S4S – Characters you’d love to see together

Happy Sunday friends! 

How are we all? Are we all ready for more #SixforSunday? 

Today’s challenge is a TOUGHIE. Just as I have the past few weeks, I have TOO many options for the 6 I’m allowed to choose! Today I have to only find 6:

Characters you’d love to see together

  1. Jack (from Jack of Hearts and Other Parts) and Simon (Simon vs the Homosapiens Agenda)
  2. Jupiter (Nevermoor) and Felix (The Polar Bear Explorer’s Club)
  3. Stella (The Polar Bear Explorer’s Club) and Owl (A Girl Called Owl)
  4. Twylla (The Sin Eater’s Daughter) and Sorrow (State of Sorrow)
  5. Twylla (The Sin Eater’s Daughter) and Kaz Brekker (Six of Crows)
  6. Tilly (Pages and Co) and Property Jones (The Bookshop Girl)

There we go, some MG and some YA choices! This was a lot of fun! My list surprises me… I definitely have a whole chunk of others I’d love to see. If you’re interested, talk to me! I’d love to share more of my ideas! 

S x

S4S – Authors that surprised you

Hello! Happy Sunday all!

How are we all today? What is going on in your Sunday life? Engaging in a little #SixforSunday I hope!

Today’s prompt for #SixforSunday is:

Authors that surprised you

Now, I’m not entirely sure what I meant with this, so it’s interesting to see what everyone else is saying… I’ll give a little explanation for each on

  1. Deirdre Sullivan – her books are dark and tough going, but so incredibly brilliant! Not what I was expecting at all!
  2. Leigh Bardugo – man, I love her books so much. I wasn’t expecting to love them as much (despite the fact ALL MY FRIENDS said I’d love them!)
  3. Stewart Foster – his books are brilliantly meaningful and not just to kids, but to adults too. I love his books a lot.
  4. Sylvia Bishop – I fell for her writing within the first sentence of The Bookshop Girl and they continue to be wonderful as they go on.
  5. Alex Bell – she can write YA and MG and do both incredibly brilliantly, now there’s a skill to surprise me!
  6. Alice Oseman – a bit like Leigh Bardugo, everyone told me I’d enjoy the books, but I didn’t expect to be quite so blown away by Alice’s books as I always am.

And there we go! 6 authors who surprised me. I can’t wait to see everyone else’s answers to see how they’ve interpreted the prompt! 

Remember to share your post using the hashtag #SixforSunday and link up if you fancy it! Thanks for joining in and reading! 

See you next week for: Books people always tell you to read!

S x 

S4S – Books that made you fall in love

Hellooo my friends!
How are we all? It is Sunday of YALC and I am excited!

Today on #SixforSunday we’re celebrating:

Books that made you fall in love

Books that you fell in love with the characters, the stories, reading… whatever. Books that made you fall in love! I could have a much longer list than 6 FYI.

  1. A Quiet Kind of Thunder – Sara Barnard
    Man, Steffi and Rhys. That’s a ship I will DIE FOR.
  2. The Sin Eater’s Daughter – Melinda Salisbury
    This book is the reason I love Mel and Twylla so much. I so wish I could be Twylla’s friend, yknow if she were real.
  3. Simon vs the Homo Sapien’s Agenda – Becky Albertalli
    AGAIN… I will go down with the Blue/Simon ship. I ship that so hard.
  4. Eleanor and Park – Rainbow Rowell
    Gosh. That book.
  5. The Bookshop Girl – Sylvia Bishop
    This book is 100% wonderful. Even if you don’t read MG I implore you to read it… now
  6. Me Before You – JoJo Moyes
    Yes, yes, this is also on my “crying” list, but I fell SO HARD for this book. It’s such a shame the second one didn’t capture me.

And there you go. My original list only had 2 of these choices on, so it proves how long my list could’ve been! 

Join in the fun using the hashtag #SixforSunday and tag me on twitter! I love all of your posts! 

S x

Best of 2017: MG edition

4 days of 2017 left. 4 days of books to add to my Goodreads total. 

However, I have made a decision about the best MG books of 2017, for me. I’m going to give a very short description and leave a link to my review, if you’re interested in more information. If there isn’t a full review on it, there will be one coming, have no fear!

So here goes:

The best MG books of 2017

Best MG 2017(it must be noted that these are not in any order whatsoever!)

Running on the Roof of the World – Jess Butterworth
(review to come)
Adventure filled with incredible colours (and gorgeous chapter pages!)

The Polar Bear Explorer’s Club – Alex Bell
(review to come)
Exceptional. Friendship, equality, fun and gorgeous characters.

Christmas Dinner of Souls – Ross Montgomery 
BOOKBLOG: Ross Montgomery
Another winner from Ross. Devious, delicious and daring.

Nevermoor – Jessica Townsend
(review to come)
Mysterious and magical: I absolutely adored this book.

