A novel book storage idea

When our little girl unwrapped a cushion from her Grandma and Pop for Christmas, she was really excited… and so was I!

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Having been to a Christmas Fayre, my lovely Mum saw these brilliant cushions that double up as a novel book storage idea!

When our little girl saw that her cousin had a similar cushion, she was even more excited.

When she unwrapped 5 new Rainbow Magic books, she slotted a couple into the little pockets on her new cushion.

What a neat idea!

The cushion now flits between her reading nook and her bed, as do the cats most days.  I’m convinced that the cats enjoy a read when she’s not there!  She’s even been known to take it in the car with her over the Christmas break!

Our little girl chose to spend some of her Christmas money on a Rainbow Magic bookmark, which arrived just after Christmas.

What I love is that our little girl is being so very patient (mostly) because she’s pre-ordered another Rainbow Magic book for delivery in March…

Whereas I… well I haven’t got a lovely book cushion but I have managed to explore our new (to us) library and brought a couple of books home 🙂

To be perfectly honest, I was really disappointed with ‘Shadows of the Workhouse’ by Jennifer Worth.  Having devoured a couple of her other books, I had high hopes for this one but just couldn’t get past the first couple of chapters which seemed more like character studies than the interesting insight into history that I was expecting.

So I tried a different genre, recommended by Maddy at Writing Bubble.  This one is by Liane Moriarty ‘Big Little Lies’ and I am enjoying it.  It’s hard to put down and I’ll hopefully report back in a few weeks 🙂


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Absorbed in Puddle Lane reading books #PaperyPeep March

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Have you read these?

We have… many, many times over!  Our little bear absolutely loves the enchanting world of Puddle Lane written by Sheila McCullagh and published by good old Ladybird.

We were given these Puddle Lane reading books by a friend a while back, way before our little bear could read.  And now?  Well, she reads them herself – to us and to herself in her reading nook!

What I find incredibly effective, yet incredibly simple about these books is that on each double page there is a longer version of the story and on the opposite page there is the simpler version.  So encouraging your little one to read.  (We’ve also found that it comes in handy at bedtimes or when you’re short of time – just read the short version…!)

Or at least it used to be handy.  Being as our bear not only reads them herself, but also knows the stories so well, she knows when you’re cutting the story short.

Oh, she knows!

They’re colour coded into different reading stages and now that our bear is at school, I can appreciate this aspect of the books all the more.

Puddle Lane is a lovely series and I think I’d quite like to visit it one day, if I could just step into the books!

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Here’s how I write what I write…

Bring back paper papery peep

Many moons ago, I wrote about how I write what I write.

With that in mind, I wanted to share a little picture of my notepad, my bulldog clip holding my World of Writing Wad

together and my trusty pen (soon to run out surely?!), although I do also use pencil regularly…

The picture is deceptive because there is a whole wad of paper in there, ‘behind the scenes’.

It really is my www (World of Writing Wad!).

Aside from the fact that many of the notes on said paper are for my blogs, and therefore digitally orientated, it is actually quite ironic that my version of www actually refers to something papery, as opposed to the obvious World Wide Web!

So you see, I am indeed a #PaperyGeekPeep and I say #BringBackPaper!

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