Book snatching?!

Hello, tis Wednesday guest blog time again! This time you are very lucky to be in the hands of my lovely Irish friend Aoife, blogger extraordinaire over at Pretty Purple Polka Dots and Twitterer to the max at @PrettyPPD (you should probably follow her, it’s a good idea kids). 
She’s going to talk to you all about the books on my shelves that she wants to get her hands on! 
Without further ado…
Steph and I are in a vicious cycle where we recommend each other books and then probably never end up actually reading them. This time, it’s time to break the chain and actually read something she has.

I took a peek at Steph’s (well stocked) personal library and picked out five tomes I’d love to get my hands on. All I have to do is turn up at her place and demand them. Simple.

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Scrappy Little Nobody – Anna Kendrick
I love Anna Kendrick  – she’s hilarious in Pitch Perfect, and when I found out she was releasing a book I knew I had to get my hands on it.
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Flawed – Cecelia Ahern
I love Cecelia’s more grown up work and I’d really love to give her YA fiction a go.

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The Graces – Laure Eve
This was read by my book club in Dublin and they all loved it. I missed the meeting because I was in Wales at the time doing an MA, so I think I have a little catching up to do.

The Scarecrow trilogy – Melinda Salisbury

Steph has been singing the praises of this series for months, so I’m really tempted. This is one that’s going straight on my TBR.

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Silence is Goldfish – Annabel Pitcher
Cheating a little – Steph actually sent me this book a few months ago. 

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Thank you so much Aoife! Consider these books on their way to you once they’ve been read! 
S x

Disney sidekicks!

Continuing my Disney week, today I’m going to share my

Favourite Disney sidekicks

Now, to me a sidekick can be the thing that makes or breaks the main character. There are SO MANY brilliant sidekicks in Disney films: from animals, to humans, to robots… all kinds of everything. I have a fondness for lots of different sidekicks in Disney films. 

In no particular order (although, I definitely have a favourite on this list!), here goes: 

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(and probably all of the furniture in the castle)

Like everything else in Beauty and the Beast, I love these two. They’re the perfect mix. The two of them make me laugh a lot. Lumiere and his incessant optimism and Cogsworth with his tendency to worry. These two, for me are excellent additions and make excellent sidekicks. The Beast and Belle are lucky to have them around. (Their portrayals in the live action movie were absolutely spot on too!)

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Genie – Aladdin.

C’mon. Who wouldn’t want a genie? Granting you wishes and being sassy. He’s hilarious, loyal and full of attitude. Plus he can sing. What more does a film need? I love Robin Williams and this portrayal of Genie is one of my favourite Disney characters.

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Pascal – Tangled

This dude may only be a chameleon but he’s full of attitude and he looks after Rapunzel brilliantly! He’s funny and sassy – a perfect combination for a sidekick.

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Baymax – Big Hero 6

Hello, my name is Steph and I love Baymax SO MUCH. He’s funny, unintentionally, reliable and caring. I love him so much. Big Hero 6 is one of those films I can watch over and over again and it’s because of Baymax – he just makes me laugh. 

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Zazu – Lion King

Bossy and sarcastic. Zazu makes me laugh. He’s got a great manner – he doesn’t like to stand for Simba’s attitude. Plus, he’s voiced by Rowan Atkinson – a very funny man!


Honourable mentions:

  • Abu and Magic carpet – Aladdin
  • Little John – Robin Hood
  • Dory – Finding Nemo
  • Maximus – Tangled
  • Phillipe – Beauty and the Beast

So there you go! Again, don’t hold me to this list in like a day/a month/a year… it will have changed! 

Do you have a favourite sidekick?
Is your favourite on this list?
Is there anyone you think deserves a spot on my list?

Let me know in the comments or on twitter! 

S x

Disney songs!

