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The Author/Reader Relationship and What Happens When they ‘don’t’ deliver?

Hi guys, I want to chat today a bit about expectations. Expectations, specifically a reader’s expectation when they buy a book from an author they THINK they should like- maybe they’ve heard a lot about them through bloggers or vloggers and heard nothing but positive reviews or just loved the premise of every book they have written. I have had this experience loving the concept if a book but when the book is in my hands and I’m actually reading what I thought I was going to read and what I actually read were two very different things.

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I hate DNF-ing a book (don’t we all?) The topic for this blog post was inspired by my own author/reader relationship with Neil Gaiman, I have read three books of his now and although I have persisted hard with each one they all have ended with a DNF most recently The Ocean at the End of the Lane and American Gods and I can’t help thinking is my bad reading experience my own fault?

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When I read the premise for American Gods which I read in book form and on Audible this year, I thought, brilliant, Gods, Goddesses, names like Shadow and Mr. Wednesday a dead wife that returns from the dead what’s not to love? And looking at it from a subjective point of view Gaiman is clearly a fantastic author with an endless imagination but he didn’t write what I wanted or expected him to write which is partially my problem.

What I’m saying is that when you spend your money on a book and it doesn’t meet your expectations for whatever reason whose problem is it anyway? The readers? The authors? Or is that just the way it goes sometimes… you can’t win them all as they say.

On the upside, I can’t wait to see American Gods be adapted to the small screen from the trailers it looks pretty darn good, new format, new way to take in and experience the story, awesome!

Hope you enjoyed today’s book chat, see you next time!

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The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel – Review

Title: The Roanoke Girls 

Author: Amy Engel

Publisher: Hodder and Stoughton

Book Format: Paperback ARC 

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First of all, I want to thank Hodder and Stoughton for sending me an ARC of The Roanoke Girls, the ARC that I was sent was an absolutely studding edition of the book and this cover is so gorgeous with the roses and the slash across the cover tieing in so well with the story. But, now for the actual review… 

The Roanoke Girls is about a mysterious, rich family and their big mysterious house, each Roanoke Girl over the years either runs away from that house or dies. The story follows Lane Roanoke the daughter of one of the runways, when her mother dies she is sent to live with her grandparents at the grand Roanoke estate a place she has only heard about through the lips of her mother, a woman who ran away from that place as fast as a bullet from a gun.

The novel is told from two perspectives from teenage Lane and Lane ten years later, This book certainly has the ick factor and is not for the faint hearted! I know this book is being marketed as a mystery but really the story is not that mysterious. What is going on at Roanoke is revealed very early on it’s just the layers that get slowly peeled away.

This book certainly isn’t a fun ride it has the serious ick factor and certainly sent my moral compass into a right spin.

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It also has a narrative structure that felt reminiscent to books such as The Girls by Emma Cline and We Were Liars by E.Lockhart. I couldn’t help thinking have I been here before? Have I read this before? Which wasn’t necessarily a bad thing it just felt familiar and sadly I wouldn’t say, The Roanoke Girls wasn’t as good as either of these novels, it wasn’t bad, it just didn’t hit me right in the heart or in the head like some books do, nor did it leave a lasting impression.

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I know this book is being marketed as a mystery but really the story is not that mysterious. What is going on at Roanoke is revealed very early on it’s just the layers that get slowly peeled away.
The Roanoke Girls deals with complex and deeply troubling issues and it’s not self-serving of judgemental to the characters the writer just tells the story and allows the reader to make their minds up for themselves.

The novel has some interesting characters exploring the way we are all human and sometimes the people we think are perfect are the most flawed and the ones we think are the most flawed have the ability to be the most kind.
An interesting exploration of human relationships and the damage that one family can do to itself throughout the ages.

Worth a read.

3/5 Stars

I hope you enjoyed my review, I’ll see you next time!

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My Top Reads of 2016!

Hi Guys!

Can you believe it it’s already 2017! 2016 has been a pretty hit and miss reading year for me but all in all I have read some great books.

I didn’t really plan my reading last year or have any goals I just read what I felt like reading at the time which was okay but the problem is I’m always looking for a book or feeling or vibe in a story (and it never comes along when I want it to.)

Perfect example- I  have been looking for a modern written romantic, gothic tale forever but everything I found seemed to be a classic (eg Northanger Abby, Dracula etc.) Then, just when I’d stopped looking The Essex Serpent was published! (It’s on my January TBR- TBR post coming soon…)

I wouldn’t say my lack of planning made my reading year unsuccessful but I do have plans for more productivity this year but my plans are coming to you in another blog post all togther.

