Ho Ho Ho People,

Well, Christmas is over and I ate far too much. That is all I have. Hope it was all merry and bright for you all and that you were gifted the gift of books…yep. I got a few.

After my November slump I got more into the reading habit in December. Here is what I read.

  • The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me by Roald Dahl (Hardback)
  • The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo (eBook – Carnegie Long List 2019)
  • Paper Avalanches by Lisa Williams (Paperbacks – Review Copy)
  • Charlie and Me: 421 Miles From Home (Paperback – Carnegie Long List 2019)
  • Tilly and the Bookwanderers by Anna James (Hardback)
  • One Christmas Wish by Katherine Rundell (Hardback)
  • Things A Bright Girl Can Do by Sally Nicholls (NetGalley eBook – Carnegie Long List 2019)
  • When You Reach Me by Rebecca Staid (Paperback)
  • Should I Stay Or Should I Go by James Ball (Hardback)
  • The House with a Clock in Its Walls by John Bellairs (Paperback)
  • The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid (Paperback)
  • I’ll Be There For You by Kelsey Miller (eBook)
  • Us by Curtis Wilkund (Hardback)
  • The Astonishing Colour of After by Emily X R Pan (Paperback – Carnegie Long List 2019)
  • What Would Boudicca Do? by Elizabeth Foley (eBook)
  • White Feather by Catherine and David MacPail (Paperback)
  • New Erotica for Feminists by Catilin Kunkel et al (Hardback)
  • Once by Morris Gleitzman (Paperback)

I was trying to get through a lot of my NetGalley books but I found that I was making myself miserable. I will get through them but in my own time. I am currently trying to get through the Carnegie long list. There are some good ones on the list

I hope your December has been great. Hope you have a brilliant new year.

Make sure you check out my post tomorrow about the best books I read in 2018.

Lis x

Title: Posted

Author: John David Anderson

Pages: 384 Pages

Publisher: Walden Pond Press

The Blurb

In middle school, words aren’t just words. They can be weapons. They can be gifts. The right words can win you friends or make you enemies. They can come back to haunt you. Sometimes they can change things forever.

When cell phones are banned at Branton Middle School, Frost and his friends Deedee, Wolf, and Bench come up with a new way to communicate: leaving sticky notes for each other all around the school. It catches on, and soon all the kids in school are leaving notes–though for every kind and friendly one, there is a cutting and cruel one as well.

In the middle of this, a new girl named Rose arrives at school and sits at Frost’s lunch table. Rose is not like anyone else at Branton Middle School, and it’s clear that the close circle of friends Frost has made for himself won’t easily hold another. As the sticky-note war escalates, and the pressure to choose sides mounts, Frost soon realizes that after this year, nothing will ever be the same.


The Review

What would happen if a school banned all mobile phones? As someone who works in a high school I relished the idea that is presented in John David Anderson’s middle grade novel – Posted. Mobile phones are a bloody pain in the bum. The time it takes to tell the child to put it away, the subsequent argument, then the removal of the phone from the student and then the subsequent argument, then the phone call to the parent and what do you know, the subsequent argument. Yes, I feel that phones should be banned in schools.

What John David Anderson points out is that young adults are savvy, and they will find a way and in a sort of devolution the students of Branton Middle School resort to post it notes. Essentially, life goes on but in the tradition of school – kids are mean and the arrival of new girl Rose shows us jjust how mean people can be. Is the fight to get access to phones really worth it when people get hurt along the way.

I really enjoyed Posted. It shows how quickly and easily people can fall into a life of bullying and how you really need your people around you to make sure that you get through high school unscathed.

Posted by John David Anderson is available now.

For more information regarding John David Anderson (@anderson_author) please visit www.johndavidanderson.org.

For more information regarding Walden Pond Press (@WaldenPondPress) please visit www.facebook.com/waldenpondpress.

Title: JK Rowling’s Wizarding World Movie Magic Volume Three Amazing Artifacts

Author: Bonnie Burton

Pages: 96 Pages

Publisher: Walker Books

The Blurb

The third title in an interactive series of books that features both Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them to create the ultimate behind-the-scenes guide to the wizarding world.

