Looking Ahead- This Month’s TBR (September)

I can’t believe it’s September already! Where is this year going?

In August, I managed to read all of the books on my Looking Ahead list.

Here are this month’s books! Thanks to Tina over at Reading Between The Pages for hosting!

The Universe Is Expanding And So I Am- Carolyn Mackler

The Universe Is Expanding and So Am I (Virginia Shreves #2)

Goodreads Synopsis

Sixteen-year-old Virginia Shreves’ life is finally back on course: she’s accepted who she is inside and out and is rebuilding her relationship with brother Byron, whose date-rape charge shattered everything.

But just as she adjusts to her new normal, her world turns upside down again. Sparks with boyfriend Froggy fade, her best friend bombshells bad news, and then the police arrest Byron. As Virginia struggles to cope, she meets Nate, an artist with his own baggage. The pair vow not to share personal drama. But secrets have a way of coming out, and theirs could ruin everything.

I read Carolyn Mackler’s The Earth, My Butt and Other Big Round Things a few years ago so I’m intrigued to read this one.

Bonjour Girl by Isabelle Lafleche

Bonjour Girl

Goodreads Synopsis

When Clementine Liu arrives in New York City to study at the Parsons School of Design, she knows that she’s found
her place. It isn’t long before she meets her fashionista soulmate, the loud and charismatic Jake, and Jonathan, a dreamy fashion photographer who turns her world upside down.

Between schoolwork and glitzy fashion shows, Clementine launches a blog, Bonjour Girl, and her wit, originality, and flair quickly catapult the site to cult status. Unfortunately, this comes with a price: Clementine is faced with online abuse and public humiliation. In the midst of all the drama, she finds out that a classmate is not what she seems, and Clementine has to find a way to save both her reputation and Jake’s fashion collection.

This intrigued me when I came across it. I’m always excited to read books about bloggers.

Mother- Hannah Begbie

Mother: A gripping emotional story of love and obsession

Goodreads Synopsis

Cath had twenty-five perfect days with her newborn daughter before Mia’s deadly illness was diagnosed.

As her life implodes, Cath’s despair drives her to a parental support group where she meets a father in a similar situation, the dangerously attractive Richard – charming, handsome and adamant that a cure for their children lies just over the horizon: everything Cath wants to believe.

Their affair – and the chance to escape reality – is unavoidable, but carries catastrophic consequences: the nature of Mia’s illness means that Cath’s betrayal endangers not just her marriage but the life of her baby.

Can she stop herself before it’s too late?

I am so excited about this book!

The Promise- Katerina Diamond

The Promise (DS Imogen Grey #4)

Goodreads Synopsis

When troubled teen Connor moves to Exeter from the US to escape his past, he finds himself embroiled in a world of popular kids and easy girls. Everyone wants to be his friend, but they don’t know about what he did…and they don’t know about his father.

As Connor’s life in England begins to unravel, DS Adrian Miles and his partner Imogen Grey are working up against the clock to catch a serial killer who dates his victims before he kills them. Determined to uncover the truth, Imogen is forced to act as bait – but will she take it too far and risk her own life?

I didn’t realise this book was part of a series…I’ll see how it goes!

September’s Banned Book Read

Taming The Star Runner by S.E. Hinton

Taming the Star Runner

Goodreads Synopsis

Travis is the epitome of cool, even when he’s in trouble. But when he’s sent to stay with his uncle on a ranch in the country, he finds that his schoolmates don’t like his tough city ways. He does find friendship of a sort with Casey, who runs a riding school at the ranch. She’s the bravest person Travis has ever met, and crazy enough to try to tame the Star Runner, her beautiful, dangerous horse who’s always on edge, about to explode. It’s clear to Travis that he and the Star Runner are two of a kind: creatures not meant to be tamed.

I haven’t heard of this book before, so I’m intrigued to see it and see why it’s banned! (Or rant at why it is banned…) Look out for the Banned Books feature on the last Monday of the month!

September’s Beth and Chrissi Do Kid-Lit book

Tales Of A Fourth Grade Nothing- Judy Blume

Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing (Fudge, #1)

Goodreads Synopsis

Life with his little brother, Fudge, makes Peter Hatcher feel like a fourth grade nothing. Whether Fudge is throwing a temper tantrum in a shoe store, smearing mashed potatoes on the walls at Hamburger Heaven, or trying to fly, he’s never far from trouble. He’s an almost three-year-old terror who gets away with everything, and Peter’s had it up to here! When Fudge walks off with Dribble, Peter’s pet turtle, it’s the last straw. Peter has put up with Fudge for too long. Way too long! How can he get his parents to pay attention to him for a change?

