My First 10 Reads of 2020
So earlier on in the year, I decided I wanted to do something more for myself and purchased a Kindle. I've always enjoyed reading but I go through phases of dipping in and out of it, so it'd take me forever to finish a book. However buying my Kindle encouraged me to find that love of reading all over again! I've decided every time I've read 10 books, which for me is a massive milestone in itself, I'm going to do a quick round up of what I've read. As well, in a bit of a twist, I'm going to write about Rory's current reads too.
Harry Potter Series Books 1-7 - J K Rowling
I don't think I need to say much about this book series! To get myself back into a good routine of reading, I knew I needed to read something which was familiar to me and I knew I enjoyed. So I took it back to my childhood and read all 7 Harry Potter books. I remember reading them as a child, and particularly with the last 2 books waiting eagerly for their release. They always came out in July time. I went on several school trips abroad whilst at secondary school, and the one year I remember so many people had gone to Asda the morning it had been released so that they had something to read on the coach! I started re-reading them on a holiday a few years ago but never got any further than The Prisoner of Azkaban (book 3). This time round however, I read them all back to back and loved them just as much as I had the first time I did as a child. I've watched the films multiple times growing up but it wasn't until reading the books again that I realised how much it differs from the films, especially the further into the series you get. People always say the books are better than the films. As much as I do love the films, I do agree that the books are far better! I can safely say my plan worked, and I soon got the reading bug back.
Normal People - Sally Rooney
Now lots of you will have heard about the new series on BBC Three which has taken everybody by storm. In all honesty, in my little lockdown bubble and going to work in-between I had no idea what it was until my friends started going on about it. I just got told it was an amazing series but I should read the book first. A couple of people had warned me about the writing style, and if you read it, you'll instantly know what I mean. Written in the present tense and with no punctuation when it came to speech, at first I was squirming! But like anything, you soon get used to it. I was really invested in Marianne, one of the main characters, and loved the storyline. Again, friends have given their opinions on whether the book or TV adaptation is better, but I've yet to finish the series yet so can't give you my full opinion just yet! Although first impressions...despite the acting being impressive, it doesn't beat the book and your feelings towards particular characters are far more heightened in the book!
Dear Edward - Ann Napolitano
I came across this book when two fellow Mummy blogger friends created a new page last month - @themummybookclub on Instagram. The lovely Katie and Rachael thought it would be a good idea to set up a book club via Instagram, and it definitely was! You don't have to be a Mum to join and have a month to read the book. I didn't quite finish the first one in time as I joined late, so I just muted the account so I didn't get any spoilers, then joined in with the conversations on the page once I'd finished the book. This book had me hooked. I really don't want to give too much away, but it's loosely based on a true story where there's a plane crash and Edward (who is 12 at the time) is the only survivor. I promise I haven't actually given anything away here, it clearly says that in the blurb so you know what you're getting into before you start reading. It flits between different time frames on the day of the crash, and the following weeks, months and years. My favourite character was Shay, who is not your typical teenager, but if I'm honest I loved the storyline of every character you come across in this book. I thought I would have cried...but maybe I'm more heartless than I thought?! I can't wait to read the future books The Mummy Book Club choose, as I feel they're really going to broaden my reading!
The Flat Share - Beth O'Leary
If you're a regular reader, or if you've asked anyone for a book recommendation this year, I can guarantee you've either read this book or been told to read it. I'd built this book up for so long after hearing not one negative review and managed to grab it on the Kindle Store when it was only 99p! I kept it on my Kindle in my 'to read' pile for a while because I was worried it wouldn't live up to the hype. Well I'm so glad to say that it did! It was such an easy read. The chapters alternate between the two main characters Tiffy and Leon, where their characters really come out in the slightly different writing styles (very clever!) The title of the book says it all, Tiffy and Leon share a flat and the story just makes you fall in love with them both! This was definitely my favourite read so far.
Rory's Current Reads
I thought adding this section in may be useful for other Mums out there just so they can see what Rory's currently getting up to! As you can imagine, with my background as a teacher, our house is full to the brim of children's books. For as long as I can remember, Rory's had access to books in nearly every room of the house and enjoys being read to every day. As a young baby, he was obsessed with the Usborne 'That's Not My' books and he has a hefty collection of those in his den! Currently, I feel we've taken a bit of a step back with Rory's story time. Whereas before we'd sit and read a story to him, we've gone back to the tiny board books and books which are just full of images. As Rory's speech is developing at a massive rate at the minute, he wants to point to everything and tell you what it is. He has Disney (obviously) board books with first words in, including numbers, colours and animals for example. I thought he was getting a bit old for them but I'm so glad I didn't put them away because his speech is suddenly coming on so much, where he points to the characters or objects. His other favourite is quite an old book. You Choose by Nick Sharratt let's Rory pick where he'd like to live in his dream world, what pet he'd have and what job he'd like to do amongst many other things. There are limitless versions to this 'story' so he enjoys reading it over and over, pointing out and saying different things each time we read it!
I managed to get a 2 month free trial with Kindle Unlimited, where you can read basically as many books as you can out of a huge selection. I've also set up an affiliate page alongside my Instagram where I've listed all of the books mentioned above. Please drop me some comments below with any books you think I should get reading! I hope you enjoyed my first book post and I hope there's more to come in the year!
Mommy Davies x