Six for Sunday: 28th April 2019

Today I’ve had a fairly bookish day as I got to spend some time in several bookshops! I was very good and only bought three! Six for Sunday is a weekly meme hosted by A Little But A Lot! Today’s theme is:

Kid’s Lit Represent: 2019 KidLit Recommendations

  1. 55837766_2162176580518359_8716889922690661966_nA Girl Called Justice – Elly Griffiths
  2. The Golden Butterfly – Sharon Gosling
  3. The Star-Spun Web – Sinéad O’Hart
  4. img_4359Murder Most Unladylike Book 8 – Robin Stevens
  5. The Day I Was Erased – Lisa Thompson
  6. A Pinch of Magic – Michelle Harrison

I’ve read the first three and LOVED them! I highly highly recommend checking them out! The next three are ones that I’m excited to get to this year that are either out already or coming soon! Have you read any of these/are you going to?

kayleigh

 

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Top Ten Tuesday: 2nd April 2019

Good evening! Welcome back to Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl. I’ve seen a few of these posts today, and the topic sounded like such fun to think about! This week’s topic is:

Things That Make Me Pick Up A Book

  1. Author. Odds are, if I’ve read a book by the author before and loved it, I won’t hesitate to pick up another of their books.
  2. Illustrator. As above, if I love the illustrations, I’m likely to pick it up knowing less about it! For example, if I see a cover by Karl James Mountford or David Litchfield, chances are I’ll buy it.
  3. Recommended by a favourite author on the cover. I’m putting a lot of trust in their judgement!
  4. “For fans of Harry Potter”…need I say more?
  5. Mental Health. Give me a book on mental health and I’m so much more inclined to read it. I personally choose books that relate to the mental health difficulties I’ve dealt with, so I’m spoilt for choice.
  6. Middle Grade Murder Mystery. Robin Stevens is the Queen, but if a book is along those lines I’ll probably love it!
  7. Boarding schools are one of my weaknesses; since being an obsessive Enid Blyton reader when I was younger, I’ll always give a school book a go!
  8. “Scandalous” teen books with topics such as teen pregnancy and teacher crushes…in my experience some of the best teen books!
  9. Beautiful hardbacks under the dustjacket…SO PRETTY!
  10. Publisher. There are just some publishers who usually put out books that I love without fail.

What do you think? Would any of these things make you pick up a book?

kayleigh

A GIRL CALLED JUSTICE – Elly Griffiths

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RELEASED: 02/05/2019
PUBLISHER: Hachette
GENRE: Middle Grade, Mystery

Missing maids, suspicious teachers and a snow storm to die for… For a fearless girl called Justice Jones, super-smart super-sleuth, it’s just the start of a spine-tingling first term at Highbury House Boarding School for the Daughters of Gentlefolk. For fans of Robin Stevens, Katherine Woodfine and Enid Blyton.

When Justice’s mother dies, her father packs her off to Highbury House Boarding School for the Daughters of Gentlefolk. He’s a barrister – specialising in murder trials – and he’s just too busy to look after her alone.

Having previously been home-schooled, the transition is a shock. Can it really be the case that blondes rule the corridors? Are all uniforms such a charming shade of brown? And do schools normally hide dangerous secrets about the murder of a chamber maid?

Justice takes it upon herself to uncover the truth. (Mainly about the murder, but perhaps she can figure out her new nemesis – the angelic Rose – at the same time.) But when a storm cuts the school off from the real world, the body count starts to rise and Justice realises she’ll need help from her new friends if she’s going to find the killer before it’s too late …

I knew, as soon as I read the synopsis for this book, that it would be right up my street and a book that I’d love. I’ve always been a massive fan of Enid Blyton, and in recent years it’s been all about Robin Stevens and Katherine Woodfine, so as soon as you mention a middle grade mystery set in a boarding school I’m in!

Luckily, A Girl Called Justice did not disappoint!

From the very first page I was hooked and wanting to know more. Highbury House makes for a very atmospheric setting; it’s clear from the beginning that something is amiss and you’re really sucked into Justice’s world. I was very much reminded of the Murder Most Unladylike series in the way that the story was set out and how you never quite knew who to trust and where the next page would take you.

I’m very excited for more people to get their hands on this book so I have people that I can rave about it with; whilst it was a fairly quick read, it was packed with mystery and intrigue and a host of fascinating characters! I’ve heard wonderful things about Elly’s adult fiction books, and she’s proven with this one that she’s also a dab hand at children’s fiction!


Thank you very much to Hachette for sending me a copy of this title!

