Jungledrop

I was lucky enough to be offered a copy of this for review and I am beyond tardy in posting it – I’m sorry! All views and opinions are my own.

Jungledrop by Abi Elphinston, illustrated by George Ermos

As most of you will already know, I am an absolutely massive fan of Abi’s books and had been VERY, VERY excited about this since finishing the absolutely tremendous Rumblestar last May.

Following that was never going to be easy, but rest assured Abi’s done it again!

This is the second full length book in the Unmapped Chronicles, each of which sees children from the Faraway (our world) journey to the Unmapped Kingdoms, where our weather is made, to defeat the evil Morg as she tries to gain control. But unlike many series, these can be read out of order quite easily.

While this book refers to the events of Rumblestar (we bump into one of the characters from that book in this and I was so excited when I realised who it was!) but you don’t need any prior knowledge and there’s no real spoilers from reading this one that would prevent you going back to enjoy Rumblestar (or Everdark).

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So, in we go. We’re heading back to the Unmapped Kingdoms, this time on a magical train to Jungledrop, with the brilliantly named twins Fox and Fibber Petty-Squabble.

I have to hand it to Abi, when it comes to names, she gets them spot on – with Utterly Thankless in Rumblestar and this pair here (not to mention Heckle, Total Shambles, Tedious Niggle and more!) I can’t wait to see who she comes up with in the next installment (yes, I’m already excited for the next one before this one is out!)

We meet Fox and Fibber in a wonderfully Dahl-esque scene in which we’re also introduced to their frankly awful parents. This horrid pair have no interest in their children, they see them only as useful tools to make money and develop their shady and deceitful businesses.

They have taught them the Petty-Squabble way of life, namely to stomp on anyone and everyone who gets in your way. To show kindness is weakness. It’s every man, woman and child for themself in this household and if you’re not making the family businesses money, you’re looking at a one way trip to Antarctica. Thatcher would have loved them.

Fox and Fibber are therefore brilliantly bad (at least at first!) They are probably the most ‘unlikeable’ characters ever to set out (begrudgingly and with alterior, selfish motives!) to save the world and readers will both delight and despair at their unbelievable rudeness, bad manners and selfish ways.

Written with a lot of humour, which children will love, it is also underpinned with a real understanding of human nature and the effects we all have on each other, especially that of influential adults on children in their care.

The way we’re asked to consider the reasons behind behaviours, and the way in which the seeds of change are gradually sown and grown in this pair really gives the characters a depth and credibility, as we see their internal struggles with what they know and what they’re coming to realise from those they meet. Indeed, to write such seemingly disagreeable protagonists and have us utterly invested in them, rooting for them and caring about them almost as soon as their adventure begins is no mean feat!

The supporting cast are also a wonderfully eclectic bunch. Doogie Herbalsneeze is fab and I would love a spin off featuring him. Total Shambles stole a little bit of my heart and the Lofty Husks were a sense of calm power – I loved how different they were to the Lofty Husks in Rumblestar, and the message they gave our twins (and us) about leadership and authority, that respect should be given but also earned, and that kindness, empathy and fairness are emphatically strengths not weaknesses.

And then there’s Heckle. Oh, Heckle! If you’ve read Everdark and liked Bartholomew, you are going to LOVE Heckle. And if you haven’t, well you’ll love her anyway! She is the brilliant companion to the twins’ adventure as she candidly and drily shares both her views and the thoughts of those around her.

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As well as the characters, there’s the flora and fauna and inhabitants of Jungledrop. Abi’s books always overflow with imagination and her world-building is extraordinary. I don’t where the ideas come from or how she keeps them coming and keeps each world do unique, but Jungledrop is every bit as fantastical as you’d expect!

There’s glow in the dark plants, sloths having bubble baths, a treetop unicycle network, a tantrum tree that will not stand bad manners, hunchback trees full of faces… Then there’s the Constant Whinge with the Jungle Apothecary’s peculiar potions, cures and remedies; Doodler’s Haven with it’s only waterfall, hissing cauldrons and canvasses of all kinds of rain…

And, my favourite – a forest of weird and wonderful trees and plants that make me wonder if Abi ever watched Greenclaws as a child (I’m aware that reference will be lost on most but I couldn’t help but think of the useful and impossible plants he grew in his tree when reading about the Chapterbarks, Left-Behinders and Gobblequicks!)

