Top Ten Autumnal Covers

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list is a cover list. We all like an appealing cover. We can’t get away from that!

Here are some pretty Autumn/Fall covers that caught my eye. They may not look like an Autumn cover, but they’d make me want to read them Autumn if that makes sense.

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Hollow Pike

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)

To Kill a Mockingbird

Rebecca

The Catcher in the Rye

Watership Down (Watership Down, #1)Forever (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #3)

Little Women (Little Women, #1)

The Accident Season

The Bronze Horseman (The Bronze Horseman, #1)

These book covers just give me a colder weather, snuggled up inside with a good book vibe!

How about you? What did you pick this week? Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

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Beth and Chrissi Do Kid-Lit 2015: The Round Up

1) What was your favourite Kid-Lit book of 2015 and why?

BETH: SUCH a tough choice. We had some super amazing titles this year. If I absolutely had to choose one it would be Goodnight Mister Tom which narrowly beats The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, one of my all-time favourites. So beautiful. So moving. I may have shed a tear or two…

CHRISSI: It has to be Goodnight Mister Tom which is one of my favourite books of all time, even as an adult it moved me. Possibly more so. Arghhhh the love I have for this book.

2) What was your least favourite Kid-Lit book of 2015 and why?

BETH: Hmm. There weren’t any real howlers this year (compared to the horror that was The Swiss Family Robinson last year!). Again if I had to choose, I would go for Diary Of A Wimpy Kid. This is not because it’s terrible because it’s not at all. Perhaps I was just expecting something a bit more and maybe I’m the wrong demographic but it wasn’t an amazing read for me.

CHRISSI: Watership Down. I’m a massive rabbit lover and wanted to connect with it more.

3) What was the Kid-Lit book of 2015 that surprised you the most?

BETH: Either Watership Down which was slightly darker than I expected or Velveteen Rabbit which was even more adorable than I expected!

CHRISSI: The Lightning Thief. I didn’t expect to enjoy Percy Jackson as much as I did!

4) Have you been inspired to read any other books from a Kid-Lit author of 2015?

BETH: Yes! Something else from Ruth Thomas after once again thoroughly enjoying The Class That Went Wild as an adult and David Walliams as I thought Gangsta Granny was a brilliant read. Wonder if one of these authors will turn up on our list for 2016?

CHRISSI: More from David Walliams and Rick Riordan!

Beth and Chrissi do Kid-Lit- Watership Down

Watership Down

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Synopsis:

Set in England’s Downs, a once idyllic rural landscape, this stirring tale of adventure, courage and survival follows a band of very special creatures on their flight from the intrusion of man and the certain destruction of their home. Led by a stouthearted pair of friends, they journey forth from their native Sandleford Warren through the harrowing trials posed by predators and adversaries, to a mysterious promised land and a more perfect society.

Thoughts:

I had never read Watership Down before, but I of course, have heard lots of things about it and its sadness. Being a rabbit lover myself I was worried that this book was going to go well with me. I’m a sensitive soul! Watership Down is a rather long book with my copy being over 500 pages. I have to admit, I think that’s daunting to so many children. I know when it arrived and I had seen the size of it, I worried!! However, Watership Down is incredibly easy to read, and whilst it took me over 100 pages to get invested in the story, I still found myself completely charmed by the talking rabbits!

Watership Down opens with a rabbit named Fiver having a premonition about death and destruction. Fiver’s brother, Hazel, is concerned about the premonition so he decides to lead a group of rabbits out into the wider world hoping they can move to a better place and start again. Of course, there are dangers around in the wider world. The rabbits need to bring in some female rabbits, but this also carries with it more dangers from humans, predators and other rabbits.

I love how innocent this book is. The rabbits have no idea about how dangerous humans are to them. I loved how what mattered to the rabbits was having a connection and a friendship with others in troubled times. What a lovely message to send!

I also appreciated that Richard Adams clearly did some research about the behaviour of rabbits. These rabbits aren’t dressed up animals who act like humans. They behave like rabbits!

As I mentioned, I do think this book is a little daunting given its size, but it’s so easy to read and simple! For Beth’s review, please check out her wonderful blog HERE.

Next up in the Beth and Chrissi do Kid-Lit Challenge (October):
Goodnight Mister Tom- Michelle Magorian

Stacking The Shelves #128

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Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you’re adding to your shelves, be it buying or borrowing. From ‘real’ books you’ve purchased, a book you’ve borrowed, a book you’ve been given or an e-book they can all be shared!

As ever, click on the book title to get to the Goodreads page!

Bought:

After You

I am so nervous about reading this book because the first book Me Before You is one of my favourite books of all time. I’m not sure I want to read it, but I think I won’t be able to help myself. I love the main character and I’m intrigued to see how her life continued!

Watership Down

I haven’t read Watership Down before, but I’m starting this book today for the kid-lit challenge that I do with my sister, Beth.

What have you added to your shelves this week? Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by! Happy Reading! 😀

Beth and Chrissi do Kid-Lit 2015: The books are revealed…

Beth and I have been completing a Kid-Lit Challenge for 2 years now. This year we thought we’d shake it up a bit and add modern children’s literature to our list! Here is our completed list. My picks are in purple and Beth’s are in red!

JANUARY- Five Children And It- E.Nesbit

FEBRUARY- Pollyanna- Eleanor H.Porter

MARCH- Diary of A Wimpy Kid- Jeff Kinney

APRIL- Flour Babies- Anne Fine 

MAY- The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe- C.S Lewis

JUNE- Velveteen Rabbit- Margery Bianco 

JULY- Gangsta Granny- David Walliams 

AUGUST- The Graveyard Book- Neil Gaiman

SEPTEMBER- Watership Down- Richard Adams

OCTOBER- Goodnight Mister Tom- Michelle Magorian

NOVEMBER- The Class That Went Wild- Ruth Thomas

DECEMBER- Percy Jackson and The Lightning Thief- Rick Riordan

What do you make of our picks? Have you read any of them? Let us know!