Ten Childhood Characters That I’d Love To Revisit As An Adult

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list are ten childhood characters that we’d love to revisit as an adult. Unsurprisingly, for most regular readers of my blog, Roald Dahl has crept into it a lot…

In no particular order, here are the books that I picked.

Matilda- Matilda by Roald Dahl

Matilda

Matilda is one of my favourite books! I loved it as a child, I love reading it now to my class! I’d love to see what Matilda did with her life.

Sophie- The BFG by Roald Dahl

The BFG

I wonder what Sophie’s life would be like! I adore this book.

Luke- The Witches by Roald Dahl

The Witches

I would love to know what happened next with Luke!

George- George’s Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahl

George's Marvellous Medicine

I would like to know if George turned out to be a chemist! 😉

Claudia from The Babysitter’s Club- Ann M.Martin

The Babysitters Club Collection 1 (The Babysitters Club, #1-3)

Claudia was my favourite of the series. I’d like to see what became of her!

Jessica and Elizabeth- Sweet Valley High- Francine Pascal

Double Love (Sweet Valley High, #1)

I adored these characters when I was younger!

Sara Crewe- A Little Princess- Frances Hodgson Burnett

A Little Princess

I adore this story and would love to continue the journey and see Sara grow up!

Michael- Forever by Judy Blume

Forever

I would love to see how Michael was doing and how his love life changed!

Lucy- The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (Chronicles of Narnia, #1)

I would want to see how all four of the children grew up!

Feel free to leave a link to your post this week and I’ll stop by!

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Top Ten Book To Movie Adaptations That I Don’t Actually Mind

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list are the Top Ten book to movie adaptations. I don’t actually watch a lot of book to movie adaptations. I tend to think the book is better, but here are ten I don’t mind!

A Little Princess- A little different to the book, but good nonetheless! I adored this movie as a child.

Little Women- One of my favourite classics. I think Winona Ryder was a perfect Jo March!

Harry Potter- I don’t think the adaptations are flawless, but they’re so good!

Divergent- I enjoyed Divergent and was hoping I’d like the adaptation. I was pleased with it. Again, not flawless, but decent, in my opinion anyway!

The Hunger Games– An adaptation done very well indeed.

One Day- I know that not everyone likes this adaptation but I was pleasantly surprised by it.

The Help- I was nervous with this one as it’s one of my favourite books, but it’s so faithful to the wonderful book.

Gone Girl– Rosamund Pike was so well cast!

Marley and Me– This one got me good. I can’t help but cry to it!

A Walk To Remember– I know a lot of people roll their eyes at Nicholas Sparks, but I really enjoyed A Walk To Remember. Such a touching book and movie.

What have you added to your list? Are you as cautious of adaptations as I am? Feel free to leave a link to your blog and I’ll stop by!

Beth and Chrissi Do Kid-Lit: The Secret Garden

The Secret Garden

How did I get it?:
I downloaded it free for my kindle!

Previously reviewed by the same author:
A Little Princess

Synopsis:

When orphaned Mary Lennox comes to live at her uncle’s great house on the Yorkshire Moors, she finds it full of secrets. The mansion has nearly one hundred rooms, and her uncle keeps himself locked up. And at night, she hears the sound of crying down one of the long corridors.

The gardens surrounding the large property are Mary’s only escape. Then, Mary discovers a secret garden, surrounded by walls and locked with a missing key. One day, with the help of two unexpected companions, she discovers a way in. Is everything in the garden dead, or can Mary bring it back to life?

Thoughts:

I loved revisiting this delightful book for children. Frances Hodgson Burnett truly is a wonderful writer, whose work still seems so relevant today. It’s not as old fashioned as you might expect. It is just a joy to read and discover with children.

I think The Secret Garden is particularly up-lifting. It’s the story of Mary Lennox who begins the story with a grumpy, spoilt little madam moving from India to England as she loses her parents. Mary changes as she begins to experience the English countryside. She develops friendships which she’s never had before. Her new best friends are Dickon who is a down to earth, outdoorsy type and Colin who is Mary’s demanding cousin who is hidden away because he is sickly. Colin also changes as he experiences the outdoors and builds his friendships with Mary and Dickon.

