Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Goodreads: What I'm Reading In August

In July, I put myself on a book ban. Naturally, this means I ended up with a full shelf’s worth of new books to delve into. (It also resulted in the need for an entirely brand new bookshelf to be purchased, but that’s a whole different kettle of fish.) 

The first book I’m planning on indulging in in August is one I’ve actually already started – I’m more than half-way through it, in fact. I had never heard of We Are Okay by Nina LaCour before stumbling upon it on Amazon, although I have read a book written by Nina before. It was a very spontaneous and uninformed purchase and my initial thoughts are incredibly positive. I have had a pretty good year in terms of choosing (and enjoying) books so I’m pleased to say that this one seems to be falling into place as a particularly beautiful and heart-warming read. I love the characters so far, I love Nina’s style and the prose itself is some of the most beautiful I’ve read in a long time. I’ve also been skipping back and forth between reading Ice-cream for Breakfast by Laura Jane Williams. I won this book in a twitter giveaway last week (HA to you, book ban!) and it looks absolutely darling on my coffee table. It’s a good one to pick up every now and again and read a section of and I’m finding it very, very funny.

I’ve had the most beautiful bound copy of Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier in my possession foe quite a while and this month is FINALLY the month I get myself sat down and stuck in to some proper, good old fashioned classic literature.

As I get stuck into my planning for the new school year, this month calls for me re-reading the required reading for my class literacy lessons. Two of the books that have been chosen this year are The Iron Man by Ted Hughes, which happens to be one of my favourite children’s books and Roald Dahl’s The Twits, which is always a good shout, book-wise. Getting to grips with the two stories and deciding what I want the children to produce writing-wise as a response to the texts has to be well thought through so taking this month to do that is top of my priorities list.

The final book on my list for the month is actually a poetry collection- No Matter the Wreckage by Sarah Kay. Again, this was a book that I was attracted to whilst perusing the shelves of Amazon. I’ve had a flick through the pages and glanced over a few of the poems and I think they’ll be right up my street. There’s a mixture of styles and types of poem and I’m so intrigued to read on and analyse and unravel the meaning behind them. It’s been a while since I’ve read good poetry so I’m hoping that this will be the start of a very interesting journey.

What are you reading this month? Please do let me know!

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