S4S – books that made me angry

Hello! Happy Sunday to you all! 

It’s the World Cup final today AND the men’s Wimbledon final… I shall be partaking in beverages and viewing of both! 

Today’s #SixforSunday post is brought to you by the emotion: anger. Today, we’re talking:

Books that made you angry

Now, I don’t get angry often, so books that make me angry (for whatever reason) stick in my head! There’s a common theme with some of my angry books… I’ll see if you can spot it!

  1. The Exact Opposite of Okay – Laura Steven
    While this book made me HOWL (thanks Izzy), Danny’s behaviour made me SO ANGRY. Ugh, Danny.
  2. Goodbye Perfect – Sara Barnard
    Again, another book I loved. It just made me SO conflicted. I don’t know who I’m most angry with. Let’s talk about this book please.
  3. Freshers – Lucy Ivison and Tom Ellen
    Ugh. This book. Those boys. 
  4. After the Fire – Will Hill
    I can’t even because I’ll spoil it. Just read it. Then lets talk.
  5. The Sin Eater’s Daughter – Melinda Salisbury
    The Queen is NOT someone who should ever be allowed in the world. That woman.
  6. Floored – the Floored 7
    Oh, Hugo. Please go and read this book and then lets talk about Hugo, because… you’ll know why.

Anyone see the common theme?! Let me know if you do!

Thanks for popping by! Why don’t you check out my other #SixforSunday posts or check the hashtag on twitter to see which books others chose. 

See you next week for ‘Books that made you shout’

S x

BOOK BLOG: Amy Wilson

Snowglobe: a magical tale you’ll get lost, and found, in

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“When daydreamer Clementine discovers a mysterious house standing in the middle of town that was never there before, she is pulled towards it by the powerful sense of a mother she never knew. The place is full of snowglobes, swirling with stars and snow and each containing a trapped magician, watched over by Gan, the bitter keeper of the house. One of these is Dylan, a boy who teases her in the real world but who is now desperate for her help.”

As a massive fan of Amy Wilson’s other books (A Far Away Magic and A Girl Called Owl), I was thrilled when the publishers offered me the chance to get my hands on Amy’s newest book early. When it reached me, I put all other books on hold and dived into the snow-and-magic-filled world of Snowglobe.

Snowglobe tells the story of Clem, a young girl who doesn’t know her mother or her mother’s family, drawn to a mysterious house one day. She’s different from the rest of the kids in school, she has powers that get her into trouble and she’s not sure how to quite control them. The house she is drawn to she has never seen before. It didn’t exist before the day she first sees it, and then it disappears again. A disappearing house? I know I’d be curious. Clem ends up inside and finds that this house is filled with snowglobes, and in one, a child she recognises. Also in this house is a frightening character who Clem has a connection to – a connection that Clem is initially unaware of.

This book is just beautiful. There’s magic, darkness, light, friendship, tolerance, acceptance and wonder. You can’t read this book and not want to see the inside of one of these snowglobes. There’s a sense of danger and darkness inside this book, juxtaposed with a sense of wonder and light. Clem is constantly having to battle a heavy force of dark with her beautiful lightness. The characters are brilliantly written and I adore that here we have another brilliant female protagonist who stands up for what’s right and is bravekids need to read characters like this. Books are excellent teachers.

One of my favourite things about Amy’s books is that there’s always a sense of magic and believing in yourself and Snowglobe is no different. Clem and Dylan go through a lot finding their courage in themselves and each other, building trust and friendship as they go. 

With a cover like that one to go with it too? It’s a sure fire one that kids will want to  pick up! This would be a great book in a Year 5+ classroom. I certainly can’t wait for my kids to read it! I have a feeling Clem will be well loved by kids across the land. 

My Goodreads review:

Snowglobe is filled with magic, messages of believing in yourself, finding your own power and incredible little worlds. I really adored Dylan and Clem’s friendship. Amy Wilson yet again has written a book you can get lost, and found in, and it’s stunning.

A massive thanks to Amy and her publicist Jo for getting me a review copy of this book! I can’t wait to have a finished copy to add to our school library! Make sure you pick up a copy when it’s released in October (18th to be exact!)

Have you read Snowglobe?
Would you like to be trapped in a snowglobe?

Talk to me in the comments or on Twitter! 

S x

 

BLOG TOUR: Floored

Today is an exciting day here at A Little But A Lot. Today’s post is a little different to normal. Today is my stop on the group tour for the brilliant Floored.

