This Week In Books #107

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!

The Stranger In My Home White Lies The Escape

NOWThe Stranger In My HomeAdele Parks– I’ve just started this book, but I hear some very promising things!

THEN White LiesLucy Dawson– I read this book last week and loved it. It’s about a doctor who gets reported for a ‘relationship’ with a patient. My review will be out tomorrow in time for this book’s publication!

NEXTThe EscapeC.L Taylor– I continue my catch up on C.L Taylor’s books!

What are you reading this week? Let me know or leave a link to your post! Happy Reading!

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Top Ten Freebie- Ten Favourite Authors From My Childhood/Teens

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 a freebie which means we can make up our own topic! 🙂 I decided to name authors I used to absolutely love as a child/teen! I did a similar topic back in 2014, but I’ve added some other names this time around.  So here we go…

Roald Dahl

I absolutely adored Roald Dahl and I still love reading his books to my class now. He’s legendary in my opinion! My favourite book of his is Matilda. 

Janet & Allan Ahlberg

I used to love these two! 🙂 I still use their books now in class. My favourites were Funnybones and Happy Families.

Judy Blume

It would be pretty sad if you grew up in the ’90s and didn’t read Judy Blume! I can’t pick a favourite of hers!

R.L. Stine

I loved his Goosebumps series and some of the Point Horror that he wrote.

Ann M.Martin

I loved The Babysitters Club! They were so easy to read.

Francine Pascal

Sweet Valley High is another series that had my heart!

Terry Deary

I loved the Horrible Histories books when I was younger. I still use them now in class!

Jacqueline Wilson

I read a few of Jacqueline Wilson’s books before I thought I was too grown up for them. They were fabulous though and I wouldn’t mind reading them again for our kid-lit challenge.

Michelle Magorian

I adored Goodnight Mister Tom at school. So Michelle had to go on this list!

Carolyn Keene

I used to absolutely love the Nancy Drew books. I used to play it all the time!

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

 

Chrissi’s Class Reads #7

I’ve read 5 more books with my class and thought I’d share them with you today. At the moment I teach 6-7 year olds. We’re currently making our way through a book for pleasure (these books have had either a writing or reading purpose) but I’ll mention it when we finish! 🙂

Last Stop On Market Street- Matt De La Pena

Last Stop on Market Street

This is such a sweet story. It’s about a young boy who doesn’t appreciate what he has until he is shown how privileged he really is. I used it to get the children to think about how lucky they were and to compare the main character’s area to their own!

The Utterly Otterleys- Mairi Hedderwick

The Utterly Otterleys

A cute story all about otters who try to find a new home but realise there wasn’t anything wrong with theirs in the first place. It’s adorable. Again, it’s about being grateful for what you have.

The Princess and The Pea- Hans Christian Andersen

The Princess and the Pea

I was inspired to use this book recently when I attended a course. It’s a well known fairy tale (I love fairy tales… see Fairy Tale Friday…) and I think it’s so important that children still read or are read these classics.

The Pea And The Princess- Mini Grey

The Pea And The Princess

I read the children this book before they created their own story of The Pea and The Princess. You won’t believe the quality writing I got out of this task!

Tidy- Emily Gravett

Tidy

This has been our latest read. It was ever so sweet. It’s about Pete the badger, who wants to keep the forest tidy. He ends up covering it in concrete but soon realises that was a very bad idea…

Book Addiction Tag

I saw this book tag on Always Trust In Books post. I loved the questions so I thought I’d give it a go. Thank you for the inspiration, Stuart!

What is the longest amount of time you can comfortably go without picking up a book?

It used to be that I had to read daily in order to feel fulfilled, but since becoming a teacher my reading has slowed dramatically. I have been known to go for a week without picking up a book. Argh! Old me would have been crying in a corner, but new me realises that I just have to cherish the time that I can pick up a book. I make the most of school holidays!

How many books do you carry on your person (or kindle) at any one time?

I only carry 1 book. On my kindle there are 80 books! Eek. There used to be many, many more but when I got my new kindle I didn’t transfer books I no longer have interest in reading.

Do you keep every book you buy/receive or are you happy to pass them on to make space for more?

I don’t keep many books any more. I tend to pass them on to either my sister, friends or charity shops.

How long would you spend in a bookshop on a standard visit?

On a standard visit, I’d spend around an hour or so just browsing! ❤

How much time per day do you actually spend reading?

It definitely varies. I have tried to read for at least 30 minutes a day during term time. I can solidly read for a few hours on a weekend or school holiday day!

Where does the task ‘picking up a book’ appear on your daily to-do list?

Whenever I get the chance to. It does tend to be the evenings during term time and whenever during the school holidays.

How many books do you reckon you own in total (including e-books)?

Between 100-200. That’s not too bad, right? I can imagine some of my non reader friends thinking WTF right now!

Approximately how often do you bring up books in conversation?

Quite often. I often use the phrase ‘I’ve read the book!’ when I’m discussing movies with friends.

What is the biggest book (page count) you have finished reading?

Gone With The Wind- 1037 pages!

Is there a book you had to get your hands on against all odds i.e searching bookshops, online digging etc?

I don’t think so!

A book you struggled to finish but refused to DNF?

Gone With The Wind- it is one of my sister’s favourites so I felt like I had to get through it for her!