Six for Sunday: 3rd March 2019

Hello and welcome back to Six for Sunday! I had a little break for the month of February; in all honesty I struggled with the prompts but I’ve loved reading everyone else’s S4S posts! Six for Sunday is a weekly meme hosted by A Little But A Lot! Today’s theme is:

An Ode To: Favourite Author(s)

  1. Lisa Thompson – Aside from writing one of my favourite books of all time (The Goldfish Boy), Lisa comes across as such a kind and lovely lady on social media and I’d love to get to meet her one day! I am so grateful to her too for sending me French and Spanish editions of The Goldfish Boy, which she didn’t have to do, so I really do appreciate that kindness!
  2. Phyllida Shrimpton – again, an author who has always been so kind and wonderful on social media! I always have felt that she takes the time to get to know her readers, and I always remember how she kindly wished me a merry Christmas last February when my friend and I did our pretend log cabin Christmas!
  3. Robin Stevens – aside from the fact that her books are AMAZING, I always felt touched by the fact that she knew who I was when she signed my books (I was working at the Cheltenham festival as a bookseller so unfortunately couldn’t meet her!).
  4. Anne Digby – I loved Anne Digby’s books growing up, especially her continuations of some of Enid Blyton’s series’, and so when she followed me on Twitter and referred to me in a few tweets about MG reviewers to follow that made me feel really good!
  5. Cliff McNish – again, one of my favourite authors growing up, and I really felt like a superfan as a young teenager when he signed all my books and commented on not having seen anyone else with the hardbacks! He’s such a lovely man!
  6. Kes Gray – apart from that fact that I’ve always loved his books, discovering Worries Go Away made me feel less alone. When he signed my copy, although I wasn’t able to meet him (again Cheltenham festival downside!) he put the most heartfelt and lovely message in it that made the book even more special to me.

I decided to go for a few authors who, by doing something that may seem small, has created memories that I still cherish. There are more that I could’ve mentioned, but these six really do stand out for me!

kayleigh

 

snailycanflyy Book Award 2018

Last year, I hosted my first snailycanflyy Book Award, where I narrowed down my top books of the year, and after a fab reading year the award is back for 2018! Last year saw some tough competition from some amazing books featuring amazing authors and illustrators with the overall winner being the very worthy The Goldfish Boy by Lisa Thompson which still stands out as one of the best books I’ve ever read!

The award is split into three categories – Best Picture Book, Best Middle Grade and Best Young Adult, with a winner in each category and an overall winner. The criteria is simply that it has to be a five-star rated book published in 2018 and one that I want to talk about, one that has stuck with me since reading and one that I would recommend wholeheartedly. So, without futher ado, here are the category nominees:

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BEST PICTURE BOOK:

Oscar the Hungry Unicorn – Lou Carter, Nikki Dyson
The Bear, The Piano, The Dog and the FiddleDavid Litchfield
Ruby’s Worry – Tom Percival
Space Tortoise – Ross Montgomery, David Litchfield
The Story Orchestra: The Sleeping Beauty Jessica Courtney-Tickle

BEST MIDDLE GRADE BOOK:

The Truth PixieMatt Haig
Death in the Spotlight – Robin Stevens
The Eye of the North – Sinead O’Hart
The Light Jar Lisa Thompson
The Secret Seven: Mystery of the Skull – Pamela Butchart

BEST YOUNG ADULT BOOK:

I Was Born For ThisAlice Oseman
To Kill a KingdomAlexandra Christo
LegendaryStephanie Garber
Sunflowers in FebruaryPhyllida Shrimpton
The Exact Opposite of OkayLaura Steven

AND THE WINNERS ARE…drumroll please!

oscar the hungry unicornBEST PICTURE BOOK
Oscar the Hungry Unicorn

death in the spotlightBEST MIDDLE GRADE BOOK
Death in the Spotlight

to kill a kingdomBEST YOUNG ADULT BOOK
To Kill a Kingdom

OVERALL WINNER
The Truth Pixie

A massive congratulations and thank you to all of the authors who’s books made it to the shortlist! All of these books are so incredible and I’ve loved reading them in 2018!

kayleigh

 

WWW Wednesday: 7th November 2018

I’m so mad that I forgot to do this last week – it was the last day of Blogtober too! Anyway, I’ve read a fair bit this week considering that I have a load of exams and studying to do for my job, and I bought two BEAUTIFUL picture books!

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What are you currently reading? 

I’m really in the mood for middle grade mysteries at the minute since my last couple of reads, so I am about to start Peril in Paris! It’s long overdue!

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What did you recently finish reading?

I think I’ve found my new favourite Murder Most Unladylike book – Death in the Spotlight! It was just such an intricate and gripping murder mystery!

What do you think you’ll read next?

Next up I think I shall continue making my way through my NetGalley TBR…I haven’t decided which one yet!

Six for Sunday: 4th November 2018

Hello and it’s a very early morning (for me) welcome to this week’s Six for Sunday (you can find the prompts here)! This week’s topic is:

Dream panels/events

I actually found this prompt a little tricky to think of, especially as I’ve just woken up. So, I’m going to put a slight twist on it and go for the six authors I’d most love to meet!

the goldfish boy1.  Lisa Thompson

I feel so bad for how much I have tagged Lisa in all my fangirling over The Goldfish Boy, and am so grateful to her for sending me the beautiful French and Spanish editions, that she’s top of the list of authors I’d love to meet!

