Love, hate and other filters


Trigger warnings** There is mention of suicide bombings which may trigger some readers!

Synopsis – Maya Aziz has many hopes and dreams she wants to make a reality. However, her parents have a very different life planned for her. When terror strikes and the suspected attacker shares Maya’s last name, how will the world react to this news? Maya needs to gather enough strength to decide what she truly wants to do.

My thoughts – I really enjoyed this book! I couldn’t put it down, as soon as I’d finished one chapter, I had to read the next and find out what happens! It was an almost typical ya romance, without being a typical ya book, as it focuses on racism and a difficult family home, which many readers will be able to relate to. Which makes it a well timed book to be released with everything that has been happening in the past few years. I really enjoyed the writing style, the book flowed really well.

I really liked the relationships Maya had with the characters, I would love a sequel to find out how these relationships develop and how Maya’s life progresses. Would have liked to have seen the relationship between maya and her best friend, violet a little more, as the book focused in family relationships which was a main aspect of the plot.

You really felt sorry for Maya and her family with the racism they were experiencing. It’s sad to think that things like this still happen in 2018. There is so much that needs to be done to combat experiences like this, books that raise awareness of these events is really good because it makes more people aware of the fact that this does still happen.

There were pages between each chapter of writing that I didn’t really feel added much to the story. Sometimes I wasn’t too sure how they linked to what was happening in the book, but towards the end they have a strong link towards one of the characters in the book.


Paddington 2: the story of the movie – Anna Wilson


Synopsis – When Paddington gets framed for stealing a pop-up book, the Brown’s work together to clear Paddington’s name. Will they be successful and rescue Paddington from prison?

My thoughts- I haven’t sent the film yet, but so many people have said it was really good, so I thought I would request the book on NetGalley and see what all they hype was about. I must admit, personally the book doesn’t live up to the hype of the movie. It is a really short book, and I found it to be a little too fast paced, however, this may be appealing for children as they don’t have to keep their attention for long.

There aren’t any illustrations in the book, which I was a little disappointed with, as I loved the illustrations in the classic Paddington books, and it may have enhanced the book! The language used is simple, which makes it accessible which is good because of the age range of those who will be enjoying the Paddington film which the book is based on.

Classroom ideas- You could use it to do a MoE experience for the pupils. The children could be lawyers trying to free Paddington from prison or they could be officers trying to prove their theories. You could also write newspaper articles like Judy does in the book.

My unexpected – Lia Gilmore


Synopsis – Maggie is a shy college girl who never considered herself falling in love. Logan is a boy who wants to make his pilot dream come true. Their meeting is unexpected and unpredictable, but perfect for them. From that moment their lives change! How will their love survive in their turbulent lives?

My thoughts – I loved this book, proven by the fact that I finished it in 4 hours! I literally couldn’t put it down! I really liked how real the characters seemed throughout the book, you really felt for them and understood how they were feeling. I loved the relationship between Maggie and Logan, and how it reflected the issues a normal relationship may experience – even if they were all in a short space of time!

Although there was quite a lot of grammatical and spelling errors, which at the start did put me off the book, the plot kept me going and soon I stopped noticing the errors and reading it as it should read. I’m so glad I carried on reading because it was a great book. The plot was really interesting, with lots of twists and turns along the way, you could never predict what would happen next, which is something I love in a book, as sometimes they can get very predictable and ‘samey’.

School required reading | A discussion


I always hated the books we read in school. I always found them dull and to be honest, a bit of a drag to read. I don’t know if this was because we pulled the book apart e.g. the author made the curtains blue to signify the sadness in the character – lets face it, the curtains were probably blue because the author liked the colour blue…

We often read a chapter or two and then did activites based on what we had read. This stopped the flow of the book at times. Reading books in class and pulling them apart put me off reading for quite a bit of my high school years. I often only read during holidays because I found I would sit there analysing everything like I would at school, which put me off reading.

