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Top Ten Tuesday: Bingeworthy shows

Top Ten Tuesday: Bingeworthy shows

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish, but was recently relocated to That Artsy Reader Girl.  I don’t watch much TV anymore, but back when I was revising for exams in sixth form I constantly had TV on in the background. Most of […]

Blog tour: The Incendiaries by R.O. Kwon

Blog tour: The Incendiaries by R.O. Kwon

Hello, and welcome to my stop on the blog tour for The Incendiaries by R.O. Kwon. A debut novel widely agreed to be one of the most anticipated novels of 2018, it’s an honour to have been invited to participate – a huge thank you to Grace […]

Top Ten Tuesday: A Library of Lessons

Top Ten Tuesday: A Library of Lessons

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish, but was recently relocated to That Artsy Reader Girl


This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is a back to school based freebie, so I’ve decided to pair each subject up with a book which either features or is about it. If you know you enjoy a subject you know that you’ll like the book, too!


Art – You Don’t Know Me but I Know You by Rebecca Barrow

You Don't Know Me But I Know You by Rebecca Barrow

Audrey is an artist, and her passion is a huge part of Rebecca Barrow’s debut novel.

English – All of This Is True by Lygia Day Penaflor

All of This is True by Lygia Day Penaflor

All of This is True is a story about an author, told in multiple different styles. This book is the embodiment of English classes, with so much to analyse.

Geography – Paper Towns by John Green

Paper Towns by John Green

Paper Towns is perfect for a geography lesson, because not only does it feature a road trip but it also educates people on the creation of maps and the definition of what a paper town is.

History – Things a Bright Girl Can Do by Sally Nicholls

Things a Bright Girl Can Do by Sally Nicholls

Things a Bright Girl Can Do tells the story of the introduction of voting for women, so although it focuses on a very specific aspect of history it’s an extremely important part, too.

Maths – The Square Root of Summer by Harriet Reuter Hapgood

The Square Root of Summer by Harriet Reuter Hapgood

I haven’t read The Square Root of Summer yet, but it was the most appropriate book I could think to choose to pair up with maths.

Media – It Only Happens in the Movies by Holly Bourne

It Only Happens in the Movies by Holly Bourne

It Only Happens in the Movies examines the truth of romcoms and discusses the sexist nature of the movie industry, so this is a great book to read when focusing on media.

Music – Slay by Kim Curran

Slay by Kim Curran

Slay are a boyband who travel the world slay-ing demons, but there’s a lot of discussion about music in this book so it works nicely for the subject.

PE – Wing Jones by Katherine Webber

Wing Jones by Katherine Webber

Wing Jones learns to run to deal with grief, and soon enough she’s one of the best runners in school. There are quite a few books which feature running but not all of them get as descriptive as this one, so I couldn’t choose anything else for

Politics – Second Best Friend by Non Pratt

Second Best Friend by Non Pratt

Second Best Friend is the story of two friends who are competing against each other in a general election in their school. Not only is it a great introduction to how political campaigning works, it’s also set in a school which makes it even more appropriate for this topic.

Science Chemistry Lessons by Meredith Goldstein

Chemistry Lessons by Meredith Goldstein

Chemistry Lessons is specifically about chemistry, but there’s also some biology laced through it, too. I can’t remember it having physics, but it’s close enough to be able to represent science.


If you’re interested in purchasing any of these books, please consider using my Amazon Affiliate link (found in the book’s title). If you’d like to read more about each book, please click their cover: you’ll be redirected to their Goodreads page.


I hope you enjoyed this week’s Top Ten Tuesday! What did you choose to write about for your freebie week?



Blog tour: The Stig Plays a Dangerous Game by Jon Claydon and Tim Lawler

Blog tour: The Stig Plays a Dangerous Game by Jon Claydon and Tim Lawler

I’m ridiculously excited to welcome you to my stop on The Stig Plays a Dangerous Game blog tour. I’ve never been a huge Top Gear fan but the enigma of The Stig has always fascinated me, and this novelisation seemed like the perfect opportunity to learn a […]

Top Ten Tuesday: Slump Busters

Top Ten Tuesday: Slump Busters

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish, but was recently relocated to That Artsy Reader Girl.    I have been through a lot of reading slumps. Some have lasted years, some have lasted seasons, but some have only lasted for a few days. […]

July wrap-up

Somehow we’re nearly three weeks into August and I’ve only just realised that I didn’t post a July wrap-up. Whoops. So here it is!