The way this worked is: bloggers were grouped into 7s (just like there were 7 authors for the original novel) and then we each had to use one of the first lines of the characters as inspiration for a post. As you can see from the blog tour graphic, I was paired with some brilliant bloggers (all of the links to their blogs are at the bottom of this post) for this venture and I even managed to get the line I most wanted!

Today’s post is an ode to the North East, inspired by Hugo’s disgust of the North. 

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“God, the North is ghastly”

Well actually Hugo, the North isn’t.

As a very proud Geordie, I am here today to tell you all about the wonderful things the North East has to offer you, in particular Newcastle and its surrounding areas.

If you type in “things to do in the North East” in Google, you get 522 million results. That’s not too shabby for somewhere “grim”. If you scroll through these things, you find castles, museums, theatres, beaches, catherals, bridges, churches, ruins from Roman times… the list goes on.

Hugo, man of taste, do you want to see a play? We have you sorted – you have MANY choices! The Theatre Royal and Sunderland Empire to name just two of the biggest theatres around. That’s not to mention to copious amounts of other places you can go.
Do you want to see some beautiful architcture? I can name many a street and building for you to look out. In particular, check out Grey Street in Newcastle (once voted most beautiful street in Britain!) and have a wander along the Quayside (my favourite place to visit).
Bored of people and need somewhere nice to stay? We have hotels a plenty – both big chains and smaller, more quaint ones too!
Need a park or somewhere green to get some fresh North air (to help get rid of some of that Southern air from your lungs)? There’s an awful lot of greenery up here in the North – we have a multitude of parks and there are plenty of National Trust sites to visit.

So now you’ve got plenty to keep you busy, what about the people? Geordies, and Northerners, are famous for being WONDERFUL. Often voted the friendlier and more welcoming than Southerners, you’re guaranteed a warm smile and even a conversation on public transport (imagine that… PEOPLE WHO TALK TO YOU!) Athough Hugo, I’m sure you’ll only be travelling by taxi, none of this public transport lark… don’t worry, we’ve many a taxi company to keep you driven around, with taxi drivers who will talk to you!

Now you’ve things to know, you know you’re welcome… what about food and drink? Well… let’s start with the obvious, Greggs. A wonderful Northern thing that is not a thing which the South has (as far as I’m aware). It is cuisine at its finest. Nothing better. But besides Greggs, we have many a restaurant, for many a cuisine type. Name me a cuisine from the world and I can find you an incredible restaurant that will satisfy your hunger. I can offer you many a glorious restaurant for breakfast too, and we all know breakfast is the most important meal of the day! Besides that there’s also PLENTY of places to drink. For all Northerners are known to be the ones in the papers who don’t wear coats (a truth, we don’t often!) and fall over because we’re drunk, the booze up here is MUCH cheaper than the South! Plenty of bars, some with incredible views of the river, to drink in all night long! 

So Hugo, instead of judging the North before you really KNOW the North… why don’t you give us a visit, check out some of the things we have to offer and then we can talk again. This was just a whistlestop tour of what we have to offer…

Love, A very proud Geordie. xx

Why don’t you check out the rest of the bloggers on my collaboration?

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Monday – Books and Skittles
Tuesday – Sammy’s Shelf
Wednesday – A Cornish Geek
Thursday – ME
Friday – Almost Amazing Grace
Saturday – The Royal Bookshelf
Sunday – Lois Reads Books

 

 

BOOK BLOG: Floored

Floored: what happens when you put some of YA’s biggest names together? Brilliance.

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“When they got in the lift, they were strangers (though didn’t that guy used to be on TV?): Sasha, who is desperately trying to deliver a parcel; Hugo, who knows he’s the best-looking guy in the lift and is eyeing up Velvet, who knows what that look means when you hear her name and it doesn’t match the way she looks, or the way she talks; Dawson, who was on TV, but isn’t as good-looking as he was a few years ago and is desperately hoping no one recognizes him; Kaitlyn, who’s losing her sight but won’t admit it, and who used to have a poster of Dawson on her bedroom wall, and Joe, who shouldn’t be here at all, but who wants to be here the most. And one more person, who will bring them together again on the same day every year”

So I think I’ve been talking about this book ever since I found out about it.
A while. A long time.
When I was offered the chance to read a review copy, I JUMPED AT IT.
But then again why wouldn’t I want to?
7 brilliant UKYA authors, including 2 of my all time faves?
A contemporary with 7 perspectives?
A brilliant sounding concept?
A cover which makes my eyes VERY happy?
I just… yes please. SIGN ME UP.

