Books To Read By The Pool/At The Beach (Summer 2018 TBR)

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It’s all about love of lists, love of literature and bringing bookish people together.

This week’s list is all about books that we want to read by the pool or at the beach. It also serves as our Summer TBR. I don’t think I’m going on a beach-y holiday this year, but I’m hoping for some sunshine all the same. I’m not fussy if I’m reading in my back garden! Here are some books that I would like to tackle this summer time. Most are contemporary because although I like them all year around I find them perfect for summer!

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Lucky in Love

Love, Life, and the List

Listen to Your Heart

Yes, I need to catch up with Kasie West’s books. I really enjoy her writing. It’s easy to read. She releases books so quickly though!

Love Songs & Other Lies

This book has been on my radar for a while. It’s all about a summer romance! All for that in summer time!

Sam & Ilsa's Last Hurrah

I love David Levithan’s writing. Looking forward to this one!

The Dangerous Art of Blending In

This doesn’t have a light, summery feel to it, but I’ve been eagerly anticipating it for a while now so it needed to be added to the TBR!

This Is Not A Love Letter

Another darker book, but I feel like it can’t be all light reads this summer!

More Than We Can Tell (Letters to the Lost, #2)

I’m looking forward to getting to this book after really enjoying the first!

The Upside of Falling Down

I think this could be a particularly engaging read! Love the cover. Definitely gives me summer vibes.

Magic Under Stone (Magic Under, #2)

I am determined to get around to this book this summer. It has been on my TBR forever!

What are you hoping to read this summer? Let me know! Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by.

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The Nope Tag

I first saw this tag over on The Cozy Pages blog, but it originates from The BookTube Book. Check out the video here. It looked like fun so I thought I’d give it a go myself.

Nope: Book ending:

I wasn’t the biggest fan of Mockingjay. I don’t want to spoil the ending for anyone that hasn’t seen the films/read the books and intends to. I just questioned the choices that Katniss made.

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Nope: Protagonist

I have more than one, sorry. Alex, Veronica and Mollie from Those Girls. 

Nope: Series you didn’t enjoy or won’t continue with

I don’t see myself continuing with the Throne of Glass series. I got to Queen Of Shadows and didn’t feel compelled to continue.

Nope: Ship I don’t support

Meg and Laurie from Little Women. Not a fan.

Nope: Plot twist

We Were Liars. I didn’t enjoy the plot twist in this book. I felt a little underwhelmed.

Nope: Protagonist decision

Bella in Twilight. Why did she ever fall for Edward? He’s creepy!

Nope: Genre

Horror- my imagination is way too overactive to cope.

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Nope: Book format

Black covers that get fingerprints all over them that you can’t get rid of.

Nope: Trope

Love triangles- I’m just bored of them!

Nope: Cliche/Pet Peeve

Anything to do with females being described as a ‘goddess’

Nope: Recommendation

Most recommendations I get are tailored to my reading tastes so I don’t have one for this one.

Nope: Love Interest

Ron and Hermione- I’m sorry, I just never really bought it!

Nope: Book

Blood and Chocolate- I read this for a Banned Books feature recently and I wasn’t a fan…

Nope: Villain

I think one of the worst villain’s is Dolores Umbridge. She terrifies me just as much as Voldemort.

Nope: Death

Dobby- 😦 There are many characters that met their demise in Harry Potter that I often think… why?!!

Nope: Author

I don’t think there’s an author I wouldn’t try. Some I guess I wouldn’t go back to, but I’ve never had one I wouldn’t try. I wouldn’t read another book by E.L James if she wrote another.

Have you had a go at this tag? If you have link me to your post so I can check out your answers. Or feel free to give it a go!

A Week In The Life Of A Primary School Teacher- Time is going by fast!

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 can’t believe tomorrow starts the third week of this seven week half term. Time is going by so fast. I’m really trying to enjoy these last few weeks with my class. It’s tough, because I feel at around this time of year, children almost outgrow the year/class they’re in. They become a little frustrated with one another and there’s plenty of arguments. I think some of it is down to tiredness too, especially with the younger children. So being positive when they’re irritating/irritated by each other can be a little tricky! However I’m giving it a good shot.

We have so much to pack in over the next few weeks that I’m pretty sure time is going to pass by even quicker. We have Sports Day next week which is always good fun.