2. Stephanie Garber

The Caraval series is just amazing, and Stephanie seems like such a lovely person that I’d love to have the chance to meet her!

3. Robin Stevens

I’d love to go for bunbreak with Robin Stevens and chat all things murder mystery!

sunflowers in february4. Phyllida Shrimpton

Sunflowers in February has been one of my favourite books this year, and Phyllida seems so lovely on social media that I’d love to get to meet her!

5. Maz Evans

Admittedly I haven’t read her books yet, though I recommend them…but she seems hilarious and like she’d be good fun!

6. Giovanna Fletcher

Who wouldn’t? She’s adorable and everyone says how lovely she is to meet!

Which authors would you most like to meet? Have you met any of the ones I’ve listed?

WWW Wednesday: 17th October 2018

Good evening! It’s day 17 of Blogtober which I am still doing and am so proud of myself for! I’ve had a bit of a refresh on the blog this week and have new header images, and am working on improving my reviews and posts so that they just look better in general – any feedback would be amazing please and thank you!

What are you currently reading? 

I’ve just started the Amelia Fang series which I bought purely for it being Laura Ellen Anderson – it’s the cutest series! I keep buying the next book without having even started the first, so I figured it’s about time I did.

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What did you recently finish reading?

I read my first proper book in ages this week, which okay it’s a young reader book, but still! I really enjoyed Wish for a Witch by Kaye Umansky and Ashley King and you can check out my full review here.

What do you think you’ll read next?

Death in the Spotlight, Which Witch…I have so many books to read!

Six for Sunday: 14th October 2018

Hello and welcome back to Six for Sunday (you can find the prompts here!). I hope you’ve all had a good week. Today I’ve been down to see my friend for dinner so she can meet the other half and we can talk wedding plans for her (I’m Chief Bridesmaid. I’m very excited) and am now looking forward to an evening of sorting out my blog! I’ve found this week’s topic to be fairly easy, but also tricky; there are so many to choose from! The topic is:

Favourite series

1.  Murder Most Unladylike – Robin Stevens

Guaranteed to break any reading slump, this series is addictive and makes for such an enjoyable read! Each book has an intricate mystery that keeps readers hooked and guessing.

2. Throne of Glass – Sarah J Maas

Another reading slump buster, this series is just incredible. It sparked my love of Sarah J Maas and YA fantasy, and is just a gripping series.

3. A Court of Thorns and Roses – Sarah J Maas

Rhysand. Need I say more. I hated this one at first because I didn’t like Feyre  much as a narrator, but once I was gripped, I was gripped!

4. Children of the Red King – Jenny Nimmo

One of the most underrated series of all time, the series had me hooked from book one, Midnight for Charlie Bone, and it deserves as much love as Harry Potter. Speaking of which…

5. Harry Potter – JK Rowling

Are you surprised to see this one on here? Me too.

6. The Doomspell Trilogy – Cliff McNish

Another incredibly underrated series, The Doomspell is like a dark Narnia series that is just exquisite! 

There were so many more that I could’ve chosen from – I loved so many series growing up and still do so narrowing it down was actually really tricky! Have you read any of these series?

Spooky Reads for Children

Welcome back to my Spooky Reads recommendations, and this time I am looking at books for older children. That said, this list includes some timeless classics that everyone can love! So without further ado, here are some of the best books for reading this Autumn and October!

The Black Book of Secrets – F.E.Higgins

The Witches – Roald Dahl

The Witches (Dahl Fiction)

Which Witch – Eva Ibbotson

Which Witch?

 

 

 

 

Monster Mission -Eva Ibbotson

Monster Mission

The Beasts of Clawstone Castle – Eva Ibbotson

The Beasts of Clawstone Castle

The Secret of Platform 13 – Eva Ibbotson

The Secret of Platform 13

 

 

 

 

A Place Called Perfect – Helena Duggan

A Place Called Perfect (Place Called Perfect 1)

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – J.K.Rowling

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone: 1/7 (Harry Potter 1)

Midnight for Charlie Bone – Jenny Nimmo

Midnight for Charlie Bone

 

 

 

 

The Bad Beginning – Lemony Snicket

The Bad Beginning (A Series of Unfortunate Events)

Most Unladylike – Robin Stevens

Murder Most Unladylike: A Murder Most Unladylike Mystery

The Clockwork Sparrow – Katherine Woodfine

The Clockwork Sparrow (Sinclair's Mysteries)

 

 

 

 

Uncle Montague’s Tales of Terror – Chris Priestley

Uncle Montague's Tales of Terror

The Apprentice Witch – James Nicol

The Apprentice Witch

The Weather Witch – Paul Stewart

The Weather Witch

 

 

 

 

Have you read any of these? What would you recommend for children as perfect reads this Halloween?