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!

Top Ten Unique Reads

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list is all about unique reads. It took me some time to think about them, but here they are!

Illuminae- Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, #1)

The format of this book is what makes it so unique. I adored it!

George- Alex Gino

George

I find this book unique because its child-like narration is so authentic.

The Last Beginning- Lauren James

The Last Beginning (The Next Together, #2)

A sci-fi ish book with different formats. I’ve recently finished this book and I absolutely adored it!

One- Sarah Crossan

One

A hard-hitting book told in verse.

Cloud Busting- Malorie Blackman

Cloud Busting

This book deals with bullying through poetry ❤

The Girl With Glass Feet- Ali Shaw

The Girl With Glass Feet

A beautiful book with a fairy tale-esque story. My edition had silver page edges ❤

The Boy With The Cuckoo-Shaped Heart- Mathias Malzieu

The Boy with the Cuckoo-Clock Heart

Another fairy tale-esque story. So unusual, but so good!

Another Little Piece- Kate Karyus Quinn

Another Little Piece

Such an odd story. Yet, so compelling! I have a feeling that this book is either love or hate it though…

The Girl On Paper- Guillaume Musso

The Girl on Paper

This is definitely one of the most unique stories that I’ve read. I thoroughly enjoyed it!

Bird- Crystal Chan

Bird

I’ve included this one because of its beautiful writing. It really stood out for me in the middle grade genre!

I have listed some of these books before on my list, but I’ve added 5 new unique reads since I last made this list in 2014! 

What did you put on your list this week? Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

Round up of The British Book Challenge 2016

It’s that time of year again… time to reflect on the British Books I’ve read this year for the British Books Challenge. I read a grand total of 66 British books! (I shall add anymore to this post if I read more between now and 1st January) Yay!

The challenge involves reading 12 books from British authors, so I think we can safely say I smashed that number! 😉 I really enjoy finding British authors to read as much of my reading is dominated by US authors (they are amazing though!) Linked below are the reviews of the 66 British books that I read!

  1. Lighter Than My Shadow– Katie Green
  2. For Holly– Tanya Byrne
  3. Am I Normal Yet?– Holly Bourne
  4. The Demon Headmaster– Gillian Cross
  5. The Unbelievable Top Secret Diary of Pig– Emer Stamp
  6. The Haunting– Alex Bell
  7. In A Dark, Dark Wood– Ruth Ware
  8. The Number One Rule For Girls– Rachel McIntyre
  9. Carrie’s War-Nina Bawden
  10. The Sin Eater’s Daughter– Melinda Salisbury
  11. Radio Silence– Alice Oseman
  12. The Samaritan– Mason Cross
  13. Moving– Jenny Eclair
  14. More Of Me– Kathryn Evans
  15. The Next Together– Lauren James
  16. The Boy In The Dress– David Walliams
  17. Consumed– Abbie Rushton
  18. V is for Violet– Alison Rattle
  19. Read Me Like A Book– Liz Kessler
  20. Follow Me Back– Nicci Cloke
  21. Noble Conflict– Malorie Blackman
  22. When I Was Invisible– Dorothy Koomson
  23. Poppy’s Place– Karina Charman
  24. The Horse and His Boy– C.S. Lewis
  25. Orangeboy– Patrice Lawrence
  26. Always With Love– Giovanna Fletcher
  27. The Moonlight Dreamers– Siobhan Curham
  28. According To Yes-Dawn French
  29. The Borrowers– Mary Norton
  30. Swimming To The Moon– Jane Elson
  31. The Castle– Sophia Bennett
  32. The Woman Next Door– Cass Green
  33. Songs About A Girl– Chris Russell
  34. Maggot Moon– Sally Gardner
  35. Shtum– Jem Lester
  36. The One We Fell In Love With– Paige Toon
  37. My Embarrassing Dad’s Gone Viral– Ben Davis
  38. Cuckoo– Keren David
  39. Harry Potter and The Cursed Child– J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, Jack Thorne
  40. All About The Hype– Paige Toon
  41. The Girls– Lisa Jewell
  42. Head Over Heels– Holly Smale
  43. Crush– Eve Ainsworth
  44. Perijee and Me– Ross Montgomery
  45. How Not To Disappear– Clare Furniss
  46. A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding– Jackie Copleton
  47. Looking for JJ– Anne Cassidy
  48. A Boy Made Of Bricks– Keith Stuart
  49. Robyn Silver- The Midnight Chimes– Paula Harrison
  50. Isadora Moon Goes To School- Harriet Muncaster
  51. The Last Act of Love– Cathy Rentzenbrink
  52. Time To Say Goodbye– S.D. Robertson
  53. On The Other Side– Carrie Hope Fletcher
  54. Beautiful Broken Things– Sara Barnard
  55. The Widow– Fiona Barton
  56. The Wolves of Willoughby Chase– Joan Aiken
  57. Dead Romantic– C.J.Skuse
  58. Haunt Me– Liz Kessler
  59. Missing, Presumed– Susie Steiner
  60. Strange Star– Emma Carroll
  61. Ballet Shoes– Noel Streatfeild
  62. The Lie Tree– Frances Hardinge
  63. Into The Trees– Robert Williams
  64. Lighthousekeeping– Jeanette Winterson
  65. Infinite Sky– C.J. Flood
  66. The Sleeping Prince– Melinda Salisbury

A massive thank you to Kirsty from Overflowing Library for hosting this challenge this year.

