#BookReview: Caterpillar Butterfly by Vivian French & Charlotte Voake #MPbooks

A fun book teaching kids about the transformation of a caterpillar to butterfly.

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Caterpillar Butterfly book coverTitle: Caterpillar Butterfly

Author: Vivian French

Illustrator: Charlotte Voake

Publisher: Walker Books

Genre: Children’s picture book, Non-fiction, Nature

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Description: One summer, when she was small, Vivian French and her grandfather watched a family of tiny caterpillar eggs turn, stage by amazing stage, into beautiful butterflies!

My Review: This is a great book to show kids how caterpillars become butterflies but I’m afraid I just didn’t find it as good as others in the Nature Storybooks series that I’ve read. The paperback, wider than A4 in width but shorter is filled with thick glossy pages that contain both colourful illustrations and text. The book is a non-fiction which teaches all about the life cycle of a caterpillar to the stage it becomes a butterfly, but it has a story element making this easier for children to understand it.

The ‘story’, told from the point of view of the author herself, follows the little girl as she tells of the time she spent with her grandfather who grew stinging nettles in his garden because they grow butterflies. The girl’s grandfather shows her the eggs on the leaves of the nettles and after waiting a while she sees them hatched into small caterpillars which soon grow big and eventually turn into butterflies. This story is good but it somehow didn’t feel as engaging as other similar ones by the same author like ‘Growing Frogs’ and ‘Yucky Worms’. I’m not sure if it’s the story itself though or the illustrations but something about this didn’t feel as interesting as those other books.

Easy to read story text alongside the illustrations.


The illustrations are lovely and similar to some I’ve seen in other books. I don’t actually think there’s anything wrong or bad about the illustrations, they are lovely and in a style I do enjoy, however I can’t help but feel that, when compared to other books, there is a lot missing and the pictures could have had more. For example, when the butterfly is finally revealed, although we see it flying away, we never see it’s beautiful wings fully which would have made the story of the pretty butterfly all the more appealing. The illustrations, in parts, also make things like the peacock caterpillars white spots difficult to see. I only noticed any spots drawn the second time I looked at this book. It just feels like there could be more shown and perhaps this style of illustration, as lovely as it is, makes it hard to be as engaged as you could be reading this. Of course this is just my opinion.

The things that you learn about the caterpillars are interesting, like with other Nature Storybooks there are small snippets of text among the larger ones. These smaller snippets are in a font that was for me a bit difficult to read so I’m not sure if it will be easy for some children or not. The back of the book has a notes to teachers and parents section on how to use this book with kids and it supports Key Stages 1-2 of both Science and English so it’s a good book to use as a learning aid both in school and at home. The before last page also has extra pictures of different butterflies, their names underneath each one, which was a great addition as I didn’t know many species of butterflies and many kids might not either. However some of these pictures were again of the side-look of the butterfly and never the open wings which I think would have been good to see as butterflies can seem almost magical when you see some of their beautiful patterns. I think kids would engage much more if they could see these colourful wing images and it could give them a chance to spot these butterflies outside.

More illustrations in a fun but possibly difficult to see in detail style.


I do believe that this book could have been better, less text and more images perhaps or better and more colourful ones. But on the whole it is still a great book for teaching about the life cycle of caterpillars and how they turn to butterflies. Everything explained in the book is done in a simple and easy to understand way, and I found the autobiographical aspect of this book (the author writing of her own experience as the story) fun.
-Thanks to Walker Books for a free copy.


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#BookReview: A World of Cities by James Brown #MPBooks

A very large book of prints and fun information for children to learn about cities.

A World of Cities book coverTitle: A World of Cities

Illustrator: James Brown

Contributor of text: Lily Murray

Publisher: Walker studio

Genre: Children’s picture book

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Description: Climb Paris’s Eiffel Tower, explore Cairo’s ancient pyramids, wander the busy streets of New Delhi and see the lights of Shanghai in this whirlwind tour of the world’s most beautiful cities. Print-maker James Brown, the talent behind international bestseller A World of Information, has rendered each city in bold, bright colours, with fascinating facts about the history and culture incorporated into the contemporary designs. London, New York and Tokyo have never looked so stylish – or so alive.

