S4S – TBR FOREVER

Good morning!

It is our first #SixforSunday of April. How mad! I hope everyone is staying safe!

Now that we are in April, we are taking on our TBR and looking closely at it! The prompts for April are:

April: Taking on the TBR pile

5th: Book that have been on your TBR forever
12th: Recent additions to your TBR
19th: Books from your TBR that you predict will be 5*
26th: Books on your TBR because of someone else’s recommendation

Today’s prompt, as you can see above is,

Books that have been on your TBR forever

I’m not gonna lie, there are some books which have been on my TBR forever and might stay there forever. I’m very much a mood reader, so unless I’m in the mood to read a book, it’s not going anywhere! So which books have been on my TBR forever?

  1. The Hate U Give – Angie Thomas
    I know. I know. You knew this was coming. At least pretend to be shocked, will you?
  2. On The Come Up – Angie Thomas
    Again. You knew this was coming. Don’t judge me.
  3. A Darker Shade of Magic series – V.E.Schwab
    I own these books. I’ve been saying they’re on my TBR for a year now I reckon. I’ll get to them eventually.
  4. The Grisha trilogy – Leigh Bardugo
    I was super late to the Six of Crows party, but when I bought these I was all for reading them… and then I just never did. I will eventually.
  5. Station Eleven – Emily St. John Mandel
    I added this to my Goodreads TBR almost 5 years ago now. I own it. I’ll get round to reading it eventually, I’m sure.
  6. The Dark Wild – Piers Torday
    I read the first book in this series on the train home from YALC 3 years ago (I think) and it broke me. I don’t think I’ll ever be ready for more haha!

And that’s it… I do of course have loads of other books on my TBR, but these are the first 6 which came to my mind!

Remember to share your #SixforSunday posts with me! I love reading your posts! I can’t wait to shout at you all for not reading books I loved (ha!)

See you next week!

S x

 

 

S4S – Characteristics I’d love…

Hello #SixforSunday friends!

How are you all doing? How is social distancing/quarantine treating you? I hope you are all staying safe and apart from people where possible. I’m not going to lie, this week has been a tough one… but I hope that today’s post can bring you a smile!

Today’s prompt is quite an interesting one… I loved thinking about this! Today we are talking

Characteristics of characters we’d love

I think this is a brilliant little one to think about for someone like me cause I bloody LOVE a character. I am very character driven. So here we go with 6 characteristics of characters I’d love:

  1. Bravery: Peyton from Destination Anywhere by Sara Barnard
    This book isn’t out yet but it is BLOODY brilliant. Peyton shows some wonderful bravery in this book and I don’t consider myself very brave haha!
  2. Self-assurance: Emily from No Big Deal by Bethany Rutter
    You all know I have a massive amount of love for this book and this character. ENd of the story Emily is my inspiration. She’s brilliant and she’s wonderful.
  3. Tenacity: Utterly Thankless from Rumblestar by Abi Elphinstone
    We could all do with a bit more tenacity – I can be a bit meek sometimes, so to be a bit more like Utterly, that would be great.
  4. Playfulness: Bad Nana by Sophy Henn
    I can be quite a SERIOUS BUSINESS kind of person at times, but if I could be a bit more playful like Bad Nana, that would be great!
  5. Compassionate: Coach from Run Series by Jason Reynolds
    Now, I don’t think I’m NOT compassionate, but Coach is just FOREVER compassionate and I think I could be a bit more. We all could be a bit more Coach to be honest. I just think he’s amazing.
  6. Magic: any of the magic people
    I WANNA BE MAGIC SO BAD.

Is number 6 a cheat? Who knows! I JUST WANNA BE MAGICAL.

Hurrah for today’s prompt! I thought it was a whole load of fun! Let me know what characteristics you’d steal from your favourite characters. There’s loads more I could have (wit from Luvian Fen or Izzy O’Neill; charm from Jin; bouncebackability from Suzanne; kindness from Elliot) but I managed to keep it to six!

Don’t forget to share your post using the hashtag #SixforSunday. I can’t wait to see what you all want to steal!

See you next week for a new month of prompts!

S x

Letters to… teachers up and down the land

Hello fellow teachers all over the world!

Hi, I’m Steph. You might never have visited my blog before, but rest assured you are most welcome here.

There’s a lot going on in the world at the minute, isn’t there? It’s all a bit crazy and a bit sad and a bit scary. On both a global scale and a smaller scale.

I’m a teacher, who right now doesn’t have a class to teach, day in and day out and that’s weird. It’s sad. It’s scary. It’s all of these different emotions in one and I know I’m not the only one thinking and feeling them. There are teachers all over who are sharing these same feelings. You might be one of them. You might not. You might know someone who is feeling these things.