I read this book years ago and can’t wait to see what it’s like to read as an adult!

What are you reading this September? Let me know!

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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!

 

Beth and Chrissi Do Kid-Lit- The 2018 books are revealed!

2018 brings yet another year of Beth and Chrissi do Kid-Lit, which has been a fun feature on our blog! As usual, Beth and I have picked 6 books each.

Here are the choices…my choices are in purple, Beth’s in red!

JANUARY – The Voyage Of The Dawn Treader -C.S. Lewis

FEBRUARY- Matilda-Roald Dahl

MARCH – The Girl Of Ink And Stars- Kiran Millwood Hargrave 

APRIL- Ratburger- David Walliams

MAY – The Wide Window (A Series Of Unfortunate Events #3)-Lemony Snicket

JUNE- The Face On The Milk Carton-Caroline B. Cooney

JULY – Murder Most Unladylike- Robin Stevens

AUGUST- The Creakers- Tom Fletcher

SEPTEMBER – Tales Of A Fourth Grade Nothing -Judy Blume

OCTOBER- Nightbirds on Nantucket  (The Wolves Chronicles #3)- Joan Aiken

NOVEMBER – Number The Stars- Lois Lowry

DECEMBER- Time Travelling With A Hamster- Ross Welford

Have you read any of this books? Can you spot a favourite in there? Let us know!

Ten Childhood Characters That I’d Love To Revisit As An Adult

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list are ten childhood characters that we’d love to revisit as an adult. Unsurprisingly, for most regular readers of my blog, Roald Dahl has crept into it a lot…

In no particular order, here are the books that I picked.

Matilda- Matilda by Roald Dahl

Matilda

Matilda is one of my favourite books! I loved it as a child, I love reading it now to my class! I’d love to see what Matilda did with her life.

Sophie- The BFG by Roald Dahl

The BFG

I wonder what Sophie’s life would be like! I adore this book.

Luke- The Witches by Roald Dahl

The Witches

I would love to know what happened next with Luke!

George- George’s Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahl

George's Marvellous Medicine

I would like to know if George turned out to be a chemist! 😉

Claudia from The Babysitter’s Club- Ann M.Martin

The Babysitters Club Collection 1 (The Babysitters Club, #1-3)

Claudia was my favourite of the series. I’d like to see what became of her!

Jessica and Elizabeth- Sweet Valley High- Francine Pascal

Double Love (Sweet Valley High, #1)

I adored these characters when I was younger!

Sara Crewe- A Little Princess- Frances Hodgson Burnett

A Little Princess

I adore this story and would love to continue the journey and see Sara grow up!

Michael- Forever by Judy Blume

Forever

I would love to see how Michael was doing and how his love life changed!

Lucy- The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (Chronicles of Narnia, #1)

I would want to see how all four of the children grew up!

Feel free to leave a link to your post this week and I’ll stop by!

Banned Books #16 Forever by Judy Blume

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Welcome to this month’s Banned Books feature. This month we read Forever by Judy Blume.

Forever

Synopsis:

Katherine and Michael meet at a New Year’s Eve party. They’re attracted to each other, they grow to love each other. And once they’ve decided their love is forever, they make love.

It’s the beginning of an intense and exclusive relationship, with a future all planned. Until Katherine’s parents insist that she and Michael put their love to the test with a summer apart…

First published: 1975
In the Top Ten most frequently challenged books in 2005 (source)
Reasons: offensive language, sexual content.

Do you understand or agree with any of the reasons for the book being challenged when it was originally published?

BETH: I am finding this really tricky! The reason is that Judy Blume is one of my book goddesses and her books helped me so much in childhood and adolescence. Okay, so this book was first published in the seventies and it is quite sexually explicit. Okay, VERY sexually explicit. I was part of the generation in the 1990’s that passed round a copy of this book under our desks in the classroom and hid it from the parents. Back in the seventies I can understand why this book was challenged. I can’t remember if there was ever a book before then that tackled sex in such an honest, no holds barred way and so was bound to raise a few eyebrows.

CHRISSI: I can understand why it was banned, especially for young adults back in the seventies. I personally never read it when it was hugely popular in the 90s. I remember my mum telling me I wasn’t ‘allowed’ to read it. For some reason, I didn’t go against her wishes. Such a good girl. I was always intrigued about the content, so I was pleased that it was picked for our banned books feature.

How about now?

