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!

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Ten Books That Awaken The Travel Bug In Me

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 awaken the travel bug in you. I found this list particularly tricky for some reason. I guess I just haven’t read many books that do that to me!

Love & Gelato

Love & Gelato

I absolutely adore the setting of Italy in this book. I’ve only ever been to Sicily, but I’d love to go to Italy. I really would!

Open Road Summer

Open Road Summer

I love the idea of touring with my best friends! 🙂 We love a road trip now even if we’re not particularly going anywhere exciting.

Anna and The French Kiss

Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss, #1)

I need to get to actual Paris one day. I’ve only been to Disneyland!

Wanderlove

Wanderlove

I pretty much think this book is perfect for anyone that’s interested in travelling!

The Statistical Probability of Love At First Sight

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight

I love the travel element to this story. It’s so adorable! 🙂

Books that are on my TBR that might awaken the travel bug in me

The Alchemist

The Alchemist

I have heard great things about this book and can’t believe I’m still yet to read it!

Charlie, Presumed Dead

Charlie, Presumed Dead

I have heard so many mixed reviews about this book that I’m cautious to read it, but it still remains on my TBR!

Wanderlost

Wanderlost

This is one I’ve heard lots about. I think I’d love it.

Meant To Be

Meant to Be

I know this includes a trip to London which isn’t far from me, but I’m not fussy. A trip to London is a good day for me!

13 Little Blue Envelopes

13 Little Blue Envelopes (Little Blue Envelope, #1)

This book has been on my TBR forever. I should really attempt to read it soon! I love the concept of it!

Nobody’s Girl

Nobody's Girl

I enjoy Sarra’s writing, so I’m intrigued to see what this one is like!

What are the books that awaken the travel bug in you? Let me know! Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

 

The Weight Of A Thousand Feathers

The Weight of a Thousand Feathers

How did I get it?:
Netgalley- thanks to Bloomsbury

Previously reviewed by the same author:
We Come Apart

Synopsis:

‘Funny how no one ever uses the word ‘love’ when discussing my case. I do what I do because she’s my mum. That pure and that simple.’

Bobby Seed is used to going the extra mile for the ones he loves, and he does it willingly. It’s up to Bobby to get Mum her pills, to help her up the stairs, to laugh her out of her pain. It’s up to Bobby to comfort his little brother Danny, to explain why Mum’s not like the Mum they remember.

One day, he’s asked to go further. Mum asks him the big question. The one many would find unthinkable. If he agrees, he won’t just be soothing her pain. He’ll be helping to end it.

Thoughts:

I seem to have been reading really emotional books recently and this one is another one of them. It’s a story about a young carer who looks after his mum who has the terrible disease MS. At the heart of the story is family and I loved that.

The Weight Of A Thousand Feathers is about Bobby and his family. He lives and cares for his mum and his younger brother. Bobby has watched his mum suffer from MS before she was officially diagnosed. He has watched her deteriorate and at the start of the story she is bed-ridden. He has been there for her all along. He has to feed her, take her to the toilet… the roles are certainly reversed. One day, Bobby’s mum asks him to help her end her life. Bobby is now faced with an extremely tough decision. He wants to keep his mum alive but at the same time doesn’t want to see her suffer any further.

I thought Brian Conaghan wrote an incredible story. He was able to show both sides of the story- living with a disease and caring for someone with a long-term, deteriorating disease. The emotions he captured, were I imagine, very true to life for caring for someone with such a terrible disease. I imagine that it’s hard to see your child become your carer. These emotions were portrayed beautifully within the story.

I had so many conflicting opinions throughout the story. I can’t even imagine what it would feel like to be asked to end a person’s life, especially a family member. What do you even do in that situation? It’s heart-breaking. So many questions were raised in my mind. I love a thought provoking book.

You might think this sounds like an utterly depressing book, but there are definitely light-hearted moments. I like it when a sad book has those moments. I think sad stories do need some levity. It shouldn’t all be doom and gloom.

I think Brian Conaghan has written a beautiful, thought-provoking, raw read which is well worth checking out.

