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Hello! I'm Emily. I adore books, and will mainly be uploading book reviews - these could be any genre, but are usually YA, Fanatasy and Fiction.

Sunday Smiles

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My Sunday Smiles

IMG_20180720_170934_419We broke up for the school holidays, hurray! The last week of school is always really hard. There’s so much going on with leavers assemblies, mass, discos and presents. The children have had enough, the adults have had enough, we’re fed up of the heat and only having one little fan to keep us cool. On top of that, I was having to pack to move classrooms, which is never easy nor fun. But we’ve pulled through the other side.

I received some amazing presents and cards. My favourite present was this mug to the left. On the other side it had a rainbow and a bike and the child’s name. This is one of the first personal pieces I’ve received with my new name on it! And I love tea so it’s very fitting that it’s a tea cup!

Through the madness, there were lots of fun things this week. Our caretaker hosted a BBQ on Thursday, which was wonderful. He is an incredible cook. I was even happier as he has two dogs who seem to love me.

FB_IMG_1532248321034Yesterday was a friend’s hen do. We went to Ballie Ballerson which is an adult ball pool pit. It was a lot smaller than I was expecting but fun. We made sure we got the most out of our bottomless pizza and prosecco. We then did a cocktail making masterclass. Yum!

Let the summer begin!

What made you smile this week?

Sunday Smiles is a weekly meme created by me at Tumbling into Wonderland Books. It runs every Sunday. Want to find out more or join in the fun? Check out the details here.


School’s out for Summer!

I’ve managed to drag myself to the end of this school year, and boy what a year it has been. This has definitely been my trickiest year of teaching so far but there have been some highs along the way.

High points: Seeing their progress, especially in reading and writing. I had a little girl fluently read the homework aloud last week and almost cried I was so proud (and tired). Laughing on a daily basis, and trying to hold in laughs when a child does a massive fart on the carpet which vibrates the floor. Not a single child crying at the services or at class assemblies (massive feat for 5 year olds).

Funny points: Their drawing and writing – sometimes that just write something that just cracks me up. One of them wrote “I will not wreck animal’s habitats. Instead I just stay home.” A child finding 3 things on the page, pointing to two with the hands and the third with their face. A child crying really loudly in assembly, when asked what’s wrong, as loud as possible, they say “I miss my cat!”

Summer 2018

We’ve booked our honeymoon to Thailand this summer. I’m very, very excited. We’re spending a few days in Bangkok then a week in Phuket. I’ve booked in an Elephant Sanctuary and to go on kayaks around the islands. Any other recommendations would be greatly appreciated.

My other plans are:

  • Kew Gardens
  • Greenwich – maritime museum, Cutty Sark and the observatory
  • Friend’s wedding.
  • Visit Cambridge
  • Help my friends move house
  • Dye my hair
  • Do my scrap book
  • See some comdians
  • Massive Spring clean of the flat
  • Set up my new classroom

I plan on doing ARC August this year in attempt to shrink my list and be less embarrassed by my Netgalley percentage.

This time last year, I said these books were on my shelf and looked interesting…

  • Age of Myth (The Legends of the First Empire #1) by Michael J Sullivan.
  • Hitman Anders and the Meaning of It All by Jonas Jonasson
  • Black Butler Vol. 2 + 3 by Yana Toboso
  • Twelve Kings (The Song of Shattered Sands #1) by Bradley P Beaulieu

…So interesting that I haven’t read a single one of them.

What have you got planned this summer?

What do you recommend me doing this summer?

Sunday Smiles

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My Sunday Smiles

I only have one week left until the summer holidays! Yay!

This past week has been a long, loong week. We’ve been on a school trip and had sports day. It’s safe to say that I slept well this weekend.