This week there’s going to be 3 Disney posts, because every now and again a girl needs to send some love Disney’s way. After the success of the recent Beauty and the Beast live action and it’s incredible EVERYTHING, I thought I’d do a post about my favourite Disney songs. (There won’t be any Beauty and the Beast songs, because I’ve done a blog post for those already: Beauty and the Beast, so it’s time to give the rest of the Disney universe some love! 

These are in no particular order, just my 10 favourite (not counting Beauty and the Beast) songs!

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Mulan – I’ll Make A Man Out of You

Admittedly, I hadn’t seen Mulan til about a year ago. This has always been one of my favourite Disney songs – I just never particularly understood its meaning until I saw the film.

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Frozen – Let It Go

I have to admit, I was kind of anti-Frozen for a while. Then I saw it and I was like, yep this is alrite. Now this song I can’t NOT sing along to. It’s SUCH a good song. I don’t think it’s the BEST Disney song ever, but it’s a good singalong song!

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Robin Hood – The Phoney King of England

In my opinion, Robin Hood is one of the mos underrated Disney films. I proper love it. I love this song. It’s so full of character and rebellion, but in a lovely way. 

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Toy Story 2 – When Somebody Loved Me

Now, I’m not a MASSIVE Toy Story fan. Toy Story 3 destroyed me emotionally though. But this song just hits me hard. I can’t listen to it without getting emotional. It just hits me hard and makes me weep.

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Brave – Touch The Sky

Brave is one of my favourite Disney films and I love the folky sound of this song. It makes me smile. It’s such a song of I WILL BREAK FREE AND I WILL BE AN AWESOME PERSON. Brave needs more love.

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I Just Can’t Wait To Be King – The Lion King

Lion King is such a good song film but this one for me stands out as one I ALWAYS sing along to. There’s nothing better than this coming on and BLASTING out in voice. We’ve all done it, admit it.

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Aladdin – Prince Ali

Anyone who knows me (my friend Gemma in particular) knows this is one of my favourite Disney songs. It just gets stuck in my head and it’s there for days. PRINCE ALIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII FABULOUS HE. How you can’t love it is beyond me. I love Robin Williams.

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How Far I’ll Go – Moana

When I saw this film I was blown away. It’s SUCH a great film, with an INCREDIBLE soundtrack but this song is one I often find myself looking up on Youtube for a good singalong. 


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Hercules – I Won’t Say I’m In Love

This is another one where you can have a good singalong. We’ve all felt like this at one time so Meg’s song is perfect for that time when you just need to get it out. 

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Princess and the Frog – Almost There

I love the message with this one, plus it’s a proper singalong one. It’s one you can PROPERLY sing along to. Her voice is great and the vibe of the song is spot on. 


Honourable mentions:

  • Friend Like Me – Aladdin
  • Scales and Arpeggios – Aristocats
  • Go The Distance – Hercules
  • You’ll Be In My Heart – Tarzan
  • Mother Knows Best – Tangled
  • I See The Light – Tangled

So there you have it… I must say, this list will probably change in about a month so don’t hold me to it! It seems I love the songs you can have a proper belting sing along to the most!

What are your favourite Disney songs?
Are there any on this list you disagree with?
Is the song you love the most on this list?

Let me know in the comments or on twitter! I’d love to know if anyone’s done a post like this too! Send your links to me! 

S x

Favourite YA authors

Hello! It’s Wednesday! You know what that means, guest post Wednesday (I really need to think of a new name for this, that’s better! But hey ho, we’ll go with guest post wednesday for now!) 

Without further ado, I welcome my lovely friend Amy (links at the bottom of the post) who is here to talk about her favourite YA books! You can check out my post on Amy’s blog too in the next few days! I would love to see what you all think about our choices!


Thanks for having me Steph to discuss my favourite YA books! When we decided to do this, I didn’t realise how difficult it would be. I eventually narrowed my list down and realised the books that have really stayed with me are set in vivid fantasy worlds, with characters that made me care about what happened to them.