My Review: Wow, this is a stunning book and one I really enjoyed looking at! ‘World of Cities’ is a big book, A3 in size, and has hardcovers and thick pages making it a book you have to put down rather than hold in your hands. Inside the book has thick matt pages with lots of colour and text around the main image explaining each city. Every double page of the book explains some fun and interesting facts about a different city from around the world. Most of the well-known cities are here including, London, New York, Dubai, Paris, Cape Town and Tokyo.

A double page of the book open showing the city of London when you turn the page sideways.

 

I’ve always loved books like this, especially ones that are large and with snippets of information rather than blocks of text. As you open up this book the first city you see is London and along with the famous Big Ben image you also see a bridge, and on that bridge is a double decker bus. The picture is mainly in black with shades of blue and hints of red and white. Although the colours are different on each double page, Delhi having a distinctive shades of orange/yellow for example.  Having this small set of colours for each city makes the picture look like an old fashioned poster. I love the way it looks and with the black background in most cities it really makes you see the landmark being shown and enjoy the text and overall feel of each page.

The top page of the Hong Kong double page spread. Clear colours and images with fun text dotted throughout.

 

Every double page has to be viewed from several angles although the main name of the city as well as the images will always appear the same way up. Dotted around the pictures are snippets of text, as well as some running around all four borders of each page. Every piece of text is clear to read although I did struggle to read a couple of them when they were too near the spine which didn’t open up that well. What I love about the snippets of information is just how interesting they are. I was expecting to hear more boring and obvious facts but with London for example there’s the main information like the name of the tower that Big Ben sits in (Big Ben being the name of the bell not the tower itself), and the names of well known bridges to silly things like some funny names of some streets in London. Paris talks about the Eiffel Tower as well as how many dogs live in the city! Not only was learning all these facts a lot of fun (many of them I just didn’t know) but it was great to read some things such as how long ago people first settled in San Francisco, the snippet referring to the indigenous tribes people and not just the later settling of Europeans.

More information and pictures complete the double page.


The illustrations are just amazing and I really like the old fashioned poster look of them. I also enjoyed reading the text even at different angles, which some reviewers have had issues with. For me it felt fun to have these small pieces of text dotted in gaps of palaces and bridges or wrapped around towers. It certainly felt fun although I think this is a book that needs to be placed on the floor or a big table where you can constantly spin it around to read everything.

I’d definitely recommend this book for any kids. It’s a great book for learning things about cities and a book I would have loved to read as a child as I grew up without such good knowledge of these places. With lots of amazing images and some interesting information including the population statistics for each city, I think it’s a great book and one many will enjoy.
-Thanks to Walker Books for a free copy.


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#BookHaul: Bookbridgr January 2018 part 2 #MPBooks

An interesting non-fiction book to interest anyone in healthy eating for the mind.

I’ve received another wonderful book in the post a few days ago.  It was an extra special surprise seeing as I’d forgotten all about requesting it!  I’d thought the book might come before Christmas and then after the holiday I completely forgot I’d ever requested it!

This wonderful non-fiction book comes courtesy of the Bookbridgr and Coronet.  It’s a book I’m especially keen to read given the fact that it is not only about food but also depression, something I have no shame in admitting I sometimes suffer from.  Take a look (apologies, I’ve only just realised how dim the light was when I took this so the book and paper look a little darker than they are!):

So excited to read this book, I love the cover! 🙂

Mad Diet by Suzanne Lockhart – Science reveals the truth about how our food is making us mad and fat.  Are you depressed or struggling to lose weight? You are not alone. 1 in 4 people are taking antidepressants and two thirds of us are obese or overweight. Something is clearly very wrong. Mad Diet lifts the lid on what is really going on with our food and provides an easy guide to restoring your mind and waistline.  Mad Diet provides a fresh new approach to healthy eating, in a market full of ‘gurus’ who don’t have the scientific knowledge to back up their claims, Suzanne Lockhart provides an accessible, scientific and empowering approach to healthy eating.  By detailing how harmful processed foods are, and showing your how to eat better for your body and your mind, Mad Diet enables you to change your outlook on food with positive outcomes for your mental health. As Suzanne says: ‘We really are what we eat. If we change what we eat we can change ourselves. And if we do that we might just change the world!’