Sadly, there’s also the destroyed areas of Jungledrop – those ravaged by drought or by Morg and the description of the Faraway with no rain for months either, which are equally well written but rather more sobering as they highlight, as Abi’s books almost always do, environmental issues, especially those linked to climate change, and our role in protecting the planet.

Which leads us of course to the return of Morg and the Midnights (still think someone needs to call their band that). This time there’s a rather Wizard-of-Oz-like band of monkeys (with a brilliantly imaginative and clever twist) scurrying through the jungle, malevolent and mischievous, doing her bidding, led by fearsome giant ape Screech.

Tense, dark and dangerous, its hard to see even nearing the end of the book how Fox and Fibber can come through and defeat Morg, especially as so much seems stacked against them. But

“Nothing, and I mean nothing, is more powerful than a child in possession of a plan.”

The writing itself is fantastic – each word and phrase well-placed and, as you’d expect, the use of language is rich, playful and an utter delight to read.

As ever with Abi’s books, I haven’t come close to doing this justice or to putting into words exactly why it is so great and what it is I love so much about it.

Suffice to say though, I do love it – cleverly written and with humour and imagination absolutely oozing from its pages, it’s a thoroughly gripping adventure with danger lurking at every turn. Threaded through this are strong themes of kindness, growth and treating both other people and our world with respect and consideration, making this a book brimming with both excitement and heart.

I now return to waiting impatiently for both my finished, pre-ordered copy and the next Unmapped Chronicle…

Peapod’s Reading Round Up 26/3/20

Peapod’s Reading Round Up is just that I hope – a chance to record what we’ve read at bedtime as well as any library books or board books and any he’s been particularly drawn to during the day.

What have we read at bedtime this week?

Honestly, I couldn’t tell you – it feels like a lifetime since our last round up! All great, though nothing new.

I know we’ve read Tad by Benji Davies, Circle by Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen, What the Ladybird Heard by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, The Hug by Eoin Mclaughlin and Polly Dunbar… and I know there’ll be others!

What else have we been reading?

Jon Klassen’s I Want My Hat Back is still being enjoyed – “Hat! Hat” – as is Axel Scheffler’s Pip the Puppy (both in our last couple of round ups)

He’s still enjoying the Jane Foster books too, mostly ‘Let’s Eat’ and ‘Dress Up’ because he loves the moving parts.

They’re lovely books – I spotted them on someone else’s blog (I can’t remember whose, I’m sorry! If it was yours, let me know and I can credit you properly) and ordered them from work as I love her illustrations.

The sliding parts are fab, and they have a really stylish, modern and colourful feel. And with each page relating to everyday things they’ll be familiar with and a direct question about the items on the page they’re brilliant for vocabulary, language and understanding too.

My only minor grumble is with some slightly flimsy flaps (were down a butter knife already!). But, would I still buy them (or a new one in the series of they do one)? Absolutely, yes!

We have also been reading these two on repeat, about a billion times a day!

Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes by Mem Fox and Helen Oxenbury was never one I was fussed over. I liked it but could take it or leave it, but after reading it over and over (and over and over!) it’s really grown on me and I love it!

It’s the sweetest, warmest book that is just the best for sharing as it manages to capture something so personal and encourages lots of touch and play with your little one, whilst at the same time delivering a clear message of diversity and showing that what we have in common being more important than our differences.

I have to say when Peapod toddles over with this one, backing his way onto my lap demanding “knee!” and we sit and share it, just us, it really feels special…and also very funny, as we tickle and argue about whether the baby is having medicine (which he just flat out refuses to believe because it’s on a spoon not a syringe!)

I’ll be honest, I can’t say quite the same for Each Peach Pear Plum by Janet and Allan Ahlberg, which I really do like but am rapidly tiring of after countless reads a day!

I brought this on myself. I bought this last week after countless readings of Ten Little… and an urge (no matter how special it is!) to branch out just a little.

Peapod has taken to it like you wouldn’t believe and we now have to read it at least seventy billion times a day.

I do like it and I can’t deny it’s been fantastic for language and understanding and making connections as we name and talk about things in the pictures.

His favourite thing is pointing to the bears in turn and as I name them “daddy bear, mummy bear, baby bear” he then points to each of us.

My favourite us getting him to do his witch’s laugh on the Wicked Witch page!

So there’s lots to love but, oh, I am so done with reading it for a bit!!

We’ve started on Owl Babies, which is going down a treat, he still has his Bear Hunt story basket so we read that quite often too and I’ve ordered Hairy Maclary as a board book as I know he enjoys thode stories.