Northern Lights by Philip Pullman was the book that got me into fantasy. I’ve seen the play, travelled across the country to meet Philip Pullman and read it more times than I can count. There aren’t many books that I was able to read as a child and still get so much out of as an adult. I’m not sure it’s technically a YA book but I’m including it because it has something for everybody.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor is my ultimate YA book. I can still remember the first time I read it, how I had no idea what was coming and really loved those characters. Karou and Akiva are my ultimate OTP and Laini Taylor’s writing is beautiful.

The Weight of Feathers by Anna Marie McLemore is one of those books that engages all of the senses. The descriptions are lyrical and gorgeous, and this is my favourite example of magical realism.

The Forbidden Game by LJ Smith was my favourite book as a teenager. I read it so many times that I almost knew it by heart and I think Julian was my first book crush. I reread it recently and it has definitely stood the test of time.

These are my other favourites: a mixture of high concept fantasy; believable, thought-provoking contemporary and even a little horror.

  • Cinder by Marissa Meyer
  • Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
  • The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski
  • City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
  • Glass Houses (The Morganville Vampires) by Rachel Caine
  • Am I normal yet? by Holly Bourne
  • The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury
  • Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton
  • The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon
  • The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich
  • The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
  • Radio Silence by Alice Oseman
  • Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
  • The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
  • Because You’ll Never Meet Me by Leah Thomas
  • Asking For It by Louise O’Neill

If you want to read more of my YA recommendations or chat about books, you can find me on Twitter (@yaundermyskin) and on my blog (


As you can see a lot of my personal favourites are on Amy’s long list, but to see my list of favourite YA I would love you to go over to my post at YA Under My Skin to find out my choices!

Thanks Amy for your guest post, I loved it! 

S x


It’s that lovely time of year again when us teachers get some down time. My school elected for 1 week at Easter and 2 weeks now, so here I am with 2 weeks off and I’m sure there’s loads of things I can fill my time with!

Seeing the twigletsalways top of “half term to do” list. I love half term cause it means I can get to see my favourite two humans and spend time with them. I even might get to sneak a school pick up in my second week off… that’d be wonderful! I’ve only ever been to their school once!

Reading – I will OBVIOUSLY be spending a lot of time reading. I have already finished 2 books and am half way through a 3rd. I would love to think that I can get through 10 books? Maybe. I love reading and will try and do it any chance I get! I’m currently reading Noah Can’t Even by Simon James Green. It’s pretty funny!Image result for noah can't even

Doing some exercise – it’s lovely outside at the minute, so even if it’s some walking, I’d love to just get out and about again. I need to get back to the gym – now that uni is done I will have a spare evening, so hoping I can find my inspiration again!

Going to the seaside – the seaside is my FAVOURITE place in the world (any sea side, I’d love to visit a hot one, but the North East coast will have to suffice!) I find it just relaxes me and is a brilliant place to just chill and enjoy a day off. If you need me on a sunny day, you’ll probably find me at the beach with a book!

Buying books – my book buying ban is over in June and I am looking forward to being able to buy books again! Mind, I’ve received lots of books in the post (thank you all you wonderful people in my life) so there’s not been a shortage of reading material! It’ll just be lovely going into a book shop again knowing I can BUY something! I have missed Waterstones!

Packing – the day we go back to school I am going with the Y6s on a residential to London, which is super exciting. We’re going to see Wicked, visiting Harry Potter Studios and doing some lovely touristy stuff in London. It’ll be awesome, so I definitely need to get packed!

Relaxing – just relaxing; spending some time reading and drinking tea and coffee and not being in a rush. Having lazy mornings, not having to be up early, not having anywhere really to be. Just taking life at a slower pace

Now, being a teacher, there are naturally 73927429 things to be done. I do have work to do and I do have planning to do, marking to do, but I want to be able to have a good balance of things for me to do and things for work to do. I sometimes struggle being on holiday from work – I love my job, it gives me great purpose – but I’m hoping this time I can just chill and enjoy the sunshine (if it stays!)