What Floored brings to the table is an incredible story, with memorable characters and an honest look at life, relationships and friendships, all wrapped in 7 authors who you know you can trust. Add to that the fun of guessing which author wrote which character and you’ve got what is a sure fire winner. 

(This is one of those book reviews where I’m really struggling to write it because I just want to say I LOVED IT SO MUCH OK?)

One of the things that stood out to me was the comparison between how individual their lives were at the beginning of the book, but then as the book develops you notice that they are part of each other’s lives and then by the end they become each other’s lives. They are all integral parts of each other’s lives. Friendship is a MASSIVE part of this book, but as you go through it, it’s not all plain sailingjust like life isn’t all plain sailing. Things happen that make the friendships hard; the relationships change and develop and fall apart; people naturally are drawn to one over the others. All of these dynamics are explored and for me that’s what’s so brilliant about it. I see so much of my own friendships and relationships in this book. 

I can’t go through this review without expressing my sheer ANGER at Hugo and some of his actions. Oh, this man. Hugo, Hugo, Hugo. I think I could talk about Hugo for a while. But I won’t as his actions, especially at the beginning of the book, do not deserved to be spoken of. As questionable as some of his actions are, he made me laugh. 

While we’re talking characters, I just think they’re each lush. 
Hugo – questionable morals, made me laugh.
Kaitlyn – a brilliant badass young woman who won’t let anything stand in her way
Sasha – poor Sasha, I just wanted to hug her.
Dawson – oh complicated little Dawson, I feel you so much my friend. Let’s talk.
Velvet – don’t let them get you down my friend, you’re wonderful.
Joe – keep that ambition about you my friend, keep being lovely.

I just adored this book. It made me laugh, cry, angry. It’s EVERYTHING I hoped for in the celebration of all that is wonderful. 

Massive MASSIVE thank you to the wonderful publicist Bea for sending me a copy – I love you forever and a day! 

Have you read Floored?
Have you had a guess at which character matches which author?
Which Floored character do you think you are?

Talk to me! Comment! Tweet! Pigeon! Postcard!

OH and come back tomorrow where you’ll see my post for the Floored blog collaboration group I’m part of! 

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S x

p.s. I did so well not to use the floored pun. Are you impressed?

Mid-Year Freak Out tag

So… I wasn’t tagged by anyone to do this (that I can tell) BUT I did see it over on my brilliant buddy Cora’s blog… so I thought I would do it anyway!

Last week, I did a little half year round up, but I thought this blog tag was a quick way of rounding things up more concisely and with a bit of fun thrown in! If you’d like to do this tag yourself, go for it! I’m not going to tag anyone necessarily, but let’s all spread the bookish love!

Here we go!

1. Best book you’ve read this year?
The Nowhere Emporium by Ross Mackenzie. Hands down best book I’ve read this year so far. I just think it’s incredible, and I can’t wait to use it in my classroom!

2. Best sequel you’ve read this year?
Now… this is going to have to be a shared prize between Hero at the Fall by Alwyn Hamilton (a finale) and Beyond the Odyssey by Maz Evans (the 3rd in a 4 series). Both books made me feel A LOT OF THINGS making me heavily emotionally invested in both series.

3. New releases you haven’t read but want to?
Probably lots… however, I am very curious about Scythe/Thunderhead by Neal Schusterman.

4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year?
Oooh, now there’s quite a few… I wrote a whole blog post dedicated to the kids books I’m excited for. But on the YA side of the coin (since that blog post hasn’t gone live yet), that mantle has to go to Holly Bourne for Are We All Lemmings and Snowflakes?

5. Biggest disappointment?
All of this is True by Lygia Day Penaflor. I didn’t hate it, but I just wanted more from it. The premise sounded amazing and some of the characters were interesting, but it just didn’t quite hit the spot.

6. Biggest surprise?
Slay by Kim Curran. I knew very little about this book when Usborne sent me it so for me, when I read it, I was transported to being a teenager again, loving life, loving boybands and loving Charmed. A total winner for me.

7. Favourite new to you, or debut, author
Now, I’ve gotta say that Leigh Bardugo takes this title as I read Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom for the first time this year and LOVED THEM. So so much. But also, if I could give an honourable mention out here, I’d give it to the wonderful Shea Ernshaw – her book, The Wicked Deep, is just exceptional.

