The A-Z Of Me- Part 2

I came across this post through Nicki. The original post comes from Splodz and The Urban Wanderer. Like Nicki, I thought I’d split this post too, so it didn’t become too long. Here are my answers! To look at A-M please check my first post HERE.

N is for Naples. I’d like to visit one day.

Picture from Getty Images

O is for outdoor learning. Something I’m passionate about in my teaching.

P is for pyjamas. I love getting comfy in my pjs and reading!

Q is for quirky. I love the word. I love teaching children that are a little bit quirky!

R is for rabbit. One of my favourite animals.

S is for sloth. They’re so cute. Don’t deny it.

T is for theatre. Another passion of mine.

U is for university. I’ve been twice (or three times if you count dropping out of a PhD!)

V is for variety. I feel like the range of books I read now is much more diverse than it used to be.

W is for walking. So far this year, I’ve walked over 100 miles. I do it to increase my fitness and clear my mind.

X is for xylophone! Ha. This is such a stupid one, but I used to love to ‘play’ the xylophone when I was at primary school.

Y is for YALC. I’ve been two times to this book convention in London. It was a big achievement for me because I feel very uncomfortable in crowds.

Z is for zany. Another word I love. Why don’t we use that word more often? I can tell you that I teach a few zany children at the moment!

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The A-Z Of Me- Part 1

I came across this post through Nicki. The original post comes from Splodz and The Urban Wanderer. Like Nicki, I thought I’d split this post too, so it didn’t become too long. Here are my answers!

A is for audiobooks. I’ve never got on with them. My concentration always wavers. Perhaps I haven’t found the right one?

B is for Bibliobeth. My awesome, bookish blogging sister.

C is for Christine. A name I share with my amazing Mumma ❤

D is for dog. I had a very special dog in my life. His name was Mac.

E is for Elphaba. One of my favourite female characters from a musical.

Photo credit to Matt Crockett

F is for Footloose. A musical that I adore.

G is for gratitude. I’m grateful for the opportunity I have to inspire the future generation. I’m grateful for my family, my friends and my job.

H is for hills. After suffering with knee problems for most of my life, I’ve finally got enough strength to tackle some hills on my walks.

I is for Iggle Piggle. My nephew’s rabbit. He chose the name. Obviously.

J is for Jodie. My childhood best friend who is still very dear to me.

K is for kindness. I wish I could be more kind to myself.

L is for learning. I love learning new skills and new things about myself. I’m forever looking for ways to improve my teaching.

M is for Malta. One of my favourite countries.

I hope you enjoyed this post! 🙂 I’ll do N-Z sometime soon!

Have a great day everyone!

Book Tag- Books Beginning With W.I.N.T.E.R

I had seen this post on Beth’s blog. She originally got the idea from one of her favourite booktubers Lauren And The Books who did it with the word CHRISTMAS. Beth decided to take on that challenge and make it seasonal.

Today I will be taking the word WINTER and finding books on my TBR that start with those letters.

Click on the book image to find out more about the book!

For Beth’s W.I.N.T.E.R post click here.

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Words on Bathroom Walls

I am really interested in books that cover mental health. This one is all about a boy with schizophrenia.

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I Have Lost My Way

I want to read more of Gayle Forman’s work, so I can’t wait to pick this one up!

N

No Way Out (DI Adam Fawley, #3)

I really enjoyed Cara’s first two books. I’m currently reading (and enjoying) this book. If you’re into crime/thrillers… it’s one to look out for.

T

Two Can Keep a Secret

I am so intrigued to read this book. I wasn’t a huge fan of the author’s debut, but I’ve heard great things about this one!

E

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

This is another book that Beth has been on at me to read for months. It’s happening soon. I promise!

R

Roar

I’m not usually a fan of short stories, but I am a fan of Cecelia Ahern. Looking forward to this one!

Have you done this tag? Feel free to leave me a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

Shelfie By Shelfie #3

I decided to complete another one of my book shelves for Beth’s Shelfie by Shelfie book tag.

The idea of the tag is that you share a picture (‘shelfie’) of one of your shelves and then answer some questions about them.

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1.) Is there any reason for this shelf being organised the way it is or is it purely random?

As ever, it’s a bit of a random one. On the right side, it’s my next 10 ‘real’ books. On the left side, it is my proud collection of my best friend from school, Alex Bell. I have several copies of her books! 🙂

2.) Tell us a story about one of the books on this shelf that is special to you i.e. how you got it/ a memory associated with it etc.

The Ninth Circle by Alex Bell has a fond memory attached to it. I was (and am) so proud of Alex’s book releases. The Ninth Circle was her debut novel.

3.) Which book from this shelf would you ditch if you were forced to and why?

Ooh, I guess the Dorothy Koomson short story. I haven’t read it yet, but it’s a short one and I’m not overly sure if it’ll make much of an impact on me?

4.) Which book from this shelf would you save in an emergency and why?