Fellow teachers:
– What are your plans for your half term?
– Is there anything you love doing during half term?
– What is your work/relaxing balance like during half terms?

Let me know in the comments, or on twitter (@eenalol). I’d love to hear what everyone else gets up to!

S x

More #AskMissElliott

Hello! Back to some school talk! 

I took a few weeks off doing #AskMissElliott to give the kids a chance to come up with some new questions but after requests to bring it back I knew it was time! If you’re curious what #AskMissElliott is, it’s a chance for the kids in my class to ask me a question about me! They are allowed to ask me anything they want: I’m very lucky that I have a bunch of kids who I’ve built a lovely relationship with and as it stands I’ve not had any stupid questions – they’ve all been quite normal! (if you’re interested in seeing my previous #AskMissElliott posts – Ask Miss Elliott#AskMissElliott 2#AskMissElliott 3)

So here we go with some of the questions this time round!

What is the most annoying song for you?

So many. But Pen Pineapple Apple Pen is HIGHLY irritating. 


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These kids love asking me questions about languages! I think my favourite language to listen to is Spanish, but my favourite languages to speak are probably French or German – they’re both very different! (I can’t speak Spanish, so if anyone wants to teach me… I’m willing!)

Do you like university?

I kind of touched on this in Student-ing but on the whole I did enjoy the process. It was exhausting but educational. I learnt a lot about myself through the process. I would definitely recommend it to people, it takes a lot of commitment and drive.
What is your favourite month? (Mine is Winter)

(I think this child meant “season”) Definitely summer. Give me sunshine, warmth and beer gardens over cold, snow and hot chocolate any day!


IMG_4542Did you have any jobs before you were a teacher? If so what were they?

Retail and bar work! I worked in a shoe shop for a lot of my working career. I was just an evening and weekend girl initially, but then I worked my way to supervisor/cover manager. I also worked in St James’ Park for a season, on match days, in one of the bars. 

So those were some of the questions this time round! The kids are definitely getting braver with their questions and I am loving the fact they requested to have this back! It’s a lovely rapport builder with the kids – we know so much about them that sharing some little answers with them is great for our classroom atmosphere! I would totally recommend people try it, even if just once!

Have you tried this in your classroom?
Have you tried something similar?
Would you try this?

I’d love to know what other little things you do with your class! Let me know in the comments or on twitter (@eenalol) I am always open to a chat, or a question!

S x

BOOKBLOG: Coral Rumble

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The Adventures of the Owl and the Pussycat: fun, beautifully illustrated and imaginative!


Release Date: 4th April 2017
Publisher: Wacky Bee Books

The Owl and the Pussycat went to sea, in a box on the living room floor. They sailed away for a year and a day and these are the things that they saw… Join two curious children on a quirky adventure, loosely based on the classic Edward Lear poem, The Owl and the Pussycat.



I absolutely loved this story! It was such a gorgeous take on the original poem of the Owl and the Pussycat. There’s such gorgeous illustrations throughout and it’s such a great portrayal of a journey through wicked and wonderful lands, meeting all kinds of creatures and characters with adventures that it would be perfect for children and in classrooms alike!


There’s a beautiful sense of fun throughout this story. The rhyming pattern and the rhythmic style of this make it a gorgeous story which children love to sit down and listen to. Indeed the children I read it to absolutely loved it and wanted to hear it again! They loved looking at the pictures and looking for different elements of them! There’s so many lovely little details in this book that as both the reader and the listener it was gorgeous.


I can just imagine lots of teachers using this to go alongside a Pirates or Islands topic. There’s lots of references to under the sea animals, which are sure to ignite and inspire any children! It would be brilliant for older children to use as a comparison to the original poem. The pictures are so beautifully illustrated that they could easily be used in reading sessions. I would really recommend this to schools!

Thank you so much to Faye Rumble for inviting me along on the blog tour! Go check out the rest of the blog tour posts, there’s some brilliant ones already and some more to come! Thanks to Wackybee too for sending me a copy of the book to share with the children! 

