Beth and Chrissi Do Kid-Lit- The 2019 books are revealed!

2019 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 – Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret- Judy Blume

FEBRUARY- The BFG -Roald Dahl

MARCH – The Titan’s Curse (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #3)- Rick Riordan

APRIL- Demon Dentist- David Walliams

MAY – The Enchanted Wood (The Faraway Tree #1)- Enid Blyton

JUNE- What Katy Did- Susan Coolidge

JULY – The Dreamsnatcher (Dreamsnatcher #1) Abi Elphinstone

AUGUST- The Royal Rabbits of London- Santa Montefiore and Simon Sebag Montefiore

SEPTEMBER – I Capture The Castle- Dodie Smith

OCTOBER- Just So- Rudyard Kipling

NOVEMBER – The Worst Witch- Jill Murphy

DECEMBER- The Christmasaurus- Tom Fletcher

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

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Beth and Chrissi Do Kid Lit 2018- The Round Up

So, in the style of the “Talking About…” reviews we normally do, we thought we’d answer a quick few questions about our year in Kid-Lit blogging.

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

1) What was your favourite Kid-Lit book of 2018 and why?

BETH: This is such an easy one for me! It would be Matilda by Roald Dahl. It was a childhood favourite of mine and each time I re-read it I fall more and more in love with it. Sorry other kid-lit authors on this list – it was always going to be a no-brainer with the king that is Roald Dahl.

CHRISSI: It has to be the legendary Matilda. It’s a wonderful story that is one of my all time favourites. I don’t think many will ever beat it. I found out recently that my 6 year old nephew loves Matilda which is amazing!

2) What was your least favourite Kid-Lit book of 2018 and why?

BETH: This is so tough but I would have to pick something that might be controversial – The Girl Of Ink and Stars by Kiran Millwood Hargrave. It was so gorgeously written but unfortunately I just didn’t connect with it as much as I was hoping to.

CHRISSI: The Voyage of The Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis. I wasn’t the biggest fan of it, if I’m honest. I don’t recall reading this one as a child and I wouldn’t be surprised if I started it and gave up! Young Chrissi had no problems DNF-ing books.

3) What was the Kid-Lit book of 2018 that surprised you the most?

BETH: Perhaps The Face On The Milk Carton by Caroline B. Cooney? I was eagerly anticipating this book as both Chrissi and I were huge Cooney fans back when she wrote Point Horror. However, I believe we were both a bit disappointed with this particular offering and unfortunately, it surprised us in a bad way. 😦

CHRISSI: I have to agree with Beth. I had such high expectations for The Face On The Milk Carton but I really did find it to be a quite unremarkable read which was a shame.

4) Have you been inspired to read any other books from a Kid-Lit author of 2018?

BETH: Most definitely, from Tom Fletcher. I was really excited to read something from him as I had heard such great things about his children’s books. The Creakers was everything I had anticipated and who knows, perhaps there will be something else on our Kid-Lit list for 2019 from him?

CHRISSI: Ooh yes. I want to read more from Tom Fletcher and David Walliams for sure. I’m loving that young children (and young at heart adults!) have so many wonderful authors out there to explore.

For anyone who reads these posts, thank you so much for your continued support, we love doing this challenge and hope to continue it indefinitely. Coming on January 2nd – the big reveal for Kid-Lit 2019! Which titles made it this year? And which titles are we going to have to do er…. another year?!

Top Ten Favourite Villains

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’s prompt is all about villains. We could talk about the best, worst, most lovable etc. I decided to talk about my favourite villains. Those that I love to hate!

As ever, book images go to Goodreads!

Queen Levana- The Lunar Chronicles- Marissa Meyer

Fairest (The Lunar Chronicles, #3.5)

I feel Fairest made me understand Queen Levana more, but I still love to hate her!

President Snow- The Hunger Games- Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)

President Snow just irritates me! But I love that.

Dolores Umbridge, Lucius Malfoy and Voldemort- Harry Potter- J.K. Rowling

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

I think I dislike Dolores even more than Voldemort, but all three of these characters are pretty bad! (But awesome villains!)

The Darkling- The Grisha Trilogy- Leigh Bardugo

Shadow and Bone (Grisha Verse, #1)

I love The Darkling’s character. Such a great villain!

The Grand High Witch- The Witches- Roald Dahl

The Witches

This is one of my favourite Roald Dahl books. I love to hate The Grand High Witch!

Miss Trunchbull- Matilda- Roald Dahl

Matilda

The worst headteacher ever! Love to hate Miss Trunchbull.

Amy- Gone Girl- Gillian Flynn

Gone Girl

The characters in this book are so messed up!

Mrs Danvers- Rebecca- Daphne Du Maurier

Rebecca

Mrs Danvers is incredible creepy!

Who are your favourite villains? Do we share any? Let me know! Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

Top Ten Authors Who Can Get Me Out Of A Reading Slump

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. 

I’ve decided to slightly adapt the prompt this week and instead of books that’ll get me out of a slump… authors I can rely on to get me out of a reading slump!