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Saturday was a lot of fun. We were given an incredible wedding present of Steak in Marco Pierre White’s Steak house in London. We got on the boat from Westminster to Tower bridge, which I would highly recommend. They give commentary as you go down the river and I found out lots of things I didn’t know before; you can spot which buildings have been built in the last 30 years as they will have a walkway, whilst the older ones don’t. They even pointed out the pub that Ian Image may contain: 1 person, standing, bridge, sky and outdoorMcKellen owns. We were lucky that they opened the Tower Bridge just as we were in front of it. We’re planning to go on the boat for a day trip to Greenwich. The food at London Steak Co. was delicious. Although we had a voucher, we could see the price the food would have cost – it was around £30pp for a 3 course meal and a cocktail – not too bad! I really enjoyed my crab starter and rich chocolate taut for pudding.

What made you smile this week?

Sunday Smiles is a weekly meme created by me at Tumbling into Wonderland Books. It runs every Sunday. Want to find out more or join in the fun? Check out the details here.

Top Ten Books with Red, White, & Blue Covers


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Artsty Reader. Every week they post a new top ten list and invite everyone to share their answers. It’s a great way to learn more about the bloggers you follow and to find lots of new books. This week’s topic is “Top Ten Books with Red, White and Blue Covers.”

25458747237346282336873323482850Nineteen Eighty-FourThe One Memory of Flora BanksImage result for great gatsby bookParis for One and Other StoriesThe Cat in the HatWhat Would Mary Berry Do?

Have you read any of these books?

What was on your top ten this week?

Second Quarter Quell – 3 Month Wrap Up

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Welcome to the second Quarter Quell of 2018. This is where I look back at the challenges I set myself at the beginning of the year and see how much progress I’ve made on them. We’re half way through the year and I’m definitely making better progress on some challenges than others…

I set myself the following challenges at the beginning of the year: 

  • To read my pre-ordered books. (Court of Mist and Fury and Angel of Storm)
  • To get above 75% on NetGalley
  • To complete The Sherlock Holmes Collection
  • To read more pages in total than the 2016 total (16,084 pages)
  • To read at least 25 books I already own.
  • To complete at least one classic (other than Sherlock Holmes)
  • To read at least 5 of the books delivered to me in my illumicrate boxes, including any new ones I get.
  • To complete at least 26 of the Around the Year In 52 Books Challenge.

To Read My Pre-Orders: The first book I read this year was A Court of Mist and Fury! What a great way to start the year, it was a brilliant book and it half ticked off one of my challenges! 🙂 Just Angel of Storm to read now!

To get above 75% on NetGalley: In December 2017 it was at 70%, it dropped down to 68% but now it’s at 69%

Books that are sitting on my shelf, still to be read, include:

  • To Kill a Kingdom – Alexandra Christo
  • Traitor to the Throne – Alwyn Hamilton
  • Age of Swords – Michael J Sullivan
  • The Best of Adam Sharp – Graeme Simsion
  • Godsgrave – Jay Kristoff
  • The Lying Game – Ruth Ware
  • Genuine Fraud – E. Lockhart

I aim to do ARC August again this year so hopefully a few more will be ticked off before the end of the year.

To complete The Sherlock Holmes Collection:  In December 2017, I was 88% through with just The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes left to read. I haven’t picked it up yet this year.

To read more pages in total than the 2016 total (16,084 pages): So far (according to Goodreads, not including children’s picture books) I’ve read 6513 pages = 40% of 2016’s total.

To read at least 25 books I already own: Half way through the year and I’ve complete over half of this challenge. Hurrah! I’ve managed 13 books so far. All the books to date here on my Mount TBR Challenge page.

To complete at least one classic (other than Sherlock Holmes): None so far… I intend to read a Shakespeare play and Perfume: The Story of a Murderer, but best laid plans…

To read 5 of the books delivered to me in my illumicrate boxes: This challenge is going really, really badly. I’ve read 1 book – The Smoke ThievesI like the sound of A Thousand Perfect Notes but the others aren’t really grabbing my attention. The books I still have to read are:

  • The Graces – Laure Eve
  • Diabolic – S. J. Kincaid
  • Wintersong – S. Jae-Jones
  • The Walking Land  by Callie Bates
  • Wonder Woman: Warbringer – Leigh Bardugo
  • Nyxia – Scott Reintgen
  • Artemis – Andy Weir
  • The City of Brass – S.A.Chakraborty
  • Blood and Sand – C.V.Wyk
  • Light Years – Kass Morgan
  • A Thousand Perfect Notes  – C.G.Drews