8. Newest fictional crush.
Kaz Brekker. No more needs to be said.

9. Newest favourite character?
I mean, how long do you have? Too many to mention.

10. Book that made you cry?
(So so so many, I cry at ALL OF THE BOOKS) 1000 Perfect Notes by C.G.Drews. That book is HAUNTING.

11. Book that made you happy?
Theatrical by Maggie Harcourt. (Check out my review here to find out why!)

12. Favourite book to film adaptation?
OH. LOVE SIMON. I’ve not actually read the book yet though.

13. Favourite post you’ve done so far this year?
REALLY? Lord. I think posting more regularly with my ‘Happy posts‘ has been good for me. They’re lush to look back at

14. Most beautiful book you’ve bought this year?
Are we talking covers? Cause man, there’s an awful lot of choice! Partly because I’m a MASSIVE fan of shiny covers… Spark by Alice Broadway. Man, what a cover!

15, What book do you need to read by the end of the year?
I mean I should probably read all of the books on my TBR… but the one people keep shouting at me for is The Hate U Give.

So there we go!

Thanks for reading! Don’t forget to let me know if you agree/disagree with any of these answers! See you tomorrow!

S x

“Miss, are your our main teacher?!”

“Miss, are you our main teacher? There won’t be someone else teaching us all the time? Will it be you?”

Why yes, yes kids I am your main teacher!
I MADE IT.
I QUALIFIED.
I HAVE MY OWN CLASS.
MY OWN ROOM.
MY KIDS.
MY TEACHING.

It’s been A YEAR. But, last week, I FINALLY got to do my first transition day and I just adored it. We had such a brilliant day.

(A little background for those who don’t know my situation. I’ve worked at this school for 8 years now. I started as a TA, wanted more responsibility and was very lucky to be given a HLTA position. Having always wanted to be a teacher and not having a degree, I’ve spent the past 3 years getting a degree and the subsequently completed a SCITT to get QTS so that I can finally become a teacher)

The morning of transition day, I was a BARREL of emotion. I was on the verge of every emotion possible. My brother sent me the loveliest message, which sent me over the edge and made me cry. However, once it got closer to 9am, I was excited and raring to go. My brilliant TA had got the things prepared I’d asked for and we were ready to get them when the bell went.

Despite the fact I’ve worked at this school for 8 years, my class somehow seem to be a class I’ve not covere/taught much, so I knew that transition day needed to be all about having a bit of fun and getting to know each other.

The kids are avid readers which thrills me as I too am a MASSIVE reader! Taking this into account, I decided to spend a good chunk of time doing a Book World Cup (very timely since it’s the World Cup at the minute), inspired by my brilliant tweacher friend Ashley (check him out @MrBoothY6 on twitter).

I gave the children 12 different books which could be our first class novel of the year, gave them time to read about each of the books and talk about them with each other. It was important for me to give the kids time to talk about the books with each other, and with me. A lot of them wanted to know my opinions on the books. I remained as impartial as humanly possible as I wanted it to be THEIR decision, not mine. I wouldn’t have been able to make some of the decisions they did, especially in some of the later rounds. Once they’d had time to process each of the choices, we started the knock out competition. I just used a random number generator to pit them against each other.

It was a hard fought battle with the final round coming down to Rooftoppers vs Skellig vs The Girl of Ink and Stars. We had brilliant discussions around all 3 books and then it came to the final vote.

I was overjoyed when they unanimously decided a winner: The Girl of Ink and Stars. I can’t wait to read it to them, it’s a brilliant story and I adore Kiran’s writing. 

We got up to all kinds of other things on transition day, but for me the Book World Cup was the absolute highlight. If you’re looking for something to do with your new kids, or looking for a way to promote reading, then I would whole-heartedly encourage this kind of activity. My kids are still talking about these books and we’re a week on – they can’t wait to read the rest of the choices in September! A few of them have even gone out and bought them already. 

S x

S4S – Books that made me laugh

GOOOOOOD MORNING FRIENDS.

How are we all today? What is going on in your lives today? I would like to hope you are participating in #SixforSunday in whichever means you wish. Go and share the bookish love my friends!

Today’s #SixforSunday prompt asks for:

Books which made me laugh

This is another one of those that I could go on for a while. I cry and laugh at a lot of books. I’m that person. I FEEL a lot at books. Sue me.

