The extremely inconvenient adventures of Bronte Mettlestone – book review

I read a lot of fabulous books over the summer holidays, and this book, The extremely inconvenient adventures of Bronte Mettlestone by Jaclyn Moriarty, was one of my favourites. Miss 11 received it for Christmas, and demolished it over a day or two. And yes, Jaclyn Moriarty is Liane Moriarty’s sister – the latter wrote… Continue reading The extremely inconvenient adventures of Bronte Mettlestone – book review

Christmas book ideas for 5-8 year-olds

For 5-8 year-old readers, I have a list of book series. Kids at this age love to read books again and again. They’ll begin with listening to an adult read the whole book, then they might take it in turns to read a few pages, then they can read it to themselves. Kids are avid collectors,… Continue reading Christmas book ideas for 5-8 year-olds

Christmas book ideas for 9-12 year-old girls

It’s seven and a half weeks until Christmas – gulp! In order to make your Christmas shopping a little easier, I am putting together a few lists of books to buy for different age groups over the next few weeks. A book is an easy thing to buy – it doesn’t take up a lot… Continue reading Christmas book ideas for 9-12 year-old girls

Three strong, original books

I’ve been reading quite a few wonderful books lately so I thought I’d bundle a few together in a review. I have so many library books teetering in a pile on my bedside table that I’m worried I’ll be decapitated during the night! I’ve reviewed an adult novel by a well-known Australian writer, a young… Continue reading Three strong, original books

My week in books

How many books have you read, skimmed, touched, discussed, borrowed or bought this week? I decided I would tally up mine! Read The secret scriptures by Sebastian Barry – this was my bookclub book and and it was my turn to host. Half of our bookclub had read it, half had started it. We all… Continue reading My week in books

Christmas shopping – books for 12-14 year-olds

The wonderful thing about books for twelve-fourteen year-olds is they explore many topics that are fitting for adult literature, too. These books cut straight to the chase – none of these books are moralistic or preachy or patronising – they are interesting, well-written stories about fascinating ideas. A single stone, written by Meg McKinlay –… Continue reading Christmas shopping – books for 12-14 year-olds

Christmas shopping – books for 9-12 year-olds

I must admit, I have had difficulty writing this post – because I have packed most of our books in boxes, ready for our move back home in a few weeks.  I feel a little bereft without all our books around and readily available to read! However, I do have a collection of fabulous books… Continue reading Christmas shopping – books for 9-12 year-olds

Christmas shopping – books for 5-8 year-olds

I don’t think I have ever, ever used my credit card as much as I have in the last two weeks! Christmas shopping, five December birthdays, furniture for our newly renovated house (we’re back in a few weeks) – the numbers have nearly worn off the card. But I hope you are still in the… Continue reading Christmas shopping – books for 5-8 year-olds

Christmas shopping – picture books

Yes, it’s only November but we need to think about buying books for Christmas! I have a series of posts planned for you which I hope will make your Christmas shopping easier. Each Friday for the next four weeks I’ll provide a list of books which I love, and I hope you do, too. You… Continue reading Christmas shopping – picture books