

I loved seeing the Brown’s and Mrs Bird and how their relationship with Paddington grows over the course of the series.

One of the best things about this series is that you really can read them in any order. They go together perfectly yet you can just pick one up and have a wonderful reading experience.

After completing this series I can see why these books are so loved around the world. Given how much I enjoyed them I can only imagine the joy they must bring to young readers and their families.

If you haven’t yet experienced the joy of Paddington Bear you should definitely get yourself one of these books now.

The Classic Adventures of Paddington Bear by Michael Bond is a much have collection for every book lover.

Fing by David Walliams

‘Meet the Meeks!

Myrtle Meek has everything she could possibly want. But everything isn’t enough. She wants more, more, MORE! When Myrtle declares she wants a FING, there’s only one problem… What is a FING?

Mr and Mrs Meek will do anything to keep their darling daughter happy, even visit the spooky library vaults to delve into the dusty pages of the mysterious Monsterpedia. Their desperate quest leads to the depths of the jungliest jungle where the rarest creatures can be found. But will they ever find a FING?’

This book was wonderful.

David Walliams has done it again. I am a massive fan of David Walliams’ books so I was very excited to get my hands on this book and let me tell you, it didn’t disappoint.

David Walliams’ trademark quirkiness and naughtiness was perfectly displayed in this book leading to many genuine laugh out loud moments.

Tony Ross’ illustrations once again add an extra layer to David Walliams’ amazing story. This collaboration really is a joy to experience.

There is no question that David Walliams’ is a master story teller and his books are perfect for young readers and their families to enjoy together.

Fing by David Walliams is a must have for all young readers.

The Twins At St Clare’s by Enid Blyton

‘It’s twins Pat and Isabel’s first term at St Clare’s, and they are determined to give everyone at their new school a few surprises. What plans and tricks are they concocting? There’s never a dull moment at St. Clare’s!

When Pat and Isabel first go to St. Clare’s they are determined not to enjoy themselves, but by the end of term they have had to admit that school can be surprisingly good fun.’

I didn’t love this book.

I have been working my way through Enid Blyton’s classics over the last few months. I am excited to be re visiting these books as an adult. I have really enjoyed the books that I have read so far. Whilst I did enjoy this book, I didn’t love it.

I found this story really slow at the beginning. I was bored and I couldn’t warm to the twins. This unfortunately put me off side and I didn’t really warm to them throughout the entire story.

I find it really hard to enjoy a book if I don’t care about the character and that is what happened with this book. I didn’t care about the main characters and I didn’t really care about any of the supporting characters either.

I felt like I was just going through the motions whilst reading this book. Nothing really bothered me but on the flip side of that, nothing really excited me.

I can understand why people love this book but for me it just wasnt one of my favourites.

The Twins At St Clare’s is the first book in the St Clare’s series by Enid Blyton.

February Wrap Up…

Welcome to my February Wrap Up. I had a great reading month, finishing 18 books (unfortunately 0 books off my TBR). I also received 4 ARC’s this month, and I continued my new goal of reading 1 Shakespeare play, as well as 10 Brother’s Grimm fairy-tales.

I have reviews up or coming up for these books so as usual this is just going to be a brief run down on each book I read.

Without further ado, let’s get into my February Wrap Up..

Disney Pixar My Magical Story Collection: A Special Book Series. This Collection is clouded the following 15 books, which I read this month: The Lion King, Coco, Cinderella, Incredibles 2, Up, Alice In Wonderland, Monsters Inc, Frozen, Inside Out, The Jungle Book, Moana, Zootopia, Cars 3, The Beauty And The Beast, and Finding Dory. Each book is a summary of the Disney Pixar films and they are absolutely perfect. The stories were perfectly abbreviated and the illustrations just tied everything together perfectly. I’m so glad I decided to get this series, it is wonderful.

A Keeper by Graham Norton: I absolutely adored this book. The story was compelling, the characters were real and flawed and the writing and descriptions were breathtaking. I honestly don’t have a bad word to say a bout this book. A must read for everyone.

Zealot by Jo Thornely: This book was awesome. Cults have always fascinated me so I knew this book would be right up my alley. I knew about most of the cults in this book but I hadn’t read a lot about them. I really enjoyed the way in which Jo Thornely wrote about these cults, it was like you were just having a wacky conversation over a drink. I am excited to do some more reader but into these cults.

The Things We Cannot Say by Kelly Rimmer: This book was amazing. I loved the way the two times lines bounced off one another and help each story move forward. The story itself was equal parts heartbreaking and heartwarming. I genuinely believe that everyone should read this book at least once in their lifetime.