As well as all the exciting things that come with the summer term, we’re still plodding on with teaching normal lessons. Maths this week is Time. I hate teaching time as children find it really tricky. I’m hoping that the penny drops for some of them this week. I have introduced 2 children wearing watches all day and I randomly spot test them on the time. That seems to be improving so many children’s ability to tell the time.

As for my new class, I’m starting to slowly get resources ready for the next academic year. I love a fresh start and I’m trying to get bits ready for the classroom change as well. It’s something that takes SO long in the summer and if I can get resources ready now, I’ll have a head start!

Exciting times ahead!

The Wonder Of Us

The Wonder of Us

How did I get it?:
Received a copy from Walker Books UK, many thanks to them!

Synopsis:

Riya and Abby are:
Best friends.
Complete opposites.
Living on different continents.
Currently mad at each other.
About to travel around Europe. 

Riya moved to Berlin, Germany, with her family for junior year, while Abby stayed behind in their small California town. They thought it would be easy to keep up their friendship-it’s only a year and they’ve been best friends since preschool. But instead, they ended up fighting and not being there for the other. So Riya proposes an epic adventure to fix their friendship. Two weeks, six countries, unimaginable fun. But two small catches:

They haven’t talked in weeks.
They’ve both been keeping secrets.

Can Riya and Abby find their way back to each other among lush countrysides and dazzling cities, or does growing up mean growing apart?

Thoughts:

YA contemporary is something I particularly enjoy, especially so in the warmer weather. When I was offered the chance to read The Wonder Of Us, I snapped it up, purely on that cover and the synopsis itself. I do like a book involving travel, especially travel around Europe. I did enjoy reading this book, but it didn’t blow me away like I wanted it to. I didn’t connect with the characters as much as I thought I might.

The Wonder Of Us is all about two best friends reuniting and going on an adventure around Europe. Abby is pretty fed up with Riya who she feels abandoned her when she needed her. Abby’s parents have recently been struggling and Abby feels like Riya abandoned her to go to Berlin. What Abby doesn’t realise is that Riya has been dealing with her own secrets since leaving each other on bad terms. Riya offers Abby the chance to travel through Europe for two weeks- a ticket that’s been paid for. It’ll give Abby the chance to escape home life in California and hopefully give the girls time to sort through their troubles.

The story is narrated by both Abby and Riya meaning that the reader gets to find out both sides of the story.  It’s also got some interesting secondary characters to get to know, like Neel, Riya’s cousin, who is chaperoning during their trip.

I think part of my problem with this book was that I didn’t understand Abby’s frustration with Riya. Best friends can’t always be by your side, but it doesn’t mean that they don’t care for you. Some of my best friends I don’t see for months on end, but I know they are still there. I understood that Abby had a tough time in her home life and sure, Riya could have been there for her more, but I was still left feeling frustrated by Abby’s actions.  I could have also done without the bickering throughout the story although I do believe it made their rift more believable.

I did enjoy ‘travelling’ Europe with the characters. I feel like Kim Culbertson really set the scene in each country really beautifully. This book was easy to read and I think it would make a decent beach’/summer read.

Would I recommend it?:
Yes!

Beautifully set in Europe, this book will be great for summer reading!

Fairy Tale Friday- The Boots of Hunain and Zirak and Ring-dove

This week’s fairy tales are connected to Ramadan and Eid. I’m not a follower of the Muslim faith, but I thought I’d put them out now for those celebrating! 🙂

The Boots of Hunain

One morning, a desert traveller rode into town and notice a pair of boots. He really wanted to buy them. The cobbler, Hunain said that they were the finest boots he’d ever made and were worth three times the amount. The traveller insisted that the price was too much, but no matter how much they argued, the traveller could not get the price down. The traveller told him he was greedy and that his camel was worth more than the boots. He then stormed out of the shop.

Hunain was insulted by the man’s rudeness. Later, when he saw the traveller on his camel, Hunain grabbed the boots and followed him. He watched the route the traveller was going and took a shortcut to get ahead of him. A mile along the trail Hunain placed one of the boots down and one a mile later. Then he hid behind a sand dune. As the traveller walked past, he found the first boot. He said that one would be no good for him, so continued. The traveller came across the second boot and decided to tie up his camel and go back for the other one- getting beautiful boots for nothing.

