Top Ten New Series That I Want To Start

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. Each week they come out with a list for us all to complete. This week’s list are the Top Ten New Series That I Want To Start. The only rule… new means it’s been a year or so! There are so many series that I want to start, so this could be tricky…

In no particular order…

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Unremembered- Jessica Brody- This book has been on my radar for a while now, I’d like to start it and see if it’s worth reading!

Just One Day- Gayle Forman- Loads of bloggers seem to love Gayle Forman. I need to see if I do!

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The Murder Complex- Lindsay Cummings- I’ve heard mixed things about this book, but as always I want to form my own opinion. The premise sounds incredibly interesting!

Hexed- Michelle Krys- I’m in the mood for a witchy story!

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Uninvited- Sophie Jordan- I have had a copy of this for a while now but was yet to get to it! I’m looking forward to reading it, despite its mixed reviews.

The Falconer- Elizabeth May- Beautiful cover! I can’t wait to get stuck into this book!

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A Thousand Pieces of You- Claudia Gray- I’m not going to lie, it’s the beautiful cover that makes me want to read this.

Bully- Penelope Douglas- Not my usual sort of read, but it’s been raved about by people I trust! Hmmm…

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The Cuckoo’s Calling- Robert Galbraith- I have been putting this book off for ages now as I have high expectations now we know who the author is…

Perfect Ruin- Lauren DeStefano- I loved the Chemical Gardens trilogy, so I’m very much looking forward to Perfect Ruin.

Have you read any of these series? Let me know which ones I should definitely get to! Feel free to leave your link to your Top Ten post and I’ll stop by!

Isla and The Happily Ever After

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How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Previously reviewed by the same author:
Anna and the French Kiss
Lola and the Boy Next Door

Synopsis:

Hopeless romantic Isla has had a crush on introspective cartoonist Josh since their first year at the School of America in Paris. And after a chance encounter in Manhattan over the summer, romance might be closer than Isla imagined. But as they begin their senior year back in France, Isla and Josh are forced to confront the challenges every young couple must face, including family drama, uncertainty about their college futures, and the very real possibility of being apart.

Featuring cameos from fan-favorites Anna, Étienne, Lola, and Cricket, this sweet and sexy story of true love—set against the stunning backdrops of New York City, Paris, and Barcelona—is a swoonworthy conclusion to Stephanie Perkins’s beloved series.

Thoughts:

I’ve found the two preceding books in the Anna and The French Kiss series to be an incredibly sweet, fun and flirty series. I’m happy to say that Isla and the Happily Ever After fits the pattern. I thought it was a very sweet read which didn’t take me long to devour. Whilst I didn’t enjoy it as much as I enjoyed Lola, I was still impressed with the final book in the series. Isla, like the other books in the series, doesn’t need to be read with the previous books. It’s a companion to Anna and Lola. So if you’re worried you won’t understand this book, don’t be, there’s no need to read them in order.

With Isla and the Happily Ever After, the reader gets to know the rather quiet girl Isla. Readers of the rest of the series may remember her appearing in Anna and The French Kiss with her major crush on Josh. Isla has a lot more to her than meets the eye, as many of us do. What I liked about this book, was that there wasn’t as much of an angsty build up. However, it is quite an intense read. The relationship is incredibly intense. It of course, is adorable as well but it’s full on quite fast.

Isla and Josh are such good characters. You can totally see why they’re attracted to each other. Even though the relationship seems quite fast, it doesn’t come out of nowhere. There’s been the attraction there for a while for both characters. Isla and Josh have issues with their parents and teachers getting in the way of their relationship. That’s so relatable for many people out there!

Isla’s best friend Kurt was a brilliant character as well. I was so pleased to see a character with high functioning Autism in a piece of Young Adult literature. I’m all about representation in literature and it was lovely to see that Kurt was portrayed as someone much more than their condition.

Isla and the Happily Ever After is deeper and feels darker than the rest of the series. It’s intense and has a much more mature feel to it. Instead of focusing on how the characters get together it’s more about how you can stay together despite obstacles getting in your way!

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

An enjoyable end to the series! It’s the most intense out of the three books, but it’s still got that Stephanie Perkins sparkle!

A Week In The Life of A Primary PGCE Student: A Step In The Right Direction!

Every Sunday (hopefully) I shall be posting a personal post about my massive new venture. I am going to University to train to be a primary school teacher. I will be trained to work with 5-11 year olds. It’s known to be a very, very stressful time so I’m hoping I can channel my thoughts and feelings into a blog post. It gives you an insight into what’s going on in my life and hopefully it’ll be incredibly therapeutic for me. I will NOT be naming any children, schools or teaching staff. I won’t even mention what University I’m at. I hope that’s understandable. If personal posts aren’t your thing then feel free to skip these posts. I won’t mind!