Work has been CRAZY. Last month I said that I hoped the amount of extra shifts I was asked to do was going to slow down a little bit, but it hasn’t. I’ve worked constantly throughout the past two weeks (probably why I forgot to write this wrap-up, as I can’t actually remember July finishing…) and I’m working for the next eight days in two different stores. Eek!

At least things have calmed down on the feeding front. Our daughter is five months old tomorrow, so we’re beginning to talk about weaning her, but at the moment she’s not feeding all the time and is only drinking one bottle while I’m at work – a relief, because it means I don’t have to worry about expressing as much.


I’ve been quite active again this month, but still won’t be posting stats because it’s the middle of the month and I can’t find an easy way to access last month’s stats (someone who knows more about WordPress than I do, hit me up?). It’s been nice to get back into the swing of things with the blog, and hopefully I’ll eventually remember to share posts like this at the beginning of the month and not near the end of the next month.


We didn’t actually go to any shows in July, which was a shame, but we’ve got a pretty busy September so you’ll be getting more of a music wrap-up next month.


I finally got over my reading slump and managed to read 8 books in July. I still haven’t posted my reviews of Eighth Grade Bites by Heather Brewer or Catalyst by Laurie Halse Anderson, but I did post reviews of PromThe Bird Room (which I finished at the end of last month), Because You Love To Hate Me and Can I Speak To Someone In Charge?. The rest of the books were ones that I only reviewed on Goodreads, but at least I was actually reading again.


My wrap-up next month is going to be a bit more detailed, but at least you’ve got some idea of what was going on with me last month! How was your July?



Review: SLAY by Kim Curran

Review: SLAY by Kim Curran

‘Slay did two things, and they did them well. Play killer music and kick demon butt. Music done. It was butt-kicking time.’  If you love One Direction, 5 Seconds of Summer and McFly, you’ll love Slay. JD, Tom, Connor, Niv and Zek are the next […]

Top Ten Tuesday: Favourite bookish websites

Top Ten Tuesday: Favourite bookish websites

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish, but was recently relocated to That Artsy Reader Girl.    I’ll be honest, most of the bookish websites that I visit are blogs. That means this post is going to be a sprinkling of sites I […]

Blog tour: In Bloom by C.J. Skuse

Blog tour: In Bloom by C.J. Skuse

Hi there, and welcome to my stop on the In Bloom blog tour.

This post contains spoilers for Sweetpea, so please look away if you haven’t read it yet!

I only reviewed Sweetpea a couple of weeks ago, but I couldn’t resist taking part in this tour and getting to see what Rhiannon had been up to since the end of the first installment in the series.

In case you weren’t aware that Sweetpea was getting a sequel, here’s all you need to know about In Bloom:

In Bloom by C.J. Skuse

The darkly comic crime sequel to Sweetpea, following girl-next-door serial killer Rhiannon as she’s now caught between the urge to kill and her unborn baby stopping her.

If only they knew the real truth. It should be my face on those front pages. My headlines. I did those things, not him. I just want to stand on that doorstep and scream it: IT WAS ME. ME. ME. ME. ME!

Rhiannon Lewis has successfully fooled the world and framed her cheating fiancé Craig for the depraved and bloody killing spree she committed. She should be ecstatic that she’s free.

Except for one small problem. She’s pregnant with her ex-lover’s child. The ex-lover she only recently chopped up and buried in her in-laws’ garden. And as much as Rhiannon wants to continue making her way through her kill lists, a small voice inside is trying to make her stop.

But can a killer’s urges ever really be curbed?

