*Book Review* Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone (review by monkey)

By J K Rowling

I know Harry Potter has been out for a long time, and if you are a fan like me you have probably read it a few times over the years.

But for my son, who is 7 and has just finished Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone for the first time, it must be incredible. Experiencing a world of magic and experiencing a book for the first time is incredible and I thought it would be nice to share his view of his first reading so we can all remember what reading about the magic is like for the first time.

So, over to my son, whom we all affectionately call Little Monkey.

***Keep an eye out for the BEST PART OF THE REVIEW at 2 minutes 53 seconds!***

So, have you actually finished the whole first book?

Monkey: No, because I’ve lost it. (Mummy interrupts “No, you havent quite finished it because of the last chapter.”) Oh, yes!

And why is that? 

Monkey: Because it is scary, Voldemort might kill Harry Potter.

What do you think about the first book?

Monkey: It was good except the last chapter (Mummy: “which we haven’t read yet!”)

Was it exciting/scary/funny?

Monkey: It was scary for the last chapter and the first ones it was … (Poppet in the background “funny”), UNUSUAL. (Mummy “unusual…compared to other books, like books you read from school.) Yep. 

Recap of the book: 

Who is your favourite character?

(Poppet and mummy in the background “Harry Potter”, “Oh Harry Potter, Poppet! “Dobby”, “Dobby is in the second one”.

Monkey: Harry, Hermione and Ron, ( Mummy: Oh so you like the trio!) yes but Ron is the funniest.

Would you recommend this book? 

Monkey: Yes!

Who would you recommend it to? 

Monkey: Anybody who likes magic!

Any thoughts about Harry Potter in general? 

Monkey: I want to own Harry Potter!!

Would you like to try Harry Potter or know someone who would love it?

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I hope you enjoyed Monkey’s first review, he was excited and is very happy with his video. He cannot wait to do the next one, so he’s happily picking his next book! You will have to keep an eye out as Poppet is desperate to be interviewed too! So if you like the random cuteness of Monkey’s video, Poppets cuteness will blow you away!!!!

Let me know what you thought of his first review, and please leave a comment with your first Harry Potter experience, or what it felt like to read one of your favourite books for the first time.

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Dippy on Tour

Down here in Somerset the Easter Holidays started last week, unfortunately I had to work. Thankfully daddy got Easter holiday too, so he got to spend the first week with the kids, and by the looks of the photos and videos they have had lots of fun. But today is Good Friday and the start of my holiday too! But before I tell you my plans for the week, lets recap what fun they’ve had already.

We kicked off the holidays with a trip to Dorset County Museum to see Dippy on Tour. Monkey is a huge fan of Dinosaurs, but I wasn’t sure what to expect. We have been to visit Dippy at the National History Museum in London, but we also walked all around the museum itself. We didn’t get tickets for the Dorset Museum so I wasn’t sure how exciting a trip to just see Dippy would be. Joining us on our trip was some close family friends including Monkeys best friend, so I knew it was going to be lovely morning because of the company, but actually the whole morning was wonderful and definitely worth a visit.

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We had a really nice wander around a viewing gallery from above Dippy, so we got a really good look at him from all directions.

As well as this, lots of fossils, and collections of rare birds and other exciting pieces of history were on the walls and in glass cabinets for us to look at as we wandered.

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Whilst we wandered, we had random facts about dinosaurs from Monkey, and I had a few questions up my sleeves to ask the kids. Always up for a learning experience where I can squeeze it in. Easy ones for the younger ones and some harder ones for the bigger kids, and monkey surprised me again, by knowing some really obscure answers.

For instance, we’ve always found dinosaur bones, and fossils but we didn’t always name them Did you know what the first dinosaur was named or by who? Because Monkey does.**

At the end of the viewing gallery was a lovely spot to take a picture right next to Dippys head. The children loved getting to pose with him! Bebe was not too sure about Dippy at first, she quietly told her mummy, “its not really mummy!”I think she thought we were going to see a real life walking and eating dinosaur.

We then descended some quite steep stairs (take care on them if you visit!) and then we found ourselves in the big hall underneath Dippy, and that is when you truly appreciate how big dinosaurs must have been. Monkey wanted to take some pictures, and a video so here is Dippy from the eyes of a 7 year old.

