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S4S – Classes I would love to take

It has been an absolute week and I’m pretty glad to see the back of it (one of my favourite sessions of D&D to date and seeing Muse this evening notwithstanding) so it’s time to crack on with this weeks Six for Sunday post! This weeks theme from Steph at A Little but A Lot is “Schools you’d love to go to” and if you caught my post last week (this one) which was “Books set in schools” you’d probably realise pretty quickly that the list would be almost identical this week. SO instead for this week, I decided I would try “Classes I would love to take” (at bookish schools).

Weapons Training 
This is a basic class for most of the badass assassin or mystical defenders schools and would probably be my favourite by far. I’ve always been fascinated by different kinds of weapons and techniques and who doesn’t love a good bit of sparring?

Care of Magical Creatures
Another favourite class would defintley be Care of Magical Creatures, I actually qualifications in animal care and worked training animals for a while so this would be an absolute must.

Charms 
Memorising wand techniques and magical words actually sounds like my kind of thing. I’m not smart but I’ve always been a “book nerd” and I feel like all that studying would help me with charms. Plus I always thought it looked fun in Harry Potter tbh.

Enhanced History Lessons 
One of my favourite subjects at school was History and I love the idea in a few books that I’ve read where they have enhanced lessons, for example being able to walk through a hyper-realistic hologram of a historical monument or even better an interactive simulation? That would be AMAZING.

Glass Blowing 
A strange one right? In the later Study books by Maria Snyder, some students take up glass blowing lessons after the council finds out it’s possible to store magic in glass objects. I’ve always been fascinated by the process so this would be another class I would love to take.

Herbology
Seeing as I took floristry at college I think this would probably be another good shout. It’s been years and I’ve almost certainly forgotten a lot and would love to do a class that focuses more on the herb lore than just pretty bouquets and displays although you can bet I would do that too!

What classes would you take? Would you be joining me in any of the classes I picked already? Have a great Sunday and I’ll be back on Tuesday with a new release review!

 

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S4S – Books set in Schools

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Continuing with the back to school theme (don’t even talk to me about actual school right now) this weeks theme from Steph at A Little but A Lot is “Books set in schools” I think I’ve discovered a trend I like in books…Harry Potter by J.K Rowling
An obivous one I know but I love the whole boarding school setting and I’m not sure if I discovered this because I read Harry Potter or because it reminds me of Harry Potter. Either way, I like it and I think good ole Hogwarts had a part to play in that so I had to include it. 

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
This probably feels as predictable as Harry Potter for me at this point as I’ve not been able to stop raving about this book and the rest of the Nevernight Chronicles for the past few weeks but I really loved Mia’s time in the Red Church and is in part a reason why this book has become one of my all-time favourites. For those who have yet to read Nevernight, the Red Church is basically Murder Hogwarts for wood-be assassins. 

The Starlight Watchmaker by Lauren James
The prestigious academy which Hugo lives on the grounds of in The Starlight Watchmaker is fascinating and full of so many different species of aliens who are all learning the skills they will need to lead and shape their worlds in the future, I loved reading about it. 

Skyward by Brandon Sanderson
Another boarding school setting, this time it’s a flight school where the pupils are trained to shoot defend their homes from an alien threat that has plagued them for years, not to mention that completing the programme and becoming a pilot of prestigious in itself!

Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare and other authors
So this book collects all of the Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy short stories into one and although the content within a lot of these stories stretches further than the academy itself, the main storyline itself that the smaller ones are embedded into all take place within the academy. I loved this collection a lot more than I thought I would. 

Vampire Knight by Matsuri Hino
A manga instead of a novel but still counts, Vampire Knight mainly takes place at Cross Academy where human students attend the school during the day and vampires at night. This one is totally a boarding school again too, apparently, this is a thing.

Also, honourable mention to Ouran High School Host Club by Bisco Hatori is one of my favourite mangas and takes place almost solely in a school for rich kids (actually not a boarding school though, shock horror) where a “poor” honours student accidentally breaks a vase worth 3 million yen and works with the school host club to earn back the money. I would have put this on the list but I thought of Vampire Knight first.

Do you have a favourite fictional school? If so which one? When I was younger I always wanted to go to Cackles Academy from The Worst Witch (another honourable mention as I somehow forgot it when making this list).

 

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S4S – Books you think should be studied in school

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Yikes! Steph from A Little but A Lot who comes up with these prompts picked a hard one for this week! I have no idea what would be beneficial to children today, I’m so out of touch! I will, however, list six books that I would have liked to have studied in school or that I think would be interesting to discuss.