So, what do you think?  I’ve always been interested in natural methods for combating/controlling illness so that’s why I’m personally very interested in reading this book.  But how about you?  Is this a book you’re interested in reading?


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#BookReview: Walk with a Wolf by Janni Howker & Sara Fox-Davies #MPBooks

A beautifully illustrated book showing the life of this often misunderstood creature.

Walk with a Wolf book coverTitle: Walk with a Wolf

Author: Janni Howker

Illustrator: Sarah Fox-Davies

Publisher: Walker Books

Genre: Children’s picture book, Non-fiction, Nature

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Description: Come on a journey you will never forget – to the far wild north where a she-wolf roams with her pack…

My Review: This is a beautiful book with some truly stunning illustrations. The book is shorter than A4 in height but wider and is filled with thick glossy pages of some beautiful and colourful illustrations and text. The story is all about the life of a wolf, the various things wolves do to and is told in a wonderful way. Although the book is part of the Nature Storybooks collection it is a non-fiction book with a story element that makes it easy to tell children the various things about wolf life.

The book begins by asking us to ‘walk with a wolf’ and briefly describes her habitat and what she looks like before giving us more insight into the life she lives. It explains many things that wolves do such as why they howl, how they hunt, how they rest and sleep. Each page is filled with illustrations and text which is simple to understand but something about this particular book is different to others I’ve read and there’s a beautiful way certain lines are written, starting off new sections with phrases like ‘run with a wolf, charge with a wolf’ and ‘rest with a wolf’. It really engages you and makes want to read on.

Some lovely images around easy to read text.

The illustrations are some of the most realistic and beautiful I’ve seen! The way the wolves coats look is especially amazing with individual hairs and even eyelashes in some close up images being visible. The pictures not only show well what is happening in the story but it’s also mesmerising and magical to just look at some of these and I think many children, especially those with an interest in animals, will really love looking back at this again and again for the pictures alone.

The very fist page of the book, before the actual ‘story’ begins, has a short description of how wolves used to roam in many countries but are now only found in a few, as well as telling us the setting for this particular tale. The back page has a notes for teachers and notes for parents sections with information on how to use the book. The book actually supports Key Stages 1-2 in Science and English making this a great read for both at home and in the classroom.

Stunning illustrations show the wolf in detail.

There’s something just so beautiful and magical about this book and given the fact that so many people see wolves as only dangerous creatures to be feared I think many kids would benefit from reading this as it really does make you feel respect for these animals, and you may even grow to love them, especially with such beautiful illustrations.
-Thanks to Walker Books for a free copy.


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#BookReview: The Maid’s Room by Fiona Mitchell #MPBooks

A powerful and emotional story about the appalling treatment of some domestic workers today.

The Maid's Room book coverTitle: The Maid’s Room

Author: Fiona Mitchell

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton

Genre: Contemporary

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Description: ‘This is where she sleeps. A cupboard. A bedroom. A windowless box.’
Sisters Dolly and Tala have never felt further from home. In the blistering heat of Singapore, they spend their days enabling ex-pats to have lives they could never afford for themselves.
Even though she has little freedom, Dolly can just about live with her job if it means she’s able to support her beloved young daughter back in the Philippines. One day – if she’s lucky – Dolly may even be able to go back and see her.
Tala, however, just can’t keep her mouth shut about the restrictive, archaic rules maids are forced to abide by on pain of deportation. She risks everything to help her fellow maids, who have struggled to have their voices heard for far too long.
In a world where domestic workers are treated so poorly, The Maid’s Room explores how women can come together to change each other’s lives, and be the architects of their own futures.

My Review: Oh wow, this book! Set in modern day Singapore it follows the stories of three women, two of them maids from the Philippines, and shows the reality of daily life for domestic workers in a country where their human rights are often ignored. I was really blown away with this novel that’s both heart breaking at times and so through provoking.

The book begins with a short prologue and then starts with the story of Jules, a British expat who’s moved to Singapore with her husband David. The story immediately shows you the lives from the point of those who employ the maids as Jules visits a party of one her neighbours. The following chapters all alternate between Jules, Dolly who is a maid to the woman who hosted the party and Tala, her older sister who cleans for others. Each of the chapters is cleverly marked at the start with a symbol which shows you whose story we’re now going to follow, for example a small plane denotes it’s Jules’s story.