Shakespeare: I read 1 Shakespeare play in February. I read the following Shakespeare Play This Month:

Julius Caesar

Brother’s Grimm: I am happy to say that I completed my goals of reading 10 Brother Grimm Fairy Tales in February, In fact I read 11 Tales. I read the following Tales this month:

The Golden Bird

Brother Lustig

The Bright Sun Brings It To Light

The Sparrow and His Four Children

The Duration Of Life

Faithful John

The Six Swans

The Seven Ravens

The Twelve Brothers

The King’s Son Who Feared Nothing

The Drummer

That’s it for my February Wrap Up. I hope you all had a great reading month. Let me know what you guys read this month in the comments section.

Until my March Wrap Up…

Happy Reading…

❤ Gem

Hello Lighthouse by Sophie Blackall

‘On the highest rock of a tiny island at the edge of the world stands a lighthouse. From dusk to dawn, the lighthouse beams, sending its light out to sea, guiding the ships on their way. As the seasons pass and the waves rise and fall, outside, the wind blows; inside, the lighthouse keeper writes, and the rhythms of his life unfold. But change is on the horizon…’

This book was absolutly beautiful.

I honestly can’t get over how beautiful this book is. The story and the illustrations both by Sophie Blackall, were equally amazing.

Caldecott Medal Winner Sophie Blackall has done a wonderful job with this book. The writing has a real lyrical quality to it and was perfectly complimented by the gorgeous illustrations.

This wonderful story tells a tale of hope, love, wonder and changing times, that will be adored by young readers and their families.

It is books like these that make me wish I had a child to share it with. Luckily for me I have quite a few young readers in my extended circle that will be getting a copy of this wonderful book.

I loved this book more than any other children’s book I have read in recent times. The story itself was heartwarming and educational and the illustrations were just divine.

I will be genuinely surprised if a more stunning book is published this year.

Hello Lighthouse by Sophie Blackall is a must have for all young readers and their families.

February TBR…

It’s that time again… TBR…

I had a good reading month in January, reading 8 books (4 books from my TBR). I am aiming smaller this month hoping to read 4 or 5 books in February. I am also hoping to read at least 1 Shakespeare Play, and 10 fairy-tales from The Brother’s Grimm.

As usual this TBR is bound to change, so this is what my TBR looks like at the moment.

So without further ado here is my February TBR:

The Pearl Thief by Elizabeth Wein

Smoky The Brave by Damien Lewis

Siren’s Wave by J.A. Hazel

Grind by Edward Vukovic

Saving Hamlet by Molly Booth

Stranger Than FanFiction by Chris Colfer

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Everless by Sara Holland

Clean by Juno Dawson

Our Own Private Universe by Robin Talley

I guess we will see how I did in my February Wrap up. I hope you all have a great reading month, As usual keep your eye out for reviews.

Untill next time…

Happy Reading…

❤ Gem

January Wrap Up…

Welcome to my January Wrap Up. I had a good reading month, finishing 8 books (4 books off my TBR). I also received 4 ARC’s this month, and I continued my new goal of reading 1 Shakespeare play, as well as 10 Brother’s Grimm fairy-tales.

I have reviews up or coming up for these books so as usual this is just going to be a brief run down on each book I read.

Without further ado, let’s get into my January Wrap Up…

Harry Potter: Hogwarts A Movie Scrapbook by Jody Revenson: I loved this book. It was filled with awesome photographs and amazing behind the scenes information. Not to mention all of the removable treats that littered the pages of this book. This is a must have for all Harry Potter fans.

Happily Ever After by Kiera Cass: This book is a collection of novellas and bonus content that accompanies The Selection series. I really enjoyed this book. As with most collections some stories were better than others but overall I found myself really getting into these stories. I am thinking I may need to re read the entire Selection series now. If you love the Selection series this book is a must read.

The Book Of Daniel by Jeff Apter: This book was amazing. As a fan of Daniel Johns I knew I was going to love this book. I didn’t expect to be so moved by it. With amazing insights, interviews with Daniel and his friends and family, as well as great photographs, this book is a must have for all Daniel Johns fans and all music fans.

Saving You by Charlotte Nash: This book was absolutly beautiful. The story was compelling, the characters were real and flawed, and it had a genuine emotional kick. I didn’t want this story to end. I honestly don’t have a bad word to say about this amazing book. If you are looking for a great Australian read, this is the book for you.

