I’ve always enjoyed certain genres more than others, I think everyone has favourites and we tend to stick to those favourites when looking for new books to read. For me, I love science fiction, fantasy, action thrillers and young adult/teen books. I’ve always enjoyed these genres above all others but it doesn’t mean I’m not open to reading others and there’s a reason why we all should try a different genre now and again.
Title: Barking Up the Wrong Tree (Stick & Fetch Investigate)
Author: Philip Ardagh
Illustrator: Elissa Elwick
Publisher: Walker Books
Genre: Children’s/Middle grade, Humour
Description: Sally Stick and her fellow detective (and best friend) Fetch are surprisingly good at solving unusual cases. the cases may only exist inside their heads, and the clues may not exactly be clues, but that doesn’t stop them!
While I’m far behind in my reading and reviewing I will catch up. In the meantime I thought I’d share with you all this lovely set of books I received a few weeks ago from the wonderful people at Walker Books. All of the following books are already available to buy but I’ll do my best to bring you some reviews as soon as I can 🙂
By the way, I have to apologise for the quality of the following pictures. I’ve been using my phone camera for the last few months to take pictures, ever since my original camera stopped working, but now it seems my phone’s camera has serious problems with the focus and no matter how hard I have tried, the camera just won’t focus on what’s in front of it, although it often likes to focus on what’s around the edges of my shot instead of what’s in the middle (why?)
First to some children’s picture and activity books:
Title: Guess How Much I Love You Book & Baby Cards: A Baby Milestone Gift Set
Author: Sam McBratney
Illustrations: Anita Jeram
Publisher: Walker Books
Genre: Children’s picture book, Baby set
Description: This enchanting board book comes with 24 gorgeous cards for recording important milestones in your baby’s life. Simply take a photo of your little one with the card for a beautiful way to capture and share memories.
Hi everyone! I’m sure many of you have noticed that I’ve been away the last few weeks. Although my posts have gone out every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, I’m sure many of you have noticed how I haven’t been around to answer comments and read and comment on many other people’s blogs. Some of you may have read my previous post in February where I explained what’s been happening, well today I have an update.
The last month or so has been a bit of a nightmare for me. Apart from the boiler breaking down during the coldest part of the last month (yes that snowy frozen part of February – great time for the boiler to pack it in!), in February I also suffered some kind of strange injury around my rib cage which left me in such great pain I’ve found it hard to move. The most basic of movements like turning around in bed or even lifting myself out of bed has been super painful that I’ve come close to screaming it’s been that painful. I was told by one doctor that I might have dislocated something in my rib cage. The doctor was a little difficult to get a straight answer out of so I found another who said I might have pulled a muscle. Well, this pain wasn’t going away so I was sent off to the hospital for two days of tests!
I’ve been prodded and poked, had numerous blood tests, x -rays, and other checks done. The results of which showed that I haven’t broken something…phew, but I do need to rest and relax completely and not strain myself in the area which is hard as it means I can’t pick up anything heavier than a bag of flour as I feel pain if I pick up anything heavier! The doctors then sent me home….
Once I’d got home though I got a call that I needed to come back into hospital, and quick! This was bizarre, I’ve been told by a GP to go to hospital but never had the hospital themselves call me back. So off I went to the hospital as it was getting late. When I got there I was subjected to yet more tests before the doctors finally told me I had a dangerous imbalance of electrolytes in my body! I’m now taking these tablets to help balance out my electrolytes and I’ve been allowed to go home but it was quite dramatic at the time! My mum actually likened it to an episode of ‘House’ as the doctors were constantly trying to figure out what was wrong with me!
I’m now back home and taking it easy. The complete rest seems to be doing my body good, I think I’m recovering as I’m able to turn in bed now without shooting pain, but I’m taking it very slowly as I don’t want anything to flare up before its fully healed. During this whole time I’ve tried spending time on my laptop or phone but to be honest my mood has been so low the last few weeks that I decided to just rest and sleep more than anything else 😮 !
But now I’m officially back 😀 although it will take me some time to catch up with everything. I’ve written just one review today, the only one in the last three weeks, but am now enjoying myself a lot more, feeling positive and far better so I’ll be returning to my normal blogging hopefully soon in the next few weeks. For now I’m still taking my time so I hope you won’t mind if I am not fully active here yet (no daily blog posts just yet) but I will post as often as I can and post more than just reviews. I’ll also start visiting blogs more often too and reply to you guys.
Thank you for all the support you’ve all given me in the last few weeks and this past year. To add to the celebration WordPress gave me this anniversary badge for registering a year ago. It’s not quite the time I launched my blog but it’s still something to celebrate :)
In the meantime, while I get my bearings and back into things why not tell me about any exciting news you’ve had, or been doing this last few weeks while I’ve been away?
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Description: What if dogs could walk and talk and go to work? Well, Raymond the dog has big ambitions beyond his ordinary, canine life in the big city. He wants to take himself for a walk and get his own dinner. And when he’s done all that? Well, he wants a job, just like his owners. But when Raymond begins a high-flying journalism career at Dogue magazine, he soon realizes it’s no walk in the park…