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My Favourites of 2016!

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare 

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I had a Cassandra Clare filled year in 2016! I re-read the second half of The Mortal Instruments series and read The Shadow Hunter Academy short stories for the first time both were brilliant. But I have to say, it was so much fun reading Lady Midnight, Cassandra Clare is one of my favourite authors, I get so drawn into her characters and the Shadow World and I can’t wait for the second book in this series to be released later this year!

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Bodies of Water by V.H Leslie 

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In my hunt for something gothic I discovered Bodies of Water, a short book barely 300 page. It’s ghostly, gothic and filled with betrayal and romance! I Loved it! (All both this books main characters are LGBTQ+)

My Review

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green 

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I had heard the hype okay? If you haven’t where have you been living? I never had any plans to read this novel until one day a friend

I never had any plans to read this novel until one day a friend and I were feeling particularly maudlin and watched the movie. The script and the words use in the movie intrigued me, let me tell you this, if you haven’t read the book and are putting off for what ever reason, John Green has it, he has a real command of the English language, every word, every sentence is worth reading in this book it’s all so beautifully constructed.

My Review

The Girls by Emma Cline 

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Loosely based on the Charles Manson killings The Girls is about a fourteen-year-old girl who gets wrapped up in a cult and it’s eventual tragic end. This book was fascinating to read because I didn’t know a lot about the original murders so while reading I researched the original killings which, from a reading perfective allowed me to enjoy the book to its full potential.

Uprooted by Noami Novik

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I really enjoyed Uprooted, normally when I read fantasy I need the book to be huge or a series to I get everything I can out of the world and the characters but Uprooted was the perfected example of a standalone fantasy done well.

I hope you enjoyed my top reads of 2016 see you next time!

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Blogger Recognition Award

Hi guys! I am here today with the Blogger Recognition award tag thank you to Shannon from Captivated by Fantasy for the nomination! This award was originally created by Edge of Night.

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Here are the rules:

  • Elect 5 other blogs you want to give the award to. Do some digging if you must! Find those blogs. You cannot nominate yourself or the person who has nominated you.
  • Write a post to show off your award! Give a brief story of how your blog got started, and give a piece or two of advice to new bloggers. Thank whoever nominated you, and provide a link to their blog. List who you’ve nominated in the post.
    • Make sure to also attach the award itself! (You can do this by right-clicking, saving, and uploading the image above).
  • Comment on each blog and let them know you’ve nominated them. Provide a link to the award post you created.
  • Provide a link to the original post on Edge of Night.That way, anyone can find the original guidelines and post if needed, and we can keep it from mutating and becoming confusing!

My Story 

I had a few blogs before settling on Paint and Butterflies Books, a fashion blog which I lost interest in and then later a personal blog called The Musings of Chlo but I found myself talking more and more about books which led to the creation of Paint and Butterflies Books. I have been writing and working on this blog for over two years now and it is always changing and growing just like I am always changing and growing. My reading has changed so much thanks to blogging, a world of books have been opened up to me which I wouldn’t have found without other bloggers and now my blog has taken a new turn by becoming part of the bookstagram community (@chloemckayyy) – like I said blogging is a constant evolution.

My Advice

Blog and blog often and about what you love. For me, it’s books, I have something to say about books about literature and that is what separates this blog from my former fashion blog which didn’t work out. I like fashion I LOVE books. I am passionate about stories, so I guess what I’m saying is write about what you’re passionate about, what you love and you’ll enjoy writing about it, you’ll want to write about it and your blog will be the best it can be.

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Charley @ Books and Bakes 1

Emma @It’s a Readers Life

Megan @Book Slayer Reads

Frona@ Frona’s Reads or Else

Hope you enjoyed this award tag, thanks again for the nomination I’ll see you again soon!

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The Fault in Our Stars – Review

I’m pretty confident that most of you know what The Fault in Our Stars is about, it is one of those books that has been swept along in a wave of popularity and is loved by so many.
When the book first came out I just wasn’t desperate to read it, I don’t remember why.

Recently I gave in and saw the film adaptation on Netflix and I wept like a baby but not just that, the film inspired me to pick up the book, which is something I never really considered about adaptations of books, love them or hate them they get people reading!

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Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.

Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

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I can’t say enough good things about this book, firstly the writing, oh the writing, this was my first John Green book and after been drawn to his world by his delicious prose it won’t be my last. I am the kind of reader who needs to get sucked into a book pretty quickly otherwise chances are I’m going to put it down for ‘later’ and pick up something else. The Fault in Our Stars didn’t just suck me in it had me hooked from the first page, from the first line! The thing is I had seen the film I knew I was walking into tragedy but when a book’s that good I don’t even care!

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John Green creates fully fleshed out characters in Hazel and Gus it was so easy to read and mostly laugh and later cry all the while feeling privileged that I got to be part of their journey in some strange way. The Fault in Our stars is definitely a new favourite, it broke my heart and the moment I finished it I wanted to start it again.

Paint and Butterflies rating 5/5 Stars!

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Scarlet by Marissa Meyer – Review

I am a huge fairy tale junkie, from all things Disney to the Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Anderson I love fairy tales and an extension of that is reading fairytale re-tellings. I read Cinder back in January and loved it, I know I am quite behind compared to other bloggers out there when it comes to this series but when I intentionally heard about it I was a little put off, I mean Cinderella as a Cyborg… really?

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I read Cinder back in January and loved it, I know I am quite behind compared to other bloggers out there when it comes to this series but when I initially heard about it I was a little put off, I mean Cinderella as a Cyborg… really?

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Yes, really, for those of you out there still unsure it works trust me. When I received Cinder as a present from a friend last Christmas I thought I would finally give this series a go and have never looked back.

Scarlet book two in The Lunar Chronicles is a re-telling of Little Red Riding Hood, not my favourite fairy tale (not my worst either) but I think that’s why I left it on my TBR for so long. Scarlet is told from the perspective of both Cinder and Scarlet, Cinder who, thanks to the first book I already ‘knew’ and loved I felt ready and willing to jump back into her story.

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She is now on the run from the evil Queen Levana and the world knows she is Luna, but not the missing Princess Selene, Cinder teams up with a cocky criminal and ship Captain named Thorne and he joins her on the run. I found it so easy to pick back up where I left off with Cinder, her character is always funny relatable and diverse and she shares such a great dynamic with Thorne and of course the android Iko who always ready to tug on the heart strings. Even more so now she is in such imminent danger from the world and the deadly Luna Queen Levana.

I did find it harder getting into Scarlet’s chapters, I knew from the synopsis that her chapters would eventually link up with Cinders which I was looking forward too, but, Scarlet’s story was a bit of a slow starter. It did pick up though with the introduction of the mysterious Wolf (get it?) Although he was a bit more wear wolf than I was expecting (sigh) Scarlet and Cinder’s eventually story convergence was great and made me think the third book in the series Cress (who I think is Rapunzel) will have some great things to come.

Overall Scarlet was good.

It was great to be back in a world of Cyborg princesses and mysterious strangers named with names like Wolf and Ran. Now this book was a bit light on the Prince Kai for me, and our new man Wolf did have a tad of the insta-lovey feel about him but overall this was a good book, with two great fairytales at it’s heart and I can’t wait to catch up on book three, definitely going to be continuing on with this series.

It has a 3/5 Paint and Butterflies Stars from me!

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My Favourite On-Screen Bookworms!

I love it when I see my favourite fictional characters pick up a book, I love it even more when they turn our to be a bit of a bookworm just like me (the use of the word worm when it comes to readers is a discussion for another day…)
So here is a list of my favourite fictional readers I hope you like my choices!

Tyrion Lannister – Game of Thrones

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I am a bit of a Game of Thrones addict, and Tyrion is one of my favourite characters he’s charming and a game player and best of all he comes out with lines like this-

 ‘A mind needs books like a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge. ‘

Rory Gilmore – The Gilmore Girls 

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When it comes to lists about readers Rory Gilmore makes nearly every list out there, there is even a Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge out there! Rory is girl after my own heart she just loves to read, she’s also a witty fast talking lass always full of family fun, thanks for the book recommendations Rory!

Jane Villanueva – Jane The Virgin

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Jane is probably the character on this list who I can most relate too. She gets swept up in her stories and loves nothing more than disappearing into a novel as completely as possible. And nothing makes her happier than a sweeping romance and a happily ever after.

Kat Stratford- 10 Things I Hate About You

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How many times have I see this film, to many to count, that’s how many! 10 Things I Hate About You is an adaptation of William Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, Kat is angry, and with good reason, she also doesn’t suffer fools. In walks Heath Ledger and that’s when things get interesting, she’s also a ferocious reader and an intelligent character who doesn’t give her heart to just anyone.

