Third Quarter Quell 2017 – 3 Month Wrap Up

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Welcome to the third Quarter Quell, my 3 month wrap up where I look at my challenges I set at the beginning of the year and see how much progress I have made on them. It’s always nice to see a bit of progression, no matter how small. 🙂

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

  • To read my pre-ordered books (A Court of Thorns and Roses + A Court of Mist and Fury)
  • To get above 70% on NetGalley
  • To complete The Sherlock Holmes Collection
  • To read more pages in total than the 2016 total (16,132 pages).
  • To complete at least one classic (other than Sherlock Holmes)
  • To read the books delivered to me in my illumicrate boxes – NevernightThe GracesThe Diabolic.
  • To complete at least 26 of the  Around the Year In 52 Books Challenge.

15209252_10154135413840678_1653964156_nThe Complete Sherlock HolmesA Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1)
To Read My Pre-Orders:
I Still haven’t completed these. This is getting a bit embarrassing now.

To get above 70% on NetGalley: In December it was 64%, in March it was 65%, June 66% and now it is… 70%! Woo! Thanks to doing ARC August I managed to bring it right up! I’ve started only requesting the books I really REALLY want. My problem is that a lot of these are the second book in a series, and I still haven’t read the first book (I just know that I will love them when I eventually get around to them.)

Here are a few of the great books that I need to get round to:

  • Traitor to the Throne – Alwyn Hamilton
  • Allegiant – Veronica Roth
  • Age of Swords – Michael J Sullivan
  • The Best of Adam Sharp – Graeme Simsion
  • Godsgrave – Jay Kristoff
  • The Lying Game – Ruth Ware

To complete The Sherlock Holmes Collection: In December I was 88% through with just The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes left to read. I’ve made no progress on this at all.

To read more pages in total than the 2016 total (16,132 pages): So far (according to Goodreads) I’ve read 14873 pages = 92% of last year’s total!

To complete at least one classic (other than Sherlock Holmes): I completed The Great Gatsby back in March, Animal Farm in April and I made a start on, but put down, 1984 and Perfume: The Story of a Murderer.
The Great GatsbyAnimal Farm    Nineteen Eighty-FourPerfume: The Story of a Murderer

To read the books delivered to me in my illumicrate boxes:  I haven’t read any of the original ones I meant at the beginning of the year. I’ve got even more because of the FebruaryMay and August boxes. I’ve only read one of them so far – whoops.

  • Nevernight – Jay Kristoff
  • The Graces – Laure Eve
  • Diabolic – S. J. Kincaid
  • Wintersong – S. Jae-Jones
  • Red Sister – Mark Lawrence
  • Truth or Dare – Non Pratt (2/6/17)
  • The Walking Land  by Callie Bates
  • Wonder Woman: Warbringer – Leigh Bardugo
  • Nyxia Scott Reintgen

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To complete at least 26 of the  Around the Year In 52 Books Challenge(39/52 completed)
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Since June I have ticked off:
3. A book you meant to read in 2016 – This Secret We’re Keeping by Rebecca Done (5/8/17)
5. A historical fiction – Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin (27/9/17)
14. A book with a strong female character – Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman (9/8/17)
15. A book written or set in Scandinavia (Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Iceland) – The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr (11/7/17)
20. A book that you’ve owned for a while but haven’t gotten around to reading – Mr Katz is a Zombie by Margaret Lesh (3/8/17)
24. A book written by at least two authors – Love HurtsLove Hurts by Malorie Blackman and Others (2/8/17)
31. A book from a sub-genre of your favorite genre– Age of Myth by Michael J. Sullivan (7/8/17)
35. A book where one of the main characters is royalty – Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard (9/7/17)
39. An epistolary fiction – Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher (10/7/17)

See all the challenges I’ve ticked off here.

Additional reads:
Unfiltered: No Shame, No Regrets, Just Me.

Currently reading:
Effective Transition Into Year OneA Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)Red Sister (Book of the Ancestor, #1)


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

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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)

4-stars

Books reviews: Red Queen, Thirteen Reasons Why and The One Memory of Flora Banks.

Red Queen (Red Queen, #1)Title: Red Queen
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Series: Red Queen #1
Publication: 10th February  2015 by HarperTeen
Genre: YAFantasy.

