Monday, July 24, 2017

SCHOOL'S OUT FOR SUMMER: A Summer of Reading



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Oh my gosh what a year! It's gone by so quick and yet so long at the same time. Now I know why teachers and school staff need those six weeks off. Ha. So I survived my first year as a secondary school librarian, it was challenging, amazing, inspiring and I can't believe I've done it. I feel like I've done so much, I've got the library how I want it to be and it took the whole year to do it and I've never been more prouder. Managing a library is one hell of a job, and we, librarians don't have it easy, plus how the government can think we can supply literature for all children and students on the budget we have is plain bonkers. 

But enough of me ranting, I just wanted to say hello to everyone and that I know the blog has been a bit sporadic with my reviews and reading of late, but I hope to really catch up on everything as I have the time too. I have two blog tours taking place, getting some author content, and picking my reading from these glorious books. So many gorgeous titles it's hard to choose half the time. If you have any suggestions which ones first, then let me know in the comments. 


My little book corner in my room - the books I bought but mostly received from the lovely publishers. I've also got a reading list to read too for a challenge we host to our students in the new term. So lots to be done and read. If you have similar books, then I'd love to buddy read. I know I'm reading the latest Paula Stokes book with Jasprit. So it will be nice to get back into the blogging community. 

So that's it for now - do come say hi to me. It will be nice to chat all things books and catch up with you all. 

xx

Monday, July 10, 2017

REVIEW - LOBSTERS by Tom Ellen & Lucy Ivison



Lobsters 
by Tom Ellen & Lucy Ivison
Publisher - Chicken House Books
Release Date - June 5th 2014
Buy - Amazon | Book Depository

Sam and Hannah only have the holidays to find 'The One'. Their lobster. But instead of being epic, their summer is looking awkward. They must navigate social misunderstandings, the plotting of well-meaning friends, and their own fears of being virgins for ever to find happiness. But fate is at work to bring them together. And in the end, it all boils down to love.







My Review
Lobsters is the first book that Tom and Lucy wrote together and the second that I've read of theirs. After reading their latest, Freshers, I wanted another book that had that same effect, the infectious smiling and laughing-out-loud moments, a book that totally brightens your day! 

Hannah and Sam have both finished their exams, the exams that will decide their fate and whether they will go to their desired uni they want. Whilst their worries are on their exams or how much they thye might have messed up History or French, one more pressing matter at hand, the summer of love, the summer where they hope to lose their virginity. Hannah and Sam meet at the end of exams party at her best friend's, Stella house. Meeting in a bathroom couldn't be more romantic, they proclaiming their love for hot ribena, later becoming their own love for each other. Hot Ribena Girl (Hannah) and Toilet Boy (Sam) get pulled into different directions, each thinking about each other whilst also thinking about their summer to come.

I adored Hannah and Sam as a couple they are so cute, and I love a couple that enjoy a good cup of hot ribena! Hot Ribena is awesome, I'm in that club and it's what started their relationship, it couldn't get more cuter than that. What I love also is that I can imagine that Lucy wrote Hannah's side and Tom, Sam's narrative of the novel, giving it that totally honest and realistic approach to the book. Characters like Hannah's Nan with her crazy and bright outlook on life, almost refreshing to see and Sam's friend Robin who follows Harry Potter as his philosophy of life. Lobsters has so much to offer and characters that you can totally resonate with. 

I loved this book! I love its realistic and an honest portrayal of teenage life and nothing is sugarcoated at all. Lobsters is teenage life at it's more awkward and most important too, our turning point from teenage to a young adult. What I also loved was that this book is sex positive, nowadays, sex is such a 'thing' in teenage life, all about who have you pulled, oh have you had sex etc. It's like teenagers have to grow up so quickly now, with the worrying of when or who to lose your virginity too. Sex doesn't just happen, it's certainly isn't like the movies or some books they we compare it too, there is so much more to it, to think about, to know about. I urge teenagers to read this book, working in a school of girls, this is an important as it is funny and romantic book to read. Tom and Lucy have nailed it on their first book. 

Rating - 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