Sawyer – Lost

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Lost, the perfect series for any binge watcher – a nervous flyers nightmare though! Sawyer who doesn’t have a High School Diploma sits on the beach and reads every book that was on that plane. Sawyer might not have a Diploma but he definitely has a brain, he’s a great character with a sharp tongue. (Great Series, shame about the ending!)

Hope you enjoyed my Favourite Fictional On-Screen Book Worms list, let me know if you have any favourite t.v or movie book worms…see you next time guys!`

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Reading Slumps, October, Writing and my TBR!

Reading or lack of…

This past couple of months has been a hard one from a reading perspective I have been a very big reading slump. I hate reading slumps, they’re so frustrating but they do happen to me now and again. I have always found that the right book normally gets me through and I have hunted high and low for THAT book to get me through my slump but it took me longer than normal to find it, so I have been suffering a bit of a drought. So September and the beginning of October was a bit dry on the reading front.

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But I have recently started reading The Lesser Bohemians a novel about a drama student with an older lover- I loved the concept of the book when I first heard about it and now I have started reading it, it has the most interesting narrative structure.

Written in the form of prose, The Lesser Bohemians is more like a 300-page poem than a novel but it is beautifully written and the story is really interesting and I can’t wait to read more!

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Now I am back in the reading swing of things I have some really interesting books on my TBR pile but I am particularly excited about The Muse and The Essex Serpent which I cannot wait to get too!

Writing…

Another reason for my lack of reading is my writing.

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For those of you who don’t know, I am currently writing the first draft of my first book The Girl Who Fell Out of the Ocean which is available of Wattpad (I’m @paintandbutterflies). I am close to the end now with the last few chapters to go, and while writing my first novel has been a real learning curve I am looking forward to having my whole story (well the first draft) done so I can concentrate on a serious edit.

How has your Autumn reading been going? Got any new and interesting books on your TBR?

See you next time guys,

Happy reading and writing everyone xx

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The Game of Thrones Tag!

Hi guys and welcome to the Game of Thrones Tag! I was tagged by the lovely Juhi @ Girl Who Reads go check her out now! For those who don’t know, I am a huge Game of Thrones fan, I have been watching, theorising and fan girling from the very beginning and have recently started reading the books which is helping me get through the Game of Thrones Drought! So I was delighted when I was tagged so, let’s get started…

Rules:

  1. Mention the creator Orang-utan Librarian.
  2.  Answer ALL of the questions.
  3. Be a Lannister and pay your debts, tag people and keep it going!

PART ONE: BOOK QUESTIONS!

We do not sow- A book you would not be willing to invest in:

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I recently read Runes by Ednah Walters it was free on Amazon ebooks for a while which was great but the book was a bit of a let down so I’m glad I didn’t spend my cash on a real copy.

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Fire and blood – A book that produced strong emotions in you:

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I am currently reading Letters to the Men I have loved by Mirtha Michelle Castro Marmol it is a beautiful poetry and letter collection by a young female author. I haven’t quite finished them all get but that is only because I am savouring ever last one. I have cried multiple times and fought back the tears, these poems and letters are beautiful, relatable and sometimes just really heartwarming.

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Winter is coming – Your favourite winter reads:

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An old favourite when it comes to wintry reads has to be The Lion the Witch and The Wardrobe who wouldn’t to go to Narnia after all?

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Family. Duty. Honour – A book about strong family ties:

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It’s going to have to be Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen I love his book and it’s full with a great although slightly different family and all their dramas. Whether you’re a Lydia or Lizzie or somewhere in-between the girls of Pride and Prejudice are a relatable bunch! I’m currently taking part in The Jane Austen Challenge click for more info!

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Growing Strong A Book you had low expectations of but grew on you:

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On the Island by Tracey Garvis- Graves- I thought this book was going to be a cute beach read but it is so much more than that. It is an epic, beautiful sweeping love story with the fabulous desert island setting.

.Ours is the fury- A Book that made you furious:

Ours is the fury

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I have talked about this book ALOT and the book is Tyringham Park by Rosemary McLoughlin. When I first read the book in 2013 my main problem with the book was a  really unlikable main character with an ability to hurt others. I found hard to follow a main character who I didn’t like at all, but despite my initial dislike for the novel and its main character the book has stuck with me and that has to mean something right?

Unbowed, unbent, unbroken A book you have unwavering devotion to:

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Summer in February by Jonathan Smith- based on the real diaries of Captain Gilbert Evans Summer in February has to be one of my favourite books of all time. The beautiful tragic love story depicts the real life love triangle between the famous artist A.J Munnings, Munnings’ wife Florence and Gilbert Evans A.J’s best friend. Told just before World War One this novel brings these people back to life, and is based on meticulous research. Summer in February has been adapted to film to check out my review click here.