From wands and racing brooms to a case full of beasts, the wizarding world is full of enchanted objects and magical devices. With this interactive book, go behind the scenes of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and all eight Harry Potter films to learn how the myriad artifacts of the films were lovingly designed and crafted.

Detailed profiles of everything from the Golden Snitch to Lord Voldemort’s Horcruxes and Newt Scamander’s magical case include blueprints, concept illustrations, unit photography and more. Jam-packed with bonus inserts throughout, including stickers, removable extras, lift-the-flaps and many other fascinating items, this book takes young readers on a thrilling tour of the magical artifacts of the wizarding world.


The Review

The third book in the Movie Magic series may just be my favourite. In it we learn about all the little things that make up the Harry Potter movies – the Amazing Artifacts.

It is shocking just how much effort goes into these movies. Whether it be the thousands upon thousands of labels printed out to make the potions lessons look realistic or the shape of the wands suited to each character, this book offers you insight into the little details that make the world that JK Rowling has created just so special.

In my opinion this book is the most interesting in the series.

JK Rowling’s Wizarding World – Movie Magic: Volume Three – Amazing Artifacts by Bonnie Burton is available now.

For more information regarding Walker Books (@WalkerBooksUK) please visit www.walker.co.uk.

Title: Geek Girl Special (1) – All Wrapped Up

Author: Holly Smale

Pages: 220 Pages

Publisher: Harper Collins UK

The Blurb

All I want for Christmas is… a new GEEK GIRL story!

Harriet Manners knows a lot about Christmas.
She knows that every year Santa climbs down 91.8 million chimneys.
She knows that Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer was almost definitely a girl.
She knows that the first artificial Christmas trees were made out of goose feathers.
But this Christmas is extra special for Harriet, because four days ago she had her First Ever Kiss.

Now she just needs to work out what’s supposed to happen next…

A romantic festive treat from the internationally bestselling award-winning author of the GEEK GIRL series. Also includes a BONUS previously unpublished GEEK GIRL short story TEAM GEEK!

The Review

I read Geek Girl by Holly Smale ages ago. It was so long ago that I can’t actually remember when it was. At the time I loved it. So it is a massive puzzle to me as to why I haven’t read the rest. I own them but I just haven’t read any of them. It is rather curious.

The Geek Girl Special (1) – All Wrapped Up sees Harriet go on her first real date. As we have come to expect from Harriet, she is awkward and gawky but she manages to actually come across as the more in control person when she is taken ice skating. Something she is surprisingly good at. But will she get a Christmas kiss?

Geek Girl Special (1) – All Wrapped Up has made me want to hurry up and read the rest of the series and that is what I intend to do.

Geek Girl Special (1) All Wrapped Up by Holly Smale is available now.

For more information regarding Holly Smale (@HolSmale) please visit www.holly-smale.com.

For more information regarding Simon & Schuster (@simonandschusterUK) please visit www.simonandschuster.co.uk.

Title: JK Rowling’s Wizarding World – Volume Two: Curious Creatures

Author: Ramin Zahed

Pages: 104 Pages

Publisher: Walker Books

The Blurb

Thunderbirds and Nifflers, house-elves and Hippogriffs – J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World abounds with magical creatures of all kinds. But how does a Bowtruckle come to life on the big screen? Is an Occamy a snake or a bird? And what’s the truth about Mooncalf poo?

Featuring detailed creature profiles, stunning artwork and captivating insights from the making of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and all eight Harry Potter films, these pages reveal everything fans want to know about how these creatures were created. Jam-packed with bonus material – pop-ups, lift-the-flaps, removable posters and other goodies – this book offers young readers a thrilling backstage pass to the wizarding world.


The Review

Out of the series of Movie Magic books, Curious Creatures wasn’t my favourite. I think I am more interested in the characters and the artefacts than the magical animals but that doesn’t mean that I am not impressed by the effort that went in to creating them.

Zahed really does show you the depth of knowledge and creativity of the people involved in the movies. It is just personal preference that made this book less exciting for me.

JK Rowling’s Wizarding World – Volume Two: Curious Creatures by Ramin Zahed is available now.

For more information regarding Walker Books (@WalkerBooksUK) please visit www.walker.co.uk.