Books we love

{July 2012}


These are the books we've loved over the past month and here's why...

1, A Passion for Baking Jo Wheatley - I'm probably a bit late with this one, but I loved watching 'The Great British Bake Off' and I was browsing through this book in the supermarket and all the recipes looked divine, then I spotted a recipe for Plum Frangipane and I was sold. We have lots of plum trees in our garden so I love any recipes that include them. I'm looking forward to trying it once the fruit is ready. There are lots of other recipes that I think will make lovely autumn bakes, including Apple and Hazelnut Streusel Cake, Blackberry and Apple Loaf Cake and a nice looking recipe for Mincemeat. It also includes my current favourite section of cookbooks 'Baking with Children.' I grabbed this in Sainsburys it was £8!

2, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children Ransom Riggs - I just adored this book, I came across it while a friend was reading it and was immediately intrigued by the vintage photographs throughout of people doing extraordinary things. The book follows sixteen-year-old Jacob who, following his grandfathers mysterious death, travels to a remote island in Wales where he hopes to discover the truth about his grandfathers childhood at Miss Peregine's Home for Peculiar Children. It's an unusual modern day fairy tale made more believable by the inclusion of the wonderfully quirky photographs throughout which help bring the mysterious characters to life. I loved it, K read it and she loved it too!

3, (Lulu's) The Tiger Who Came To Tea Judith Kerr - An oldie but a goodie, Lulu's been asking for this a lot this month and it's one I never tire of reading her.  Lulu hears a story about a little girl who has a tiger come for tea but who eats all the food, drinks all the water and makes a right old mess meaning when dad comes home they have to go out to eat. I hear a story about a mum who was too tired/busy to do the shopping/bath her child/tidy up/cook the tea so creates a wonderful story for dad so they can go out to dinner! I just love the illustrations in this one too.

4, (Oli's) Horrid Henry Robs the Bank Francesca Simon - Oli loves these books, his big sister bought him a few for his birthday and we've been working our way through them. He laughs every night at Henry's antics and schemes. To be honest these aren't my favourite books to read him Henry can be quite mean and bad mannered and they are all very similar, but I think anything that encourages him to love reading must be good so I'll stick with it!

5, (K's) My Love Lies Bleeding (The Drake Chronicles) Alyxandra Harvey - Teen Vampire Literature. Enough said!

So those have been our favourite reads this month, I'm always on the look out for new reading material for us all if anyone has any suggestions.

Bye for now. Em xx

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