Books – Personal Favourites

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I’m a bit of a erratic reader, if I’m in the mood, I’ll get through a good few books in a couple of months or I’ll go for months without reading one! I always see people asking for recommendations around holiday time and although some of these are not a ‘light, fun, holiday read’ I would recommend them nonetheless (give them more than 3/5).

Although these are in no particular order, Wonder is way up there and is the one book that affected me most by rendering me a blubbering wreck on the train on the way home from work (packed train at 5.30pm – not too embarrassing!)

I’m very much an ‘if a book doesn’t keep me interested by the end of the first chapter I’ll give up’ kinda person, I haven’t got time to waste on books which don’t grip me.

No doubt I’ll be adding to this list as and when I find more books I can recommend. I’m reading Birdman at the moment, by Mo Hayder, it’s started well, I’m through the first chapter and still going so looks like I’ll finish this one!

  • Wonder – R. J. Palacio
  • A million little pieces – James Frey
  • A prayer for Owen Meany – John Irving
  • Yes Man – Danny Wallace
  • The Bear went over the Mountain – William Kotzwinkle
  • Golden Boy – Abigail Tarttelin
  • My Friend Leonard  – James Frey
  • Jim Giraffe – Daren King
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime – Mark Haddon
  • The Rosie Project – Graeme Simsion
  • There’s a Boy in the Girls Bathroom – Louis Sachar
  • The Julian Chapter (A Wonder Story) – R. J. Palacio
  • The Art of Fielding – 
  • That Bear Ate my Pants – 

Favourite Storybooks for Kids

The Giving Tree

I love reading stories to the kids, not necessarily always at bedtime, but there are some truly wonderful books out there which always make me smile, no matter how many times I read them. The obvious choices, such as Julia Donaldson, what a complete genius she is, always go down well in our house (my kids are 6 and 4) but there are also others which I never tire of reading and equally the children love. This page is dedicated to just that. If you do choose to read them, I hope you enjoy them as much as we do!

If you have any suggestions yourself, please do share and I’ll add them to the list, no book is a bad book!

  • The Giving Tree – Shel Silverstein
  • Penguin – Polly Dunbar
  • The Adventures of Bert – Allan Ahlberg & Raymond Briggs
  • Trouble at the Dinosaur Cafe – Brian Moses & Garry Parsons
  • Big Mum Plum – Daniel Postgate
  • Someone Bigger – Jonathan Emmett & Adrian Reynolds
  • Who’s in the Loo – Jeanne Willis and Adrian Reynolds
  • Each Peach Pear Plum – Allan Ahlberg and Janet Ahlberg
  • Lost and Found – Oliver Jeffers
  • We’re Going to a Party – Jeanne Willis and Tony Ross
  • Dustbin Dad – Peter Bently and Russell Ayto
  • Jennifer Jones won’t leave me alone – Frieda Wishinsky and Nel Layton
  • Jack and the Incredibly Mean Stalk – Gemma Cary and Kelly Caswell

I don’t know anyone that doesn’t like a Julia Donaldson book but some of our favourites are:

  • Charlie Cooks Favourite Book
  • Tiddler
  • Room on a Broom
  • Zog
  • What the Ladybird Heard
  • Jack and the Flum Flum tree