A Week In The Life Of A Primary School Teacher- The Great Outdoors!

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!

This week has been a lot of fun! I really like the summer term for the brighter weather and the chance to go outside more with my class. I’m a big fan of outside learning and we spent most of the week in our gorgeous outdoor grounds. I keep reminding my class how lucky they are to be in a school with such beautiful outdoor provision. We have a great forest area, which we used so much this week.

We mixed the children from 4-11 year-old, with the younger children being looked after by the older children. It was adorable. The children had a wide range of activities to choose from including visitors, outdoor cooking and bug hunting. The whole school was relaxed, calm and happy. It was lovely to see. I really enjoy that I’m part of a team that values outdoor learning. They may not have been doing your typical English and Maths, but I can assure you that they learnt a lot!

It’s now time for a week’s break. I say a week’s break, but I do have some work to do! I am looking forward to relaxing though and I’m not putting any pressure on myself to get loads of things done. It’s time to reunite with my books and really have some ‘me’ time.

Unboxed

Unboxed

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Previously reviewed by the same author:

Synopsis:

Unboxed is about four teenagers who come together after several months apart. In previous years, they had put together a time capsule about their best summer with a friend who was dying. Now that their friend has passed, they reunite to open the box.

Thoughts:

Unboxed is such a cute friendship story. It’s less than 200 pages long, but really does pack a punch. It centres around one evening. It’s about a group of friends who have drifted apart as they went separate ways in their lives. One of the group has died recently, and it is her wish that they reunite to retrieve a time capsule that they buried five years previous.

I was so surprised that I grew to love all of the characters, despite it being such a short read. It is so easy to read this book in one sitting. It’s got short, snappy chapters and an interesting story line. Non Pratt is absolutely fantastic at character development. I felt like I’d know the characters for ages! The characters are completely believable and I was desperate to know more about them.

This really is a wonderful story and I’m glad I took the time to read it!

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

Beautifully written with fantastic characters. Easy to devour in one sitting!

Fairy Tale Friday- The Shadow

The Shadow is a quirky tale which I’m certainly coming to expect from Hans Christian Andersen. It centres around a learned man who visits the Mediterranean and is instantly intrigued by a balcony over the road from where he is renting. The man sends his shadow over to check it out. (How cool would that be?) His shadow never comes back, but the learned man is able to grow another shadow so he doesn’t stand out compared to others.

The learned man goes back home and years later finds himself visited by his shadow. His shadow went into the house of poetry, he learnt a lot and impressed others with his knowledge. The shadow was then showered with gifts turning him rich and very famous. The shadow didn’t want the man to tell anyone that it wasn’t a real person.

The shadow visits again a while later and the man is sick. The shadow is still doing well for itself. The shadow offers the philosopher the chance to go to a spa with him. However, he’s told everyone that the man is actually the shadow! The shadow meets and falls in love with a princess. As in every fairy tale, things move quickly and they agree to marry. They kill the man as they believe he’s delusional for thinking he’s a real human! (Nasty shadow…)

Next Fairy Tale- The Bottle-Neck

Release

Release

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Previously reviewed by the same author:

Chaos Walking Trilogy:

Standalone:

Synopsis:

Inspired by Mrs Dalloway and Judy Blume’s Forever, Release is one day in the life of Adam Thorn, 17. It’s a big day. Things go wrong. It’s intense, and all the while, weirdness approaches…

Adam Thorn is having what will turn out to be the most unsettling, difficult day of his life, with relationships fracturing, a harrowing incident at work, and a showdown between this gay teen and his preacher father that changes everything. It’s a day of confrontation, running, sex, love, heartbreak, and maybe, just maybe, hope. He won’t come out of it unchanged. And all the while, lurking at the edges of the story, something extraordinary and unsettling is on a collision course.

Thoughts:

As soon as I hear that Patrick Ness has a new book coming out, I pre-order it straight away. He’s one of my auto-buy authors. I don’t even read the synopsis of the book. It’s going to be mine, without fail. I always wonder if I hype him too much, I mean, I love The Ness, I’ve made no secret of that fact. I always think I’m going to be disappointed by my high expectations for his work. It hasn’t happened to me…until now. However, it’s only a slight disappointment and even though I have my reservations about Release, I have seen so many positive reviews, so if you’re a Patrick Ness fan, don’t despair. His writing is beautiful and story so unique.

Release is similar to The Rest Of Us Just Live Here in the fact that it has two parallel plots that don’t really hit each other. There’s the plot that follows Adam Thorn and his life and then there’s a magical realism type fairy tale. Something you’d think I’d love, given my adoration of fairy tales, right? It’s like reading two separate stories. It worked for me for The Rest Of Us Just Live Here but for some reason, it didn’t work for me with Release. The book covers a lot of issues in a short space of time. There’s teen angst, family issues, love and extremely likeable characters. It’s also got a touch of paranormal.

I absolutely cannot fault Patrick Ness. I am still a huge fan, despite not loving this book in particular. His writing is amazing and the characters he creates are in-depth and extremely well considered. Release’s two plot lines just did not work for me. I wanted more of Adam’s story. I found his story to be powerful and compelling whereas the other plot line just felt a little cold.

