Review: The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot

Challenge criteria: A book you loved as a child.


She’s just a New York City girl living with her artist mom…

NEWS FLASH: Dad is prince of Genovia. (So that’s why a limo meets her at the airport!)

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Author spotlight: Roald Dahl

Roald Dahl is one of the big reading influences in my life. My father and I would read his books together when I was younger, and I fully credit Dahl for starting off my lifelong love of reading.

I’ve lived in his home city of Cardiff for the last year, and I’ve been to Roald Dahl Plass outside the Millennium Centre in Cardiff Bay several times.

What better day to celebrate some of my favourite of his works, than what would have been his 100th birthday?

Image via Life Hack

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Favourite Irish YA books

Ireland has a long history of fantastic writers in many different genres, and YA fiction is absolutely no exception. I was raised on books, and especially Irish ones. Even now, I can’t help but go back to the teen section in my local bookshop and pick up something.

Some of the best fiction I’ve read throughout my life comes from Irish writers, and there’s plenty in the YA canon that will keep you occupied. Clear your TBR.

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The Pokemon Book Tag

Michelle from the wonderful The Writing Hufflepuff  has so many wonderful tags up on her blog it’s hard to pick one to get doing. As this year is the 20th anniversary of the release of the very first Pokemon game, this tag seemed like a good one to start off with. I loved Pokemon as a young girl, my brother and I would come home from school every day and watch the show on TV, then really piss each other off by deleting each other’s saved game on our copy of Leaf Green.

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Genre spotlight: Classics

Some of the best books are those written more than 100 years ago. They’ve been adapted into films and TV shows across the last century, but sometimes it’s just best to go back to where the magic all began.

The language in the books may be a little old fashioned, but don’t let that put you off – these are among the best books you’ll ever read.

They’re also perfect if you’re taking part in any reading challenge where you need to read a book older than you, or over 100 years old.
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