So for the last six months I've been on a break and by break I mean I've not read an email or written a blog post. *Looks guilty* SORRY.
I started my second year of University, a part time job at a DIY Store (Which I Love) and went to Thailand. Sounds fantastic right?
Well unfortunately, life isn't so perfect, I also lost my grandad who quite frankly was the kindest most amazing man in the world.
It was only in writing this that I realised I've been blogging in the shadows. When I first started out I was 16 and had little plans beyond sharing the books I loved and attending YALC to meet the amazing authors behind the books. I never quite got to the introducing myself part.
Many years on... I'm 20. I have been to the most fantastic book events held by lovely people from publishers to authors (Special shoutout to Scholastic and Stripes!). I have been lucky enough to win and receive books to review and even had my very own guest post by the fantastic Mary Bello.
Today I sat in University, faced between the choice of two specialisms:
A) Mathematics (which I enjoy and is great on paper for a trainee teacher)
B) Children's Literature
I knew what I wanted to choose before the sheet was in my hand. Reality dawned on me... I love children's and young adult literature and I love to read.
Two hours later, discussing books for the UKLA award (being a trainee teacher I'm lucky enough to be able to partake in the process) I realised...
I have so much love for children literature so I can share all that love with you. Not just the YA but all the amazing books for children too.
SO A LONG OVERDUE INTRODUCTION
Hi I am Sophia Wilson. ME. Book Reader. Book Blogger. Trainee Teacher.
And I can't wait to share my love of books with you.
What better way to begin that with exactly that...
SO MUCH! By Trish Cooke.
My love for So Much probably roots back to me as a child. I remember being read the story, my parents making a conscious effort from an early age to ensure I saw 'me' in books.
But this book is not just fantastic because of its presentation of a 'POC' the craft that sews the words and imagery together is so beautiful in conveying a story of familial love and affection.
The use of dialect is refreshing and honest. The caribbean heritage of relatives is so well depicted through vivid descriptions like 'cock up their handbags'. The rhyme and rhythm is consistent throughout.
The narrative is so well complemented by the imagery. The bleeding pages pull you as a reader into the text with every turning page.
This book is such an enjoyable read for adults and children alike, if you haven't already definitely read.
If you got this far, Thank you. See you soon.