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?


August 2017 Wrap Up

Monthly Wrap Up (1)

Tomorrow is September and for me that marks the end of the summer holidays. My classroom is all set up and looking shiny and new and Monday will be the start of work with those bright eyed and snotty nosed beauties.

ARC August

ARC August begins! graphic

I’ve been doing ARC August but I’ve completely sucked at it. At the beginning of the month, my Netgalley percentage was at 66%. I managed to get my percetage up to 72% but then went and requested 3 new books so It’s now sitting at 70%.

Feedback Ratio: 70%

97 Approved  |  68 Feedback Sent

Suggested feedback ratio is 80%

Books now sitting on my shelf that look interesting are:

I’ve been a little bit silly and requested the second book without reading the first one, hoping it would be motivation to do so – I do own all the first books, I just haven’t gotten around to them.

Books Read in August

Love Hurts
Love Hurts by Malorie Blackman and various other authors

This secret we're keeping
This Secret We’re Keeping by Rebecca Done

Mr Katz is a Zombie
Mr Katz is a Zombie by M.C.Lesh

Age of Myth
Age of Myth (The Legends of the First Empire #2) by Michael J. Sullivan

Eleanor Oliphant
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

Blog Posts

sunday smiles

Sunday Smiles – Whipsnade Zoo

Sunday Smiles – Dover castle + Afternoon tea

Sunday Smiles – Arundel + Hamlet


TTT – Favourite TV Shows

TTT – Longest  vs Shortest books



Illumicrate Unboxing – August 2017, Box #8

Books I Bought In August.


Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

White Teeth by Zadie Smith

Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin

Daughter of Smoke and Bone: The Sunday Times Bestseller. Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy Book 1 by [Taylor, Laini]White Teeth (Penguin Essentials) by [Smith, Zadie]Wolf by Wolf: A BBC Radio 2 Book Club Choice: Book 1 by [Graudin, Ryan]


Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo

Nyxia by Scott Reintgen

Wonder Woman: Warbringer (DC Icons, #1)Nyxia (The Nyxia Triad, #1)

Currently Reading

A Game of Thrones by George. R. R Martin (becasue when you have hundreds of books to be read, why not just re-read one you’ve already read?)

Effective Transition Into Year One by Alistair Bryce-Clegg

A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)Effective Transition Into Year One

Looking Forward To In September…

  • Meeting my new class – I hope they’re kind to me.
  • Hopefully booking a holiday!

How was your August?

ARC August: Week 2

ARC August begins! graphicWoah, we’ve come to the end of the second week of ARC August (hosted by Read.Sleep.Repeat). This week wasn’t anywhere near as good as last week, I only managed to complete Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine and I’ve started Age of Swords (The Legends of the First Empire #2). I loved Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine and I can’t wait to tell you all about it. If you haven’t read it yet, I would definitely recommend you go and get it now.

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine


Eleanor Oliphant has learned how to survive – but not how to live.

Eleanor Oliphant leads a simple life. She wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same meal deal for lunch every day and buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink every weekend.

Eleanor Oliphant is happy. Nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled life. Except, sometimes, everything.

One simple act of kindness is about to shatter the walls Eleanor has built around herself. Now she must learn how to navigate the world that everyone else seems to take for granted – while searching for the courage to face the dark corners she’s avoided all her life.

Change can be good. Change can be bad. But surely any change is better than… fine?

Age of Swords (The Legends of the First Empire, #2)

Raithe, the God Killer, may have started the rebellion by killing a Fhrey, but long-standing enmities dividing the Rhune make it all but impossible to unite against a common foe. And even if the clans can join forces, how will they defeat an enemy whose magical prowess makes the Fhrey indistinguishable from gods?

The answer lies across the sea in a faraway land populated by a reclusive and dour race who feels nothing but disdain for both Fhrey and mankind. With time running out, Persephone leads the gifted young seer Suri, the Fhrey sorceress Arion, and a small band of misfits in a desperate search for aid—a quest that will take them into the darkest depths of Elan. There, an ancient adversary waits—an enemy as surprising as it is deadly.

In total, I’ve managed to raise my Netgalley percentage from 66% to 72%!

Have you managed to read any ARCs this month?

Love Hurts by Malorie Blackman + more

Love Hurts

Title: Love Hurts
Author: Malorie Blackman, Patrick Ness, Lauren Myracle, Gayle Foreman, Susie Day, Jenny Downham, Maureen Johnson, Laura Dockrill, David Levithan, Markus Zusak, Lauren Kate, Catherine Johnson, James Dawson, Philip Pullman, E. Lockhart, Non Pratt, Bali Rai, Melvin Burgess, Phil Earle, Andrew Smith, Matt haig, Tabitha Suzuma and Marcus Sedgwick
Series: N/A
Publication: 29th January 2015 by Corgi Children’s
Genre: YA, Love and Romance, Fiction.

Around the World in 52 Books Challenge – A book written by at least two authors.