To complete at least 26 of the  Around the Year In 52 Books Challenge(15/52 completed)

July 2018

In the past 3 months I have ticked off:

27. A book about surviving a hardship (war, famine, major disasters, serious illness, etc) – Wonder by R.J.Palacio 

30. A short book – Claude on the Slopes by Alex T Smith

32. An alternate history book – Blood For Blood by Ryan Graudin

35. A book featuring a murder – The Smoke Thieves by Sally Green 

36. A book published in the last 3 years (2016, 2017, 2018) by an author you haven’t read before – Clean by Juno Dawson 

See all the challenges I’ve ticked off here.

Extra Reads:

Claude: Lights! Camera! Action!Plaques and TanglesClaude Going for Gold!Claude in the Spotlight

Currently reading:

Grey Sister (Book of the Ancestor, #2)

With school ending in July, I’m planning to do a lot of reading over summer, including doing ARC August again. Hopefully by my next wrap up I will have made better progress.

Have you read any of these books?
How are you getting on with your resolutions?

The Smoke Thieves by Sally Green

The Smoke Thieves (The Smoke Thieves, #1)

Title: The Smoke Thieves
Author: Sally Green
Series: The Smoke Thieves #1
Publication:  May 3rd 2018 by Penguin
Genre: YA, Fantasy

Around the Year in 52 Books – A book featuring a murder

My Thoughts (2)


A princess, a traitor, a hunter and a thief. Four teenagers with the fate of the world in their hands. Four nations destined for conflict.

In Brigant, Princess Catherine prepares for a loveless political marriage arranged by her brutal and ambitious father. In Calidor, downtrodden servant March seeks revenge on the prince who betrayed his people. In Pitoria, feckless Edyon steals cheap baubles for cheaper thrills as he drifts from town to town. And in the barren northern territories, thirteen-year-old Tash is running for her life as she plays bait for the gruff demon hunter Gravell.

As alliances shift and shatter, and old certainties are overturned, our four heroes find their past lives transformed and their futures inextricably linked by the unpredictable tides of magic and war. Who will rise and who will fall? And who will claim the ultimate prize?

My Thoughts

I recieved this in my illumicrate about 6 months ago and have finally gotten around to reading it.

There are different points of view which the book flicks between: The Calidorian princess, Catherine. The Prince of Pitoria, Tzsayn. Catherine’s bodyguard, Ambrose. March, a servant to the prince who comes from a small area of land destroy by a war. Edyon, a thief whom March is searching for. And Tash, a thirteen year-old demon hunter.

Although the points of view were interesting (I particularly looked forward to Tash and Catherine’s) the book took a while to get going as it had to set each one up. I personally didn’t particularly enjoy March’s and for the most part of the book couldn’t see why he was even included but I’m sure he’ll play a much bigger role in books to come. I really wanted to know more about the demon smoke, especially with the title, but it took over half of the book before you really found out anything about it. Now that we have a grounding for each of the characters and they’re all in the same place, the second book may have more action and I may feel more for the characters. At the moment, I’m not feeling the chemistry or tention between some of the characters, and honestly wouldn’t even bat an eyelid at Ambrose being killed off.

The book is being sold as Game of Thrones for young readers. It’s no where near as complex or detailed as GoT and has far fewer points of view. It strongly reminded me of Morgan Rhode’s Falling Kingdom series with the points of view, arranged marriage between the two countries and ‘evil’ family members. I hope the next book in this series takes it own path and isn’t always in the two series’ shadows.

I’ll definitely be reading the next book in the series.
My Thoughts (1)



(Delayed) Sunday Smiles

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Ahoy, lovelies.  It’s been half term for me so I’ve been busy, busy, busy. Before I knew it we are on Monday. I’m lucky enough that I have an Inset today, at home, to write reports. Luckily I’m over 2/3 done so I should have a bit of time to do other thing, hurray.

