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The Favourite People Tag
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The Favourite People Tag

A tag about favourite people! Thanks to the creator of this tag, the wonderful Gareth @bookssongsandothermagic for tagging me! Do check out his channel if you are not already subscribed and his original video: https://youtu.be/kghPY5Dw2FU?si=oIMgI_bOkk42llbf The prompts: 1) Name your favourite author 2) Name your favourite comedy actor or comedian 3) Name your favourite dramatic/serious actor/actress 4) Name your favourite political figure (past or present) 5) Name your favourite film writer or director 6) Name your favourite new discovery 7) Name your favourite musician or singer 8) Name your biggest inspirational person 9) Tag some people! I tag: @novellenovels @CharlieBrookReads @GemofBooks @AliceandtheGiantBookshelf @anges_book_chatter @danisbookworld ❤💌🗨 WEBSITES / EMAIL/SOCIAL MEDIA: All the links you need can be found in my bio and channel banner, including links to both the Discord Server and Goodreads Group for the FOMO Book Club 💌WANT FREE LESSON PLANS, TEACHING RESOURCES AND CHILDREN'S BOOK NEWS? Join my mailing list! ☕If you feel so inclined, you can now buy me a Kofi - all donations go towards the running of Spread Book Joy where my mission is to promote great books to get kids reading, so any donation is gratefully received! I also have an Amazon wish list if you ever feel like sending me a book! Link in bio!🤍 *DISCLAIMER: I sometimes use Bookshop.org affiliate links - should you purchase anything from these links, I get a small percentage at no extra cost to you! This just supports me to make free videos and resources! Bookshop.org supports local bookshops who are also given a percentage of the profits at no cost to you. Thanks in advance ❤
Guide to Shogun by James Clavell plus my thoughts on the TV adaptations of this great book!
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Guide to Shogun by James Clavell plus my thoughts on the TV adaptations of this great book!

Culture, politics and religion clash in this epic page-turner! I review of one of my all-time favourite books, the action-packed, intrigue-filled historical fiction novel Shogun by James Clavell. Published in 1975, this takes us on a journey through 17th century Japan alongside Pilot John Blackthorne, the first Englishman to successfully navigate his ship to reach Japan. I also discuss my thoughts on the 1980 Shogun TV mini-series starring Richard Chamberlain, as well as my hopes for the new FX Shogun TV adaptation premiering on Disney+ on the 27th of February 2024. 📺 USEFUL VIDEOS: Shogun TV Show (1980): https://youtu.be/9SICVgzYnNY?si=Qj0nCsUHlWfyGhBm Shogun TV Show (2024): https://youtu.be/Urcl5XedbKw?si=2K8HkXElyioHOaPZ Excellent but Spoiler-filled review by a @TheShogunate Samurai historian: https://youtu.be/5IfIQatJE18?si=gHqvDJ4sFlCZR7tj Review by my lovely friend @GemofBooks who recently read this with me: https://youtu.be/RpT6MAg8erY?si=p8ugjBAH_Xh14VtK 🛒GET THE BOOK*: https://uk.bookshop.org/a/1839/9780340766163 ❤💌🗨 WEBSITES / EMAIL/SOCIAL MEDIA: All the links you need can be found in my bio and channel banner, including links to both the Discord Server and Goodreads Group for the FOMO Book Club 💌WANT FREE LESSON PLANS, TEACHING RESOURCES AND CHILDREN'S BOOK NEWS? Join my mailing list! ☕If you feel so inclined, you can now buy me a Kofi - all donations go towards the running of Spread Book Joy where my mission is to promote great books to get kids reading, so any donation is gratefully received! I also have an Amazon wish list if you ever feel like sending me a book! Link in bio!🤍 *DISCLAIMER: I sometimes use Bookshop.org affiliate links - should you purchase anything from these links, I get a small percentage at no extra cost to you! This just supports me to make free videos and resources! Bookshop.org supports local bookshops who are also given a percentage of the profits at no cost to you. Thanks in advance ❤
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Instagram

On Instagram, I share updates on what I am reading and mini-reviews, as well as book quotes with quick questions that you can use to spark amazing discussions with children. If you are not on Instagram, you can still view all of my activity here on my website! Just click any of the images below to see the accompanying commentary. Enjoy!

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Michael Morpurgo, The Book Trust Annual Lecture, 2016.

"Let there be half an hour of Storytime at the end of school in Primary schools up and down the country... make this the half hour they all long for, that they don’t want to be over...  Let the children go home dreaming of the story, reliving it, wondering."

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