BETH: If we are talking about school settings I really can’t see this book being taught in a classroom except by a very progressive teacher and even then, I still think there would be complaints. If we’re talking about the book being stocked in the school library then yes, I personally think it should. As I mentioned above, it shows sex in a real way and I think Katherine is a terrific role model for not rushing into anything and making sure she was certain herself before she started having a sexual relationship with Michael. I think teenagers would relate to it and it gives honest information that may satisfy curiosity and stop young adults from jumping into bed with just anyone. As Judy Blume rightly puts it, once you’ve done it, you can’t go back to just holding hands. So you have to be one hundred percent sure and not feel rushed or pressured into anything. (am climbing down off my soapbox now, honest!)

CHRISSI: I can’t imagine it ever being taught in the classroom. Not without complaints! Jeez, some parents complain about Roald Dahl in the primary school classroom, so I can just imagine what Forever would bring! I do think, like Beth, that this book should be in libraries and be recommended to teenagers/young adults in Personal, Social and Health Education. It brings with it, some important messages about relationships and consent. Katherine comes across as incredibly savvy and sensible. I really liked her!

What did you think of this book?

BETH: Seriously? This book brought back so many memories for me and reading it as an adult was a very different experience. I recognised the intensity and pressure of the first serious relationship where you think you’re in love but you’ve still got a hell of a lot to learn. It’s strange, but reading it now I’m in my thirties, I related to Katherine’s parents a lot more and was surprised to discover that I felt Michael was being a bit too pushy, sexually speaking whereas twenty years ago I was firmly in the teenager’s corner! Nevertheless, the book will always be special to me as I learned so much from it and may even pass it down to a teenager myself, when I feel the time is right.

CHRISSI: Eek. This is where I hide from my Blume lovin’ sister. I liked Forever, but I don’t love it. I think I’ve just got a huge place in my heart for the Blubber Judy Blume, and her style of writing in Forever just didn’t work for me as much as I wanted it to. It was enjoyable enough and I whizzed through it. I believe there are better YA books out there around the same topic, but hoorah for Judy Blume writing so explicitly for the YA audience in the 70s! You have to commend her for that!

Would you recommend it?

BETH: But of course!

CHRISSI: Yes! 3.5 stars

Top Ten Tuesday REWIND: Childhood favourites

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the lovely The Broke and The Bookish. Each week they come up with a list for us to complete. This week the topic is a Top Ten Tuesday rewind. We can blog about previous topics we missed or that we might want to do again. I’ve decided to go for my childhood favourites as I’ve been feeling really nostalgic recently.

I’ve totally cheated with this week’s list, because some of the books I’ve mentioned I’ve loved the series.

In no particular order:

(Click image for Goodread’s page! Some pictures aren’t very good quality, but I wanted to find the covers I read, where I could)

The Class That Went Wild Ruth Thomas

The Demon HeadmasterGillian Cross

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I’ve tried to find the covers that I remember for this list, but it’s proving problematic! I hate it when covers are redesigned. Especially when there was nothing particularly wrong with the cover in the first place! Ah well. I loved the story inside of this book. This book was first published in 1982. I wasn’t born then, but I remember reading it during my childhood and being captivated by the story. Gillian Cross doesn’t mean demon as in scary demons. Just a nasty, nasty head teacher.

MatildaRoald Dahl

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I adored this book growing up. To be honest, I still love it now. I often read it to the children at work and they love it as much as I did. This is the cover that I remember. It might have been my sister’s first. I can’t remember. I know it was incredibly well loved though.

BlubberJudy Blume

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I believe that Judy Blume is another author that my sister got me into. I used to love her books. I remember really liking how Judy Blume explored bullying.

Malory TowersEnid Blyton

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Let’s be honest, I loved anything Enid Blyton. St Clare’s, Secret Seven, Famous Five… I was a total Enid Blyton fangirl.

GoosebumpsR.L Stine

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(Using a series again… such a cheater) I loved all of the Goosebumps books. I used to have them all and they looked like this. The cover was all goosebump-y. Yes, I’ve made that a word. I loved The Haunted Mask. I remember watching a film adaptation and it just wasn’t as good as the book!

Sweet Valley High- Francine Pascal

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Yes, I’m doing it again. Mentioning a series that I loved. I think my sister, once again, got me into this series.

The Babysitters ClubAnn M. Martin

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Ahhh *nostalgic sigh* I adored The Babysitters Club. Debbie from Snuggling On The Sofa recently got the whole series. I’m so jealous. I loved this series and would adore a re-read!

Double ActJacqueline Wilson

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I only read a few of Jacqueline Wilson’s books before I felt much to grown up to read her. Silly me. She’s a fantastic children’s author!

Point Horror– many authors but I particularly liked Caroline B. Cooney’s stories.

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Ahhh, another selection of books that my sister got me into. I loved Point Horror.

What are some of your favourite childhood books? What did you do for the Top Ten Tuesday REWIND? Let me know in the comments below or leave your link and I’ll stop by!