As the chapters alternate you get a real sense of what life is like for these maids and how they are treated. When the chapters are from Dolly or Tala’s points of view the text refers to their employers as Ma’am and you feel the tension and often dislike or dismissal of them by the employers. In contrast Jules is treated respectfully by her neighbours who become friends however, unlike the others she sees the idea of the maids and the way they act as something alien. Jules’s perspective is very much how most of us would see the life of these Filipina maids and it was good to have this alternate perspective among all the women who treated their maids unfairly.

A lot happens in this novel and I never knew what was coming next. In fact it became more and more gripping the further I read on. I was soon hooked and I just couldn’t put this book down! Jules’s story continues and is a heart breaking one as her and her husband try desperately to conceive during their third round of IVF. Although I enjoyed reading Jules’s story, it’s really Dolly and Tala’s tales that interested me most. There were some funny moments as well as some truly sad and heart breaking ones. Dolly’s treatment in particular really got to me. There were moments you loved reading about her closeness with the children and yet the way she is treated by not only her immediate employer but also by others made me feel both emotional as well as disgusted. I don’t want to reveal any of the plot but even her treatment, right to the end of the novel is shocking. Tala’s story was an interesting one and I enjoyed the way she is so different from her sister. I especially loved the funny moments where, on more than one occasion, her feet or cooking skills were mentioned!

I really enjoyed this novel, the ending is a really satisfying one and made me want to cry happy tears but the reality of the way the domestic workers are treated in Singapore is heart breaking. In this day and age the rights of these poor women, living in bomb shelters (which act as their room) where there are no windows and often no hot water to wash themselves is just appalling. What makes this book all the more shocking and I believe necessary for all to read, is because this is actually happening in today’s Singapore!

The book contains some swearing, use of the f and s words as well as some sex though this isn’t throughout the novel, because of this I wouldn’t recommend this to young teens but mature teens and older. At the back of the novel there are author’s notes and I’d recommend everyone read them after finishing the book as you’ll be surprised with how much the story is based in reality, much of it being the author’s own experience.

This is such a powerful and heart wrenching novel, it takes you on such an emotional journey, and I can’t recommend it enough. I’ve always loved books with cultural issues but this one has really touched me and I think everyone should read it.
-Thanks to Bookbridgr and the publisher for a free proof copy.


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#BookReview: Mango & Bambang Superstar Tapir by Polly Faber & Clara Vulliamy #MPBooks

A lovely children’s book about friendship many adults will love to read too.

Mango and Bambang book coverTitle: Mango & Bambang: Superstar Tapir(Mango & Bambang #4)

Author: Polly Faber

Illustrated: Clara Vulliamy

Publisher: Walker Books

Genre: Children’s fiction

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Description: Mango Allsorts is a girl good at all sorts of things like making a tapir feel special.  Bambang is that tapir and he thinks Mango is the brightest star of all.  In this fourth collection of stories, the best friends nearly journey to the moon.  But when disaster strikes will it be Bambang’s turn to shine?

My Review: Aww, I love Bambang the tapir! Mango, a girl who’s good at all sorts of things, and Bambang the tapir are the best of friends and they prove just how amazing their friendship is as they get up to all sorts of adventures. This paperback book is a pocket size, being smaller than A5, and has some lovely metallic bronze stripes on the cover. Inside the pages are made of thick paper and have lots of illustrations among the text of the story. ‘Superstar Tapir’ is the fourth book in the ‘Mango & Bambang’ series and although I haven’t read the other three books in the series, I’ve really enjoyed reading this one.

The book is made up of four shorter stories, each following on from the previous. In the first story ‘Snow Day’ Bambang sees Mango’s snow globe and wonders what snow is like. Mango finds a way to help Bambang find out. This tale is a very lovely example of friendship and I can’t help but love Bambang’s snow hat!
In the second story ‘A Night at the Fair’ Mango and Bambang go to the fair and have a wonderful time, but could something go wrong? I really enjoyed this story, especially what happens towards the end and the funny candy floss issue Bambang had!
In the third story ‘Rocket to the Moon’ Bambang’s friend Rocket the dog is determined to make it to the moon but when Rocket is missing Bambang starts to wonder if she really is on the moon. I love this story so much, it touched my heart and it also made me laugh, especially the illustration of Bambang posing!
In the last story, ‘A Tiny Tapir’s Tears’, Bambang’s cousin Guntur, the baby tapir, is a star on the big screen but Bambang worries about meeting Guntur, given how boisterous he can be. I loved the ending to this story, it was also funny, and you can’t help but fall in love with Bambang and his cute cousin.

