The write way to grow up

Once in a while, I like to give my room a good clear out. It settles me, and it passes away a few hours when I simply have nothing better to do with my time. Today, I went through the boxes in my bedroom to see what treasures lay hidden.

Among the old pairs of shoes that have worn down and the various items of clothes that are now too big/small for me, I found some old copy books. And not just any old copy books. These contained what I imagined to be my best selling novels, all written between the ages of eight and 14.

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Review: Me Life So Far – Sofa So Good! by Scarlett Moffat

Challenge criteria: A book that takes place over a character’s life span (well, so far.)

(Disclaimer: I was sent a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This has not affected my opinion of the book, nor the outcome of this review.)

Blurb:

One girl’s meteoric rise from sofa to TV stardom! From beloved Gogglebox breakout star, to winner of I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!, achieving her dream of presenting with Ant and Dec on Saturday Night Takeaway and filling Davina’s shoes in the new series of Streetmate, Scarlett is quickly fast-tracking to national treasure status.

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Review: The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot

Challenge criteria: A book you loved as a child.

Blurb:

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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