March in books…

Hello April! How are you doing?! 

I’m not really sure where March went (it marched out of here, haha, I’m hilarious, sorry not sorry!) but I am here to share with you my round up of March books! 

In March, I:

Had a lot of very tired weeks
Had a very lovely Parents Evening with my Y5s
Read a lot of brilliant books
Received some excellent book post
Failed at being a bujo Mam!
Loved the fact the sunshine was up for much longer
Started walking to work FINALLY
Read 9 books!

So what did I actually read in March?

Let’s start with YA books!

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Three VERY different YA books but all 3 equally incredible. The finale of the Ink trilogy, a new book from Juno Dawson which blew my mind and the hotly anticipated book from Lucy Powrie!

Scar – Alice Broadway
Meat Market – Juno Dawson (review to come!)
The Paper and Hearts Society – Lucy Powrie (review to come!)

Now the MG books

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A group of 6 BRILLIANT MG books… I was SPOILED in March with kids books!

Rumblestar – Abi Elphinstone (watch out for review coming next week!)*
Amelia Fang and the Half Moon Holiday
Good Boy – Mal Peet*
Wildspark – Vashti Hardy (watch out for my review coming next week!)*
The Fire Maker – Guy Jones*
Pog – Padraig Kenny*

And that’s it! 9 books… not as many as the past few months, but still chugging on there! 

How am I doing for my book challenges?

Goodreads challenge: 34/52
#52books challenge (just kids books): 12/52

I don’t track the picture books I read… but I’m going to post a picture books I’ve read this year post in a few weeks time so watch out for that – it’s jam packed with recommendations of ALL KINDS of picture books!

How did you do with your reading in March? 
What was your favourite read of last month? 
What would you recommend me from your 2019 reading list?

Let me know! Lets talk books! 

S x 

March in books!

Goodbye March, we have finally reached April. I say finally, this year is FLYING. EEK.

I’m here to talk you through March in books! 

(If you’re curious as to my other months in books, check out: January in books and February in books)

In March, I:

Read 11 books.
Ate an Easter Egg.
Took part in #EasterReadathon.
Went to NYA Lit Fest.

Listened a lot (still) to The Greatest Showman, despite having not seen it.
Walked along with 240 kids to Newcastle Quayside.

I mean, I did so much more in March. But those are some notable events in March in my life!

So books in March?

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MG books:
Brightstorm – Vashti Hardy 
Night Speakers – Ali Sparkes 
Beyond the Odyssey – Maz Evans
The Storm Keeper’s Island – Catherine Doyle
The Buried Crown – Ally Sherrick
The Company of Eight – Harriet Whitehorn

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YA books:
The Truth about Alice – Jennifer Mathieu
Only Love Can Break Your Heart – Katherine Webber
I Was Born For This – Alice Oseman
Spark – Alice Broadway
Skylarks – Karen Gregory

Another incredible month for books. I’m so grateful to all the wonderful publishers for sending me copies of these books to read, some months before release! 

What about my book challenges?

#BritishBooksChallenge: 23/12 (maybe more!)
#52books2018: 19/52 (just kids books!)
Goodreads challenge: 36/52

There you go, my March round up!

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

Comment me ideas. Tweet me (@eenalol). Follow me on instagram (@eenalol) to check out the books I’m reading… plus sneak peeks at my bookpost!

S x

BOOKBLOG: Piers Torday

There May Be A Castle: adventure filled, emotional and eerie.

“Eleven-year-old Mouse is travelling to see his grandparents on Christmas Eve with his mother and two sisters. But it’s snowing, and visibility is bad, and the car goes off the road, and crashes. Mouse is thrown from the car. 
When he wakes, he’s not in his world any more. He meets a sheep named Bar, who can only say Baaa, and a sarcastic horse named Nonky, who is a surprising mix of his beloved toy horse and his older sister.
So begins a quest to find a castle in a world of wonder – a world of monsters, minstrels, dangerous knights and mysterious wizards; a world of terrifying danger but also more excitement than Mouse has ever known. 
But why are they looking for a castle? As the cold grows, we realise it might just have something to do with the family he’s left behind; and that Mouse’s quest is more important than ever. 
This is a novel about love and death. It’s about the power of stories to change the way we view the world – and it’s about the power of a child to change their own world. Emotionally arresting but ultimately uplifting, this is a remarkable novel for our times.”

