The Marvelous Adventures of Gwendolyn Gray by B.A. Williamson

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Title: The Marvelous Adventures of Gwendolyn Gray
Author: B.A. Williamson
Published / Release Date: May 15, 2018
Publisher: North Star Edition / Jolly Fish Press
Genre: Middle Grade, Fantasy, Adventure, Young Adult
My Rating: 3/5

Gwendolyn Gray is no ordinary child. She faces something everyday which is a bit difficult for a child her age living in a grey and dull city to do: control her imagination. However, when her imagination finally comes alive, she catches the attention of two men who will do everything to restore order in The City by erasing those who threatens it.

themarvelousadventuresofgwendolyngrayI wanted to love this book. The Marvelous Adventures of Gwendolyn Gray is one where the main character is a child who has an incredibly vivid imagination which she used to save her world from being consumed by mediocrity and gray-ness (if that is even a word).

It started off a bit slow for my liking and I was finding it hard to keep on reading. However, I powered through because I was promised marvelous adventures and a world of colour.

It is a good read for children as the difference between Gwendolyn’s everyday normal life was vividly differentiated from the burst of colour from her imagination. Imagination in children is a good thing. It has to be nurtured and allowed. As much as it confused me, I appreciate the fact that I can’t tell where Gwendolyn’s imagination took over her adventures.

If there is anything I wish there was more of in this story, Mr. Williamson, it would be the following:

  • What happened to The City? Why is it in the state it is in?
  • Who are the Mister Men, and who do they work for?
  • Who is the Collector?

… Because it would really be great to know.

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PREGNANCY UPDATE: Week 40

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February 16, 2018

Finally! I can actually feel contractions! I have been having light cramping for the past couple of days but it would end up either as me passing gas, or a contraction.

At my doctor’s appointment today I was told I am currently 2 cm dilated. I was elated! At least now I know something is actually happening down there. The doctor offered to do a sweep to get labor going more, but also informed me that it’ll hurt. I didn’t go ahead with it because I don’t think looking after a three-year-old and low pain tolerance will mix well especially since I don’t know if the pain will be during or after the sweep.

I sure am glad I already have my hospital bag ready though.

You can come out anytime baby girl. :p

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2018 Project Life | January

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In the beginning of the year, I wrote about giving Digital Project Life a try. It was not an easy decision for me because I don’t know if it will be worth it. I did a fair amount of research and went ahead and purchased not only the Project Life App, but also LetterGlow (both apps purchased from the App Store). So far, both apps have been useful in documenting my early 2018.

Here is my January 2018:

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PREGNANCY UPDATE: Week 39

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My husband asked me today if I simply wanted for this pregnancy to be over with.

NO. Especially since I know there’s a slim chance I’ll get pregnant again in the future. My husband is ok with 2 kids, while I on the other hand would love one more. So we’ll see how everything plays out.

I’m due on Valentine’s Day, and all I can do right now is hope that this baby do come out on the 14th. But that’s hoping. In reality, she can come out before or after that. All I’m concerned about is not getting induced. I have a very low pain tolerance and I’ve heard getting induced is more painful than normal labour.

So far I’m doing ok. I have zero energy but I’m glad I’m still able to do a bit of housework and play with my daughter. I’ve been trying to stay active since I was told it also helps a lot with labor. It’s not as easy now that I’m on maternity leave compared to when I’m still working.

Anyway, I can’t seem to shake myself out of my regular work schedule where I head to bed at 9 PM, so goodnight. 🙂

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Gangsta Granny by David Walliams

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I have mentioned in the beginning of the year that my main reading goal this year is to be able to read. Here I am telling you I will be extending that to listening to audiobooks as well. I am aware of the debate of whether or not listening to audiobooks counts as reading a book but in my opinion, it does. We’re consuming the same text. It’s the medium of consumption that’s different.

Gangsta Granny by David Walliams is my first audiobook of 2018. I chose a short children’s book because I found out it’s the easiest way to ease myself in to listening to audiobooks.

Gangsta Granny is about Ben who finds spending time with his grandmother boring. They do the same thing every week, and he gets served mostly the same food every week he visits. However, what he doesn’t know is his grandmother has a secret: she’s was once an international jewel thief.

I mostly listened to this while I was doing laundry. I do about 2-3 loads, so I figured a children’s audiobook roughly 3 hours long would be easy for a 30-year-old to follow while doing chores. I am so glad I found this while I was browsing our library’s audiobook catalogue. It was witty, funny, and entertaining. Also, listening to David Walliams narrate was a nice touch.

I cannot recommend this enough. If you’re looking for an audiobook to start your audiobook endeavours, I don’t think you can ever go wrong starting with children’s books.

 

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