As this is one of my favourite challenges, I am definitely on board for 2017. In 2017, the challenge will be hosted by Michelle from Tales of Yesterday. Sign up here!

Ten Books Set Outside The U.S.

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list are my Top Ten books set outside the U.S. This has been quite a tricky list, not that I don’t read books set outside the U.S…. I do read lots and that’s been the problem…narrowing it down to 10!

In no particular order, here they are (images go to Goodreads)

Harry Potter- J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)

Harry Potter is such an amazing series and it is a series that will forever stay with me! I love that it’s British!

Geek Girl- Holly Smale

Geek Girl (Geek Girl, #1)

Geek Girl is such a fun series. I’m slightly addicted. It does have some ridiculous moments but at the heart of it is a fun and heart-warming story. Harriet, the main character, is utterly relatable!

V Is For Violet- Alison Rattle

V for Violet

This wonderful book is set in London in the 1960s. I thought it was utterly gripping!

Noughts and Crosses- Malorie Blackman

Noughts & Crosses (Noughts & Crosses, #1)

We don’t know for sure that this book isn’t set in the U.S. However, I see it as a book set in the U.K. It’s a wonderful, gripping read with diverse characters and dystopian settings.

Radio Silence- Alice Oseman

Radio Silence

I loved this book. It surpassed Alice’s debut novel for me. Such an interesting concept and really well written.

Hollow Pike- Juno Dawson

Hollow Pike

I thought this was an incredibly atmospheric read.

Undone- Cat Clarke

Undone

This book had me frantically turning the pages and had one hell of an ending!

Trouble- Non Pratt

Trouble

Non Pratt is a fantastic author. I love how raw her books are. This one centres around teenage pregnancy.

Dead Jealous- Sharon Jones

Dead Jealous (Poppy Sinclair, #1)

Poppy Sinclair is one of my favourite YA characters. She’s brilliant in this, very British, YA thriller/mystery.

Fallen Grace- Mary Hooper

Fallen Grace

This book is set in Victorian London. I didn’t expect to fall in love with it as much as I did, but I thought it was a brilliant piece of historical fiction.

Which books have you enjoyed that aren’t set in the U.S? Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

Beth and Chrissi do Kid-Lit- Noble Conflict

Noble Conflict

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

Previously reviewed by the same author:
Noughts and Crosses
Knife Edge
Checkmate
Double Cross
Pig Heart Boy
Cloud Busting

Synopsis:

Years after a violent war destroyed much of the world, Kaspar has grown up in a society based on peace and harmony. But beyond the city walls, a vicious band of rebels are plotting to tear this peace apart. It is up to the Guardians – an elite peacekeeping force – to protect the city, without ever resorting to the brutal methods of their enemy.

When Kaspar joins the Guardians, he has a chance encounter with a rebel – a beautiful girl named Rhea. Haunted from that moment on by strange visions and memories – memories that could only belong to Rhea – he realises he hasn’t been told the truth about what the rebels really want, and what he’s really fighting for.

Thoughts:

As you can see, I’m a big fan of Malorie Blackman. I really enjoyed her Noughts and Crosses series. I loved Cloud Busting and Pig Heart Boy too. It’s safe to say that I went into Noble Conflict with very high expectations. Unfortunately, they weren’t met. I thought Noble Conflict was a decent read, but it didn’t capture my attention as much as I wanted it to.

The book starts off incredibly well. The plot, whilst a little predictable in parts is interesting enough to continue reading. I was intrigued at the start when we meet Kaspar, on the day of his graduation. Straight away the action starts and the reader wants to know more about the Guardians. The first section of the book was particularly exciting and fast-paced, but for some reason, my interest waned and I didn’t feel connected to Kaspar as much as I wanted to. In fact, I was more intrigued by Rhea, the girl that saved Kaspar’s life. I would have liked to have read more from her perspective. I think it would have added some more depth to the story and given the character a lot more life. I’m sure she had an intriguing story to tell.

That’s not to say that this book isn’t well written. It is. I liked the mysterious element to the book. It kept me questioning and interested enough to carry on reading. For me, it simply just does not stand out in the YA dystopian genre.

For Beth’s brilliant review, please check out her blog HERE. Her review will go live tomorrow I’m interested to see if a fellow Malorie Blackman fan feels the same…

Would I recommend it?:
Yes! 3.5 stars

Next up in the Beth and Chrissi do kid-lit challenge (May):
The Horse and His Boy- C.S Lewis

This Week In Books #31

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!

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

Noble Conflict Summer Days & Summer Nights: Twelve Love Stories Symptoms of Being Human

NOW- Noble Conflict- Malorie Blackman- I am currently reading Noble Conflict as part of my kid-lit challenge with my sister Beth, I’m about a quarter of the way through and I’m very much enjoying it so far.