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

An emotional but thought-provoking read!

A Week In The Life Of A Primary School Teacher- Good news!

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 open this post with some good news! I’m moving year groups… to my preferred age to teach Lower Key Stage 2. These children are between 7-9 years old and I love that age. I’m a very happy teacher right now. It does mean that I will take some of my class to the next year group (not all, as there’s 3 classes) but I’m excited about that! I feel like I can really enjoy my last 6 weeks with my current class now that I know what’s happening in September. It does mean moving classrooms again but I’m excited to start afresh once again.

I know people that don’t work in teaching believe the last half of the second term is all about winding down until the summer holidays. I’d like to say it definitely isn’t! There’s so much to organise including new class lists, Sports Day, assemblies, transition days, reports and parent meetings… it’s mental! However, there’s often lovely weather and lots of opportunity to get outside. I’m always happy when I can go outside with the children. 🙂

I’m looking forward to lots of fun times with my class despite the busy rest of the term. It is this time of year that I realise how much they’ve progressed with me. We’ve had some great times this year and I’m looking forward to making more memories with them over the next 6 weeks!

Leah On The Offbeat (Creekwood #2)

Leah on the Offbeat (Creekwood, #2)

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Previously reviewed by the same author:
Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda
The Upside Of Unrequited

Synopsis:

Leah Burke—girl-band drummer, master of deadpan, and Simon Spier’s best friend from the award-winning Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda—takes center stage in this novel of first love and senior-year angst.

When it comes to drumming, Leah Burke is usually on beat—but real life isn’t always so rhythmic. An anomaly in her friend group, she’s the only child of a young, single mom, and her life is decidedly less privileged. She loves to draw but is too self-conscious to show it. And even though her mom knows she’s bisexual, she hasn’t mustered the courage to tell her friends—not even her openly gay BFF, Simon.

So Leah really doesn’t know what to do when her rock-solid friend group starts to fracture in unexpected ways. With prom and college on the horizon, tensions are running high. It’s hard for Leah to strike the right note while the people she loves are fighting—especially when she realizes she might love one of them more than she ever intended.

Thoughts:

I was so excited to read this book, especially after loving Simon so much. I did approach it with some trepidation though. As I often do when I hype books so much. Pffft, why do I do it? That said, this book was not a disappointment to me at all. I really enjoyed it and thought it was an awesome addition to Simon’s world. I had some moments when I actually laughed out loud. Although Simon features, this is definitely Leah’s story and I was totally okay with that.

Leah On The Offbeat explores Leah’s feelings towards one of her friends. Like Simon in the previous book, Leah hasn’t yet come out. She’s bisexual and doesn’t feel ready to tell this to the world. She’s not as brave as Simon was. The characters are now in their senior year of high school and thinking about moving on to college, making some important decisions for the future.

I loved Leah in her own story. I thought she was funny and completely true to herself. I loved her sarcasm and how she was quite moody. She was blunt about her own weight and discussed how many people equate skinny to pretty even if they don’t intend to.

Leah, Simon and their group of friends are so fun to follow. They are such an easy group of friends to root for. I love how Becky Albertalli’s books deal with real issues but essentially they are books that uplift you and give your some joy despite the doom and gloom that real life can bring sometimes.

You don’t need to have read Simon to read this book, but it’ll enhance your experience if you do!

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

Whereas it didn’t quite match my beloved Simon, it was still a decent read that I quickly devoured!

Fairy Tale Friday- Prince Fire Flash and Prince Fire Fade

This week’s fairy tale is a Japanese story. It centres around two brothers.

Prince Fire Flash was a fisherman and his brother, Prince Fire Fade was a skilled hunter. One day Prince Fire Fade suggested that they swap work for the day. Prince Fire Flash wasn’t keen on the idea, but he went with it. Both of them weren’t very successful. Prince Fire Fade had lost the fish hook in the sea. He made five hundred fish hooks out of his sword, but Prince Fire Flash refused to accept them. He made another five hundred but Prince Fire Flash was too angry. He wanted his own.

