S4S – Fictional schools

Hola #SixforSunday pals!

How are you all doing? What’s happening on this Sunday afternoon? I’ve just been doing a bit of work ready for next week and now I’m sitting down to do next week’s blog posts…

Today I’m interpreting the #SixforSunday prompt a little differently to how I would normally… we’re talking

Schools you’d love to go to

And I’m going to go down the route of THINGS I’d like to learn in my ideal fictional school (because why not?? I’m the boss and I can do what I want!)

  1. Spell casting
    If I could go to a fictional school and learn how to cast spells, I would be there. I’d only cast them in good ways though. None of this bad spell casting for me. No love potions against people’s wills.
  2. Astrology
    There’s something fascianting about the stars and I’d love to be able to look at the sky and go “that’s such and such a constellation” (I realise this is something I could teach myself, but shush.
  3. A school with a swimming pool
    There was always a rumour circulating in my school that there was a door that led to a swimming pool under the school. I love swimming an awful lot and I’d love to have gone to a school with a swimming pool.
  4. Some kind of self defence PE thing 
    Let’s be honest, fictional me is a kick-ass magician who can swim well, but I’d love to have compulsory classes where you do kick-boxing or jiu-jitsu or something. I think that would be SUPER COOL.
  5. Something creative as compulsory
    Painting, blogging, knitting, drawing… whatever “creative” means to you, I think in my ideal school day there would be time for it. I think it’s important that we’re taught that looking after yourself and doing things you enjoy is as important as learning the actual academics of the world
  6. A massive fuck off library
    BEST TIL LAST. Think the Beast’s library from BATB. Think any book you want in the world. Think an unlimited budget for books. Think connecting with authors and readers. Think book clubs aplenty. That’s what my fictional school would have.

Man. I wanna work at/be at this school now. Fictional school me would be ALL OVER THIS SCHOOL. (I already was a proper goody two shoes, so THIS me would be unbearable).

Talk to me! I’d love to know what your ideal school would teach you!

I hope you enjoyed my rebelling for this week’s #SixforSunday!

S x

S4S – Books set in school

Hello there everyone!

How are we all today? It’s another Sunday! We are back again for more #SixforSunday does Back To School Realness. (The realness of back to school is THERE. I am EXHAUSTED, but this is a good thing!!) This week’s #SixforSunday post sees us taking on:

Books set in schools

I think I’ve read a few books set in schools recently, but here’s the first 6 that popped into my mind…

  1. Dead Popular – Sue Wallman
    Boarding school mysteries afoot. I really enjoyed this!
  2. The Truth Pixie Goes to School – Matt Haig
    I loved this. The importance of being who you are.
  3. Scars Like Wings – Erin Stewart
    Friends, the theatre and not hiding who you are. 
  4. Jemima Small versus the Universe – Tamsin Winter
    Be your bright, brainy self!
  5. Gangster School – Kate Wiseman
    Take yourself off to criminal mastermind school!
  6. Goodbye Perfect – Sara Barnard
    LOL. This one teacher doesn’t make SUCH a great choice…

And there we go! 6 books set in school. There’s quite a bunch more (and I didn’t want to mention Harry Potter cause EVERYONE else will!)

Thanks so much for stopping by!

See you next week for more #SixforSunday does Back to School realness!

S x

 

S4S – Books I think should be studied in school

Hello there!

How are we all? Are we ready for a new month of #SixforSunday challenges? I’m VERY excited about this month because I love a new set of challenges (not so much the having to think ha!). I decided since it was September that we’d focus on back to school themed prompts for this month. Predictable or not… that’s what we are going for ha! This week’s #SixforSunday prompt sees me taking on something that is quite close to my heart:

Books I think should be taught in school

As a teacher, I could go ON AND ON AND ON about this subject (which I may come back to in another blog post during the week sometime… but for now I’ll try to stick to 6 ha!) I’m going to go for a range of picture books, kids books and YA books (so 2 of each eek!) that I think should be taught in schools because they are INCREDIBLE.

Picture books

How To Catch A Star by Oliver Jeffers
I love everything Oliver Jeffers has written and I THINK How To Catch A Star might be my favourite. It’s just such a lovely story.
The Building Boy by Ross Montgomery and David Litchfield
This is an INCREDIBLE book about grief. I read this to my Year 6 class in my training year and it made some absolutely wonderful conversations and it’s one of my go to books.

MG books

The Explorer by Katherine Rundell
Katherine Rundell is another one of those authors who can do no wrong in my eyes. I’ve read all of the books she’s published so far and they’ve all been amazing. I’m still waiting for the day when I’m doing the rainforest so I can use this absolutely beautiful piece of writing.
The Truth Pixie by Matt Haig
Definitely aimed at younger children, but this is a book that should be read to every child. It’s the importance of being who you are. It’s love and compassion. It’s empathy.

