Top Ten Authors That My Class Love

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 it’s all about childhood books. I’ve done this topic before so I decided to put a little spin on it. Instead, I’m going to mention 10 authors that my class of 7-9 year olds love!

In no particular order:

David Walliams- They find him funny and I do too.

Jeff Kinney- They adore the Wimpy Kids books.

Andy Griffiths- Treehouse books- I started this as series as a class read and so many children have kept on reading. I love that!

Mark Lowery- They are starting to explore this author after we read The Jam Doughnut That Ruined My Life.

Daisy Meadows- The girls in particular really enjoy this series of books about fairies.

Andy Stanton- The Mr Gum books are very popular in my class.

Dav Pilkey- The children are obsessed with the Dog Man books!

Jill Murphy- They still love the Worst Witch books!

Roald Dahl- I love that there’s still a place in children’s hearts for Roald Dahl.

Enid Blyton- I love that children are still reading The Famous Five.

Three of these authors were my childhood favourites! 🙂 Roald Dahl, Enid Blyton and Jill Murphy. I love that their books are still relevant!

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

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Music and Malice in Hurricane Town

Music and Malice in Hurricane Town

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Previously reviewed by the same author:

Synopsis:

Jude Lomax scrapes a living playing the trumpet on the neon streets of Baton Noir. Then she is invited to play at the funeral of the infamous cajou queen, Ivory Monette. Passing through the cemetery gates, Jude finds herself possessed by the murdered queen’s spirit. And Ivory won’t rest until she’s found the person responsible for her death.

If Jude wants to be rid of the vengeful spirit, she must take a journey deep into the dangerous underbelly of the city, from the swampy depths of the Black Bayou to the velvet opulence of the vampires’ secret jazz clubs. But as Jude untangles Ivory’s web of secrets, she is confronted with a few dark truths from her own past… 

Thoughts:

I have really enjoyed Alex Bell’s step into YA horror/fantasy in the past so I was super excited to read her newest book Music and Malice In Hurricane Town. After the first few chapters, I was gripped.

The story centres around Jude who is a young woman that works hard to pay the rent. Jude looks after her father who has become very dependent on her after a tragic accident. Jude plays in the Done and Dusted band and has accepted a job in Moonfleet Manor. The Phantom owns Moonfleet Manor and he’s just as creepy as the estate itself. Jude is desperate to save her dad from the past. Whilst playing at the cajou queen’s funeral, she is possessed by the spirit of the murdered queen. Ivory is determined to find out who murdered her and she doesn’t mind using Jude’s body until she finds out exactly who killed her. Everywhere and every single thing that Jude does, something dangerous occurs. Just how far will Jude go to help her father?

Jude is such a strong character. I really enjoyed reading about such a powerful female character. She goes through so much throughout the story, but she still keeps going. Many female characters could learn a lot more from her. I admired her inner strength. The Phantom was such an intriguing character. I don’t want to say too much about him and ruin the story, but my… he was interesting.

The plot itself is exciting. There’s so much going on but it never feels like an info dump at any point. It definitely has that eerie vibe and I adored that!

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

A fantastic YA horror/fantasy read. Well worth checking out!

A Week In The Life Of A Primary School Teacher- Getting excited about next year!

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 7-9 year olds. I have worked for two years with 6-7 years, 1 year with 7-9 and now I’m returning to my favourite age! 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!

First of all, I’m sorry I didn’t post my diary post last Sunday. I was participating in a race for life event for a dear colleague who we lost last year to breast cancer. We raised over £1000 which is amazing.

School has been full on. There’s been a lot of discussion about class lists. It’s unbelievable how much work goes into putting a class together. I finally have my official class list and I’m meeting them for the first time on Friday morning. I’m really looking forward to it, but I do have a lot of challenges coming my way. I’m already getting excited about how I’m going to do things. I initially wasn’t moving classrooms, but I am now for access reasons for one of my new pupils. I’m going to take the move as a fresh start to revamp the classroom. I’m still going to be teaching 7-9 year olds which I’m very pleased about.

We have a school trip for the next two days completing many adventurous activities. Summer term is all go and I’m excited to spend the next fifteen school days with my current lovely bunch!

As for the blog, there will be a review or two coming your way this week. My later start on Monday and Tuesday will help me have the time to schedule the posts!