Prince Fire Fade was very upset. The Wise Old Man came along and asked him why he was so unhappy. Prince Fire Fade told him the story of the fish hook. The Wise Old Man gave Prince Fire Fade a boat made out of plaited bamboo leaves. He told him to sail out until the boat began to sink. Under the sea he’d meet the Sea King’s daughter who would tell him what to do.

Prince Fire Fade did exactly that. He came across Princess Pearl who he was fascinated by. Princess Pearl saw Prince Fire Fade’s reflection in the well. She ran to tell her father. Her father knew of Prince Fire Fade because he was such a great hunter. They invited him to stay. Prince Fire Fade settled into life with Princess Pearl and her family. They fell in love and he forgot the reason why he had come.

A few years later, Princess Pearl questioned her husband as to why he had such a faraway look in his eyes. He told her of his brother’s lost fish hook. The princess offered her help. She summoned the creatures of the sea and asked them to find the fish hook belonging to Prince Fire Flash. A lobster explained the Tai had been complaining of something stuck in his throat. It turns out that it was the fish hook. Princess Pearl managed to release the Tai of the fish hook. Prince Fire Fade knew it was time to return the fish hook to his brother.

Prince Fire Fade was given two jewels by the Sea King. One ruled the flow of the tide and the other the ebb. The Sea King explained that if Prince Fire Flash was still angry, then he could bring out the tide-flowing jewel and he will be drowned. If he asks for forgiveness, the tide-ebbing jewel would save him.

Prince Fire Flash was still angry with him, so out came the tide-flowing jewel. As the sea surrounded Prince Fire Flash he begged for forgiveness. The tide-ebbing jewel saved him. The brothers reunited. Prince Fire Fade build a house and Princess Pearl came to live there, bringing the news that she was going to have a baby!

Next Fairy Tale- The Boots of Hunain

 

The Stranger In My Home

The Stranger In My Home

How did I get it?:
I borrowed it from my sister, Beth!

Synopsis:

Alison is lucky and she knows it. She has the life she always craved, including a happy home with Jeff and their brilliant, vivacious teenage daughter, Katherine – the absolute centre of Alison’s world. Then a knock at the door ends life as they know it. Fifteen years ago, someone else took Alison’s baby from the hospital. And now Alison is facing the unthinkable.

The daughter she brought home doesn’t belong to her.

When you have everything you dreamed of, there is everything to lose.

Thoughts:

My sister, Beth thought I would enjoy this book, so she brought it over for me to read. I’ve read and enjoyed some Adele Parks prior to blogging, so I thought I’d give this book a go. I thought it was enjoyable, but it wasn’t what I expected it to be. I guess from the blurb, I envisaged a psychological thriller but it wasn’t. It was a story about family. Don’t get me wrong, I did still enjoy it, it just wasn’t the book that I’d anticipated.

The Stranger In My Home opens with a man named Tom, knocking on Alison’s door one day. It appears that there’s been a massive mix up years ago when Tom’s wife and Alison had their children. Olivia, Tom’s daughter, is actually Alison’s daughter and Alison’s daughter Katherine actually belongs to Tom, a recent widower. It’s come to light that Tom’s wife died of breast cancer and Katherine might have the gene. She needs to undergo tests to determine whether she has inherited the gene from her real mother.

The story then focuses on Alison and Jeff reacting to such terrible news. They were an incredibly happy family before the bombshell was dropped on them. There are so many questions to be asked and answered. Adele Parks slowly trickles information into a tightly weaved plot.  I had some ideas of what might be going on throughout, but I feel like there’s definitely enough to keep you guessing.

I enjoyed most of the characters. They certainly were in the most unusual and horrific situation. I didn’t envy them at all. They behaved in a realistic manner. However, I wasn’t the biggest fan of the main character, Alison. I found her to be slightly irritating and I couldn’t connect with her, despite feeling sorry for her and the situation she had found herself in.

I thought there was definitely enough in this story to capture your attention. So many secrets and lies to be discovered. There was a lot to get your head around and become fully immersed in.

Would I recommend it?:
Yes!

A good read, but I struggled with the likeability of one of the main characters!