As soon as the traveller was out of sight, Hunain untied the camel and rode it home. Chuckling ‘Fair’s Fair’ along the way! Cheeky Hunain!

Zirak and Ring-dove

Ring-dove and her sisters found some sunflower seeds in the morning. They started pecking at them, not realising that there was a net in the grass beneath their feet. Suddenly the net closed around them and Ring-dove and her sisters were trapped. They flapped around in panic. Ring-dove told her sisters to stay calm and to work together to escape. Ring-dove suggested that they should flap their wings together to lift the net off the group and fly out of the bird-catchers reach. When Ring-dove called, they all flapped together. As the bird-catcher went to grab the net, Ring-dove and her sisters rose from the ground and flew over his head and away. Ring-dove and her sisters flew to the nearest town as they believed that the bird-catcher couldn’t get them there. She had a plan to set them free. The bird-catcher did follow them, but got totally lost in the town’s streets.

Ring-dove’s sisters complained that they were still in danger from cats and dogs in the busy town. Ring-dove told her sisters to trust her. She had a friend called Zirak who was a little brown mouse. She asked for his help and he began to chew the net around his friend, Ring-dove. Her sisters were insistent that he should help them first. He ignored them and kept trying for Ring-dove’s safety. She asked Zirak to save her sisters first. Zirak told her that her sisters were selfish. Ring-dove said that if he was tired he would still save his good friend, but if he saved her first and then grew tired, he might not save them.  Zirak agreed with this. He said he didn’t care about her sisters, but her kindness made him love her even more. Zirak chewed until the sisters were free and then he freed his dear friend. Ring-dove and Zirak said their goodbyes and then a cat threatened the birds so they had to hurry home!

Next Fairy Tale Friday- Anansi and Turtle

The Escape

The Escape

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Previously reviewed by the same author:
The Treatment
The Accident
The Lie
The Missing

Synopsis:

When a stranger asks Jo Blackmore for a lift she says yes, then swiftly wishes she hadn’t.

The stranger knows Jo’s name, she knows her husband Max and she’s got a glove belonging to Jo’s two year old daughter Elise.

What begins with a subtle threat swiftly turns into a nightmare as the police, social services and even Jo’s own husband turn against her.

No one believes that Elise is in danger. But Jo knows there’s only one way to keep her child safe – RUN.

Thoughts:

I’ve come to realise that C.L Taylor’s books are dramatic and can sometimes a little unbelievable but do you know something? I’m totally okay with that. This is the fifth book I’ve read by C.L Taylor and I can confirm that I’m quite a fan of her writing!

The Escape centres around who has been suffering from agoraphobia for many years. However, Jo has learn strategies to cope with her agoraphobia. She’s able to work as long as she keeps to the rules she has set for herself. Unfortunately, one day Jo loosens the rules by giving a lift to a woman she doesn’t know. The woman’s name is Paula and she gives Jo very little chance to refuse. She has one of Elise’s mittens and gives her a very unsettling warning about looking after her daughter. It turns out that Paula knows her, her husband and her daughter. Jo’s worries heighten as you can imagine and this begins the tension. Jo ends up going to Ireland to lie low, but the trouble just follows her…

Jo isn’t the easiest character to like. I don’t know what it was about her really, but I was desperate for her to have a little more fight in her. However, I still found myself wanting things to turn out well for her. I found her husband a little infuriating too, but this didn’t affect my enjoyment of the story. There’s something about this author’s writing that I find totally compelling.

C.L Taylor sure has a way of keeping you turning the pages. Her characters are well fleshed out and totally believable, even if sometimes the situations may seem a little exaggerated- it still seems like these could be real people!

Would I recommend it?:
Yes! 3.5 stars

I may not have thought much of these characters, but the story kept me turning the pages!

This Week In Books #115

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!

Some Kind of Wonderful Hush Little Baby Turtles All the Way Down

NOWSome Kind Of WonderfulGiovanna Fletcher– I’m currently around a third of the way through this book. I’m enjoying it. It’s not the most mind-blowing book, but it’s an easy to read book!

THEN- Hush Little BabyJoanna Barnard– I really enjoyed this book! Hopefully my review will be up within the next few weeks.

NEXTTurtles All The Way DownJohn Green– I am nervous about this book. I’m not the biggest fan of John Green, but I wanted to give it a go.

What are you reading this week? Let me know!