This week is my last week at University before I start an observation week at my placement school. It feels like this is a really ‘nothing’ week if that makes sense. Obviously, our lectures are still important, but I feel like it would’ve been more helpful to have workshops and really helpful lectures to somewhat prepare us for next week. Oh well. I’ve still enjoyed Science, Primary Foreign Languages, English and Maths this week.

Monday

Monday was a day packed full of Science and Primary Foreign Languages. I enjoyed teaching an experiment to the rest of my group. It was useful to think about how we’d teach the activity to children. Primary Foreign Languages was a bit of a funny one. I know it’s important, but I just don’t see myself as a language teacher. I know this is going to have to change though. I have to be able to teach across the curriculum to teach Primary. My placement school teaches French, so the French re-capping will have to begin pretty soon!

Tuesday

Tuesday was full of English as per usual. I do love English. You can probably tell that through me being such a big reader! I can’t wait to teach English in schools. I have so many ideas just waiting to come out. We also learnt more about our placements this week and the expectations. I feel little butterflies in my stomach just gently fluttering away.

Wednesday

Wednesday was tiring because I had a VERY late night on Tuesday. Lesson No 1: Don’t underestimate the need for a full night’s sleep! I had Primary Foreign Languages and despite having a later start, I got up early to keep to a routine, but I could NOT focus in the class. Oh dear…

Thursday

Thursday was an interesting day because I felt like I took a massive step in the right direction with regards to Maths. I’ve said a few times now that Maths scares me. I’ve always had some anxiety around it, but since putting my positive hat on I’ve come to view it in a different light. I feel like I am going to have a lot of empathy for those children struggling with Maths as I’ve been there (bad experiences at school!) I attended an extra Maths seminar and it made all of the difference to my confidence. I could do it!

Friday

They gave us a treat on Friday… we finished early! Lovely! During Friday’s lecture we had a go at planning a lesson which was really helpful. I have a feeling that I’m going to take a while to get used to planning, but I’m excited to start it.  On Friday afternoon/evening I went through a lot of my work, got my files organised, practised some Maths (!!!) completed some audits and now I’m ready for the weekend.

I feel like I’ve taken a massive step in the right direction this week. I’m aware that I might take a step back at some point, but right now I want to focus on the positive and remember feeling this happy that I’ve mastered some skills that I thought I’d never be able to do. My Maths confidence has increased and I’m in a good place.

Handy Tip for Maths: Sign up for the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics. It’s helped me so much and I’ve only visited it once! 

Next week… I spend a week in my placement school. EEK!

Stacking The Shelves #90

Click on the image to take you to Tynga’s blog to learn more! (Opens in same window)

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you’re adding to your shelves, be it buying or borrowing. From ‘real’ books you’ve purchased, a book you’ve borrowed, a book you’ve been given or an e-book they can all be shared!

As ever, click on the book Image to get to the Goodreads page!

Received from Harper 360:

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Received from Curious Fox via winning the British Books Challenge:

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I received two books this week (I’m doing well at this no book buying right now task!). I am so excited to read A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray. I’ve had my eye on it for a while. I won The Baking Life of Amelie Day from the British Books Challenge. I’m not sure I would have picked up this book otherwise, but I think I’ll enjoy it. It came with some recipes, some sweets for decoration and a cute tea towel! Massive thanks to Harper360 and Curious Fox!

What have you added to your shelves this week? Feel free to leave a link to your hauls and I’ll stop by!

 

The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: The Mysterious Howling

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How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Synopsis:

Found running wild in the forest of Ashton Place, the Incorrigibles are no ordinary children: Alexander, age ten or thereabouts, keeps his siblings in line with gentle nips; Cassiopeia, perhaps four or five, has a bark that is (usually) worse than her bite; and Beowulf, age somewhere-in-the-middle, is alarmingly adept at chasing squirrels.

Luckily, Miss Penelope Lumley is no ordinary governess. Only fifteen years old and a recent graduate of the Swanburne Academy for Poor Bright Females, Penelope embraces the challenge of her new position. Though she is eager to instruct the children in Latin verbs and the proper use of globes, first she must help them overcome their canine tendencies.