S x

Go check it out at:



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I have worked as a poet and performer for many years and I’m proud to have my work featured in Favourite Poets (Hodder). I have three published poetry collections of my own and have contributed to more than 150 anthologies. I am also one of the writers of the popular Cbeebies programmes ‘Poetry Pie’ and ‘The Rhyme Rocket’. I have given workshops in some fairly unusual venues as well…the grandest of which being
Buckingham Palace!


Charlotte Cooke

I was thrilled and proud when my picture book The Adventures of the Ocharlottepicwl & the Pussycat was highly commended for the Macmillan Children’s Prize in 2010. Since then I have gone on to illustrate many other picture books and I enjoy making the occasional card too. When I’m not in my studio I’m usually outside running or playing referee to my two kids.



Check out all the brilliant blogs in the blog tour and maybe go check a few of them out! I know I will be! 

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So it’s now May 5th and I have HOPEFULLY handed in my dissertation. Hopefully, it went yesterday. (I write this the Sunday before and I’m MEGA stressed about it).

So yeah, that’s that done. 2 years of my life building up to this. I can’t lie. I haven’t been a great student. I’ve left things til last minute because I work better under a bit of pressure. I’ve been a stressy group member. I was a much better Year 1 student than Year 2. I don’t know what happened in Year 2, I think my whole “don’t try, don’t fail” attitude hit a bit harder and I’ve just spent this year internally stressed. I don’t think the modules helped either though. I think I do better with someone hounding me. With the pressure. This year was a lot more lax than last. I should have had much better self motivation to be fair. But hey ho. It’s almost over now. I have 1 more submission in and then that’s it, that’s me done with my degree.

That’s pretty terrifying. 

Had you said to me 3 years ago that I would have a degree I would’ve said you were a complete liar. Me? A degree? No way. 

But look at me now. I am almost there. I made it happen. No one made it happen for me. I made it happen. I ahd some incredible support throughout the process though. If I hadn’t had that, I don’t know that I would’ve got all the way through without going insane. But I did it, myself. I pushed myself. I motivated myself. I took myself off to Starbucks (either at Haymarket or Monument) and made myself read articles or write assignments. To say I’m proud is a slight exaggeration, but I’m pretty pleased. Come back to me after graduation and I’ll talk more about it. Right now I’m not sure it’s going to happen!

It’s not been easy doing a degree and working full time. I take my hat off to the people on my course who have worked full time, studied and been parents. I don’t know that I could do it. They are superheroes in my mind. I’ve developed a good sense of studying over the past 2 years though. I’ve found my weaknesses and worked with my strengths. I never would’ve guessed that I worked better under pressure, but here I stand 2 years later knowing that I do. I work better to a deadline. I’ve learned that I have opinions on things and will stand for them. That education absolutely is the thing I want to do and that I have a total passion for it. I don’t want to be a student forever. I want to be in front of kids. That being in front of the kids is the place I flourish. I don’t flourish being a student. I thrive for the knowledge that I gain hands-on. That’s how I learn and how I have been learning over the past 8 years. But being a student has helped me hone my skills. 

I’ve learned SO much about education doing this degree. I knew NOTHING about FE or apprenticeships before I started my degree. I don’t think I was naive to the rest of the education world, but I certainly wasn’t in the know. I wouldn’t say I’m a font of knowledge now about education in all its forms but I’m certainly more educated and it has made me think about education as a whole, not just schooling. Being the only person on my course in primary was a challenge, no one else was fighting the same fight as me, but it opened my eyes to a whole other world and a whole other fight. I have such respect for all of the others on my course. They have become some of my best friends. We have grown, changed and challenged each other over the past 2 years. I will miss seeing them every Thursday, having inane and in depth conversations with them. I’ll miss learning about their section of education, about their struggles, about their lives. I’ll miss their questions about my life, my sector of education and my struggles. 