Top Ten Books On My Summer TBR 2019

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 the books we want to get to this summer. I’m going on a summer holiday this year (woohoo- reading holiday with Beth!) and so I’m going to take my kindle and try to get some books read from there. I don’t want to be carrying loads of books in my suitcase! Here are ten books I’d like to get to this summer.

Book images go to Goodreads!

The Hating Game

I’ve heard such good things about this book! I’m super excited to see if it’s as good as people say it is!

On My Life

I enjoyed Angela Clarke’s social media trilogy so I’m intrigued to read this one!

From Twinkle, with Love

Reading this book on the beach/by the pool? Sounds perfect to me!

Famous in a Small Town

I’ve heard good things about this author! Super intrigued to read this one. It screams summer to me!

Girls with Sharp Sticks (Girls with Sharp Sticks, #1)

I have enjoyed Suzanne Young’s books before, so I’m interested to see what this one is like!

Our Year of Maybe

This sounds like a fabulous book and I really enjoyed the author’s debut, so I have high hopes for this one.

Soulmates

I really like Holly Bourne’s writing, so I’m looking forward to this one!

Sam & Ilsa's Last Hurrah

This just looks like a fabulous summer read!

Where She Went (If I Stay, #2)

I have been meaning to read this book for years. It’s time to finally get it read…

Call Me Star Girl

I’ve heard good things about this book too! Looking forward to it.

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!

Banned Books #60- Arming America: The Origin Of A National Gun Culture

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Welcome to the 60th edition of Banned Books! Wow. 60! This month we read Arming America: The Origin Of A National Gun Culture.

Arming America: The Origins of a National Gun Culture

First published: 2000
In the Top Ten most frequently challenged books in 2003 (source)
Reasons: inaccuracy

Do you understand or agree with any of the reasons for the book being challenged when it was originally published?

BETH: Full disclosure time – I haven’t had a chance to finish this book. To be perfectly honest, I did give it a shot and found it so dry and difficult to read. Additionally, even if I was reading this off my own back and not for our Banned Books Challenge I would have still DNF’d it halfway through the first chapter. I have however done a little bit of research on this book as I was still intrigued to find out why exactly it was banned. Like all of our banned books I go into it blind without finding out the reasons for challenging but you always have preconceptions about these kinds of things and initially I was certain it was going to be because of the mention of guns and potentially, violence.

Once again I was completely wrong – the actual reason is inaccuracy which has to be one of the most curious arguments I’ve heard yet for challenging a book and definitely made me want to find out more! Of course, inaccuracy in a work of non-fiction is never a good thing, especially when you’re writing information for your reader that they presume to be entirely factual. As I’m not an expert on this field though, I’d hesitate to offer my opinion on the matter.

CHRISSI: I have to admit, like Beth did, I didn’t read all of this book. It was a beast of a book at over 600 pages long. I was really confused to find out the reason why it was banned was inaccuracy? What? I thought it would be because it was violent subject matter. Very confusing. If you’ve read this book all the way through, please tell us if there’s something that we’re missing?

How about now?

BETH: The uproar behind the publication of this book appears to centre around parts of the author’s research being completely fabricated. It certainly has one of the lowest readings I’ve ever seen on Goodreads – 2.89 which made me slightly concerned to read it before I had even begun, I have to admit. It seems that the original Bancroft Prize which was awarded to this book was taken away, the first time in the prize’s history that it has been revoked and Bellesiles had to resign from his post at Emory University after “blistering criticism by a blue-ribbon panel.” The edition of Arming America I read had a new introduction by the author where he offered explanations behind his research in the original edition and that he had made changes in this edition where necessary. As I mentioned before, I’m not an expert in this field so can’t possibly comment on what he did or didn’t do wrong but I could understand readers becoming angry if they felt they were misled or in receipt of false information. For further information, I found this article quite interesting: http://hnn.us/articles/1185.html

CHRISSI: I can understand why this book has been banned if there was stuff in it that is fabricated and that could cause more damage. I doubt anyone wants untruths out there in a work of non-fiction. So although I don’t think inaccuracies is a good enough reason to ban a book, I can see why they did?

