The (slightly late) Mid Year Freak Out Tag

Today I thought I’d join in with the Mid Year Freak Out Tag after being tagged by my sister over at Bibliobeth.

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The best book you’ve read so far this year?

George

I didn’t expect to enjoy this book as much as I did. Its narrative really grasped me and I felt captivated by the main character.

Your favourite sequel read this year?

Watch Me (Social Media Murders, #2)

I was really impressed with this sequel to the Social Media Murders series. I liked the first book, but this one made me love the series!

A new release that you haven’t read yet but really want to?

Eliza and Her Monsters

I really enjoyed Francesca’s debut and although I’ve heard mixed things about this book, I’m intrigued to see what it’s like! I always form my own opinion.

Most anticipated release for the second half of the year?

All That She Can See

I enjoyed Carrie’s debut and look forward to seeing what her next book is like!

Your biggest disappointment?

The Cuckoo Sister

I was really looking forward to reading this book after loving it when I was younger. I have to admit to being a little disappointed by it when re-reading!

Biggest surprise of the year?

As I Descended

I wasn’t looking forward to this book, as I didn’t get on well with Robin Talley’s second book. I did enjoy this one! 🙂

Favourite new-to-you or debut author?

Countless

I really enjoyed this debut novel! I enjoy reading books that centre around mental health and this was a good one!

Your new fictional crush?

I fail! I don’t have one!

New favourite character?

The Upside of Unrequited

Molly from Becky Albertalli’s sophomore novel. Loved her!

A book that made you cry?

One Italian Summer

This didn’t make me actually cry, but it did move me at points!

A book that made you happy?

Awful Auntie

I love David Walliams. His writing is fabulous! There were some darker moments, but on the whole it made me happy.

Your favourite book to movie adaptation this year?

Beauty and The Beast!

Favourite book post you’ve published this year?

I’m cheating a bit here and adding my favourite new feature… A Spotlight On.

The most beautiful book you’ve bought/received this year?

Lyrebird

What are some books that you need to read by the end of the year?

Damage by Eve Ainsworth, When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon.

I am not going to tag people in this (as I’m sure many people that follow me have done it!) if you do decide to do it, please link me so I can read yours!

 

Top Ten Books I’ve Read So Far In 2017

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list are the Top Ten Books We’ve Read So Far This Year. I had quite a challenge to pick 10!

As ever, click on the book image to get to Goodreads!

The Book Collector- Alice Thompson

The Book Collector

This book is so unusual but so good at the same time!

The Last Beginning- Lauren James

The Last Beginning (The Next Together, #2)

I love Lauren James! Her writing is brilliant.

The Upside of Unrequited- Becky Albertalli

The Upside of Unrequited

This sophomore novel did not let me down. I love Becky Albertalli!

George- Alex Gino

George

So cute and incredibly easy to read.

My Lady Jane- Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, Jodi Meadows

My Lady Jane: The Not Entirely True Story

A very unique read! It made me laugh out loud.

Baby Doll- Hollie Overton

Baby Doll

A fab thriller.

We Come Apart- Sarah Crossan and Brian Conaghan

We Come Apart

I’m enjoying Sarah Crossan’s writing! I loved this book.

Letters To The Lost- Brigid Kemmerer

Letters to the Lost

My second experience of Brigid Kemmerer went well.

Awful Auntie- David Walliams

Awful Auntie

Love David Walliams. This one was darker than I had anticipated.

Margot & Me- Juno Dawson

Margot & Me

Another favourite author of mine. I really enjoyed this book!

What’s on your list this week? Feel free to leave me a link to your Top Ten posts and I’ll stop by!

Why I love reading David Walliams to my class (5 Reasons Why #1)

I like to spice up my blog content to keep things fresh so recently thought about doing a 5 reasons why post every now and then with a topic of my choice.

First up are reasons why I love reading David Walliams to my class. My current class (20 week days left with them… 😦 ) are between 7-9 years old.

This school year we have read:

  1. They make them laugh out loud. David Walliams is funny.
  2. His stories (particularly The World’s Worst Children) have inspired some fantastic writing (and drawing!)
  3. The children genuinely enjoy his writing.
  4. It’s a logical step up from Roald Dahl. Walliams writes in a similar style.
  5. Lots of his stories have heart. Quite often they carry with them a lovely message. When we read Gangsta Granny recently it particularly touched one child who had gone through a similar thing (no spoilers) with her grandparent. The story brought tears to her eyes!

Chrissi’s Class Reads #5

Over the past two terms (7 months) my class have loved being read to. Now I am teaching older children, I don’t get a chance to read to them as much as I used to read to my old class. However, me being me, manages to read to them at least once a day if only for 10 minutes.

The children always have a choice of 4 books to vote from. I ask for ideas of what could be our class book and then they vote from them. This year my class are very into David Walliams as you will see!

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The World’s Worst Children- David Walliams

The World's Worst Children

This kicked off our class read! The children absolutely loved this book which talks about some pretty disgusting children. It is beautifully illustrated and wonderfully gross. I loved reading it to them. I’m happy to find out there’s a sequel too. I’ll be getting that!

