A Week In The Life Of A Primary School Teacher- The show is almost here!

Every Sunday (hopefully) I shall be posting a personal post about my life as a primary school teacher. I currently work at a primary school teaching Lower Key Stage 2. My training posts on this subject were really successful and so therapeutic for me, therefore I’ve decided to continue posting on the topic. I will not be naming any children, or the school where I work. If personal posts aren’t your thing then feel free to skip these posts. I won’t mind! Bookish goodness returns as normal Monday-Saturday!

It’s all go in these parts this week and for the coming two weeks as well. I am going to be crawling to the finish line. Just 10 more working days and then I’m off for two weeks! Yippee! I plan to read lots and not spend most of my holiday working…

We’re coming up to our year group’s school production which I’m equal parts excited/nervous for. I’m nervous for the children who have worked incredibly hard. I’m also excited for them to show their loved ones just how hard they’ve worked. There are a couple of children who  sing solos and it makes my heart almost burst with pride! ❤

I have to say, I’m looking forward to getting back to some sort of normal though. Our usual school routine has gone out of the window meaning their behaviour has been a little erratic! I would say roll on the next week but I’ve got 3 parent-teacher evenings! Argh!

Crawling to the finish line…

Blog Tour- Pilot Jane and The Runaway Plane

How did I get it?:
I received it from the publisher for the book tour!

Synopsis:

Join Pilot Jane, a fun and fearless airline captain, as she travels the world with her best friend Rose, a high-speed passenger jet. Together Jane and Rose have exciting adventures and form a perfect team, delivering their passengers safely to destinations as far afield as Alaska and Australia. But when disaster strikes and Rose falls ill, Jane is paired with ‘lean, mean flying machine’ Mighty Mitch. Can she still get the Queen to her party on time? Featuring a clever and courageous heroine, this action-packed rhyming story celebrates ‘Girl Power’ and shows what you can achieve if you work together. Fasten your seatbelt and get ready for take-off!

Thoughts:

I am a primary school teacher, so when I had the opportunity to read this book, I decided to test it on some guinea pigs. Well, some classes at school. I read it with two groups of children. Year 1s (5-6 year olds) and Year 3/4 (7-9 year olds). The book went down well with both classes. Here are some words from their mouths… (real names have been changed)

  • I liked it because it was adventurous. (Mandy, Age 7)

  • I like it because it’s got teamwork. (Natasha, Age 8)

  • I liked it because it had everything a story needs. I think it would be great for younger children. (Tim, Age 9)

  • I think the moral of the story is teamwork. (Hannah, Age 6)

  • I liked it because when the plane broke down, Jane had to  learn to work with a different plane that she didn’t really know.  (Harry, Age 7)

  • I like it because it was for boys and girls. I thought at the start it was just for girls but it changed into boys as well. (Tobias, Age 8)

  • I liked the book because Mitch and Jane had to work together. (Jason, Age 8)

  • I liked the girl and boy power! (Lauren, Age 5)

As for me, I think it’s such a cute book for young children. Both the infant and junior school children took the message from the book, which makes it highly successful in my eyes!

Fairy Tales- Two Brothers

Well, this was a strange one! It centres around two brothers who are both into different things. One brother is into science and has a thirst for knowledge. The other brother is into justice and truth. Both brothers have the Spirit of Human Genius to inspire them. The brothers grow up to be well celebrated scientists and politicians. Their names were Hans Christian and Anders. Okay…

If I’m honest, I didn’t really ‘get’ this one!

Next Fairy Tale- The Old Tombstone

 

A Spotlight On… Kate Karyus Quinn

Welcome to my ‘A Spotlight On…’ feature. In this feature, I plan to highlight and give some bookish love to some of my favourite authors.

For my third post for this feature, I decided to focus on the wonderful Kate Karyus Quinn. Kate is such a unique author. I can’t even begin to explain her writing style, but there’s something about Kate’s writing that pulls me in.

My reviews

Kate Karyus Quinn website

Follow Kate on Twitter

Kate on Goodreads

This Week In Books #57

I am joining in with the lovely Lipsy from Lipsy’s Lost and Found’s feature which highlights our week in books. I shall be sharing what I’m reading now, then and next! I won’t be showcasing my new books as I do that on a Saturday. I’m really excited by this feature as I loved sharing my recent reads. My book reviews published on my blog are often WAY behind what I’m actually reading, so this is a good feature to keep you up to date!

Click on the book to get to Goodreads!