Some lovely illustrations throughout this book!

All four stories feature Mango and her best friend Bambang the tapir who is just such a sweet character you can’t help but love this book! I didn’t know what to expect when I first started reading this, and I soon found out that the humans in the story and the animals, Bambang, Rocket and Guntur, can all talk and understand each other. Each of the four stories is not only fun to read but there are some really lovely moments, heart warming moments, showing friendship and how wonderful Bambang is, who is a bit shy and at times a little scared of doing things. There’s something really sweet and charming about this book and I loved all four stories, especially all the different hats Bambang has. Each tale also ends in a positive way with  the last one putting a big smile on my face as the ending was just so perfect.

The illustrations probably have a lot to do with why this book is so appealing. It’s not every day a tapir is the star of a story but Bambang just looks so cute and quite realistically drawn too, but done in a way that you just can’t help but fall in love with this cute character (how many times have I said that now! 😍). I love the expressions Bambang makes and the way his snout looks! The pictures all follow a simple colour palette of various shades of grey, black, white and an orange/yellow colour. I’m guessing this colour is there because it’s mango colour. The simply coloured pictures fit perfectly though and show what’s happening in each picture well. I love all the illustrations in this book, not only of Bambang’s various poses, facial expressions and his different hats but I also like the way the images are quite simple, and yet have enough detail in them as well as looking funny or very cute depending on the moment.

Pictures throughout the book among the text. Look at how cute Bambang is!! 😀 😍 😍


Reading this fourth book in the series has made me want to read the first three! I’d recommend this book to all children, especially those who enjoy a bit of humour and a lovely tale. I’d also recommend it anyone older, with a soft spot for this tapir as you can’t help but love him and the fun adventures he and his best friend Mango get up to.
-Thanks to Walker Books for a free copy.


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Amazon’s “100 Books to Read in a Lifetime” Tag #MPBooks

How many of these books have you managed to read?

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I’ve decided to do tags this year!  Or as many as I’m able should I be tagged or see an interesting one open to all 🙂  I was tagged by the lovely Brittany at Perfectly Tolerable.  I only just started following her blog and in fact she found me first!  She’s got some great posts and I love this simple tag 🙂

Amazon.com has a list of “100 Books to Read in a Lifetime” that’s been compiled by Amazon’s editors, and the question is, how many of Amazon’s recommended books have you read?  As usual with tags there’s some rules but simple ones:

  1. Include the link to Amazon’s List
  2. Tag the creator of the meme (Perfectly Tolerable)
  3. Tag and thank the Person that tagged you- that would be me 🙂
  4. Copy the list below and indicate which ones you have read
  5. Tally up your total
  6. Comment on the post you were tagged in and let them know how many you read
  7. Tag 5 new people! (And comment on one of their posts to let them know you tagged them)

Unfortunately I’ve not even heard of some these authors let alone read their books!  Oh well, my score is going to be abysmal but here we go 😀 … Oh and although you only have to say ‘yes’ I’ve decided to add notes including which books I want to read although some have been on my tbr pile since I was a teenager! 😮

*The names of book titles US versions rather than UK.