And Poppet took the time to tell us a little story about what she thought Dippy was like when we was living. She said he had a mummy and daddy and a little brother and a big brother and he lived a long time ago. His favourite food was probably really high leaves, from the top of trees. We all talked about how Dinosaurs had eggs, which babies came out of. Children are egg obsessed getting close to Easter. We talked about how we now think modern birds might be related to dinosaurs and how some dinosaurs would have sat on eggs like chickens.

Heres Poppet telling her friend Bebe all about Dippy and his family.

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In a side room, after you had enough of Dippy, was some dinosaur arts and crafts. I think that room had been well used as there wasn’t much colouring left, and I believe some children had probably helped some Lego go free. 🙂

The children did colour in a dippy which you could make into a hat for a donation.  The shop was lovely too and we got some wonderful little treats for the kids.

All in all, to say it is free to visit Dippy, it was a wonderful experience and is definitely worth a visit. The Museum had lots of volunteers on hand with some wonderful dino facts, and everyone loved the marvellous Dippy.

But don’t take my word for it, spur of the moment question time, not quite sure what they kids are going to say…

Haha! Beautiful, that was better than expected. And yes, they are both in their bike gear, its raining, we are not going on bikes today but they wanted to try out their new gear!

 

 

 

*Names have been changed to nicknames, so our family friends aren’t really called Nana, Bebe and Little Bear, (in the same way my children aren’t really monkey and poppet! 🙂 ) although that would be cool!!

** It was a Megalosaurus by William Buckland, just in case you are interested.

 

 

St Patrick Sun Catchers 

Following the post from over the weekend, we made sun catchers and for all of you out there interested, it is one of the simplest crafts I’ve ever set up and it kept the children entertained for ages. So if you are ever in need of a quick and easy craft idea, that isn’t too messy, why not give this a go?

What is needed:

Sticky back transparent film (like what used to be used to cover your book in school)

Coloured card

Small squares of tissue paper

I made a template for a shamrock (three leafed clover), a heart and egg for my girl, a shamrock, rainbow and bunny for my boy, and then used this to cut the shape in some card stock. We started with green card for the “shamrock” as we had talked a little about how Irelands colour is green and is known as the Emerald Isle! The choice of other shapes and colours, I left upto each child.

Shamrock template – a quick Pinterest search and I found lots of lovely templates. I do love a good Pinterest search!

After cutting out the shape, I covered the hole it left behind with sticky back, transparent film. I had previously cut up tissue paper into small squares, and I got my two crafters to tell me the colours of the rainbow, and I picked out those colours for them to use.
Now, they had everything they needed. I gave them some simple instruction to keep the pieces together and advised them to try not to leave gaps but then left them too it!

 

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When she was finished, poppet held it up to the window and was amazed that the sun shone through the colours! It was a success! So much so, they wanted to make more. But I always like to finish a craft on a happy note, eager for more because then I know I can use it another day without them being bored of it. 

Lazy Parenting 101

If any of you have been following my blog, you know I have had some health issues as of late. It has meant all the things I had planned to do with my children have been put on hold, or we have had to adjust slightly. It is not great but my children are wonderfully understanding, and at the minute I don’t have a lot of choice. I do try on occasion to take the kids out and do exciting things, but then I spend four days recovering. So on this note, this post today is about my idea of lazy parenting. Obviously, they still get fed and bathed, although just lately, I needed help with that but that is another story. But I am talking about all the fun things I wanted to do with them.

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(A very “healthy” but special dinner of pancakes at Poppins – one of our faves!)

It was science week at school and my children got obsessed with space, and we had saved a big box to turn into a rocket. But I haven’t much time at the minute, between working, school runs, out of school activities and just general life as a working mum, as well as spending most days in bouts of agony, meant I didn’t get to make the rocket. And the  box just kept getting moved from one room to another, before MR BC got annoyed and threw it out. The children were distraught! What is a mum to do?! Thank goodness for Hobby craft. A last minute run to the store, picked one up and had it assembled within minutes, and then the children spent a wonderful evening colouring together in peace and playing astronauts. Beautiful if slightly lazy but also wonderfully clever of me, if I don’t say so. Now a few years ago, I would have cried at myself. I crave making something from nothing, and we have made some amazing creations from cardboard boxes, but going from a stay at home mum to a working mum and with health issues thrown in, I don’t always have the time or inclination. In the future, we may crack out a box for a boat but for now, I am happy knowing that my children still get to help their imagination along with some simple crafting and I can have a few minutes in peace whilst they work, knowing I haven’t had to do much, but they are still enjoying themselves.

