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Sunday, 19 February 2017

A LETTER TO MY 12-YEAR-OLD SELF


Dear Georgia,

Everything will work out. These few years will be the most confusing of your life, as you haven't found yourself yet. Don't worry, as, in time, you will come into your own.

I know it's extremely hard to do, but let go of your worries and stop caring about what other people think of you. You will feel so much better for it. Try as hard as you can to keep building your confidence: you would never believe that you could be 100% happy with yourself, but it will happen. Never sacrifice what you love for anyone at all; people will try to drag you down, but that's just what happens- rise above them. The most important lesson you will learn in your teenage years is that people are so different and not everyone will treat you the way you would treat them. It's hard to stomach and even harder to experience, but once you get past all of those people, you will find some amazing human beings- who will make you wonder what made you so lucky to cross paths with them.

Never give up on anything you do, even if you hate it- as you will be so carefree when you are older and will have absolutely no regrets. We are still working on a few things, but overall, at sixteen years old I am at my happiest- you just need to go through some hurdles now. There is one saying that will help you get there: do more of what makes you happy.

All my love,

Me xxx
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Wednesday, 1 February 2017

BOOK REVIEW- A MONSTER CALLS

TITLE: A Monster Calls
AUTHOR: Patrick Ness and Siobhan Dowd
PUBLISHER:  Walker Books
AGE GROUP: 12+
RATING:  5/5

PURCHASE THE BOOK FROM THE BOOK DEPOSITORY HERE. 

SYNOPSIS

The monster showed up after midnight. As they do.


But it isn’t the monster Conor’s been expecting. He’s been expecting the one from his nightmare, the one he’s had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments, the one with the darkness and the wind and the screaming.

This monster is something different, though. Something ancient, something wild. And it wants the most dangerous thing of all from Conor.

It wants the truth.



I was definitely in need of a book to read that would be absolutely unforgettable, just before I embarked on 'A Monster Calls.' This novel was absolutely perfect in so many ways, it was raw, poignant and stunning. The fact that I devoured it in just a few hours is always a good indicator to me of how it isn't just a normal book. But even so, I loved the length, which made the whole novel even more touching, so if you are looking for a quick read this one is perfect.

Conor O'Malley has been experiencing nightmares soon after his mother begins her treatments for cancer- a monster visits him every night at exactly seven minutes past midnight. It wants to tell him three stories, but the monster wants one in return from Conor: the truth. Suddenly Conor realises his emotions that he has been hiding away are slowly starting to reveal themselves, and things aren't always as they seem.

Normally, it takes me a while to build up a connection with a protagonist, but with Conor I felt I could empathise with him from the very first page. The reader is hanging on loose ends, desperate for him to flourish- but that didn't end on the last page for me, his character made such an impact on me that he is still on my mind now.

A Monster Calls' is written is such a phenomenal way that you will still be musing over the intricately woven plot long after you have finished the book. The descriptions are so realistic that they aren't just vivid: the passages will take you to another world altogether. The novel takes so many issues such as loss, hopes, and fears while completely turning them on their head, so it is definitely one for your shelf that you can't pass up.

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Saturday, 14 January 2017

WING JONES PHOTO BLOG TOUR




Wing Jones is the much anticipated debut novel from Katherine Webber, publishing 5th January 2017 in the UK. 


With a grandmother from China and another from Ghana, fifteen-year-old Wing is often caught between worlds. But when tragedy strikes, Wing discovers a talent for running she never knew she had. Wing's speed could bring her family everything it needs. It could also stop Wing getting the one thing she wants… 


Katherine Webber was born in Southern California but has lived in Atlanta, Hawaii, Hong Kong and now in London. For several years she worked at the reading charity BookTrust, where she worked on projects such as The Letterbox Club which delivers parcels of books to children in care, and YALC, the Young Adult Literature Convention. You can find her on Twitter @kwebberwrites. You can also visit her website here.


Throughout January, over 40 bloggers will be participating in the #WJphototour – a photo blog tour documenting Katherine’s path to publishing her debut novel. From childhood memories that inspired her writing to her time living in Atlanta and Asia that influenced the book to authors she’s met over the years right up to receiving her first finished copy of the book, follow along to see Katherine’s author life unfold! Keep an eye on the hashtag to see the latest photos!



Welcome to the 19th stop on the tour!

'Almost two years after I started my first manuscript, I finished it. It was an epic middle grade fantasy, and it was pretty terrible. I never tried to get it published, but I’ll never forget how proud I felt when I finally finished it. Maybe one day I’ll rewrite it.'



Have you been following the #WJPhotoTour?