There May Be A Castle was sent to me by my lovely friend Grace and it’s been sat on my shelf for a while, but I needed some kids lit to read during SundayYAthon and I knew that this was just the right time to read There May Be A Castle and I did not regret it!

It’s the heartbreaking story about Mouse and his family. They’re on their way to visit their grandparents for Christmas. Mouse hates Christmas. He’s not in the mood to go to his grandparents. He doesn’t want his presents. He just wants to stay at home and play with his things at home. Despite all this he gets in the car with his mum and his 2 sisters, and his pet horse Nonky and they drive to their grandparents house. The weather is so bad that they crash. What follows is an incredible journey of Mouse’s to help his family and his sister’s to try to help Mouse. 

Initially Mouse irritated me, but I definitely grew to like him. He was bold but naive. He showed great determination. He has an incredible imagination. He’s resilient and strong. Nonky was a brilliant addition to the story for me. I LOVED the sarcastic, almost sardonic humour which he brings to the story. He made me laugh out loud at points. Mouse’s older sister Violet is portrayed as a brilliant big sister and caring youngster that I think lots of books are missing. She’s brave and very self-motivated. She shows fear but fights through it. Her brilliant imagination, like her brother’s, helps her to fight through some pretty horrible things. 

This book deals with some pretty heavy topics: death, love, friendship, love, family, fear and understanding. Piers Torday has written it with some tact and brilliance that I felt challenged but looked after throughout the book. The issues are dealt with care and they’re so brilliantly written that kids won’t be intimidated or frightened by them. I cried at the end. The ending is heart-breaking, but honest

I would totally recommend this for Year 6/7 classes. I’d love to see it in class libraries or school libraries. I really loved it. 

Have you read There May Be A Castle?
How did you feel at the end?
What did you think of the characters? 

S x

March books!

PHEW. WE HAVE COME TO THE END OF MARCH. 
What. How. When did that happen.
(I realise it was when the past 30 days passed but whatever!)

As it is the end of March, here we are with our round up of the month!

Books I acquired:

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Goodly and Grave – Justine Windsor*
How To Capture an Invisible Cat – Paul Tobin*
How To Outsmart A Billion Robot Bees – Paul Tobin*
Twenty Questions for Gloria – Martyn Bedford (I won this in a competition, I think)
Unconventional – Maggie Harcourt (My lovely book fairy sent me this! TY!)
If Birds Fly Back – Carlie Sorosiak*
Three Dark Crowns – Kendare Blake (recommended to me by a wonderful friend… I can’t wait to dip into it!)
The Beast Within – Serena Valentino (obv being a massive BATB fan, I bought this)
Nowhere Near You – Leah Thomas*
Stargazing for Beginners – Jenny McLachlan*
Noah Can’t Even – Simon James Green
As Old As Time – Liz Braswell (again, I bought this because BATB)

Now, picture books!

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Message in a Bottle – Matt Hunt*
Pilot Faye and the Runaway Plane – Caroline Baxter* (BOOKBLOG: Caroline Baxter)
Beauty and the Very Beastly Beast – Mark Sperring* (BOOKBLOG: Mark Sperring)
We’re All Wonders – R.J.Palacio* (BOOKBLOG: R.J.Palacio)

(Books with * beside them were sent to me by publishers! Thank you so much everyone! Reviews are either live or will be up in the coming weeks!)

Books I read this month: (looking a bit sparse BUT I am still ahead of my Goodreads target, thanks to an awesome read over February half term!)

Image result for caravalImage result for ink alice broadwayCaraval – Stephanie Garber (BOOKBLOG: Stephanie Garber)
Ink – Alice Broadway (review coming next week!)

So there we have it, my March round up!

S x