My wrap-up this month looks pretty poor but I always knew it would. My PGCE is taking up 90% of my time at the moment so reading is having to take a massive back seat. I’m actually surprised that I have managed 8 books this month and good ones they were too!

Books Read: 8

The Giver by Lois Lowry.

Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor.

Valentine Joe by Rebecca Stevens.

The Ghost of Grania O’Malley by Michael Morpurgo.

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo.

Mr Stink by David Walliams.

The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan.

Oh, The Thinks You Can Think by Dr. Seuss.

Favourite book: Mr Stink by David Walliams.

Least favourite book: Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor.


Top Ten Tuesday #11

toptentuesdayJust a quickie from me for Top Ten Tuesday this week, didn’t want to miss it. It’s time to name those books that were hard to read due to the subject matter, hard-to-read, too cringe worthy etc.

Top Ten Books That Were Hard For Me To Read.

The End of Alice by A.M Homes– subject matter was quite disturbing.

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy – just difficult, all of those Russian words and names, plus it was uber long!

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K Rowling – because it was the last one! Boohoo!!! I still feel the pain from that one.

Breaking Dawn by Stephanie Meyer – for the same reason as Harry Potter, I did not want the Twilight Saga to end.

American Psycho by Brett Easton Ellis – I found that it was largely a very boring book, so much description about their clothes etc just weird. Then the ‘action’ scenes were deeply disturbing!

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte – the dialect made parts of it almost impossible to understand and I hated the characters Cathy and Heathcliffe. I also felt guilty for not liking it because it’s considered a ‘Classic’.

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens – very dull but again I felt guilty because it is ‘Classic’ and I’m supposed to like it.

The Northern Lights by Philip Pullman – I’m not sure why I found it so hard to get in to but I did. Reading this book was not a pleasurable experience at all.

Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater – it was so cringe worthy. It was nowhere near the same high quality standard as the Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy.

Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira – I didn’t like the main character, she whined a lot and was not very relatable making the whole book difficult to read.

Waiting on Wednesday #9

New WoWI apologise for missing the last two week’s Waiting on Wednesday and I apologise (a little) because my choice for this week was actually released yesterday. However, I do not have my copy yet so I am still waiting.

The Balance Keepers #1: The Fires of Calderon.balance

By Lindsay Cummings.

Release date: Yesterday.

From Amazon:

“With themes of friendship, self-discovery, and courage; both boy and girl main characters; fierce creatures to battle; a mystery to solve; and a boarding school that could be described as Hogwarts underground, there’s something for every reader to enjoy in this contemporary—and fantastically imaginative—spin on the classic Journey to the Center of the Earth.

When eleven-year-old Albert Flynn follows a mysterious map deep into the woods, and then under the woods, he discovers he’s a Balance Keeper—someone with special magical skills for keeping harmony in fantastical underground worlds. Together with his teammates Leroy and Birdie, Albert must master his magical talents in time to stop the fires in the Calderon Realm from destroying New York City above.”

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Top Ten Tuesday #10

toptentuesdayI’m so sorry that I missed Top Ten Tuesday last week, I was snowed under with university work and my aim of getting balance between university and blogging slipped. Apologies fellow bookworms! Anyway, I am back now 🙂

Top Ten Books on My Fall-To-Be-Read List.51cKKNJKbqL__

The Iron Trial by Cassandra Clare and Holly Black – this gorgeous book is sitting on my bedside shelf right now just begging to be read.

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins – need some sweet Y.A lit in my life.

The Monogram Murders (Agatha Christie’s Poirot) by Sophie Hannah – A new Poirot!!! What more can I say? Stoked.

Blossom Street Brides by Debbie Macomber – my ‘grown up’ read, I have read other books by this author and she is simply wonderful, effortless writing and always such real-life romances. Perfect.

Shadow Kiss (Vampire Academy #3) by Richelle Mead – I really need to get back in to reading this series, the first two books were fantastic I can’t wait to read the third instalment.

Harry Potter series by J.K Rowling – As I have gorgeous new copies of the entire series I feel a need for a re-read of my most favourite series of all

Doon by Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon – This book has been on my Kindle for a while now and it deserves reading. It sounds amazing, I’ve heard such great things about it.

Lux: Consequences by Jennifer L Armentrout – I am currently reading Onyx, taking me a long time because I’m so busy all the time but I’m loving it. Katy is a wonderful character, very relatable and Daemon H-O-T!

Gangsta Granny by David Walliams – I have yet to read any of David Walliams’ books but the children on my placement loved them so I want to give them a go, this one sounds intriguing.

War Horse by Michael Morpurgo – I’m such a fan of Mr Morpurgo and I’ve heard such good reviews of War Horse, once I’ve read it I can watch the film!

I Need Your Help!


Hello fellow bookworms!

I’m back and I need your help. Those of you who regularly read my (recently neglected – sorry!) blog you will know that I am training to be a primary school teacher. One of the most important roles of a teacher is to teach children how to read and to also encourage reading for pleasure. Of course I am a major advocate of reading for pleasure, I’m a bookworm through and through, however my knowledge of children’s literature is limited. I’m working on it, reading recently released children’s books and the classics but I thought I would ask for help from you lovely people.

If you are a parent, have younger siblings, work with children or just love children’s books can you please recommend me some to read?