THEN- Summer Days and  Summer Nights- Various authors- This was a cute (but not amazing) selection of short love stories.

NEXT- Symptoms of being Human- Jeff Garvin- I am really looking forward to reading this book which about a gender fluid character.

What are you reading this week? Feel free to let me know in the comments or leave a link to a post that you do! 🙂 Happy Reading!

End of Year Survey 2015

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This is one of my favourite surveys to do, by one of my favourite bloggers, Jamie from The Perpetual Page Turner/The Broke and The Bookish. For some reason, I hadn’t noticed her post this year, but was pleased to see another blogger do the tag, so of course I jumped on board.

The links either go to my review of the book or Goodreads if I haven’t reviewed it already!

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Number Of Books You Read: 144
Number of Re-Reads: 8
Genre You Read The Most From: Young Adult

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1. Best Book You Read In 2015?

Simon Versus The Homo Sapiens Agenda– Becky Albertalli. This book warmed my heart. I can’t speak highly enough for it!

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

What We Left Behind by Robin Talley. After devouring her debut, I really wanted to like her sophomore novel. I didn’t. I was very disappointed.

 3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?

I didn’t expect to like Cruel Beauty as much as I did. I had heard so many bad things about it that I was expecting not to like it.

 4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?

Still Me Before You. I will ALWAYS push that book.

 5. Best series you started in 2015? Best Sequel of 2015? Best Series Ender of 2015?

Started: Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood

Sequel: The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E.Pearson

Series Ender- Winter by Marissa Meyer

 6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2015?

Becky Albertalli!

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?

Lighter Than My Shadow– Katie Green. My second graphic novel of the year.

 8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?

I Let You Go– Clare Mackintosh

 9. Book You Read In 2015 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

I’m not so sure I’ll re-read a book so soon. I tend to leave it a while in-between!

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2015?

11. Most memorable character of 2015?

Simon (from Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda). I’m totally the heart emoji over that.

 12. Most beautifully written book read in 2015?

My Heart And Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga. I really resonated with this book!

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2015?

Reasons To Stay Alive– Matt Haig

 14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2015 to finally read? 

Rites of Passage– Joy N.Hensley

 15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2015?

“White shouldn’t be the default any more than straight should be the default. There shouldn’t even be a default.” – Err… Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda (again, sorry!)

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2015?

Shortest: Dream A Little Christmas Dream by Giovanna Fletcher- 69 pages

Longest: Winter by Marissa Meyer- 824 pages

 17. Book That Shocked You The Most

The Ice Twins– S.K Tremayne

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)

(OTP = one true pairing if you aren’t familiar)

I’m sorry not sorry- Simon and Blue- Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

I’m going for friendship and I adore the friendship in The Ladybirds series by Jenny McLachlan

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2015 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

Ensnared by A.G Howard

21. Best Book You Read In 2015 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:

The Last Leaves Falling– Sarah Benwell. I’m not sure this book would’ve been on my radar otherwise.

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2015?

I don’t have one! Sad times.

23. Best 2015 debut you read?

Simon Vs…. you get the idea!

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?

I’m loving the worldbuilding in the Throne of Glass series. I read Queen of Shadows this year.

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?

Lily and The Christmas Wish– Keris Stainton. All the cuteness.

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2015?

The Last Leaves Falling- Sarah Benwell

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

Boy In The Tower- Polly Ho-Yen

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

Pig Heart Boy by Malorie Blackman. Highly intriguing but it made such an impact.

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2015?

Born Weird- Andrew Kaufman. It totally lives up to its title!

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?

Hmmm… Those Girls by Lauren Saft. This book just really didn’t sit right with me. At all.

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1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2015?

I haven’t discovered many new book blogs this year, but I need to get on that. I’m looking forward to seeing how Outlook on a Book grows.

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2015?

I liked how I did Reasons To Stay Alive.

3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?

Unhauling Books. I need more discussion posts this year!

4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?

YA Shot by far. I loved being part of a blogger workshop.

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2015?

Continuing to blog even though my life got a hell of a lot busier.

6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?

Balancing it with teaching. I had one day where I almost forgot to schedule a post.

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?

Top Ten Books For Readers That Like Plot Twists.

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

Gracefully Grayson– Ami Polonsky

9. Best bookish discovery (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?

I haven’t really discovered much bookishness this year. A goal for next year?

10.  Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?

I’ve read more of the series that I wanted to and I think by 31st December I should have completed my Goodreads challenge. Fingers crossed!

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1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2015 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2016?

The Accident Season by Moira Fowley Doyle

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2016 (non-debut)?

When We Collided by Emery Lord

3. 2016 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

Underwater by Marisa Reichardt

4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2016?

A Court Of Mist and Fury– Sarah J Maas.

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2016?

Find some sort of schedule that I can keep to for visiting other blogs.

6. A 2016 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone:

This Is Where It Ends– Marieke Nijkamp!

Feel free to leave me a link to your survey if you’ve done it too. I love reading these!