But mysteries abound at Ashton Place: Who are these three wild creatures, and how did they come to live in the vast forests of the estate? Why does Old Timothy, the coachman, lurk around every corner? Will Penelope be able to teach the Incorrigibles table manners and socially useful phrases in time for Lady Constance’s holiday ball? And what on earth is a schottische?

Thoughts:

I have had this book on my radar for a while now, so I jumped on the chance to read it when Luna picked it for my Luna’s Picks feature. I was immediately drawn in by the cover and the interesting title. I thought The Mysterious Howling was a good, charming read. I definitely want to continue with the series at some point!

The Mysterious Howling is centred around Miss Penelope Lumley who leaves her school in order to apply for a governess job for three children at Ashton Place. The advert emphasises that the governess has to be good with animals. As Penelope arrives at Ashton Place she finds out the three children are naked and wild. They were found by Lord Ashton in the woods. It’s clear that the children have been raised by wolves. Penelope takes on the task of socialising and teaching the children.

The Mysterious Howling is a great read. It felt like I was reading an old classic. It really does have an old-fashioned Enid Blyton-esque feel to it. I absolutely loved the main character Penelope. I adored how she wanted to educate and socialise the young children. Although I have a slight criticism- the children were socialised quickly without much depth, but that’s a minor niggle really. I’m certainly interested to see where this series goes. It certainly has a lot of potential!

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

A lovely piece of children’s literature. It’s charming and easy to read!

Falling Into Place

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How did I get it?:
Received from Harper 360 in exchange for an honest review.

Synopsis:

On the day Liz Emerson tries to die, they had reviewed Newton’s laws of motion in physics class. Then, after school, she put them into practice by running her Mercedes off the road.

Why? Why did Liz Emerson decide that the world would be better off without her? Why did she give up? Vividly told by an unexpected and surprising narrator, this heartbreaking and nonlinear novel pieces together the short and devastating life of Meridian High’s most popular junior girl. Mass, acceleration, momentum, force—Liz didn’t understand it in physics, and even as her Mercedes hurtles toward the tree, she doesn’t understand it now. How do we impact one another? How do our actions reverberate? What does it mean to be a friend? To love someone? To be a daughter? Or a mother? Is life truly more than cause and effect? Amy Zhang’s haunting and universal story will appeal to fans of Lauren Oliver, Gayle Forman, and Jay Asher.

Thoughts:

I had heard so much about Falling Into Place,  so I was incredibly excited to get my hands on a copy.  The synopsis describes this book as haunting and I completely agree. I thought it was thought provoking and incredibly well written.

Falling Into Place is the story of Liz Emerson who has decided that the world would be better without her. It jumps around in time before Liz makes the decision to run her car off the road and in present time when Liz’s friends are hoping that she’ll pull through. I have to admit, this story is quite heavy going because of its subject matter. However, the writing is just so beautiful that it’s not a chore to get past these deep issues embedded in the story. I’m certainly excited to see where Amy Zhang takes her writing next!

I’ve mentioned countless times on this blog that I’m not always the biggest fan of books that jump around in time. Sometimes they just make the story feel jolted, but for me, Amy Zhang cleverly made this narrative work. Falling Into Place is narrated by an incredibly mysterious narrator. It makes you wonder who is telling you the story.

I wouldn’t say that this story is particularly fast paced, but at the same time I couldn’t put it down. The chapters were short, so it was easy to devour. I think it’s the characters in Falling Into Place which make the story so intriguing. They’re developed so well, even those characters which aren’t necessarily easy to like.

Would I recommend it?:
Yes!

Falling Into Place is a deep, intriguing read about the consequences of our actions. Highly recommended if you like unusual narrations!

WWW Wednesday #91

WWW Wednesdays is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. Click on the image to get to her blog!

WWW Wednesdays is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. Click on the image to get to her blog!

Welcome to another WWW Wednesday! To participate in WWW Wednesday, you need to answer three questions.

•What are you currently reading?
•What did you recently finish reading?
•What do you think you’ll read next?

Click on the book cover to get to the Goodreads page for the book.

What are you currently reading?

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I’m currently reading The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: The Mysterious Howling. I’ve just started it, so I don’t have many thoughts on it yet. It does look good though!

What did you recently finish reading?

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I am really enjoying the Revenant series by Amy Plum. This is the second book in the series and I’m glad to say, it wasn’t an ‘awkward’ middle book.

What do you think you’ll read next?

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Next up for me is The Girl Who Wasn’t There as part of my Comparing… feature with Luna from Luna’s Little Library! I’m really looking forward to this one!

So what are you reading this week? Feel free to answer the questions or leave your link and I’ll stop by! Happy Reading! :D