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