Boy Erased by Garrard Conley: This book was absolutely heartbreaking. This amazing memoir takes the reader on an emotional journey through conversion therapy and how this practice affected so many people’s lives. It was hard to read at times and even harder to come to terms with the fact that it is still happening today. This book was a real eye opener.

The Librarian Of Auschwitz by Antonio Iturbe: Based on the true story of Auschwitz prisoner Dita Kraus. Translated by Litit Zekulin Thwaites. This book was absolutely mesmerising. It was heartbreaking and compelling. I didn’t want to put it down. It was an emotional journey reading this book but it was so worth it in the end. A must read for everybody.

The House Of Second Chances by Esther Campion: I absolutely adored this book. The writing was beautiful, the story was compelling and the characters were real, flawed and relatable. You don’t have to have read Leaving Ocean Road in order to love this book but if you have there are plenty of Easter eggs for you to enjoy. I am sad that I have finished this book. I want more.

Landscape With Invisible Hand by M.T. Anderson: This was a strange book for me. It was a bit choppy in its flow and there were a lot of stop start moments yet I really enjoy it. I couldn’t get over how beautiful the writing is. The writing has a real lyrical feel and the descriptions, especially those of the art were absolutely breathtaking. I will definitely be reading this book again.

Shakespeare: I read 1 Shakespeare play in January. I read the following Shakespeare Play This Month:

The Two Gentlemen Of Verona

Brother’s Grimm: I am happy to say that I completed my goals of reading 10 Brother Grimm Fairy Tales in January. I read the following Tales this month:

The Tailor In Heaven

The Peasant In Heaven

The Moon

Eve’s Various Children

The Poor Boy In The Grave

Clever Grethel

Our Lady’s Child

Gambling Hansel

Hansel And Gretel

Master Pfriem

Iron John

That’s it for my January Wrap Up. I hope you all had a great reading month. Let me know what you guys read this month in the comments section.

Until my February Wrap Up…

Happy Reading…

❤ Gem

Bat vs Poss by Alexa Moses

‘Meek the possum and her sisters three are happy living in the sprawling paperbark tree – until the day Squabbles the bat moves in. 

Meek lives with her three sisters, a gaggle of birds, lizards and other creatures next to a tumbledown terrace house. Everyone shares the space, and life is pretty sweet until the day a rude and messy fruit bat named Squabbles moves in – and demands everyone else move OUT. Will Meek be able to get rid of Squabbles, or is there a way for everyone to get along?’

This book was beautiful.

Alexa Moses has done an amazing job with this book. The story is sweet and warm, with lots of learning situations. Her amazing story has been perfectly complimented by Anil Tortop’s vibrant illustrations.

I love reading stories that are about Australian animals. Animals that young Aussies know and have even seen. Anil Tortop has brough these wonderful animals to life with her bright and colourful illustrations.

This book is going to be much-loved by young readers and their families. With the lyrical, rhyming writing, this book is perfect for read aloud story time. The fun and entertaining story, with the amazing, detailed illustrations will make this book one children will want to read over and over again.

It is books like these that make me wish I had children to share them with. Luckily I have many young readers in my life that will be getting a copy of this amazing book.

I honestly don’t have a bad word to say about this book. If you have a young reader in your life get them copy of this book. They will thank you for it later.

Bat vs Poss by Alexa Moses is a wonderful story about sharing and making friends that every young reader should have on their bookshelf.

Marge And The Secret Tunnel by Isla Fisher

‘Life with Marge is NEVER boring! Even shopping for new shoes turns out to be an amazing adventure, especially when the lights go out and the children are stuck in the shop! And when Jakey decides he’d like to visit Australia, Marge has the best idea ever. She and the children will dig a tunnel and visit a completely different country…’

This book was great.

I am a huge fan of the Marge In Charge books, and Marge And The Secret Tunnel didn’t disappoint.

I love the fact that there are three fantastic stories in this book. I means I can read from start to finish or pick a story and just read the one. Having multiple stories makes this the perfect book for bed time reading. You can read one amazing story each night.

Eglantine Ceulemans’ awesome illustrations perfectly compliment Isla Fisher’s story and add an extra layer to this amazing book. The illustrations really help to bring the characters and the wacky scenes to life.

One of the great things about Isla Fisher’s Marge In Charge books is that they can stand alone. You don’t have to have read the first one in order to have read Marge And The Secret Tunnel.

If you have a young reader in your life, this book would be the perfect addition to their bookshelf. With humor, love and adventure radiating off every page, I can see this book being a favourite of many young readers.

Marge And The Secret Tunnel by Isla Fisher is the perfect book for young readers and their families.