What are 3 of your main book goals for 2018?

Re-read Harry Potter, save £1 for every book read and conquer some 2017 debut novels!

Have you ever had the privilege of converting someone into a reader (maybe via inspiration or incessant nagging)?

Hmm… I’m not so sure I’ve converted them into readers, but I’ve encouraged non-readers to pick up Harry Potter. That’s success in my eyes.

Describe what books mean to you in five words.

Escapism, knowledge, fulfilling, intriguing, relaxation.

I’m not going to tag anyone, I’d love to see anyone’s answers! If you do complete this tag, I’d love to read your answers so feel free to leave me a link! 🙂

Stacking The Shelves #192

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you’re adding to your shelves, be it buying or borrowing. From ‘real’ books you’ve purchased, a book you’ve borrowed, a book you’ve been given or an e-book they can all be shared!

Book images go to Goodreads!

Bought:

The Lie

The Missing

The Escape

The Fear

After hearing SO much about C.L Taylor’s books I decided to stock up on the ones that I didn’t have. I have read The Treatment before and had The Accident on my kindle from years ago. So I wanted to get her other releases. Over the past week or so I’ve read The Accident, The Lie and The Missing and it’s safe to say that I do enjoy C.L Taylor’s writing. I’m looking forward to exploring the other books ASAP!

Clean

I had completely forgotten that I had pre-ordered this book! I really enjoyed Juno’s writing, so hopefully I’ll love this one too!

What have you added to your shelves this week? Let me know! Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

Fairy Tale Friday- The Glass Knight

This week’s little tale is an English story. I really enjoyed reading it!

It centres around a farmer and his son who were passing the woods on the way to the market. As they passed they realised many of the trees were dead that were fine the day before. The farmer realised there was something dangerous lurking. They ran away but unfortunately the farmer was struck down by the beast that had gazed at him with his red eyes. The son went home and told the villagers about the beast they had seen. The bravest villagers went searching out for the beast.

A wise woman worked out that it was a Basilisk. The Basilisk could strike down any living thing with just its eyes. She described it as a creature with the head and claws of a cockerel, the tail of a serpent and the wings of a bat. Its breath could break stone and its touch was poisonous but it was the eyes that people should be worried about. The wise women didn’t give the villagers any inkling of what they could do to defeat the Basilisk.

A wandering knight rode into the village and was determined to fight against the Basilisk when he heard about it. He asked the wise woman if it ever shut its eyes and the wise woman told him that it did when it had a drink, but he should still be wary as it had exceptional hearing.

It turned out that the Basilisk shut its eyes when drinking so it didn’t see its eyes in its reflection. This totally gave the knight an idea. The knight returned covered with crystal glass everywhere. The knight went into the woods to find the Basilisk. The Basilisk heard him approach and went out to meet its prey. The knight stepped out. The Basilisk immediately saw its own reflection in the armour of the knight. It tried to look away quickly, but it was too late. It started to shrivel up and eventually died!

Next Fairy Tale- The Shoemaker and The Dragon

Love, Simon Review

This week I made sure I made time to go and see Love, Simon at the cinema. If you haven’t been around my blog much then you won’t know how much I absolutely adore Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda. It’s easily one of my favourite books of the last few years and one I always highly recommend. Therefore, it was with some trepidation that I went to see the film. All too often, my favourite books are ruined. I’m happy to say that wasn’t the case with Love, Simon. I found it utterly charming, funny and heart-breaking at the same time! Love, Simon is the first major film to have a gay teen as a lead and I LOVE that!

If you haven’t read the book yet (READ IT!) then a quick summary of the story is that 17 year old Simon is hiding a big secret from his family and friends. Simon is gay, but totally not ready to come out to his friends and family. Simon reads an anonymous post from someone calling himself ‘Blue’ on a social media site. Blue is also struggling with hiding his true feelings. Simon and Blue strike up an email correspondence. They become closer and closer. Simon really wants to know who Blue is. A peer at school named Martin stumbles across Simon’s emails to Blue and threatens to ‘out’ him if he doesn’t help him get the girl he wants. Unfortunately, Martin eventually reveals Simon’s emails to the whole school which results in Blue hiding away. He’s not ready for the world to know.

My beloved Simon Spier (I love that character so much!) is played by Nick Robinson. He is so well cast as Simon. He’s exactly as I pictured Simon when I was reading the book. I loved how Nick didn’t play Simon as a cliched gay character. He was a normal guy. I appreciated that. It’s definitely the vibe I got from Simon when reading the book. I absolutely adored Simon’s parents. Their moments with Simon once he had come out were very poignant and made me tear up a little! I thought Katherine Langford was brilliant before she was cast as Leah, one of Simon’s best friends and this film just solidified my adoration. I thought she was fabulous and I’ll definitely be following her career with interest. Overall, I thought this film had a really strong cast. I especially enjoyed the teachers. If only I could be that honest with some of the kids in my class!

I’m really pleased that this adaptation seems to be going down well with so many viewers. I think it’s so important to see a film like this available. It’s inspiring so many to be happy with who they are and that is NEVER a bad thing in my opinion. Okay, it may not be the most ground-breaking film ever, but I definitely think it has a place!

Have you seen this film? What did you make of it? Let me know!