Books we love
These are the books we've enjoyed this past month and here's why...
♥ 1, Celebrate Pippa Middleton - I was hesitant to buy this because of the mixed reviews it's had but was very curious so I dropped a few hints to Rob and I found it under the tree on Christmas day! I actually really like this book. It's definitely more of a coffee table book as opposed to a recipe book that lives in your kitchen. The book is separated by season and the festivities we celebrate within them, I enjoy books like this for the same reason I like to read blogs, so that I can be inspired by crafts/food relevant to the time of year. Each section includes traditions, crafts, recipes, decorations, drinks, games and tips for organising your own event and is supported by gorgeous photographs. My sister in-law (to be) had a flick through it and also found some recipes she wanted to try while I was inspired to make the Moscow Mules on New Years Eve - which I enjoyed more than I should ;)
♥ 2, The Perks of Being a Wallflower Stephen Chbosky - This debut novel from Chbosky is a 'coming of age' story set in the early nineties (I love these, even now). It follows Charlie during his freshmore year of college though a series of letters he writes to an anonymous recipient. Charlie is a really sweet boy but he's a wallflower (in that he is intelligent but shy and introspective) he tries hard to 'participate' while battling with clouds of depression. The book deals with themes of friendship, first love, drugs, family tensions, abuse, sexuality, suicide, abortion and depression - That's a lot to pack in to a fairly short book but it's written in such an honest and unpretentious way I flew through it in no time.
♥ 3, (Lulu's) I Want My Hat Back Jon Klassen - This is the story of a bear who has lost his hat and wanders about asking the other animals if they have seen it (he may be the most polite bear I've ever come across in print!). The illustrations are lovely yet subtle and it's one of those books that immediately compel you to put on funny voices for the characters. What I love about this book is the humour, the double meanings were a little bit lost on Lulu to start with, but I often hear Oli chuckling away to this when we're reading it. Lulu has been picking this out most nights along with 'Room on The Broom' since it was shown on TV over Christmas.
♥ 4, (Oli's) The Enchanted Forest Enid Blyton - Oli was given this series by K who has long outgrown them. I am happy to read them again. He loves reading about the adventures of Jo, Bessie, Rick and Fanny as they discover the strange lands at the top of the Faraway Tree with their magical friends: Moon-face, Silky, and Saucepan. He especially loves the trouble saucepan get's into as he is constantly mishearing people. After all the Horrid Henry/Dirty Bertie books I've had to read it's quite refreshing to read about children that are kind to each other and respect their friends and family!
♥ 5, (K's) Black Dawn (The Morganville Vampires Book 12) Rachel Caine - K's been reading through this teen vampire series at speed. A series based on a group of teenagers living together in a world where vampires and humans co-exist. When I asked her why she liked them she stated she liked the characters and enjoyed reading about the situations they get into! Not really much to go on really, but as this is the 12th book of the series she has read there must be something that keeps her reading. I'm quite tempted to have a read myself!
I also finally got around to reading The Hunger Games trilogy over the holidays after becoming intrigued by the film. I enjoyed reading them, despite the way a lot of the plot was just disposed of during the third book!
That's it for now. As usual if you have any recommendations (for any of us) please comment, I'm always on the hunt for new reading material.
Bye for now. Em xx