Around the World in 52 Books Challenge –  A book where one of the main characters is royalty.


This is a book that you’ve read before. Many times. It’s just a mash up of lots of popular books. This left it being highly predictable and, for me, disappointing.

There are Reds and Silvers. Silvers have special powers (think X-Men) and therefore rule the Reds and send them off to war at 17 to fight their battles. Throughout the book, the Reds do very little escape their living state.

And then Mare comes along. Like most YA heroines,  she is the reckless Saviour, who is unlike all the others and powers. Again, think any YA heroine, she is also sassy but makes silly choices. When she gets two love interests come along she thinks about them both obsessively. On the bright side, the love triangle isn’t dominating of the book.

I loved Queen Elara. Manipulative, ruthless and malicious, she was something fresh in the book as she provided twists. Although, again, the character was a lot like Cersei from Game of Thrones as she had a fierce love for her children and was ruthless in getting them, and herself, power.

For me, the major saving grace of this book was the ending.

I know lots of people loved this book and they can get over the fact that it’s basically a mash up of other books because they get investing in the characters but for me it was too similar to other books, making it predictable and lacking in originality.

3-stars

Thirteen Reasons Why

Title: Thirteen Reasons Why
Author: Jay Asher
Series: N/A
Publication: 18th October 2007 by Razorbill
Genre: YA

Around the World in 52 Books Challenge – An epistolary fiction


Wow.

I read this book just after the TV series had been released on Netflix. I went in knowing nothing other than it was about suicide. I was completely hooked.

This is Hannah’s story, even though she has already killed herself. Before she committed suicide, she recorded 13 cassette tapes which are passed on to 13 people to say how they had an impact her decision to end her life.

I was so captivated by what Hannah was saying. It was just so eerie and powerful. I sped read Clay’s bits, as really he was just a mediator as he listens to the tapes, just so I could listen to what she was saying.

Whether you like the book or not, it still has a powerful message which really makes you think about how our words and actions have an impact on other’s lives.

5-stars

The One Memory of Flora Banks

Title: The One Memory of Flora Banks
Author: Emily Barr
Series: N/A
Publication: 12th January 2017 by Penguin
Genre: YA

Around the World in 52 Books Challenge – A book written or set in Scandinavia (Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Iceland)


This review contains some minor spoilers

I received a few chapters of this book in one of my Illumicrate boxes. Then I started seeing it everywhere. So when it came down to being 99p on kindle, I had to buy it. I’m glad it was only 99p.

Flora has anterograde amnesia. She can’t remember anything day-to-day, and writes things on her arm to help her remember. Then she kisses someone she shouldn’t have and the next day she begins remembering things for the first time since she was ten. Then the boy is gone. She thinks he’s moved to the Arctic…

I haven’t read many books about anterograde amnesia but all the ones I have read have the same “twist” that someone is not telling them something. So when the twist came up, it wasn’t a surprise, it was a groan that emerged from me.

This whole book just screamed unbelievable to me. Not only the twist but her making her way to Norway on her own without raising any suspicion.

The one thing I did like is that the synopsis suggested that her amnesia could be cured by the kiss, but luckily (for the plot) it wasn’t.

2-stars


Have you read, or are you going to read, any of these books? What did you think?

Second Quarter Quell 2017 – 3 Month Wrap Up

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Welcome to the second Quarter Quell, my 3 month wrap up where I look at my challenges I set at the beginning of the year and see how much progress I have made on them. It’s always nice to see a bit of progression, no matter how small. 🙂

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

  • To read my pre-ordered books ( Court of Thorns and Roses + Court of Mist and Fury)
  • To get above 70% on NetGallery
  • To complete The Sherlock Holmes Collection
  • To read more pages in total than the 2016 total (16,132 pages).
  • To complete at least one classic (other than Sherlock Holmes)
  • To read the books delivered to me in my illumicrate boxes – Nevernight, The Graces, The Diabolic.
  • To complete at least 26 of the  Around the Year In 52 Books Challenge.

15209252_10154135413840678_1653964156_nThe Complete Sherlock HolmesA Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1)


To Read My Pre-Orders: 
Still not completed despite taking ACoMaF on holiday with me.