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A happy and stress free mummy makes happy and content children!

So I take back the lazy parenting! This was pure genius on my part! When I had the time and inclination to build a rocket from scratch, good for me! Now I don’t have time nor the energy, so I bought a shop made one, still good for me.

I have lived both sides of the parenting debate (stay at home/working mum), I live with an undiagnosed issue that leaves me in pain, I have two children in school who still need my undivided attention on occasion and I gladly give it. We still have sleep issues with one and food issues with the other, and we live our life the best we can, with the cards we’ve been dealt and that is pretty good for us too! So, if I have learnt anything these last few months, it is to live how you want to, find happiness where you can, do things to make life easier if you can, enjoy time you have together and most of all cherish everything, all the time. I may not have built a rocket from scratch but my kids still think its a good enough rocket to get them to Mars and that is good enough for me.

 

*Book Review* It Started with a Tweet

It started with a tweet
By Anna Bell

In today’s digital era, with new ways of interacting the digital world being created everyday, this fresh take on a social media obsessed thirty something is an amazing read.

I have a love/hate relationship with social media on a daily basis. I love the idea of it; staying in contact with people all over the world; seeing things I may never get the chance too, through the eyes of someones Instagram; the chance to share my story and my views through this wonderful platform. But, and this is a big BUT, I still want to live my life in the real world, meet real people when I can and I also want to share what I want to share and not become obsessed. It is a real fear that my children will grow up in a world where friendships are created over avatars, and relationships are grown from a tinder account. There is nothing wrong with moving with the times but I hope we don’t ever forget to connect with each other in the real world either.

I think this is why I love this story, I ferociously read it, and completed it within hours. Daisy is your typical Thirty-something career girl working in London, and she lives her life by her phone. Constantly checking her Facebook, posting photos of her food to Instagram, using 140 characters to describe how she is feeling to the entire world on her twitter feed and meeting guys by swiping right on Tinder. Sounds like typical activity for a millennial. Put this together with her slight obsession with all things social media, add in the fact she works in marketing and has complete control of her company’s twitter account, and slide in a complete accidental twitter slip on the wrong account and you have all the ingredients for a catastrophic life change coming her way.

After realising her life is in disarray, she agrees to a digital detox with her sister, whom has her own agenda for escaping life. The obsession with everything digital and social media is the crux of the story, it is what drives everything from beginning to end, and I think it is genius. I think we should make every young person read it, to realise that sometimes if you spend all your time looking at your phone, you sometimes miss out on whats right in front of your face.
The sub plots and side characters are what really make this story pure gold; the village gossips whom still chat and hear the gossip by word of mouth, the cute letters Daisy exchanges with a handsome but quiet man and Daisy not being able to instantly text her friend her news and having to send them hand written letters all make this story a genius account of todays digital world.

The friendships, relationships between sisters and the new men in Daisy’s life are a huge part of the story and it all fits seamlessly into why Daisy needs to take a step back from her digital persona and connect with the real life version of herself. I think this is the biggest draw of this story, finding a happy medium between your digital self and the real world.
My one and only point of criticism for this story, is the relationship between Daisy and Jack, which was blossoming beautifully and I realise with most books you have to have some point of antagonism or heart break or betrayal. But it felt really rushed towards the end, to get Daisy to be where she needed to be mentally and physically and Jacks sub story regarding his career, history with women and the girlfriend story was really short, overly dramatic and I don’t feel really gave much to the story. I think Jacks profession and what he does for women is a remarkable story and should have been given some more page time, but it felt rushed and put in last minute. I think something was needed to make Daisy come to her realisations back in London but I am not quite sure how I feel about all of it.
I think there is a time and place for social media, and we have to move with the times, and I love I can google something in seconds. So, don’t get me wrong, I am not saying lets all give up our Facebook accounts, but I do think a bit of time away from the digital world on occasion would really help, and I think this book is a true representation of living a bit too much on the digital plain and not so much in the real world.

