Bout of Books | Days 6 + 7 + Wrap Up

Day 6 – Saturday

I read absolutely diddly squat. Unless you’d like to count reading a theater programme? No? I don’t blame you, I don’t count it either. You can read about all the fantastic things I did instead of reading, here.

Day 7 – Sunday

The Disappearance of Winter's Daughter  (Riyria Chronicles, #4)This was much better! I consciously put aside time for reading. Best of all, reading in the bath (quite possibly my favourite reading spot). I managed to complete The Disappearance of Winter’s Daughter by Michael J. Sullivan around 10pm.  This was one of the only books I had put on my TBR for this week that I completed. Moral of the story, don’t create TBR lists!

Wrap Up

Children’s Books

Image resultOi FrogCopy CatThe Lonely BeastImage result for topsy and tim babyImage result for children picture books new babyImage result for children picture books new babyplus a couple of others.

Graphic Novels

Preludes & Nocturnes (The Sandman, #1)

Novels

The Disappearance of Winter's Daughter  (Riyria Chronicles, #4)


The 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, January 8th and runs through Sunday, January 14th 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 21 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog.
– From the Bout of Books team

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Sunday Smiles

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My Sunday Smiles

This week I was meant to be partaking in Bout of Books. It hasn’t gone anywhere near as well as I was hoping. It’s been a very stressful week during which I’ve been falling asleep about 9. I still have today to go so I will do a full update on it tomorrow.

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Despite my draining week, I had a fantastic Saturday. We went to the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory themed afternoon tea at One Aldwych. It was absolutely incredibly and I would completely recommend it. You have savory sandwiches to begin with, followed by the scrumptious sweets. My highlights were the chocolate tea, flavoured candyfloss, bacon jam and Cocoa bean financiers. Yum! We didn’t have the cocktail Charlie but it did look incredible.

Afterwards, we went to see The Birthday Party by Harold Pinter. Image result for harold pinter the birthday partyThe only other Pinter play we’ve seen before is No Mans Land and just like that play, we had very little idea what was going on! Ir’s about Stanley Webber who lives in a run down boarding house by the sea, run y Meg and Petey. Two sinister strangers arrive on Stan’s supposed birthday and they all have a party which turns into a nightmare. The play is one that can’t be taken at face value, with pretty much all the characters contradicting themselves throughout. It’s ambiguous as to what ultimately happens to Stan and what truly happens at the party. I bought the script while I was there and fully intend to read in with the hope that I’ll understand it a bit better!

We also went to the LEGO store and made our own people. Can you guess who they are? (They took ages to make!)

What’s 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.

Bout of Books | Day 5

I was awful yesterday and didn’t read a single thing.

No, that’s a lie, we re-read The Lonely Beast in literacy but I don’t think that really counts considering I read it the day before as well… I’ve just been so tired that I came home, ate and slept.

Today I didn’t manage to read any books to the class but I did read quite a few after school. A couple of my children are going to become older siblings in the next few weeks so I was finding lots of books I could read to them to prepare them a bit. I manage to find:

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There were a couple of others, which were actually better than these, but I can’t remember their names… It’s been that sort of day.

I’d like to think I’ll do so reading this evening but if I’m honest I probably won’t as I’m incredibly tired.


 

The 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, January 8th and runs through Sunday, January 14th 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 21 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog.
– From the Bout of Books team

Bout of Books | Day 3

The Disappearance of Winter's Daughter  (Riyria Chronicles, #4)I fell asleep before I updated yesterday, whoops. I managed to get a couple of hours reading in, so I’m about halfway through The Disappearance of Winter’s Daughter by Michael J. Sullivan. If you haven’t checked out any of his books already, I strongly recommend you do. He is one of the authors that I recommend to anyone and everyone. His books are incredible and he’s a really friendly person who welcomes and responses to e-mails from fans. Go, check him out now, I’ll wait.

The Lonely Beast5:40 pm: We did really well and read 2 books today in class. The first book was for our literacy lesson, The Lonely Beast by Chris Judge. I’ve done a review on this book before here. Before reading the book we look at a picture of the beast first arriving at the city, with no text. The Beast is waving but all the people are running away. We then look at the front cover and spot at least 10 things on the cover and think of questions we would like to ask the creature standing on the cliff edge. They really enjoyed the story, and immediately started talking when they realised they had things in common with him (like eating cake) and when they realised he was waving because he was friendly. They loved him sinking and seeing the animals and thought it was hilarious that he hitched a lift from a whale.

