January Round-Up

January Round-Up How did January treat you? What have been the highlights of this month for you? January has been a busy month for me – like most months it really seems to have flown past! I have been working full-time, with my last day of work being the 31st January. Considering that our baby…

5 ways to encourage reading for pleasure in your classroom

5 ways to encourage reading for pleasure in your classroom   Make time for reading This is an important one. While reading before your pupils go home is relatively common, and a great way to finish the day, the fact is that this time is often ‘squished’ out due to unexpected events, handing out letters,…

New Year’s Bookish Resolutions 2020

  New Year’s Bookish Resolutions 2020 How is 2020 treating you so far? How are your New Year’s Resolutions going? I saw this book tag over on Amy’s blog Golden Books Girl last year and thought it looked like fun so I have shamelessly nicked it – see last year’s resolutions here, if only to…

2019: My Year in Books

2019: My Year in Books   Farewell to 2019 and welcome to 2020! Wow, how quickly did this year go?! How is it 2020 already? How has your year been? What have been your highlights? Which books have been your favourites? This year I have been terrible at updating my Goodreads regularly, meaning that I…

#Believathon Reading Challenge

#Believathon Reading Challenge   Yes, yes, I realise that it is more than halfway through November and I realise that I have a terrible track record for actually completing reading challenges. However, the #Believathon middle grade reading challenge is one that I really want to be part of because I feel like middle-grade books get…

Books that make you go ‘Nope, not for me!”

Books that make you go ‘Nope, not for me!”   What makes you decide that a book is not for you? Are there any books that you never intend to pick up because of something about them, or do you tend to give most books a chance? Here are a few things that make me…

Are you a Book Snob?

Are you a Book Snob? A book snob is someone who judges certain genres as being less worthy than others or judges people based on the kind of books they read or on how they consume them (Are audiobooks really reading? etc) I am sure that we have all met book snobs (or music snobs,…

Library Loot: Middle Grade Madness

Library Loot: Middle Grade Madness     I went a bit mad at the library today – whoops! Still, I am off for the summer holidays so I am hoping to surround myself with great books and have lots of enjoyable reads! Here are a few that I picked up today and am really looking…

How do you read so many books?

How do you read so many books? 8 ways you can read more! How do you read so much? This is question that I get a lot, especially after publishing a monthly round-up where I talk about everything I have read that month (click here to see July’s reads). So far this year I have…

July Round-Up

July Round-Up July has whooshed past and I cannot quite believe that it is already August! I only finished school yesterday! (The children finished last Wednesday on the 24th, but I’ve been in sorting out my classroom for next year). July has been a quiet month for me on the blog due to lots of…

Year of the Asian Readathon – Halfway through progress check!

Year of the Asian Readathon – halfway through progress check!   So, way back in January I signed up to this readathon for three reasons: I believe that we should all be reading more diverse books #weneeddiversebooks I have lived in several countries in East Asia (China, Japan, Vietnam) and speak the languages too. I…