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.

W

Words on Bathroom Walls

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

I

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!

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.

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

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 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!

Shelfie By Shelfie #2

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.

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

It’s a bit of a random one but it does have some reasoning behind it. My Harry Potter books and Fantastic Beasts are on this shelf. On this shelf are:

  • Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone
  • Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets
  • Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban
  • Harry Potter and The Goblet Of Fire
  • Harry Potter and The Order of The Phoenix
  • Harry Potter and The Half Blood Prince
  • Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows
  • The Tales of Beedle The Bard
  • Harry Potter and The Cursed Child
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them- Magical Movie Handbook

Then there’s some random ones

  • The Invention of Hugo Cabret
  • Paradiso
  • Grimm Tales
  • Roald Dahl Whizzpopping Joke Book
  • Vegetarian recipes (!!!)

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.

These books are pretty special but I’ll talk about the first 4 Harry Potter books. My mum bought the box set to read to my cousin when he was in hospital with a brain injury. She brought the books back with her when he was better and gave them to me. This started my Harry Potter love.

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

Vegetarian recipes! Ha. I don’t even know why that’s there. I am a vegetarian and know quite a few good recipes now.

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

Ooh tough. I’d love to save Harry Potter, but I guess that’s easily replaceable. Most are. I do love my Hugo Cabret book though and don’t want to go lugging that around if I had to replace it. So I’d save that one because it’s a stunning read.

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

The first 4 Harry Potter books.

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

The Invention of Hugo Cabret.

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

Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets. I’m re-reading it soon as part of a Harry Potter re-read.

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

Also on the shelf are Roald Dahl postcards. I sent my current class a postcard to their home address before they started with me in September. The painting is from a child, that I taught during my first teaching placement (in Year 4- 8-9 years old) as a trainee teacher. After my 6 week placement, she handed me the painting as a leaving gift. She was so quiet and went under the radar, but I clearly made an impact. This painting means a lot to me!

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

That I like Harry Potter?

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! 🙂

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! 🙂