Overall, I loved the story, characters and the whole social media obsession being the overall arc of the story is amazing. I love how at the beginning Daisy talks about her phone as if its real life being with feelings, and I think we can all relate with that. Sometimes when I leave the home without my phone, I feel like I’ve lost an arm but I soon get over it. Daisy is definitely social media obsessed at its highest level, but that is one makes this a funny and entertaining story. I won’t be giving up my blog, or Facebook anytime soon, but I may start having a digital free time in our house, just to make sure I don’t create the next generation of Daisy’s!

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️★ 4/5 stars. A brilliant read, a genius and comedic outlook on what our digital obsessed future may look like. A little let down by the rushed ending.

Want to cheer yourself up? Do you want to check you’re not addicted to social media? Check out the book yourself, follow the link to Amazon. .

It Started With A Tweet: ‘The perfect laugh-out-loud love story’ Louise Pentland

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Next Book Review: (Guest Book review from my son (Aged 7) – he has just completed his first Harry Potter)) Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone by J.K Rowling.

Any excuse for a bit of….?

It’s St Patricks Day, so you can see where this post is heading….

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…Crafting!!!

Haha! I am a parent now, the answer was always going to be a spot of crafting! No Guiness fuelled partying for me anymore! Well not at the minute anyway!

I am going to start with an admission, as far as I am aware I have no Irish relatives and before today I really had no idea what St. Patricks Day was all about. I do not think I am alone in this, I am fairly confident most people in England who celebrate or go out or do anything for St Patricks day know what it is about. But being a parent, and using anything I can, to do something entertaining and educating is a win for me. So to Google I went, I usually would have been more for the “to the library” I go, but as I have been unwell, a quick internet search was all I could muster.

I have to admit, I am not sure if I am reading the wrong history articles or if I am completely misinterpreting the story of St Patrick but I got a little lost, and thought it might not be something I want to be telling my children all about at the minute. So instead we learnt all about Irish culture, traditions and most importantly we looked up some wonderful folk lore stories and myths, and anyone who knows me, knows I LOVE a good story.  So we talked about the more typical elements of St Patricks, shamrocks, leprechauns and rainbows. All the things, my children can imagine and understand. fullsizeoutput_3073.jpeg

They both did some wonderful sun catchers in the shapes of clovers, rainbows and randomly my daughter did an egg, well it is nearly Easter.

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Next we moved onto some cultural things I thought the kids would like. Poppet loved watching some videos of Irish dancing, she said it looked like tap dancing, something she has just gotten into but much faster and she doesn’t believe she could ever be that fast or look as good! her exact words were “but all those people are doing the same thing, at the exact same time!” Irish dancing was definitely a hit! For monkey, we needed something to grab his attention so obviously I went for food! We talked about what foods might be typical in Ireland, and whether he would enjoy some of the meals. But we also discussed what stereotypes might be, I found it really hard to explain what stereotyping was to a 7 year old without just saying well its a stereotype. 🙂 🙂

I love teaching and sharing things with my children, but I really want to share history and stories with them, not just my beliefs or views. I try to be really open and not succumb to stereotypes or misconceptions, but sadly we do all carry some. I try not and I am always learning and changing my perception to see the world fairly and with open eyes. Learning about other cultures and people is just step one for our little family into the big wide world, in the summer we are starting our travelling adventures. Monkey is desperate to see the colloseum, so we will be starting out journey in Rome! So, please forgive me if my next few months of blog posts are how to travel on a budget or best places to eat/sleep in Europe!

 

 

*Book Review* The Hidden Oracle (The Trials of Apollo, #1)

The Hidden Oracle (The Trials of Apollo, #1)
By Rick Riordan

Egotistical, narcissistic, selfish and self-absorbed and yet, you can’t help but love Apollo in this brilliant follow up to the Percy Jackson series. Instead of focussing on demi-gods, this story follows Apollo, once the mighty son of Zeus whom carried his flaming chariot across the heavens, is now dropped to earth as a human, and not just any human, a teenage boy with acne! Apollo’s worst nightmare.

Along the way, we meet lots of familiar faces, and there is quite a few spoilers to previous books, however, this story could be a stand along novel, and it would still be enjoyable. If you are a follower of the series, it is entertaining and wonderful to see what everyone has been up to. But, Apollo as a “anti-hero, god like mortal” with a sharp sense of humour, wit and sarcastic tendencies, can carry his own story without mention of our favourites. Although, having to hunt down and ask Percy for help, after hearing that Apollo sees all demi-gods as cannon fodder, is especially pleasing.

