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?


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.

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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.

4-stars

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.

Bout of Books | Day 4

Plaques and TanglesA few years ago I went to see Plaques and Tangles at The Royal Court Theatre. If a script is available, I will always buy it over the programme.

Days before her wedding, Megan discovers she has a 50:50 chance of developing early onset Alzheimer’s. Whilst pregnant she’s offered a genetic test to find out if she has the gene. But does she really want to know?

This play can be a bit difficult to follow as it is a jumble of past and present, with some scenes having both Older and Younger Megan.

Ultimately, it was as heartbreaking to read as it was to watch, especially near the end.

4-stars

Page Count: 725

Challenge: Read Alikes.

If you liked… A Court of Thorns and Roses (my review)

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

You’ll like… 

Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin, #1)The Winner's Curse (The Winner's Trilogy, #1)Image result for maria v snyder poison study

Grave Mercy  by Robin LaFevers

The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutoski

Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder


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.

Bout of Books | Day 3

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I’ve been in a reading slump for the past few months. I’ve picked up at least 5 books and ended up putting them down. My way around this was to re-read one of my favourite books. I managed to finish The Name of the Wind whilst in my favourite reading spot… the bath. I forgot how slow this book is but once you get to the point where he goes off on his own (around 100 pages in) it gets so much better. It literally has everything you want in a book; music, magic, love, grief, complex characters, literary appreciation and friendships.

5-stars

Plaques and TanglesA few years ago I went to see Plaques and Tangles at The Royal Court Theatre. If a script is available, I will always buy it over the programme.

I don’t usually read plays for pleasure but this one was crying out at me. Days before her wedding, Megan discovers she has a 50:50 chance of developing early onset Alzheimer’s. Whilst pregnant she’s offered a genetic test to find out if she has the gene. But does she really want to know?

I’ve only read about half of it so far but so much of the play is flooding back to me.

Page Count: 610

5:00pm – Today we managed to read a few more pages of Claude on Holiday, the whole of Winston Was Worried and some of a space book. AND the children watched some Michael Rosen poems and performed a total of 8 different poems as a class. Not bad, eh?

Winston Was Worried is about an over-dramatic dog who has a splinter in his paw. He keeps repeating that ‘there’s nothing worse than having a splinter in your paw’ and ‘everything bad always happens to me’. He is completely oblivious to all the bad things that are happening to his friends, like; being taken away in a dustbin lorry, being stung by a bee and being snapped at by crocodiles. His splinter falls out without him noticing and suddenly his tooth hurts. When he finally arrives at the vet with ‘nothing is worse than a wobbly tooth’, he finds all his injured friends.

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Page: Count: 662

Challenge: Show me your precious


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.

Bout of Books | Day 2

My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece

5:15pm – I managed to complete My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece just before bed last night. It was absolutely wonderful and so heart wrenching. Jamie’s sister, Rose, died in a terrorist attack five years ago. The grief teared their family apart, leading to his mother having an affair and moving in with her new partner and his father becoming an alcoholic. When their mum moves out, Jamie and his family move to the Lake District for a new start. Except Jamie’s finding it hard to settle in to school with someone bullying him, his dad is still drinking and it’s got worse and his older sister has a secret boyfriend which she’s trying to hide from their dad. Jamie spends his time waiting for his mum to come and visit, wearing his Spider Man t-shirt everyday in the hope that she’ll surprise them. A wonderful book with strong themes on friendship, grief and family.

5-stars

Current number of pages read: 288 pages

 

Challenge: Year of You – Share a book released the same year you were born.

Men at Arms (Discworld, #15)


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.

Bout of Books | Day 1

It’s day one of Bout of Books read-a-thon!

Image result for claude on holiday5:50pm – I’m home!

In class today we started reading Claude on Holiday. 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. So far, Sir Bobblysock has had a nap and Claude has save someone from a shark by giving the shark a juicy bone baguette.

We also have a 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 return day so we read the two page spread about how the child took him swimming and to the restaurant.

Page count: 32 pages

My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece7:00pm – I’ve picked up My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece. I mentioned to my head teacher that I’ve just finished Wonder and loved it so she said this book would tug at my heart strings. I went into it knowing practically nothing. Ten year old Jamie has moved to the Lake District with his Dad and older sister, Jas. Five years ago his sister, Jas’ twin, was blown up in a terrorist bomb. The grief teared their family apart, leading to his mum having an affair and moving in with her new partner and Jamie and his family moving to the Lake District. So far, he’s started his new school and found it hard to settle in, with another boy setting him up for stealing, and Jamie somehow ends up telling the class that his sister is still alive. So far, a strong start.

Page count: 91 pages

 

Challenge: Introduce yourself in six words #insixwords.

Tea drinking, Harry Potter loving teacher.


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

Exterior of the Temperate HouseMonday feels like it was a long time ago. But here in the UK, Monday was a bank holiday. And what a glorious bank holiday it was too. The temperature was in the mid twenties and there was beautiful sunshine. Our friends came over so we all went for a picnic in Kew Gardens. They hadn’t been before so it was nice taking them around. They had also just opened up the restored Temperate house so it was exciting to see all the restoration work they had done.

In class week we’ve started poetry. Who better to show them than Michael Rosen? I played them a selection of videos of him performing his poetry. They LOVED chocolate cake. And I can’t think of a better sound than 30 giggling children.

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This week I also started and complete the series Safe on Netflix. If you liked Broadchurch or Big Little Lies you will love this. If I didn’t have to sleep, I would have binged watched this in an evening. It has Michael C. Hall (Dexter) and Amanda Abbington (Sherlock) in, both of which were brilliant. Dexter’s Michael’s British accent will grow on you, although I think he practiced it based on Benedict Cumberbottom.

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 22 | Sign Up

I’m really slacking on my reading at the moment so I’ve decided that I’m going to take part in Bout of Books!

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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, 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.


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

TBR List

  1. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss – I’m on page 405/662 already so I’m hoping to complete this.
  2. Children’s picture books in school – We’re starting Claude on Holiday and I’m hoping to read at least 5 different poems to them.
  3. Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart – e-book.

Are you participating in this round of Bout of Books? 

Sunday Smiles

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My Sunday Smiles

We’re in May and the sun has finally decided to show it’s face. Hurrah! It’s be absolutely glorious this weekend. We decided last minute to go into central London on yesterday and have lunch and cocktails next to the Thames. Then we wandered to Forbidden Planet. They didn’t have the books we wanted so we consolidated ourselves by having liquid nitrogen ice cream from Chin Chin Labs. I love that they’ve opened up a new(ish) store in Soho as it means I don’t have to weave my way through the crowds of Camden.

 

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.

April Wrap Up

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I hope your April was as wonderful as mine. I got married at the end of March and went on honeymoon and had a party in April. I topped my magical month off by going to the Harry Potter Studio Tour for the fourth time! Unfortunaley my car broke (it was incredibly scary breaking down on the M25) but we’ve managed to get a lovely new(ish) car called Fifi.

Books Read in April.

Blood For Blood

Blood For Blood (Wolf by Wolf #2) – Ryan Graudin

Clean

Clean by Juno Dawson

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Iceland


Books I Bought In April.

I’ve put myself on a book buying ban so I can work my way though my massive pile of unread book. I was very good and didn’t buy any in April!

Currently Reading: 

The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #1)


Looking Forward To In May…

  • Seeing Sarah Millican.
  • My Parent’s 25th Wedding Anniversary.
  • Updating my scrap book, photo frames and wedding album.
  • The sun coming out some more!

How was your April?