To get above 70% on NetGalley: 
In December it was 64%, in March it was 65%, and now it is… 66%. Woo! I’ve started only requesting the books I really REALLY want. That still doesn’t stop me going on a requesting spree!
I still have a few great books that I need to get round to:

  • Traitor to the Throne – Alwyn Hamilton
  • This Secret We’re Keeping – Rebecca Done
  • Allegiant – Veronica Roth
  • The Bone Season – Samantha Shannon
  • Age of Swords – Michael J Sullivan
  • The Best of Adam Sharp – Graeme Simsion

To complete The Sherlock Holmes Collection: 
In December I was 88% through with just The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes left to read. I’ve made no progress on this at all.

To read more pages in total than the 2016 total (16,132 pages): So far (according to Goodreads) I’ve read 11317 pages = 70% of last year’s total!

To complete at least one classic (other than Sherlock Holmes): I completed The Great Gatsby back in March, Animal Farm in April and I am currently reading 1984.

To read the books delivered to me in my illumicrate boxes:  
I haven’t read any of the original ones I meant at the beginning of the year. I’ve got even more because of the February and May boxes. I’ve only read one of them so far – whoops.

  • Nevernight – Jay Kristoff
  • The Graces – Laure Eve
  • Diabolic – S. J. Kincaid
  • Wintersong – S. Jae-Jones
  • Red Sister – Mark Lawrence
  • Truth or Dare – Non Pratt (2/6/17)
  • The Walking Land  by Callie Bates

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To complete at least 26 of the  Around the Year In 52 Books Challenge(30/52 completed)

Reading Challenge 2017
Since March I have ticked off:

1. A book from the Goodreads Choice Awards 2016 – Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare (31/5/17)
2. A book with at least 2 perspectives (multiple points of view) – You’re the One That I Want by Giovanna Fletcher (6/4/17)
8. A book written by a person of colour – When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon (13/6/17)
10. A dual-timeline novel – On the Other Side by Carrie Hope Fletcher (11/5/17)
16. A mystery –One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus (4/5/17)
19. A New York Times best-seller – The Reason I Jump by Naoki Higashida (6/04/17)
34. A book set in or by an author from the Southern Hemisphere – Big Little Lies by Liane Mortiarty (18/6/17)
47. A past suggestion that didn’t win (link) – A Children’s Book Published After 2010 – Claude on the Slopes by Alex T. Smith (19/5/17)
48. A banned book – Animal Farm by George Orwell (6/4/17)
49. A book from someone else’s bookshelf – Dreamland by Sarah Dessen (1/5/17)
52. A book set in a fictional location – The Darkest Magic by Morgan Rhodes (12/4/17)

See all the challenges I’ve ticked off here.

Currently reading:

Nineteen Eighty-FourGrimm's Fairy StoriesThe Complete Sherlock Holmes


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

Top Ten Best Books I’ve Read In 2017 So Far

35fed-toptentuesdayTop 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. This week’s topic is “ Top Ten Best Books You’ve Read In 2017 So Far”.

Click on the pictures to link to my reviews.

5-stars

Truth or DareAnimal FarmNina is Not OKClaude In The City

4-stars

One of Us Is LyingDreamlandYou're the One That I Want by Giovanna FletcherA Book of Spirits and Thieves (Spirits and Thieves, #1)UsCrystal Storm (Falling Kingdoms, #5)

Honorary mentions – as I re-read them in February half term and they’re basically all 5* in my eyes.

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What are the best books you’ve read this year?

May 2017 Monthly Wrap Up

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These months are just zooming by. Actually, these years! Congratulations to everyone who finished exams and graduated this month, and good luck to everyone who is sitting them next month. It’s weird to think that this time two years ago I was finishing my degree! Time either needs to slow down or I need to find some more productive things to be doing with my time.

Books Read in May

Dreamland by Sarah Dessen

On the Other Side by Carrie Hope Fletcher

Claude on the Slopes by Alex T. Smith

One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus

DreamlandOn the Other SideClaude on the SlopesOne of Us Is Lying


Blog Posts

sunday smiles

Sunday Smiles – Bank holiday, books and work.