Would I recommend it?:
Yes! 3.5 stars

Whilst this wasn’t my favourite book by Mr Ness, it was still a good read and one which many’ll enjoy!

This Week In Books #65

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!

Winger (Winger, #1) Unboxed The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #2)

NOWWingerAndrew Smith– I am almost halfway through Winger which I’m enjoying much more than I had anticipated. Andrew Smith’s writing is very different and I’m enjoying reading about the main character. It hasn’t got a strong, packed full plot but there’s something about it…

THENUnboxed- Non Pratt– This book didn’t take me long to read at all. It’s a very sweet story about friendship.

NEXTThe Sea Of MonstersRick Riordan– Next up, in the kid-lit challenge I’m completing with my sister Beth, is the next book in the Percy Jackson series. I’m eager to read this one!

What are you reading this week? Feel free to let me know or leave a link to a post that you do! Happy Reading!

Top Ten Quick Reads To Devour On The Beach!

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list is a summer freebie. I decided to go with some of my favourite quick reads which are perfect to read on the beach or in your garden/the park this summer!

As ever, book images go to Goodreads!

Unboxed- Non Pratt

Unboxed

I’ve recently read this book and absolutely devoured it in one sitting. It’s a great story about friendship.

The Summer I Found You- Jolene Perry

The Summer I Found You

I adore this book. It’s a deeper read than the cover may suggest.

George- Alex Gino

George

Another fabulous quick read. Alex Gino’s voice is incredibly authentic!

The Madness- Alison Rattle

The Madness

I love this story which is set on the coast. Alison Rattle is a terrific writer!

Magic Under Glass- Jaclyn Dolamore

Magic Under Glass (Magic Under, #1)

I adore this fairy tale-easque read! It didn’t take me long to devour!

Golden- Jessi Kirby

Golden

I loved this book and I found it to be utterly quotable. It’s a beautiful story and the cover definitely gives me summer vibes.

One Italian Summer- Keris Stainton

One Italian Summer

So easy to read. It’s a little deeper than your average romance/contemporary read!

A Little Something Different- Sandy Hall

A Little Something Different

I absolutely adored this very unique read!

This Song Will Save Your Life- Leila Sales

This Song Will Save Your Life

This book combines two of my favourite things, music and contemporary!

Twenty Boy Summer- Sarah Ockler

Twenty Boy Summer

I find Sarah Ockler’s books to be perfect beach/summer reads!

Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda- Becky Albertalli

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

I adore Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda. It would be perfect for summer reading! I think it’s awesome all year around…

What did you do for your summer freebie this week? Feel free to leave a link and I’ll stop by your post!

As I Descended

As I Descended

How did I get it?:
It was a gift!

Previously reviewed by the same author:
Lies We Tell Ourselves
What We Left Behind

Synopsis:

Maria Lyon and Lily Boiten are their school’s ultimate power couple—even if no one knows it but them.

Only one thing stands between them and their perfect future: campus superstar Delilah Dufrey.

Golden child Delilah is a legend at the exclusive Acheron Academy, and the presumptive winner of the distinguished Cawdor Kingsley Prize. She runs the school, and if she chose, she could blow up Maria and Lily’s whole world with a pointed look, or a carefully placed word.

But what Delilah doesn’t know is that Lily and Maria are willing to do anything—absolutely anything—to make their dreams come true. And the first step is unseating Delilah for the Kingsley Prize. The full scholarship, awarded to Maria, will lock in her attendance at Stanford―and four more years in a shared dorm room with Lily.

Maria and Lily will stop at nothing to ensure their victory—including harnessing the dark power long rumored to be present on the former plantation that houses their school.

But when feuds turn to fatalities, and madness begins to blur the distinction between what’s real and what is imagined, the girls must decide where they draw the line.

Thoughts:

I absolutely loved Robin Talley’s debut novel, but was a little disappointed by her second release. However, the synopsis of this book had me easily gripped and I knew I had to read it. I also really enjoy retellings and I was intrigued by the modern take on Macbeth.

As I Descended takes place at a boarding school. Our main characters use a Ouija board and that is the catalyst to the madness…Although this story is told from multiple points of view, Maria is the main focus of this story. She is determined to take down Delilah, who is the front runner for the Kingsley Prize, a scholarship for college. It will give her more time with Lily, her girlfriend. Maria and Lily work hard to make sure Maria gets that prize, no matter what it takes. The story definitely takes a turn for the worse when creepy things begin to happen….

I really enjoy Robin Talley’s writing style, she created such a wonderfully chilling atmosphere, I just had to keep turning the pages. I absolutely loved the diversity in the characters. As a reader, you can find LGBT characters and also a character with a physical disability.

If you don’t know much about Macbeth then it really doesn’t matter. I know the plot of Macbeth, but I’ve never read it and it didn’t affect my enjoyment of the story.

Would I recommend it?:
Yes!

I was pleasantly surprised by this book! It’s not quite Lies We Tell Ourselves, but it’s a creepy, intriguing read!