Thursday, 28 July 2016

Kind of here, kind of not

Hope to schedule some posts up tomorrow or Saturday, but had my lovely mega strong pain meds yesterday so am coping with the initial side effects which have me almost climbing the walls at times, and feeling equally rubbish too. I'm reading, gaming, & watching anime which cheers me up!

The Great Dragon Bake Off by Nicola O'Byrne (Children's, Picture book, 10E/10E, short 'n' sweet review)

14th July 2016, Bloomsbury, 32 pages, Paperback, Review copy 

Summary from Bloomsbury
Meet Flamie Oliver. To look at, Flamie is as terrifying as a dragon can get. But behind closed doors, Flamie is . . . a stupendously spectacular Star Baker! That's right – choux, rough, salty, sweet and puff – Flamie loves it all. In fact, he loves baking so much that his studies at the Ferocious Dragon Academy are starting to suffer, and there's a chance he won't graduate! Flamie's going to need a real showstopper to get out of this one.

On your marks, get set . . . BAKE!
Nayu's thoughts
An amusing tale filled with sweet treats! I'm not sure where to strt with this review. I was wowed by the illustrations, there's so many different reds, oranges, and yellows used for Flamie's body and fire, with detail of scales and loads of texture. Even though they were just pictures I wanted to eat almost everything that I saw! 

It was sad how left out Flamie felt by not being like other dragons, but it's the adorable princess who helps him figure out how to show his skills so he can pass dragon school. What may go over younger readerz's heads is the use of names similar to some majorly famous bakers which will make older readers chuckle, sice the comments are rather realistic to who says them. Definitely a read if you love cake, need a laugh, and want to know that being different is completely normal! 

Find out more on Nicola's website.

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

My Little World: I Love My Daddy by Jonathan Litton and Fhiona Galloway (Children's, Picture Book, Board Book, 10E/10E, short 'n' sweet review)

May 2016, Little Tiger Press, 16 pages, Board book, Review copy
Summary from Little Tiger Press
Find out why each dad deserves his shiny star in this concentric, colourful book of giving.

Nayu's thoughts 
Published in time for Father's day in June this read is good at any time of the year! On every double page there's a child with their daddy who does something with or for them which makes them pleased and give him a star. The cut out stars get smaller and smaller, with a compassionate ending that made me go aww. I love the cute and vivid illustrations, especially when the lion parent has a lion toy looking just like him on a shelf! 

Each animal does an activity which best suits their nature, making it a good way to chat about animals, and also humans as we are all good at different things. The one thing in common is the love the children have for their fathers, which is huge, but not as much as the fathers love them. Possibly not an easy read for those without fathers or who have not so nice ones, but most readers will be able to relate to the feelings explored, and maybe try out a new hobby with their father.

Monday, 25 July 2016

What are YOU reading? #321

What are you reading on Monday? is a weekly meme hosted by Sheila at Book Journeys where you post books completed last week and plans for upcoming books. Jump over to her blog and see who else is participating.


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Dork Diaries #10: Puppy Love by Rachel Renee Russell
Children's, 9 years +
(Puppies add more chaos to Nikki's already insane life...)

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Serafina and the Twisted Staff by Robert Beatty
Children's, 11 years +
(It got too scary for me to continue!)

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The Strawberry Sisters #1: Perfectly Ella by Candy Harper
Children's, 9 years +
REREAD - 10E/10E
(Got book #2 in this fab series about 4 sisters so I reread this to remind myself of the amazing story!)

Oliver and Jumpy #43-45 by Werner Stejskal and Mario Tereso
Children's, 5 years +
(3 fun adventures with a trio of friends...)

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Jesper Jinx and the Scrumptious Snacks by Marko Kitty
Children's, 9 years +
(These series gets better and better!)

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The Strawberry Sisters #2: Especially Amelia by Candy Harper
Children's, 9 years +
(I want the next book in this series already!)


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The Kauffman Bakery #2: A Promise of Hope by Amy Clipston
Amish, Christian, Romance
(I thoroughly enjoyed watching Sarah-Rose work through her grief and hurt and learn to love again...)

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Pea's Book of Birthdays by Susie Day
Children's, 9 years +
(Major fangirl squee-ing as I return to Pea's crazy family as she experiences moving house with her 2 sisters and writer mother...)

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The Mysterious Doll by Linda Weaver Clarke
Cosy Mystery
(As intriguing a tale as the rest of this fun series!)

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How To Find Love In A Bookshop by Veronica Henry
(Anything involving a bookshop is good! Would have preferred not to have the flashbacks, but I know they will provide great insight...)

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Hatsune Miku songs
Japanese version
(She is so cute!! Love the beat of her songs as well as her frequent outfit change!)

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Aikatsu songs
(Favourite being the song with Suncatcher in the title-I can't remember what it is in English! Been playing it on my games too! No one does it as good as the original pair, Mizuki and Mikuru!)

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Winx Butterflix album
English version
(Totally hooked on Tunix which is my background track when I need to not hear the tv when my family watch it. The best part is season 7 dvd 1 & 2 French version should be out in September!!)


Blanche Neige
Fairytale Anime 1980s, French version
(Restarted this anime, which I haven't seen all the way through, and now I finally understand and love Snow White's tale!)

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Music Idol anime, Japanese version
(I love how hyper Kii gets over facts just like Aoi!)

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PriPara:  Season 1
Music Idol anime, Japanese version
(Poor Lala goes to great lengths to keep her idol career a secret from her headmistress, pretending to imitate a goat! Later Sophie rides a goat when she has no energy...goats are a recurring feature in this fun anime!)

This week I haven't done any sewing but I've been working on this Simple cute blanket...

....doing the most progress when I spent the day doing craft with a friend on Monday.

I made both 2 ingredient banana pancakes...

...and yummy spinach dahl...

I have spent an insane amount of time on Animal Crossing New Leaf to get enough money for this cute crown-I did it, borrowing 99k bells from a family member to help me get it before the shop closed. Will pay them back soon!

I've been having fun with Aikatsu! 365 Idol Days, slowly improving on the modeling jobs, though the singing ones are still my favourite.