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I made sure I brought all my unread Welsh books with me, and as I’m also reading in Spanish and trying to learn Euskara, I think they’ll keep me going for a while :grin:

I’ll try to finish this one fairly quickly though, so if we manage to catch up when you visit Pau I’ll be able to give it to you.


This is a really good book if anyone is looking for something to read :slight_smile: I bought it last year when I couldn’t read it and I thought it was about a owl :rofl: and I loved the font and how the language looked. I was a bit disappointed when I found out it wasn’t about an owl, but I’m not disappointed now I’ve read it! It’s a really good story! :slight_smile: image image


Myfanwy Morgan does not exist. Just spotted this book. Has anyone read it? [ ]


I’ve just finished reading Yr Horwth by Elidir Jones. It’s the first novel in a fantasy series called Chwedlau’r Copa Coch, aimed at young adults (i.e. teenagers), but still a great story whatever your age. I’m about two decades above the target age, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It also won the prize for Welsh Children’s Book of the Year 2020.

The story the follows the journey of a group of unlikely heroes as they travel across the land on a mission to defeat a monster known as the Horwth. As you would expect in a fantasy novel, this all takes place in a world full of magic, strange creatures, and wild landscapes. The book also contains lots of illustrations of the all different characters, plants and animals, and locations featured in the story.

Since this is a young adult novel the language is fairly easy to understand. I did occasionally come across some words i didn’t know that were not in the dictionary either, then I realised they were words that the author had made up to describe the fantasy plants, animals etc. in the book. :man_facepalming:


Tom - Cynan Llwyd

I reviewed another book by Cynan Llwyd a while ago called “Pobl fel Ni” and you’ll be glad to hear that this is a lot better. It follows a period in the life of Tom, a 15 year old lad who lives with his mum in a high rise building in Cardiff. It tackles a lot of relevant issues like bullying, crime, poverty, loneliness, mental health and racism very casually by, well, by just including them all as a normal part of life. It’s a very good read to be fair.

It’s not a Stori Sydyn book but, although it costs £5.99, is very much in the same vein. It’s obviously aimed at teenagers with the title character being 15 and the level of reading difficulty reflects that. I would say it would be accessible enough for a late beginner with no real trouble.


Gemau - Mared Lewis

This is a very short book (only 77 pages of not tightly packed writing) that I managed to get through in just a couple of hours so, for the cost of £5.99, is not really a bargain by any stretch of the imagination (I bought it by mail order).

Having said that it’s a pretty decent story about a woman, Nina, who has tracked down her real mother, Rose, only to find that she is now a dementia sufferer. There’s a bit of a shock in store for her when she digs a bit deeper. The quality could have been better but a very good read all the same.

I would definitely recommend getting this from a library if I’m honest. Maybe that’s just the Miser in me.

As far as the reading ability for this one - I would say it needs a more intermediate level to get the most out of it.