I think I’m going to find it a struggle over the coming weeks and months. I’m someone who very much loves my job and it’s a massive part of my identity. It took me a long time to get here and now that it’s been taken away from me (on the most part), I’m feeling a little bit lost. This time “off” will prove to be a challenge for me. One I’m sure I will rise to. One I’m sure we all will.

I will be going in to school when it is my turn on the rota to look after the children of the key workers and that makes me feel like I have a purpose. These children and their parents are important. This country needs us to do our bit, when and where we can, to look after the people who are looking after us. If you can’t go into school for whatever reason, please don’t feel guilty. You’re helping us to look after the children by keeping yourself safe. You are first and foremost the priority.

I miss my kids. It’s only been what 2 days of not teaching them? And those 2 days were weekend days. But they didn’t feel like normal weekend days. They both dragged on forever. The thought of waking up every morning not having to get up with my alarm, go into my classroom, see their smiling faces and not having all of the fun and frustrations that we have is really quite sad. There were some of my kids I didn’t see at all last week. I saw some of them every day. We might not get the chance to see these kids for a few weeks or a few months. That sucks. But it’s to keep us all safe.

I’m a Year 6 teacher and it’s all a little surreal to think that the next time my kids are in school will be when they go to secondary school. I taught this class when they were in Year 5 (they were my NQT class) and then I got the chance to teach them again this year. I moved in to Year 6 in January and thought I’d get the chance to take them all the way to the end. There’s a part of me, and a part of some of you I guess, that feels like that opportunity has been snatched away from me unfairly. I know this is selfish and it’s not something that can be helped, but it’s still something I feel. 

As a school, we posted home learning packs on our website, and I’m going to be using our class blog to keep in touch with my kids. It’s going to be a surreal few weeks and months, and we need to try and make sure that we remain kind. We need to try our hardest to not judge others based on what they’re doing: we’re a profession of the most passionate and caring people in the world. We need to do what is best for our own little school communities. Whatever that looks like, do it. Whether you’ve been setting online work, you’ve put stuff on your website, or you’re going to be doing remote learning by video, just do whatever it is that you think is the best thing for your kids and your school community.

I’m all for calling out bad practise, but do it in a respectful way. Teachers get enough grief from the media and from people not in our little bubble that we don’t need people inside our bubble giving each other grief. If you see someone doing something that you don’t agree with, open up a respectful conversation and ask them about it. Try not to point the finger. There’s nothing worse than accusations. Some teachers will have leadership teams who are making questionable choices and don’t feel like they can say something. We need to support each other, not just shout. 

Please remember to stay safe and be kind. We are all going through a very strange time at the minute. We will all be feeling very differently about what is going on. Some people, like me, will feel lost and purposeless at times, whereas others may find this time refreshing. We need to do what we can to look after the world: that’s the big wide world and the little world in which you live – yourself (first and foremost), your family and your school community. 

If anyone is in need of someone to chat to, my DMs and my email is always open. It is so important that people feel like they can have someone to talk to. I’m here to celebrate the happy, comfort the sadness or even talk school. I don’t mind. Just never feel alone,

Love, a somewhat lost and a little bit sad,

Steph xxx

S4S – The perfect date…

Hello pals!

It’s #SixforSunday time! You know what that means… it’s also time for “prompts Steph set herself that she had TOO MANY answers for so spent too long whittling down her responses to 6 and then regretted it and changed her mind multiple times”. Yep. That’s what we’ve got this week. This week I had quite a few responses… and let’s be honest, they’re all hella predictable!

This week’s prompt saw me mulling over

Six character I’d love to date

LOL. Yep. No shame here. I know who I’ve gone with and you ALL know the reasons why…

  1. Luvian Fen (Sorrow duology by Melinda Salisbury)
    Luvian bloody Fen. That man. He’s witty, charming and a total twat. But I love him. So so much.
  2. Murren Ross (Hold Back The Tide by Melinda Salisbury)
    Ren is the kindest, sweetest and most loyal thing ever. I loved that when I saw Mel talk on Saturday that she was talking about the importance of portraying positive male figures for teens to read. He’s such a babe. I love him
  3. Jin (Rebel of the Sands series by Alwyn Hamilton)
    OH JIN. A bit like Luvian… he’s sarcastic, witty, charming… and I’d LOVE to date him.
  4. Grey (Cursebreakers series by Brigid Kemmerer)
    OH GREY. I love him so much. He is noble and wise.
  5. Emoni (With The Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo)
    Going by the front cover of this book, I think she is ATTRACTIVE. And you know what? I’m allowed to be a little bit shallow!
  6. Izzy O’Neill (The Exact Opposite of Okay/A Girl Called Shameless by Laura Steven)
    I wish I was cool enough to date someone like Izzy, but this is my fictitious game and I can date whoever I like… so Izzy it is.

