January in books

I can’t believe I’m already here rounding up a whole month of reading… and I can’t quite believe HOW MANY BOOKS I READ. It wasn’t until I started looking to do this post that I realised just how many books I read last month. It certainly took me by surprise!

January was a good month. I moved into Year 6. We had a wonderful first month together. I’ve got a lot to learn, but I’m doing well. It’s definitely somewhere I’m challenged enough without feeling out of my depth.

I read 19 books! 

How bonkers is that?!

MG books I read…

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I devoured my way through 13 A gorgeous array of books and something for everyone in there! I’ve managed to write some reviews of some of these which you can check out below. The rest are coming I promise (I’ve promised to write a review, of some description, for every book I read this year!)

MG Mini Reviews!


BOOK BLOG: Louie Stowell

BOOK BLOG: Jason Reynolds

YA books January blessed me with…

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but it also blessed me with…

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As well as all of those MG books, I worked my way through 6 YA books. Who knew?! Reviews for all of these are to come in the following weeks… however I’m still very ded from getting my hands on Hold Back the Tide so sorry about that haha!

Bookish targets

As usual I’ve set my Goodreads to 52 and I’m aiming for 52 kids books alongside that. So yes, 52 is way more than achievable, but trust me there are some weeks I read NOTHING and other weeks where I read LOADS… so just because I’m doing great this month doesn’t mean I’ll keep this going!

Goodreads: 19/52
52 kids books: 13/52

And that’s my January round up!

Did you have a productive January?
What was your favourite read in January?
What’s on your February TBR?

Speak to me! I’d love to know what you loved reading in January!

S x

January in books

Hello friends!

How are we all? Hows February treating you so far? 

I’m here to share with you a round up of my January! Are you ready?!

January was a pretty shitty month for me personally, but now that we’re into February I am trying to move on from the crappy things that happened. Easier said than done, BUT we need to take each day as it comes!

I listened to a LOT of Dear Evan Hansen in January – I would COMPLETELY recommend that soundtrack. It came for me at the WORST of times and got me through a lot of tears. I’m still listening to it now and we’re a month on from when I first found it!

However, among all the shittiness, I did manage to read 11 books! I was CHUFFED when I noticed that. I didn’t think I’d get through that many. (It’s only the 3rd Feb as I write this post and I’ve already read 2 books in Feb). 

Would you like to know what I read? 

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YA books:

We are Blood and Thunder – Kesia Lupo*
Proud – Various authors*
All The Lonely People – David Owen
Paper Avalanche – Lisa Williamson
Two Can Keep A Secret – Karen M. McManus

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MG books:

Against All Gods – Maz Evans*
Sam Wu Is Not Afraid of the Dark – Kevin and Katie Tsang*
Ghost – Jason Reynolds*
Hotel Flamingo – Alex Milway*
Our Castle by the Sea – Lucy Strange*
Call Me Alastair – Cory Leonardo*

(any books with a * were sent to me by the publisher)

How am I doing for my book challenges?

Goodreads challenge: 11/52
#52books challenge (just kids books): 6/52

How did you do with your reading in January? 
What was your favourite read of January? 
What would you recommend me from your January reading list?

Talk to me in the comments! I’d love to know what you’ve been reading!

S x 

January in books

Goodbye January! Hello February!

How did your January go guys? What bookish things did you get up to?

I had a busy January!
I chaired my first author event! Check back on Saturday to see how it went!
I met Matt Haig (which was amazing)!
I read lots of books!
I received an amazing amount of book post!
I was nominated for a UKYABA!
January was quite surreal.

So what did I read? I read 13 books in January! Not bad for one month. 

MG books
The Ice Garden – Guy Jones
Sam Wu Is Not Afraid of Ghosts – Katie and Kevin Tsang
The 1000 Year Old Boy – Ross Welford
Magic Misfits – Neil Patrick Harris
Elephants Don’t Sit on Cars – David Henry Wilson
Pax – Sara Pennypacker
Spy Toys: Out of Control – Mark Powers
Hitler’s Canary – Sandi Toksvig
A Far Away Magic – Amy Wilson

YA books
Second Best Friend – Non Pratt
Gilded Cage – Vic James
Batman: Nightwalker – Marie Lu
Hero at the Fall – Alwyn Hamilton

As you can see I read a lot more kids books than YA books! That won’t always be the case!

What about my book challenges?

#BritishBooksChallenge: 6/12 (maybe more!)
#52books2018: 13/52
Goodreads challenge: 13/52

I’m not doing too bad!

I’ve had a busy January, I’m hoping February brings me some more excellent books! There’s half term, so I can get stuck into a load of books then! 

How are you getting along with your book challenges?
What was your favourite read in January?
Can you recommend me any books to read in February?

Comment me, tweet me, instagram me! I’d love to talk!

