Recommending Books to Winnie the Pooh Characters | Disney Recommendations #3

Hello everybody! Today, I’m going to be continuing on in my Disney recommendations posts, by recommending some stories for some of the inhabitants of the One Hundred Acre Woods, which I decided to do this month to celebrate it being release month for the Christopher Robin DVD, which means I can finally see it. Onto the post!

Winnie the Pooh– when I think of Pooh Bear, the first thing that comes to mind is the sort of nostalgic, whimsical feeling the stories featuring him carry, and that’s why I think he’d lovethe Children of Castle Rock. It really reminded me of classic adventure stories by authors such as Enid Blyton, and it also has really lovely yet complex friendships, which is another of my favourite features of Winnie the Pooh: the friendships between the characters are gorgeous.

Piglet– speaking of being a good friend, I think that’s the first thing that comes to mind for Piglet- he’s a great friend to everyone around him. I love a good best friend character, and I think my favourite ever is Nat from Geek Girl. She’s not perfect and she has her own stuff going on too and she and Harriet fall out sometimes, but when Harriet needs her, Nat is always there, no matter what. She’s a wonderful character, and I’d hope Piglet would enjoy seeing someone being as good a friend as he is.

Tigger– Tigger was the other tricky one, because how does one find a book as overwhelmingly joyous as Tigger? However, I think Alex Sparrow fits the bill- they’re boisterous and full of humour and happiness, just like Tigger, and I think they’d definitely appeal to him!

Eeyore– Eeyore was the hardest one of these to get right, because I think the first thing anyone thinks of about Eeyore is his misery, and I was really struggling to think of something for that trait. But then I remembered that as part of that, Eeyore is rather a pessimist- he always expects the worst to happen, and I realised a Pinch of Magic would be perfect for him. It’s about three sisters (who have generally pretty rubbish luck) trying to break their family curse, and while I won’t say what happens I think it would benefit Eeyore to read their story.

Rabbit– Rabbit is my very favourite of the gang, mainly because I think we’re super alike in personality, so his recommendation was super easy. You Only Live Once by Jess Vallance centres on a girl called Gracie realising there’s more to life than rigid organisation and perfection, and since Rabbit’s stories often focus on this I think this book would be great for him.

Kanga and Roo– Kanga and Roo are a mother and child pairing, so for their recommendation I decided to go for the Malory Towers books, as I remember having quite a few of those read to me by my mum and dad when I was a child, and the last 2 Pamela Cox additions particularly stand out because I was read a few chapters a day while I was in hospital after brain surgery. The chapters are often quite episodic, so they worked super well for having a few chapters read to you at a time. I think they’d be perfect for Kanga and Roo to share together.

Which books would you recommend to these characters? Have you read any that I’ve mentioned? I’d love to hear in the comments!

Amy x


5 Books Set in Scotland

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Today, in honour of it being St Andrew’s Day tomorrow, I thought it’d be fun to share some books I enjoyed that take place in Scotland! Onto the post!


Out of the Blue– this is a YA magical realism that takes take place in our world, but a version of it where ‘Beings’ regularly fall from the sky, upending normality each time. It focuses specifically on a girl called Jaya as her being-hunter father drags the recently bereavedfamily to Edinburgh, where she comes across a fallen being and sets out to help it, with the assistance of Allie and Callum. It’s really enjoyable, and thrilling in places, and I loved the romance between Jaya and Allie.

The Nowhere Emporium- this book and it’s sequel, are among the most magical I’ve ever read. It follows Daniel Holmes as he’s rescued from his children’s home and taken on an incredible adventure in a shop that produces wonders for members of the public, and sees him try to help the shop when things go wrong. The wonders are breathtakingly magical, and I adore the characters and the world. The dual timeline is really well executed too!

The Spellchasers trilogy– this is a trilogy about young people attempting to break the different curses that have been inflicted upon them, while also negotiating several different baddies who pop up. Each book stands up really well alone, but there’s also an arc across all three books, which makes this even more satisying. I really liked the unique and interesting world, I loved the characters (especially Beth and Atacama!) and I think it’s so underrated. I also recommend Lari Don’s other series the Fabled Beast Chronicles, as well as standalone Rocking Horse War, but this is definitely my favourite of her work.

The Elephant Thief– technically, this only starts in Scotland and then moves to other places as pickpocket Danny embarks on the journey of a lifetime- the Great Elephant Race- with majestic eleephant Maharajah. The bond between Danny and Maharajah is beautiful, and I love the way this experience improves Danny’s confidence and really does change his life. It’s so exciting to follow each leg of the trip and watch them negotiate the many different obstacles they come up against, and my heart was in my mouth most of the time when I was reading.

The Children of Castle Rock– this book is my joint favourite of this year, and I think it’s basically perfect. The best way I can describe it is like a much better Enid Blyton story- it follows three children at their boarding school Stormy Loch and then when they go off on their own adventure instead. The humour is spectacular (I especially love the bell scene and the pig scene), the characters are amazing and their friendships even better, and the prose itself and narration come together to produce something unbelievably well written.

What are your favourite books with Scottish settings? Are you planning to read any that I’ve mentioned? I’d love to hear in the comments!

Amy x

5 Books I Want to Get to Before 2019 (A Tentative TBR…?)

Hello everybody! Recently, I’ve seen quite a few posts where people have listed books they really want to get to before the end of the year (‘HOW is there almost only a month left of this year by the way?!?), so even though I’m rubbisg at doing TBRs I thought I’d share some of mine. Onto the post!

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5 Songs I Think Would Make Great Books

Hello everybody! Today, I’m going to be talking about some of the songs I think would make excellent books, which are, as I’ve noticed while typing this, mainly romance book premises- sorry not sorry, I love reading a good romance and these would be great ones! Onto the post!

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Recommending Books to Mickey and Friends|Disney Recommendations #2

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Today, it’s time for the second post in my series of recommending books to Disney characters, and the “category” (for want of a better word) I’ve chosen for this second post is the orginal characters from the cartoons; bascially, Mickey and his group of friends. Onto the post!

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My Most Anticipated November Releases

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Today, I’m going to be talking about my most anticipated releases of November, of which there are only four because there are barely any books out (to the best of my knowledge, anyway!). Onto the post!

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