We often read classic books, such as an inspector calls and of mice and men, and often classics don’t appeal to me. I find them difficult to get into and often end up DNFing them, which can’t be done in school.

We would often take turns reading, going around the class, with no excuses to not read out loud. I HATED it! I am not that confident, and when it got to my turn, I hardly paid attention to what I was reading. I also find that I struggle to take in information when it is being spoken, I prefer to read the book silently and take everything in and then discuss what has happened after everyone’s read. I know this causes issues because everyone reads at different paces, and some will enjoy reading out loud.

My mission as a primary school teaching with reading, is to ensure that I use a variety of books in classroom, and they are enjoyable books. This doesn’t mean they are all recent books, often old books are just as good, if not better sometimes. I will try things such as having votes to decide the best book for the class. I also don’t want it to just be read as part of a lesson, where you read a chapter and then do activities based on it, it’s important to read it for pleasure at times too!

What is your experience of reading in school?



2018 TBR!

Some of these books have been sat on my shelf for a while and are desperate to be read! So I thought I would share what books are currently waiting to be read!

  1. There’s a wocket in my pocket – Dr Seuss
  2. Hop on pop – Dr Seuss
  3. one fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish – Dr Seuss
  4. Wacky Wednesday – Dr Seuss
  5. I can read with my eyes shut! –  Dr Seuss
  6. I wish that I had duck feet – Dr Seuss
  7. Fox in socks – Dr Seuss
  8. Green eggs and ham – Dr Seuss
  9. The cat in the hat – Dr Seuss
  10. The cat in the hat comes back – Dr Seuss
  11. Horton hears a who! – Dr Seuss
  12. Scrambled eggs super! – Dr Seuss
  13. Dr  Seuss’s sleep book – Dr Seuss
  14. the sneetches and other stories – Dr Seuss
  15. Yertle the turtle and other stories – Dr Seuss
  16. Esio Trot – Roald Dahl
  17. Going solo – Roald Dahl
  18. The girl with the lost smile – Miranda Hart
  19. RSVP – Helen Warner
  20. My brother is a superhero – David Solomons
  21. Time travelling with a hamster – Ross Welford
  22. Roll over Roly – Anne Fine
  23. Best friends forever – Jennifer Weiner
  24. The nearly-weds – Jane Costello
  25. Mr Gum and the Cherry Tree – Andy Stanton
  26. Almost Midnight – Rainbow Rowell
  27. Mr teacher’s a spy – Phil Barnes
  28. A shiver of snow and sky – Lisa Lueddecke
  29. The magic finger – Roald Dahl
  30. Boy – Roald Dahl
  31. James and the giant peach – Roald Dahl
  32. The twits – Roald Dahl
  33. Danny the champion of the world – Roald Dahl
  34. George’s marvellous medicine -Roald Dahl
  35. Bridesmaids – Jane Costello
  36. The midnight gang – David Walliams
  37. The world’s worst children – David Walliams
  38. Billionaire boy – David Walliams
  39. Mr Stink – David Walliams
  40. Gangsta Granny – David Walliams
  41. The witches – Roald Dahl
  42. Matilda – Roald Dahl
  43. One plus one – JoJo Moyes
  44. One day – David Nicholls
  45. The dinosaur that pooped the past – Tom Fletcher
  46. Still me – JoJo Moyes
  47. Love, Hate and other filters- Samira Ahmed
  48. Girl made of stars – Ashley Herring Blake
  49. The exact opposite of okay – Laura Steven
  50. The Hazel Wood – Melissa Albert
  51. Some kind of wonderful – Giovanna Fletcher
  52. When Dimple met Rishi – Sandhya Menon
  53. From twinkle, with love – Sandhya Menon
  54. As you wish – Chelsea Sedoti
  55. It only happens in the movies – Holly Bourne

There are quite a lot of books on my current TBR list! If I read all of these this year I will have completed my goodreads goal!!

2017 wrap up!

I set myself a reading goal of 52 books, and not going to lie, I thought that was very ambitious. But I smashed it! I read 104 books- with a couple of re-reads! So I thought I would share what I read! I have linked any reviews that are live- and look out for the rest!!