YA books

The Exact Opposite of Okay by Laura Steven
Friends, we ALL know I love this book. I think it needs to be read, talked about and shared. It’s so so so important that we talk about things like slut shaming and revenge porn with our young people because the reality of the world is that this is a thing.
No Big Deal by Bethany Rutter
Another one you will have seen me ramble on about on here, but it’s another necessary one. It’s important that kids study a range of books from a range of perspectives and where else are they going to get a brilliant fat protagonist? HERE. That’s where.

Okay. I need to stop because this could 100% turn into a lovely ramble about school and books and all of those things that I love the most.

I can’t wait to see what you all think we should be using in schools! Share your posts with me using the hashtag #SixforSunday and I will check them all out!

Speak to you all soon,

S x

S4S – Yellow books

Hello friends and followers alike! 

How are you on this here #SixforSunday? What plans do you have for this fair Sunday? As this post goes live, I am hopefully sitting in Quilliams with one of my bestest friends and having an enjoyable breakfast and some tea. I hope the sun is shining in honour of Summer, but also today’s prompt:

Yellow books

I don’t think I have read many yellow books… but here goes nothing!

Having looked on Goodreads, I have read LOTS so you can have 6 MG and 6 YA (don’t tell anyone… I do spoil you!)

yellow books YA

A Change is Gonna Come anthology
The Paper and Hearts Society – Lucy Powrie
Friendship Fails of Emma Nash – Chloe Seagar
It Only Happens in the Movies – Holly Bourne
Bookshop Girl – Chloe Coles
Floored – the Floored Seven

yellow books MG

The Day I Was Erased – Lisa Thompson
Evie and the Animals – Matt Haig
And Then I Turned Into A Mermaid – Laura Kirkpatrick
The Girl of Ink and Stars – Kiran Milwood Hargrave
Ghost – Jason Reynolds 
Shona, Word Detectove – John Agard

And there you go! Reviews for the rest of these brilliantly bright books will be up soon! 

Thank you for joining in/reading with #SixforSunday this week! See you next week for the first week of September with Back to school realness: Books you think should be studied in school!

S x 

S4S – Perfect fictional holiday destinations

Well hello!

It is Sunday again, where did the last week go? I hope everyone has had a lovely week! This week’s prompt has had me thinking hard, and I can’t wait to see what you all think of the prompt (and let’s be honest, I can’t wait to see where you all want to go!!).

This week’s #SixforSunday prompt was:

Fictional places you’d like to visit

I found it hard to find YA places I’d like to visit (because I would NEVER survive in them haha!)

  1. The Shire/Rivendell – The Hobbit
    There are so many beautiful scenes in these books that this would be a lovely walking holiday I imagine! Lots of beautiful scenes to wake up to!
  2. The Emporium – Nowhere Emporium
    Who wouldn’t want to go somewhere like the Emporium? Magic everywhere, yes please!
  3. Arranmore – The Storm Keeper’s Island
    This place just sounds magical, and we all know I love the beach! 
  4. Narnia – The Chronicles of Narnia
    As much as I don’t want to go somewhere cold, I do want the adventure!
  5. Emerald City – The Wizard of Oz
    It just sounds like a wonderful place to visit. It has its drawbacks, obviously, but I’m all for a bit of an adventure. 
  6. Rhylla/Rhannon – State of Sorrow duology
    I WANNA FIND LUVIAN FEN THANKS. Where do I find him thanks?!

And that’s it… there aren’t many fictional lands that I would want to holiday! 

Remember to share your thoughts with my using the hashtag #SixforSunday – I can’t wait to see where you all want to go!

See you next week!

S x 

S4S – Perfect pool reads

Hello everyone!

Sorry for the very late #SixforSunday today… I NEEDED to finish I Hold Your Heart by Karen Gregory before I came and wrote this. It is finished now… now I have the dilemma of what to read next?!

Unfortunately, I shan’t be sunning myself by the pool with this week’s prompt, but hopefully I will give you some ideas for books which are:

Perfect pool reads

Now for me, reading by the pool, I need something that doesn’t take up too much headroom, something that’s a bit fun, something fast paced and maybe even a bit crime-y.

Alex Cross books by James Patterson
(These may come as left field for some of you, but I BLOODY love these books).
Sweet Pea by C.J.Skuse
(Loved this book and I can’t wait to get into the whole trilogy!)
Coco Pinchard books by Robert Bryndza
(Another one that will come from left field, but this series was SUCH fun… I love and miss Coco a lot!)
How To Stop Time by Matt Haig
(I bloody love Matt Haig, as you should know, and this book was just wonderful!)
How To Be Champion by Sarah Millican
(I loved this book, so so much. I love an autobiography and she’s a Geordie, so win win!)
May I Have Your Attention Please? by James Corden
(Another autobiography that I devoured a few years ago by the pool. He’s not the most popular of folk on my twitter feed, but I like him!)

I think something revolutionary has happened… none of the books I’ve recommended are YA or MG. 