I find this book incredibly charming. It is so easy to read and it just puts a smile on my face with its innocence. For Beth’s review, check out her blog!

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

Look out for the 2015 titles for Beth and Chrissi do Kid-Lit Challenge which I’ll post tomorrow!

Beth and Chrissi do Kid-Lit Challenge 2014

My sister Beth and I revisited children’s literature last year. We loved discovering new books and reading some of the children’s classics, so we decided to do it again this year! Here are the titles we’ve picked!

JANUARY- Aesop’s Fables- Aesop
FEBRUARY- Through The Looking Glass- Lewis Carroll
MARCH- Little Women- Louisa May Alcott
APRIL- The Magician’s Nephew- C.S Lewis
MAY- Peter Pan- J.M Barrie
JUNE- The Wind In The Willows- Kenneth Grahame
JULY- The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz- L. Frank Baum
AUGUST- The Swiss Family Robinson-Johann David Wyss
SEPTEMBER- Swallows and Amazons- Arthur Ransome
OCTOBER- Anne of Green Gables- Lucy Maud Montgomery
NOVEMBER- White Fang- Jack London
DECEMBER- The Secret Garden- Frances Hodgson Burnett

Some of these I’ve read before and others I’m yet to start. I’m excited about another year of this challenge!

Have you read any of these? Which one was your favourite?

Round up of British Book Challenge 2013

I can’t believe it’s been a year, since I accepted the challenge to read 12 books by a British author. I’ve absolutely loved discovering new British authors this year. I’m definitely going to continue the challenge next year. We have far too many brilliant authors in the UK, that deserve much more recognition.

Here are the British Authors I’ve discovered this year, complete with a link to my review!

Here’s to discovering new British Authors in 2014 and continuing to support UK writers!

A Little Princess- Beth and Chrissi do Kid-Lit

ALittlePrincess

How did I get it?:
Downloaded free on the Kindle.

Synopsis:

Motherless Sara Crewe was sent home from India to school at Miss Minchin’s. Her father was immensely rich and she became ‘show pupil’ – a little princess. Then her father dies and his wealth disappears, and Sara has to learn to cope with her changed circumstances. Her strong character enables her to fight successfully against her new-found poverty and the scorn of her fellows.

Thoughts:

This book was one of my picks for my sister and I’s kid-lit challenge. For my previous reviews and links to Bibliobeth’s please look HERE.

I truly adored this book when I was younger and I’m happy to say I still do. It’s so charming. I thoroughly enjoyed revisiting it. I think it must be one of the sweetest books a girl could read. It portrays a good message about class and poverty.

A Little Princess tells the story of Sara Crewe, a rich girl that’s completely spoiled by her father. She was brought from England to go to boarding school. Whilst Sara could’ve acted as spoiled as she was, she didn’t, she was happy to share her fortune and her imagination with the other girls in her school. This is what I always found so endearing about Sara. I loved her little ways of speaking as well. Sara ends up an orphan and working for Miss Minchin, head of her school. I hated Miss Minchin as a child and I still dislike her now! Miss Minchin uses Sara’s twist of fate as revenge. She’s never really liked Sara, just indulged her because of her wealth. Sara never becomes bitter despite her life changing so much. She remains generous to those around her no matter what class they are. She pretends she’s a princess to keep her spirits high. Just as Sara thinks she’s going to reach breaking point, she encounters her new next door neighbour. He’s an English gentlemen who has been living in India. Their interactions are a joy to read.

I know I’m gushing about this book, but I truly find it a beautiful read with some great characters. I love Sara and her friends Ermengarde and Becky. It gives a strong message about a little kindness going a long way. It’s one of my favourite books of all time.

Please check out Bibliobeth’s wonderful review HERE

Next up in the Beth and Chrissi do Kid-Lit Challenge (July)
Charlotte’s Web- E.B White