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 

S4S – Characters who deserve their own stories…

HOLA AMIGOS

(I don’t know why I start my blog posts in another language… am I the only one!?)

Today is Sunday. You all know what that means. It’s the return of #SixforSunday. WOOHOO. Do you guys all love it too?!

LOVING all of your guys’ posts by the way! Keep up the good work.

Today we are talking:

Characters who deserve their own stories

I’m taking on 6 characters who I love the most who I think deserve their own stories! Now that I’ve thought about this I want them all to be written so if we could make that happen that would be wonderful thank you very kindly authors.

  1. Luvian Fen (State of Sorrow/Song of Sorrow)
    LUVIAN LUVIAN LUVIAN. This one will come as no surprise to anyone for I love Melinda Salisbury and Luvian Fen more than I love life. He’s a brilliant human and he deserves his own book. Imagine knowing more about how he came to be the man we all know and love? YES THO.
  2. Obel (Ink trilogy)
    GOD. I LOVE HIM. I think he deserves his own book. I wanna know more about him. He’s just great. Plus, he’s totally swoon worthy too.
  3. Betty (The Exact Opposite of Okay/A Girl Called Shameless)
    For those of us who have not read TEOOO, Betty is Izzy O’Neill’s grandmother and she is a BLOODY BRILLIANT CHARACTER. I love her so much. I’d love to know more about Betty’s upbringing. Laura, make it happen.
  4. Charles (Rooftoppers)
    I JUST LOVE HIM OK?
  5. Bartholomew (Everdark)
    I love Abi Elphinstone’s writing and as soon as I was introduced to Bartholemew, I KNEW that I needed to know more about him. He’s so funny and witty and I bet he has a good few cracking stories to tell the world!
  6. Scythe Faraday (Scythe/Thunderhead)
    Just yes. 100% want. I think he’s a great role model and he’s a brilliant character. I just want the stories about the good guys!

And there you go. As you see all of these characters are good guys… next week I have 6 baddies who deserve their own stories. *shudder* #teamgoodguys

See you next week!

S x

S4S – Books I Want To Be Written

Morning bookish folk!

How are we all today? Welcome to a new month in the world of #SixforSunday. This month we are taking on Bookish Wishes and we are starting this week with:

Books I want to be written

I mean, besides ALL OF THE BOOKS EVER, here are my choices for today’s prompt:

1. More Melinda Salisbury – SHOCK AND SURPRISE. I KNOW. Guys we all knew this was going to be on my list. I stand by my ‘more Twylla/more Sorrow’ life choice, but also just more Mel would be great cheers.

2. More Sara Barnard – hot off the heels of her YA Book Prize win (yay), there’s loads of people now picking up Sara’s books… I’ve read them all and I need more. Sara knows how to BREAK MY SOUL and still be one of the best people around. So more of that please.

3. More books like Floored – I BLOODY LOVED FLOORED and I loved the concept. A bunch of different authors coming together to write one story from multiple perspectives? YES THANKS. If we could have another one of those sometime that would be wonderful.

4. More MG books with LGBT rep – I read a book recently, a 9-12, that had some amazing LGBTQ+ rep and I WAS THERE FOR IT. I need more of this.

5. More books that are going to break my heart – if you’ve ever read CG Drews books (A Thousand Perfect Notes in particular) you’ll know how HEARTBREAKING it is. I know this sounds like a bizarre request, but my god, I am ALL ABOUT a book that will make me weep. (Cait if you read this… I think you’re great and I need more books please!)

6. More body positive books – having read Jemima Small Versus The Universe (Tamsin Winter) and No Big Deal (Bethany Rutter), I need more books that are body positive. It’s so refreshing to read books where you have fat characters and them actually achieve something… and them not be the brunt of all of the jokes.

So yes. I WANT ALL OF THE BOOKS THANKS.

