Summer reading challenge | The reading List 

I used to be something of a bookworm. As kids,my sisters and I used to spend so much time at our local library selecting books to read. We would compete with each other, challenging ourselves to see how many we could get through during the summer holidays. 

As an adult I haven’t lost my love for reading however I just seem to have gotten out of the habit of it. 

Fortunately my children have developed atheir own love for reading and regularly visit the library. So much so that signing on for the Big Friendly Summer Reading Challenge was top of my Son’s list of things to do this summer. His enthusiasm has inspired me to do my own little reading challenge and share it through the blog. 

I’ve selected six books that I want to read this summer. I then intend to write a review for each one, which I will share each Sunday on the blog. That means I need to be getting through one a week. Wish me luck. I think I must have read that many books all year? I told you I’d got out of the habit. 

Here’s my reading list for this summer. 

  1. The Longest Holiday – Paige Toon.
  2. Bridget Jones, Mad About The Boy – Helen Fielding.
  3. This is a Call: the life and times of Dave Grohl – Paul Brannigan.
  4. Wedding Night – Sophie Kinsella.
  5. Park Lane – Frances Osbourne.
  6. The Illusionists – Rosie Thomas.

All of these books I have had a home for a long time, just waiting to be shown some love. Im actually half way through The Longest Holiday already and I’m loving it so far. Paige Toon is one of my favourite authors though and is yet to disappoint. 

If you fancy joining in let me know in the comments section below. I’d love some recommendations as well for other books I should be reading in the future. 


Mummy Monday – Darkmouth Worlds Explode A Book Review & Give-away

A couple of weeks ago I was sent a copy of the newly released children’s book Darkmouth Worlds Explode by Shane Hegarty, to share with my two boys Harrison (11) and Jed (8).

   We have spent the past couple of weeks enjoying cuddling up on the sofa and reading this book before bed.  Although they are both very good readers themselves you are never too old for a bed time story, right?

This book is the follow-up to the much praised original book Darkmouth.  So what is it about?

Set in the fictional town of Darkmouth, 12-year-old Finn is faced with difficult task or finding his father, A Legend Hunter, who never returned from the ‘Infested side’. This is a world full of monsters known as legends who threaten the safety of Darkmouth. Accompanied by his best friend Emmie and the reluctant Estravon they face a journey that though full of adventure is fraught with danger and mystery.

How did we get on?

Jed – 8  


I really enjoyed this book, I like that it is exciting with  lots of monsters.  I like the pictures as I can see what they look like aswell. 

Harrison – 11 


I really liked the book as at the end of  most chapters there were cliff hangers which always made me want to read on. It is a great action/ adventure book as it includes monsters (legends). The book is set in the present,  unlike a lot of books like this that are set in the past, so it makes it a little different, which I liked.

As you can see both of my boys loved this book. I have to say as an adult reading it to them I did too, and was keen to read on and see what happens . Hegarty has a real talent for creating suspense.

If you fancy checking this out for yourself or know someone that would enjoy this book you can pick up a copy for only £6.99 from Amazon, a £3 saving on the cover price.

I also have been sent an extra copy  that 1 lucky reader can win. Entering couldn’t be easier just use the rafflecopter form below.
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Good luck!!