Q&A

Hello! 

I put a call out a few weeks ago on Twitter to say I was going to do a Q&A, and today I am answering the questions I received! If you have a question, leave it in the comments and I will answer it!

Favourite chocolate? (@GoldenBooksGirl)
My favourite chocolate is probably white chocolate, although I’m not going to lie Guylian shells are the absolute best chocolates in the world.

Why are you so awesome though? (@charlotteswhere)
HAHAHAHAHAHAHA as if. But thank you! I do try!

Most feelsworthy book? (@olivia_gacka)
The books recently which have made me cry most were Countless – Karen Gregory, Paper Butterflies – Lisa Heathfield and Me Before You – Jojo Moyes. However, if we’re talking like FEELS… The Scarecrow Queen by Melinda Salisbury made me feel THINGS. (Get on The Sin Eater’s Daughter trilogy guys!)

Favourite ice cream flavour? (@GoldenBooksGirl)
I love mint choc chip ice cream, or raspberry ripple! I don’t eat ice cream that often though!

What was your favourite book as a child and have you reread it as an adult? (@charlotteswhere)
Matilda, obv. I also loved Charlotte’s Web and The Secret Garden. I have since read all 3 as an adult and will keep reading them for as long as I can read. I have much love for those books!

Favourite genre? (@olivia_gacka)
Oh man. Magic. Anything with magic in is GOOD WITH ME. I love a bit of Fantasy too. I will be all over those books, no lies.

First book I ever read? (@GoldenBooksGirl)
I genuinely have no idea! The first book I read which had a massive impact on me however was Charlotte’s Web. That books is incredible. And Matilda obviously!

If I had to live in a bookish world, which would it be and why? (@olivia_gacka)
Oh god. They all have their ups and downs. Like would I choose to live in Harry Potter? NO. Dementors would terrify me. I think I would go with living with Matilda and Miss Honey, so I could help to overthrow Miss Trunchbull, or some magical land.

First character I had a crush on. Last one to do so (@notsotweets)
Oh gosh, I don’t think I remember the FIRST character I had a crush on. However, more recently I have a massive crush on Jin from Alwyn Hamilton’s Rebel of the Sands trilogy. He is a babe. So crush worthy.

Name one thing on your bucket list, and tell us why its there (@2020hines_sight)
I don’t know that I actually have a bucket list? Maybe I should make one! Having my own classroom is definitely on there though. Teaching has been the thing I have ALWAYS wanted to do. (I know, I know. You probably wanted something way more exciting like skydiving or abseiling…)

If you have any questions, leave them in the comments or tweet me and I’ll answer them! I may do another blog post like this one day, if I get any more questions in! 

S x

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Down the TBR hole again…

So… here we go again. Clearing out my TBR shelf – if you want to know more about this, check out my first post here: Down the TBR hole….

Let’s get on with it, see which books I’m going to KEEP, and which I’m going to REMOVE.

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The Death Instinct – Jed Rubenfeld
Now, I actually own this book, so that is a factor to it staying. I read the one before this and really loved it. I think for now I will KEEP this book, in the hopes I get round to it quickly!

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The Girl with Glass Feet – Ali Shaw
TO say I remember adding this book would be a lie. I don’t think I have any recollection of this book. However, having read the synopsis, it sounds RIGHT up my street with magical beings, so I’ll hope I can get a copy and I shall KEEP it.

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The Assassin’s Curse – Cassandra Rose Clarke
I’m not sure if this is the same Cassandra Clarke as the other one. Again, I have NO recollection of adding this to be honest. It’s got magic in it which makes me want to keep it, however I think I’ll REMOVE it as it just doesn’t grip me.

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The Knife of Never Letting Go – Patrick Ness
I know, I know. HOW HAVE I NOT READ THIS? Well, I didn’t own this til this year. Now that it is on my shelf I plan on getting round to reading it. PLUS the film is being shot/done shooting, so I will want to see that! This is a firm KEEP.

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The Girl who Circumnavigated the Fairyland in a Shop of her Own Making – Catherynne Valente
Now I’m 90% sure I started this on my kindle and just couldn’t get in to it. I think for now I will REMOVE it, but it seems like that kind of book that will keep cropping up in my life!

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The Call of the Weird – Louis Theroux
I love Louis Theroux, so there is NO QUESTION about the fact this book is a KEEP.

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I am the Messenger – Markus Zusak
This is by the same author as The Book Thief, which is a book I adore, and having read the synopsis on Goodreads I think I might KEEP this and hope to get my hands on a copy, eventually. 

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Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe – Benjamin Alire Saenz
Again, I have NO recollection of adding this, but a few of my friends have mentioned it recently and I’ve just read the blurb and it sounds brilliant. KEEP is the choice.

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The Vast Fields of Ordinary – Nick Burd
I have absolutely no clue why I added this. I am going to REMOVE this from my list.

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The Library of the Dead – Glenn Cooper
I clearly added this when I was reading other books of this type. This sounds like a great one if I’m ever in a crime mood, but I’m going to REMOVE it for now. 

So there we go! Down the TBR hole number 2 done, I removed 4 books and kept 6. I think I am going to have to start being more brutal. My IRL TBR is much more than the one on my Goodreads, but we’ll forget that!

Have you read any of the books on my list?
Which ones would you keep or remove?
Do you agree with my choices?

Talk to me on twitter, via email, or in the comments!

S x

December bullet journal…

Today I bring you another bullet journal update post.

Now, I would normally share pictures of November’s pages here BUT as you may have gathered from a few of my other posts, November was a bit of a disaster for me (stress and illness being the main perpetrators), so my bullet journal took a sideline. The first third of November I successfully filled in, then it went a bit downhill from then!

However, I felt that a new month, a new approach so I am going to try and be better at keeping up with my bujo now that it is December. I took these pictures as I was almost finished, so there’s still 1 or 2 elements not quite finished, but my pictures will give you a feel for the December-ness!

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Title page – I love my little lights. I’m not so much in love with my Christmas trees, I wish I were a better doodler/drawer BUT my lights make my heart SO happy that I can forgive them!

 

Next up is my mood tracker and my gratitude page. I used a Christmas tree and its baubles as my mood tracker – I think it looks really cute! I am still trying to get the right mix of moods that I want tracked, so I’m still playing about. I can’t wait to see how this one turns out at the end of the month. My gratitude page as you can see is really embracing the red and green of Christmas! I changed it to a more simple layout this month just to give it a go!

 

Next up are bookish pages – my ever trusty book post page, and my monthly reading page. I was able to write in 4 books already on my December Reading page, because I powered through them really quickly before starting my bujo designing! My book post page is ready for any bookpost I get this month!

 

(Apologies for all of the blurring in these pictures… there’s secrets that I don’t want to share!) These 2 pages are new this month! I thought it would be good to have a gifts page to remind me who I need to buy for and what I need to buy – hence the blurring out! The other side is a dates to remember page. Currently not very full, but I can guarantee that it will be full PRETTY soon. I have lots to add already! December is a busy month!

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Finally, we have my weekly spread. I’ve found that this kind of layout really works for me, so I think it is one which will stay. As you can see, it isn’t quite completed yet (date and steps graphs aren’t quite done) but this is the general layout. I’ve found it useful tracking my mood daily, as well as monthly – there are some interesting patterns arise once you look over a few. My weekly overview helps me to stay on top of planning and other school stuff, as well as uni assignments and locations for training!

And there you have it: December’s bujo SO FAR. I’ll post pictures on my social media (@eenalol on twitter and Instagram, go give me a follow for pictures of books, bujo and more!) as the month progresses! 

What is in your December bujo?
Do you have any staple pages, that you use monthly?
What is your favourite thing about your bullet journal?

I would love to know the answers to these questions, and your thoughts on my bujo! Comment, tweet me, link me to your posts! I’ll come and check out your posts too!

S x

 

DesertIslandBooks – notsotweets

Hello!

As I said in the last #DesertIslandBooks post, there are only a few left! Today features one of my newest twitter pals, Liam who tweets over at @notsotweets. I hope you enjoy! 

Rules:

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Right, just six books. This is where I regret how many times I’ve called other people out for cheating by taking collections, isn’t it?

Ok, book one is The Silmarillion by JRR Tolkien. This is the fantasy epic of fantasy epics. A book so vast in its scope that it starts with creation and the entirety of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings is recounted in the last three pages. Yet it’s full of amazing characters, tragic romances, huge battles, heroes with fatal flaws and a villain so terrible that Sauron is his lieutenant. Oh, and an elf lord taking on a dozen balrogs.

Book two is Wild by Cheryl Strayed. This is the true story of a woman whose life is totally falling apart, who takes herself off to walk the Pacific Crest Trail in western america alone. I first read it at a very low point in my own life, and it inspired me to get outside, go walking, go camping and to find something I could use to start to rebuild myself.

Book three is The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. I adore this book. The magic in it is so subtle and so beautifully realised. The story unfolds before you like a complex, wondrous puzzle. Each scene is described so perfectly. I don’t want to go and live in a fantasy world, I just want one night in this magical circus, and every time I read this book that’s what I get.

Book four has to be Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. It’s my favourite comfort reading, and I’ve got about half a dozen copies with illustrations by different people. My current favourite is the Arthur Rackham illustrated one, so I’ll take that.

Book five will be American Gods by Neil Gaiman. Some books are genre-defining. This one is genre-defying. It won major awards for crime, horror and fantasy genre fiction. It’s deep, it’s complex, it’s often emotional, it’s mysterious. It’s also pretty long.

Book six will have to be a bird guide. I’m really into birding, and the idea of being on a desert island and not being able to identify all of the birds I see is a frightful one. My Collins guide to the birds of Britain and Europe has been up mountains, through gales, spent nights in forests, and crossed seas with me, and it looks like it has too. But I’ll take whatever book is appropriate depending on where this island is, please.

You are allowed to take a snack of your choosing: this will be provided in an unlimited quantity. 

I normally prefer savoury snacks to sweet ones, but the best accompaniment to reading has to be biscuits, particularly biscuits in an unlimited quantity! If I had to pick I’d probably go with a classic like custard creams, but an assortment would be great.

You may choose from unlimited supplies of tea or coffee. 

Tea please! 

You are entitled to carry with you 1 music album/playlist (not surpassing 15 songs).
This was actually a lot harder than the books!

Things the Grandchildren Ought to Know – Eels
Take Me to Church – Hozier
Once Upon a Dream – Lana Del Ray
Invitation to the Blues – Tom Waits (this one is like a crime noir story in five and a half minutes!)
Avenue of Hope – I Am Kloot
Walk Unafraid – First Aid Kit
Letters From The Sky – Civil Twilight
I Heard It Through The Grapevine – Marvin Gaye and the Grant Lazlo Orchestra
Wish for Something More – Amy MacDonald
If You Could Read My Mind – Johnny Cash
FEELING CALLED LOVE – Pulp
Set The Fire to the Third Bar – Snow Patrol and Martha Wainwright
Should I Fall Behind – Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
Black Parade – My Chemical Romance
PS You Rock My World – Eels

You MUST CHOOSE ONE BOOK and ONE SONG from your playlist/album that you get to keep when the Desert police come along. 

My bird book and Walk Unafraid.

In addition to this book, you will be given the entire works of Shakespeare and the Bible (totally not stealing from Desert Island Discs, no sir) 

Excellent! The Bible gets a bit of scorn in these lists, but I’m looking at it as a 73 book series by a whole host of different authors spanning genres from history and law to some fairly steamy poetry and post-apocalyptic fantasy. And I know some Shakespeare, but there’s loads I’ve never read. I’ll soon be wandering the beach giving lengthy speeches to the crabs.

Thank you so much for choosing this journey on DesertJet. Remember the rules are simple, but strict. 

Thank you for letting me play. It’s amazing, one minute you meet a woman in a bookshop and excitedly explain the plot of “The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish.” to her, next thing you know she’s sending you to a desert island, miles away from anyone, completely on your own. Hang on, maybe I need to rethink my life…

Hahaha, that really is how Liam and I met. We had been friends on Twitter for a while and then I heard him talking about that book in Waterstones… then tweeted him about it! Thank you for playing, Liam!

S x

DesertIslandBooks – DadOfCrazyTwins

Morning!!
Today on #DesertIslandBooks, I have a member of my very own family! Everyone say hello to Graeme, known on twitter as @DadOfCrazyTwins. He’s the dad of my gorgeous goddaughters and his tales are wonderful! 
Check out his choices below!
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BOOKS:
The Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton 
The Knife Of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness 
No Lifeguard On Duty by Janice Dickinson
Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton 
IT by Stephen King
Me Me Me by Charlotte Crosby (never read it but would be good for light trashy relief) 
SNACK:
My snack would be Corned Beef and Potato Pie but cooked following my Mam’s recipe
MUSIC:
My album would be a random NOW compilation…any number will do as usually have a good mix 
When the police come I’d keep IT by Stephen King and Track 17 on Disc 2 of the NOW album as it’s usually an underrated trance gem 

Thank you for agreeing to be castaway! I hope you get some peace and enjoy your trance album! 

S x

p.s. remember to keep your eyes open for my very own #DesertIslandBooks post coming Christmas!

S4S – Winter rereads

Good afternoon #SixforSunday folks!

A massive thank you to all of you for your enthusiasm about #SixforSunday! There is a post in a week or 2 about the prompts for 2018. I hope to see you all of you and more in 2018! Invite your friends along! Tell them how awesome #SixforSunday is!

Anyway, on with this week’s theme:

Winter rereads

This is a hard one because I don’t tend to reread books very often BUT there are definitely some that I will, and some that I am hoping to reread this winter! Some winter themed, some not so much!

  1. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe – not strictly Winter, but there’s snow, so there.
  2. Matilda – again, not technically Winter, BUT I will be rereading it!
  3. Eleanor and Park – I haven’t reread this since reading it originally, so I am looking forward to this.
  4. The Storm Whale at Winter – gorgeous picture book, well worth a read at all times of year!
  5. Refuge – this book is about Mary and Joseph, it’s a picture book that I bought last year and I absolutely adored it!
  6. The Christmas Mystery – this book was given to me by one of my colleagues last year and it’s the most incredible book where you read a chapter a day from December 1st to December 25th. I must get it back out and catch up!

Share your #SixforSunday with me! Use the hashtag and link me in the comments, or on twitter! 

S x

12 Days of Clink Christmas

Today I am hosting the lovely C.J. Bentley on my blog. She is here today to talk about her brilliant book ‘The Shield’ and she’s very kindly written a guest post about her inspiration for writing ‘The Shield’.

So without further ado:

Inspiration for writing ‘The Shield’ 

It was when our grandchildren were staying with us during the summer holidays a few years ago in the evening.  We had exhausted our saved supply of favourite children’s books as well as our imaginations making up stories each night at bedtime.  Our grandson was eight years old.  His two older sisters wanted to watch a movie and he was tired so requested a bedtime story and to be taken to bed.  I had the idea we might find something to read online so Googled a site for stories for eight year old boys.  What came up I deemed unsuitable for bedtime reading for an eight year old, I couldn’t find anything that didn’t feature zombies, vampires, or farts.

As I returned to Dubai later that summer to pack and move our belongings to Qatar, (my husband’s job taking us there) and having retired from my work in an International School, my ‘me time’ was spent making notes for the long ago ‘germinated seed’ of an idea for a children’s story, (which then led to other germs) being planted in my brain and so ‘The Finder’ series was born.  I had made the decision not to work in Qatar and initially I had plenty to do with the unpacking and making a home in the lovely villa my husband and I had chosen to live in for our time in that country.  We enjoyed our beautiful walled garden and I started to grow vegetables, something I had not been able to do living in Dubai with only a balcony to our apartment.  I started to write, I had spare time on my hands for the first time in my life.  Being a wife, mother and then grandmother, working throughout my life with children my time was used up by everything I had to do with being all of these things. 

Now time was mine and apart from keeping the villa clean and growing the vegetables I decided to write the kind of stories I would like to read if I was aged nine to thirteen, adventure stories, meeting people in different times as time travel has always fascinated me.  Old objects fascinate me too, as I hold something old I find myself thinking about who owned and used it and so the ‘germ’ for these stories grew.  As I find myself writing one book in the series the next is forming in my imagination and so on as I travel down this new road as an author.   I am currently writing book four in the series ‘The Ring’ lost in 1330 by an Arabian Princess and which takes place in the Middle East.

The ‘germ’ for the first in the Finder Series came from a memory I had when I was ten years old fishing in the local stream with a friend.  We found a medieval shield in the silt under the water during the summer holidays.  It took us a long time to remove it from its resting place as the silt was deep and it was well covered.  It was dirty and heavy and we didn’t know what to do with it so we chose to put it back.  My story was taken from this memory about what could have happened if we had chosen to keep it and take it home.  As far as I know the shield we found is still under that stream.  This summer whilst in the UK and with the help of family and friends with a child’s metal detector we tried to find it but the topography around the stream had changed over the many years in between and we were unsuccessful.  We did visit the local museum mentioned in the book and a Curator informed us that yes around where I used to live as a child there had been a medieval settlement so the chances of a shield being discovered were high.  We may return at some stage to try again, this time with a higher class of metal detector, more men with spades and even greater research.

It was interesting for her to confirm that the time I had decided to set ‘The Shield’, 1340, was a time of great unrest in Northern England with the Scots invading down as far as York where most of the story takes place. The first three lots of King Edwards were each kept busy trying to stop the Scots from venturing further south.  I become totally immersed in the time I set the stories and I love the history.  I try to make each time come alive for my readers and this is the main reason why I love to write now.  I love the creativity of sitting down at the laptop, I never fully know which way my imagination is going to take me, I don’t plan in great detail as I write, I have the idea, do a lot of research for the time chosen and then sit at the computer and write.  It is only when reading back to myself, (always out loud) that I wonder at the process, I find it all very exciting.   As I continue to write book four the ideas for the next book are forming in my imagination so my notebook is continually being added to.  I feel at least another two in the series before the last book which will complete the adventures full circle.

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The Shield

People lose their belongings. That is a fact of life. It can happen by accident, but sometimes it can happen when you put them in a very safe place and forget where that safe place is. Not many people are good at finding them again. A young, gutsy girl with a kind heart, who’s searching for her own identity growing up in the 1960s, just happens to be very good at finding things. Can she be the one to help return whatever is lost – anywhere and at any time – to its original owner? With the help of a beautiful yet mysterious wise woman and a chivalrous knight she does just that. She finds and returns his shield, lost in battle, which unbeknown to her holds a secret that is important to his King, the safety of the Kingdom and the life of the daughter of his best friend.

The Shield is the first story in The Finder Series, taking our heroine on extraordinary journeys back in time. Her first adventure takes place in Medieval England in 1340 where she meets King Edward III, his wife Philippa and their son, who will later become the Black Prince.

Purchase from Amazon UK – Amazon link

About the author: Originally heralding from the North of England, C.J Bentley has travelled extensively and enjoyed living in a variety of countries across the world from Dubai to Doha, Qatar and now the countryside in the South of France. A background in teaching and childcare she has always enjoyed creating adventure short stories. However, it was when she became a grandma and with her grandchildren growing up  that she discovered that books seemed to contain only stories of vampires, zombies and farts that she decided seriously to take matters into her own hands and put pen to paper which today she calls The Finder Series.

Website https://www.cjbentleyonline.co.uk/

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/CJBentleyAuthor/

Twitter https://twitter.com/CJBentleyAuthor

DesertIslandBooks: _rebeccastobart

Good morning!
How is everyone?! How is December going for everyone? 

Today we have one of the last few #DesertIslandBooks posts and today’s contestant is my lovely friend Rebecca, who blogs over at This Booky Place and you’ll find her on twitter (@_recebbastobart). Go give her social media a look… once you’ve read her post OBVIOUSLY. 

Reminder of the rules:

DIB rules

Books:

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling

The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien

The Picture of Dorian Grey by Oscar Wilde

Northern Lights by Phillip Pullman

City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare

One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus – my token contemporary

Snack: Prawn cocktail crisps

Unlimited Tea/Coffee: Tea

Playlist:
Part of one of my Spotify playlists 😛

Make A Move by Icon for Hire
This Is Gospel by Panic! At The Disco
Sugar We’re Goin Down by Fall Out Boy
House of Gold by Twenty One Pilots
Teenagers by My Chemical Romance
Gentleman by Psy
Harlem by New Politics
Heres To Us by Halestorm
Everybody Talks by Neon Trees
Drive By by Train
Some nights by fun.
Handwritten by The Gaslight Anthem
It’s Time by Imagine Dragons
One More Time by Maroon 5
Trouble by Pink

One book to keep: The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien

One song to keep: This Is Gospel by  Panic! At The Disco

Thank you Rebecca for agreeing to be castaway! There’s some incredible songs going on on your island! 

S x

BOOKBLOG: Ross Montgomery

Christmas Dinner of Souls: devilish, daring and delicious

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“It’s a dark and lonely Christmas Eve in the dining room of ancient Soul’s College. The kitchen boy, 11-year-old Lewis, has helped prepare a highly unusual meal, made with unrecognisable ingredients, cooked by a mysterious chef. And then the guests arrive … and carnage ensues. They are ex-students of Soul’s College, and they are all completely demented. They demand bottle after bottle of wine, flinging their cutlery and howling like banshees until … silence. The Dean of Soul’s College has arrived, and the evening’s ceremonies must begin.

For this is the annual meeting of a secret club for those who despise children, warmth, happiness, and above all Christmas. Each member must try to outdo the others by telling the most terrible, disgusting story they know.

A spooky, shocking, bloodthirsty alternative to festive cheer that will appeal to, fascinate and delight young readers.”

The lovely Ross had hinted to me a while ago that he was writing a book of short stories so when I heard there was more coming from him, I was excited. For those who have been living under a rock over the past year, Ross is one of my favourite authors – I absolutely adore his books. If you want a good starting point, check out Perijee and Me. I truly believe Perijee was the reason some of my Y4s last year fell in love with reading. We used to read it at the end of every day I was teaching. Those kids ADORED that book and still talk about it now! But anyway… we’re here to talk Christmas Dinner of Souls.

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Christmas Dinner of Souls is BRILLIANT. It’s the perfect balance of scary, sometimes teering on the edge of pretty scary, and fun. I loved the premise. I loved the way in which it was written – there are scary short stories interspersed into the overarching story. For me, who isn’t a massive short story lover, it worked perfectly. It was like having a whole host of fright within one pretty scary book.

I must also take a second here to appreciate the illustrations. The incredible David Litchfield (of The Bear and the Piano, and so many others, fame) did the illustrations for this book and he captures the characters so perfectly. (Montgomery and Litchfield is my absolute dream team!)

The main character, Lewis, has been thrust into this situation as he did something wrong, so the Dean of the College is punishing him by making him help at the dinner. I really liked Lewis and I think a lot of kids will like him too. He’s relatable. He wants to get out of there (I mean who wouldn’t?! I sure would!) and tries coming up with plans, but each time his plan is foiled

There’s this bunch of bonkers characters who get together for Christmas and try to outscare each other – they take turns telling scary stories to the others, accompanying these stories with foods. I properly loved this idea. Some of the foods are GRUESOME, I most certainly wouldn’t like to have to eat them! These characters come in all shapes and sizes, and they’re really likeable. Despite the fact they’re telling these stories (I’ll get on to the stories in a minute!), they’re hilarious and fun. There’s a pretty epic twist which I totally did not see coming at all. Well done Ross, I LOVED it.

Two of the short stories that stand out most to me are The Beast and The Kensington System. When making notes about these two stories the words horrifying and pretty scary were written down. The Kensington System, I think, might be my favourite, most scary short story. It’s pretty dark, but revenge filled: perfect

This book is on my Perfect MG Books to buy and I think it totally deserves its spot there. It’s so spot on for kids. It would also make a pretty incredible read aloud for class novel time. These short stories could also form the basis for some studies into writing scary stories. 

On top of all of this, Ross has created resources to accompany this book. You’ll find them here: clicky click. There’s a whole host of things to look at on Ross’ website, so I recommend going to check it out. While I’m at it, you should probably follow him on twitter too @mossmontmomery.

Have you read Christmas Dinner of Souls?
Have you got a favourite scary kids book?

Talk to me! Tweet me! Comment me! Email me! 

S x

Perfect Presents: Miscellaneous edition

Hello there!

I hope you’re enjoying my “Perfect Presents” series – it has been so much fun recommending books for everyone this year! I AM that person that buys EVERYONE a book. I have strong feelings about books and let’s just say that I think a book is the perfect present, so yeah… that! 

Today’s edition of Perfect Presents features a whole array of things, most of which could be classed as non-fiction. As a prolific fiction reader, it has been great for me to think about some non-fiction recommendations for everyone! From the kids in your life, to the teens, and the adults! Let’s get on with it!

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I can’t recommend some non-fiction without recommending this. I love Sarah Millican. I am a proud Geordie. I love an autobiography. This book is definitely on my Top Books of 2017 list – it’s just wonderful. Your mam will probably love it. Your sister probably will too. You’ll probably catch your dad reading it and laughing, despite protests that he wouldn’t read it. It’ll make you laugh, maybe cry (it made me cry): it’s just lush. 

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The next recommendations come from a set of books from the brilliant people of Quarto Books. Their ‘Little People, Big Dreams’ series is an exploration of some of the most incredible women the world has seen. These books give a biography of the women in a beautifully illustrated and accessible way for kids. I was lucky enough to be send 2 of these from Quarto and I adore them. If you can get your hands on them, get your hands on them. I can’t recommend these enough.

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Another incredible book, filled with exceptional stories about brilliant women that I can not recommend enough. Now that there is a second one too, I must get my hands on that! I did have a copy of Rebel Girls 1, but I can’t find it… so I must get back to Waterstones and purchase 1 and 2. 

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I love Dinosaurium – I see it everywhere on twitter and I reckon it would be a brilliant present for any of the dinosaur obsessed children in your life. There’s been a whole host of exceptional non-fiction books released this year that I don’t think you could go wrong with any of it! 

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This book is brilliant. At 28, it was incredible to read and learn things from this book. Hannah Witton so brilliantly deals with everything from consent, to sexuality, to sex in this book. It would be a great present to buy a teenager in your life, but also… adults. No shame in reading books which explore sexuality and aim to educate. I read this for a book group and I really enjoyed it. 

There are SO SO SO many others I can recommend that I will happily talk to you and give you recommendations! 

I hope you’ve enjoyed my Perfect Presents series! Let me know if you have any recommendations which aren’t on my lists. Also, let me know if you buy anything for anyone in your life based on my recommendations – that’s always fun!

Merry Christmas! Happy book buying!

S x