Copy CatThe second book we read, at the end of the day, was Copy Cat by Ali Pye. Bella loves Anna so much that she keeps copying everything she does.  Eventually Anna gets annoyed and snaps, she’s had enough of Bella being such a copy cat and sulks off.  Bella is upset at first but then starts teaching herself to skip, like she had seen Anna doing. After practicing, and practicing and practicing, she gets really good at it. Eventually another person asks her how to do it and they work together. It’s a lovely little story about playground friendships and finding your own way. I hope some of my children take something away from it…

Current number of pages read: 556 pages

Challenge: Book Spine Rainbow


The 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, January 8th and runs through Sunday, January 14th 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 21 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog.
– From the Bout of Books team

Bout of Books | Day 2

5:30pm – We have a teddy called Aslan (yes, he’s a lion) who goes home with a different child each weekend. This weekend a child read Oi, Cat! by Kes Gray and Jim Fields with Aslan, so today in school we read Oi, Frog!

The story is really good for rhyming as the cat is explaining what animals are aloud to sit on; cats sit on mats, hares sit on chairs, gofers sit on sofas. The children really enjoyed spotting the rhymes and then I hid the picture and they had to guess what the animal was going to sit on. They thoroughly enjoyed it, especially if they got it right. There are lovely, big and clear pictures which are, at times, very amusing.

Oi Frog

Current number of pages read: 394

Challenge: Share your 2018 reading goals.

I did a post on my goals here. But to summarise…

  • To read my pre-ordered books.
  • To get above 75% on NetGalley
  • To complete The Sherlock Holmes Collection
  • To read more than 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.
  • To complete at least 26 of the Around the Year In 52 Books Challenge.
  • To not buy any physical books until at least June, with exceptions of series continuations.

The 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, January 8th and runs through Sunday, January 14th 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 21 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog.
– From the Bout of Books team

Top Ten Books I Meant To Read In 2017

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. 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 I Was Meant To Read In 2017 But Didn’t Get To (and totallyyyy plan to get to in 2018!!)”

At the beginning of the year, I made a list of books I intended to read to tick off my Around the Year in 52 Books challenge. I only ended up reading 7 of the books in the end!

Here are the ones I definitely will be reading this year:

  • Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
  • Game of Thrones series by George R R Martin
  • Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
  • Life of Pi by Yann Martel
  • Hitman Anders and the Meaning of It All by Jonas Jonasson
  • Graceling by Kristin Cashore
  • A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas
  • Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Collection by Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Age of Swords by Michael J Sullivan
  • Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff

A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)The Complete Sherlock Holmes


What books did you not manage to get around to?

Bout of Books | Day 1

It’s day one of my first ever readathon!

6:00pm – I’m finally home from work. As a class we read The Little Gardener by Emily Hughes. This was a really lovely book. It had very little writing on each page but some beautiful language and pictures to match. The story follows a little gardener who tries very, very hard but his garden just won’t grow, except one beautiful flower. He sends out a call for help but because he is so small, no one can hear him. However, one someone sees the beautiful flower. Exhausted from trying so hard all the time, the little gardener falls asleep for a month, when he finally awakes he finds his garden in full flourish. He’s only little but to his garden he’s everything.

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8:15pm – I’ve just completed Preludes & Nocturnes (The Sandman  #1) by Neil Gaiman. I didn’t love this at first but definitely got into as the story progressed. An occultist attempts to capture Death to bargain for eternal life but instead captures her younger brother, dream. After 70 years of imprisonment, Dream escapes and hunts down his lost objects of power.

I really enjoyed that Death and Dream were related, I especially loved that Death was a female rock chick.

This was a lot darker than I was expecting. A particular image which I know will stick with me is Death going around and picking up a baby from the cot as the mother leaves the room to get milk.

Image result for sandmanI did feel like there I was missing something as I was reading as there were little mentions to DC. At one point they mention calling Batman but he’d be busy. There was also an odd character which had a small role, I just remember he started to rhyme in Hell. After reading it, it turns out Veritgo is DC Comics which explains a lot.

