The Book Family Rogerson Round-Up: May 2019

Browsing Hay Cinema Bookstore

A quick recap while I cram in a few words between working, making tea & going for a rare night out! May was a riot in the most positive way.  We worked our socks off, saw Game of Thrones to the end and rounded it all off with an amazing trip to the Hay Festival.  Although I encountered a lot of books, lets just say that they were nibbled rather than consumed – not because they were lacking in any way, more because of my scattered brain.  For this reason, I’m holding off ratings this time.


Books Read

  • Lark Ascending by Richard King
  • Our Place by Mark Cocker
  • Underland by Robert Macfarlane


Books Read

  • Everest England by Peter Owen-Jones (3.5/5)

Little M

Books Read

  • The Worst Witch Saves the Day by Jill Murphy (4.25/5)
  • My Teacher is a Monster! (No, I am not) by Peter Brown (4.5/5)
  • The Space Race by Sarah Cruddas (4.5/5)
  • So You Think You’ve Got It Bad? A Kid’s Life in Ancient Egypt by Chae Strathie (4.25/5)

Movies and TV

  • Game of Thrones Season 8

We’re still mulling over our thoughts about Season 8. We were ready for it to end and although it wasn’t perfect, the last episode had some satisfying moments – particularly Jon’s story.  I won’t go into specifics here in case people haven’t seen it yet (unlikely I know!), but would love to read your thoughts in the comments.

Family Days Out

I can hardly remember what happened in May apart from the Hay Festival (here’s the write-up from last year).  We stayed for three nights over the first weekend (this time with my parents) and once again had the best time. We didn’t pack in the events – two fab family gigs with Sarah Cruddas and Chae Strathie (plus Little M saw Julia Donaldson with Nana & Grandpa) and Robert Macfarlane on the Sunday night. As a big fan of Rob’s work, it was brilliant to listen to him talk about Underland which is turning out to be one of the very best non-fiction titles I’ve ever read (you might be waiting a while for a review because I’m taking it slowly).

There were so many high points in this trip. Wildlife-filled hedgerows, having lunch in the Hay Fest Food Hall with extended family, a three-hour bookshopping bonanza in Hay-on-Wye (might do a short post on this one), adopting a Rowan sapling from the Woodland Trust, meeting up with bookish friends, Meg, Kelly, Claire, Lucy, Hanneke, Jen, Anne and Chris at the Bookstagrammers’ Breakfast on the Monday morning. If you haven’t done Hay, get it on your list right now!

Green Stuff

This is a new category that I’ll include in future round-ups – mainly to keep us on track.  We’ve made quite a few changes to our lifestyle recently so that we have less impact on the planet and help wildlife. Here’s what we did in May:

  • Plastic – we cut down on plastic by buying loose fruit & veg + only choose recyclable or compostable packaging where possible.
  • Garden – the garden is already organic, but we’re keeping the grass a little higher and the borders messier to attract wildlife. Next on the list is a pond.
  • Giving – we joined the Woodland Trust and a local conservation charity.

We already have solar, only one car & rarely fly, but there’s a lot more we can do. All tips & suggestions welcome.

Have a great June everyone 🙂

Mel, Al & Little M


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    • thebookfamilyrogerson
      June 9, 2019 / 8:30 pm

      Really worth the effort! It’s such an inclusive & fun event.

      • thebookfamilyrogerson
        June 14, 2019 / 10:25 am

        I think we’re doing the bookstagrammers meet-up in April next year, but after that we’ll defo be back at the Festival – if not before. It would be so good to see you both!

  1. June 10, 2019 / 2:03 pm

    Hay festival sounds fantastic. Love the books read, especially Little M and love the worst witch books. I hope one day she will read mine. Well, now I’m editing. I watched Game of Thrones too and enjoyed how it tied up neatly in a bow, but there was one fight I would have liked to see first. xx

    • thebookfamilyrogerson
      June 14, 2019 / 10:23 am

      Ooo that’s exciting that you’re editing Susan! I’m looking forward to reading it! xx

  2. June 11, 2019 / 5:11 pm

    The festival sounds like it was so much fun, and I love the sound of your garden! The wilder the better and it will be such a nice spot to read by the pond.

    • thebookfamilyrogerson
      June 14, 2019 / 10:23 am

      All we need now is a bit of sunshine! Really happy that the garden is thriving – we saw a hedgehog the other night 🙂

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