The December theme for Six for Sunday, hosted by A Little But a Lot is Festive Goodness and today’s prompt is for Red and White books.
THE ONE I’M READING TO MY CLASS: I read this one a while ago, and absolutely loved it – a perfect read for Christmas. It’s also my current class read and is one the children are loving.
THE ONE I’VE BORROWED: This is my current read from my library on Borrowbox. I started this series earlier this year, not quite sure what to expect, but I’ve really enjoyed it. It was perfect timing that I got to this one in December! I’ve just read the first section and think I’m getting close to the murder!
THE ONE I WAS GIFTED: I enjoy reading a scary book at Christmas and I think this one, which I got for my birthday, will be perfect.
THE ONE THAT REALLY GOT TO ME: I read a lot of books every year, mostly middle-grade, but I also read a few adult and young adult books. This one has been one of my absolute favourite young adult books of the year. It is an incredibly powerful fable through which 75-year-old Matilda tells her life story to her teenage visitor. She has endured great loss and grief – just thinking about it brings tears. Matilda is also incredibly resilient and strong and takes control of her life to find the answer to a question she wants to put to the love of her life who has left her: “How can you know love, and lose it, and go on living without it, and not feel the loss for ever?” I think it’s been one of those years when a book like this has such an impact.
THE ONE THAT’S BEEN ON MY TBR WAY TOO LONG: I still remember where I purchased this one – on a day trip into London in Foyles. I couldn’t resist the gorgeous cover, and the synopsis definitely intrigued me:
Our story begins on a frosty night … Laylee can barely remember the happier times before her beloved mother died. Before her father, driven by grief, lost his wits (and his way). Before she was the left as the sole remaining mordeshoor in the village of Whichwood, destined to spend her days washing the bodies of the dead and preparing their souls for the afterlife. It’s become easy to forget and easier still to ignore her own ever increasing loneliness and the way her hands are stiffening and turning silver, just like her hair. But soon, a pair of familiar strangers appear, and Laylee’s world is turned upside down as she rediscovers color, magic, and the healing power of friendship.
I mean, this is SO my kind of book. And it sounds like a perfect wintry read!
THE ONE I’M RIDICULOUSLY EXCITED TO READ: I’ve absolutely adored the first two books in the Widdershins Adventure series and absolutely cannot wait to read this one which is due to be released on 4th February so not too long to wait.