Also, is it me, or does Dream look a bit like Neil Gaiman?

Page count: 290 pages

Preludes & Nocturnes (The Sandman, #1)

11:00pm – I managed to get in a bit of reading before bed so I’m now on page 142 of The Disappearance of Winter’s Daughter by Michael J. Sullivan. I’m definitely going to finish it this week.

 

Pages read: 362 pages

The Disappearance of Winter's Daughter  (Riyria Chronicles, #4)

 

Challenge: Introduce yourself in six words #insixwords.

Tea drinking, Harry Potter loving teacher.


The 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, January 8th and runs through Sunday, January 14th 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 21 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog.
– From the Bout of Books team

Bout of Books

I’ve decided that I’m going to take part in Bout of Books!

I’ve never done a readathon before. I’m in work all week but hopefully this will motivate me to read, even if it’s just a little bit, every day.

The 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, January 8th and runs through Sunday, January 14th 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 21 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog.
– From the Bout of Books team


I’ve thought ahead and planned a TBR list already.

TBR List

  1. The Disappearance of Winter’s Daughter by Michael J. Sullivan – physical book – I’ve already started this and am on page 79.
  2. Children’s picture books in school – I’m aiming to read a least 3 to the class this week.
  3. Rosemary’s baby by Ira Levin – Physical book
  4. Blood for Blood by Ryan Graudin- e-book
  5. The Complete Sherlock Holmes Collection by Arthur Conan Doyle – e-book – 80% completed.

Are you participating in this round of Bout of Books? 

Sunday Smiles

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My Sunday Smiles

Despite being back at work, I’ve had a wonderful week!

I got to try on my wedding dress and feel like a princess *happy squeal*.

I completely forgot that I ordered a signed copy of Michael J. Sullivan’s new book The Disappearance of Winter’s Daughter. It’s not due for official release until about June but it arrived this week!

I’ve already read 2 books this year, which has completely shocked me. I’m really please that I enjoyed both of them too 😀

A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2)A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3)

Happy New Year everyone!

What’s 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.

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1)

Title: A Court of Thorns and Roses
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses #1
Publication: 5th May 2015 by Bloomsbury
Genre: YA, Fantasy

Around the Year in 52 books challenge – A novel inspired by a work of classic literature

My Thoughts (2)

(Goodreads)

Feyre’s survival rests upon her ability to hunt and kill – the forest where she lives is a cold, bleak place in the long winter months. So when she spots a deer in the forest being pursued by a wolf, she cannot resist fighting it for the flesh. But to do so, she must kill the predator and killing something so precious comes at a price …

Dragged to a magical kingdom for the murder of a faerie, Feyre discovers that her captor, his face obscured by a jewelled mask, is hiding far more than his piercing green eyes would suggest. Feyre’s presence at the court is closely guarded, and as she begins to learn why, her feelings for him turn from hostility to passion and the faerie lands become an even more dangerous place. Feyre must fight to break an ancient curse, or she will lose him forever.

My Thoughts

I pre-ordered this. I also have the next to books on my shelf. Two and a half years later and I’ve finally gotten around to reading it! My goodness was it worth it.

This is one of those books that ruins your reading. After putting it down, I just couldn’t get into anything else. I desperately want to read the next one (infact, I have the next two on my shelf) but I want to keep them for next year to tick off my Around the Year in 52 Books challengeI just knew I was going to love this because it’s a Beauty and the Beast re-telling. And, well, It’s Sarah J Maas.

I must have been living in a hole for the past two years because I somehow managed to miss all the discussion and hype about this book. I definitely think this helped my reading experience.

The world building is wonderful. There is a lot of detail which is continued throughout  giving you a vivid image of each of the Faerie Courts.

The characters are definitely what makes this book. They are well developed and interesting, if a little awkward at times.

“You look . . . better than before.”
Was that a compliment? I could have sworn Lucien gave Tamlin an encouraging nod.
“And you hair is . . . clean.”

Sarah has a wonderful way of making you have strong feelings for each character. The villain is a typical villain but you can tell that bigger evils are coming. The romance is wonderful and the whole story is full of twists and turns and half truths.  I don’t even know where to begin with how I feel about Rhysand! I just can’t wait to read the next book!

My Thoughts (1)

5-stars