S x

January wrap up…

I am really looking forward to doing these monthly wrap up posts! It’ll be so incredible to look back over the month and see how much (or how little during term time) I have managed to read. It’ll also be great for me, who has a TERRIBLE memory to take a look over all of the books I’ve read. I hope you guys will enjoy these posts too! I love reading other people’s wrap up blog posts to see what they’ve been up to in the past month. This will encompass books I’ve read and books I’ve bought/obtained over the month.

Here we go with January…


This doesn’t look all that impressive. Nor does it feel impressive!! I have failed in January’s books haha! However in my defense after Christmas holidays and #SundayYAthon ANYTHING looks like a rubbish pile of books! Term time is always a shocking time to read because I’m always tired. However I’ve read 2 books and I’m reading the other 2 simultaneously! That’s something.


Wing Jones – Katherine Webber.

I don’t have words for how much I loved this. It was truly wonderful. I loved Wing. I loved the story. I loved the honesty of the characters. I loved the supporting characters as much as the main characters. I loved how it was written. Katherine Webber is a total wordsmith (I don’t even know if this is a real word but I am using it. I am using it to mean someone who has an incredible way with words, who writes like they were born to write, who is just magical with a pen/keyboard). You can see my review hereBOOKBLOG: Katherine Webber. I implore you all to find out about it and buy it if you can. It is absolutely splendid. 

The Monstrous Child – Francesca Simon

If you’re a lover of Norse mythology then this will be totally up your street. It is told from the POV of Hel. You go through her life from the beginning and learn all about how she becomes the ruler of Hell itself. I enjoyed it. It took me a while to get into it – Hel is a troublesome narrator. She’s sassy, sarcastic and sardonic… one you’ll either love or hate. I had taught Norse mythology a few years ago to a Y5 class so it was lovely to see some of the names I had taught creep back into my memory again. I’m a sucker for mythology so that was a plus point for me. If Norse mythology is your cup of tea then you’ll enjoy this! 


Traitor To The Throne – Alwyn Hamilton

I AM SO SO SO SO SO SO HAPPY. I properly squealed when I got an email from Netgalley to tell me that I had access to this book. I was a happy bunny. For those of you who don’t know/haven’t read Rebel of the Sands (you will find my review hereBook blog: Alwyn Hamilton) then you properly should. I’ve been waiting for Traitor 2 SINCE FOREVER. I am quickly speeding through this and can’t wait to finish it (although I don’t want it to be over!) Watch out for a review blog on Thursday as that is Traitor To The Throne release date! 

Winter Magic – curated by Abi Elphinstone

I was lucky enough to receive this incredibly well signed copy of the book from my amazing friend Aimee for Christmas. I’m not usually one for short stories but having read 4/5 of them I’ve loved each and every one. This is obviously a MG book rather than YA but I am game for reading MG books just as much as YA. Plus Abi is amazing so I knew this was going to be a winner. I’m waiting to read this in its entirety to start planning lessons for next winter around some of the stories! This could potentially be incredible for my teacher training year. 

(through always entirely legal means… aka my friends are all amazing and my bank balance is always sad with me)


YA books:

Maresi: Maria Turtschaninoff
I was sent this by her publicist and I can not wait to get my teeth stuck into it!

The Call: Paedar O’Guillin
My lovely friend  Lily (of Youtube  fame) sent me this in a book swap! Along with…

The Diabloic: S.J.Kincaid
I’ve heard so many good things about this that I was over the moon when Lily said she had a copy I could swap with her for!

Word Nerd: Susin Nielsen
I received this book as part of the #SundayYA Secret Santa wonderment – you could choose to send a birthday present to your recipient too! Woo!

Orangeboy: Patrice Lawrence

A Quiet Kind of Thunder: Sara Barnard
I loved this book so much and the cover is so pretty that my gorgeous friend Rachel (of #SundayYA fame and twitter fame) sent it to me for my birthday. I’ve read and reviewed this (BOOKBLOG: Sara Barnard) and I have a giveaway running currently (see this blog post + twitter for more details) with this book included because I loved it SO SO SO much and I think everyone else should too. 

The One Memory of Flora Banks: Emily Barr
Gorgeous friend Rachel also sent me this! I am so lucky! I almost bought it! We recently had a #SundayYA chat with the author and I am so glad that the book arrived not long after that. I can’t wait to read it.

The Reader on the 6.27: Jean-Paul Didierlaurent
I got this from one of my lovely work friends and I had seen it in Waterstones but didn’t pick it up at the time but when I got it for my bithday I was over the moon! Thank you wonderful work friends!


Kids lit:

I’ll Wait Mr Panda: Steve Anthony

There May Be A Castle: Piers Torday
My gorgeous friend Grace (of Almost Amazing Grace fame) sent me this… I’ve seen so much 

So that was January in books for me… it seems I have A LOT OF READING to do. This is not a problem! 

Hope you’ve enjoyed this blog post! It was lovely to catch myself up on what a mad month January has been! I can’t believe it is almost over already! 

S x