Summer Bird Blue by Akemi Dawn Bowman
I feel like this would potentially be a difficult one because it is so filled with grief and some behaviour that could be construed as negative (but realistic). I’m a little out of touch with how teenagers or those who had lost someone very close to them would feel about reading or studying this so not sure this would actually be the best of choices as it could be a sensitive subject but I think it’s something that I would have valued at a younger age personally.

The Exact Opposite of Okay by Laura Steven
This is an incredibly important book. It showcases so many relevant topics, although this would probably be a 16+ book.

His Hideous Heart by various authors, edited by Dahlia Adler
I think this anthology of retellings of the works of Edgar Allen Poe would be a brilliant book to study, especially as it also includes the original poems in the back of the book too. Perhaps when studying this, students could pick a poem and write a story about that in the same way?

The Quiet at the End of the World by Lauren James
This book is a great read but it also has some important messages about how we treat the world itself and what it means to be human, I feel like this could lead to some important and educational discussions and ideas.

Floored by Sara Barnard, Holly Bourne, Tanya Byrne, Non Pratt, Melinda Sailsbury, Lisa Williamson and Eleanor Wood
I feel like this book is so good at showcasing a group of very different young people and how despite their differences and disagreements they can still care about each other and still get along with dealing with some pretty hard times in their life and topics that may be difficult to broach otherwise.

Macbeth by William Shakespeare
Okay so this is probably boring for a lot of people but I studied Macbeth multiple times in school and I LOVED it. I was so glad we weren’t stuck studying Of Mice and Men or Romeo and Juliet but Macbeth had battles and witches and Lady Macbeth telling her husband to sort himself out and murder the king already, also regicide is always fun, let alone the characters and then going mad with guilt. Also, I won’t spoil it but that loophole in the prophecy hey? LOVE it. I think studying Shakespeare is cool but we defintley need to look at some of the more awesome plays instead of repeatedly studying the same things. (I would have loved 12th night or Hamlet in addition to Macbeth instead of doing Macbeth twice despite how much I loved it).

Okay so most of these probably aren’t great or realistic choices but I tried? Was there a particular book at school that you studied and really liked? I was particularly fond of The Crucible and that always stuck with me.

 

 

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S4S – Yellow Books

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Its Six for Sunday time and this week the prompt from Steph at A Little but A Lot is “Yellow Books” which I wasn’t sure I would be able to do but it actually wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be, I’ve even read some would you believe?

Harry Potter and The Cursed Child by John Tiffany and Jack Thorne

Hotly contested as to its status as “canon” but I actually really enjoyed the Cursed Child screenplay, even more so when I actually saw the show itself which blew my mind. Scorpius is precious and must be protected at all costs.

Mirror Mirror by Cara Delevingne

A book I haven’t read yet but I’m excited to get around to, this was gifted to me by the lovely Charlotte for our bookish exchange last year.

Bookshop Girl by Chloe Coles

I read this early and although it’s not my normal kind of read I honestly loved it, it was hilarious and I can’t wait to read the sequel Life’s a Beach soon too.

Belles Library with a foreword by Linda Woolverton

I brought this book literally just because it was pretty and I liked its aesthetics but it’s also actually a really lovely little book filled with quotes from different books with little comments from ‘Belle’.

A Change is Gonna Come by Various authors

Another yellow book I was gifted by a friend that I have yet to get around to! This book is a collection of short stories and poems about change and features writers such as: Tanya Byrne, Inua Ellams, Catherine Johnson, Patrice Lawrence, Ayisha Malik, Irfan Master, Musa Okwonga and Nikesh Shukla.

Floored by Sara Barnard, Holly Bourne , Tanya Byrne, Non Pratt, Melinda Salisbury, Lisa Williamson and Eleanor Wood.

Another contemporary that I really enjoyed! This was interesting and had so many points of view, with each one being written by a different author and then also a separate narrator, I’ve never read anything quite like it.

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S4S – Fictional places you’d love to go on holiday

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Its Six for Sunday time and this week the prompt from Steph at A Little but A Lot is “Fictional places you’d love to go on holiday” I really miss going on holiday so I feel like this one might be fairly easy for a change although I would probably end up dead or in trouble in one or more of these places for sure.

The Prestigious Academy from the Starlight Watchmaker by Lauren James
I thought about adding so many different schools and/or academies I would love to visit like Hogwarts or the Aurora Academy etc but I opted for The Academy featured in The Starlight Watchmaker by Lauren James because I love how wonderfully diverse and inclusive it is and I would love spending a whole summer there just learning about the students who study there.

The LA Institute from The Dark Artifices by Cassandra Clare
I’m just such a sucker for that damn beach.

Velaris from A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
I’ve always loved Velaris, it sounds absolutely beautiful and was one of my favourite things about A Court of Mist and Fury.

