This year has seen Olivia choose to read books more and more. She has never really been much into reading and to be honest I was more than a bit gutted! OK, a lot gutted! You see, I was that kid who was always in the library, always. I read that much I ended up having to have books transferred in from another library to accommodate me. It seemed the trick was to actually get her books she had an interest in, not to force her to read what I thought she should be reading. What Olivia’s been reading are books linked to her favourite dolls and characters. She will not entertain any of my choices, no Harry Potter, no Gangsta Granny, so I bought her box sets of Monster High, Ever After High, My Little Pony for Christmas and it worked!
Currently she has 3 books on the go! Even I can’t manage 3. 1 from school and 2 of her own. One My Little Pony book, one Ever After High book and Prince Caspian, which is her school book.
She is absolutely loving reading Prince Caspian but I have never actually read any of the Narnia, honestly! I think I might now, I’m sure she will be asking for them for her birthday. As she has currently taken up residence on my bedroom floor (she has moved a mattress in from when she was ill over half term and I am still trying to evict her now!) she is reading me a few pages each night. She usually reads around a chapter a night as she is a slow reader but I can tell she is really enjoying this one.
With the MLP and EAH books, she is just dipping in and out of these and I’m not sure they are completely holding her full attention but what I think she likes is that she knows these characters so it’s not so much like reading for her, more like finding out what ‘friends’ have been getting up. Friends who like to help her mess up her bedroom and not tidy it back up again! Rant over. Having flicked through one or two and listened to Olivia reading a few pages to me they really are easy to read and perfect for her at the stage she is at. She can easily read them, put them down and pick them back up again whenever she is ready.
My hairdresser recently left her some Jacqueline Wilson books to read and she was so happy to get them she I don’t think it will be too long before she makes a start on them and also The School of Good and Evil which we reviewed a while back. By we I mean me. She did start to read it but didn’t want to finish it but I really enjoyed it.
I’ve been reading a few books on my kindle but unlike Olivia there’s only one that I’ve been dipping back into. Beside Myself by Ann Morgan sounded right up my street especially after reading How I Lost you by Jenny Blackhurst. Beside Myself is the story of twins Ellie and Helen who decide one day when they are young but then Ellie doesn’t want to swap back and Helen get stuck as Ellie. The story had the potential to be an amazing psychological thriller and I really wanted to love it. I kept going back, persevering but after 4 weeks I haven’t finished it and I doubt I will now to be honest.
For me there was too much elaboration and descriptive words giving me the feeling that it was being padded out and lost me at the beginning. You meet the girls just before the swap and straight away I was confused. I don’t know if this was intentional or not but the going back and forth between the past and the present threw me and I couldn’t follow it at all. Neither of the characters appealed to me and I found I had no empathy for them or their situation especially the daughter of one of the twins. All in all I was really disappointed with this book, maybe it’s just me as it has some really good reviews on GoodReads.
Another book I have started but not picked up again is Reckless Magic by Rachel Higginson. Billed as a cross between Twilight and Harry Potter I had to try it didn’t I. So far I’m only a few pages in but I am looking forward to reading this over the next few weeks, if only to keep up with my 50 books to read this year challenge on GoodReads! So far I am 3 behind so I need to get reading really don’t I.
Do you have any recommendations for new books Olivia would enjoy based on the ones she is currently enjoying? Or new reads for me to add to my GoodReads to read list? (psst link to my profile if you want to be friends)