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Musing Mondays (January 19)

Musing Mondays

Musing Mondays asks you to choose one of the following prompts to answer each week…
• Describe one of your reading habits.
• Tell us what book(s) you recently bought for yourself or someone else, and why you chose that/those book(s).
• What book are you currently desperate to get your hands on? Tell us about it!
• Tell us what you’re reading right now — what you think of it, so far; why you chose it; what you are (or, aren’t) enjoying it.
• Do you have a bookish rant? Something about books or reading (or the industry) that gets your ire up? Share it with us!
• Instead of the above questions, maybe you just want to ramble on about something else pertaining to books — let’s hear it, then!
• What are you currently reading? What do you think you’ll read next? What did you recently finish reading?

A sick child always deserves a new book and for one very poorly little girl aged just five I selected the amusing Clever Polly and the Stupid Wolf by Catherine Storr complete with a set of bookmarks to decorate.

Clever Polly and the Stupid WolfScratch Art Bookmarks

This was a favourite read aloud story to my children who loved to see Polly outsmart the wolf, which she does with alacrity every single time and I’m hoping that this book, first published in 1967 can work its magic once again.

I am currently reading The Zig Zag Girl by Elly Griffiths,

The Zig Zag Girl


When the body of a girl is found, cut into three, Detective Inspector Edgar Stephens is reminded of a magic trick, the Zig Zag Girl.
The inventor of the trick, Max Mephisto, is an old friend of Edgar’s. They served together in the war as part of a shadowy unit called the Magic Men.
Max is still on the circuit, touring seaside towns in the company of ventriloquists, sword-swallowers and dancing girls. Changing times mean that variety is not what it once was, yet Max is reluctant to leave this world to help Edgar investigate. But when the dead girl turns out to be known to him, Max changes his mind.
Another death, another magic trick: Edgar and Max become convinced that the answer to the murders lies in their army days. When Edgar receives a letter warning of another ‘trick’, the Wolf Trap, he knows that they are all in danger… Goodreads


I have just finished Gone by Rebecca Muddiman  
watch out for my review later this week


250,000 people go missing in the UK every year. 91% of those reported to police are found within 48 hours. 99% of cases are solved within a year. And 1% stay gone. 11 years ago, troubled teenager Emma Thorley went missing. The police assumed she was a runaway. But now a body has been found in woods near Blyth. DI Michael Gardner knows he didn’t take Emma’s disappearance seriously enough back then, and is determined to make up for it now. But when he and DS Nicola Freeman start to reinvestigate, they discover that nothing is as simple as it seems.

Next I plan to finally read The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society by Mary Ann Schaffer and her niece Annie Burrows

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society


“ I wonder how the book got to Guernsey? Perhaps there is some sort of secret homing instinct in books that brings them to their perfect readers.” January 1946: London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she’s never met, a native of the island of Guernsey, who has come across her name written inside a book by Charles Lamb….
As Juliet and her new correspondent exchange letters, Juliet is drawn into the world of this man and his friends—and what a wonderfully eccentric world it is. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society—born as a spur-of-the-moment alibi when its members were discovered breaking curfew by the Germans occupying their island—boasts a charming, funny, deeply human cast of characters, from pig farmers to phrenologists, literature lovers all.
Juliet begins a remarkable correspondence with the society’s members, learning about their island, their taste in books, and the impact the recent German occupation has had on their lives. Captivated by their stories, she sets sail for Guernsey, and what she finds will change her forever.
Written with warmth and humor as a series of letters, this novel is a celebration of the written word in all its guises, and of finding connection in the most surprising ways. Goodreads

What book would you recommend to cheer up a five year old? What are you reading this week?


A book lover who clearly has issues as obsessed with crime despite leading a respectable life

34 thoughts on “Musing Mondays (January 19)

  1. To cheer up a five year old? I’m assuming she’s gone through Roald Dahl books? Mine used to love reading then over and over again, chuckling away. Hope your little girl gets better soon.

    I’m waiting to read your reviews of Gone and The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, both very different but books I enjoyed thoroughly!


    1. Thanks for the suggestion, it is for a relative so I’m trying to steer clear of the most obvious choices. I’ve read Gone and was impressed and I’m really looking forward the The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society 🙂


  2. How kind of you to want to help a sick child feel better. I’d suggest Enid Blyton as well. And I have to admit it: I’m a Dr. Seuss fan. Some of his work is exactly right for a five-year-old to read and have fun with.


  3. Not sure it’s still in print, but I loved the book Hamilton Duck when I was young.

    And you can’t really go wrong for cheering up with Dr. Suess! Or a Beverly Cleary book!


  4. I’m sorry to read your angel is under the weather. Who Flung the Dung by Ben Redlich made my girls howl.
    I’m still reading my knitting mystery. I’ve gotten to the dead body and am now getting to know his past.


  5. Oooh! books to add to my queue! And I loved The Guernsey book, my book group read that a couple of years ago and we had a lively discussion about it. Hope you enjoy it!


    1. I’m really enjoying The Zig Zag Girl, I’ve been looking forward to this for quite a while. I think you’d enjoy Gone – really good structure. The poorly girl isn’t my daughter – she’s all grown up having an adventure in Thailand at the moment 🙂


  6. Thanks for visiting my MM! For a five year old, I would recommend some books I liked: Corduroy, Harold and the Purple Crayon, The Story of Ferdinand, and Curious George. I have read Gone (but not forgotten). I enjoy mysteries, so The Zig Zag Girl also sounds intriguing.


  7. I really enjoyed The Zig Zag Girl. As to your request for books for a five year old – it depends if you want to something she can read on her own or have read to her. I always recommend anything by Graeme Base, Janet and Allen Ahlberg, Pamela Allen, Lauren Child or Giles Andreae for newly independent readers


  8. Would be interesting to hear your view on the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society – I really enjoyed it and lot of that was due to the historical aspect of it – living there you might find that aspect very different to me:)


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