I’ve grown, changed and learned a lot over the past 2 years. This isn’t the end of my status as a student. But this is almost the end of being an Education student. The next challenge is being a teacher training student. That’s a whole other barrel of thoughts. For another day. 

S x

Mental Health in YA

Hello Wednesday folks! Sorry this is late, I have had a mega stressful week, however you are in for a treat with this guest blog this week. My gorgeous friend Rachel, over-lady of #SundayYA, #SundayYAthon and 100-or-less has popped along to talk about YA books which discuss one of the most important things to a person – their mental health. It’s Mental Health Awareness Week next week so it was only natural that this fit in perfectly here!!


Mental Health in YA: Some recommendations

For those of you that don’t know, next week (8th to 14th May) is the Mental Health Awareness Week. Over at #SundayYA I will be hosting a chat on mental health YA with some lovely guest authors, but today I want to share with you some of my favourite YA that talk about and raise awareness of mental health issues.

Made You Up by Francesca Zappia follows the story of Alex, a girl diagnosed with schizophrenia, as she tries to figure out the world with her Magic 8-Ball and her trusty camera. She thinks she has it all sorted out but then she meets Miles, and Alex begins to question her reality. As the title suggests, the story is told from first person so it’s pretty hard to tell what is real and what is due to Alex schizophrenia, but all this makes Made You Up a wonderful insight into what it is like to live with psychosis, and how those with a diagnosis can learn to live with it.

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An older YA that deals with mental health, and one that often gets overlooked, is My Heart And Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga. Aysel wants to commit suicide and, in her search for a Suicide Partner, meets Roman. They plot their death together but, in doing so, Aysel realises she has a lot more reasons to live. I thought this would be a very difficult read and at times I was ready to give up on it, but it turned out to be a beautifully hopeful story of rediscovery that I fell in love with.

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A book I have recently read that talking about mental health is Countless by Karen Gregory. Hedda has anorexia (which she refers to throughout her story as a person called Nia), but when she discovers she is pregnant she calls a truce with her eating disorder. As she goes through the pregnancy she learns that some choices are harder than others, and not everything in life can be counted. Countless is a particularly harrowing read, but one that I couldn’t put down. What struck me about this book was that, despite dealing with eating disorders, not once is a number mentioned. I found this to be rather important, as it demonstrates that it is possible to tell a story about mental health that can be realistic without being potentially triggering.

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I couldn’t talk about mental health in YA without mentioning Under Rose-Tainted Skies, an Own Voices novel by Louise Gornall. Norah has agoraphobia and OCD and has accepted that the four walls of her house will be where she spends her life. That is, until Luke turns up on her door and changes everything. He’s patient and understanding, and sees Norah for who she really is. Under Rose-Tainted Skies is a truly wonderful read, and one that shows that sometimes, it’s okay to take risks.

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On the topic of OCD, another YA I have loved, and the only one so far I have re-read, is Am I Normal Yet? by Holly Bourne. Evie has OCD and believes she is coping with it, but as she starts college and makes new friends she soon begins to spiral out of control. Although Am I Normal Yet? deals with some pretty tough themes, it manages to be light hearted and funny throughout, which made this story really stand out to me and will see me go back to it many times in the future.

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There are a lot of YA books about anxiety, but recently I really enjoyed reading A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard. Steffi is a selective mute and struggles to communicate to people outside of her immediate family. Her headteacher introduces her to Rhys, who is deaf, and with her limited understanding of British Sign Language she builds a friendship she can truly be a part of. A Quiet Kind of Thunder really captures what it is to have anxiety, and is written in such a way that, by the time I read the last page, I felt like I was parting ways with a friend.

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Mental health comes in many forms, and a YA read that particularly stands out when I think of neurodiversity is The State of Grace by Rachael Lucas. The State of Grace follows Grace, a narrator with Asperger’s, as she comes to term with a lot of changes in her life whilst trying to fit in with her friends. I found the State of Grace to be not just enjoyable but fascinating to read and, as someone who works with students on the ASD spectrum, a real insight into what it is like to be on the spectrum. I learnt a lot from reading it, and will carry this story with me for a long time to come.