But what else – throw me your recommendations for this sort of short, classic style, story-not-interactive, rhyming, rhythmic or repetitive board books?! Which have I forgotten about?

WWW Wednesday 25/3/20

It’s been a couple of weeks since I last posted as I’ve been out of sorts and out of blogging action, and honestly posting reviews at the moment feels a bit odd. BUT I would like to keep it up, as its good for me if nothing else, so along with yesterday’s cheat of a review, this seemed a good way to kick start myself again! WWW Wednesday is hosted by ‘Taking on a World of Words’ every Wednesday.

What are you currently reading?

The Secret Starling by Judith Eagle

I’m only a chapter in, but I enjoyed Judith’s first book The Secret Starling so I’m hoping to get stuck into this over the next week.

The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta

I’m loving this! I think I need more novels written in verse to read and I’m always such a fan.

Moby Dick by Herman Melville, audiobook read by Anthony Heald

I was keen to listen to this alongside Becoming Dinah, which is Kit de Waal’s modern take on this classic and I wanted to better understand how she’d used the original. Safe to say I’ll have to wait a bit as this is looooong! And goes into the minutae of everything! But, it’s well written and very well read. I’m not sure I’d get through it as a physical book or with a lesser narrator but I intend to stick with it as is!

What have you just finished reading?

TrooFriend by Kirsty Applebaum

Like an episode of Channel 4’s Humans for a younger audience, I had high hopes for this after loving The Middler and while I still prefer The Middler, I did enjoy this too. I think I’d have liked a bit ‘more’ from the ending.

Becoming Dinah by Kit de Waal

This was a quick read (even for me!) and I loved the way it was written using alternate chapters for the present and the events that led to it. I’m not sure yet how it relates to its inspiration, Moby Dick, as I haven’t hit far enough into the original. But I enjoyed it as a story in its own right. There were a few elements that niggled or that I’d have liked to have seen expanded on, fleshed out or given more depth, but on the whole this was an enjoyable read. Likewise, it was a bit too much of a near, happy ending for my liking, but as a YA read I think it worked.

Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman (audiobook read by Syan Blake and Paul Chequer)

I’m glad to have read this, but I was also glad to finish it! I found it felt a bit tired, a bit obvious and rather predictable. It’s safe to say I won’t be reading the rest of the series.

Starfell: Willow Moss and the Forgotten Tale by Dominique Valente

Full review soon, but I loved this! Just as imaginative and magical and warm as the first.

What will you read next?

Physical copy – I’m not sure yet. I’ve a couple of adult books if aimed to get through this month, but short, snappy chapters seem to be helping get through my slump and I have both the new Jess Butterworth, Where the Wilderness Lives, and Ele Fountain’s Lost so it will probably be one of those. Ebook – I’ve not long started The Pear Affair so I don’t know yet. It’ll be a YA or MG though. Audiobook – I think Moby Dick will take me the rest of the year so who knows!! Have you read any of these? What are you currently reading?

Max and the Midknights

I thought I’d ease my way bavk in with a cheat of a review courtesy of our nephew, Seb…

I was sent a copy of this from the publishers.

Max and the Midknights by Lincoln Pierce

I’m swamped at the moment, but when this arrived I knew just the person to help me review it!

Although it’s aimed at a slightly younger age-bracket, I knew my nephew had devoured the Wimpy Kid books and is a big fan of humour in his reading so I was sure it being a bit on the younger side wouldn’t stop him enjoying it.

Set in the middle ages, Max dreams of becoming a Knight, rather than following in the tradition of becoming a bard. But there’s no chance. That is, until Uncle Budrick is kidnapped by King Gastley. Max sets out to rescue him and save the day, helped by the ‘Midknights’.

Packed with laughs, and with a balance of cartoon style illustration and text, this is a brilliant book to ‘Bridge that gap between early chapter books and longer ones or as a’ next read’ for Dogman fans looking for a bit more text.

Here’s Seb’s review, courtesy of his mum:

“To set the scene, my 10 year old son is a big Walliams, Baddiel and Tom Fletcher fan (sorry), but he also enjoys getting stuck into a Lisa Thompson, Ross Welford and Louis Sachar book (not sorry!) – so it’s fair to say his reading tastes vary!

Initially, he enjoyed the look of this book, more illustrations and cartoony than he is used too but this did not put him off.

Reportedly a slow start, this soon picked up and he found the book to be an enjoyable read.