From the new characters to old, Riordan knows how to create characters to fall in love with almost instantly. So without any spoilers, as the story unfolds it is a hard job not to feel empathy, pity and guilt a long with them.

If you haven’t ready any of the previous books, a short recap may be in order. So Greek/Roman Gods are still alive and living it up in New York City. Also the Gods like to have fun with mortals in more ways than one, and sometimes children are born, whom are demigods (one mortal parent, one godly parent) and due to this, are often in danger from monsters and the like, and so there are camps where the children can be safe and grow up away from the pressures being a demi-god. Meanwhile, the Gods cause all sorts of issues and the demigods get sent on quests for their parents. And in the background is usually a Villain of some sorts from Titans, to Gaia and to other mythical creatures. This story revolves around Apollo having to fulfil a quest, to appease Zeus, so he can become an Immortal God again, and to help save the world from the latest bad guy. Of course, it is never as simple as all that, which of course, is where all the fun begins.

As a child/teen I had more time to read and so would start a book and pretty much finish it within the same day, now with children, work and life, it takes me a few days to get through any books. But this book took me back to my younger days, and I flew through it, wanting to know where Apollo would end up. I had to really hold myself back from buying the second one straight away and starting it at midnight.

All in all, a great start to a new series and I cannot wait to continue with the series. Also, I cannot wait to introduce my children to the series, as we all love to read and they are as much a fan of fantasy as I am. Of course, I will be starting with Percy Jackson, but I think my son especially will love this book when we get to it.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5/5 stars If anything it ended too soon.

If you would like to give The Hidden Oracle (The Trials of Apollo Book 1) a read yourself, click through to Amazon to pick up a copy of your own.

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Next Book review: It Started with a Tweet.

*Book Review* The Summer of Serendipity

The Summer of Serendipity
By Ali McNamara

Serendipity or “Ren” to her friends is a property seeker, and when she seeks out a property on the Emerald Isles, in a small friendly town called Ballykiltara, she soon “seeks” out more than she bargained for.

A beautiful tale of finding something you didn’t even know were searching for, set amidst the beautiful backdrop of fictional Ballykiltara in Ireland. I dare you not to fall in love with the town and the people. Romance, friendship, a mystery steeped in Irish folklore, and most of all a story of fulfilment. From Finns unusual past, to Ren’s heartbreaking tales of her best friends demise, qlots of quirky characters making you question everybody’s motives, all the way to Kiki’s (Rens personal assistant) somewhat daft but always endearing personality. This story had it all.

Whether it is the history, the location, the characters or the romance that draws you in, settle down with a warm drink, picture the peaceful town and drown yourself in this one.

Ren has always find a property that is just right for her clients, she has never failed and she prides herself on this. She has never settled for anything less than that, and even if it meant stepping on toes, and securing houses in unconventional ways, she always got her man, well house. But in Ballykiltara, she may have met her match in the Welcome House. For years, it has welcomed the lost, the lonely or the in need, seemingly without an owner or custodian, Ren wants this property for her client, and normally she wouldn’t stop at anything to get it. But this property is different, this property speaks to her very soul.

A house surrounding in mystery, a slow burning romance, quirky characters and wonderful imagery, that makes me feel like I am in Ireland. This story would probably not be a literary great for most people, but when you are finding the monotonous draw of everyday life is getting you down, and you are dreaming of the summer for holidays, romances and flings, this may just be the perfect book to escape with.

⭐️⭐️⭐️★★(3/5 stars) Overall, a lovely, quirky read that I would happily read again or recommend to a friend.

Fancy giving it a try?


The Summer of Serendipity

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There is snow much snow!

Welcome to the snow blog of the day! It’s ice to see you!

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“Oh its snow cold where you are!” It is here too!