Title Author Read?
1984 George Orwell Yes
A Brief History of Time Stephen Hawking  (On  tbr)
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius Dave Eggers
A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier Ishmael Beah
The Bad Beginning Lemony Snicket
A Wrinkle in Time Madeleine L’Engle
Selected Stories, 1968-1994 Alice Munro
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Lewis Carroll  (On tbr bought the book!- read a kids version when young though!)
All the President’s Men Bob Woodward
Angela’s Ashes: A Memoir Frank McCourt
Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret. Judy Blume  Yes
Bel Canto Ann Patchett
Beloved Toni Morrison
Born to Run Christopher McDougall
Breath, Eyes, Memory Edwidge Danticat
Catch-22 Joseph Heller
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Roald Dahl Yes
Charlotte’s Web E. B White
Cutting for Stone Abraham Verghese
Daring Greatly Brené Brown
Diary of a Wimpy Kid Jeff Kinney
Dune Frank Herbert
Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas Hunter S. Thompson
Gone Girl Gillian Flynn
Goodnight Moon Margaret Wise Brow
Great Expectations Charles Dickens  (no- but on shelf at home for years!)
Guns, Germs, and Steel Jared Diamond Ph.D.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone J.K. Rowling (no but now want to)
In Cold Blood Truman Capote
Interpreter of Maladies Jhumpa Lahiri
Invisible Man Ralph Ellison
Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth Chris Ware
Kitchen Confidential Anthony Bourdain
Life After Life Kate Atkinson
Little House on the Prairie Laura Ingalls Wilder (On tbr-have a collection of her books at home!)
Lolita Vladimir Nabokov
Love in the Time of Cholera Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Love Medicine Louise Erdrich
Man’s Search for Meaning Viktor E. Frankl
Me Talk Pretty One Day David Sedaris
Middlesex Jeffrey Eugenides
Midnight’s Children Salman Rushdie
Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game Michael Lewis
Of Human Bondage W. Somerset Maugham
On the Road Jack Kerouac
Out of Africa Isak Dinesen
Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood Marjane Satrapi
Portnoy’s Complaint Philip Roth
Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen (on tbr just bought the book!)Does Pugs & Prejudice count? 😀
Silent Spring Rachel Carson
Slaughterhouse-Five Kurt Vonnegut
Team of Rivals Doris Kearns Goodwin
The Age of Innocence Edith Wharton
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay Michael Chabon
The Autobiography of Malcolm X Malcolm X
The Book Thief Markus Zusak
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao Junot Díaz
The Catcher in the Rye J. D. Salinger
The Color of Water James McBride
The Corrections Jonathan Franzen
The Devil in the White City Erik Larson
The Diary of a Young Girl Anne Frank Yes
The Fault in Our Stars John Green
The Giver Lois Lowry
The Golden Compass Philip Pullman
The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald (On tbr)Does The Great Catsby count?
The Handmaid’s Tale Margaret Atwood  Yes
The House at Pooh Corner A. A. Milne  Yes (tho I can’t remember much!)
The Hunger Games Suzanne Collins
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Rebecca Skloot
The Liars’ Club Mary Karr
The Lightning Thief Rick Riordan
The Little Prince Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
The Long Goodbye Raymond Chandler
The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 Lawrence Wright
The Lord of the Rings J.R.R. Tolkien (Want to)
The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat Oliver Sacks
The Omnivore’s Dilemma Michael Pollan
The Phantom Tollbooth Norton Juster
The Poisonwood Bible Barbara Kingsolver
The Power Broker Robert A. Caro
The Right Stuff Tom Wolfe
The Road Cormac McCarthy
The Secret History Donna Tartt
The Shining Stephen King
The Stranger Albert Camus
The Sun Also Rises Ernest Hemingway
The Things They Carried Tim O’Brien
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Eric Carle
The Wind in the Willows Kenneth Grahame  Yes
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle Haruki Murakami
The World According to Garp John Irving
The Year of Magical Thinking Joan Didion
Things Fall Apart Chinua Achebe
To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee
Unbroken Laura Hillenbrand
Valley of the Dolls Jacqueline Susann
Where the Sidewalk Ends Shel Silverstein
Where the Wild Things Are Maurice Sendak

So as you can see my total score is….7 out of 100! (more if the picture books count!)

If only some of the classics and old books I’ve read appeared on this list: Crime and Punishment, Lord of the Flies, Short Stories by Oscar Wilde, etc. my score might have been a lot higher…but alas according to Amazon’s editors I need to read a lot more in my lifetime!

I’ve enjoyed doing this tag, it’s fun and simple to do and nice to compare books with others.  I nominate…Everyone!  I’m not going to nominate anyone specific to do this tag (I feel strange picking specific people who might not want to or missing out those who do) but urge anyone who has enjoyed seeing this and who wants to, please take part…and you can nominate me as your tagger 🙂


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