World Book Day

Happy World Book Day!!!

Are you doing anything special to celebrate? Are you dressing up as your favourite character? Or are you spending all day reading your favourite books?
In true bookworm style I am wearing  my Harry Potter jumper and bag to school :). I’m only teaching P.E today so a jumper is the best I could do. That’s more than most as my school is not even celebrating World Book Day – I could cry. Children need to be encouraged to celebrate books. Books are fun and magical and all children should enjoy reading. I make it my mission to promote reading for enjoyment.
If I was dressing up properly today I’d love to  be Luna Lovegood – she’s so quirky and fun. I think she’s fab!


Happy reading bookworms. I cannot wait to dive into my book when I get home!




Books read: 7

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K Rowling (reread).

The Witches of the Glass Castle: Uprising by Gabriella Lepore.

P.S I Love You by Cecelia Ahern.

The Giraffe And The Pelly And Me by Roald Dahl.

The Butterfly Lion by Michael Morpurgo.

The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien.

George’s Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahl.

Favourite read: The Witches of the Glass Castle: Uprising by Gabriella Lepore.

Least favourite read: The Hobbit by JRR Tolkein (it wasn’t that I didn’t enjoy it but I didn’t have a lot of time so it was a very disjointed reading experience).

Top Ten Tuesday #20


Top Ten New-To-Me Authors in 2014Love rosie

I will tell you the author and then the first book by them that I read 🙂

Gabriella Lepore – The Witches of the Glass Castle

Cecelia Ahern – Love, Rosie

Jennifer Lynn Barnes – The Naturals

Michelle Hodkin – The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer

Lindsay Cummings – The Murder Complex

Richelle Mead – Vampire AcademyimagesCAYX12D4

Laini Taylor – Daughter of Smoke and Bone

Jennifer L Armentrout – Obsidian

Teri Terry – Slated

Leigh Bardguo – Shadow and Bone


I have been on my first teaching placement all month so time for reading has been largely limited to reading on the bus to and from school. Planning is taking over my life!

Books read: 5

MORE of the Fit Woman’s Secrets by Lorna Jane Clarkson (This was a re-read for some fitspiration, need to stop myself from slacking and getting fat!)

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin.

Killer Instinct (Naturals #2) By Jennifer Lynne Barnes.

A Little Yuletide Murder (Murder, She Wrote) by Jessica Fletcher (A recommendation from my Nana)

Wonder by R.J Palacio.

Favourite Book: Killer Instinct by Jennifer Lynn Barnes.

Least Favourite Book: A Little Yuletide Murder by Jessica Fletcher.


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.

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!!!




Read some brilliant books this month, The Bunker Diary was a really gripping read, Since You’ve Been Gone was a perfect summer read and Phoenix Holt – flawless work from Gabriella Lepore once again.phoenix holt

Please forgive all of the children’s books, it’s all been in preparation for my PGCE and I have to confess that, whilst it is technically work, I have really enjoyed reading them. Howl’s Moving Castle was a particularly good read.

Books read: 18.

  • The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer. E. Smith.
  • The Northern Lights by Philip Pullman.
  • Last Scene Alive (Aurora Teagarden #7) by Charlaine Harris.
  • Tiger Dead! Tiger Dead! by Grace Nicholls & John Agard.
  • Cudweed in Outer Space by Marcus Sedgwick.
  • The Dinosaur’s Packed Lunch by Jacqueline Wilson.
  • The Bunker Diary by Kevin Brooks.
  • The Woman Who Won Things by Allan Ahlberg.north
  • Fright Forest: Elf Girl and Raven Boy by Marcus Sedgwick.
  • Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson.
  • Poppy Done to Death (Aurora Teagarden #8) by Charlaine Harris.
  • Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne-Jones.
  • Funky Chickens by Benjamin Zephaniah.
  • The Works 3: A Poet a Week.
  • Phoenix Holt by Gabriella Lepore.
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K Rowling.
  • Fantastic Beats and Where to Find Them by J.K Rowling.
  • Obsidian (Lux #1) by Jennifer. L. Armentrout.

Favourite book: Phoenix Holt by Gabriella Lepore.

Least favourite book: The Northern Lights by Philip Pullman.

Waiting on Wednesday #7

New WoWBone Clocks.

By David Mitchell.

Release Date: 2nd September.bone clocks

From Amazon:

“One drowsy summer’s day in 1984, teenage runaway Holly Sykes encounters a strange woman who offers a small kindness in exchange for ‘asylum’. Decades will pass before Holly understands exactly what sort of asylum the woman was seeking . . .

The Bone Clocks follows the twists and turns of Holly’s life from a scarred adolescence in Gravesend to old age on Ireland’s Atlantic coast as Europe’s oil supply dries up – a life not so far out of the ordinary, yet punctuated by flashes of precognition, visits from people who emerge from thin air and brief lapses in the laws of reality. For Holly Sykes – daughter, sister, mother, guardian – is also an unwitting player in a murderous feud played out in the shadows and margins of our world, and may prove to be its decisive weapon.”

Cloud Atlas was such an intriguing and genre-bending story of multiple fantastical strands. It left me reeling for days afterwards. I had so many questions, about the story, and also about my approach to life. It was a magnificent read and since then I have been looking to read more by David Mitchell. Bone Clocks caught my eye a month or so back it sounds incredible. I am expecting a rich plot with well defined, multi-dimensional characters and settings. I have a feeling that this is one to watch.

Top Ten Tuesday #7




Time for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday.


Top Ten Books I Really Want To Read But Don’t Own Yet

(in no particular order)

The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood. handmaid

The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath.

Lord of the Flies – William Golding.

And the Mountains Echoed – Khaled Hosseini.

How to Build a Girl – Caitlin Moran.

Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour – Morgan Matso

The 5th Wave – Rick Yancey.

Legend – Marie Lu.

The Whispers of the Fallen – J.D Netto.

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer – Michelle Hodkin.


Have you read any of these? If I was going to go out and buy one of these right now, which one would you recommend?