A Week In The Life Of A Primary School Teacher- A break is much needed!

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 Year 2 (6-7 year olds). 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!

I feel like this half term has been long but at the same time, it’s come around fairly quickly. I’m just about to have a week’s break. I’m trying to cram my work into today, so I can actually have some time off. I have a few plans this week which is good. It’s so important in teaching to find time for yourself. It’s such a consuming job. There’s always things that I could or should be doing, but I’m finding I’m learning a lot more about balancing work! It’s only taken me until my third year of teaching!!

I feel like I have bonded well with my class now. At first, I was apprehensive about going back to Year 2, but now I’m enjoying it more. I don’t think it’ll ever be my preferred age group, but they’re a sweet bunch of kids who I’m enjoying teaching and spending time with. Their enthusiasm is infectious! 🙂

I’m looking forward to so much next half term. It might be a 7 and a half week term, but it’s going to be a fun one. We have a nativity performance, so many good books and some cute activities coming up. I

Now it’s time for a week off. Read, relax, blog, see friends… I’m going to enjoy recharging!

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History Is All You Left Me

History Is All You Left Me

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Previously reviewed by the same author:
More Happy Than Not

Synopsis:

When Griffin’s first love and ex-boyfriend, Theo, dies in a drowning accident, his universe implodes. Even though Theo had moved to California for college and started seeing Jackson, Griffin never doubted Theo would come back to him when the time was right. But now, the future he’s been imagining for himself has gone far off course. 

To make things worse, the only person who truly understands his heartache is Jackson. But no matter how much they open up to each other, Griffin’s downward spiral continues. He’s losing himself in his obsessive compulsions and destructive choices, and the secrets he’s been keeping are tearing him apart. 

If Griffin is ever to rebuild his future, he must first confront his history, every last heartbreaking piece in the puzzle of his life.

Thoughts:

I enjoyed More Happy Than Not but this book completely surpassed it in my opinion. It was such a touching read. I knew it was going to be a heart-breaking one as I had heard as much, but I didn’t expect it to have such an impact on me. Adam Silvera is a truly beautifully writer.

History Is All You Left Me centres around Griff who has just lost his first love and ex-boyfriend in a tragic accident. Theo had moved to California for college and started a new relationship with a guy called Jackson. Griffin always thought that Theo would come back to him, but now the future has completely turned around for Griffin. The only person that understands his heartache is Jackson. Even though they begin to open up to one another, Griffin is spiralling out of control. His compulsions are getting worse and secrets are tearing him apart. To move on, Griffin is going to have to face up to his history.

I loved that this story flipped between past and present times. I’m always tentative when I know a book jumps about between time periods, but for this book it really did work. I loved reading about their history and how they were doing in present times. It really made me feel like I could get to know the characters. The characters are so well written. They are absolutely messed up which is understandable considering a very special guy to them has died. I could feel Griffin’s pain through the pages and although I don’t agree with everything he did, I could understand why he had acted in that way.

As for the representation of OCD? A round of applause to Adam Silvera. I don’t have OCD myself, but have several friends who do and the representation was so well done. I could really sympathise with Griffin.

There is romance in this book. A lot of romance. I have mixed feelings about it. I loved Griffin and Theo’s relationship and was rooting for them at the start. Then when he moved away to California everything started to get a little messy. Actually I lie, very, very messy! There was a lot of heartache between many characters and so much hurt. This certainly isn’t an ‘easy’ read.

This book is heartbreaking, but so very worth reading. It’s a beauty that’s for sure and I can’t wait to read Adam Silvera’s most recent book!

Would I recommend it?:
Without a doubt!

A beautiful read. I didn’t expect to like this one as much!

Fairy Tale Friday- The Uttermost Part Of The Sea

Just like many of the fairy tales in this collection, I didn’t know much about this story before I read it. It’s about some sailors that are on two ships that are going north to explore. The sailors meet some Eskimos! One sailor curls up to sleep with his bible. This sailor is incredibly religious and he believes when the body is at rest the soul lives and acts. The sailor ends up dreaming about his grandmother. He also dreams about the girl he likes. In his dream he sees the girl and his grandmother reading a letter that had come from very far away. They read that in the uttermost parts of the sea HIS right hand would be a stay and a safety.

 

The Treatment by C.L Taylor

The Treatment

How did I get it?
NetGalley- many thanks to HQ/Harper Collins

Synopsis:

“You have to help me. We’re not being reformed. We’re being brainwashed.”

All sixteen year old Drew Finch wants is to be left alone. She’s not interested in spending time with her mum and stepdad and when her disruptive fifteen year old brother Mason is expelled from school for the third time and sent to a residential reform academy she’s almost relieved.

Everything changes when she’s followed home from school by the mysterious Dr Cobey, who claims to have a message from Mason. There is something sinister about the ‘treatment’ he is undergoing. The school is changing people.