Thanks for coming to my TEDTalk about all of the books I want. Remember to share yours using the hashtag #SixforSunday! I can’t wait to see what you all want in life!

See you next week!

S x

#SixforSunday 2019 Prompts Take 2

Hello friends!

How are we all?

As some of you know, I host a weekly tag called #SixforSunday on this blog. The premise is I give you a prompt and you post 6 books that fulfil that tag. I absolutely love it. It’s something I started when I was first blogging and it’s just evolved from there! Now there’s people who join in weekly and it makes my heart SO happy. I love seeing how creative and how unique some of you are with the prompts!

I am here today to share the prompts for the rest of the year. You will find the prompts until the end of June by clicking here, but this post has the prompts for the rest of the year!

July – Summer reads
7th: Books with sunshine on the cover
14th: Books on your Summer TBR
21st: Books and the seaside
28th: Ice cream and book combinations

August – Books and holidays: a match made in heaven!
4th: Perfect pool reads

11th: Fictional places you’d love to go on holiday
18th: Characters you’d go on holiday with
25th: Yellow books

September: Back to school realness
1st: Books you think shuld be studied in school
8th: Books set in schools
15th: Schools you’d love to go to 
22nd: Characters you’d love to be friends with
29th: Books you read at school

October: Autumn feels
6th: Books with leaves on the cover
13th: Books you’d take on an Autumn walk
20th: Autumn coloured books
27th: Witch-y books

November – Winter books
3rd: Books with snow/ice in the title
10th: Books with blue covers
17th: I wanna snuggle with…
24th: Books you’d throw in the fire

December: It’s the most wonderful time of the year!
1st: Books set over Christmas
8th: Books you want to give as gifts
15th: Fireside reads
22nd: All I want for Christmas is…
29th: New year, new books

And there we go! Those prompts will take us all the way to 2020 – INSANE.

If you have any prompts you’d love to do, shout them at me! I’d love you guys to be involved in the prompt creating process.

Massive thank you to ANYONE and EVERYONE who joins in #SixforSunday. Whether you join in every week, or you’ve only joined in once, you make a little blogger very happy! 

S xx

S4S – 2018 Rereads

HOLA AMIGOS

It is me again, your #SixforSunday fairy coming to bring you a new week of talking about your TBR. This week’s prompt is one which will ADD to your TBR, obviously. 

This week we’re talking 

2018 Books To Reread

Now… I’m sure you all know this about me already, but I’m not a big rereader… but there’s ALWAYS books that I’m like, “God, I wish I could rediscover this world/characters/story again” and here I’m sharing 6 with y’all!

2018 reread

State of Sorrow by Melinda Salisbury
Now that I know what happens in Song of Sorrow, I want to sit and greedily reread both of them because Mel is QUEEN and this duology is just exceptional.

The Exact Opposite of Okay by Laura Steven
Again, like State of Sorrow, I’ve read the sequel to Exact Opposite, so I want the delight of reading them both together. But also, Izzy is just HILARIOUS. I remember PROPER cackling at TEOOO and thinking, “Yes, this is a character I want around me forever”.

Hero at the Fall by Alwyn Hamilton
MAN. This was the end of the Rebel of the Sands trilogy and it was PERFECT. I miss Jin so very much. I want to reread it because Jin and Amani are some of my faves.

Goodbye Perfect by Sara Barnard
Sara writes the most amazing stories and everyone should go out and buy all of them. I wanna reread this one because I had SUCH feelings about it when I read it first time round that I’d be SO interested in seeing if my feelings were still the same.

Floored by the Floored Seven
I don’t need to explain why I want to reread this surely. 7 of the best UKYA voices together in one book? PLUS I know who is who now… and wanna know if that changes what I thought of it!

Scythe by Neal Shusterman
This is one of those books that I would LOVE to forget and experience again for the first time again. I remember being BLOWN AWAY by this book when I read it and I want that back. PLUS the 3rd book is out this year… perfect time to reread book 1 and 2 (although 2 was a bit bonkers imo)

And there we go! 6 of the books I read that I want to reread most! 

