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?

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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?

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?

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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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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.

Sunday Smiles

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My Sunday Smiles

Related imageLast night I went to see Sarah Millican at the Hammersmith Apollo. She was so funny I was crying at points. She’s rude, crude, dirty and freaking hilarious. Although she says she never does adverts, I wonder if she would change her mind to do an advert for Always?

On Friday we had a party at school to celebrate the royal wedding. Although, this did just seem like an opportunity to have a dance on the field in the sun but I don’t hear any complaining about that! Seeing six year olds dancing is the funniest thing, and I was completely blown away by a few of my children doing the worm!

What’s made you smile this week?

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Bout of Books | Day 5

Image result for claude on holiday5:30pm – We finished Claude on Holiday as a class today.  These are lovely stories which are a nice introduction to chapter books for the younger children. They are about a small, plump dog called Claude who goes on adventures with his best friend Sir Bobblysock, who is a sock who smells like cheese. In this adventure, Claude packs his suitcase with items he thinks he might need to have on holiday, including; squirty cream, underwear and sun cream. The children loved the pirates, the skull island and the things Claude packed for holiday. The pictures included lots of details, many of which are very funny. I personally wasn’t very impressed with the image of the lifeguard being distracted by pumping up a woman’s balls, who was holding them in front of her like giant boob. Yes, my class of six year olds did notice and shouted it out.


On Monday I mentioned our lion who goes home with the children, called Aslan. When they bring him back we read what they have written about their adventures with him. Today was the second return day of the week, so we read the two page spread about how the child took him on the trampoline and swimming. In class you forget just how little they are until you see the delight on their faces when they get to take Aslan home, or a picture of them fast asleep cuddling him.

Page Count: 787

Challenge: Space Scavenger Hunt

Mercury – Favourite short story/novella – The Slow Regard of  Silent Things

Venus – Favourite book with female protagonist – PS. I Love You

P.S. I Love You
Earth – Favourite book about nature/nature word in the title – The Name of the Wind

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Mars – Favourite book with a red cover – Scythe

Scythe (Arc of a Scythe, #1)
Jupiter – Favourite tome over 500 pages – Crime and Punnishment

Crime and Punishment
Saturn – Favourite book with circle/ring on the cover/in the title – Noughts and Crosses

Noughts & Crosses (Noughts & Crosses, #1)
Uranus – Favourite book set in winter
Neptune – Favourite book set at sea, on a boat, or under water – Red Seas Under Red Skies

Red Seas Under Red Skies (Gentleman Bastard, #2)
Pluto – Favourite books featuring a dog/with a dog on the cover – The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime.

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Moon – Favourite book set anywhere other than Earth
Sun – Favourite book set in summer
Space – Favourite book set in space

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.