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Christmas Gift Suggestions for your Little Book Worms (ages 6+)

If you’ve been reading our little space for some time now you may have come across most of the titles on this list, all books are from little T’s collection and are her personal favourites.  Some of the books, her Dad or I have read them to T, or do a combined reading, taking turns to read a paragraph.  But a couple of them she reads on her own.  We have a very long bedtime routine you see, it starts off with her Dad reading her a story, then I read to her too.  Then she reads on her own, or if there’s a book from school, she reads that book to me.

Hope you enjoy our list!

1. Goth Girl Books by Chris Riddell

Again, we’ve mentioned Chris Riddel so many times in our little blog, since he is obviously T’s favourite.  Last October, we drove all the way to Bath in a day just to meet the Children’s Laureate at the Bath Literary Festival and have him sign her book.  He was absolutely lovely.  Ever since meeting him, I’m a big fan now too.

If your child is anything like T who let’s just say likes a bit of goth, then they’ll enjoy Goth Girl.  The books are about the adventures of Ada Goth, who is roughly around nine years old and lives with her father, Lord Goth who is known to be “bad and dangerous to gnomes”.  Sadly, he lost his wife when Ada was really young.  The author based Lord Goth on the poet Lord Byron, whose daughter also happened to be called Ada.

As of writing, there are four Goth Girl books written and illustrated by Chris Riddell: Goth Girl and the Ghost of the Mouse, Goth Girl and a Fete Worse than Death, Goth Girl and the Wuthering Fright, and Goth Girl and the Pirate Queen.  As you can tell, all books are caricatures of well-loved classics.  Chris also happens to be a political cartoonist of the Observer.

T loves them all.  My husband read all of the Goth Girl books to T.  Many times I would hear both giggling away, at times, I’d hear my husband laugh-out-loud followed by an explanation to his daughter why the belly laugh moment.

2.  Ottoline Books by Chris Riddell

And then there’s Ottoline Brown who lives with Mr. Munroe (her sort-of guardian), a creature (looks a lot like cousin It from the Adams Family) whom her parents found living in a bog in Norway.  Like Goth Girl, the Ottoline Books are about her adventures with Mr. Munroe.  As of writing, there are three Ottoline books:  Ottoline and the Yellow Cat, Ottoline goes to School and Ottoline at Sea.  These books are very much of T’s age range, so yes, she can read this on her own, although my husband enjoyed this too.

3.  Clarice Bean Books by Lauren Child

The well-loved creator-author of the very popular Charlie and Lola series, it won’t come as a surprise to some that Clarice Bean also reads a lot like an older version of Lola.  Like Lola, Clarice is very inquisitive and a very individual kind of little girl.  There are seven books in this series: Clarice Bean, That’s me. My Uncle is a Hunkie, says Clarice Bean. Clarice Bean, Guess Who’s Babysitting, What Planet are you from, Clarice bean? Utterly me, Clarice Bean, Clarice Bean Spells Trouble and Clarice Bean, Don’t Look Now.

4.  Harper Books by Cerrie Brunell

Harper lives in the city of clouds with her Aunt.  She can play lots of instruments like the cello and the harp to name a few.  And her life is as fun and adventurous as Goth Girl and Ottoline.  Thse charming books are penned by Cbeebies host Cerrie Brunell and has written three books in this series:  Harper and the Scarlet Umbrella, Harper, The Circus of Dreams, Harper and the Sea of Secrets

5.  Isadora Moon by Harriet Muncaster

Isadora Moon is little T’s latest find.  The heroine is half-vampire half fairy, for my six-year-old, what’s not to like?  Of all the books, this is probably the one that’s best suited for her age.  When I say that, it means, she can read this on her own without any help from us.  She likes to sit up in bed and read her Isadora Moon books on her own.

There’s an Isadora Moon Goes to Ballet, Isadora Moon Has a Birthday, Isadora Moon Goes to School and Isadora Moon Goes Camping.

These books can be bought in any bookstores whether in the highstreet or online.

Have you seen anything on our list your little one would be interested in?  Or perhaps would make a lovely Christmas present?

Do share.

