Monday 8 October 2018

They are loving books again. #Blogtober18

Throughout October I will be joining in with Big Family Organised Chaos and her linky for Blogtober18. Today's prompt is: Hearing Them Read.

It has been a while since I have heard my girls read. I see them read but I rarely hear them. They are both old enough to read for themselves and do quite often in bed. There has been many a time where I have had to tell them to put the book down and go to sleep!

A picture of an open book.

The last time I heard Ellie read was before the summer holidays and it was when she had to do reading every evening. A book was sent home from school and she had to read at least two pages, weekends included. We had lots of arguments. She didn't want to read. I wanted her to read to please the school. We eventually agreed that if she didn't want to read she would take the punishments from school. She used to have break time detentions. 

It seemed the easy option for me but when I was forcing Ellie to read she had no interest in any books! She saw books as the enemy and it was horrible. She used to love reading before she was forced to.

Over the summer she started reading again and at the moment she is working her way through the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books. We have them all as Becky is a huge fan of the books too. They both want the new book for Christmas.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Meltdown

The cover of the book Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Meltdown. It is purple and has a snowman on it.

The 13th hilarious book in Jeff Kinney's bestselling Diary of a Wimpy Kid series.

When snow shuts down Greg Heffley's middle school, his neighbourhood transforms into a wintry battlefield. Rival groups fight over territory, build massive snow forts, and stage epic snowball fights. And in the crosshairs are Greg and his trusty best friend, Rowley Jefferson. It's a fight for survival as Greg and Rowley navigate alliances, betrayals, and warring gangs in a neighbourhood meltdown.

When the snow clears, will Greg and Rowley emerge as heroes? Or will they even survive to see another day?

I am very tempted to buy two copies just so the girls don't argue over it.

Becky went through a phase of not reading much at all at the beginning of the year but during the summer holidays she started reading the Harry Potter books.

All 7 of the Harry Potter books
She has seen all the films and is quite amazed at how much the films missed from the books. She said the books are funnier and there is so much more detail in them which she is completely right about.

For Christmas they both have quite a few books on their wish list which I will be getting them. I would much rather buy them a book than a toy they will play for five minutes with.

Do your children like to read? What are they reading at the moment?


  1. My kids both love The Wimpy Kids books, they also love anything by David Walliams.... especially the World's Worst Children series. Tom Gates is a huge hit as well as Barry Loser x

  2. Jayden is reading his Diary of a Wimpy Kid collection at the moment. He loves them! I bet he would enjoy the Harry Potter books too. It would be interesting to see how they differ from the films.
    My youngest loves his picture books and will happily sit and enjoy one at any time of the day. :) x

  3. I've been a big reader since I was very young but I can tell you I hate being forced to read something I don't like. Just hate it. #MMBC

  4. MY kids hate being forced to read out loud. I KNOW they can read well so I let them read it themselves and where the Little Man is concerned, I ask him questions afterwards so I know he's understood what he's read. The sad thing is, they all have lovely read aloud voices and know exactly how to accentuate the words and use punctuation. Your girls obviously love their books so you don't have any worries.

  5. I'm jealous of Becky reading the Harry Potter series for the first time. I'd love to be able to enjoy them all again for the first time!

  6. OMG Lewis LOVES Diary Of A Wimpy Kid, he doesn't have too many of the books but I know I shall be picking him some up for Christmas.

  7. Skye love Diary of a Wimpy Kid and has read all the Harry Potter books. But these were ones she chose herself, I find forcing her to rad anything just doesnt bode well with her #Blogtober18

  8. Why don't schools let the kids choose their own books? I'm sure it would be much more successful than forcing them to read books they didn't choose. My daughter can't read yet but sometimes amazes me when she remembers almost word-for-word parts of her picture books! #blogtober18