Brilliant Blogs: Books and Reading

Miscellaneous, Opinion

I’m really enjoying putting together these Brilliant Blogs posts. So far, we’ve had Parenting, Writing, and we’re looking at Reading this week.

If you’ve been reading my blog this week, you’ll know that reading is very much on my mind. Our local library is at risk of being closed down. I love reading, and I’m doing my best to fight to keep the library open.

So, with that in mind, I’m sharing some of my favourite reading posts with you. Posts about books, quite simply. Inspiration for adults and children – and I’m always looking for a good book recommendation!

Brilliant Blog Post - Books and Reading recommendations for adults and children - lots of great recommendations here

Books for children:

A good place to start is with Roald Dahl, especially as 2016 marks 100 years since his birth. Twindelermo’s post on introducing the classics is a good guide – I can’t wait to start reading Charlie and the Chocolate Factory with my boys.

Lizzie at Firstooth is actually running a giveaway to win a copy of the BFG this week, so I really encourage you to enter!

For younger children, The Dadventurer has rounded up a selection for toddlers. There are some brilliant classics there (Dear Zoo, anyone?) but also a few I hadn’t heard of.

Life in the Mums Lane has written a post with books from toddler favourites right up to age 9-10. There are some brilliant suggestions here, especially for older girls.

Alex at Lamb and Bear has also given a selection of her favourite books for children – there are several I remember from my childhood too.

If, like my son, your child constantly wants ‘just one more story,’ then This is NOT a bedtime story might be a good choice for you. Lee Lee Loves has a huge range of posts on books, so it’s a great place to check out recent releases in adult and child fiction.

Laura give lots of reasons why The Bedtime Story is one of the Best Times of the Day and I completely agree with her. I love those few minutes of reading with Ben, and I’m looking forward to Samuel choosing his bedtime stories too.

Books for adults:

Emslf has rounded up a few of her favourite books in this post. I have to say it’s a great selection: The Bell Jar, To Kill A Mockingbird and Jane Eyre are all wonderful choices.

I totally agree with the sentiment that Sleep is good but books are better as described by Mama Mummy Mum. I know the feeling of ‘Just one more chapter’ all too well!

Coffee, Cake, Kids has written her Top 10 Books list with a really wide selection of choices. I have to say, I didn’t know Annie was actually a book!

I should also put my own post here: 5 brilliant fiction series – I wrote it a while ago but I still stand by my recommendations.

Happy reading everybody, and don’t forget to support your local libraries!

Inspire Flourish
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By Naomi


  1. Reply

    Fab post and some great recommendations 🙂 thanks for the mention

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    I’m always looking for new recommendations for books, so this was a great post for me. And some good ideas for my toddlers too! #marvmondays

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      Yes, me too! I love buying children’s books too! x

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    Hi Naomi thanks so much for featuring my blog there is some great articles on here and I need to go and read through them all 🙂

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      Laura, I love your blog! I’ve spent ages pottering around and will definitely be linking up with your Wellness linky x

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    I think it is so sad that they are considering closing libraries. A sign of the times? #MarvMondays

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      It is so sad, and definitely a symptom of the times we’re living in… I believe we’ll all be poorer as a result.

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    What a great post! I shall take a look at the other posts

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      I actually loved writing this post – I wish I could find the time to blog about reading more.

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    What a great round up of everything in one place. We are really lucky as our village library has just extended its opening hours so it now open five days a week rather than three mornings and two afternoons :). #MarvMondays

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      Oh that’s wonderful! We’re having huge numbers of responses for the consultation so hopefully it will have an impact.

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    […] The lovely Naomi featured me in her post on brilliant blogs about books. Go check out the […]

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    Great round up of lovely books. Im a huge bookworm myself and one of my favourite authors as a child was Ronald Dahl so its always a pleasure to see this on a book list for little ones. I cant wait to introduce our little ones to his wonderful stories once they are a little older 🙂 Thanks for sharing this on #MarvMondays. Emily

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      I think Roald Dahl is pretty much mandatory for children in British schools – and rightly so!

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    Thanks so much for linking up to #inspireflourish x

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