Tough one. I love all of the left side. I think I’d have to go with Gobbolino, The Witch’s Cat. I have a fond memory of reading that book as a child. I haven’t re-read it yet as I’m scared it won’t measure up but I have a special edition for when I am feeling brave.

5.) Which book has been on this shelf for the longest time?

The Ninth Circle

6.) Which book is the newest addition to this shelf?

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang.

7.) Which book from this shelf are you most excited to read (or re-read if this is a favourites shelf?)

I’m excited about a lot of the books on the right. I am looking forward to A Spark Of Light by Jodi Picoult as I’ve heard some great things.

8.) If there is an object on this shelf apart from books, tell us the story behind it.

My mug! I got this present from a child in July last year. He knew about my love for rabbits and he knew I had a lop eared, brown rabbit. The mug is perfect because it looks just like my rabbit ❤

9.) What does this shelf tell us about you as a reader?

I am a supportive friend and have lots of exciting books coming up!

10.) Choose other bloggers to tag or choose a free question you make up yourself.

There’s so many that I’d like to tag, so I’d just say if you want to do it, please do and leave me a link if you do! 🙂

Annual End of Year Book Survey 2018

I absolutely love taking part in Jamie’s End Of Year Book Survey. It can be a little time consuming, but I adore thinking about my reading in the year.

2018 Reading Stats

Number Of Books You Read: 138 (thus far… writing on 8th December!)
Number of Re-Reads: 4
Genre You Read The Most From: Thriller

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1. Best Book You Read In 2018?

Tough one. I really enjoyed Nice Try, Jane Sinner by Lianne Oelke.

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

Love Songs & Other Lies by Jessica Pennington.

3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?

This Is Not A Love Letter by Kim Purcell. I liked it much more than I thought I would.

4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?

The Creakers by Tom Fletcher

5. Best series you started in 2018 ? Best Sequel of 2018? Best Series Ender of 2018?

Cheating because it’s a re-read but Harry Potter and The Chamber Of Secrets by J.K. Rowling. It wasn’t released this year but it was still the best sequel I’ve read this year.

6. Favourite new author you discovered in 2018?

Cara Hunter! She’s awesome

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?

Eek! I can’t say I’ve read outside my comfort zone this year.

8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?

A Thousand Perfect Notes by C.G. Drews

9. Book You Read In 2018 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

I’m not a massive re-reader. I don’t think I’ll re-read a book from this year.

10. Favourite cover of a book you read in 2018?

The Surface Breaks

11. Most memorable character of 2018?

Zach from Only Child

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2018?

Number The Stars by Lois Lowry

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2018?

Not life changing, but thought-provoking… Anatomy of Scandal by Sarah Vaughan.

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2018 to finally read?

A List Of Cages by Robin Roe. Not an old book but I wish I had read it last year.

15. Favourite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2018?

“Getting smacked in the face with a Harry Potter book does not qualify as a fight,” Charlie says.
“First of all, it wasn’t just any Harry Potter book. It was Order of the Phoenix.”
Matt gasps. He knows that Order of the Phoenix is the longest and most potentially dangerous of all the Harry Potter books when used as a weapon.”

A List Of Cages by Robin Roe

16. Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2018?

King & King by Linda De Haan and I Am Jazz by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jenningd- both 32 pages (as part of a banned books feature)

The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne- 736 pages

How I did this: Went to my read books on Goodreads and sorted by page number and just looked for what I knew I read this year that was the shortest and longest.

17. Book That Shocked You The Most

Bad Romance by Heather Demetrios. A beautiful book, but so tough to read.

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)
(OTP = one true pairing if you aren’t familiar)

Mateo and Rufus- They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvera

19. Favourite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

Stevie and Hafiz from Don’t Stop Thinking About Tomorrow by Siobhan Curham

20. Favourite Book You Read in 2018 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

Bad Romance by Heather Demetrios!

21. Best Book You Read In 2018 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:

Turtles All The Way Down by John Green. I’m not a fan of Mr Green, but I wanted to read it because it was recommended so highly.

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2018?

I don’t have one this year!

23. Best 2018 debut you read?

You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone by Rachel Lynn Soloman

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?

The Showstopper series by Hayley Barker.

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?

The Creakers by Tom Fletcher

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2018?

They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvera.

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

Nice Try, Jane Sinner by Lianne Oelke

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

A List Of Cages by Robin Roe

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2018?

The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R Pan

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?

I Am Jazz by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings- the fact that this gentle picture book is challenged really makes me mad.

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1. New favourite book blog/Bookstagram/Youtube channel you discovered in 2018?

That’s far too hard. I have loads of favourites. Check out some of them here.

2. Favourite post you wrote in 2018?

A Week In The Life Of A Primary School Teacher- Girls, girls, girls

I loved the support I got for this post.

3. Favourite bookish related photo you took in 2018?

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4. Best bookish event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, etc.)?

Ooh I haven’t. I must participate next year.

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2018?

Seeing my statistics grow more. I’m not focused on them, but it’s nice to see improvement year by year rather than a drop.