Sunday Smiles – Brighton and books.

Sunday Smiles – Sunshine.

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TTT – UK covers that are better than the US’

TTT – Reading Wishlist

TTT – Summer TBR

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Tags – Goodreads book tag

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Illumicrate Unboxing – May 2017, Box #7


Currently Reading

1984 by George Orwell

The Best of Adam Sharp by Graeme Simsion

Dexter Omnibus by Jeff Lindsay

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

Nineteen Eighty-FourThe Best of Adam SharpDarkly Dreaming Dexter (Dexter, #1)Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices, #1)


Looking Forward To In June…

Once and for All by Sarah Dessen

Meal with lots of uni friends I haven’t seen in a while.

Going to Oxford for a day trip.

My final tea delivery from my Novello tea subscription.

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How was your May?

April 2017 Wrap Up

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Another month is done. Is it me or did April go really quickly? I can’t believe it’s been 3 weeks since I went to Barcelona!

Books Read in April

The Darkest Magic by Morgan Rhodes

The Reason I Jump by Naoki Higashida

Animal Farm by George Orwell

You’re the One That I Want by Giovanna Fletcher

The Darkest Magic (Spirits and Thieves, #2)File:The Reason I Jump book cover.jpgAnimal FarmYou're the One That I Want by Giovanna Fletcher


Blog Posts

Tumbling into Wonderland BooksBarcelona

sunday smilesSunday Smiles – Overcoming anxious day

Sunday Smiles – Picnic

Sunday Smiles – Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are dead starring Daniel Radcliffe and Joshua McGuire, and Don Juan in Soho starring David Tennant.

Sunday Smiles – Easter holidays

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TTT – Insta-reads

TTT – Instant not reads


Currently Reading

I have 6 books down on my Goodreads as me currently reading but in all honesty the ones below are the ones I’m actually reading at the moment, the rest have been put on hold.

1984 by George Orwell

Death Note Vol 5 by Tsugumi Oba

I have tried Caraval by Stephanie Garber and Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers but wasn’t in the mood to read either.


Looking Forward To In May….

Getting my Illumicrate box

May half term

One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus

Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh

One of Us Is LyingFlame in the Mist (Flame in the Mist, #1)


How was your April?

The Darkest Magic by Morgan Rhodes

The Darkest Magic (Spirits and Thieves, #2)

Title: The Darkest Magic
Author: Morgan Rhodes
Series: Spirits and Thieves #2 (Book One Review)
Publication: 28th June 2016
Genre: YA, Fantasy,

Around the World in 52 Books Challenge– A book set in a fictional location

Synopsis (Goodreads)

Modern-day Toronto: Sisters Crystal and Becca Hatcher are reunited after reclaiming the Bronze Codex and narrowly escaping death. They have no one to trust but each other, and the only thing keeping them safe is the book that sent Becca’s spirit to Ancient Mytica–the same book that their enemies would kill them for.

Ancient Mytica: Maddox grapples to keep his newly discovered powers under control, while the ruthless goddess Valoria hunts him down.

Modern-day Toronto: Farrell embraces his dark side as he unwittingly falls further under the spell of Markus, the mastermind leader of the nefarious Hawkspear Society, who will stop at nothing to find Crys and Becca–and the remarkable book in their possession.

My Thoughts

I loved the Falling Kingdoms series and was kicking myself that I held off reading the first book of this series for so long as I enjoyed it just as much. That said, I was really disappointed with this book. I found it a real struggle to push through the story. It took me weeks to finally complete it as I found myself loosing interest in some of the characters and the story line.

I really enjoyed Farrell’s POV, he’s definitely my favourite character. I loved seeing how he dealt, and is continuing to deal with, the evil within. I would love for him to turn out to be the villain in the end. I always look forward to his chapters. I’m not so keen on Becca or Maddox but I’m hoping due to the events in this book that their story line with grow on me.

I’m hoping this book is struggling with middle book syndrome. I will definitely be reading the next book, as it is the final book in the series, and pray that it end on a strong note.

