Category Archives: New Year

NYE – Roll on 2017

Hey guys! 

Before it gets a bit crazy and everyone is in the roll of festivities for New Years Eve, I just wanted to wish you all a HAPPY NEW YEAR!! 

This community really is amazing. I’ve spoken with some incredible people with blogs I’m in awe of. I’m lucky to be a part of that and to know such lovely people. 

Surprisingly, I have no big plans for 2017. I don’t plan on changing who I am or making any grand gesture. What’s the likelihood of sticking to it anyway?! What I do plan on doing is changing my focus and outlook on things. 

This image kind of sums it up perfectly. So much so, I’m going to print it and pop it up in my classroom. 

Whatever your plans are for this NYE I hope you all have a fabulous evening. I wish you health, happiness and peace for 2017. For me it’s a meal with my family, a big knit and a thick scarf. (See pic below) Then, we will crack open a bottle and sit watching the fireworks on tv. It takes all sorts I guess. 

Big love guys. Make 2017 your year! Xx



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Au Revoir 2015! My Bookish New Years Resolution

Hey everyone! 

Well we are getting ever closer to the end of this year and the start of 2016! Therefore, I thought it would be the perfect time to look back on my New Years resolution for 2015. I set myself a challenge of reading 100 books in a year and I’m really proud to report that I read 104

I was adamant I would continue to read for pleasure a variety of poetry, prose and drama and I’m thrilled that I managed to do it! I tried to read different genres too. You’ll see from my list there’s a mixed bag here. I’m sure others would have read many more than me, but considering how life and work sometimes takes over I’m really chuffed. 

The books I read in 2015: 


  • John Agard – Half-Caste and Other Poems
  • Cecelia Ahern – The Year I Met You
  • Cecelia Ahern – Love, Rosie (Where Rainbows End)
  • Mitch Albom – The First Phone Call From Heaven
  • Hans Christian Anderson – Stories from Hans Andersen
  • Hans Christian Anderson – The Tinder Box
  • Hans Christian Anderon – Andersen’s Fairy Tales
  • Daisy Ashford – Where Love Lies Deepest
  • Dani Atkins – Fractured
  • Jane Austen – The Beautifull Cassandra
  • Denis Avey – The Man Who Broke Into Auschwitz



  • Fredrik Backman – A Man Called Ove
  • Alan Bennett – The Lady in the Van
  • Harold Brighouse – Hobson’s Choice
  • Emily Brightwell – Mrs Jeffries & the Missing Alibi
  • Emily Bronte – The Night is Darkening Round Me



  • Eric Carle – The Very Hungry Caterpillar
  • Rachael Chadwick – 60 Postcards
  • Stephen Chbosky – The Perks of Being a Wallflower
  • Jenny Colgan – The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris
  • Judith Cutler – The Keeper of Secrets



  • Roald Dahl – Rhyme Stew
  • Roald Dahl – Ah, Sweet Mystery of Life
  • Roald Dahl – Switch Bitch
  • Roald Dahl – The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar
  • Roald Dahl – Esio Trot
  • Roald Dahl – Going Solo
  • Jill Dawson – The Great Lover
  • Len Deighton – An Expensive Place to Die
  • Charles Dickens – Christmas Books
  • Charles Dickens – Oliver Twist
  • Charles Dickens – The Great Winglebury Duel
  • Charles Dickens – A Christmas Carol
  • Arthur Conan Doyle – The Narrative of John Smith
  • Jonny Duddle – A Pirate’s Guide to Landlubbing




  • Jasper Fforde – The Eyre Affair
  • F. Scott Fitzgerald – The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
  • Penelope Fitzgerald – The Bookshop
  • Giovanna Fletcher – Dream A Little Christmas Dream
  • Tom Fletcher and Dougie Poynter – The Dinosaur That Pooped A Lot



  • Claire Gadsby – Perfect Assessment for Learning
  • Robert Galbraith – A Career in Evil
  • Nina George – The Little Paris Bookshop
  • Linda Grant – The Clothes on Their Backs
  • John Green – Looking For Alaska
  • John Green – Paper Towns
  • John Green & David Leuithan – Will Grayson, Will Grayson



  • Mark Haddon – A Spot of Bother
  • Daniel Handler – Why We Broke Up
  • Helene Hanff – 84 Charing Cross Street
  • Paula Hawkins – The Girl on the Train
  • Emma Healey – Elizabeth is Missing
  • Mary Hooper – At the Sign of the Sugar Plum
  • Nick Hornby – High Fidelity
  • Nick Hornby – How to be Good
  • Nick Hornby – Juliet, Naked
  • Nick Hornby – A Long Way Down
  • Kathryn Hughes – The Letter




  • Pasi Ilmari Jaaskelainen – The Rabbit Back Literature Society
  • Henry James – The Figure in the Carpet




  • Harper Lee – Go Set A Watchman
  • Harper Lee – To Kill A Mockingbird
  • Nell Leyshon – The Colour of Milk
  • Mary Elizabeth Lucy – Mistress of Charlecote: The Memoirs of Mary Elizabeth Lucy 1803-1889



  • Christopher Matthew – Now We Are Sixty
  • Guy de Maupassant – Femme Fatale
  • Bob McCabe – Harry Potter Page to Screen: The Complete Filming Journey
  • Horace McCoy – They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?
  • David McKee – Elmer’s Parade
  • Kristina McMorris – Letters From Home
  • Tom Michell – The Penguin Lessons
  • Arthur Miller – A View From the Bridge
  • A. A. Milne – Now We Are Six
  • Clement C Moore – The Night Before Christmas
  • Richard C Morais – The Hundred-Foot Journey
  • JoJo Moyles – Paris for One
  • Kate Muir – Left Bank



  • Jandy Nelson – The Sky is Everywhere
  • Irene Nemirovsky – The Fires of Autumn
  • David Nicholls – Starter for Ten



  • Jenny Oliver – The Parisan Christmas Bake Off
  • France’s Osbourne – Park Lane
  • Wilfred Owen – Anthem for Doomed Youth



  • Raquel J Palacio – Wonder
  • Nicky Pellengino – The Food of Love Cookery School
  • Samuel Pepys – The Great Fire of London
  • Sarah Perry – After Me Comes The Flood
  • Edgar Allen Poe – The Tell-Tale Heart



  • Anthony Quinn – Curtain Call



  • Willy Russell – Blood Brothers



  • Annie Sanders – Busy Woman Seeks Wife
  • Claire Sandy – What Would Mary Berry Do?
  • Brian Sibley – Harry Potter: Film Wizardry
  • Julia Stoneham – Muddy Boots and Silk Stockings



  • Elizabeth Taylor – Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont
  • James Thurber – The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
  • J.R.R Tolkien – Letters From Father Christmas
  • Sue Townsend – The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 3/4




  • Delphine De Vigan – No and Me



  • David Walliams – Ratburger
  • David Walliams -Awful Auntie
  • Walt Whitman – On the Beach at Night Alone
  • Katherine Woodfine – The Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow





  • Benjamin Zephaniah & Richard Conlon – Face: The Play


So, this leads me to this years resolution, again, to read 100 books including a variety of prose, poetry and drama from a range of genres. Wish me luck! 

Whilst I’m at it, I just want to wish you all a very happy, healthy and peaceful new year. Make sure 2016 is the best yet!! 

Big love xx


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