He enjoyed the action scenes, and the developing friendships between the main characters. The middle of the book brings an unexpected twist – I won’t spoil it for you.

The humour reminded him of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series – he should know, he’s read the lot! – and he thought it was an easy, enjoyable read which he finished in a few (late) nights.

I would be happy if he continued to read this type of book if he alternated it with a more challenging read.

All in all a solid 8 out of 10 and ‘if he writes another book, can I read it?’ The answer to any reading question is always a yes!!”

So, we think this is a very funny book with a brilliant twist perfect for its intended age group and that’s still enjoyable for older readers after some light relief, or those who are only just finding their reading feet (lacking confidence, interest or stamina perhaps).

More from Seb soon!

I’m here, just quiet

Just checking in with an update and an apology!

Firstly, sorry I’ve not been posting much (at all!) for a while and mostly for not being very present reading and commenting on your posts as I normally would.

I am around, but I’ve been in a bit of a weird headspace for a while (I mean, I know the whole world is in a weird headspace right now, but aside from/on top of that) and the lethargy, and the inability to switch off from thinking of ideas and plans and things to do but also the incapability to focus on doing any of them that comes with this tipping-into-an-anxious-spell combined with being overstretched with home and work and exhausted with uncertainty means I’ve not mustered any posts, time to read or comments. Sorry.

Hoping to try and knuckle down to a couple of posts to get me back into it all this week. Hopefully once I have a couple done, I’ll be back with you properly but I’m the meantime please forgive me if it’s all a bit sporadic or if I’m managing to get some posts done but not visits and comments or vice versa.

Much love to all in this crazy time. Keep safe, stay well and stockpile only books.

Peapod’s Reading Round Up – 11/3/20

Peapod’s Reading Round Up is just that I hope – a chance to record what we’ve read at bedtime as well as any library books or board books and any he’s been particularly drawn to during the day.

What have we read at bedtime this week?

The Pirates are Coming by John Condon and Matt Hunt continued from last week into the start of this week, as did Collecting Cats by Lorna Scobie.

We also bought Lorna Scobie‘s newest book Rabbit! Rabbit! Rabbit!

Rabbit is an only child and happy that way. But, you know what rabbits are like! Soon there’s siblings everywhere, but Rabbit has a plan…

It is absolutely hilarious, gorgeously illustrated and gets your imagination to do the work as it veers towards the dark but with a sigh of relief at the end.

We LOVED it and Peapod loved pointing to the rabbits and shouting “hop” before bouncing on the bed in an entirely successful attempt to postpone sleep.

We also dived into our library books…

Some have been read on repeat all week…

Wolf Won’t Bite by Emily Gravett in which three pigs have trained a wild wolf to perform all sorts of circus tricks and he won’t bite them…will he?!

Peapod loves the pictures of the wolf and making us howl!

All About Cats by Monika Filipina shows all the things cats get up to when we leave the house for the day. Think they spend the whole day sleeping? Think again!

They paint, they dance, they snack, they snooze, they read, they play… all in fabulously illustrated spreads with so much to giggle at and spot. Full of detail, this is a warm, funny book full of mischief and imagination that we all love. I’ve bought a copy for us to keep.

The Thing by Simon Puttock and Daniel

One day a Thing arrives. No one knows where it has come from or what it is. Four strangers take it upon themselves to watch it and look after it until one day it’s gone again as, mysteriously as it appeared.

Peapod is utterly taken with this and so am I. I love that it raises so many questions – some immediate and others more abstract or philosophical; I love the way it leaves questions unanswered; I love the way it looks at society, the way people behave and the fact that we won’t always agree but in a utterly understated and impartial way; I love the characters and the take of friendship this tells.

We’ve ordered a copy of this one too.

What else have we been reading?

Jon Klassen’s I Want My Hat Back and Oliver Jeffer’s ‘A Little Stuck’ have remained firm favourites this week.

He’s also been loving pointing to pictures to name or have us name familiar things and making Pip the Puppy move in Axel Scheffler’s rhyming board book with movable parts.

Jane Foster’s books have proven a big hit this week too, but I’m hoping to squeeze in a separate post on them if I can (if not, I’ll pop them in next week’s round up!)

Have you read any of these? Which picture books have you read this week?

WWW Wednesday 11/3/20

WWW Wednesday is hosted by ‘Taking on a World of Words’ every Wednesday.

What are you currently reading?