My Rating

3-stars

Final Quarter Quell 2016

The year has come to an end! So lets have a look at the reading challenges I set myself at the beginning of the year:

  • To read 45 books
  • To complete The Sherlock Holmes Collection.
  • To complete one other classic
  • To not read ALL picture books
  • To Read my pre-ordered books
  • To get about 70% on Netgallery
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    2016 READING CHALLENGE

    Congrats!

    You have read 58 books of your goal of 45!

Here’s the progress I made after 3 month6 months and 9 months.

To read 45 books
I managed to read 55 books:

Frozen Tides (Falling Kingdoms, #4)Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin, #1)Not If I See You FirstThe Death of  Dulgath (The Riyria Chronicles #3)The Winner's Kiss (The Winner's Trilogy)

Love, RosieThe Girl on the TrainBehind Closed Doors (DCI Louisa Smith, #2)Crystal Storm (Falling Kingdoms, #5)Scrappy Little Nobody

Not Completed:

  • The Complete Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle – 88% complete
  • Grimm’s Fairy Stories by The Grimm Brothers – 66% complete
  • Allegiant (Divergent #3) – 53% complete
  • Happy by Derren Brown – 17% Complete

To Complete The Sherlock Holmes Collection
I’ve made absolutely no progress since September…  I just have The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes left!

To Complete One Other Classic

I completed The Secret Garden back in January.

To Not Read ALL Picture Books
Less than 1/4 of them are picture books. I also don’t add ones that I re-read on here, just new ones, otherwise it would be a lot more!

To Read My Pre-ordered Books
Whoops. I was meant to read the two most recent Sarah J Maas books over summer. That really didn’t happen. I barely read anything. You can see the things that I did do here. Maybe next year…

To Get Above 70% On Netgallery.
This was definitely aiming too high! Last summer it was on 50% and it’s now on 65% so I’ve done quite well! I’ve eased off requesting as many books, so I might make it by the end of next year…

My targets for next year to come soon….

Books by John Kelly

My school was lucky enough to have the author John Kelly visit and do some dramatic readings of his books. He also showed us all how to draw one of the characters from his book, and had a big sing song with us all.

Before he came I hadn’t heard of his books, which I’m surprise about as my class love pirates and the books have some great illustrations.

The Beastly Pirates

The Beastly Pirates

Beware THE BEASTLY PIRATES – the scariest sailors on the seven seas.
They’re a cutlass-toting, pirate-eating bunch of renegades and the list of their dastardly deeds is endless. Dare you come to face to face with this motley crew?

WARNING: This is most certainly NOT a book for bedtime . . . unless you like your pirates with a bit more bite! Perfect for fans of Jonny Duddle.

This is the first book that John Kelly spoke about. It comes before his newest one Munch, Crunch, Pirate Lunch, so he went over this quickly before reading the new book to us. I bought this book afterwards and read it to my class. We enjoyed it, loving the pictures and the ending. I personally found it quite hard to read out loud as it has some elaborate alliteration and some complex words, whilst also being a rhyming book.

Munch, Crunch, Pirate Lunch!

Media of Munch, Crunch, Pirate Lunch!

Meet the Beastly Pirates, the munchiest, crunchiest pirates to ever sail the seven seas!

If YOU were a pirate, what would you have for lunch? Fish soup? Shark on toast? Not the Beastly Pirates! They like something a little munchier, a little crunchier … a little more ‘piratey’.

THis is the second book in The Beastly Pirates series. It has some wonderful rhymes about how the “ordinary” pirates deal with the Beastly Pirates.

Sir Scaly Pants the Dragon KnightSir Scaly Pants the Dragon Knight.

When a ghastly giant comes crashing through the Kingdom one day, the townsfolk fear for their lives. He’s knocking down the buildings! He’s breathing his stinky breath all over the place! He’s even picking giant bogeys out of his giant nose–he must be stopped!

So the King decrees that ALL knights be sent to slay the giant–and whoever succeeds will be knighted BRAVEST IN THE LAND.

Enter Sir Scaly Pants (the most unusual knight around) and his trusty steed Guinevere (he most unfit horse around) Will this unlikely duo manage to defeat the greedy, grimy giant? You bet they will!

More fantastic illustrations and great rhymes in this book. The children were entranced the entire time, except when they were audibly laughing out loud at the  giant’s trousers falling down.

Have you read anything by John Kelly?