  1. Dr Seuss’s ABC – Dr Seuss
  2. Oh the places you’ll go – Dr Seuss
  3. The Lorax – Dr Seuss
  4. One of us is lying – Karen M McMannus
  5. How to catch a star – Oliver Jeffers
  6. Mr Brown can moo! Can you? -Dr Seuss
  7. Rosie the Tarantula – Peggy Macnamara
  8. The wonderful things you will be – Emily Winfield Martin
  9. Vikings in 30 seconds – Phillip Steele
  10. The Christmasaurus – Tom Fletcher
  11. Victoria and Albert – Daisy Goodwin
  12. My weird school fast facts: Space, humans, and farts – Dan Gutman
  13. In my world – Jillian Ma
  14. A greater wish – Amanda Prowse
  15. Holes – Louis Sachar
  16. They both die at the end- Adam Silvera
  17. Flawed – Cecelia Ahern
  18. The great cap-nap – Sacconejoly’s
  19. Leave this song behind – John Meyer
  20. Funnybones – Janet Ahlberg
  21. The day the crayons quit – Drew Daywalt
  22. Reaching the stars – Liz Brownlee
  23. Santa’s Countdown to christmas – Kim Thompson
  24. The Creakers – Tom Fletcher
  25. Big day out – Jacqueline Wilson
  26. Dream a little Christmas dream – Giovanna Fletcher
  27. Fantastic Mr Fox – Roald Dahl
  28. 147 things – Jim Chapman
  29. The one memory of Flora Banks – Emily Barr
  30. Rules of Rain – Leach Scheier
  31. There’s a boy in the girls bathroom – Louis Sachar
  32. Rhyme Stew – Roald Dahl
  33. Cliffhanger – Jacqueline Wilson
  34. Father Christmas and me – Matt Haig
  35. Your one & only – Adrianne Finlay
  36. All the wrong chords – Christine Hurley Deriso
  37. The house at 758 – Kathryn Berla
  38. Spy on History – Victor Dowd – Enigma Alberti
  39. Dramatically ever after – Isabel Banderia
  40. Jennifer Brown’s Journey – Angie Langley
  41. The BFG – Roald Dahl
  42. Little women – Louisa May Alcott
  43. Plank’s law – Lesley Choyce
  44. Beautiful broken things – Sara Barnard
  45. The thing with feathers – McCall Hoyle
  46. The password is wishpers – Jack Chaucer
  47. Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s library – Chris Grabenstein
  48. God is a woman – Michael Tavon
  49. Another place – Michael Crow
  50. Hole in the middle – Kendra Fortmeyer
  51. Bookishly ever after – Isabel Banderia
  52. You can’t win them all Rainbow fish – Marcus Pfister
  53. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – J.K Rowling
  54. Harry Potter and the Half-blood prince – J.K Rowling
  55. The boy who lived in pudding lane – Sarah Addington
  56. Harry potter and the order of the phoenix – J.K. Rowling
  57. When a wolf is hungry – Christine Naumann-Vilemin
  58. Harry potter and the goblet of fire – J.K Rowling
  59. Santa, please bring me a gnome – An Swerts
  60. The chaos of longing – K.Y. Robinson
  61. I give you my heart – Pimm Hest
  62. Harry potter and the prisoner of Azkaban – J.K. Rowling
  63. Harry potter and the chamber of secrets – J.K. Rowling
  64. 50 wacky inventions throughout history – Walter Foster Jr. creative team
  65. Harry potter and the philosophers stone – J.K Rowling
  66.  Wish i were here – Erin Lavan
  67.  Wilde like me – Louise Pentland
  68.  1984 – George Orwell
  69. The gruffalo – Julia Donaldson
  70.  Knocked out by my Nunga-nungas – Louise Rennison
  71.  The paper dolls – Julia Donaldson
  72.  Flat Stanley – Jeff Brown
  73.  Room on the broom- Julia Donaldson
  74. The giraffe, the pelly, and me – Roald Dahl
  75.  A squash and a squeeze – Julia Donaldson
  76.  My name is book – John  Agard
  77.  Tyrannosaurus drip -Julia Donaldson
  78.  Angus, thongs and perfect snogging – Louise Rennison
  79.  Dancing in my nuddy-pants – Louise Rennison
  80.  The gruffalo’s child – Julia Donaldson
  81.  The highway rat – Julia Donaldson
  82.  On the bright side im now the girlfriend of a sex-god – Louise Rennison
  83. Charlie and the great glass elevator – Roald Dahl
  84.  Grandpa’s great escape – David Walliams
  85.  A monster calls – Patrick  Ness
  86.  The london eye mystery – Siobhan Dowd
  87.  Broken sky – L.A. Weatherly
  88.  Charlie and the chocolate factory – Roald Dahl
  89.  Five on a treasure island – Enid Blyton
  90.  The iron man – Ted Hughes
  91.  Holding up the universe – Jennifer Niven
  92.  The book with no pictures – B.J. Novk
  93. Smile! – Leigh Hodgkinson
  94.  Winnie’s haunted house -Valerie Thomas
  95.  The conquerors – David McKee
  96.  Awful Auntie – David Walliams
  97.  Wonder – R.J. Palacio
  98.  Paddington and the Christmas Surpise – Michael Bond
  99. My unexpected – Lia Gilmore
  100. . Captain underpants #1 – Dav Pilkey
  101. How the Grinch sole Christmas – Dr Seuss