  1. Coco Pinchard books – Robert Bryndza
    Man. I love Coco Pinchard. I miss her a lot. She’s a disaster, but the books are HILARIOUS. I will deffo be finding time to reread them.
  2. Who Let The Gods Out? series – Maz Evans
    Yes, yes, we all know I love this series but FOR REAL, they’re hilarious. The humour in this is accessible to kids and adults alike. I genuinely chuckle so hard at these books. I dare you to read them and NOT laugh. I will eat my metaphorical hat.
  3. Sam Wu books – Katie and Kevin Tsang
    These books are BRILLIANT MG books centred around the MC (Sam Wu) not being scared of things that he quite blatantly is scared of. They’re deliciously funny.
  4. How To Be Champion – Sarah Millican
    I adored this when I read it. It made me laugh AND cry. It’s proper funny, obviously cause Sarah is PROPER funny.
  5. Perijee and Me – Ross Montgomery
    This made me laugh in its gentle, touching ways. I read this to kids at school and it just made me so happy.
  6. Candy – Lavie Tadhir
    I read this MG book recently and it just made me chuckle. It’s so wonderfully written.

Let me know which books for you make you chuckle. I love a good laughing book. I need more books in my life that will make me laugh!

Share your ideas using #SixforSunday! Let’s spread the happy, joyful love!

S x

YALC top tips!

Hello!

Today I’m sharing some of my top tips for how to get the most out of YALC.

Now, I’m by no means a YALC pro, but from going last year there’s a few things I learned that I thought might be useful to share with everyone going this year!

  1. Have breakfast
    Don’t make the mistake I made of not having something to eat BEFORE you get to YALC. Eat some breakfast, your body will thank you when you can still function later in the day.
  2. Carry snacks/water with you
    Yes there’s a cafe, yes there’s a Tesco across the road, but I tell you once you’re in the room of YALC goodness you may not want to leave. Plus, the cafe gets busy and from what I remember isn’t the cheapest option! Stock up from Tesco in the morning!
  3. Prepare for long lines
    Now, this is in particular for authors who don’t do events often. If I think of this year’s line up, I think FOR SURE the longest line could be for Tom and Giovanna Fletcher. However, prepare to queue. I’m not sure what system they’ll have in place this year, but be ready to queue to meet your faves… they’ll love you for waiting!
  4. Know what you MUST see
    Have a schedule prepared. If like me, you need to know what’s going on and who you’re seeing when, what signing you’re doing when… check out the YALC website (they’ve announced the schedules for the days) and get a copy – highlight/make yourself a list of what you’re doing.
  5. Don’t go overboard on the proofs
    IT IS SO EXCITING SEEING ALL OF THE PROOFS, but take the ones you’re going to read, the ones you’re most excited for. Don’t just take everything because you can. (Think about it… you’re going to have to carry them anyway!)
  6. Prepare to run into people you talk to online
    Last year I did NOT expect to run into so many people I knew online. I don’t know why I thought this. But go and say hi, don’t be shy. I can guarantee all of these people will be excited to see you too.
  7. If you feel overwhelmed, remember that’s OK
    A LOT is happening. You’re allowed to feel overwhelmed and take a minute to yourself.
  8. See as much as you can
    It’s not every day you get to be in the same room as some of your favourite authors and some of your friends from online – try and get as much in as you can, without exhausting yourself!
  9. Introduce yourself to people
    Say hello to people, especially if they’re people you recognise. YALC is a great opportunity to say hi to those people you see on twitter/that publicist who sends you books. The people of YALC are the loveliest.
  10. Cosplay if you want
    I’m VERY excited because at least 2 of my faves are cosplaying this year and I’m very excited to see it! (I’m not cool enough to cosplay, but if it’s your thing do it!)
  11. Check to see what the deal is with workshops
    If there’s a workshop you are DYING to go to, check with the people who are working the event what the sign up deal is. Last year it was sign up on the morning and once the slots were full, that was that. I don’t know what the deal will be this year, but just ask!
  12. Prepare to ache
    You’ll ahve sore arms and legs, possibly an empty bank account, but you’ll also leave with a very full heart once your experience is over.

Whether you’re coming to YALC for 1 day or the whole weekend, it’s an incredible experience to meet people, share the bookish love and enjoy being your most bookish self. Last year was incredible. I absolutely loved it. 

