Hello everyone, Maggie the guinea pig here again to share what I’ve been reading with my mum, Llinos.  Regulars will know that I appreciate any carrot you may have in exchange for my honest review…*munch munch*

OK, back to the books.  The first one I have for you today is The Story of Beatrix Potter by Sarah Gristwood.  This is a gorgeous book which appealed to my mum for a few reasons; 1) the beautiful design, illustration and photos, 2) her love of the famous Beatrix Potter stories, 3) Sarah Gristwood is a Tudor historian and as a Tudor geek, Mum was keen to read what she had to say about Beatrix.

Beatrix really comes to life through the pages of this book.  You can feel her love for nature, animals and conservation.  Although she was by all accounts quite reserved, there’s a strength in her which is demonstrated through her determination to live life her way.  She may be mainly associated with the Lake District, but it was interesting to learn that she spent a great portion of her life in London, in a house she loathed, with difficult parents.  These experiences shaped her later decisions.

If you ever enjoyed a Beatrix Potter story as a child, adult (or of course, guinea pig) then I really recommend this book as a lovely way to while away an hour over a cup of tea.

The second book is Operation Bunny by Sally Gardner.  Although it’s a children’s book, Mum couldn’t resist picking it up as it’s all about a magical mystery, and the wry writing style made her smile and drew her in.

Emily is adopted as a baby by the horrible Dashwoods, and as soon as she can hold a mop she becomes a servant rather than a daughter.  Her life changes when she meets Miss String and Fidget the Talking Cat, and she inherits a magical shop.  As Emily heads off on an adventure with Fidget in order to defeat a bad witch, you can’t fail to fall in love with this whimsical, heartwarming story.

Don’t these books sound charming?

PS – Mum has changed her Goodreads 2017 challenge from 55 books to 70 books as she’s close to reaching the first target!

  • Aww such a cute way of reviewing books. Well done on the Goodreads challenge! Maggie is so cute!
    Hels xx

  • Maggie says thanks Hels! xx

  • These books certainly do sound charming, Maggie! I absolutely adore Beatrix Potter’s illustrations so this book would be a real blast from the past for me! You must say a huge well done to your Mum for on doing so well on the Goodreads challenge, that’s fab!

    Abbey 😽 http://www.abbeylouisarose.co.uk

  • It was so lovely to be reunited with characters like Peter Rabbit. Thanks Abbey! xx

  • Food & Baker

    Carrots all you you!! Very charming! These books looks so good, I can see why they’re so appealing! I wish we could be like your mum and read so much!

    Jessica & James | http://www.foodandbaker.co.uk / http://www.foodandbakertravels.co.uk

  • They’re such pretty books. Yes she does read A LOT!

  • Lifethrough Tsg

    Ooh these books do sound charming! Especially the Beatrix Potter one!
    I definitely need to read some more.
    Hayley X
    Lifethroughtsg.com

  • These are easy reads to enjoy with a cuppa!

  • Kate

    Ooh Maggie I do like to hear all about your favourite reads! I recently downloaded Goodreads but don’t have any “friends” on there yet, I’ll have to look out for your Mum on there!
    Kate x
    http://www.findingkate.co

  • Ooh yes what’s your profile link? Finding people on there is hard!

  • Kate

    Wow these books sounds lovely, the covers are great! I always loved Beatrix Potter!

  • They’re so pretty!