Enjoy the end of August my friends
Enjoy the end of August my friends
One of the things I have to do for my teaching course is read a lot of children’s literature- all well and good you say. And indeed it is one of the most enjoyable things which I have to do… but; children’s books are expensive and I have to read a lot of them. Cue… the library!! I am a big believer in libraries (so much so I worked for the library service for a while, but that is another story.) The places are stocked with fabulous up to date children’s books… for free!
My current library stash…
I would heartily recommend and implore all of you to get out and use your local library service. The staff are friendly (I know, I used to be one of them), the buildings are warm and have comfy chairs and the books are free! Where is the downside here people??! Oh and also around where I live you could get good coffee for 20p as well. What more could you want?
In all seriousness if these services are not utilised we run the risk of loosing them in their current form, and the loss of books, freely available to everyone would be a sad day indeed.
Love your libraries my friends!
Sorry for the radio silence around here folks. it was my last week at work this week, and my last week without James. It was really quite difficult to leave today, especially seeing how loved they made me feel!
I love Gladioli and these are just perfect. They have pride of place in my living room at the moment!
I have a week off between ending work and starting uni so hopefully things should start to get back in to some sort of routine around these parts!
Have a fantastic weekend my friends. (I know I will I haven’t seen Jim in 2 weeks and I’m sooo excited!)
Ahh Saturday Steals… how I love thee! I am still sans camera so you will just have to put up with the dodgy efforts of photo booth I’m afraid.
Now its no secret that I love to buy clothes, and it should come as no surprise that I love to buy discounted clothes even more!
(Yes I know I look a little demented in this photo!)
This shirt was half price which I then got to take my staff discount off meaning it cost me the grand total of £6.30! Pretty good I feel. I don’t usually wear this kind of dusky pink colour but I quite like it! Maybe I’m turning a corner in my wardrobe choices… who knows?!
Why not pop over to Archive of Our Lives to see some more fantastic steals…
Happy weekend my friends!
I didn’t manage to get much reading done last month, mostly due to the excitement of going back to university and all the reading and tasks which I have to do for that. But limited time aside I did manage to read four books, so without further ado…
Spider Bones: Kathy Reichs
This was another enjoyable Kathy Reich’s novel. Whilst most of them aren’t anything new per se I do find them a comfortable and familiar read. Reich’s writing is fast paced and and I find her insights in to the workings of real life institutions such as The Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (the focus of this novel) particularly fascinating because she has first hand experience with working with them. I would defiantly recommend this book as an enjoyable summer read with a strong science background which makes it a little more interesting than your average fluffy novel!
A Beginner’s Guide to Reality: Jim Baggott
This was my non-fiction read for the month; its an exploration of how we can determine what reality is and what is real. Whilst that sounds a little heavy this book was really interesting until it got to the chapters on Quantum Physics which I just cannot get my head around. How can a particle be in two places at once and how can one particle have an effect on another particle it is not near????!!! It boggles my mind, just utterly and completely. I’ve read a couple of what could be termed ‘popular science’ books to try and understand this but I’m still no closer to understanding it at all. Maybe its just one of those things that will be permanently beyond me!!
Listening to God: Joyce Huggett
This book is on the opposite end of the scale to A Beginners Guide to Reality; it was one woman’s memoir of her journey through discovering the power of prayer. Whilst I don’t fully believe in or really understand prayer all the time Huggett’s response and the way in which she describes her experiences is very touching. This was a very interesting little book and opened up to me a different way in which to view the world.
The Captive Queen: Alison Weir
I rarely complain about a book on here- I try to find the positives in what I read but this time, really I just can’t! I think part of my problem is that I feel as if I should like historical fiction but I do really struggle to find novels that I enjoy. This one was based around the life of Eleanor of Aquitaine (an amazing Medieval Queen who I wrote part of my dissertation on). The problem that I had with this novel was that Weir seemed to think that the only motivation that a character could have was a sexual one. The entire novel was based around who wanted to sleep with who and it seemed that the only basis on which the main characters could make major decision was one based on sex. By the end of the first couple of chapters I just wanted to scream that people had other motivations and that sex wasn’t the only thing in life! All in all I was disappointed with this novel because Eleanor of Aquitaine’s life was so interesting, varied and politically important that she deserved a far better fate than this novel!
Sorry no photos today- I couldn’t get photo booth to take pictures which were not glared and very very over exposed!
What was your favourite book last month?
Saturday Steals is back! My oh my this makes me so happy! So right… todays Saturday Steals comes to you in three parts…
James has gone away for two weeks! (Which is why I’ve been a bit absent this last week.) He has gone on a charity mission to Moldova to help rebuild a school- all very noble and commendable and all that but it does mean for the first time I am living on my own! Scary! This is going to take some getting used to! I am so used to living with other people (I’ve only ever lived with my parents, in a shared house with friends at uni or with Jim) that being on my own is very weird. I keep on coming home and expecting him to be there. Oh well….
Some very big news…. Drum roll please…. I’m going back to university in September!!! You have no idea how excited I am about this and how much I’ve been busting to tell the world but I’ve had to wait until I’d told all my various employers etc… I’m going back to study to be a Primary School Teacher which just fills my heart with joy because its something that I love and have wanted to do for a very long time.
(Yes I really am that excited and happy!)
Which brings me on very nicely to part there, my Saturday Steals. Going back to train to teach means a few things but one of them is that I get to read children’s literature again! Guilt free! And call it studying! Ace! I walked past an independent book shop in the town where I work last week and saw one of the things I love the most in the world… a book sale; and a 10p book sale at that! I immediately snaffled up some amazing bargains which will be invaluable to me on my course next year.
(Yeah James took my camera to Moldova with him so all photos for the next few weeks are going to be on the iSight camera I’m afraid!)
These are double sided books which means I got two separate books in each volume for the grand total of 10p each! You just can’t complain at that.
This book retails for £11.99 on Amazon at the moment (new) and I got it for 10p! This might be the deal of the century!
These are brand new never been opened practice test papers for the national exams which all British children have to take at the age of 6 and 11. Whilst they are a few years old they will be able to give me a good idea of the kind of questions which are asked and hopefully some good ideas about how to teach the kind of knowledge the kids will require.
There is a move in British primary schools at the moment to start language tuition at a younger age (when I went to school you didn’t even start languages until you reached high school at the age of 11) because studies have shown that children are far more receptive to learning different languages which their brains are younger. Tricolore was the brand of textbook which I used when I went through high school and I thought it would be invaluable to me to have a bit of brush up on my French skills because I haven’t done any formal language lessons since I was 16!
All of these amazing resources together cost me the grand total of £1.20- I don’t I’ve ever been so happy about some steals before- not only did they cost me almost nothing, they will also be amazingly useful to me on my course next year.
Whats your favourite recent bargain friends? Don’t forget to check out some more amazing steals over at Archive of Our Lives.