I just finished reading The Martian, in record time! It is a cracker of a read, and though heavy on the science and engineering (which I loved!), also tells a tale of resilience. Filled to the brim with humour and adversity, it made me think a lot about how reliant we can become on […]
Wowsers, the year seems to be flying by already. All of a sudden, we are gearing up for school, getting busy at work and getting set for the first of the gorgeous markets and fairs This Grand Life will be attending this year. Whew! It can all get a little overwhelming at times. Thinking […]
- Reading: Wildwood – a glorious book, with fabulous illustrations, which I initially bought for Captain Jack (my 9 year old) and then when he got a little scared by the opening gambit about a murder of crows, I stepped in to read it first. You know, to check it wasn’t too scary. I am LOVING it…
- Creating: More gorgeous sundresses, super cute heart purses, some cuddly softies and boardies for super cool boys with some beautiful new fabric.
- Learning: French, brushing up on my French (can’t believe I have been back in Australia for nearly 3 years), such a beautiful quirky language.
- Teaching: Little L how to read. My littlest poppet starts school this year and is super keep to keep up with the big kids in the house. We have used Reading Eggs for years and all of my kids have loved it. It’s also a great excuse to spend more time reading each night.
- Watching: Girls. Though it feels like a guilty pleasure, I am totally hooked. Oh the angst, the selfish choices, the dilemmas.
We are a family of book-lovers. Self-confessed book-worms who can all pass the time reading, poring over the pages of beautiful illustrations and talking about how our favourite characters reacted. So, it is no surprise then that we all have a wish list of books we would love to read over the Christmas break or, […]
- Little L's list for littlies (0-5) - first readers (the Reading Eggs books are fab), Winnie the Witch, The Day the Crayons Quit, any of the Flower Fairies books
- Flashdance (6-9) – anything by Andy Griffiths, The Little Lunch Series, How to Train your Dragon series (Cressida Cowell), Non-fiction books about bugs or anime (how to draw Japanese cartoon characters)
- Captain Jack (7-12) – Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (JK Rowling), Lord of the Rings – separate volumes, rather than the all-in-one book (to make for easy holiday reading), Mapmaker Chronicles (A. L. Tait), non-fiction books about sea creatures, dinosaurs. volcanos or robotics
- The Mini-Fashionista (7-12) – The Blood of Olympus (Rick Riordan), Quidditch through the Ages (JK Rowling), The Chronicles of Narnia, any of the Thea Stilton series
- Ladies and Gentlemen (that would be my lovely husband and I) - Pip Lincolnes fab new book, Beci Orpin's new book, The Great Zoo of China - the latest from Matthew Reilly
The past few weeks have been frantically busy as we packed and moved across the country to sunny Queensland. Now that the dust has settled (well almost), I have found time to read again. I picked an unexpectedly good book at the airport (I can never resist a good airport novel) on my way to […]
- I have been voraciously devouring books (see what I did there, it has also resulted in me using GIANT words in everyday life), faves have been The Invention of Wings, The Unlikely pilgrimage of Harold Fry and Paris Letters. All involve a journey of sorts and beautiful characters who made me smile and cry (sometimes late at night by the light of my lamp when I should've been sleeping, but it was oh so sweet!).
- The lovely Big A has been reading a bunch of books which are part of the Warhammer series which I profess to knowing nothing about other than it is set in the future, is sci-fi, and he LOVES them. Something about Space Marines? Good blokey books by the sounds of it.
- The Mini-Fashionista who is about to turn double figures (10) is switching between gross-out books - hello Andy Griffiths - and girly books - she is loving the English Rose books by Madonna. I love that she is reading widely, but am still, well grossed out by the gross-out books, and really don't get the jokes. Also in other news, I am feeling OLD.
- Jacko is prolific in his reading. This has the potential to make it really hard and really expensive to keep up with his appetite. He's smashed his way through the entire Percy Jackson series, Selby the Talking Dog, Big Nate... Luckily his school has a fab librarian and library, we have a brilliant local library and some lovely kind friends who have given the kids a load of books (we love the great circle of passing on books).
- Flashdance, who when he is not grooving to the tunes in his head, is a keen bean on reading, has been taking a leaf out of both the older kids books. Ballerinas? Yes please! Gross-out humour? Sure! He has also discovered a passion for word searches and puzzles...A brilliant alternative to an iPad or iPod if you are stuck in a waiting room or want a quiet occupied kid in a doctor's surgery.
- Little L has a couple of faves on high rotation, Wendy is still top of the charts, and has now been joined by some witchy tales, Winnie the Witch and the always awesome Meg and Mog (which i remember reading to my gorgeous baby sister when she was little).
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