If you want to read about my YALC experience last year, you’ll find 2 blog posts – YALC #1 and YALC #2.

Let me know if you’re coming along and I’ll say hi!

S x

Brilliant MG still to come!

2018 has graced us some EXCEPTIONAL MG so faryet with half a year left there is still some EXCELLENT MG left to come.

Today, in the spirit of sharing exciting things and looking forward, I thought I would share with you 10 books that I’m excited for in the rest of this year

There are SO MANY books I’m excited for, both in YA and MG, that I could actually be here forever and a day and not have told you them all… however, for now I’ve chosen 10 that I’m THE MOST excited for.

Next week I’ll share YA books I’m excited for too!

So here goes…

2018 mg second half

The Elsewhere Emporium – Ross Mackenzie
(follow up from The Nowhere Emporium, one of my favourite books I’ve read this year!)
“The Nowhere Emporium has been stolen. The shop from nowhere has vanished without a trace. Will it ever reappear? As they search for the lost Emporium, Daniel and Ellie encounter magical bookshops, deserted islands in the dead of night, and an array of magicians (both dead and alive). Meanwhile a dangerous force is attacking the Emporium from the inside, waiting for a chance to break free.”

Tilly and the Bookwanderers. – Anna James
(I’ve been excited for this forever and a day, Anna is a LOVE)
“Eleven year-old Tilly has lived above her grandparents’ bookshop ever since her mother disappeared shortly after she was born. Like the rest of her family, Tilly loves nothing more than to escape into the pages of her favourite stories. One day Tilly realises that classic children’s characters are appearing in the shop through the magic of `book wandering’ – crossing over from the page into real life. With the help of Anne of Green Gables and Alice in Wonderland. Tilly is determined to solve the mystery of what happened to her mother all those years ago, so she bravely steps into the unknown, unsure of what adventure lies ahead and what dangers she may face”

The Way Past Winter – Kiran Milwood Hargrave
(I am the BIGGEST Kiran fan ever, she’s just incredible, this is one on my MUST HAVE NOW books)
“Mila and her sisters live with their brother Oskar in a small forest cabin in the snow. One night, a fur-clad stranger arrives seeking shelter for himself and his men. But by the next morning, they’ve gone – taking Oskar with them. Fearful for his safety, Mila and her sisters set out to bring Oskar back – even it means going north, crossing frozen wild-lands to find a way past an eternal winter.”

The Lost Magician – Piers Torday
(As I write this blog post, there is a proof copy of this on its way to me… SO THAT’S EXCITING!)
“1945. They have survived the Blitz, but when Simon, Patricia, Evelyn and Larry step through a mysterious library door, it is the beginning of their most dangerous adventure yet. They discover the magical world of Folio, where an enchanted kingdom of fairy knights, bears and tree gods is under threat from a sinister robot army. The many stories of the Library are locked in eternal war, and the children’s only hope is to find their creator – a magician who has been lost for centuries. What they discover will change not just their own lives, but the fate of the world, for ever …”

Armistice Runner – Tom Palmer
(I love a war book and Tom writes the most brilliant books)
“Tom Palmer will mark the centenary of the end of First World War with a powerful, fictionalised account of the fell-runners who were used as messengers to and from the front lines in the last days of the war. Deftly told in an intertwining narrative of past and present, Armistice Runner follows a young fell-runner called Lily as she discovers the diaries of her great-great-grandfather and his experiences as a runner-messenger in the
lead-up to the Armistice of 1918.” (Taken from Barrington Stoke press release)

Snowglobe – Amy Wilson
(I’ve actually read this book already and it is INCREDIBLE… watch out for my review coming in the next few weeks!)
“When daydreamer Clementine discovers a mysterious house standing in the middle of town that was never there before, she is pulled towards it by the powerful sense of a mother she never knew. The place is full of snowglobes, swirling with stars and snow and each containing a trapped magician, watched over by Gan, the bitter keeper of the house. One of these is Dylan, a boy who teases her in the real world but who is now desperate for her help.”