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Sunday, 1 January 2017

2017 BLOG GOALS



The New Year is always a time of reflection for me, and I felt that setting some blog goals was definitely a good post to start 2017 off. In the last couple of months I have been slacking when it comes to blogging, so I wanted objectives I can look back to at the end of this year (a scary thought) to see if I have achieved them,


 Making More Time


I am currently doing four A-Levels, and although I love my subjects, they are extremely time consuming. As TeenBookHoots is a book blog, I want to deliberately set aside time for reading, as I never have enough time to do it when I am busy. Also, I want to do exactly the same for blogging: it's so easy to get caught up in school or work that you let your passions fly out of the window. I want my love of reading and writing to be at the forefront of 2017. 


 Branching Out


I adore writing book reviews and creating bookish content, but I want to branch out into other areas. I don't want to be restricted by just running a book blog, as I have a lot of things to say on so many different topics. Watch this space... 

 Growing My BookTube Channel


In November, I finally took the jump into filming my first video for my BookTube Channel, and I am so glad I did. I had a great reception for it, and I want to create so much more content and grow it alongside this blog. If you are reading this and wondering whether you should create your own blog or YouTube Channel- do it. Once you get going, you will realise it was a very good decision. If there is any content you want me to make on my YouTube or Blog, please let me know!


What are your 2017 goals?


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Saturday, 24 December 2016

GUEST POST BY HOLLY BARRY- WHY SHOULD YOU BE USING THE CHRISTMAS HOLIDAYS TO COMPLETE YOUR TEACHING APPLICATIONS

You have just completed another term at University, and all of those essay hand in’s and deadlines have got you wishing for that “Driving home for Christmas” feeling. However, whilst your forthcoming break will be a well-deserved period to wind down and recuperate, it should be noted that this should not be the time to throw the academic towel in all together.

The Christmas break is the perfect time to get your head down with your teaching application and any outstanding work which needs to be completed early in the New Year. So before you reach for that glass of baileys, here is some great advice to help you nail your teaching application this Christmas.

Do the Research
Your application will be sitting in a big pile of other applications. If you don’t make it stand out, it might not get the attention it deserves.

You can make your application stand out for the right reasons by doing a bit of clever research. Here are a few fact-finding tasks you should aim to complete:

1. Visit the school. If possible, visit the school you’re applying to. This will help you get a feel for what it might be like working there, and could give you some information to use in your application to prove that you have gone the extra mile.

2. Explore the school’s website. By doing this, you will learn about the school’s visions and values, and you will find out how they approach teaching. Use the information you find to support the development of a tailored application.

3. Check Ofsted reports and achievement tables. Knowing how a school is performing is another way of finding out good information that will support your application.

4. Study the application pack. This is possibly one of the most important steps of all. If you don’t thoroughly read the application pack, you might miss an important step that the school really wants you to take. Showing that you can follow instructions and that you pay attention to detail is important.

5. Prioritize Your Time. Considering how busy we all get over Christmas, time management is crucial if you want to get your teaching application done right, and done in time. To help you manage your time more wisely, here are a few points to consider:

 1. Aim to submit your application early. Christmas is a very busy period. If recruiters receive lots of applications, they may close the recruitment window earlier than stated. As such, it pays to get your application finished sooner, by starting on it as soon as possible.

2. Work little and often. Rather than rushing your application, try approaching it with regular, smaller steps. This helps you get your application finished fast, while making sure you pay attention to important details.

3. Set time aside to practice a few online psychometric tests. You may be asked to complete one of these tests as part of your application, so it pays to be familiar with the process. Practicing these tests will not “improve” your score, but it will help you learn what to expect, and reduce some of your anxieties.

Remember, the research process is not only about finding information to help you prove your own worth – it is about finding out if the school is right for you, too. If you don’t like the school, then reconsider your application. Why would you take a job that you probably won’t enjoy?



Show the Experience One of the most important parts of your teaching applications is your references. By now, you should have completed a couple of work placements and gained some sort of experience. You should really go to town extracting every experience, challenge and success that you gained!

You might feel a bit uncomfortable boasting about yourself, but The Under Cover Recruiter says that; “People remember the people who are interesting. Prove your value by tailoring stories that address the main concern an interviewer may have: What can you do for us?”

As well as making sure you talk about everything you learned on your placement, make sure your placement schools are prepared to receive a reference request – it is good manners, and it gives them chance to prepare some nice comments about you.

The Christmas break is the perfect time to work on your application. But you should also remember to find time for yourself – if you burn yourself out, you’ll be no good to anybody.

Good luck with your teaching application, and don’t forget to take some quality “me” time over the holidays.
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