Letters From The Lighthouse – Emma Carroll
BOOKBLOG: Emma Carroll
Brave, bold and brilliant. I fell in love with this, quickly.

A Place Called Perfect – Helena Duggan
BOOKBLOG: Helena Duggan
Creepy and brilliant, filled with brave characters and an interesting plot.

The Last Wild – Piers Torday
BOOKBLOG: Piers Torday
Heartbreaking, heart warming and brilliant. This book made me cry on a train.

Simply The Quest (WLTGO #2) – Maz Evans
BOOKBLOG: Maz Evans
Excellent sequel to WLTGO. Was one of my most anticipated books of the year and it did not disappoint. Maz is a genius.

The Explorer – Katherine Rundell
BOOKBLOG: Katherine Rundell
This is one of my stand out books of the year. I completely fell for this book. It is just exceptional. 

The Bookshop Girl – Sylvia Bishop
BOOKBLOG: Sylvia Bishop
This is one of those brilliant books that just spark something within imaginations. This world is one of my favourites of the year.

The Island At The End of Everything – Kiran Milwood Hargrave
BOOKBLOG: Kiran Milwood Hargrave
One of those books that comes along every now and again: inspiring, heartbreaking and touching. Kiran’s books are absolute magic.

Who Let The Gods Out – Maz Evans
BOOK BLOG: Maz Evans
The first in the WLTGO series. Sets the tone by being hilarious and moving, with characters you care about and want to see more of!

And there we have it… 2017 has blessed us with hilarious Greek Gods, touching stories of friendship, stories with magical book shops, mothers and daughters separated, children lost in the Amazon jungle with a stranger to help, brave kids pairing up with animals to do some saving, magical lands of mountains and ice, more magic and rescues aplenty. MG books are wonderful. Kid or not, go out there and read them!

What are your favourite MG books of 2017?
Have you read any of my list?
If you could recommend me one more 2017 MG book what would it be?

Happy reading!

S x

Perfect Presents #2

Yesterday, was the first of my “Perfect Presents” series! I hope you enjoyed my recommendations for brilliant picture books to buy! I would love to know if you have bought any of them for the little people in your life! 

Today’s perfect presents post is all about:

Perfect MG books

(Now this could be a LONG post, 2017 has been an exceptional year for MG books… bear with me!)

Christmas Dinner of Souls – Ross Montgomery
(review to come!)

“It’s a dark and lonely Christmas Eve in the dining room of ancient Soul’s College. The kitchen boy, 11-year-old Lewis, has helped prepare a highly unusual meal, made with unrecognisable ingredients, cooked by a mysterious chef. And then the guests arrive … and carnage ensues. For this is the annual meeting of a secret club for those who despise children, warmth, happiness, and above all Christmas. Each member must try to outdo the others by telling the most terrible, disgusting story they know. A spooky, shocking, bloodthirsty alternative to festive cheer that will appeal to, fascinate and delight young readers.”

Letters from the Lighthouse – Emma Carroll
(BOOKBLOG: Emma Carroll)

“February, 1941. After months of bombing raids in London, twelve-year-old Olive Bradshaw and her little brother Cliff are evacuated to the Devon coast. The only person with two spare beds is Mr Ephraim, the local lighthouse keeper. But he’s not used to company and he certainly doesn’t want any evacuees. Desperate to be helpful, Olive becomes his post-girl, carrying secret messages (as she likes to think of the letters) to the villagers. But Olive has a secret of her own. Her older sister Sukie went missing in an air raid, and she’s desperate to discover what happened to her. And then she finds a strange coded note which seems to link Sukie to Devon, and to something dark and impossibly dangerous.”

Who Let The Gods Out – Maz Evans
(while you’re at it, buy Simply The Quest too!)
(BOOKBLOG: Maz EvansBOOK BLOG: Maz Evans 1)

“Elliot’s mum is ill and his home is under threat, but a shooting star crashes to earth and changes his life forever. The star is Virgo – a young Zodiac goddess on a mission. But the pair accidentally release Thanatos, a wicked death daemon imprisoned beneath Stonehenge, and must then turn to the old Olympian gods for help. After centuries of cushy retirement on earth, are Zeus and his crew up to the task of saving the world – and solving Elliot’s problems too?”

The Polar Bear Explorer’s Club – Alex Bell
(review to come!)

“Join Stella Starflake Pearl and her three fellow explorers as they trek across the snowy Icelands and come face-to-face with frost fairies, snow queens, outlaw hideouts, unicorns, pygmy dinosaurs and carnivorous cabbages… When Stella and three other junior explorers get separated from their expedition can they cross the frozen wilderness and live to tell the tale?”

Father Christmas and Me – Matt Haig
(This is part of a series, buy all of them!)

“It isn’t always easy, growing up as a human in Elfhelm, even if your adoptive parents are the newly married Father Christmas and Mary Christmas. For one thing, Elf School can be annoying when you have to sing Christmas songs every day – even in July – and when you fail all your toy-making tests. Also it can get very, very cold. But when the jealous Easter Bunny and his rabbit army launch an attack to stop Christmas, it’s up to Amelia, her new family and the elves to keep Christmas alive. Before it’s too late . . .”