I haven’t had the chance to finish In Bloom yet (I’m about halfway through, and so far it’s even better than the first book) but I have a brilliant extract from the book to share with you today. Fasten your seatbelts, it’s a tense one…

Sunday, 24th June – 7 weeks pregnant


So there I was, red-handed, red-faced, naked and straddling a corpse. His body is covered in my DNA so even if I did toss him over the balcony onto several parked hatchbacks, the evidence would lead straight back to me.


“Jesus Christ police have got loud knocks. Okay okay okay okay think whatdoIdowhatdoIdowhatdoIdo?” Prison is a no no. I’ve seen Orange is the New Black. I can’t do all that lesbianing. It looks exhausting.


“Yeah, I guess I’m gonna have to, aren’t I?”

I fling on my dressing gown and tiptoe across to the bedroom door. The knock comes again and I jump a clear foot in the air.

For crying out loud, Mummy. This isn’t just about you now. You’ve got me to think about. Answer it and tell them you can’t speak to them now. 

“Oh yeah they’re gonna love that, aren’t they? ‘Sorry, Sarge, could you pop out for a couple of doughnuts while I dispose of this corpse I’ve been sleeping with, then do feel free to come back with your Marigolds on and have a good root around?’ It’s not gonna wash, Foetus Face.”


Right well that knocking is getting right on my tits now so just answer it. You’ll think of something.

I’ll admit, I’d have been lost if it hadn’t been for that little voice from beyond my own vagina telling me what to do. I tiptoed across the cold floor.


The words ‘shit’ and ‘creek’ spring to mind and there ain’t a paddle in sight. “Fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck FUCK!”

Damn stupid to kill him here in the first place. What was I thinking? Must be the start of ‘Baby Brain’. That’s what I’m going to blame it on anyway.

Don’t you lay this shit on me.

How did I think I was going to get a six-foot Australian man-child out of my flat, along the hall, down two flights, across the car port and into my tiny car without being seen by some busy-body with a nose for cadavers? I’ve told you what to do – cut him up! Fortunately AJ wasn’t decomposing quickly – I’d drained him out over the bath before I left for the hen weekend. This slows the process down. I saw Dad do it once through a warehouse window – him and his associates, all in balaclavas.

Not just a pretty face, am I? *wink emoji*

Anyway, my heart’s pounding and my mouth’s all dry but the situation is what it is. There’s no escape. The knock echoes once more, I take in a deep lungful of air, prepare my best ‘shocked and saddened’ face and open the door of the flat.

I don’t know about you, but I think it’s impossible to resist continuing a story which starts as explosively as this one. If you’d like to purchase a copy of In Bloom, please consider using my Amazon affiliate link.

About the author:C.J. Skuse

C.J. Skuse is the author of the young adult novels Pretty Bad Things, Rockoholic and Dead Romantic (Chicken House), Monster and The Deviants (Mira Ink). She was born in 1980 in Weston-super-Mare, England. She has First Class degrees in Creative Writing and Writing for Children and, aside from writing novels lectures in Writing for Young People at Bath Spa University. C.J. has released two adult books, Sweetpea and In Bloom (HQ/HarperCollins).

C.J. loves Masterchef, Gummy Bears and murder sites. She hates carnivals, hard-boiled eggs and coughing. The movies TitanicMy Best Friend’s Wedding and Ruby Sparks were all probably based on her ideas; she just didn’t get to write them down in time. Before she dies, she would like to go to Japan, try clay-pigeon shooting and have Ryan Gosling present her with the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.

If you’d like to find out more about C.J. Skuse, you can follow her on Twitter.


I hope you enjoyed my stop on the In Bloom blog tour. Huge thanks to Isabel from HarperCollins for reaching out and inviting me to take part. My review of In Bloom should be up towards the end of the week, so you’ll have to remember to pop back to hear my thoughts!



Blog tour: Love the Stationery in Your Classroom by Rebecca Palliser

Blog tour: Love the Stationery in Your Classroom by Rebecca Palliser

Welcome to the first of two blog tours which I’m taking part in today. The two titles couldn’t be much further apart – this is a book aimed at young school children, while I’m also on the blog tour for C.J. Skuse’s second adult crime […]