Determined to help her brother, Drew must infiltrate the Academy and unearth its deepest, darkest secrets.

Before it’s too late.

Thoughts:

I have been intending to read C.L Taylor’s books for the longest time. I don’t know why I haven’t yet, but I will soon be rectifying that after reading her fantastic YA debut! I was utterly gripped by The Treatment and finished it within a day.

The Treatment centres around sixteen year old Drew Finch. Her younger brother, Mason, is expelled from school and sent to a residential reform academy in Northumberland. It is from then that the problems really occur. Drew is followed by Doctor Cobey with a message from Mason. Mason tells Drew that he’s worried about the ‘treatment’ that’s going on at the reform academy. He needs her help. After some googling and finding a former resident, Drew needs to get into the school to discover exactly what’s going on for herself before it’s too late.

I thought this book was utterly gripping. Right from the start it had me intrigued and didn’t let go of me until the last page. The story is really easy to read. It has some interesting characters, ones you hate and ones you root for. I loved to hate some of the characters in this story. There really is a great range of well written characters. The pace was fast and short chapters really helped this.

I really enjoy psychology reads and I loved how C.L Taylor used psychology in the story without it becoming too bogged down. It was incredibly clever and engaging.

I’m not the desired age for this book, but I absolutely lapped it up and I’m pretty confident that this book would appeal to adults as well.

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

I will definitely be reading C.L Taylor’s adult thrillers after thoroughly enjoying this book!

This Week In Books #83

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!

Book images go to Goodreads!

13 Minutes Letters from the Lighthouse The Invention of Hugo Cabret

NOW13 MinutesSarah Pinborough– I have just started this book. It’s very early days so I can’t pass a comment on it yet, although it does sound fabulous.

THENLetters From The LighthouseEmma Carroll– I think Emma Carroll is incapable of writing a bad book. This book was stunning. It centred around the second World War.

NEXTThe Invention of Hugo CabretBrian Selznick– I am so excited to read this book. The artwork itself is stunning!

What are you reading this week? Let me know! Happy Reading! 😀

Top Ten Book Covers That Make Me Hungry!

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list is a food related prompt. I was stuck with what to do with this one, but I’ve come up with covers that make me particularly hungry! So here we are…

I haven’t necessarily read all of these books, but I have read most of them. Either way, the covers made me hungry.

Click on the book image to get to the Goodreads page for that book!

Tell Me Three Things

I want to read this book and eat the yumminess on the cover!

The Ice Cream Girls

This may just have food in the title, but its cover reminds me of Neapolitan ice cream which is a favourite. Mmm.

The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake

I didn’t enjoy this book as much as I love lemon cake!

Skinny

I’m sensing a ‘sweet’ theme to my list this week. I do love a sweet treat. This book isn’t an easy read though. It’s about a battle with anorexia.

Peeled

I haven’t read this book, but I adore the cover!

Bittersweet

The cover looks good enough to eat! I loved the story too.

The Shadow of the Pomegranate (Tudor Saga, #3)

I adore Tudor stories and this one was no exception. The fruit on the cover makes me crave a pomegranate!

Love & Gelato

I wanted gelato and wanted to go to Italy after this!

Boy Meets Boy

This makes me want to eat Lovehearts!

The Careful Undressing of Love

I’ve heard great things about this book which I really want to read. I love this cover.

What did you put on your foody list this week? Let me know! Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by.

No Shame

No Shame

How did I get it?:
I received it from the publisher in exchange for a honest review!

Previously reviewed by the same author:

Synopsis:

Stacey Woods has been raped and now she has to go through a different ordeal – the court trial. But nothing in life it seems is black and white and life is not always fair or just. Suddenly it seems that she may not be believed and that the man who attacked her may be found not guilty . . . if so Stacey will need to find a way to rebuild her life again . . .

Thoughts:

This book follows No Virgin. I think you can read this book without reading No Virgin but it enhances your reading experience if you do read the previous book. Ultimately, this book has the same message as No Virgin. It encourages victims of rape to speak out and seek justice for the terrible thing that has happened to them.

In No Shame, Stacey has reported the disgusting man to the police and the trial is looming. Stacey is trying to carry on with her life. She’s thinking about her future and works a part time job. As well as this, she has to be prepared for standing against the man who raped her. I found the man in question incredibly creepy and arrogant. Every single time he smirked in court, it made me mad. I was desperate for him to be charged. I won’t ruin what happens but things aren’t easy, that’s for sure!

This isn’t an easy read, but it’s an important one. Anne Cassidy is wonderful at creating characters that you feel empathy for. The book is short and fast paced. It really packs a punch. I think both books have such an important place in YA literature. I’m so pleased I read it because it does make you think about keeping yourself safe and speaking out when you’re uncomfortable!

Would I recommend it?:
Yes! 3.5 stars

I thought this was a fantastic companion novel that shows that there can be many bumps in the road in your life!