This book counts towards my ARC August 2017

Advanced Reading Copy provided, in exchanged for an honest review, from the publishers.

My Thoughts (2)

Have you ever fallen for someone the rest of the world thought you shouldn’t have? Malorie Blackman brings together the very best young adult authors writing today in a stunningly romantic collection of love against the odds.

Featuring stories and extracts about modern star-crossed lovers, Love Hurts looks at every kind of relationship, from first kiss to final heartbreak. This is a collection for anyone who has ever loved and lost – and loved again…

My Thoughts

This is an anthology combining a mixture of clippings from books and novellas, all about love, by some very famous and talented authors.

It contains clippings from:

  • More Than This by Patrick Ness
  • The Infinite Moment of Us by Lauren Myracle
  • If I Stay by Gayle Foreman
  • Trouble by Non Pratt
  • Rani and Dukh by Bali Rai
  • You Against Me by Jenny Downham
  • 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson
  • Junk by Melvin Burgess
  • Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman
  • Heroic by Phil Earle
  • I Am Messenger by Markus Zusak
  • Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith
  • Echo Boyu by Matt Haig
  • Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma
  • Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick
  • Northern Lights by Philip Pullman
  • We Were Liars by E Lockhart

And short stories by:

  • Malorie Blackman
  • Susie Day
  • Laura Dockrill
  • David Levithan
  • Lauren Kate
  • Catherine Johnson
  • James Dawson

This book is a complete mix, containing something for everyone. It has stories about blindness, transgender, coming out and incest. It has all different stories all with the main theme of love. And best of all, it’s not all straight love and not all from the girl’s perspective.

I had already read some of the clippings in here, like: Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman, Northern Lights by Philip Pullman and Troubled by Non Pratt, so I just skipped these. I’m not going to lie, there were some stories that didn’t grab me, but the best thing is that I could skip that clip and go onto the next bit. I didn’t have to drag myself through tonnes of pages just to complete the story. There were a lot of clipping that did grab my attention, and I know I’ll be adding to my every growing TBR list.

My favourite short story was definitely the first one by Malorie Blackman Humming through my fingers. It was just so interesting and beautiful – I would happily read an entire book about this. I didn’t want it to end.

If you’re expecting a novel by Malorie Blackman then you will be thoroughly disappointed. But if you’re looking for some short stories and new books, this is the book for you.

My Thoughts (1)


ARC August: Week 1

ARC August begins! graphicWeek 1 of ARC August (hosted by Read.Sleep.Repeat.) has come to an end and I was able to read 3 books this week!

Love HurtsImage result for this secret were keeping

All three books were completely different but I enjoyed all of them. I’ve staggered their reviews throughout this month 🙂 I also managed to write reviews for a couple of books I’d read but forgotten to review.

Image result for the bone season

I also made a silly, I thought I had the whole of The Bone Season but tuns out I just requested chapter 1! So I managed to cross that off my list (kind of).

In total this week, I’ve managed to raise my Netgalley percentage from 66% to 70%!

What did you read during the first week of ARC August?

Remember: It’s not to late to join!

ARC August

ARC August begins! graphic

ARC August is a challenge hosted by Read.Sleep.Repeat. During August you try and read all those ARCs that you have been neglecting.


  • Any Advanced Reading Copy counts as part of this reading challenge; your backlist books count.
  • No blog necessary to participate but you’ll need to include some form of social media as part of your sign up
  • Use the #ARCAugust on social media to check-in

Twitter Chat

There will be two twitter chats; one on August 7th and one August 28th. Both chats will start at 8pm EST and will be using the #ARCAugust tag.

Don’t forget to sign up: here.

My Goals

My Netgalley rating is really low at 66% and I have a huge backpile of unread ARCs so hopefully this challenge will help me get through some of the books and up to that magical 80%.

Here are my ARCs in no particular order.

  1. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
  2. The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon
  3. The Best of Adam Sharp by Graeme Simsion
  4. Bookishly Ever After by Isabel Bandeira
  5. Ensared by Rita Stradling
  6. The Neverland Wars by Audreg Greathouse
  7. Once Upon a Fairy tale: A Collection of 11 Fairy Tale Inspired Romances by various authors.
  8. Allegent by Veronica Roth
  9. Devil and the Bluebird by Jennifer Mason-Black
  10. This Secret We’re Keeping by Rebecca Done
  11. My Sister’s Secret by Tracy Buchanan
  12. Summoner: The Novice by Taran Matharu
  13. The Jack of Souls by Stephen C Merlino
  14. Of Shadow and Stone by Michelle Muto
  15. Now That I’ve Found You by Ciara Geraghty
  16. Love Hurts by Malorie Blackman
  17. The Paper Magician by Charlie N Holmberg
  18. The Boleyn Deceit by Laura Andersen
  19. Mr Katz is a Zombie by M.C. Lesh

This is obviously way more than I would ever be able to read in a month (especially as it’s been whittled down).

Have you read any of these books?

Will you be joining in with ARC August?