Monthly Book Recommendations ~ July

It's time for my first monthly book recommendations post!
Each month I will try to bring to you 5 books that I recommend, so here goes!

                                                     Mandy by Julie Andrews Edwards

"Mandy, a ten-year-old orphan, dreams of a place to call her own. Escaping over the orphanage wall to explore the outside world, Mandy discovers a tiny deserted cottage in the woods. 
All through the spring, summer, and fall, Mandy works to make it truly hers. Sometimes she "borrows" things she needs from the orphanage. Sometimes, to guard her secret, she even lies.  
Then, one stormy night at the cottage, Mandy gets sick, and no one knows how to find her- except a special friends she didn't know she had."
Mandy is a very sweet story and great for younger girls too. There are a lot of pretty descriptions about the garden and nature which I loved.

                                      A Rose for the ANZAC Boys by Jackie French

"The 'War to end all Wars' , as seen through the eyes of three young women. It is 1915.
War is being fought on a terrific scale in the trenches of France, but it might as well be a world away from sixteen-year-old New Zealander Midge Macpherson, at school in England learning to be a young lady. But the war is coming closer: Midge's brothers are in the army, and her twin, Tim, is listed as 'missing' in the devastating defeat of the ANZAC forces at Gallipoli.
Desperate to do their bit - and avoid the boredom of school and restrictions of Society - Midge and her friends Ethel and Anne start a canteen in France, caring for the endless flow of wounded soldiers returning from the front. Midge, recruited by the over-stretched ambulance service is thrust into carnage and scenes of courage she could never have imagined.
And when the war is over, all three girls - and their ANZAC boys as well - discover that even going 'home' can be both strange and wonderful."
I loved this book, it was very well written in my opinion and I found it a tad emotional. I like to read a good wartime historical every now and again and this one was one I'll never forget.
I recommend it for probably ages 12 and up, since it is the wartime there are some parts that younger girl might feel uncomfortable about but it doesn't go into to much detail.

                                  Ten Girls who Changed the World by Irene Howat

"Would you like to change the world?
These ten girls did! Read this book and find out how Corrie saved lives and loved Jesus; Mary saved babies and fought sin; Gladys rescued 100 children and trusted God; Joni survived and thanked God; Amy never gave up; Isobel taught others about Christ; Evelyn obeyed God; Jackie showed love; Elizabeth followed Christ and won justice and Catherine rolled up her sleeves and helped the homeless."
This book takes the amazing stories of these girls/women and tells them in a simple and short way so young girls can learn from them. I enjoyed this book, I even learnt about a few girls whom I had never heard of before!

                                                    Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

First of, how pretty is the cover of this edition? Can I get some appreciation for this cover over here please?

"Christmas won't be the same this year for Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy, as their father is away fighting in the Civil War and the family has fallen on hard times.
But though they may be poor, life for the four March sisters is rich with colour, as they play games, put on wild theatricals, make new friends, argue, grapple with their vices, learn from their mistakes, nurse each other through sickness and disappointments, and get into all sorts of trouble."
I think all girls should read this more than once, I have read it a couple times and will continue to re-read it again and again. Old classics never really get old in my opinion.

                                                 Becky's Horse by Winifred Madison

" 'You Can Win Wonder, the wonder horse!' The bold, red letters on the side of the box leap out at Becky as she reads the rules of the contest.
The first prize is Wonder - or $250 in cash. ( 'But who cares about the money!' thinks Becky.)
No more daydreaming about owning her own horse - no more just wishing.
......Becky's sure she can win Wonder. And when she when she finally has her own horse, everything will be perfect. Or will it? "
You will be surprised by this book if you read it.I won't say anymore because..spoilers. Just read it!

I hope you check out these books and enjoy them as much as I did.


  1. Little Women is a great book! Have you read Little Men and Jo's Boys? They're just as good!


    1. Hi Macaiah, I own a copy of Little men and have been meaning to read it ever since I got it, you know know sometimes there are certain books that you keep meaning to read but just don't get roung to doing it!

  2. Awww, I should try 'Mandy'! I read Julie Andrews' 'The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles' and quite enjoyed that, but I hadn't heard what 'Mandy' was about. Now you've sparked my interest! :)

    And Little Women. YAAAAAAASSSSS. <3 <3 <3 (That cover is really pretty, yes!)

    'A Rose for the ANZAC Boys' sounds super emotional.


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