One of my favourite linkies of 2015 was What We’re Reading hosted by the lovely Carie at Space for the Butterflies and I was sad to see it go as I loved sharing Bubs’ favourite books. So when Carie announced that she was going to be co-hosting a new linkie that wasn’t just about children’s books but about books for grown-ups too I may have squealed a little bit and then tripped over my fingers in my rush to comment with “count me in!”.
Which brings us to my first One for Them and One for Me post.
One for Bubs
Bubs’ book could also technically come under the One For Me heading as I do so love anything written by Enid Blyton. The Magic Faraway Tree has to be my favourite though and I’ve even been known to sit reading it long after Bubs has fallen asleep. Thankfully Bubs loves it too and doesn’t mind if mummy gently suggests that we read another chapter rather than read the farting reindeer book that her daddy favours.
The Magic Faraway Tree follows the adventures of four children who discover that there is an enchanted forest at the end of the garden. In the middle of the forest is a magic tree that has different lands at the top of it. Bubs’ favourite is the Land of Topsy Turvy, where everybody walks on their hands and enters their house through the window. Mine is definitely the Land of Do As You Please. Oh wouldn’t it be wonderful to spend the whole day doing exactly as you please!
The children make friends with the folk who inhabit the tree – Silky the fairy, Moonface, Saucepan Man who is covered from top to toe in pots and pans, and Dame Wash-a-lot who I wish would come and live at our house – and together they have lots of adventures visiting the different lands at the top of the tree. They do get up to some mischief though and there are moments where it looks like they might never get home again but everything always works out in the end.
While Enid Blyton stories might be a little twee by today’s standards they’re perfect for children of Bubs’ age (3 going on 30!), who won’t think it’s strange that none of the children have a mobile phone or an iPad, and they’re a lovely introduction to chapter books.
One for me
There was a time when my bookshelves were filled with novels and reference books but when we moved into our current home I had to seriously downsize as I was sharing those shelves with four other people. Which is why I’ve found myself moving more towards e-books and audiobooks. I do miss the feel and smell of a proper book but using an e-reader is much more practical right now.
The first book I’m going to share with you was actually recommended by Em of Snowing Indoors in her post about Embracing Hygge. Hygge is the Danish term for that feeling of being cosy and content.
The Year of Living Danishly follows Helen Russell and her husband as they relocate from London to rural Jutland in Denmark. As you can imagine it’s something of a culture shock. Having read that Denmark is believed to be the happiest country Helen sets about discovering why this is and throws herself wholeheartedly into trying to understand the Danes, both literally and figuratively as there’s the not so small matter of a language barrier to overcome, with often hilarious results.
The Year of Living Danishly is the perfect book to read if you’re feeling a little overwhelmed by the hustle and bustle of life. I defy anyone to read it and not start pinning lots of pictures of candles and furry throws on Pinterest.