As I say, there’s LOADS of people who made it onto my list, and I can tell you that as I sit and reread this I’m thinking ‘oh my god should I change this person for this person?’. What can I say? I’m indecisive!

Remember to share your posts using #SixforSunday. I love seeing all of your posts on a Sunday: they fill my heart with SUCH JOY.

S x

 

S4S – Family fortunes?

Morning #SixforSunday-ers!

How are you this fair Sunday? As I type this, I am sitting at home, but as this is posting I will be in London having a wonderful time.

This week’s prompt sees us thinking

Six characters we’d like to have in our families

This is one of those prompts that once I started there were LOADS of names… but it took me a while to get started! (Yes, I know, I come up with these prompts… that doesn’t make it any easier for me ha!)

  1. Bad Nana – Bad Nana series by Sophy Henn
    Bad Nana is bloody loads of fun. She would be a brilliant nana to have around. Causing mischief, having fun and generally just being a bit mad everywhere she goes.
  2. Coach – Run series by Jason Reynolds
    He would be a brilliant dad/uncle to have around. He always is full of brilliant advice and inspiring those kids to do their best. I’m a big fan of Coach, so I reckon he’d be great to have in my family!
  3. Matilda Pages – Pages and Co by Anna James
    If she was in my family, that would mean I could visit her grandparents incredible library and maybe go bookwandering with her (let’s be honest, we’d ALL love that!!)
  4. Caro Kerber-Murphy – The Love Hypothesis by Laura Steven
    HER DADS. If she were in my family, that would mean her dads were. They’re hilarious and everything I need in uncles, so THEM.
  5. Emily – No Big Deal by Bethany Rutter
    I don’t have a big sister, but I think Emily would make a brilliant big sister or cousin for me. Or even younger. I just would love to spend time with her. I think she’s bloody brilliant (along those same lines, I’d love to have Jemima Small in my family so I could hug her and tell her she’s bloody brilliant)
  6. Izzy O’Neill – The Exact Opposite of Okay by Laura Steven
    Izzy seems to get a place in most of my #SixforSunday prompts, but I think that’s testament to how much I love her. She’s a BLOODY hilarious character and she’d be a great cousin/sister. I bet she’d let you borrow her ID and everything. She’d definitely have plenty tales to tell! (Plus, it would mean Betty and Carson would be in my life too!)

So there you go… characters and their related families (not cheating at all) that I would LOVE to have in my family!

Who have you chosen to put in your family? I’m proper curious to see what everyone chose for this week! I wonder if you all found it hard like me… or if it was easy!

Thanks for stopping by! Don’t forget to use the hashtag #SixforSunday for me to share on twitter! I love you all!

S x

 

S4S – Stranded on a desert island

Hello there #SixforSunday fans!

How are we all this fine March Sunday? Are you ready for another post in this new month full of #SixforSunday love? This month we are celebrating all of our favourite characters and I’m not going to lie, this is one of my favourites! I am a very character driven person, so choosing for these prompts has been both easy and hard – easy to think of lots of names; hard to whittle it down to only 6!

This week we’re sharing:

Six characters we’d like to be stranded on a desert island with

I’ve gone for a wide range of characters here… and their explanations as to why!

  1. Scythe FaradayScythe series by Neal Schusterman
    I think he would have some FASCINATING stories to tell. I’d love to listen to him just talk. He would probably be quiet handy in an emergency too I reckon.
  2. Luvian FenState of Sorrow duology by Melinda Salisbury
    I think you and I both know why I want to be stranded with Luvian. That AND he’d keep me well entertained I reckon!
  3. Grey – Cursebreakers series by Brigid Kemmerer
    Lol. Much like Luvian. No further comment needed.
  4. Rodolfo The Mask of Aribella by Anna Hoghton
    A bit like Scythe Faraday, I think he’d have a whole load of tales to tell of magic and secrets. PLUS he’s got a magical gondola… so we’d be able to escape.
  5. CosmoI, Cosmo by Carlie Sorosiak
    I’m stuck ona  desert island; I need entertainment. Look no further than gorgeous Cosmo. I’d be well entertained and I would have an excuse to keep getting up if I had a dog to look after (cause let’s be honest, if it were just me on this island, I’d probably just accept my fate ha!)
  6. The ExplorerThe Explorer by Katherine Rundell
    Dude lived in the rainforest for years, surely he’d know how to survive on an island.

And there’s my 6… I had WAY MORE people. However the common reasons for choosing characters included for the stories they could tell, for their usefulness and for shallower reasons haha!

Who would you choose to be stranded with?
Who do you think you’d HATE being stranded with?
Do you think you’d cope on a desert island?