Don’t forget to share yours using #SixforSunday! See you all next week!

S x 

S4S – 2018 books still on my TBR

Hello!

Welcome to a new month here at #SixforSunday! This month of May we are taking on that ever growing thing in a book lovers life: the TBR pile. 

This month we are going to take on 2018 books we haven’t read, 2018 books we want to reread, 2019 books we want to read and 2019 books we’re excited for!

Today’s #SixforSunday prompt sees me telling you all:

2018 books I still haven’t read

2018 unread

I KNOW I KNOW.
If another person tells me I need to read THUG, I might cry.
It’s on my ‘2019 will read’ list.
Don’t worry. 

All of these books have not been read yet for various reasons, but they will be in 2019. I can’t be the ONLY person who puts off reading books for various reasons! 

OOOH. Here’s a game. I’ll tell you the reason why, and you try and match it.

Reason 1: I started it and then something else caught my eye more.
Reason 2: I didn’t LOVE the first one, so this one just kept being put off.
Reason 3: My kids kept stealing it from me.
Reason 4: I didn’t actually buy it til 2019.
Reason 5: Hype. I hate hype.
Reason 6: It didn’t really seem like something I’d like, but I’d like to give it a go because the author is BRILLIANT.

HAHA. I’m looking forward to seeing your guesses!

Don’t forget to share your #SixforSunday posts with me! I love seeing you all join in: it makes my little heart so happy!

Come back next week for #SixforSunday does 2018 books I want to reread.

S x 

 

S4S -2019 Must Reads

Hello!

It is Sunday again. Where did this week go?! I hope you all had a lovely Easter weekend and haven’t worked too hard this week! 

Welcome back to another #SixforSunday! This is our final month of #SixforSunday does kids lit… but let’s be honest, I will always be an advocate for kids lit, so nothing is going to change here! 

Today we are celebrating:

2019 Must Reads

Now I’ve been very lucky in that I’ve read A LOT of incredible kids lit so far this year. You guys need to get on it. Kids lit is smashing the game at the minute and I am loving that so much.

2019 must reads

Against all Gods – Maz Evans
Mates… my heart was not ready for this. I am SO sad the Gods series is over, but this was the PERFECT ending. 

Wildspark – Vashti Hardy
This book is just PERFECT. I love SO MUCH about it. Vashti is an amazing story teller and I can’t wait to see this just explode online.

Rumblestar – Abi Elphinstone
Abi Elphinstone can do NO wrong in my eyes. Rumblestar was perfect amounts funny, adventure filled and gripping. I can’t wait to see where this series goes next.

Ghost – Jason Reynolds
This book keeps creeping back up on me and I’m so glad people are reading it now because I ADORED it. Coach is one of my favourite characters of ever.

The Girl Who Speaks Bear – Sophie ANderson 
I KNOW I KNOW. This book isn’t out til September, but guys, it is EXCEPTIONAL. How Sophie weaves stories and worlds together in such an icnredible way is BEYOND me. You need to keep your eye out for this when it comes out.

A Pocketful of Stars – Aisha Bushby
This is a debut novel from Aisha and it is just wonderful. It BROKE MY SOUL. It’s brilliant… SO BRILLIANT.

And there we have my 2019 must reads… SO FAR. There are SO MANY MORE. SO MANY MANY MORE. Those were the first 6 that came to my mind. (In fact, here’s 6 more…)

2019 must reads 2

Please share your 2019 must reads with me! Remember to use the hashtag #SixforSunday so I can share your post on Twitter! 

Come back next week for May’s prompts where we are celebrating our TBR piles (haha!)

S x

 

S4S – 2018 Must Reads

Helloooo!

It is Sunday again, which can only mean one thing: #SixforSunday!