Merry Christmas! | blogmas day 25!!

Merry Christmas everyone!!!

I hope your days have been lovely & you’ve been spoilt!!

My family seem to have developed our own little traditions without really realising it. We wake up fairly early on Christmas morning, and we wake our parents up. Once everyone’s awake, my dad goes downstairs and sets up a camera. We then all go downstairs and open our presents whilst my dad films us. Once presents are opened and the rooms been tidied a little, we have some breakfast. Then we spend time together playing with toys or using our new presents before family comes round to exchange presents. Then we have a small family Christmas dinner never turkey and spend the evening together watching films.

It’s not extravagant, but it’s a great day, with lots of family time factored in! What’s your Christmas Day like?

I’ve decided to take some time off and have some family time, my next post will be in the new year, so until then, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

”Twas the night before Christmas | Blogmas day 24!

”Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse, the stockings were hung by the chimney with care, in the hopes that St Nicholas would soon be there.

This is one of those classic Christmas poems that most people have heard about. There have been several versions of the poem printed, many of which being in a book format for children to enjoy the festivities.

The children were nestled all snug in their beds, while visions of sugar plums danced in their heads. And mama in her kerchief and I in my cap, had just settled our brains for a long winters nap.

This poem just screams Christmas to me. It’s something I love reading in December, as it really gets me in the festive mood, and prepares me for the big day! The language used is quite old fashioned, but many versions have been updated to use more modern language, making it more accessible and reader friendly.

There’s quite a lot of classroom uses for this poem, you could look at the poetry technique used. The children could act out stanzas to create an assembly or a school concert to perform to parents. You could do Christmas activities related to the poem, such as making stockings. The children could write their own poems about the same topic in a similar style.

When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter, I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter. Away to the window I flew like a flash, tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.

The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow, gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below. When, what to my wondering eyes should appear, but a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny reindeer.

With a little old driver, so lively and quick, I knew in a moment it must be St Nick. More rapid than eagles his coursers they came, and he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name!

“Now, Dasher! Now, dancer! Now, pranced and vixen! On, comet! On, Cupid! On, Conner and blitzes! To the top of the porch! To the top of the wall! Now dash away! Dash away! Dash away all!”

As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly, when they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky. So up to the house-top the coursers they flew, with the sleigh full of toys, and St Nicholas too.

And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof, the prancing and pawing of each little hoof. As I drew in my head, and was turning around, down the chimney St Nicholas came with a bound.