All the Forever Things Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic Letters to the Lost

NOWAll The Forever ThingsJolene Perry– I’m hoping to get a good way through this book tonight. I really enjoy Jolene’s writing and it’s often deeper than you’d first expect.

THENFun HomeAlison Bechdel– I recently finished this book for Beth and I’s Banned Books feature. Look out for our review on Monday!

NEXTLetters To The LostBrigid Kemmerer– I’ve heard so much about this book. I’m intrigued!

What are you reading this week? Please feel free to let me know in the comments or leave me a link to post that you do! Happy Reading!

Ten Books That’ll Make You Read The Day Away

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list are ten short books/one sitting reads etc. I decided to go for Ten Books That’ll Make You Read The Day Away.

As ever, click on the book image to get to Goodreads!

The Help- Kathryn Stockett

The Help

I thought this was such a powerful read. I devoured this book and have highly recommend it since!

The Name On Your Wrist- Helen Hiorns

The Name on Your Wrist

I thought that this novella had such a unique story-line. I’d highly recommend it!

Slumber- Tamara Blake

Slumber

I love this fairy tale-esque story. It didn’t take me long to read at all.

George- Alex Gino

George

I could have easily read this book in one sitting. It didn’t take me long to read at all. It’s such a powerful, touching read.

A Monster Calls- Patrick Ness

A Monster Calls

Another brilliant read. This book moved me and I’ll continue to recommend it highly whenever I can.

The Last Act Of Love- Cathy Rentzenbrink

The Last Act Of Love

This book is amazing. I was entirely moved by it and couldn’t stop turning the pages!

The Quietness- Alison Rattle

The Quietness

I love Alison Rattle’s books and I could have easily listed ALL of her releases. Her writing is incredibly evocative. It’s so easy to read.

The Sky Is Everywhere- Jandy Nelson

The Sky Is Everywhere

I adore this book! I read it so many years ago and it still stays with me.

Crush- Eve Ainsworth

Crush

This book is incredible. From its title, you might think it’s a sweet read, but it’s much darker than you might anticipate…

Dangerous Girls- Abigail Haas

Dangerous Girls

I absolutely love this book and think it’s incredibly underrated. I really enjoyed this book and practically devoured it in one sitting.

What did you put on your list this week? Please feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

Follow Me Down by Sherri Smith

Follow Me Down

How did I get it?:
NetGalley- thanks to Macmillan

Synopsis:

Mia Haas has built a life for herself far from the North Dakota town where she grew up, but when she receives word that her twin brother is missing, she’s forced to return home. Once hailed as the golden boy of their small town, Lucas Haas disappeared the same day the body of one of his high school students is pulled from the river. Trying to wrap her head around the rumors of Lucas’s affair with the teen, and unable to reconcile the media’s portrayal of Lucas as a murderer with her own memories of him, Mia is desperate to find another suspect.

All the while, she wonders, if he’s innocent, why did he run?

As Mia reevaluates their difficult, shared history and launches her own investigation into the grisly murder, she uncovers secrets that could exonerate Lucas—or seal his fate. In a small town where everyone’s history is intertwined, Mia will be forced to confront her own demons, placing her right in the killer’s crosshairs.

Thoughts:

This book’s synopsis immediately grabbed me. It won’t be a surprise to many, to know that I really enjoy a thriller. I have read so many in the genre so I feel that every single time I pick up this genre, it has a lot to live up to. I really enjoyed Follow Me Down. I didn’t find it overly predictable or cliche like so many thrillers are becoming.

Follow Me Down centres around Mia who hasn’t had the easiest of childhoods. She struggles with an addiction to pills. Out of the blue, Mia receives a phone call from the police. Her twin brother, Lucas, is suspected of killing a teenage girl. He’s gone missing which certainly makes him a person of interest. Mia is convinced that her brother is innocent, so goes back to her small town to try and clear his name.

I really liked Mia from the start. I loved her determination to prove her brother’s innocence, despite some evidence not being stacked in her favour. I also really appreciated how Mia wasn’t a perfect, flawless character. Mia was carrying a lot of trauma from her childhood and was really trying to make life better for herself.

The reason why I haven’t given this book a four star rating is because it got a little slow towards the middle of the story. Don’t get me wrong, it was easy to read, but nothing really kept me gripped besides my desire to find out whether Lucas was guilty or not. The pace does pick up towards the end, so I would definitely recommend staying with it. I enjoyed Sherri Smith’s writing and I wouldn’t hesitate to pick up another book from her!

Would I recommend it?:
Yes- 3.5 stars

A decent thriller. It may not be the most fast paced, but it’ll keep you guessing!