reading


Why Do I Read?

I read. Quite a lot. I love to read. I always have a book on the go. I do tend to only read one at a time, unlike my daughter who has 3-4 going at the same time. As soon as I finish a book, I peruse my TBR pile and select my next read, I do enjoy this part! I have a lot of books on that pile as I’ve bought quite a few and have managed to acquire many more – when people know that you love to read, they like to pass books onto you – perfect. Read more >


Book Swap April 2017

Bring Back Paper Book Swap April 2017

Oh, I do love a Bring Back Paper book swap! Reading remains my favourite pastime, making this my favourite swap, and I love the thought of an unknown book turning up one day. The idea behind the book swap is nice and simple and easy to get involved with. It’s open to absolutely anyone aged over 18, worldwide. The idea is to send a pre-loved fiction book out into the world for someone else to enjoy, and for the recipient to be reading something that they may not have chosen themselves. It’s a fun way to discover new authors and Read more >


12 Reasons To Pick Up a Book Right Now

I am passionate about reading. I am passionate about its value, its entertainment factor and in passing my love of books onto my children, as well as inspiring others to do so. So today I am sharing with you 12 reasons to pick up a book right now… To reduce stress. A 2009 study by Sussex University researchers showed that reading may reduce stress by as much as 68 percent, even six minutes can be enough to reduce stress levels by more than two thirds. To entertain. And the bonus? There are few hobbies cheaper than reading. Books are inexpensive Read more >

12 Reasons to Pick up a Book Right Now

Book Recommendations for Autumn

As the colder months draw in, it’s got to be the perfect time to snuggle down with a good book and a cuppa. With that in mind, I thought that today I’d have a nosy through my book journal and share with you some of my favourite reads from the past year or so. They’re an eclectic bunch of books, so I’m hoping there’s something for everybody here, though I have to say, I didn’t design it to be quite such a mix of genres, it just fell that way as I looked back on the books that I’ve loved Read more >


Books That I Need

Now, the Husband would tell you that I don’t need any more books for the foreseeable future. He’s completely wrong, of course. Yes, I have a to-be-read pile of around 20 books at the moment sitting on my shelves, but really that’s only a couple of really good months of reading and then where will I be? I like to have plenty to choose from every time that I finish a book, a mini-library to select from, if you will. Every bookworm knows that you can literally never have too many books and that it doesn’t matter how high your Read more >


Bring Back Paper Book Swap June 2016

Bring Back Paper Book Swap! June 2016

Hooray, it is book swap time! I always love a book swap and I’ve had a few people asking for another one, so here we are! If you’re new to Bring Back Paper, you can find out more about it all here. The idea of the book swap is to send a pre-loved fiction book out into the world for someone else to enjoy, and for the recipient to be reading something that they may not have chosen themselves. It’s a fun way to discover new authors and a really lovely item of surprise happy mail to receive. To join Read more >


Bookawoo Review & Giveaway

A Bookawoo box has arrived here, making my daughter very happy. Bookawoo is a subscription service that sends your child a magical monthly box with 3-4 new books for them to learn and expand their imagination. Each month is a new theme and is designed to stimulate their love of reading. I decided to surprise Boo with her first Bookawoo box… Included in each Bookawoo box will be a factual book, an activity item and a keepsake novel or scrapbook, so there’s plenty to explore and enjoy with your little one. This month’s box for our 6 year old was Read more >


A Book Journal for Kids

I read a fair few books. I love to read. Though for some reason, I suppose simply because it did not occur to me, it wasn’t until a good friend bought me a book journal a couple of years ago that I thought to record all that I read. I shared all about it in my post Keeping a Book Journal and every single book that I’ve read since that has been noted down in that journal. I find that by pausing between reads like this to write them down makes me reflect on the book and digest and make sense Read more >


The Importance of Reading

While becoming proficient in reading is of paramount importance, it is still deemed a problem across the world. According to a National Assessment of Education Progress test in 2013, 65% of fourth graders were able to read at a below proficient level. Teaching our children how to read properly is a task in itself, which is very important in order for our children to develop. Reading is a fundamental of education and should be considered key when growing up. The faster children are able to read to a good level, the quicker they will be able to broaden their horizons Read more >


Papery Peep January 2016

Welcome to the first Papery Peep of 2016! Papery Peep is that time in the month where I share anything papery that takes my fancy, and invite you to do the same. This month, I’ve been enjoying reading, so I thought I’d talk about that and update you on my #BringBackPaper pledge activities. OK, my pledge was to read 4 books a month this year, not including the ones I need to read for my History studies. I made it! I read my first Lucy Diamond book, Summer at Shell Cottage, and I loved it. I’ll definitely be on the Read more >


My Current ‘To Be Read’ Pile

As it’s the start of a new year, I thought it would be nice to look back over my book journal for last year and remind myself of all that I read and enjoyed. It seems that 2015 saw me reading 72 books, along with a handful or re-reads. Some I enjoyed, some took me a while to get through and others jumped out at me as they were brilliant reads. I got into reading more thrillers last year, my favourite reads of the year being Tess Gerritsen and Peter James novels. I also picked up a few authors that Read more >


The Authors That I Can Never Resist

I like to read. A lot. I don’t think that that’s much of a secret, is it? I’m at my most content when I have a good book on the go, and I love to roam around book shops for new titles to add to my constantly growing to-read pile. As I’ve shared before, my favourite genre is Regency Romance. I’ve read many, many authors in this genre, some I won’t bother to read again, others I’ll read if I spot their books in the library or charity shop. Then there are the three authors that I have read everything Read more >


A Passion For Reading

I think, as parents, we often have those one or two things that we would love our children to be interested in, or talented at. I know I do. First and foremost, I want my children to be healthy and happy, which probably goes without saying. Beyond that, I want them to have a positive outlook on life, the confidence to have a go at new things and not let fear stop them from doing anything. I then want them to have a passion for reading. I know, I know, this doesn’t surprise you in the least. I love books, and Read more >


#BringBackPaper Book Swap

Yes, as promised, March is book swap month! In case you’re not familiar with it all, this is part of my #BringBackPaper activities and challenges this year, which you can read all about here. I have run book swaps before, and as the happy recipient of a surprise book, I can confirm that it’s a lot of fun! I like selecting my book to send almost as much as I do receiving a totally unknown quantity. It’s led me to read books I would not have chosen, and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed them. It’s also a nice way to get books Read more >


Bring Back the Bedtime Story

Hmm, you may not have been aware that it even needed bringing back. I wasn’t, but according to a study out this week, only 1 in 5 parents read their children a bedtime story each night. Really? I was quite shocked. It’s never occurred to me not to read to them at bedtime, and both of mine have had bedtime stories since they were babies. I know I’ve written before about my thoughts and feelings on reading to my children and the impact that that can have. I supported Save the Children’s Born to Read and Read On Get On Read more >


Harry Potter Captured My Heart

It’s Wednesday which means it’s a #BringBackPaper day here! If you missed last week’s, do pop and take a look as it includes this year’s activities and details of the Read Write Create challenge, along with this month’s Happy Mail project. Today I’m asking, have you read the Harry Potter books, or have you given them a wide berth due to all of the hype and popularity? Well, Sian from The Adventures of a Potty Mouthed Mummy avoided them for some years, and she shares her story with us here….. For years, I was completely dismissive of the entire Harry Potter Read more >

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