Lemony Snicket – The Wide Window

After escaping from the clutches of Count Olaf yet again, but forced to leave Uncle Monty’s house by his unfortunate demise, the Baudelaire children find themselves on Damocles dock, being put into a taxi by Mr Poe to take them to their Aunt Josephine’s house overlooking Lake Lachrymose. The children are not hopeful that she will be a better guardian than Uncle Monty, and unfortunately it’s looks like they may be right. Because...

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Lemony Snicket – The Reptile Room

Before reading this book, I looked at some of the reviews on Goodreads and it seems like a lot of people complaining that this book (and the series) are quite similar to the first book. Well, its a children’s book and the whole series is devoted to Count Olaf trying to get his hands on the Baudelaire children, so obviously they’re going to be slightly similar. But I have no problem with that. You know kind-of what the plot is going...

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Lemony Snicket – The Bad Beginning

These books take me back to my childhood, we read them as a family as they came out, but I’m not sure now that I ever actually reached the end of the series. As the Netflix series has just been released (which is great by the way), I thought I’d take the chance to read them all again. The Baudelaire children might be the unluckiest children in the world, and we are introduced to them in this first book of the thirteen. We’re...

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Tom Fletcher – The Christmasaurus

Following Tom Fletcher on Instagram and Twitter, I’ve heard a lot about this book in the run up to its release and the subsequent praise that it received, so when I saw it on offer at Costco, I just couldn’t resist. I love reading Christmassy books in the run up to Christmas, and this one was perfect. Although it’s a kids book, I didn’t find that it was written in a childish tone, although there were quite a few silly...

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P. L. Travers – Mary Poppins

I had obviously known that Mary Poppins was based on a book, but I’d never even thought to read it. I don’t know why, but it was on sale at Asda, along with Annie (which I hadn’t known was based on a book), so I couldn’t resist buying them both to see what they were like. It turns out that Mary Poppins the book is not very much like Mary Poppins the film. I guess when you’re turning a 170 page book into a 2 hour...

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C.S. Lewis – The Horse and His Boy

It’s been about a week since I finished reading this book, and I just haven’t got around to reviewing it, probably because of the same reason it took me over a month on and off to actually read it; I just didn’t find it exciting. The start of the book seemed very slow, and the fact that the start didn’t seem to relate in any way to the previous two books just left me feeling cold and I didn’t feel any impetus to...

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Hans Christian Andersen – The Tinder Box

When I saw that for Penguin’s 80th birthday they were releasing 80 books for 80p each, it was all I could do to restrain myself and not immediately buy all of them! I chose this one as I remembered reading Hans Christian Andersen fairy tales when I was younger and I thought it would be a nice nostalgia trip. The only story in the book that I recognised was The Princess and the Pea, which was significantly shorter than I remembered, at only...

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C.S. Lewis – The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe

Well after reading this book, I’ve come to the conclusion that I can never have read it before (even though I thought I had), because it was just not familiar to me at all! I would imagine that most people have read the book, so there’s no need for a full in depth review of the contents of the book here. Even though it’s clearly written for children, it still managed to keep me enthralled throughout, completely engrossed in the...

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C.S. Lewis – The Magician’s Nephew

I’m almost ashamed to admit that I’ve never read the Chronicles of Narnia. I’ve had the entire set of books on my shelf for as long as I can remember, and just checking the front of the book now, I can see that this edition was purchased for me more than 20 years ago, definitely the oldest book on my to-read shelf! I seemed to remember reading this book halfway through quite a lot when I was younger, but having actually read...

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J.K. Rowling – Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows

It’s over! I actually can’t believe there’s no more left. I’ve been on a rollercoaster of emotions over the last week, with way more lows than highs, but the final high being the best one of all. Be warned that this review contains many, many spoilers, so if you’ve not read the book, I advise you click away! The books begins with Harry saying farewell to his ‘family’, the Dursley’s. His aunt and...

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J.K. Rowling – Harry Potter & The Half-Blood Prince

The first time I read this book, someone (not mentioning any names) spoilt the end for me before I’d even started, which annoyed me so much. You’ll know why if you’ve read this, but just in case I’ll try not to spoil it for you. I’ve only actually read this book once before, although I’ve seen the film many many times, so I was a little hazy about what actually happened in the middle, although with a familiar...

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Lewis Carroll – Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Yet again, I forgot to bring Harry Potter to work with me. But it did mean that I have now had the opportunity to re-read Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. I remember reading it many times when I was younger, I had a very small hardback book with a pink cover on, which I think must have had an abridged version of the story, and I loved to read it. Reading it again, I’m not so convinced. I think the sheer bonkersness of the story is...

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J.K. Rowling – Harry Potter & The Order of the Phoenix

When I updated my Goodreads status to say I was reading this book, there were a lot of reviews saying that this book was their least favourite of the HP series, but I disagree whole-heartedly. There’s A LOT that goes on in this book (and not just because it’s 766 pages long). The Ministry doesn’t believe that Voldemort has returned, and the most popular wizarding newspaper (The Daily Prophet), is doing everything it can to...

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J.K. Rowling – Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire

To me, this book is where it all starts getting exciting, and it definitely takes a turn for the darker! This book is where I started to be suspicious of Snape’s allegiance when I first read the series, and reading it again, I get the same feelings. We know that Dumbledore trusts him implicitly, but I get the feeling he’s hiding something. We’re also introduced more to the house-elves, with Hermione starting SPEW to try and...

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