He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot, And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot. A bundle of Toys he had flung on his back, And he looked like a peddler, just opening his pack.

His eyes-how they twinkled! his dimples how merry! His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry! His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow, And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow.

The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth, And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath. He had a broad face and a little round belly, That shook when he laughed, like a bowlful of jelly!

He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf, And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself! A wink of his eye and a twist of his head, Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread.

He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work, And filled all the stockings, then turned with a jerk. And laying his finger aside of his nose, And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose!

He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle, And away they all flew like the down of a thistle. But I heard him exclaim, ‘ere he drove out of sight, “Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night!”

What I’ve learnt…. | blogmas day 23!

Blogmas hasn’t been the easiest of tasks! I started planning & writing at the end of September with it really starting to pick up at the end of October. This wasn’t the easiest as there was nothing Christmassy around & getting into the festive spirit whilst it was still warm out, wasn’t the easiest! But I got there in the end!

I thought I’d share a few of my tips that I’ve learnt, I know it’s nearly the end of blogmas now, but they may come in handy for next year!

  • Plan well ahead – like months in advance!!
  • Take inspiration from others & around you.
  • Do you – don’t just post something for the sake of it.
  • Quality over quantity – you don’t need to post everyday, some people post every other day instead.
  • Don’t overwork yourself – goes hand in hand with planning ahead!!

The most important tip is to not overwork yourself. Remember that your health & wellbeing comes first, as does any work or education. It’s so easy to get wrapped up in it and focus on blogmas, but it’s definitely not going to be the most important thing in your life!!

What are your tips from blogmas?

Bookish Naughty or Nice Blogmas day 22!

img_0539-30I was tagged by the lovely Amber at stepintoabookworld to do the bookish naughty or nice tag. The post was originally created by Jenniely over at a page of Jenniely.







Without further ado, here is the tag!

Received an ARC and not reviewed it. 

I request quite a lot of ARCs on Netgalley, and I have occasionally not reviewed an ARC because I’ve DNFed it!

Have less than 60% feedback rating on Netgalley. X

I currently have 100% feedback on Netgalley – I’m trying to focus on the books that I already have before I go on another requesting spree!

Rated a book on goodreads and promised a full review was to come on your blog (and never did). X

No – I don’t often write comments on Goodreads & I always write a review the day of or just after I’ve finished it!

Folded down the page of a book. X

Never!! I always use a bookmark & keep my books in the best condition I possibly could!

Accidentally spilled on a book. X

Nope!! I don’t often drink whilst reading to avoid this!

DNF a book this year.

After my Netgalley requesting spree, I ended up DNFing a few books. I can be quite picky when it comes to books!!

Bought a book purely because it was pretty with no intention of reading it. X

So tempting to do this, but I can’t justify it. As a student – every penny counts!!

Read whilst you were meant to be doing something else (like homework). X

I tend to prioritise assignments and Uni work over most things. I only tend to read when I’m in the mood-which recently, hasn’t been too often!

Skim read a book.

Only textbooks – I try to take everything in when I read!

Completely missed your Goodreads goal. X

This is the first time I’ve ever done a goodreads goal, and I’ve read nearly double the amount of my goal!!

Borrowed a book and not returned it. X

Nope- I don’t often borrow books from friends/family or the library because I live between home and Uni!

Broke a book buying ban. 

Yes – I always tell myself I’m not going to buy anymore books, then I get an email about a sale, and that never ends well….for my bank account at least!

Started a review, left it for ages then forgot what the book was about. X

I always write my reviews just after I’ve read it. Otherwise this would happen VERY often!

Wrote in a book you were reading. 

Yes – but only because it was for my English class, we had to annotate the text as we were reading for our GCSEs.

Finished a book and not added it to your Goodreads.  X

I always add my books just after or as I’m reading the book otherwise I’d forget what I’d read!!

I’m not tagging anyone – but feel free to do the tag yourself!!