Blog Birthday!

Morning Loves!

Well, I’ve finally made it to half term. I can honestly say that in my career I don’t think I’ve ever experienced a term quite like that one. There have been some really wonderful highlights though. We threw a party for our Year 11 students which was wonderful and we managed to at least give the year group a good send off. It’s also been the month for being able to socialise in groups of up to six. Six is clearly the magic number because I want to share with you today the fact that my little blog is now six years old!

On the 25th May 2015, I decided to take up blogging because I just wanted a little space to call my own. I wanted to be able to write about the books and places I love. I can’t believe those six years have flown by and where we are now. So much has changed and yet I’d like to thing my blog has grown from strength to strength. Part of that is because of you wonderful fellow bloggers.

I’d like to share with you all on this post some of my top sixes. I hope you enjoy!!

Top Six Favourite Books EVER:

1. Harry Potter Series – J.K. Rowling. This isn’t going to be a surprise to anyone that knows me or my blog. I grew up with these books. They were a huge part of my childhood. I was also a little bit devastated when I didn’t receive my letter…

2. The Toymakers – Robert Dinsdale. I found this book to be utterly incredible for so many reasons. It’s still the one book I buy for all my friends for birthdays. Everyone has to read it. It’s just one of those gems that stay with you.

3. Cartes Postales from Greece – Victoria Hislop. I have two copies of this book – paperback and hardback – where the postcards are all in colour. This book is really incredible. Set in my favourite country of Cyprus, this book was another that I found by pure chance. It’s also the book I’ve re-read most (outside of the texts I teach annually at school).

4. Hungry – Grace Dent. This book is a new addition to my favourites list because it’s a fairly new book. However, I thoroughly enjoyed this book because it made me reflect on my own foodie childhood. It’s something I’ve really never considered before – the relationship between food and our memories. I can remember ever Saturday morning whilst my mum worked, sending the day with my dad eating beans on toast. It’s the little things like that that this book reminded me of.

5. The Ravenmaster: My Life with the Ravens at the Tower of London – Christopher Skaife. London is a brilliant city full of life and energy. This book gave me a glimpse into what life is like in the Tower of London. It’s steeped in history and I found that I really wanted to see the ravens once I’d read it. You may have seen recently in the news about the death of Merlina but the birth and the new name being announced of the latest addition. This is really a gem of a book.

6. To Kill A Mockingbird – Harper Lee. This book was my GCSE text when I was at school. I remember reading it and feeling lost with the world that I didn’t really know. This book really has stood the test of time and it’s one that I would urge everyone to read. I also think having a child narrator (Scout) is really clever. Seeing the world in the eyes of a child is quite a revealing thing.

Top Six Books I Need To Read:

1. The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkien
2. 1984 – George Orwell
3. The Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
4. Little Woman – Louisa May Alcott
5. Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury
6. David Copperfield – Charles Dickens

These are all classics and I am absolutely well aware that there are hundreds if not thousands more that I want to read. Looking at my own TBR pile at the moment is overwhelming in itself but the holidays are for this moment – sleeping and reading. I can’t wait!!

What are your favourites? Have you got any books you really should have read by now? Regardless, I hope my lists have inspired your next read. The majority of my TBR list comes from my fellow bloggers in this community. I’m going to attempt to make a dent in the HUGE pile of books I’ve got to read over my half term break. Of course, I’ll be here for my review of this months book choice for my reading challenge and I’ll be posting my round-up of the month too. If we’re lucky, I’ll also be sharing with you more book reviews on books I’ve thoroughly enjoyed reading.

Thank you for all of the support over the last six years.

Big Love to you all! Xx

62 thoughts on “Blog Birthday!

  1. Happy Birthday. I too need to read LOTR, I own them and have done for several years now – oops. It’s certainly been an unusual couple of years in education and us teachers have had to evolve and adapt soooo much. Enjoy the week, it looks like we will have some good weather after a miserable May.

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  2. Congratulations, that is amazing! Interesting to see Grace Dent’s Hungry on your top 6 list. That one has been on my radar as well. Not sure I can relate the same way as you can though, since I didn’t grow up in the UK.

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      1. Yes, absolutely, although probably different food than Grace Dent. But I definitely think that certain food is strongly connected with our childhood memories.


  3. Happy Blogiversary! And congratulations on getting through another challenging school term.

    Well, I’ll be starting Anne of Green Gables soon – got it from the library. I have no shortage of unread books in the house. Unwritten books, too!

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  4. Happy anniversary. Such an interesting post to read. (What is it about lists? Irresistible!) I also love Harry Potter, and To Kill a Mockingbird. I haven’t read the others but I’ve read all on your TBR list there, which gives away my advanced age!

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  5. ohhh congrats on 6 years!!! how does it feel to be blogging for so long?? its super cool that you’ve been on wordpress since 6 years, i’ve barely been here 6 months haha

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    1. That’s so sweet thank you. Well, it’s gone in a flash! I post as and when I can but I’ve really loved it. I’ve deleted a lot of my earlier ones because I was running out of space but it’s been a complete joy to do really.

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  6. Jan @ thedoodlecrafter

    Six years is such a long time and it’s amazing that you are blogging for that long💫💛. And good luck on blogging forward for a long time too!!

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  7. Happy Blog Birthday, Charley – how fun to look back and remember the beginnings of your blog. I relate to that. You are lined up to read one of my favorites, The Grapes of Wrath. I liked The Hobbit, too. Hope you are enjoying your break and celebrating a lot of great blogging! 😀

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    1. Aw, Book Club Mom. One of my very first blogging friends. I’ll always be grateful to you and your support. You’re just so lovely to me. I can’t wait to crack on with some reading and to find more adventures in books! X

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  8. Charley, hope you’re having a wonderful reading break! 😀 The sun has for once arrived just in time for a half term! Happy Six Years of blogging! Wow! A superb achievement and you’ve given us so many brilliant recommendations over the years and lovely to meet you here on WP to chat about all things books & life.

    You’ve reminded me I’ve got the VIctoria Hislop book languishing on my bookshelf and will read that this summer. As for your books you need to read, I’ve read all these and yes, you should read all these! In the order listed!😀

    If you wish to add to your TBR one of my latest favourite books I’ve read is ‘West With Giraffes’ by Lynda Rutledge. A true gem and you’ll love it I’m sure!

    Happy Blogging & Reading! Xx

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    1. It’s a lovely half term so far, so much so that I’ve got a touch of sunburn. It caught me completely unaware!
      Thanks so much. You’ve been with me right from day one so I am really so grateful.
      I knew you’d have read them all! I can always count on you to know a good book. I’ll absolutely look into West With Giraffes. It sounds like my thing entirely so good spot!
      I hope you have a wonderful week. I’m sure you’ll be soaking up the sun as well! Xx

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  11. Thank you for sharing!!… Happy Blog Birthday!!.. hope the day (and every day) were filled with love and happiness and you have many more!!.. 🙂

    Until we meet again..
    May your day be touched
    by a bit of Irish luck,
    Brightened by a song
    in your heart,
    And warmed by the smiles
    of people you love.
    (Irish Saying)

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