Continuing on our mission to spread the love of kids lit this month, today we are looking back to last year and the myriad of increidble books that were released! Today’s #SixforSunday theme is:

2018 Must Read Books

So here we are, 6 books that I read in 2018 that I think are MUST READS for anyone. 

2018 must reads

Brightstorm – an incredible adventure over snowy lands, with wolves, inventions and wonderful characters.

Truth Pixie – mental health meets kids lit in this incredible story of the Truth Pixie. Matt Haig can do NO wrong in my eyes!

Pages and Co – you can’t get better than a book featuring other books. I loved Anna James’ debut novel of Tilly and her wonderful bookish life. 

Secret on the Night Train – a surprise in this category, but I adored it. It’s a brilliant book for 5-8s and I think we need more books like this!

The Storm Keeper’s Island – Catherine Doyle’s debut kids novel was magical and EVERYTHING you could need from a beautiful book. I can’t wait for the sequel!

The Lost Magician – this book was another bookish book. I adored every page of it!

Don’t forget to share your must reads from 2018 with me! Use the hashtag #SixforSunday! Let’s get the world talking about kids lit! Celebrate the books that came out last year that we love. 

See you next week for 2019 must reads!

S x 

S4S – Books from my childhood

Afternoon! How is everyone on this here chilly Sunday?

Today we’re here for another installment of #SixforSunday! I hope you’re enjoying this celebration of everything kids lit… I know I am! 

Today’s #SixforSunday is a celebration of:

Books from my childhood

So here are 6 books that I read as a child, or that were read to me as a child that I STILL find myself wanting to reread as an adult!

I don’t think these will really surprise anyone. Some of the best stories I’ve ever read are still here on this list. I’ve included books form being a proper tiny to vividly remembering reading them as a child and them sparking a love of reading in me!

Share your favourite 6 books from childhood with me using the hashtag #SixforSunday and I’l check them out! 

See you next week! 

S x 

S4S does #kidslit – Kids books I love!

Hello there!

We are in April now. April’s #SixforSunday is all about celebrating one of my fave kinds of books:

KIDS LIT.

Kids lit is BLOODY MAGNIFICENT and people need to start realising this… hence why I’m spending a month of #SixforSundays celebrating kids lit! 

We are kicking off this week with the prompt:

Children’s books I love

Now I’m technically going to cheat here and go with authors I love… 

  1. David Litchfield
    The Bear and the Piano is one of my favourite picture books to ever exist… and when the second one came out I was overjoyed! 
  2. Maz Evans
    Yes, yes, I know. This will come as no surprise to be on the list, but you guys REALLY need to get on the Who Let The Gods Out? train if you’re not on it already. That series is just BLOODY wonderful and hilarious.
  3. Lisa Thompson
    I’ve had the utter joy of meeting Lisa and she’s properly lovely! Her books are all equally wonderful, but I have a very special place in my heart for her newest book The Day I Was Erased. My kids and I just devoured it!
  4. Kiran Milwood Hargrave
    Kiran can do NO wrong in my eyes. Her kids books are like written gold. They’re so beautiful and have such incredible worlds. Girl of Ink and Stars will FOREVER be my fave Kiran book: that book man. Read it if you haven’t.
  5. Oliver Jeffers
    Another author who I believe has written absolute winner after winner. I know his books are VERY popular with teachers and parents alike and RIGHTLY SO. I just adore his books. Massivest shout out to The Heart and the Bottle.
  6. Abi Elphinstone
    I can’t NOT write about kids authors I love and not mention Abi. Her books are JUST wonderful (so wonderful that I definitely had 3 copies of The Dreamsnatcher borrowed and never returned by my kids!) Her newest adventure Rumblestar is a PROPER winner and I can’t wait for everyone to experience it! 

Remember to share your #SixforSunday posts with me! I can’t wait to see everyone shouting about kids lit this month! 

Come back next week for #SixforSunday does Books from my childhood!

S x