Don’t forget to share your post using the hashtag #SixforSunday! I can’t wait to see who you all chose and why you chose them!

S x

A month in the life of me… February edition!

[see January’s month in the life of post here]

February was…

Proud. Tough. Fun. Hard. Tiring. Relaxing. Breakfast-filled. Half term-y. Questioning myself. Worrying. Persevering. Wondering what’s next. Filled with new opportunities. Laughter. Tears. Book post piles. Messages to my people. Memes sent back and forth. Book buying. Book reading. Event planning. Twiglet dates. Scones and coffee. A visit to London. Round Table Books. Blog posts a-plenty. Passing half a million words on here. Loads of books. Geordie Gifts delight. Wine. Friends. Exciting proofs. Feeling more at home in my classroom. Adjusting. Walking. Theatre visits. Working hard. Saying goodbye to incredible people. Finding my feet on my own. New challenges. New books. Old books. Train travel. Snow (which no one asked for). Fairy lights and falling asleep early. Strange dreams. SimplyPodLogical. Looking after myself. Working dates. Coffee. Reading all of the books, even when they’re not next on my TBR. Exciting emails. Listening to an awful lot of Tori Kelly. Thinking about the Summer. Fretting about SATs. Working my arse off. Laughing with colleagues. Stress-filled. Reading whenever I could. Reading. A lot of reading. 

What was February to you?

S x 

S4S – Character names I’d steal for my kids…

HOLA.

It is I, your #SixforSunday monster. How are you all on this [insert weather here] Sunday? What is the weather doing in your world? Whichever world it is you live on!

You are here for another installment of #SixforSunday I hope! Today is a new month, so a whole new list of prompts. I am a little bit loving March’s prompts… however they are a bit tricky! This week we are talking:

Characters whose names I’d like to steal for my kids

I loved thinking about this, but I found it hard at times to separate the name from the character ha! But here we have 6 names I’d like to steal to possibly name my children (if I ever have children!)

  1. Alva – Hold Back The Tide by Melinda Salisbury
  2. Otto – Otto Tattercoat and the Forest of Lost Things by Matilda Woods
  3. Amelia – Amelia Fang series by Laura Ellen Anderson
  4. Tilly – Pages and Co series by Anna James
  5. Grey – Cursebreakers series by Brigid Kemmerer
  6. Emery – The Paper Magician series by Charlie N. Holmberg

And there you have it! Six names I’d like to steal to name my future kids after… who knows if I’ll ever get to use any of these names, or if they’d win, but they’re definitely 6 names I love!

I can’t wait to see all your posts for #SixforSunday this week! Thanks for stopping by! See you next week for more #SixforSunday fun!

S x

 

Half term wins

Half term wins…

Reading an awful lot of books. Going to London. Receving a proof I never thought I’d own. Sending messages to friends. Having a working date and actually being productive. Spending time with a twiglet and a Joey. Having many many delicious breakfasts. Being productive. Doing something I’m really proud of. Geordie Gifts. Watching the clouds roll past on the train. Sitting opposite a very handsome chap on the train. Laughter. Getting some wonderful book post. Visiting Waterstones for books for my faves. FINALLY finding Round Table Books in London. New dresses. 6am trains to London. Hugging lovely people. The roof of Kings Cross. Hot chocolates that taste like heaven. Having time to breathe and think. Doing a little bit of work every day. Having a Sunday where I didn’t need to panic. Lovely chats. Texting my faves. Making plans. Reading all of the books. Listening to SimplyPodLogical. Finally doing a thing I’ve been putting off. Looking forward to the future. Newcastle. Coming home. Texting my faves. Having time to blog during the week. Being asked to do exciting things. Books. Always books.  

S4S – Favourite covers

Good morning! It’s #SixforSunday time again!

How are we all this fine Sunday morning? What are we all up to? Hopefully, you’re here to check out my #SixforSunday post or have just stumbled upon me from someone else’s blog! Regardless, you’re here so hello!

Today, we are talking:

Six favourite covers

I’m going to go with my 6 favourite covers of books I’ve read so far this year, otherwise I could be deliberating over this for months to come!

I’m not sure what this variety of books says about me because they are all so different and I love them all for different reasons. They’re bright, shiny, intricate, minimalist, scary. It does seem that blue and green are my cover colours of choice. I am a MASSIVE fan of a good cover. I know you shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover but I am SO GUILTY OF THIS. What can I say? I like it when covers have shelf appeal!

What are your favourite covers?
Do you have a favourite cover style?
DO YOU ALSO JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS COVER? (Don’t lie!)

See you next week for more #SixforSunday fun! Don’t forget to tag me in your posts. I’d love to see what covers you all love!

S x