A Lannister always pays his debts -A book you feel indebted to:

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For me it has to be Me Before You by JoJo Moyes, sometimes books come along at just the right time and Me Before You was that book for me. I was feeling quite lost when I read the book and really related to the character Lou, reading about someone who felt the same way as me was really therapeutic somehow and the book helped me to see that all I needed was a bit of direction.

PART 2: FAN THEORIES

Who do you want to win Game of Thrones?

It’s a tough one, I’m  torn between Dany and Jon. I have been team Dany from season 1 but I am starting to think she’s going to go all Mad King on us and go crazy right at the final hurdle and Jon will take the Iron Throne.

Who do you think will make it to the end and who do you think will die?

As long as Jon/Dany live I’m okay with everyone else dying.

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PART 3: MY GAME OF THRONES

Would you win or die?

I like to think I’d live but to be honest you have to be pretty ruthless to live in Westoros don’t you? So yeah, I would probably die.

What house are you?

Team Stark all the away, they’ve had it rough haven’t they? Poor bunch.

Well, that’s that. I hope you enjoyed my Game of Thrones Tag! My tags are just below –

Ali @I Wuv Books

Madeline @The SFF Bookshelf

Morgan @ Happily Ever Bookish

Safa @ Books Over People

Karelle@ Book Addicted Reader

Beth @ Divine World of Books

Happy reading everyone!

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Children’s​ Books- My Childhood Favourites!

I was having a think about the books I read while I was growing up, the books that had a big impact on me not only as a reader but as a young girl growing up in Britain.

I know when people mention their favourite children’s books Harry Potter is often at the top of their list  but there will be no Harry Potter mentions here. Although the Harry Potter books were being released throughout my childhood I didn’t read them until last year! So that’s me, putting Harry Potter to bed… at least for the remainder of this post.

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What we love has children can have an impact on us for our whole lives, from music to film and everything in between youth is an impressionable time. Now I want to share with you my childhood favourites, the books I loved, the books that started off my never ending TBR pile, the books that started it all…

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carrol

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I have a life-long love for Alice and her adventures, that curious little girl who fell down a rabbit whole as stayed with me and I’m always finding new Alice re-tellings to delve into Splintered by A.G Howard being one of my favourites.

Goosebumps by R.L Stine

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Even now I love a creepy read and I’m sure Goosebumps was where it all began, spooky, spine-tingling reads and I’m sure the cause of some rather creepy nightmares.

Jacqueline Wilson Books

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I adored Jacoline Wilson growing up, from Tracey Beaker to The Suitcase Kid Jacqueline Wilson writes great stories that also show children a world, or a situation that they may not have understood before. At the same time her books are relatable and full of great characters and hard-hitting drama.

Nobody’s Horse by Joanne Webster

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When I was growing up I was lucky to have a mother who was also I reader and I constantly searched her book shelves looking for some hidden gem. Nobody’s Horse was one of those gems, the story of a horse with no one to love and care for it. As a little girl who loved horses I read everything with a horse or pony on the cover  but Nobody’s horse was definitely a special read and I read that book cover to cover until the cover fell off and the pages were held together by nothing but tape.

The Beatrix Potter Stories

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Beatrix Potter was such an interesting woman to be a writer and an illustrator in the time she lived was amazing for a woman of her era but she also did a great deal with the money from her books for conservation and the protection of British countryside. Her beautiful books were a childhood staple for me, I was fascinated and thrilled by the tales of Peter Rabbit and her other characters.

Ten Week Stables

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Another of my Mums old books, ten-week stables was another horsey adventure and is the type of story that makes any young child  think that anything is possible.

Black Beauty by Anna Sewell

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Another horsey book I know, but Black Beauty is such a classic, voiced by Beauty himself this unique narrative follows Black Beauty throughout his life. From when he leaves his home and mother and moves to his new home with his first owner. Each time Beauty is sold he gets a new life and sometimes not for the better. The story teaches children that not all humans are kind but when they are they can give love beyond measure, a beautiful tale of love and friendship.

The Night Before Christmas by Clement Clarke Moore

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There was always something so magical about this lyrical christmas story, when I hear lines from the famous poem now I am filled with nostalgia from Christmas’ gone, a book to read in a magical time of year.

I hope you enjoyed my Favourite Childrens Books post, what are your favourite books from your childhood? Let me know in the comments, happy reading everyone!

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