ALERT ALERT ALERT.

But seriously, I do read non MG and YA books SOMETIMES (see: rarely!)

I’d love to know what your perfect pool reads are! Share them with me using the hashtag #SixforSunday. I’ve loved seeing your posts today! 

S x 

S4S – Seaside books

Happy Sunday friends!

How are you all? What is going on this weekend? Anything exciting?

It is FINALLY the Summer holidays and I am SO READY for many weeks of reading, sunshine and relaxation. One of my favourite things to do during the holidays is to spend as much time as I humanly can at the seaside. This just so happens to be today’s #SixforSunday prompt:

Seaside books

So I’m going for books that make me think of the seaside.

seaside bookcovers

Fierce Fragile Hearts – Sara Barnard 
The Storm Keeper’s Island – Catherine Doyle
And Then I Turned Into A Mermaid – Laura Kirkpatrick
Malamander – Thomas Taylor
Letters from the Lighthouse – Emma Carroll
The Island At The End of Everything – Kiran Milwood Hargrave

What a wonderful bunch of books – I would recommend each and every one of them!

Don’t forget to share your seaside books with me using the hastag #SixforSunday!

See you next week for Books and Ice Cream! I can’t wait to see what you all come up with for that!

S x

S4S – Summer TBR

Good afternoon everyone!

How are we all? What’s going on today? Today is the Wimbledon men’s final and I AM A BARREL OF NERVES. I want Roger to win so so very much. It is hurting me. Can you all say a little prayer for him to be victorious please?

Anyway, Roger aside, you are here for the trusty weekly #SixforSunday post. Today, we are talking:

Summer TBR

This is just a small selection of the books I’m hoping to get through in my glorious 6 weeks holidays. I imagine I will get through more than 6… but these are 6 that I am dying to get into!

Eliza and her Monsters – Francesca Zappia
Scars Like Wings – Erin Stewart
Lost Tide Warriors – Catherine Doyle
The Demon World – Sally Green

The Truth Pixie Goes to School – Matt Haig
Patina – Jason Reynolds

I am very lucky to have some of these already, but others I can’t wait to purchase! 

Remember to share your Summer TBR with me – I can’t wait to see what you all are planning on reading over the summer! Share your TBRs with me using #SixforSunday on twitter! I love seeing your posts!

See you next week for Seaside books

S x 

S4S – Books with sunshine on the cover

HELLO!

This is a very ironic #SixforSunday today as there is NO sunshine in Newcastle today (even though we have had nothing but sun and blue skies for days). I’m hoping to bring some sunshine into your lives via the prompt today.

Today’s topic of conversation is:

Books with sunshines on the cover

I always find these cover hunt type prompts the trickiest because I have a shoddy memory haha! So this is a real challenge for me today, but here we go!

I’ll Give You the Sun – Jandy Nelson
The Girl Who Came Out Of The Woods – Emily Barr
The Unexpected Find – Toby Ibbotson
Secrets of a Sun King – Emma Carroll
Mirror Magic – Claire Fayers
The Wild Robot – Peter Brown

Remember to share yours with me!

The prompts for July – December can be found here: follow the yellow click road!

Thanks so much for stopping by! I can’t wait to see which covers you chose for #SixforSunday with suns on them!

S x

 

S4S – Couples who deserve sequels

Hello friends!

I’m very sorry it’s been quiet around here lately. I’ve been a bit up in the air. Next week there’ll be a few posts (probably Tuesday/Thursday), but I’m hoping once reports are out of the way, I’ll get back to full posting! 

Anyway, you’re here to see #SixforSunday I guess. 

Today’s #SixforSunday post sees me taking on:

Couples who deserve a sequel

I don’t know that you can really be too spoiler-y here, but just in case… spoiler warning!

  1. Simon and Blue – Simon vs the Homosapiens Agenda
    These two are the cutest and I want a pure Simon/Blue book thanks.
  2. Steffi and Rhys – A Quiet Kind of Thunder
    Oh man, oh man, these two. OH MAN. These two are the reason I fell so deeply in love with Barnard’s writing. I need more from them.
  3. Amani and Jin – Rebel of the Sands trilogy
    JIN THO. Like, I wanna date both of them. But also, they have the most sassy and brilliant relationship.
  4. Inej and Kaz – Six of Crows duology
    GOD. I SHIP THIS THE HARDEST.
  5. Izzy and Carson – The Exact Opposite of Okay/A Girl Called Shameless
    He is just a BABE in A Girl Called Shameless and I need him in my life.
  6. Sorrow and Luvian Fen – State of Sorrow
    I don’t even need to explain myself here man. No shame. 

And there we have it! I SHIP ALL OF THE SHIPS. I love a ship. Shippy McShiperson.

Remember to share yours using the hashtag #SixforSunday! I love you all and you all make me so glad I started this stupid little meme thing. 

S x