Starfell: Willow Moss and the Forgotten Tale


I’m getting ahead of myself here, but if you see below, you’ll see I loved the first Starfell book and luckily I had been sent both together so I’ve dived straight into this one! I’m not far in but it’s every bit as good as the first so far (maybe even better!)


Becoming Dinah by Kit de Waal (ebook)

I haven’t actually started this yet, but it’s ready to go as my next ebook.


Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman (audiobook read by Syan Blake and Paul Chequer)

I’ve nearly finished this now. The verdict is definitely middling! I think if I’d read it when it first came out it might have felt more original and had more of an impact, but reading it now it feels a bit obvious, a bit tired – though of course it probably, at least in part, helped pave the way for all the books that make it seem this way.

I also just didn’t get on very well with the narrators, and Sephy as a character really grated on me. I might have liked her better in a physical book but probably not much.

I’m glad to have read it and I didn’t dislike it as such, but I wouldn’t rush to read the next books in the series.

What have you just finished reading?

Jungledrop by Abi Elphinstone

Loved it, LOVED IT, LOVED IT! Review to follow.


Starfell: Willow Moss and the Lost Day (ebook/physical book)

I’m do glad to have been wrong about this! I really wasn’t sold on it, despite many of you loving it, but oh it won me over and then some! Full review soon.

What will you read next?

Physical copy – I’m not sure yet – I’m going to try and read an adult or YA though! Ebook – It’ll be a while til I finish Becoming Dinah so I’m not sure yet. Audiobook – Either Holes or The Borrowers – both have become available as audiobooks in my library reservations so I just need to pick which!

Have you read any of these? What are you currently reading?

Peapod’s Reading Round Up 4/3/20

Peapod’s Reading Round Up is just that I hope – a chance to record what we’ve read at bedtime as well as any library books or board books and any he’s been particularly drawn to during the day.

What have we read at bedtime this week?

If I Had a Sleepy Sloth by Gabby Dawnay and Alex Barrow

This is still a firm favourite and, especially at the beginning of the week remained Peapod’s first pick at bedtime for a second week running! You can read our review of it here.

Collecting Cats by Lorna Scobie

We read this when we stayed at a friend’s a couple of weeks ago (thanks Scrumplet!) and just had to get a copy of our own! Not only does it have loads of cats in (“Tat! Tat!”) it’s hilarious in the understated, deadpan way I love.

Today I am going to collect cats. At the moment, I have no cats. But I do have a plan…”

Our protagonist sets out to find some cats for her collection using cheese to tempt mice to tempt cats. But her plan goes a little too well with alarming and very funny consequences.

Not only did we love the writing style, plot and simplicity of this but the illustrations are stunning and wonderful for really looking at all the differences and details in.

We will definitely be keeping an eye out for more from Lorna Scobie.

Secret Agent Elephant by Eoin Mclaughlin and Ross Collins

We’re big fans of Ross Collins’ animal illustrations and love Eoin Mclaughlin’s Hug, so we had to get this one.

It’s loads of fun and delightfully daft without veering into being silly for the sake of it.

Our elephant is going through the tests to make it as a secret agent, with some disastrous but very amusing results as he tries and fails rather spectacularly at not giving the game away or being distracted by mini pizzas.

But he does look good in a suit so he gets the gig. Now he just needs to save the day.

With loads of laughs (both visual and through the text) and plenty of word play and references for grown ups to giggle at too, this is a brilliant addition to any picture book collection!

The Pirates Are Coming! by John Condon and Matt Hunt

We were very lucky to be sent a copy of this from Nosy Crow to review and it’s safe to say after being chosen for bedtime reading several nights this week, it’s a hit with Peapod (and us!)

It’s a pirate-y take on the classic tale of The Boy Who Cried Wolf with a fantastic, fun twist at the end! We loved seeing what the ‘pirate ship’ the boy had seen actually was and older children will no doubt relish knowing that he’s wrong and guessing what it might be instead.

What I especially liked about this twist was that it was left for the reader to figure out – after leading us to it, the penny was left to drop on its own rather then laborious explanation to ram a point home.

It’s written – and demands to be read – with bags of energy and expression and will be a great book for older children to join in with – what child wouldn’t enjoy yelling “PIRATES! THE PIRATES ARE COMING!”?! (I’m hoping to use it for a storytime at work in the summer for this very reason!) – as well as having loads of play opportunities following reading – hide and seek, making big cardboard box boats and ships, role play …

The illustrations are just as expressive and lively, with loads going on – there is so much to notice and talk about. I especially like the ever so conical spreads where everyone hides.