  1. Roald Dahl– His books are just so fun to read!
  2. J.K. Rowling– If it’s a serious slump, I sometimes need to re-read a Harry Potter book!
  3. Kasie West– I can always guarantee that her books will be fun!
  4. Heather Demetrios– Her books are quite deep but they always engross me.
  5. Ceceila Ahern– I love how magical her books are.
  6. Jojo Moyes– She’s a terrific writer.
  7. Paula Daly– She’s one of my favourite thriller writers. Her books always grip me.
  8. Emma Carroll– I can never go wrong with a Emma Carroll book. Her books are enchanting.
  9. David Walliams– David is the closest recent writer to Roald Dahl. His books are fabulous.
  10. Patrick Ness– I do enjoy Patrick’s writing, so the thought of reading one of his books can encourage me to climb out of the slump!

What brings you out of a slump? Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

Ten Books With Sensory Reading Memories

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’s list is all about books that hold a sensory reading memory for us. It could be where we were, what time of year it was, who I was with or what I was eating. In no particular order, here are my choices. Book images go to Goodreads!

The Class That Went Wild- Ruth Thomas

The Class That Went Wild

I remember my sister reading me this book multiple times as a young child. I feel so nostalgic when I re-read this one.

The Other Hand (a.k.a Little Bee)- Chris Cleave

The Other Hand

This book gives me throwbacks to Malta. I was on holiday there when I read this book in a special room the hotel had. A reading room! Yes! A reading room!

A Monster Calls- Patrick Ness

A Monster Calls

I remember my sister bought me this book on my birthday. I read it and wept on my birthday.

The BFG- Roald Dahl

The BFG

I LOVED sharing this book with my class. It brings special memories back from when I was a child and I love seeing their reactions.

Gangsta Granny- David Walliams

Gangsta Granny

There’s a particularly poignant part of this book. When I read this to my class last year, they were silent as I revealed it. Then one girl who had experienced the same thing actually welled up. 😦

The Book With No Pictures

The Book with No Pictures

I adore this book. It’s so funny and ridiculous. Children love it!

The Invention of Hugo Cabret- Brian Selznick

The Invention of Hugo Cabret

This definitely brings back sensory reading memories for me. I poured over the pages.

Coraline- Neil Gaiman

Coraline

At the time of writing this, I’ve only read the graphic novel of this book. The pictures will stay with me for a long time!

Legally Blonde- Amanda Brown

Legally Blonde

I have a weird sensory reading memory with this book. I read it the night before I was admitted to hospital with suspected appendicitis!

Geekerella- Ashley Poston

Geekerella

The same goes for this book. I was reading it when I felt very unwell!

Tell me about the books that hold sensory reading memories for you! Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

Chrissi’s Class Reads #9

We read another 5 books since I last posted this feature, so I thought I’d share them with you today!

Remember, clicking on the book image will take you to the Goodreads page for the book!

Horse Pie

This is a short chapter book with a lovely donkey that helps others that hurt him. He’s a good one! 🙂 My class enjoyed this story!

The Twits

I absolutely love Roald Dahl and you’ll definitely have seen this book on this feature before, possibly with my class two years ago? Well, I read it again to my 2017-8 class. They absolutely adore Roald Dahl. The chapters are short and snappy and they just lap up any grossness. The Twits has that in abundance!

The Cat, the Dog, Little Red, the Exploding Eggs, the Wolf, and Grandma

This is a book that we read for pleasure. It wasn’t for a reading or a writing lesson. They absolutely loved this book. So much so, that I’m considering purchasing it myself for use in the future. They laughed out loud which is always a sign of a great book.

The Dark

The Dark is another book that we read for pleasure. It’s all about facing fears head on. The children thought this book was a little creepy but they enjoyed it!

The Lorax

We used this book during a topic on sustainability! The perfect choice!

 

Ten Best Character Names

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’s list is quite a fun one! It’s all about character names. Here are some of my favourites!

In no particular order:

  1. AriaPretty Little Liars- Sara Shepard- I may not have read the books (and don’t think I will) but I really like the name Aria.

  2. Veruca SaltCharlie and The Chocolate Factory– Roald Dahl- She’s a disgusting character, with quite a disgusting name. So fitting!

  3. Luna LovegoodHarry Potter– J.K. Rowling- I love alliterative names and Luna is one of my favourite Harry Potter characters.

  4. Atticus Finch To Kill A Mockingbird- Harper Lee- Such a strong name for a wonderful character.

  5. Ebeneezer ScroogeA Christmas Carol– Charles Dickens- What a name!

  6. Philip Pirrip (Pip)- Great Expectations- Charles Dickens- Pip! Love that name. Alliterative full name too.

  7. LyraHis Dark Materials– Philip Pullman- I think it’s a really pretty name.

  8. Albus DumbledoreHarry Potter– J.K. Rowling- It’s just a legendary name, right?

  9. Coraline Coraline– Neil Gaiman- I really like the name Coraline!

  10. Matilda- Matilda– Roald Dahl- Every single time I hear the name Matilda I think of my favourite Roald Dahl book. 🙂

How about you? What are your favourite character names? Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!