I hope you all enjoyed World Book Day on Thursday 7th March? I did see some brilliant pre-prep costumes on my way in to school. This got me thinking and I asked Mrs Copley about reading at Bickley as we now have a house competition for reading. As Childs is my house – naturally, the best house in the school – I was keen to see how we were faring. Let’s just say we are currently not in the lead…It looks like Mr Hornby’s Blue Brandram Boys have some super readers as they have now read 19.8 million words this school year! However, as a school, we have read 74.2 million words: 22 million of those have been since the 14th January. But our target is to read 100 million words by Prize Giving. This would equal the total word count of the last TWO years combined, so is quite an ambitious total!
I thought I would take a stroll down memory lane and see if I could create a list of books that I have enjoyed in my time at Bickley. Perhaps there are a few on this list that you have read… or indeed, a few you could read.
Percy Jackson and Heroes of Olympus Series
What’s not to love about Greek myths and modern heroes mixing with some epic villains and tense scenes. Rick Roirdan has a number of other books that are well worth reading, so if you haven’t read any, you’re in for a treat! I actually read ‘Percy Jackson and the Greek Gods’ when I was in Greece in 2015 which is a pretty cool memory and I particularly enjoyed the humour in this book – the gods are presented as completely crazy!
I read all the Harry Potter books in Year 6 and loved that series! However, my stand-out books for Year 6 were the Gerald Durrell books. Although these are non-fiction, they are like stories and showed me non-fiction is not only informative, it can be pure entertainment as well. I actually laughed out loud at some of the interactions between the family members and the creatures that Gerald loved.
In Year 7, I read a number of Malorie Blackman books. She was the Children’s Laureate from 2013-2015 and lives locally. All her books make you think about issues in the world and I love books like that!
Here’s a brief review that sums it up pretty well:
‘Exciting, action-packed and suspenseful, it is also deeply thought-provoking, raising a whole host of challenging questions that seem particularly appropriate to our times’ – Booktrust
Please note – these books are YA meaning they are only suitable for older readers.
This year I have enjoyed the Freakling series (Psi Chronicles by Lana Krumweide) about a society with telekinesis (the ability to move things with your mind). I also loved ‘Ender’s Game’ and the sequel, ‘Speaker for the Dead’ (by Orson Scott Card). Philip’s Reeves ‘Mortal Engines’ series also ranks high on my list. You may be detecting a trend here – I do enjoy a post-apocalyptic, dystopian novel!
I am currently dipping into a book called, ‘If I could tell you just one thing’. It’s by the co-founder of the Innocent Smoothie Company. He decided to compile a collection of encounters with remarkable people and what advice they would give. I’m learning quite a lot from it!
I challenge you to start compiling your own list of great books – feel free to share them with me in the playground! Oh and if you’re reading this and you are part of Child’s house – get reading and quizzing now…. There’s a pretty impressive trophy we would like to get our hands on!