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September Book Picks

Hello lovelies!

I’m a big old book nerd if you didn’t know already. And it’s something I want to incorporate more on the blog.

So this month I’m bringing you the first installment of my Book Picks for the month both for kids and I’ll throw in anything new that I’m reading as well (if I get the chance).

Dr. Seuss Sleep Book

This is one of the first Dr Seuss books we’ve added to our collection. Y’all this book is LONG! It’s a fun read, in that rhyming funny way that Dr Seuss has. We got it because I thought it would be a good way for The Munchkin to wind down and get him into the sleepy mode. There are funny characters that he loves and we have a good giggle at some of them but it’s a bit too long I think because sometimes he loses interest and asks for another book. Other times it makes him sleepy enough to just roll over and go to sleep. 

Smartest Giant in Town

September book picks

When The Munchkin was 18 months old, I bought a whole bunch of Julia Donaldson books and they’re still a favourite at bed time. The Smartest Giant was  just never one that got grabbed. He sadly lived there right next to poor old Charlie Cook. His favourites that are on constant rotation are the ever popular: Gruffalo, Gruffalo’s Child, Room on the Broom, Tyrannosaurus Drip and Snail and the Whale.

But recently, The Smartest Giant is getting picked at bed time and I’m glad of it even though I’m rather crap at making up tunes for the songs. I like this story because it teaches kids about being selfless, kind and helping others in need. 

But let’s back up a bit. Firstly, the Smartest in the title refers to the giant’s smart new clothes and has nothing to do with cleverness like I thought. So, anyway, the giant gets smart new clothes and all the way home discards them to various animals in dire straits.  

Priddy First Words (Bright Baby)


The Potato’s favourite book at the moment is Priddy’s First Words mostly because her besties Willem and Katrien (I have no idea what their real names are not they look so like their names are Willem and Katrien) are on the first two pages and her face just lights up when she sees them. It’s the flipping cutest thing and she’s learning to turn pages as well.  

Daariya and her best friend Willem 😂 #DaariyaDays

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I love this picture so much! She’s obsessed!!

Tower of Dawn

In a strange turn of events I rarely buy physical books for myself anymore for a few reasons:

  • I don’t have the space
  • I don’t trust my children
  • I don’t have the patience to wait for it to arrive

So I have taken to buying a lot of my books in ebook format. I get it immediately, I can read while I’m putting the kids to sleep and I don’t have to make my bag even heavier than it already is by chucking a book in it.

Anyway, I digress. Sarah J. Maas is one of my new favourite authors. Her world building is amazing and I have not felt as excited for new books coming out since Harry Potter. She creates such amazing characters and this latest one is no different.

Tower of Dawn is book 6 in her Throne of Glass series and while I wasn’t chomping at the bit to get to this one seeing as all the main action is happening on the Northern Continent. But man, I love that Queen Maas is diversifying her characters. The feel of the Southern Continent is so refreshing and has a very Arabian dessert kinda vibe to it. I love all the new characters and different factions she introduces. 

I didn’t understand all the Chaol hate to be honest. He was my fave in the first two books and even after all the drama, I still didn’t hate him like a lot of people did. So I went in with high expectations for this book and Sarah J Maas knocked it out of the park. His character development in this book is satisfying and Yrene is just the best! She writes such great female characters!!! 

I’m excited for Book 7 when everyone meets up again. Whoo, that one’s going to be a doozy!

Do you have any book recommendations for us? I’m looking to get a touch and feel type book for The Potato and I have a few new books for The Munchkin on the way. 

 

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3 Comments

  1. Robyn van der Merwe

    October 4, 2017 at 9:50 am

    “Willem and Katrien” cracks me up. Hahaha!
    Also, please don’t take about Book 7. I CAN’T DEAL WITH THE EXCITEMENT!

  2. Nihaad

    October 4, 2017 at 11:39 am

    Haha I laughed so hard at “I don’t trust my children”
    I haven’t read Tower of Dawn yet and to be honest, I wasn’t all that excited about it. I’m so happy you enjoyed it though!

    Also, LOVE this post – Hope it is a regular feature 🙂

  3. Esda Dippenaar

    October 10, 2017 at 9:43 pm

    Nice book picks 😻

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