This was a brilliant book – very funny and so much fun to share! Highly recommended!

What else have we been reading?

Peapod has been choosing this a lot from his, shelf this week – he especially loves “reading” Jon Klassen’s I Want My Hat Back himself – “ha” (hat) then signing ‘thank you’ with his own approximation of “thank you anyway!

And Oliver Jeffer’s ‘A Little Stuck’ had been repeatedly taken down with the instruction “knee” as he plonks himself on top of us to read it! We love the full version but this is a fantastic shortened version for little ones and I love the repetition of “stuck” which I suspect will be joined in with soon!

What have we borrowed from the library this week?

We made it to the library for the first time in ages this week! We’ve not read our books yet (except Trees which Peapod has carried round pretty much everywhere to look at) but we borrowed…

Have you read any of these? Which picture books have you read this week?

WWW Wednesday 4/3/20

WWW Wednesday is hosted by ‘Taking on a World of Words’ every Wednesday. February was not a good reading month. I’m still finding it hard to get going but being a bit more up to date with reviews, finishing a couple of books and the start of a new month are spurring me on!

What are you currently reading?

Jungledrop by Abi Elphinstone

Ok, I posted this last week but actually with one thing and another didn’t start it til the weekend. I’m LOVING it (as I knew I would!)


Starfell: Willow Moss and the Lost Day (ebook)

I’ll be honest, this has only jumped the queue because its Book of the Month in work, but so many of you have loved it I’m hoping I’ll be glad I pushed it forwards!

Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman (audiobook read by Syan Blake and Paul Chequer)

This is another book I feel I ought to have read and with the series imminent, I thought I’d give the audiobook a go. Honestly, I’m not loving it so far, though how much of that is because of the book and how much my inability to get on with the narrators, especially Sephy’s, I’m not sure.

What have you just finished reading?

Shadowsea by Peter Bunzl (ebook)

*whispers* I just didn’t love this as much as I wanted to. I was really hoping for a knock out finale to the series, especially after I loved Skycircus so much but this just didn’t do it for me. It felt overly earnest and message-y, I was disappointed that someone I thought was a dead cert for a dramatic and fitting-for-the-last-book reappearance didn’t make one and overall just left a bit dissatisfied.

Good Wives, audiobook read by Christina Ricci

I surprised myself with how much I enjoyed Little Women, but Good Wives (included as part of the sane audiobook) felt much more laborious. More preachy and with marriage on everyone’s lips, this had less of the little dramas and everyday humour that was so enjoyable about Little Women and despite some highlights was mostly a bit of a boring relationship-fest.

What will you read next?

Physical copy – The Doll Factory by Elizabeth Macneal Its our Book of the Month in work (though knowing me by the time I read it, it probably won’t be!) and an adult novel which appeals, so I’m venturing out if my MG comfort zone for it! Ebook – If I enjoy Starfell, maybe the second book in that series. Otherwise, probably something from my older TBRs… Audiobook – If I end up enjoying Noughts and Crosses, I might go on to Knife Edge. Otherwise, maybe another more recent ‘classic’ like Holes. I’m not sure yet…

Have you read any of these? What are you currently reading?

Top Ten Tuesday – One Word

Top Ten Tuesday is run by That Artsy Reader Girl, who provides a weekly prompt for us to respond to with our Tuesday top tens on that theme.

Today’s prompt is

Books with one word titles

I’ve chosen to list ten seven (my brain wasn’t up to any more!) books with single-word titles that I want to read:

Holes by Louis Sachar This is one of those books I feel I should have read, so I’m going to try and listen to the audiobook soon.

Scar by Alice Broadway I enjoyed the first two books in this series such a lot. I honestly do not know how I still haven’t read this!

Alice by Christina Henry I’ve been meaning to read this FOREVER as well!

Troofriend by Kirsty Applebaum I thought The Middler was fantastic and I love the sound if this. It’ll be one of my next reads.

Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver A bit out of place in this list, but she’s an author I nearly always enjoy so I would like to get to this at some point.

Hollowpox by Jessica Townsend I can’t wait for the next Nevermoor installment!

Crackledawn/Silvercrag by Abi Elphinstone OK, I’m getting a bit ahead of myself here since the current Unmapped Chronicle hasn’t even been released yet, but I’m loving Jungledrop so I alresdy can’t wait for whichever is next!