Me and Mine: July 2016

Me and Mine

We’ve gone for a bit of a theme this month for our Me and Mine photo. As I explained in this post, our local library is under threat of closure. I’ve got myself involved in the campaign to keep it open, and we all really care about it.

So this month, our theme is reading. We’ve each chosen our favourite books, and we’re reading them in the photo.

Me and Mine - July 2016 - Life by Naomi

I should point out that Ben had his face painted today as Spiderman, and he wanted to keep it on for the photo!

I love reading. It’s definitely my favourite thing to do, and if I don’t have a book (or three) on the go at any given time, I don’t feel quite right. I really hope I can pass this love for reading on to my children.

Tim’s choice is The Count of Monte Cristo. Now, I have a confession to make. I know Tim loves this book, but I have never read it. I do know, however, that he loves it because it’s an amazing adventure story, full of revenge, passion and redemption. It’s also very, very long… Perhaps one for the winter time.

My choice is Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. I love Harry. I think the whole series is brilliantly written, really well plotted and brilliantly executed. I started reading them in 2000 after my A Levels, and raced through the first four. I then had to wait for books 5, 6 and 7. With each of the later books, I read it as soon as it arrived, spending the whole day reading it. (Oh my goodness, how blissful…) However, when ‘Deathly Hallows’ was released, I was on a date with Tim. I wanted to hang out with him more than read Harry, so I knew he was The One.

Anyway, Deathly Hallows was much choice because it is where it all ends… Where the questions we all had were answered, and yet it has a brilliant plot and is completely satisfying. Even the Epilogue.

Ben’s choice is Angry Birds: Treasure Island. After seeing the film a few weeks ago, Ben is obsessed with the Angry Birds, and can often be found discussing Red, Chuck and Bomb as if they are real people. The book retells the story of Treasure Island by RL Stevenson with some fairly significant adaptations, as the birds face the Pirate Pigs. We’re reading a chapter a night, and I’m constantly amazed by Ben’s memory and imagination.

Samuel’s choice is a board book from Toy Story 3. Actually, his original choice would have been Jellycat’s Walter Whale, but he has chewed it and pulled it so much that it fell apart this week. Now, he prefers to chew on the ‘Woody’ Toy Story book.

July’s been a bit of a topsy-turvy month somehow for us. Ben finished preschool while I went back to work. We’ve got into holiday mode while my head is full of next year’s timetable.  The world news has been full of tragedy and gloomy predictions while our weekends have been full of parties and celebrations. It’s been a month of highs and some lows, and lots of readjustment.

But it’s the summer holidays, we have our Summer Bucket List to work through, and I’m going back to work part time in the Autumn. So we’ve got lots to look forward to, and lots to be thankful for.


By Naomi

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