Wundersmith – Jessica Townsend
(again, this is a follow up from Nevermoor which is just remarkable… this is one of those releases I’ve been waiting for since I finished the last word of the first book!)
“Morrigan Crow has been invited to join the prestigious Wundrous Society, a place that promised her friendship, protection and belonging for life. She’s hoping for an education full of wunder, imagination and discovery – but all the Society want to teach her is how evil Wundersmiths are. And someone is blackmailing Morrigan’s unit, turning her last few loyal friends against her. Has Morrigan escaped from being the cursed child of Wintersea only to become the most hated figure in Nevermoor? Worst of all, people have started to go missing. The fantastical city of Nevermoor, once a place of magic and safety, is now riddled with fear and suspicion…”

Explorers on Witch Mountain – Alex Bell
(another follow up from The Polar Bear Explorer’s Club, another one I’ve been waiting for FOREVER)
“Stella Starflake Pearl is eagerly anticipating her next expedition. Suddenly disaster strikes when Stella’s father, Felix, is snatched by a fearsome witch. Stella must bring her magic ice princess tiara to Witch Mountain or she will never see Felix again! But no one ever returns from Witch Mountain… Stella, Ethan, Shay, Beanie and reluctant Jungle Cat explorer, Percival, set off into the unknown. They will face terrifying bat caves, poisonous apple groves, outraged vultures, argumentative mushrooms and deranged broomsticks in their quest to rescue Felix.”

Into the Jungle – Katherine Rundell
(everything Katherine Rundell writes blows me away…)
“This wise and witty companion to Rudyard Kipling’s 1894 classic is likewise a series of connected stories about the man-cub Mowgli and his adventures among the animals in the Indian jungle. It includes all the original favorites like Baloo and Bagheera and gives female characters, like Mother Wolf, a more prominent role in Mowgli’s upbringing. The timely theme of the possibility of understanding and empathy across species, cultures, and genders will resonate with contemporary readers.”

Death in the Spotlight – Robin Stevens
(I absolutely adore Robin Stevens’ books, and this is one we’ve been waiting for a while!)
“Someone will take their final bow . . . Fresh from their adventure in Hong Kong, Hazel Wong and Daisy Wells are off to the Rue Theatre in London to face an entirely new challenge: acting. But danger has a nasty habit of catching up with the Detective Society, and it soon becomes clear that there is trouble afoot at the Rue. Jealousy, threats and horrible pranks quickly spiral out of control – and then a body is found. Now Hazel and Daisy must take centre stage and solve the crime . . . before the murderer strikes again.”

And there you have it. 10 of the books I AM MOST EXCITED FOR OK.

2018 continues to be a TREAT FOR THE BRAIN. 

Which 2018 books are you still most excited for?
Have you read any of the books on my list?
Are there any books you think should’ve made my list but didn’t?

Share your thoughts with me! I’d love to know which MG books you’re still most excited for!

S x

Half year in review!

Hello there!

Since we’ve done half a year already, I thought I’d share with you my half year in review! Sharing my fave 5 books for MG and YA with you!

Tomorrow comes my MG books I’m excited for for the rest of the year and next week I share the YA version of that! So many books I’m excited for! 

Books read this year: 84

MG books read this year: 56

YA books read this year: 28

I didn’t realise just how many kids books I had read this year. But Summer is an excellent chance for me to catch up with some YA. YALC is coming, so I need to prepare my brain for much YA reading. There’s a whole host of YA books that I need to purchase and get reading over the summer, so I have no doubt that by the end of August those numbers will both have increased but YA more so.

I read so much MG because I’m always on the look out for new books for school – both for me to use for teaching, but also to add to the school library. 

When I was thinking about what to include in this blog post, I initially went with “top 3 MG and YA books of the year so far” and then when I looked at the sheer amount of books I’ve read so far, I had to change that to top 5. This is HARD guys. I generally LOVE all of the books – that’s just who I am. But here goes… (ask me again for my top 5 in about a week and it’ll probably be different. No regrets. I just love the books)

Let’s start with…

5 favourite MG books I’ve read this year

fave mg

5 favourite YA books I’ve read this year

fave ya

There are SO MANY other books I could’ve included (honourable mentions galore, if you wanna know them ask me! I can recommend SO MANY OTHER BOOKS) and whittling it down to JUST books I’ve read this year (not books necessarily that have been released this year) and only 5 was HARD. 

(If you’re wondering, I read Goodbye Perfect and State of Sorrow LAST year, otherwise they’d be on the YA list WITHOUT a doubt)

So there you go. If you have any questions about other books, these books, anything else first half of the year bookish related, please ask! I am always happy to answer questions!

What have been your fave 5 books of the year?
Are there any books on my top 5 that you’ve not read?

Talk to me! I wanna know your top 5s!

S x