Books Round-up: Dinosaurs, autumn, adult fiction & personalised stories

Books round-up

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Welcome to November’s Books Round-up, Halloween has passed and now it’s time to think about bonfires, fireworks and of course Christmas. I will be bringing you lots of Christmas book reviews in December’s round-up, but for now here are some great books for your to enjoy and read about in November.


If you have a dinosaur loving child, you may wish to read my review this month of Make and Move Mega Dinosaurs, this is a book for older readers but is great if your child is creative. The Inspiration Edit has reviewed The Natural History Museum Dinosaur Book and it looks really informative and full of lots of cool information.  

Books for Autumn

There are lots of posts out in the blogging world about some great autumn books at the moment. Messy Little Monster has made some great leaf puppets to go with their autumn read Leaf Man. The Little Lady Bird’s Adventures has shared 7 Inspiring autumn children’s books full of some great autumn book inspiration. Edinburgh with Kids has shared some more craft activities inspired by the book Maggie’s Mittens. I always really enjoy seeing how people base crafts around books as I think it is such a great way to help children engage with them.   

Adult Fiction

If you are looking for a new book to read yourself this autumn, there are some great adult fiction books for you to choose from. Over 40 and Mum to One has reviewed Be Frank with Me which she has described as a charming, gentle and thought-provoking read. Are you a fan of Marian Keyes? Lisa from Bad Mammy shares her thoughts on her latest release The Break and she recommends you switch on the kettle sit down and make some time to read it. 

If you’re a new Dad and you are looking for a book to help you on your way, Mad Dad Skillz has written a review of The Goodfather by Lee Price, written likes he’s sitting in the pub with you, it comes highly recommended. If you want to get your children out and about more this autumn and winter Welsh Mum has shared what looks like a really interesting read There’s no such thing as Bad Weather, which is about the Swedish way of life and getting children out and about even when it’s cold outside. It’s not about bad weather, it’s about appropriate clothing. 

Personalised Books

With Christmas only two months away, personalised books are a really lovely gift for anyone. There have been a couple of bloggers who have shared their thoughts on some different type of personalised books available. 

Midwife and Life has written about There I Am Storybooks, where you can send in a photo of your child, their name and the story you would like and they will create a personalised story for you which sounds like a lovely idea. Mummy of 5 Miracles has reviewed Wonderbly’s Incredible Personalised Books where you can add family members names into books to personalise them for your child. Both really thoughtful gift ideas.

I hope you enjoyed the round-up. If you would like to be included in next month’s round-up I would love to hear from you, you can tweet me @laurasummers or drop me an email. Next month’s post is going to be all about Christmas, so please do share with me your Christmas posts. 

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About Laura Summers

Laura is a Mum of two, as well as a freelance writer and blogger at Laura’s Lovely Blog. A consummate bookworm, she thanks the Gods of invention for the eReaders because she can now hide just how many books she’s buying. A bit of a magpie, Laura has a bit of a handbag addiction and is lover of lovely things. She also writes about gratitude and positivity, as she made the decision to ditch the diet in 2016 and instead strive for a healthy, balanced life. You can find her on Twitter @laurasummers or Instagram @laura_summers.


  1. 26 November 2017 / 21:06

    Nice to see The GOODFATHER getting some coverage, cheers. I really is a good book.