So, it’s 2017 and Book Monsters has had a very quiet end to the year. Crazy, busy, up and down life got in the way of books, I know that’s a horrifically terrible thing for a Book Monster to confess to, but it’s true I’m afraid. I’m sorry.
This is the beginning of a brand new year, something, which in the past, I admit to not really welcoming into my life. But for 2017 I sense good things, I have good feelings, and I’m grabbing those feelings, bunching them in my arms like a big pile of lovely books, and running with them! Sprinting even!
My aim is to be better. Better at life generally. Better at drawing, design and writing. And, most importantly for this corner of the internet, better at reading and blogging about reading.
So rather than look back over last year (which did see some remarkably great books by the way), I’m looking forward to sharing the books I have in a huge pile ready to review. Firstly I have some fantastic, bright and exciting multicultural books from Lantana Publishing and Tara Books. I have an array of funny, touching and entertaining picture books, not least from the team of Fred Blunt and Michelle Robinson, one of my favourite combinations!! I also have a lovely little book from a Derbyshire company called Being Brave.
If that’s not enough, I have two poetry books from my favourite poets, and two of the loveliest gentlemen on the internet, Lost Magic by Brian Moses and The Funniest Stuff Colin West. Because poetry is important, and wonderful and brings me joy, and always has done, since childhood. I want to put great poetry in the hands of children, so that they can grow with it and love it like I did.
I have some brilliant kid lit novels, not least the magical and mystical Tumble Thumble sequel by A. H. Proctor. The Song from Somewhere Else by A. F. Harrold and Levi Pinfold, Grace-Ella: Spells for Beginners by Sharon Marie Jones and much more besides.
So for those authors and illustrators waiting on reviews to be published, they’re storming their way through and will be here very soon, and what a brilliant way to start a new year! I’m a lucky Book Monster.
Sheffield Children’s Book Award shortlisting is coming up soon, and I get to sit in a room and read picture books for a whole afternoon. Some of which I’ll be sharing with you!
And of course, last but not least, another year of our brilliant @ book group, sharing and chatting about a different fiction novel each month with like minded friends.
So, I think 2017 is going to be exciting, full of books, full of discussion, and a chance to push myself to be a little bit better.
Happy New Year. May it be a good one for you all, and thank you so much for your ongoing support.
And while I go read, write and draw. I’ll leave you with one of my favourite Roald Dahl Quotes, taken from Twits.