Billionaire Boy- David Walliams

Billionaire Boy

This was another hit with my class! They loved the antics. They found it hilarious in places and literally laughed out loud!

Cloud Busting- Malorie Blackman

Cloud Busting

This is a book that I picked myself for them to study in their reading lessons. It’s such a powerful, powerful read about bullying. There was a moment where the children gasped out loud. I absolutely love when a book can have that much impact. That’s when you know you’ve captured their attention.

Oliver and The Seawigs- Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre

Oliver and the Seawigs

This was another book that we read whole class. The idea is that every child reads a part of the book together. My class have absolutely adored this way of reading and the work that they got out of these lessons was absolutely fantastic. We read it in under four weeks.

Gangsta Granny- David Walliams

Gangsta Granny

This one was a bit of a slow burner for my class. They didn’t seem as enthused as they were by the other books so far this year. However, towards the middle of the book they started to gain interest and hated when I stopped reading (for lunch time) at the end of the chapter. This book does have a very sad scene which also made my class gasp and I noticed some eyes watering. Bless them ❤

Our next read is another David Walliams (surprise, surprise…) they’re going to be reading Grandpa’s Great Escape. It’s one I haven’t read before, so I’m intrigued to see what it’s like!

This Week In Books #59

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!

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Goodbye Days Awful Auntie The Upside of Unrequited

NOWGoodbye DaysJeff Zentner– I’m almost finished this book which releases tomorrow (look out for my review then!) It’s not been an easy book to read, but it’s been worth it!

THENAwful AuntieDavid Walliams– I adored this book. It was darker than David’s usual books, but still a great read!

NEXTThe Upside of UnrequitedBecky Albertalli- I’m far too excited to read this book. I loved Becky’s debut!

What are you reading this week? Feel free to leave me a link to your post or answer in the comments below! Happy Reading!

Beth and Chrissi Do Kid-Lit- Awful Auntie

Awful Auntie

How did I get it?:
I borrowed it from Beth!

Previously reviewed by the same author:
Gangsta Granny
The Boy In The Dress

Synopsis:

From larger than life, tiddlywinks obsessed Awful Aunt Alberta to her pet owl, Wagner – this is an adventure with a difference. Aunt Alberta is on a mission to cheat the young Lady Stella Saxby out of her inheritance – Saxby Hall. But with mischievous and irrepressible Soot, the cockney ghost of a chimney sweep, alongside her Stella is determined to fight back… And sometimes a special friend, however different, is all you need to win through.

Thoughts:

As many regular readers of my blog know, I’m a primary school teacher, so I really enjoy this kid-lit challenge, because it helps me find new material for my class. With my class (which reminds me, I must sort some reviews!) we’ve read The World’s Worst Children and Billionaire Boy, we’re currently reading Gangsta Granny, so you might say in one way or another I’m making my way through David’s books.

David Walliams does come into some criticism in the teaching world, because his books aren’t technically brilliant and can be a little samey. However, those complaints don’t come from me. I absolutely adore his books. They make my class smile, laugh out loud and read more of his books. If any author can encourage children to read (no matter who they are) I’m a very happy teacher.

This book is actually quite dark! It involves an awful auntie determined to get the deeds to Saxby Hall. To get this, she has carried out something terrible and she’s determined to get her niece Lady Stella Saxby to sign over the deeds. Alongside a cockney ghost named Soot, Stella refuses to back down and fights back against her auntie.

I absolutely loved the characters in this book. Stella was a great heroine! She was clever, brave and determined to keep what was hers. Aunt Alberta was Trunchbull-esque in her manner. She really was an awful auntie. She was pure evil and I love characters like that. I also enjoyed the characters of Gibbon and Soot.

I don’t know whether this would be too dark for some younger children. There’s death, car crashes, murder, poison, torture… I know we can’t protect children from everything but I don’t know if some of it was too much. I feel some of David’s other books were more heart-warming than this one. However, I don’t think that should put you off. Awful Auntie’s themes might go over the heads of many young children. I’d just approach it with caution if you have sensitive children.

For Beth’s wonderful review, check out her blog HERE.

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

Reading next in the Beth and Chrissi Do Kid-Lit Challenge (April):
A Snicker of Magic- Natalie Lloyd

This Week In Books #58

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!

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Awful Auntie Letters to the Lost Goodbye Days

NOWAwful AuntieDavid Walliams– I’m currently reading this book for the Kid-Lit Challenge with my sister, Beth! Our review will be out on Friday!

THENLetters To The LostBrigid Kemmerer– I absolutely adored this book. I’m pushing my review forward, so look out for it tomorrow, if you’re interested! It’s such a moving, thoughtful book.

NEXTGoodbye DaysJeff Zentner– I’ve heard so much hype around this book! I can’t wait to read it!

What are you reading this week? Feel free to let me know or leave a link to a similar post that you do!