A Place Called Perfect – Helena Duggan
(BOOKBLOG: Helena Duggan)

“Violet never wanted to move to Perfect. Who wants to live in a town where everyone has to wear glasses to stop them going blind? And who wants to be perfectly behaved all the time? Violet quickly discovers there’s something weird going on, and when she meets Boy she realizes that the mysterious Watchers are guarding a perfectly creepy secret!”

The Bookshop Girl – Sylvia Bishop
(BOOKBLOG: Sylvia Bishop)

“This story is about a little girl named Property Jones, so-called because she was left in the lost property cupboard of a bookshop when she was five years old. Property loves living in the bookshop, but she has a whopper of a secret … she can’t actually read! So Property doesn’t see the newspaper article announcing the chance to win the Montgomery Book Emporium, the biggest and most magnificent bookshop in the world! When her family win the competition, Property finds herself moving to the Emporium, a magical place filled with floor upon floor of books and a very bad-tempered cat. But all is not at it seems at the Emporium and soon Property Jones finds herself in a whole heap of trouble.”

Nevermoor – Jessica Townsend
(review to come!)

“Morrigan Crow is cursed. Having been born on Eventide, the unluckiest day of the year, she’s blamed for all local misfortunes, from hailstorms to heart attacks – and, worst of all, the curse means that Morrigan is doomed to die at midnight on her eleventh birthday. But as Morrigan awaits her fate, a strange and remarkable man named Jupiter North appears. Chased by black-smoke hounds and shadowy hunters on horseback, he whisks her away to the safety of a secret, magical city called Nevermoor. It’s then that Morrigan discovers Jupiter wants her to contend for a place in the city’s most prestigious organisation: the Wundrous Society. In order to join, she must compete in four difficult and dangerous trials against hundreds of other children, each boasting an extraordinary talent that sets them apart – an extraordinary talent that Morrigan insists she does not have. To stay in the safety of Nevermoor for good, Morrigan will need to find a way to pass the tests – otherwise she’ll have to leave and confront her deadly fate once and for all.”

Just like I said yesterday, there are so many SO MANY incredible books out there for kids. Please buy the kids in your life a book. They’re so important and there’s some absolutely incredible books out there! Ask booksellers for recommendations, they’ll have some absolutely choices for you! 

Have you read any of these choices?
Are there any books you’d like to see me review?
Which book would you most like to receive?

Talk to me on twitter, or in the comments! I would love to know what you’re buying for the kids in your life (or even yourself!)

S x

BOOKBLOG: Sylvia Bishop

The Bookshop Girl: Magical, mysterious and delightful

TBG

“This story is about a little girl named Property Jones, so-called because she was left in the lost property cupboard of a bookshop when she was five years old. Property loves living in the bookshop, but she has a whopper of a secret… she can’t actually read! So Property doesn’t see the newspaper article announcing the chance to win the Montgomery Book Emporium, the biggest and most magnificent bookshop in the world! When her family win the competition, Property finds herself moving to the Emporium, a magical place filled with floor upon floor of books and a very bad-tempered cat. But all is not at it seems at the Emporium and soon Property Jones finds herself in a whole heap of trouble”

I’d seen The Bookshop Girl floating around on Twitter and in bookshops and I knew it would be a book that I’d love. Just look at that amazing cover! Books, cats and a bookshop… what more do I need? 

The Bookshop Girl tells the story of Property Jones and her family who win a raffle in which they get to run the magical Montgomery Book Emporium. From their little bookshop to this magical new bookshop, Property and her family can’t believe it! I loved this book from the introduction – the first little bit tells you the story of how Property came to be called Property and the story of how her life began. There’s her brother and her mam, the wonderfully magical Montgomery (the owner of the aforementioned magical book emporium), a weird cat called the Gunther and evil Eliot Pink. This story tells a brilliant tale of adventure, rescue and the magic of books and bookshops. I would love to visit the Montgomery Book Emporium (just as much as I’d like to visit the Jones’ bookshop, it sounds like a perfect bookshop to sit and read for hours!)

This book is GORGEOUS. I absolutely adored it. I can’t wait to give it to my kids at school. I know a fair few children who this will appeal to totally. It’s perfect for Year 3/4 readers. There’s quite a lot of things to do with this book and I think it would make a perfect class novel. I’m tempted to buy another copy, to keep for when I’m a teacher!

My Goodreads review:

A brilliant tale filled with mystery, magic and delight. I devoured this book quickly and I love the name Property. From the first but of the book to the very end, you have a story that will delight kids. I loved this so much!

Thank you so much to the wonderful people at Scholastic for sending me a copy!

Have you read The Bookshop Girl?
What did you think of Property?
Would you like to live in a bookshop?

Tweet me! Comment! Send me answers on a postcard! 

S x