Whitestone from Vox Machina Origins by Matthew Mercer etc
Although I’ve still not finished Campaign one of Critical Role which features the Vox Machina story I’ve become so curious about it and have really enjoyed what I’ve seen so far, especially the city of Whitestone. (I want to go visit the sun tree!)

Sitia (Ideally somewhere near the citadel) from The Chronicles of Ixia books by Maria V. Snyder
Magical, beautiful Sitia! Obviously, some bad stuff happens here (where doesn’t it) but I used to dream about shopping in the market by the citadel when I was younger and meeting Fisk and some of the Grand Masters as well as Yelena and Valek (but in disguise of course!).

The Shire from The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien
How could I not choose this one? For a brief moment, I pondered Rivendell, which I’ sure is very beautiful but I’m absolutely a Hobbit at heart and honestly, I think it’s quite likely that if I went on holiday to the Shire I would defintley end up trying to live there.

What fictional place would you love to holiday in? Do any of my answers appeal to you?

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S4S – Perfect Pool Reads

I LOVE swimming and reading poolside or with my legs dangling in the pool is one of my favourite ways to read although one I do seldom nowadays as I’m usually chasing after a four-year-old and we’ve not been on holiday for a good few years, nor are we likely to do so anytime soon so I’ll just have to use my imagination. As usual, a big thank you to Steph from A Little But A Lot for the wonderful weekly prompts.

Summer Bird Blue by Akemi Dawn Bowman
This one is probably a little obvious, it’s a beautifully sad book but it has such a lovely beach vibe going through it I think it would fit lovely around a poolside.

To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo
Sassy pirates, a siren princess who rips princes hearts out of their chests? Absolutely PERFECT poolside reading if you ask me?

Heartstopper by Alice Oseman
A nice happy sunshiney read for chilling out between swimming, yes, please.

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
I could read this book anywhere okay and I don’t need to have a reason okay? There’s just something about having the time to sit by the pool rereading your favourite book that says relaxation. Of course, when that favourite book is Illuminae there is no such thing but you get the idea.

A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
Despite most of my other choices being quite short books I actually tend to read longer books because if I’m reading at the side of the pool it’s usually been when I’m on holiday and I tend to take thick books on holiday because I’m more likely to get through them, granted last time I went on holiday Nate was a lot smaller and slept a lot more though to be fair so there was much more time to read. A Discovery of Witches is a thick book but not one that’s painful to hold so it fits the bill perfectly.

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Another thick book that’s still small enough to be comfortably read. I still need to finish Six of Crows and I could think of nowhere better to do so than relaxing after a nice swim in the afternoon. Fun Fact: I read almost all of A Dance with Dragons (G.R.R Martin) poolside on my last holiday in-between swims.

Okay so not everyone probably looks at all of these books and thinks “oh yes, that’s obviously a poolside read” but these are ones that feel perfect to me, let me know which ones suit you!

 

 

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S4S – Ice Cream and Book Combinations

As you read this it’s quite likely I’m on my way to or currently at YALC! Exciting!! You can guarantee though that I will defintley have eaten some form of ice cream this morning because it’s going to be a long warm day I feel so what better way to celebrate than by taking part (as usual) in this weeks Six for Sunday prompt from the lovely Steph from A Little but a lot which is Ice Cream and Book combinations!

Heartstopper by Alice Oseman – Strawberry Cornetto
My favourite Ice Cream with one of my absolute favourite graphic novels. Like Heartstopper, strawberry cornettos are sweet, refreshing and delightful.

Summer Bird Blue by Akemi Dawn Bowman – Solero
For those who haven’t had one before, a Solero is ice cream with a fruity sauce running through it, coated in a sorbet. Both the fruity sauce and sorbet are a fresh, tangy mix of passion fruit, peach, orange and pineapple. When I think of Summer Bird Blue I think of the freshness of the ocean and the sharp tang of Rumi’s grief.

A Pocketful of Crows by Joanne Harris – Dark Chocolate Magnum
Like the prose in this book, dark chocolate magnum is deliciously decadent and smooth while also being dark.

A Good Girls Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson – Twister 
I feel like the meaning behind this one is fairly obvious. Twisty book is twisty as heck.

The Tea Dragon Society by Katie O’Neil – Rainbow sherbert Sorbet 
I class sorbet as ice cream so it’s allowed? Rainbow sorbet is beautiful, colourful, sweet and just bursts with flavour in your mouth. Just like The Dragon Society.

Any Shadowhunter book by Cassandra Clare – Vanilla Ice Cream and Chocolate Flake 
Not the fanciest by any means but a good staple ice cream, a classic that if you’re not sure about you always fall back on. Even if the ice cream itself isn’t especially worth it the chocolate flake makes it.

Was that as weird for you as it was for me? Also, does anyone else really want an ice cream right now? What’s your favourite ice cream and what book would you connect it with?