It’s been a wonderful first month for the Tots100 Book Club. Over the past month, ten of our favourite Tots100 bloggers have shared their favourite books with their readers, and their recommendations include ghost stories, romance, non-fiction, children’s books – something for everyone!
Today, we’re sharing our Book Club’s recommendations for January. So if you’re wondering what book to put on your nightstand next month, look no further! If you’ve read any of our recommended books, we would love to know what you thought!
We’ll have more book recommendations next month, as each of our reviewer’s this month has nominated a fellow blogger to receive a gift copy of their recommended read, thanks to the support of Tesco Books, and we’ll ask them to share their own favourite book with us next month.
If you want a new and thoughtful perspective on the early days of parenting, then why not pick up a copy of Making Babies, as chosen by Harriet from Plan B. Be warned – this isn’t your typical parenting book. It will make you laugh, it will shock you in parts, but it certainly won’t bore you.
Looking for a book to share with children? This month, Maggy from Red Ted Art and The Good Life has shared one of her all-time favourite books for children, Lost and Found. It’s beautifully illustrated, quirky, cute and with a fantastic theme of friendships.
Sometimes, books can transport us to whole new worlds. If that’s what you’re after then Science fiction fan Jax from Live Otherwise recommends the brilliant Ender’s Game this month. This is a classic story about a young student recruited to ‘battle school’ – you’ll love this if you’re a fan of the Hunger Games, and Ender’s Game is a book that can be enjoyed by adults as much as young people.
If you enjoyed Ender’s Game, then Sally from Who’s the Mummy recommends The Hunger Games, another young adult series (it’s the first book in a trilogy) about kids being trained in battle. The story revolves around a teenage girl recruited into a reality TV show where children are thrown into an arena to battle to the death. This is a fabulous book for strong female role models, as well as being a gripping story with some smart things to say about reality TV, and our obsession with celebrity, and fashion.
Or how about something a bit more fantastical? One of the biggest hits of 2011, When God was a Rabbit, is reviewed by Chris Mosler from Thinly Spread. A fantastic tale that blends childhood innocence with dark secrets and comedy, this book is a great, fun read – if you’re willing to suspend disbelief for an evening or two.
If you’re feeling gloomy, then our Tots100 bloggers have some great recommendations for books to lift the spirits. How about Five People You Meet in Heaven, which provides an insight into how one, ordinary man’s life can touch and inspire the lives of others. According to Susan K Mann, it’s one that’ll make you think well after you’ve turned the last page.
Zoe from Playing by the Book has shared one of her favourite stories this month, about an immigrant family arriving in a new country for the first time. The Arrival is sometimes dark, but is ultimately a heart-warming tale of human kindness and the power of bravery to overcome fear and sorrow.
Our next review this month comes from Cara at Freckles Family, with an unusual story set in the 1940s. Alone in Berlin tells the true story of an ordinary German family trying to survive World War II. What sets this book apart is that it was written in just 24 days, and published in 1947 – but truly stands the test of time.
If you’re after a bit of 90s nostalgia and a compelling love story, then I Want my Mummy recommends One Day, by David Nicholls – although there’s some heated debate about whether the film lives up to the book!
Finally, do you fancy being scared out of your skin? If so, then The Drowning Pool is perfect for you. Our reviewer, Carol from Dance Without Sleeping, says this ghost story, set in Essex, isn’t one to read late at night on your own, but it’s a fun read that you’ll find yourself racing through to get to the end.
Next month’s Book Club reviewers will be: