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March 2022 Reading

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I do a monthly round up for everything we’ve read each month. Himself focuses on science articles and forums and news, so he’s not getting a section – books only!

Large boy

The Finisher by David Baldacci

It was about somebody who lived in a village surrounded by darkness filled with monsters, before TVs were invented. It was really good.

The Wild Way Home by Sophie Kirtley

Someone gets sent back to the stone age when they ran away because their sister was born with a hole in her heart and she was really scared. It was interesting and really good.

The Boy Who Got Accidentally Famous by David Baddiel

All about a boy who’s school is on a TV show and he becomes famous for being really boring. Then stuff happens. It was funny and silly.

Also read:

  • Street Child by Berlie Doherty
  • Middle School: Get Me Out of Here!, I Funny TV, I Totally Funniest, and Born to Rock by James Patterson
  • Robot Revolution and Robots Go Wild! by James Patterson
  • Quest for the City of Gold by James Patterson
  • The Ruthless Romans by Terry Deary
  • You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yeti! by Steven Butler
  • The Time-Travelling Cat and the Roman Eagle by Julia Jarman
  • A Tangle of Spells by Michelle Harrison
  • Super Cats and Super Cats V Maximus Fang by Gwyneth Rees
  • Eddie Albert and the Amazing Animal Gang: The Amsterdam Adventure by Paul O’Grady

Small boy

Dirty Bertie: Burp! Yuck! and Bogeys! by Alan MacDonald

He totally sped through these three, giggling away and generally enjoying them. He says he didn’t like them because he just didn’t and they had too big letters.

Danny Chung Does Not Do Maths by Maisie Chan

He spent a long time reading this, probably six weeks all told. He must have enjoyed it. Probably because he has quite a lot in common with Danny – preferring drawing to maths for one thing. He says it was medium.

However, when he finally finished it we discovered a problem – no quiz on Accelerated Reader! It would surely have been worth 4 points! He wasn’t very impressed and said it was all for nothing (this positive reinforced through rewards and gameification may have gone too far).

What Monster? by Liz Pichon

Gaaaa Tom Gates is awful. That was me, not small boy. He loved it. He says it was really good and awesome.

Also read

  • LEGO Minifigure Mayhem by Helen Murray
  • White Needle by Carl Bowen
  • Planet Omar: Operation Kind by Zanib Mian
  • loads of little short books to meet his target when we realised the massive Danny Chung didn’t have a quiz


Books 7 to 10 in the Hidden Norfolk series by J M Dalgliesh

It’s a disaster! I finished the series and the new one isn’t out for ages. I even tweeted the lovely author about this horrific state of affairs, and he replied!

These books in the series were exactly what I expected from them – riveting, absorbing, twisty, and fulfilling at the end.

Etrange printemps aux Glénan by Jean-Luc Bannalec

Yeah, I’m about two-thirds of the way through. Dupin is doing his pensive, considered, slow thing but I have a feeling it’s about to get really interesting. Definitely slower going for me as the understanding doesn’t flow quite so quickly in French.

Watch out for a proper review next month.

How about you?

What books have you and your family enjoyed lately?

Love from Smell xxx

11 thoughts on “March 2022 Reading”

  1. N really liked the Middle School books, although neither of us enjoyed the David Baddiel ones we’ve read. I feel the same as you about Tom Gates. Thankfully N is past that stage now, although he’s definitely a bit pants at reading still. As in, he just doesn’t. He’s still trudfging through Diddly Squat Jeremy Clarkson. His Gramp wants to read it after him, so he needs to get moving with it really.

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  2. I love David Baldacci. He writes amazing adult books (not naughty books, crime thrillers). I hope The Finisher proves equally enjoyable.

    I also love that the author of the Hidden Norfolk series Tweeted you back about your withdrawal symptoms, that’s brilliant 😆 Write more books and write them fast, Dalgliesh!

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  3. Never heard of Hidden Norfolk will have to dig deeper. I’ve been on Colleen Hoover for light relief, she takes me into her books and my mind stays there which stops it talking to me. Also read some great personal accounts of hiking feats and adventures and then a few health tomes.

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