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    Magical Personalised Christmas Books for Kids

    This year I’ve come across two completely magical personalised Christmas books for kids and I can’t wait to see how much they are enjoyed. Reading with Dylan is one of my favourite things, especially now that he’s starting to understand and match pictures to words. When I was little, my dad used to read The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey to us every Christmas Eve and I really can’t wait to start some Christmas reading traditions with Dylan. My sisters and I used to look forward to the Christmas story and we even read it together the last time we all stayed with Dad on Christmas Eve which was just…

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    Bookshelf #3

    Having a toddler running around the house means I have very little time to pick up a book so I feel like I’ve not read a huge amount recently. The handful of books I have read though I’ve thoroughly enjoyed. I was given Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood for my birthday. I hadn’t heard of it when I unwrapped it and I’m not too sure how it had passed me by. It’s a long book but I was intrigued right from the start and got caught up in the story of Grace Mark’s life. It is based on the murders of Thomas Kinnear and his housekeeper Nancy Montgomery which occurred…

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    Bookshelf #2

    I’ve had The Forget Me Not Sonata by Santa Montefiore on my bookshelf since Christmas and finally got round to reading it last month. I really, really loved it. I’ve been reading lots of thrillers recently so it was a welcome change and reminded me why I used to read this kind of book all of the time. It’s set in Argentina so has an exotic feel which adds to the drama and heartbreak of the story. The other four books on this list are easy reading thrillers. Believe Me by JP Delaney is probably the most memorable. Set in New York, it follows aspiring actress Claire as she becomes…

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    Bookshelf #1

    Recently I’ve veered away from my usual choice of thriller novels or chic lit and have been surprised by how much I’ve enjoyed the two non fiction books I’ve read. This Is Going to Hurt by Adam Kay and Hard Pushed: A Midwife’s Story by Leah Hazard both give a fascinating insight into working for the NHS. I read This is Going to Hurt first and it only took me a matter of days to get through it, even with a baby to look after! It’s written like a diary so is just too easy to pick up and read an extract or two if you have a spare 30…

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    Parenting,  Bookshelf

    Current Bedtime Story Favourites

    Reading with Dylan is one of my absolute favourite things to do. I’ve always been a bookworm and I really hope he enjoys reading just as much as I do. I’m trying to get him into reading a bedtime story while he’s still young. He definitely likes looking at the pictures and trying to turn pages already so I think we’re off to a good start. As part of Dylan’s bedtime routine, I like to read him a story or two either before his bath or after he’s had a quick baby massage. The List My all time favourite has to be Guess How Much I Love You. It’s just…

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    Baby Prep – What I’m Reading

    I’ve found it a bit overwhelming just how much information is available on pregnancy and looking after your newborn. There are a few books which have been helping me through so I thought I would share them with you. There is so much to think about and being a first time mum I really want to make sure I’m doing everything right, especially after my previous pregnancy ended in such a traumatic way. I feel a bit paranoid that I’m going to do something wrong which will affect my baby. These books have helped me feel a little more informed and in control. Mother and Baby Pregnancy Milestones This gives a…

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    Reading List

    Armadillos by P. K. Lynch Armadillos is the first novel by P. K. Lynch who originally trained as an actor and starred as Lizzie in Trainspotting. It starts off in a remote house in Texas where a teenage girl has spent her life being abused by her father. After she runs away, the book deals with how she manages to survive alongside her guilt at having left behind her older sister. The writing is detached and doesn’t go into details, mirroring how Aggie lives her life by keeping people at an arms length. I did feel that it started to drag a bit in the middle but it picked up again towards to the…

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    Recent Reads

    After Before by Jemma Wayne This book gripped me from the start. It tells the story of three women from totally different backgrounds and how their lives intertwine. The writing really made you feel a connection to the characters and want the best for them all. It’s not the sort of book that keeps you guessing  right to the end but it is well written and a fantastic read. White Lies by Jo Gatford I didn’t get into this book right away. It has a bit of a slow start and I didn’t really connect with the characters. The book follows a man whose mother has been missing since the…