Do you have a favourite children’s books?

Does your son/daughter/brother/sister/niece/nephew/grandson etc have a book that they love to read over and again or an author that they love?

If you work with children have you seen what they are currently reading?

I’d really appreciate your help with this. Also I have one more favour to ask, our children’s reading levels are falling. More and more children are leaving primary school unable to read, this is not acceptable, something needs to be done. Please follow this link and sign the petition to get the government to commit to ensuring that ALL of our children are leaving primary school as confident readers by 2025.

Read On Get On.

Sign sign sign!!!


Top Ten Tuesday #9

toptentuesdayTop Ten Tuesday time again, this week it’s time to look at underrated authors in X genre. I couldn’t decide on a particular genre so I’ve just chosen ten authors. They really are wonderfully talented writers who do not get even half of the publicity, support and bookish love that they should.

Top Ten Underrated Authors.

(and my recommendation of where to start)

Gabriella Lepore –The Witches of the Glass Castle, Evanescent, How I Found You, Phoenix Holt – read them all.

Joseph Delaney – The Wardstone Chronicles, The Starblade Chronicles.

Charlaine Harris – Forget Sookie Stackhouse it’s all about The Lily Bard Mysteries and The Aurora Teagarden Mysteries.

Jodi Taylor – The Chronicles of St.Mary’s.

Amanda Hocking – The Trylle Trilogy.

P.C Cast – House of Night is great but try the Goddess of Partholon series or the Goddess Summoning series.

Louise DouglasThe Love of My Life and Missing You are great places to start.

Duncan PileThe Nature Mage series.

Heather Gudenkauf – I started with The Weight of Silence and was hooked.

Abby ClementsAmelia Grey’s Fireside Dream.

I know that some of these authors are already popular, bestselling authors for certain books or series but they are so underrated in terms of their other work and I think that they should gain recognition for this work too. Read them!

Waiting on Wednesday #8

New WoWIt’s that time again lovelies, Waiting on Wednesday, days are just flying by at the moment. I started my preliminary placement at a primary school on Monday and it has been…manic. Wonderful but manic. The children have inspired my WoW this week, I overheard some of them discussing this book. I was amazed that 10year olds even think about pre-orders but it seems that they do, thanks to their parents or older siblings Kindle Fires!

Dragons at Crumbling Castle: And Other Stories.terry

By Terry Pratchett

Release date: 11th September.

From Amazon:

“Dragons have invaded Crumbling Castle, and all of King Arthur’s knights are either on holiday or visiting their grannies. It’s a disaster!

Luckily, there’s a spare suit of armour and a very small boy called Ralph who’s willing to fill it. Together with Fortnight the Friday knight and Fossfiddle the wizard, Ralph sets out to defeat the fearsome fire-breathers.

But there’s a teeny weeny surprise in store . . .

Fourteen fantastically funny stories from master storyteller Sir Terry Pratchett, full of time travel and tortoises, monsters and mayhem!

‘So funny I dropped my spoon laughing!’ – King Arthur

Over the last couple of months I have been reigniting my love of Children’s Literature thanks to my PGCE prep; children’s books are some of the best around. They provide some light-hearted fun for the older bookworm.

Terry Pratchett’s literary prowess is well-know, he is a firm figure in the adult sci-fi genre, but perhaps a little less established in children’s literature. I will be delighted to see how this book is received by the children it is intended for and will also, no doubt, enjoy reading it myself. King Arthur, dragons, humour and adventure what more could one ask for?

Top Ten Tuesday #8

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is taking on a back to school theme, seems rather fitting as I literally went back to school yesterday. This week’s Top Ten is:

Top Ten Characters That Would Be Sitting At My Lunch Table.

Hermione Granger, Ron Weasley and Harry Potter (The Golden Trio come as one) Luna

Luna Lovegood (Harry Potter)

Frank Porter (Since You’ve Been Gone)

Karou (Daughter of Smoke and Bone)

Zuzana (Daughter of Smoke and Bone)

Tom Ward (Wardstone Chronicles)

Rose Hathaway (Vampire Academy)

Dee Black (Lux series)

Jesse Jaxon (Phoenix Holt)

Stark (House of Night)

Bonus seat: Daemon Black (Lux series)

This list would likely change a lot over time. As I read different books/series I connect with different characters and want to spend time with them. The only real consistency would be the Harry Potter gang!

Who would you want sitting at your lunch table this week? Do we share any of the same picks?

The Giver


The Giver.

By Lois Lowry.

Pages: 224.

Rating: 4.5 /5 the giver

From the Back Cover:

“Intelligence. Integrity. Courage. Wisdom. These are the qualities a Receiver of Memory must have. And one more can only be named, but not described. The Capacity to See Beyond.

Jonas lives safely within the community, a place where there is no war, no hunger and no pain. But when he is selected as the Receiver of Memory, he starts to discover dark secrets that lie beneath the surface of his perfect world. Secrets that will lead him to undertake an incredible journey…”

A short synopsis:

Jonas is an Eleven fast-approaching the ceremony day in December when he will become a Twelve and when he will receive his Assignment. Jonas is not sure what Assignment he will be given nor which he would like. One thing is for certain and that is that Receiver of Memory was not an Assignment that crossed his mind, nor that of his parents.

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