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Am Ddiwrnod! Gan Margaret Johnson

Am Ddiwrnod! is one book in a series called Cyfres Amdani that’s been written especially for Welsh learners, if you’d like more information about this series click the link here

This book has been written for anyone who is doing entry level (Mynediad) it’s written specifically to reflect what’s been taught at that level.

This is my first review for a book in Welsh, if you’d like to see more please comment so I know to continue with this idea. (I’m writing in English though).

Am Ddiwrnod: Nofel i Ddysgwyr Lefel Mynediad

This book is about 32 pages long. There are a few pictures and there’s some information about the characters and where the story is set at the beginning. There are definitions of some words at the bottom of the page. It’s a very short story and I finished it rather quickly.

I enjoyed the story, it had drama and humour and kept my interest. I’d definitely recommend it, I found it fairly easy to follow. I looked up the odd word that I wasn’t sure of and did refer to the definitions at the bottom of the page. I found it really helpful that some of the words were repeated, you might forget the meaning of a word if you only see it once or twice but the repetition helped me to remember the word.

This is the first time I’ve read a book from this Cyfres Amdani series, and so far I am happy with it. It’s very short which is great because I could read in one sitting. I’m not learning Welsh in a classroom so I’m unsure what my level is, probably close to intermediate (Say Something In Welsh level 3?).

I’d definitely recommend this book if you want to start reading books in cymraeg, it’s a good start, learn a few new words and build your confidence.

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I’ve tried reading a few other books which I didn’t finish due to finding them difficult and being frustrated at having to look up every other word. So I am so happy to finally finish something in cymraeg!

If you found this review useful and would like me to review more books yn gymraeg (or any other Welsh language related posts) please drop me a line in the comments so I know to keep reviewing books in Welsh.

Don’t be shy, say shw mae 🙂

Pob lwc a dal ati!

 

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Confessions by Helen Laycock

I asked on Twitter recently for some funny books to cheer me up during lockdown and author Helen Laycock replied with two short story collections, I bought them both. This book is available to buy onAmazon 

Let’s face it. Things go wrong. And we’re not always proud of what we do. Between these covers is a veritable confession box of revelations. Some might well be fictional. Others possibly… maybe… probably have a nugget of truth in them. But for legal reasons, let’s just call them stories, shall we? Wink, wink.

 

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I love reading short stories, they’re something you can fit in when you don’t have the time to read something longer, (or an excuse to start a new book when you have many of the go). This collection features stories that could be true, at the end of each story there’s a little rating of how true they are. They are fun, perfect stories that will definitely lighten your mood. 

I couldn’t pick a favourite really but not being a cat fan I enjoyed the story ‘Letting The Cat  Out Of The Bag’ and the story about making a courgette pie when you don’t have the right ingredients, A Recipe For Disaster.‘ There’s a story about a lady who grows a tail as part of an experiment, ‘Lab Work Needed.’ And one about a lady desperate to go to the toilet during a dinner party, ‘That Sinking Feeling’.

 They are so funny! If you need a pick me up get this book. I enjoyed all of the stories and I was quite sad to get to the end of the book. But it’s OK I have another collection by Helen Laycock to read. 

 

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Leave Nothing But Footprints by Patsy Collins

 

Leave Nothing But Footprints by [Patsy Collins]

Synopsis from Amazon

“Jessica Borlase always gets what she wants. From cocktails in the exact shade of her manicure, holiday on Capri with friends, to a spacious apartment, her father’s money makes it possible. She enjoys the luxurious lifestyle and is grateful for his support, but frustrated to always be treated as Daddy’s pampered little girl. She tries to break free, by leaving Borlase Enterprises and studying photography.

Now what Jess wants is the utterly gorgeous Eliot Beatty; a world famous photographer who often uses his talents to benefit conservation projects. Her father attempts to bribe Eliot into taking Jess on an assignment in order to teach her the skills she’ll need to develop a career. Although annoyed at the interference, she’s delighted to discover this means two weeks with Eliot in the beautiful countryside of South Wales and close confines of a campervan. Trouble is, the man can’t be bought.

Jess eventually manages to persuade Eliot to take her. She believes she can earn his respect and that she’s ready for the hard work, long hours and living conditions far short of those she’s used to. She’s wrong on all counts. Can Jess learn to cope with the realities of the trip, and is Eliot really worth the effort?”

Review

I thought this book would be the perfect read at the moment, something sweet set in beautiful countryside. Although I don’t have much in common with Jess I did like her and enjoyed her story.  She wants to do something with her life, specifically she wants to be a photographer. And she’s prepared to put in the hard work and not take handouts from her rich father and his contacts. Although he tries to help her, she really wants to do it on her own. She thinks people are jealous and they don’t understand why she isn’t happy with her life. But she wants to be independent and she tries in this story. I do feel like we learn some wise advice in this story: too not be too hasty to judge people based on your own opinions, Jess does and she realises that she is in the wrong. 

The story is riveting. And just like the other book I read by Patsy Collins you feel like you’re learning something, in this novel it’s photography and the environment. I’ve learnt a bit more about the importance of the environment e.g. I would never have thought to pick up someone else’s litter.

I really enjoyed this story my own qualm is that I wished there was more. I finished it too quickly, I turned the page and was surprised that it was the end. It’s a lovely story well worth a read and a perfect feel-good, summer, escapism story. I would happily read another story with these characters, Patsy has a way of making you care about them and making you want to read more. 🙂

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You can get this book on Kindle (including part of Kindle unlimited) or buy the paperback from Amazon here. I’ve also reviewed these two books by Patsy on my blog, also good reads, a novel:Paint Me A Picture and a short story collection.  

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For recommendations check out twitter. Take a look at my previous posts for a review of a good horror (if you’re in the mood) Haverscroft by S.A.Harris and also Ghost Bird by Carol Lovekin.

I’ve just bought Wild Spinning Sisters by Carol Lovekin and two collections by another indie author Helen Laycock, always a pleasure to read her fun books.