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Of course, there are a lot of amazing YA books out there that talk about mental health, but these are the ones that have particularly stood out for me. Happy reading!


Thank you so much to Rachel for writing this incredible insightful blog all about different YA books which deal with mental health, in all its variations. 

Rachel’s links (you should follow her, she’s incredible!)

Remember to join in #SundayYA chats on Sundays between 6 and 7 pm!

I have read and reviewed some of these books and the ones which I have not I will be buying AS SOON AS my May book ban is over (you can read all about that here: You MAY not buy any books)


Review of Countless to come, I just recently finished it and my word. I loved every second of it. It absolutely killed me. 

Have you read any of these books?
Which other YA books would you recommend for Mental Health Awareness Week?

S x

I dare you tag…

I was tagged by Louise at Book Murmuration. The rules are:

  • You must be honest
  • You can’t not answer a question
  • You have to tag at least four people

Here we go!

Which book has been on your shelf longest?

Hmmm… there’s a few that have been there since UKYACX? I haven’t got round to reading Cell 7 yet, which makes me so sad… however that will change in May!

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What is your current read, last read and the book you’ll read next?


Currently reading – Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig
Next read – The Cuckoo Song by Frances Hardinge (it’s the last of my April TBR books and I am determined to get it read!)

What book(s) did everyone like but you hated?

Hmmm… I wouldn’t go so far as saying HATED – that’s not something I feel with books often! – but Caraval for me wasn’t quite as great as I thought everyone was letting it on to be. It takes all kinds to make a world turn!

Which book do you keep telling yourself you’ll read, but you probably won’t?

Oh god, any classic.

Which book are you saving ‘for retirement’?

Pass! That’s like 50 years in the future… I barely know what I’m reading tomorrow never mind 50 years time!

Last page: read it first or wait until the end?

Ooooh! I generally peek once I’m half way through but I generally only read the last sentence!

Acknowledgements: waste of ink and paper or interesting aside?

Bloody love acknowledgements! They generally make me cry.

Which book character would you change places with?

Ooooh, interesting question. Twylla from The Sin Eater’s Daughter because she’s badass. Or Wing Jones because I would love to be able to run.

Do you have a book which reminds you of something specific in your life?

Charlotte’s Web will forever remind me of my friends growing up.

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Name a book you acquired in some interesting way.

I have a copy of Melinda Salisbury’s King of Rats that she sent to a local bookshop for me, because I couldn’t get to the event.

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Have you ever given away a book for a special reason to a special person?

Most of the books I buy for people are because I think “this would be perfect for you” or “you need to read this”. Books are an incredible book to buy.

Which book has been with you to the most places?

Probably Matilda. I still have the copy that I had a child.

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Any ‘required reading’ you hated in school, which wasn’t so bad two years later?

I really enjoyed the books we read in school, but I reread 1984 a few years after finishing school and I really enjoyed it!

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What is the strangest item you have found in a book?

I once found a note from the previous owner which said “This book will change your life”.

Used or brand new?

Generally new, but I love a good charity shop find!

Have you ever read a Dan Brown?

Yes, don’t be a literary snob. I enjoyed them when I read them a few years ago.

Have you ever seen a film you liked better than a book?

Oh my. Now you’re asking something controversial. I don’t think so?

A book that NEVER should have been published?

I think every book is published for a reason.

Have you ever read a book that has made you hungry, cookbooks being the exception?

I don’t think so? Possibly!

Who is the person whose book advice you’ll always take?

Can I say people? Cause if so my gorgeous friends Kelly, Aoife, Cora and Rachel. Because they are wonderful and have excellent taste in books. And tea.

So that’s it!

I tag anyone who wants to do this! I quite enjoyed it!

S x