Caprera: A Food Lover’s Delight

I love the idea of helping out small start-up businesses, independent producers, rather than the big names in the food industry or any industry for that matter.  I can imagine how difficult it is to start a business especially when the market is saturated with big names, household names one has grown up with and naturally continue to support or consume.  It is understandable why some people like to stay safe and stick with brands they know and have tried and tested all through out the years.  The problem with sticking to the same kind of food or brand is that one gets bored with it.  You know what you’re getting even before you taste it.  Life gets a bit too boring and sometimes our palette craves for something different. And for those who like to try something different, this one may just be for you.

Caprera is a small company that aims to deliver artisan hand-made products to your door.  They have a variety of products from cold meat, locally produced cheese, healthy and organic snacks, confectionary, beverage, and even jam, honey and other preserves.

What makes them different from the rest of the supermarket brands?

They care about food and their costumers.  They believe that “food is so much more than just fuel, it’s an experience”.  

Caprera also offers a whole range of gift suggestions for that special someone or occasion.  They have a range of different hampers from the Best of the British, to BBQ essentials (perfect for the coming summer), or even just a simple birthday hamper.

It’s nice to indulge in something different isn’t it?

What about you?

Would you be willing to try something different, or do you like sticking to something you know and have tried already?

Do share.

*This is a collaborated post.

Five Valentines Gift Suggestions for the Book Worm

Let’s pretend Valentine’s Day isn’t all about consumerism, though I really don’t have much of a problem with it, along with the other “holidays”.  It’s nice to be remembered or for a day (other than their birthday), make your love one feel special, although under no circumstances should the gift-giving be an obligation, right folks?

If you’ve been following me for awhile now, either my blog or Instagram, you will probably have guessed by now that I love books like most of us here. I also get a high in anything books related, and I’m sure many book-lovers out there will be able to relate.  So I thought of coming up with a list of presents you could buy for your partner/husband or wife who share the same passion as me.

Who said Valentine’s Day is all about cards, flowers and chocolates?

1. If they love poetry, instead of a card, get them a poetry pamphlet like this Ten Poems about Love:

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It comes with a handy bookmark too!

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And if you think love poetry isn’t their thing, you can also choose poems about cats, bicycles, you name it, they probably have it.

2.  And if you think jewellery is their weakness, I’d say get them this lovely, I want-it-too, Brown and Black Stack Book Necklace:

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Isn’t it just the quaintest necklace you’ve ever seen.  I want it too!

3.  For the next item, I know you might think, there’s nothing romantic about giving a mug on Valentine’s Day, not if it’s this! ….

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Or this … I also want …

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All items from #1-3 are all from The Literary Gift Company.  Also photo credit also go to them.  They’ve got other lovely items in case, my choices isn’t your kind.  Browsing them is a must!

4.  And if you think, I might as well by him/her a book then.  Look no more!  Get them Ivan Turgenev’s book “First Love” with it’s beautiful illustrations from the Folio Society.  I’m currently reading his other book “On the Eve” and I’m really enjoying it.

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Photo Credit: The Folio Soceity

Then again, there are lots of beautifully illustrated books from the Folio Society, guaranteed that if you choose any book from them, your loved one would certainly feel special.

5.  And lastly, what spells romance other than scented candles?  This scented candle may look anything but romantic, then again, who cares?  Just imagine a candle smelling papery with a hint of vanilla?  I don’t know about you, but I’m sold!

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Photo credit here.

If you want to buy any of the items listed here, just click on their links! 🙂

I’m hoping my husband would read this post in time.  He does read my blog every now and then when he has time, but I have a feeling he’ll miss this and I’m guessing I’m getting flowers and chocolates again, which is absolutely fine of course 😉

Then again, you don’t really have to wait for anyone to buy you any of the items mentioned above.  If you fancy them, buy them yourself!  Treat yourself to a lovely item that will always remind you about your love for books, as if anyone would need to be reminded 😉  I’ve got my eye on that stack of books necklace, its mine! 😉

What about you?

Do you like any of the items mentioned here?

Do you exchange gifts with your partners/husbands/wives for Valentines?

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