What did you think of this book?:

BETH: I’m afraid this book just wasn’t for me. I have quite strong opinions on guns anyway as a pacifist, but do respect other people’s points of view if they differ from my own. I’m a fan of non-fiction generally but sitting down with this book unfortunately felt like a chore rather than a pleasure. It’s a shame to say that I was quite relieved to make the decision to DNF it.

CHRISSI: Like Beth, this book wasn’t for me. I wasn’t impressed with the writing and it didn’t grip me like I wanted it to. The size of the book was intimidating and I found the writing was rather dry for my liking.

Would you recommend it?:

BETH: Probably not.

CHRISSI: It’s not for me!

Top Ten Tuesday- 10 Releases I’m Excited About For The Second Half Of The Year

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 it’s all about books that we’re eagerly anticipating! I like these lists, although I know this week my TBR will grow. Argh! Oh well, it’s worth it! 😉

As ever, book images go to Goodreads!

All the Bad Apples

I am intrigued by this book. I liked The Accident Season and I’m intrigued to read this story.

The Best Lies

I love a good mystery and this one sounds like it could be good!

Say You Still Love Me

I don’t often read this kind of book anymore, but I do like K.A Tucker’s writing, so I’m interested in this one.

Color outside the Lines

I enjoy a lot off the authors that are featured in this anthology. I’m looking forward to it.

The Downstairs Girl

As you can tell, I like to vary my reading and this one sounds like a great piece of historical fiction.

Full Disclosure

This book sounds like it could be very powerful. It’s about a character that is HIV positive.

Color Me In

I’m all about diverse reads and this one looks like a decent YA read!

Maybe This Time

I can’t resist a bit of Kasie West’s writing! It’s perfect for a light read.

Wayward Son (Simon Snow, #2)

I am so intrigued by this one. I’m wondering where it could go!

Wilder Girls

This book sounds SO good.

Which releases are you looking forward to for the last half of this year? Let me know! Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

My Not So Perfect Life

My Not So Perfect Life

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Previously reviewed by the same author:

Standalone-

Wedding Night

Finding Audrey

Shopaholic Series

Shopaholic To The Stars

Synopsis:

Everywhere Katie Brenner looks, someone else is living the life she longs for, particularly her boss, Demeter Farlowe. Demeter is brilliant and creative, lives with her perfect family in a posh townhouse, and wears the coolest clothes. Katie’s life, meanwhile, is a daily struggle–from her dismal rental to her oddball flatmates to the tense office politics she’s trying to negotiate. No wonder Katie takes refuge in not-quite-true Instagram posts, especially as she’s desperate to make her dad proud.

Then, just as she’s finding her feet–not to mention a possible new romance–the worst happens. Demeter fires Katie. Shattered but determined to stay positive, Katie retreats to her family’s farm in Somerset to help them set up a vacation business. London has never seemed so far away–until Demeter unexpectedly turns up as a guest. Secrets are spilled and relationships rejiggered, and as the stakes for Katie’s future get higher, she must question her own assumptions about what makes for a truly meaningful life.

Thoughts:

Sophie Kinsella used to be one of my favourite authors that I loved to read as soon as she released a book. Then I started to read more widely and didn’t tend to read her books as soon as they were released (as you can see from this review!) I still enjoy Sophie’s writing, it’s so easy to read and it’s usually got characters that are incredibly relatable and easy to like.

If you’re into books like The Devil Wears Prada then I think you’d enjoy My Not So Perfect Life. It’s incredibly similar. Our main character Katie is working at an agency in London. It’s very trendy. From the outside, looking at Katie’s instagram feed, you’d think that she had the perfect life. In reality, she’s struggling with meeting the demands of London living and is constantly comparing her instagram posts to her friends. Her work isn’t as glamorous as it seems either. She’s always running errands for her boss Demeter. Demeter is the one with the perfect life… or so it seems. Katie ends up being fired and returns to the English countryside to help her family with a new glamping venture. Demeter ends up visiting the glamping site for a family holiday and Katie learns more about Demeter and realises she may have judged her too harshly.

This book is a great summer beach read. You don’t need to think too much about it. The plot mills along (although I think it could’ve benefited from being shorter!) and there are some great characters explore. It is a predictable read but that didn’t bother me. I don’t go into reading a book like this expecting intrigue and mystery.  It does what it sets out to do and that’s okay with me.

Would I recommend it?:
Yes!

A good, light beach read, especially if you’re into this genre!