The Beast from the East or Storm Emma has finally arrived. I have to admit I was sceptical, was it really going to come! Was the world panicking over nothing? Was my hopes of ever getting to make another snow angel dashed? Since moving to the South West, the snow fall has been lacking. Hailing from the Midlands, where we can get snow, and a lot of it. The South has been upsetting, not just for me but my kids too. I know, if I never mentioned snow they probably wouldn’t snow what they are missing, but I love snow, so I found it hard not to share that with my children. For the past three years, Monkey has put snow on his Christmas List and every year he has been disappointed, but not this year. The weather might be causing disruptions, and chaos. Shops may be selling out of food, and I know I am lucky to be home safe and sound. But I am also lucky to have two small children, who still see the wonder in playing in snow, and creating a friendly snowman  has been the best part of their day. In a world , where terrible things happen, and I know snow has caused and can cause lots of issues, I still love to see the amazement in the eyes of children when they get their first heavy snow fall. Also, for all the sad, horrible stories we hear regarding snow, there is a hundred happy, beautiful stories that restore our faith in humanity. So snow even brings out the best in people. This is one of my favourite stories.

I don’t know if you can tell from this little monologue but I love the snow! I am a winter person, WHAT?! I hear you all cry, especially you sun worshippers, I know crazy! But I am! I love rainy days, snowy cold days, in honesty I am not a big fan of the sun. I don’t mind in on occasion but sweating, burning and sun stroke takes its toll. Don’t get me wrong, freezing hands, cold heads and feet takes it toll too. But I do love a good snow day. I also know snow and bad weather can cause chaos and disruption, although I do think it gets and rep. Lets be honest sometimes snow gets the blame for a lot of things, when really its not always the snows fault. I know it’s snow laughing matter!

At this point you are probably wondering if this little love story to snow has a point, and I am going to disappoint a few of you and make a lot of you giggle, because in all honesty, No not really.

I just wanted to share some of the wonderful things, me and the kids have been up to in the snow. If you follow me on instagram/twitter you may have already seen some of our escapades, if not go check them out! Don’t worry I’ll wait! 🙂

Why not share some of your pictures too? Or stories of the snow, good or bad! As much as I love a good snow story, I am happy to hear your moans too! I accept it is not everyones cup of tea.

We made snowmen, and a snow dog, but I cannot find my photo! We took the dogs for a fun walk, and ran around in the snow, had snowball fights and made snow angels! You are never too old to make a snow angel! And you know what, it was snow much fun! I know you are wondering how many more snow puns can she fit in this blog post, just one more I promise!

Thank you snow much for reading! Please share your lovely photos, scary snow pictures, heart warming snow stories or your moaning stories, I want to hear them all!

 

*Book Review* The Murder of Roger Ackroyd

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd

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By Agatha Christie

My father and I used to watch old detective / murder mysteries together all the time, it was one of my favourite past times. I have since lost my father but my love for old detective stories has not waned. I love to read but had never picked up a point novel as me and my father always watched the tv series, so it felt wrong to read one without him. But I couldn’t help myself when I saw this in a book store. I picked it up and I could not put it down until I had finished.

Set amidst a village of gossips, family drama and mystery abound, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd tells a unique and intriguing tale which keeps you guessing until the very end. As an aficionado of detective stories, I like to think I am good at guessing the end, but I must admit, this one had me second guessing myself every few minutes. Using all the wits of Hercule Poirot, some amazing use of literary devices and Christies wonderful way of bringing you into the story as a witness to the events; Christies tale of poor Mr Akroyd is a wonderful read.

I do not want to give a full summary of the book, as I think it would spoil it for all future readers. I avoided all reviews before reading it, as I wanted to immerse myself in Poirots world spoiler free. And I think I’ll help keep this story going by not summarising.

I will admit I think this is one of my new favourite stories and I cannot wait to open up my next read. My favourite character on the tv series, although I love Poirot has to be Captain Hastings, but sadly he was absent from this novel. I love how books can truly bring characters to life, in a way tv/film just cannot. I loved how Christie brought Poirot to life. I loved him in this novel, and as I said previously I cannot wait for my next one. Powering through from one twisty turn to another, second guessing yourself at every turn, and always knowing in the back of your mind that Poirot knows who the killer is, he is just waiting for that all dramatic, climatic ending where all is revealed. Every page is read with anticipation and excitement, and I could not bear to part with it until I completed. It was impossible to put down, and I read it in one night.

I think if anyone is considering a Christie and just isn’t sure, do it! Pick one up, borrow one. The tropes, storylines, narrative might have been used in other books, but no one quite holds the drama quite like Christie.

Overall, I cannot wait for my next Christie and this was an amazing start to a wonderful new adventure.

I give it ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (5/5) Definitely worth a read.

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