My Sunday Smiles

It was my parent’s 25th Wedding anniversary so we went to Wales to have a party. It’s always wonderful as it means we get to see lots of members of the family that I don’t normally see as I live so far away.

Whilst there I had a drastic hair cut. I had at least 10cm chopped off. Bet my kids still won’t notice, my sister certainly didn’t!

We were only there for a few days so we only managed to fit in climbing up Pen-y-Crug. It’s not too high (a bit of research tells me it’s 331m) and at the top are banks where there once stood a hillfort.

IMG_20180603_161652_936When I arrived ‘home I found my wedding album and my Illumicrate!  You can see what’s inside of it in my Instagram.

We also booked our honeymoon to Thailand! I’ve never been out of Europe so I’m very excited! We’re staying in Bangcock for 3 days and then going to Phuket for 7 days. If you have any suggestions of what we should do please let us know! I’ve already booked in the Elephant Sanctuary, where you get to wash and feed the elephants (no riding). I’ll probably avoid the tiger sanctuary as I’ve not heard great things – but people are more like to post negative rather than positive, so if you’ve been and you know what it’s actually like, please let us know!

What made you smile this week?

Sunday Smiles is a weekly meme created by me at Tumbling into Wonderland Books. It runs every Sunday. Want to find out more or join in the fun? Check out the details here.

May Wrap Up

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May was a bit of an up and down month for weather, work and social life. In work I had some REALLY hard days but I also found out what year group I’m getting next year. The weather was all over the shot with thunderstorms, sunshine and downpours. I usually book in things for weekends but found that I had lots of empty weekends this month, which was quite nice compared to my hectic April. I went to see Sarah Millican, who was so funny I was crying, definitely go and see her if you get the chance!

Books Read in May.

Wonder by R.J.Palacio

Claude on the Slopes by Alex T. Smith

My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece by Annabel Pitcher

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

Plaques and Tangles by Nicola Wilson

Claude on Holiday by Alex T. Smith

+ Various children’s books

Blog Posts

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Sunday Smiles – Impromptu trip to London

Sunday Smiles – Bank Holiday + Safe TV show.

Sunday Smiles – Sarah Millican and Royal Wedding

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Sign up

Day 1 – Books started + Challenge: Introduce yourself in six words #insixwords.

Day 2 – Completing My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece + Challenge: Year of You

Day 3 – Completing The Name of the Wind & Winston was Worried + Challenge: Show me your precious

Day 4 – Completing Plaques and Tangles + Challenge: If you like…you’ll like…

Day 5 – Completing Claude on Holiday + ChallengeSpace Scavenger hunt

Wrap Up

Books I Bought In May.

Book form:

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A Town Like Alice (Vintage Classics) by [Shute, Nevil]Dark Places by [Flynn, Gillian]


Currently Reading: 

Godsgrave (The Nevernight Chronicle, #2)The Smoke Thieves (The Smoke Thieves, #1)

Looking Forward To In June…

  • My parent’s 25th wedding anniversary party.
  • Seeing Joe Lycett.
  • Going on a helicopter flight!

How was your May?

Bout of Books | Wrap Up

Bout of Books has come to an end. I think I had a pretty good reading week (compared to what I’ve been having, anyway). I’ve managed to read an average of over 100 pages per day. I’m pleased that I didn’t only read children’s books in class but I managed to get back into reading ‘proper’ books for pleasure.


Winston Was WorriedImage result for claude on holidayThere’s a Dragon in Your BookThe Everywhere Bear - Paperback - 9781447280743 - Julia Donaldson


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Plaques and Tangles

Books started but not completed:

Godsgrave (The Nevernight Chronicle, #2)

Total page count: 832 pages

I did way better than last time! (Bout of Books 21)



Introduce yourself #insixwords

Year of You – a book released the same year you were born

Show me your precious

If your liked…. you’ll like….

Space scavenger hunt

How did you manage to do?

bout of books 22The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, 14th May and runs through Sunday, 20th May in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 22 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog.