A letter to… you!

Hello pals,

I’m writing this here letter because something pretty BONKERS happened in my life recently and I need to get my thoughts down before they take over my world. I’ll probably cry reading this through, writing this and then talking about it, but that’s OK. As RuPaul once said, “Emotions don’t scare me”.

So just over a week ago, I won Best Newcomer at the UKYABA awards. Read that again. I won. HOW? WHAT? Seriously though, what?

I was not expecting it at all. It was just an honour to be longlisted. Then to be shortlisted. Then to win. I was speechless – technically not, I did do a speech. I can’t remember SPECIFICALLY what my speech was as my brain was like “OMGWHATHOWNOWAYOMG”. My speech went a little like this (cue tears, a lot of tears):
I’m not really sure what to say. My life is a little bit in two halves. I blog and I teach. Blogging is a creative outlet from those really crazy teaching weeks. I wouldn’t be here still blogging if it weren’t for #SundayYA. A massive thank you to everyone who voted for me, this means the world. 

Blogging is a very important half of my life. It gives me an outlet. It’s a little corner of joy in my very fun, stressful, hectic, busy life. I love teaching, but it gets a bit much sometimes. Blogging gives me an outlet for that stress. I blog because I love writing. I blog because I’m GREAT at rambling. I blog because it’s 2 hours of my week where I get to just spend a bit of time doing something for my brain.

Less than 2 years ago, I started sitting down and writing my ideas down. My thoughts. My rambles. My first post was incpired by a trip to see Matilda the Musical while on a residential in London. If you didn’t know, that’s in fact where I got the inspiration for both my blog title. Looking back at that post now and I still remember that freedom, that joy in just typing, just saying what I wanted. I still have that joy today. Never in a million years did I think anyone would read that first post. I thought it would fizzle out after a while. Yet here I still am. Blogging about things I love most – books and teaching. The two threads of my life. Back then I never thought anyone would read anything I have to say, never mind that they were good enough to read day after day and nominate me for an award. It’s still quite bonkers that anyone bothers to read what I have to say to be honest. I am eternally grateful though. 

The blogging community gets some slack sometimes (for not being inclusive enough, for being elitist, whatever…) but I genuinely am lucky enough to be surrounded by some of the most supportive people in the world. I have the best bunch of friends a girl could ask for. I’m lucky enough to call some of my all time favourite authors my actual friends – I know… this is madness, but I can. I’m lucky to have relationships with publicists who trust me and send me books in the post to read and review (this is NEVER an expectation of mine, and even now, 2 years down the line, it still baffles me!). I buy an EXCEPTIONAL amount of books every month… it’s best we don’t talk about those though. I get to talk about the books that I love, with people I respect, admire and genuinely love. The books I buy, or am sent, I get to share with the kids I teach. They’re the things that matter. I love my kids. 

My friends, in this community, are incredibly supportive. I’ve wanted to give up multiple times, yet every time one of my friends convinces me that I should just keep going. I am so incredibly glad I have. Whether it’s come from an established blogger, or a newbie (like me!), the support is much appreciated. 

Here’s to many more years of blogging… I hope you don’t get bored of me! 

S x

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BOOK BLOG: Laura Steven

The Exact Opposite of Okay: the exact definition of remarkable.

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“Izzy O’Neill is an aspiring comic, an impoverished orphan, and a Slut Extraordinaire. Or at least, that’s what the malicious website flying round the school says. Izzy can try all she wants to laugh it off – after all, her sex life, her terms – but when pictures emerge of her doing the dirty with a politician’s son, her life suddenly becomes the centre of a national scandal. Izzy’s never been ashamed of herself before, and she’s not going to start now. But keeping her head up will take everything she has…”

(massive shout out to Waterstones Newcastle for putting this book EVERYWHERE. I hope it sells out quickly)

There had been a lot of buzz around this book, I remember people at YALC last year were going MAD for it. I missed out on getting a proof back then, but when I managed to get my hands on a proof I was ECSTATIC. Guys, this book is INCREDIBLE.

TEOOO opens with the MOST HILARIOUS first chapter. I genuinely cackled SO HARD over the first chapter (I mean, I cackled a lot throughout the whole book, but my introduction to Izzy and her life just had me gripped). You’re introduced to Izzy O’Neill, who I will HAPPILY put my hand up and say is one of my favourite characters I’ve been introduced to in a long time. She’s hilarious, brazen, bold, honest and just brilliant. She’s this bundle of absolute hilarity. Izzy has been written in such an incredible way – there’s this snarky, sarcastic wit about her that I just adored. She’s a girl who is FULL of self doubt. She has so many worries, but she disguises them so well. She puts on a brilliant face. She’s great at making her exterior very opposite to interior. I very quickly grew attached to her. I wanted to know what was going to happen to her INSTANTLY. 

One of the things that I think makes Izzy so special is that she is so relatable. She’s not some rich kid with 70000 ponies and a gold studded car. She’s very normal. She goes to school, she has best friends, she has secret passions, she has crushes. Something goes wrong. She struggles to deal with it. She has people around her who stick with her, some who aren’t as lovely. She gets through it. She’s incredible. I can’t wait to see what’s coming next... because yes guys there’s a TEOOO2 coming. I can not wait

This book is so much more than just Izzy though. Whilst Izzy is IMPERATIVE to me falling in love with this book, there’s a whole host of other people that I loved and hated (in that bookish loving kind of hatred). Let’s just list the characters I love/hate most because I love a list…

  1. Ajita.
    Everyone needs an amazing best friend like Ajita. I loved that Izzy had such an incredible, equally funny, equally sassy best friend like Ajita. I really liked her. There’s brilliant moments of consideration for Ajita’s cultural background that are woven so seamlessly into the book. She’s hilarious, loyal and bold. We’ve all got a friend like Ajita.
  2. Betty.
    Izzy’s exceptional grandmother who just says things like they are. They’re able to be so open with each other. I’m not sure I’m that open with anyone in my life, so to see quite a brazen teenager have this incredible relationship with her grandma was just spot on. Betty isn’t afraid to tell Izzy how it is either. She’s this wonderful mix of warm, supportive, cuddly with a sharp tongue. She keeps it real.
  3. Danny
    Oh Danny. I won’t spoil it for you guys. Danny is just. I can’t. I wanted to be team Danny, but he’s just no. I think reading this book as an adult made me think back. I definitely had a Danny in my life. I’d like to think that I could stand up to any Dannys in my life now. He’s everything that bothers me about self entitled people.
  4. Mrs Crannon
    As a teacher, it is so SO SO SO SO brilliant to see a positive relationship outlined with a teenager. Teachers are so often silent characters in contemporary books, or are part of the problem in teens lives. To see a teacher written in such a positive, encouraging light made my heart so happy.

So… an incredible cast of characters, who you will love or hate? Check.
A book which will make you laugh, cry and be angry in equal measures? Check.

What about dealing with something that is NECESSARY? WELL LET’S SEE.

TEOOO deals with Izzy, who is thrust into the centre of a “slut-shaming, revenge porn, victim shaming and blame culture” situation and IT IS SO NEEDED. This book so brilliantly deals with an issue which, in our technologically sound age, could be a very real problem. Laura deals with it in a very humorous, touching, REAL way. It’s needed. People need to read this. This book is going to make a lot of noise. It’s going to stamp on a load of social barriers. It’s going to make people listen. It’s going to make people talk. It’s going to give people a voice who didn’t have one before. I am very passionate about this book. I will thrust it into the hands of so many people. It needs to be seen by teenagers, teachers, adults… EVERYONE. There is no one who I wouldn’t hand this to. People need to read this. People need to read Izzy’s story. 

I’ve heard Laura speak about TEOOO a few times and she’s such a brilliant speaker. She speaks of this book with such warmth, such passion. She’s just remarkable. Laura is HILARIOUS too. I love that Izzy’s humour is clearly evidence of Laura’s own humour. (If you want other reasons Laura is awesome, may I point you in the direction of #FeminismFriday – Laura Steven)

V. QUICKLY WHILE I STILL HAVE YOU… THAT COVER THOUGH. *heart eyes*

My goodreads review of TEOOO is all of these things in far fewer words: (I would DEFINITELY give this book all of the stars in the world, if I could)

If I could give this book more than 5 stars I completely would.

Izzy O’Neill is going to make some noise in 2018 and rightfully so. This book is incredible and necessary. It shouts and barks about important issues like revenge porn, victim shaming and blame culture. I just adored it.

Everyone needs to read this book. Buy it.

Have you read The Exact Opposite of Okay?
Did you also have STRONG FEELINGS about Danny? (We need to talk!)
Who was your favourite character?

Talk to me! Tweet me! Send me a postcard, a carrier pigeon, an owl, a text… whatever. This book is one of my faves of 2018 so far. 

S x

BLOG TOUR: Matt Killeen

Today I have the utter pleasure of hosting the author of Orphan, Monster, Spy on my blog: Matt Killeen! He’s here today to talk to you about one of his female heroes! The rest of the blog tour has been fascinating and I have loved reading all of Matt’s other posts! When this one arrived in my inbox I was very excited to read it!

I hand you over to Matt’s words now…

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Ada Lovelace

Some visionaries are so ahead of their time that they can seem laughable, even insane. One such man was Charles Babbage. In 1822, he designed a sophisticated calculating machine that promised to change the world but just could not get his crap together. So intricate was Babbage’s Difference Engine that it was forever unfinished, exhausting the pockets and patience of the British Government and London society that once fêted him, even as he dreamed of the Analytical Engine which was, basically, the first programmable computer.

People like this need an early adopter. There was one person that truly understood him, and his inventions and she was also a visionary. She went far beyond the cogs and gears of the physical and predicted the entire information technology age.

Ada Gordon was born the daughter of “mad, bad & dangerous to know” poet Lord Byron and maths geek Annabella Milbanke, after a whirlwind and disastrous marriage of science and the arts. With a childhood designed to mitigate any of her father’s “poetical” or chaotic tendencies that bordered on abusive, she inherited her mother’s love of logic and mathematics, but also more than a little of his imagination.

She was fascinated from an early age by machines and mechanics and the numbers behind them, which is why, at 18 years old, she ended up at a party where her mentor Mary Somerville introduced her to Babbage. Babbage’s machines were so complex that few people could even understand the basic principles, let alone see what their application might mean, so they became firm friends and collaborators. For Babbage it was all about the numbers, but it didn’t take Ada long to swap those numbers for broader more metaphysical concepts. What she saw was a world where machines could be told to think. Make decisions. Write and perform music.

The scale of her contribution is hotly debated. It is widely believed that she wrote the very first computer programme, and certainly she perfected it. Her work directly influenced Alan Turing, whose work helped define the information age, although she didn’t believe in conscious machines or computers that could create, a contention that it took Turing 107 years to rebut. Seven decades later we’re still arguing about what that might mean. Indisputably, she was a prophet. She saw the future and she described it. How it would work. What it would do.

Her wealth and privilege allowed her to study with some great minds and to promote Babbage’s ideas, but this was no substitute for real academic rigour and research. One can only guess at what her brain would have created had she been born in a different era, of equal educational opportunities and longer lives.

And she was not without her vices…she was Lord Byron’s daughter after all. She had a string of affairs and sexual encounters, as well as a serious gambling problem and it was the latter that highlighted her limits – it transpired that she did in fact have some. She simply refused to believe there wasn’t a mathematical solution for effective betting on the horses. In pursuing finances for Babbage’s work, she became mired in financial scandal, losing a fortune of her syndicate’s money and then chasing her losses. She was bemused and frustrated by her inability to unravel this Gordian knot, when so many other mathematical mysteries uncoiled themselves effortlessly in her brain. It was an ignominious and uncharacteristically unsuccessful end, coming as it did just a year before she died of cancer at just 36.

Admittedly, I can’t think of Augusta Ada King-Noel, Countess of Lovelace without thinking of Sydney Padua’s The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage. This glorious fictionalised account of her work, culminates in them using the completed analytical engine to fight crime for Queen Victoria in an alternative timeline. It always felt like the future she should have had, rather than the hobbled, overlooked and all-too short time on an Earth that would come to depend on the things that she envisioned.

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Check out the rest of the blog tour – there’s some amazing bloggers and some brilliant blog posts to read too! My review is coming soon too, so keep an eye out for that! 

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S x

BLOG TOUR: The Belles

The Belles: beautiful, haunting and magical

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“I AM A BELLE. I CONTROL BEAUTY.

In the opulent world of Orléans, the people are born grey and damned, and only a Belle’s powers can make them beautiful. Camellia Beauregard wants to be the favourite Belle – the one chosen by the queen to tend to the royal family. But once Camellia and her Belle sisters arrive at court, it becomes clear that being the favourite is not everything she always dreamed it would be. Behind the gilded palace walls live dark secrets, and Camellia soon learns that her powers may be far greater – and far darker – than she ever imagined. When the queen asks Camellia to break the rules she lives by to save the ailing princess, she faces an impossible decision: protect herself and the way of the Belles, or risk her own life, and change the world forever.”

When I initially heard of the Belles, it was a bunch of my trusted Twitter folk who were RANTING and RAVING about this book, saying it was absolutely incredible. I was very lucky then to be invited to get a review copy from the publishers and then invited on the blog tour… so I knew I would be a fool to say no. And man, I absolutely loved it. 

There’s an incredible duality in this book in the beginning of beautythe rich, lavish life of the rich versus the impoverish, dull world of the poor. The initial few scenes really struck a chord with me. The Belles changing a poor person into a beautiful person to show off their talentsimagine seeing that unfold infront of you. Imagine having the power to do that. I don’t think I would cope. Not with the competition, not with the expectation, not with the burden. I’d love the magic, but not with the expectation and competition that comes with it. 

Throughout the book there’s old belief systems and traditions which run through, which imprint on you so you are part of the world – whether you agree with them or not is matterless. Then BAM, there is all of a sudden this explosion on the beliefs with a whole chunk of deception and lies. A web of well wound deception. Mix this with an incredible power battle and you have an incredible story which you will most definitely want to be part of and you’ll want to read on. I look forward to what comes next, a lot. 

There’s 2 main themes running through this book: beauty and belonging. What is beauty? What does it mean to be beauty? Does it matter? Should we be able to control or change it? Who should you trust? Do you truly trust the people you’re around? Do they trust you? 

The further you read into this book the more you will be gripped. This book has the makings of an incredible booksecrets, lies, power, love – these all make for a gripping and thrilling book. You won’t be disappointed

Thank you so much for reading my post! Check out the others on the blog tour, there’s some brilliant reviews up so far! Check out The Belles!

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S x

Christmasssssssssssssssssss!

Hello!

As if this time next week it will be Christmas Day. What is that about? Where has this year gone? BUT ALSO HOW EXCITING. How excited is everyone? On a scale of 1-SANTAAAAAAAAAAAA. I’m about a 5 at the minute. Get me through this last week of school and we’ll be grand! 

Today I’m sharing some of my favourite Christmas songs… I’ll try and stick to 5, but there may be more!

First on my list will come as no surprise to anyone who knows me… 

Michael Buble – It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas

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I love this man. I love this song, it makes me feel SO FESTIVE. The whole album does, but the music for this one just gets me!

Mariah Carey – All I Want For Christmas Is You

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YEP I LOVE IT. It’s just so brilliant. I often dance around my bedroom to this on a morning, to inspire mysef to get up. It’s a great start to the morning.

Pentatonix – Away In A Manger

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For those of you who don’t know who Pentatonix are, they’re this incredible acapella group who make EVERYTHING SOUND AMAZING. They released this version of Away in a Manger this year and I may have listened to it 600000 times already! 

Kelly Clarkson – Underneath the Tree

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This is another one of those that you can properly dance to! I love Kelly Clarkson and her voice is just brilliant. This is one of those brilliant boppy songs! (Yes, sorry I did just use the word bop). The whole Wrapped in Red album is excellent – would recommend.

Frozen soundtrack – Do You Wanna Build A Snowman?

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I have grown to absolutely LOVE THIS SONG. Not really Christmassy BUT Frozen screams Christmas and winter at me! 

I could go on and on if we’re honest! 

Honourable mentions to: Last Christmas and O Holy Night.

I am a massive fan of carols, I love going to Christmas carol services! They’re just so beautiful. I’m hoping I can get to one this year!

Do you have a favourite Christmas song?
What’s your favourite carol? 

Let me know in the comments, or tweet me! Happy singing!

S x

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

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

 

November bujo!

A new month is upon us, so a new bullet journal post is also upon us!

Thank you for all of your enthusiasm about my October bullet journal! post. I got some lovely comments from you all… I am still very much a bujo novice BUT I have started to see the benefit in using it every day. My bullet journal has quickly become part of my nightly routine – I fill in the mood tracker, my happy thing for the day and check out what is happening the next day. Not only that but it is now part of my weekly routine too, Friday night or Saturday night I will get round to doing the next week’s weekly page too.

Reflecting on the pages that worked really well in October, I have to say my mood tracker is easily my favourite mood tracker I have done so far – it looks SO colourful and gorgeous. I might share a picture on my IG/Twitter if you’re interested! I have to say November’s mood tracker isn’t nearly as fun, but I’m thinking about adapting the October idea for a Christmas theme… watch this space! Other pages that worked well were my book pages, primarily due to the fact I managed to read so much in October… 16 books in total! Wow! Thanks half term!

But anyway… now that we’re in a new month, we have a new set of pages! 

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This is my month title page. I am WELL CHUFFED with the lettering. I know it could be so much better but I am quite impressed tbh. The random splodges are meant to be fireworks: it worked in my head, not so much on the page. But I love this page.

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The next double spread is my mood tracker (see, not as fun as October’s umbrella) and my grateful page. I went for a maze of boxes and some new emotions to track this month. I definitely am still figuring out which emotions I feel most often to track BUT I think I’m getting there! The other half of the page is my thankful/grateful page. It says, “Find the sunshine in EVERY day” as I’ve come to notice that I NEED that look back and finding something positive about my days, especially on bad days. Looking back on these pages are great for my well-being too. Seeing the successes (no matter how big or small) from the months is definitely something to perk you up. 

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The next double spread is a bookish themed double spread. My book post page is becoming a staple. I am still so very lucky to get book post, so this page helps me to keep track of what I’ve received and from who, whether I’ve put it on my social media and whether I have read it or not. It’s interesting looking back to see how much of my bookpost is the stuff I have read! (side note: how cute is my little face on my title?!) The other half is my books read page – I’m being brazen and going for 9 books… I don’t know if I’ll achieve that but I definitely will be trying. I started tracking pages at the end of October, so decided to add that in on this page too. 

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My final double spread so far is the biggie – the weekly spread. I love the little flag post that helps me track the weeks (for those who’ve asked in the past, I track in academic weeks, being a teacher and all. My year works from September to August ha!) So there’s space for Mon – Fri, where I write in what lessons I’m teaching, training etc; a massive To Do box, because so much to do, and a Weekend box – if I have any plans that weekend (that don’t involve work ha!). On the other side is the basic calendar, a sleep tracker (I work better on enough sleep, it’s useful for me to track my sleep), a mood tracker graph (I don’t find my monthly mood tracker enough to gather lots of info about my mood over the day, but a mood tracker graph has become a fave of mine… I can track my mood in the morning, afternoon and night). There’s also a self care box (what have I done for my own self care) and a box for ideas (whether its blogging ideas, life ideas, lesson ideas: they can all go in there!). Self care and ideas is something new I’m trying, I don’t know if it will stay or not… we’ll see how well it works! 

And that’s it so far! 

What am I missing that you have?
Have you had a favourite spread that you’ve kept?
Which moods do you track?
Have you got any bujo tips for me? 

Talk to me! Show me your bujo. I love seeing them! You’re all so talented! Comment or talk to me on twitter/instagram (@eenalol). 

S x

BLOG TOUR: Chris Priestley

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Curse of the Werewolf Boy: friendships, time jumps and hilarious Latin women. What more do you need?

“Mildew and Sponge don’t think much of Maudlin Towers, the blackened, gloom­laden, gargoyle-infested monstrosity that is their school. But when somebody steals the School Spoon and the teachers threaten to cancel the Christmas holidays until the culprit is found, our heroes must spring into action and solve the crime!
But what starts out as a classic bit of detectivating quickly becomes weirder than they could have imagined. Who is the ghost in the attic? What’s their history teacher doing with a time machine? And why do a crazy bunch of Vikings seem to think Mildew is a werewolf?”

I saw this book floating about on the Bloomsbury twitter so when I was asked to be part of this brilliant blog tour I jumped at the chance! Any book that looks as good as this one does is a winner with me.

In the book you’re introduced to Mildew and his best friend Sponge, two typical boys looking for a bit of adventure and fun in their school days! They go to a pretty fancy school, Maudlin Towers, and one day the infamous School Spoon goes missing. OH NO. So obviously the two boys make it their mission to try and track down the spoon. OBVIOUSLY while they’re on their mission things start to go awry. Strange ghosts appear, a Viking man is found wandering, there’s a mysterious time travelling machine left by a dead member of staff. All these things club together to make a very pacey and fun story!

(Plus, look at these illustrations! Love them!)

The friendship between the two boys was so spot on. It’s great to see a positive frienship at any time, but to see one written so well is a bonus! There’s some brilliant non-words (detectivating is a brilliant example), which definitely had me giggling. I really enjoyed the humour in this book. One of my favourite people is definitely Miss Livia – kids will love her situation, she’s ridiculous yet hilarious. There were some moments of absolute ridiculousness that I loved. All of the time jumping started to hurt my head, but I was hooked. I wanted to know what was going to happen, because come on WHO DOESN’T WANT TO TIME TRAVEL? This book would be perfect for the boys in my class: it’s totally down their street! If you’ve got an 8+ year old in your life, then get one of these for them! It’s perfect. 

Thank you so much to Bloomsbury and Faye for inviting me on this book tour! If you’d like to know more, check out the links below and check out the rest of the blog tour, it’s been great!

Goodreads Link: clicky
Amazon Link: go on, treat yourself (or someone else!)

Author Information

Chris P Author Pic 2016 MID RES (C) Martin Bond

Ever since he was a teenager, Chris has loved unsettling and creepy stories. He has fond memories of buying comics like Strange Tales and House of Mystery, watching classic BBC TV adaptations of M.R. James’ ghost stories every Christmas and reading assorted weirdness by everyone from Edgar Allan Poe to Ray Bradbury. He hopes his books will haunt his readers in the way those writers have haunted him.

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Me in TBR

Today I am doing something a little bit different! I’m going to list some books on my TBR (or which I need to put on my TBR) which spell out my name! I might have pinched this idea from my lovely friend Aoife (If you’re interested in her choices, check out her post here).

Six of Crows
The Dark Wild
Extinction Trials
Panther
Harper and the Scarlet Umbrella
All That She Can See
Northern Lights
Illuminae
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

What is your name in your TBR books?
Have you read any of these books?
Which ones should I read first?

Let me know in the comments or on twitter! I would love more suggestions, and I’d love to see your names in TBR! Thanks Aoife for the idea!

S x