So, the weather outside is (still frightful) but a good book is always delightful – so we’ve rounded up some tots100 bloggers to share their favourite reads with us once again this month.
The Tots100 Book Club invites selected Tots100 bloggers to write a review of their favourite book. We’ll then send a copy of that book, courtesy of Tesco Books, to their favourite blogger – along with some delicious Galaxy chocolate to munch. And we’ll ask that blogger to tell us about their favourite book.
We think it’s a great way for bloggers to share recommendations – and share a small gift with a blogger they admire. Here’s what our bloggers recommend for you this month:
First up, Nova from Cherished by Me has recommended City of the Beasts by Isabel Allende, the first part of a trilogy for younger readers, by a South American writer. It’s the gripping tale of a young boy’s search for ‘the beast’. Perfect if you’re looking for something to get absorbed in on a rainy afternoon!
Another series is recommended over at The History Fan – this time it’s The Land of Caves – the sixth book in “The Eath’s Children” series by Jean M Auel. If you’re new to the series, it’s the epic, and detailed story of Ayla and Jondalar, who lived more than 25,000 years ago, and tells of Ayla’s journey to become the woman she was meant to be. Packed with adventure and mystery, it won’t disappoint fans of the books – although there’s a great critique of the book if you click through to our blogger’s review.
Kelly at You Found Kel’s Hiding Place is recommending a supernatural story this month – but one with more substance than the Twilight-style books dominating the media. A Discovery of Witches is the story of a historian who is also a witch, and her relationship with a vampire geneticist, as they solve an absorbing mystery. Sounds great!
Stressy Mummy has recommended The Somnambulist by Essie Fox, a recent read that made a huge impression. The book, which is set in Victorian England, tells the story of Phoebe Turner, a young woman who becomes involved in a mysterious relationship between her glamorous Aunt, Cissy, and a stranger seen in a theatre audience.
Over at Snaffles Mummy, Denise is recommending Breaking the Silence, a gripping read that you won’t be able to put down! The book tells the story of a woman’s promise to her dying father – to visit a woman she’s never heard of, and who remembers nothing except the distant past. Full of twists and turns, this is perfect for you if you struggle to concentrate on books!
Sometimes it can be hard as a parent to find time to read – but sometimes it doesn’t matter, because we have so much fun reading with our children. That’s why MummyMummyMum recommended The Enormous Crocodile, this month – a Roald Dahl classic. Kids love this tale of a giant crocodile, but it also brings back lots of happy memories for Mums and Dads, too.
Emma at the Real Supermum has shared a review of Madness: A Bipolar Life, which is a tough, but honest insight into living with this difficult illness. Emma, who is bipolar, says the book is insightful and portays the highs and lows of the lead character’s illness, and how they affect her relationships and career.
Moving away from fiction, the Crazy Kitchen’s favourite book of the month is The Cake Days – and why not? This book is packed with recipes including chocolate whoopie pies, and gorgeous looking feta muffins. Definitely one to read if you’re looking for inspiration in the kitchen.
Thanks to all our Tots100 Book Club bloggers this month. And our reviewers have recommended their books to some blogging friends, who we’re inviting to share their favourite books with us during May. If you’d like to join in, please leave a comment on this post and we’ll try to fit you in!