6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?

My reading has slowed considerably due to the busy nature of my job.

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?

Top Ten Shows/Movies To Binge Watch

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

They Both Die At The End

9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?

I haven’t discovered anything new.

10. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?

Yes! I have saved £1 for every book I’ve read.

I’ve also read over 12 British books… my current total being 65 books. Check them out here. 

I also think I’ll finish my Goodreads target of 150 books.

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1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2018 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2019?

The Dangerous Art Of Blending In by Angelo Surmelis

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2019 (non-debut)?

Fame, Fate and The First Kiss by Kasie West- I love Kasie’s books!

3. 2019 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

Wilder Girls– Rory Power

4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2019?

I don’t have one!

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2019?

Step outside my comfort zone with genre!

6. A 2019 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone (if applicable):

I haven’t read one at the time of writing this, but I have an ARC for The Flower Girls by Alice Clark-Platts that I’m really looking forward to.

Please leave me a link if you do this survey. I LOVE reading people’s answers.

NetGalley Tag

  • Link back to the tag’s creator: Kourtni @ Kourtni Reads
  • Thank and link back to the person who tagged you: No one tagged me, but I got the idea from Yvonne over at It’s All About Books
  • Answer the questions the best you can. If you don’t use NetGalley, you can substitute other sites or places where you get books!
  • Tag a few people to do this too!

AUTO-APPROVED: WHO’S ONE AUTHOR WHOSE BOOKS YOU AUTOMATICALLY WANT TO READ, REGARDLESS OF WHAT THEY ARE ABOUT?

A very difficult question. I have quite a few authors that I absolutely adore. It has to be Paige Toon if I have to pick just one.

REQUEST: WHAT MAKES YOU WANT TO REQUEST A BOOK ON NETGALLEY?

It’s usually the blurb that pulls me in.

FEEDBACK RATIO: DO YOU REVIEW EVERY BOOK YOU READ? IF NOT, HOW DO YOU DECIDE WHAT BOOKS TO REVIEW?

I do tend to write a review even if it’s just a few bullet points. Most books I don’t finish end up on my Ones That Got Away

BADGES: IF YOU COULD CREATE ONE BADGE TO DISPLAY ON YOUR BLOG, WHAT WOULD IT BE FOR?

Hmm.. I am proud of the ones I do have. I think something about being consistent would be nice, however, the top reviewer one pretty much does that. Here at the ones I do have.

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WISH FOR IT: WHAT’S ONE BOOK THAT YOU ARE ABSOLUTELY DYING TO READ?

I have Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine on my TBR coming up soon. I know it’s not a new release but I’m eager to see what it’s like.

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2018 NETGALLEY CHALLENGE: WHAT WAS THE LAST BOOK THAT YOU RECEIVED AS AN ARC THAT YOU REVIEWED? IF YOU’VE NEVER RECEIVED AN ARC, WHAT’S THE LAST BOOK YOU REVIEWED?

This is the most recent book that I received from NetGalley that I’ve reviewed. I have lots coming up 🙂

The Promise (DS Imogen Grey #4)

Feel free to join in this tag if you want! 🙂

The Mid-Year Freak Out Tag- 2018 Edition

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I did this tag last year (albeit a little late) and I enjoyed it, so I thought I’d bring it back. It’s been going around the blogosphere and BookTube a lot recently. Here are my answers with book images going  to Goodreads.

Best Book Read So Far in 2018

This one is so hard for me because I’ve read some crackers this year. However, it has to be A Thousand Perfect Notes.

A Thousand Perfect NotesBest Sequel

Leah On The Offbeat wasn’t so much a sequel as a companion, but I had to mention it.

Leah on the Offbeat (Creekwood, #2)

New 2018 Release You Have Not Read Yet

There’s been so many. I really need to get on it…

Nice Try, Jane Sinner

Most Anticipated Read of 2018 That Hasn’t Come Out Yet

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I’m intrigued by this one. It seems to be going down well!

Biggest Disappointment

My Husband’s Lies

I wasn’t a massive fan of this book. I think I expected it to be something it wasn’t. The writing was good, but the plot wasn’t for me.

Biggest Surprise

Turtles All the Way Down

I expected to hate this book, but I didn’t! I’m not the biggest fan of John Green, but the representation of anxiety impressed me.

Favourite New To Me Author

When Dimple Met Rishi

I really enjoyed Sandhya’s writing!

Newest Fictional Crush

I don’t have fictional crushes often. How sad!

Book That Made You Cry

They Both Die at the End

The tears! Aw, this book broke my heart.

Book That Made You Happy

Flying Tips for Flightless Birds

I thoroughly enjoyed this debut novel! 🙂 It was so touching!

Most Beautiful Book You Bought

The Surface Breaks

This book looks even more beautiful in the flesh! 🙂

Books You Have to Read in the Rest of 2018

There are SO many. I’ll link my Summer TBR…

If you’ve posted a Mid Year Freak Out post, please leave me a link so I can see what your reading year has been like so far!