My favourite for World Book Day

This blog usually covers the new things I read, my library picks and theatre I go to see. But on World Book Day I want to tell you about my favourite books, Tamora Pierce’s Tortall series.Lioness Rampart Shield

“Why do boys say someone acts like a girl as if it were an insult?”

Since being a teenage I have loved fantasy novels, starting as we all did, with Harry Potter. But it was Pierce’s Alanna that changed my world. It didn’t pretend to happen in the real world, but set aside its own world, where magic could be real. And even better than that, here was a girl who wanted to choose her own path, and is prepared to break rules to get there.

There was even just enough light romance for a middle-teenager.

“Lord Raoul asked me to tell you that if you get yourself killed, he will never speak to you again.”

Then there were the Protector of the Small books, better again as Kel is the determined working one. Taking on the same world, but as herself, not disguised as a boy. She takes on bullies, struggles to make friends and to learn how to survive on her own terms.

This is the best series I own, and well into adulthood I am still rereading regularly. Reading again with Mark Reads was one of my most fun online time.

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My favourite reading spot

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With the chaos of family life, I have managed to carve out my own spot as a library in the guest bedroom. But it was lacking coziness, and I had a desire to learn to quilt. Then, in the library (where else) I spotted “The Little Book of Simple Quilting”. I now have the warmest snuggliest quilt, in just my style on my reading sofa.

Of course, this isn’t helping the the blogging guilt-pile of books that I’ve finished but not yet reviewed..

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Today’s Library Haul (29 July 2015)

Library books: picture books and adultWe manage to get to the library most weeks, although my choices are usually made at speed. With the cardigan I started knitting in early April nearly finished, I’m looking for my next knitting project, and like to grab a recipe book to try and mix up our meal plans as well as the books to sit down with and enjoy.

Note the entirely unseasonable Christmas book. Our son clearly operates on retailer Christmas. We also had Henry last week, in the more usual small form, but he wasn’t to be dissuaded from it being one of his books and I remember the pleasure of starting to choose my own books.