Ten Books I Really Liked but Can’t Remember Anything/Much About

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It’s all about love of lists, love of literature and bringing bookish people together.

This week’s list is all about books that we liked but on recall can’t remember much/anything about! The way I tackled this list is to look at Goodreads and see which books I rated highly but couldn’t tell you much about!

The Earthquake Bird

I read this book in 2012. I have no recollection of it whatsoever, but apparently liked it enough to give it 4 stars!

The Rescue

I read this in 2011. I have some recollection of it being moving, but other than that… I got nothing!

A Spot of Bother

I know I enjoyed this book at the time, but without looking at the synopsis, I couldn’t tell you what it was about.

The Rose Of Sebastopol

This is another one that I read back in 2011. I can’t remember anything about it! I know my sister enjoyed it!

A Respectable Trade

I adore Philippa Gregory’s writing, so I know I must have enjoyed this book. I’m a bit hazy on its details!

All She Wants

I remember this being quite witty!

The Solitude of Prime Numbers

Love the title of this book! I remember liking it but being frustrated by the ending. I couldn’t tell you what it’s about though.

Prodigal

I have no idea what this book was about!

The Heretic's Daughter

I remember liking the characters in this book!

The Summer House

I remember liking this but I couldn’t tell you what it was about!

How about you? Which books can you not recall? Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

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Literally

Literally

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Synopsis:

Annabelle’s life has always been Perfect with a capital P. Then bestselling young adult author Lucy Keating announces that she’s writing a new novel—and Annabelle is the heroine. 

It turns out, Annabelle is a character that Lucy Keating created. And Lucy has a plan for her. 

But Annabelle doesn’t want to live a life where everything she does is already plotted out. Will she find a way to write her own story—or will Lucy Keating have the last word? 

Thoughts:

I had heard so many things about this book that I knew it was one that I wanted to read. Being a book blogger though there are so, so many books that I want to get to it. I finally found time for Literally though and I’m glad I’ve read it. I can see that it would appeal to loads of readers, especially fans of YA.

Literally centres around Annabelle who has always been pretty perfect. She’s clever and well liked. However, one day she finds out that bestselling YA author Lucy Keating (yes, the author) is writing the story of her life. Annabelle doesn’t want to live her life plotted by an author. She wants to live her own life. Annabelle’s life has become drama filled with her family home being sold, her parents’ separation and a love triangle. It really does seem like Annabelle’s life is right out of a YA novel.

This was such a strange book, but different at the same time. I’m not quite sure whether I think the author being in this book is cringy or cool. Sometimes I thought it was genius and other times it seemed a little awkward. I’m sure it was meant in a tongue-in-cheek way. I think the Lucy Keating in this book was an exaggerated version of herself.

At the heart of it, Literally really is your typical YA story. It’s love triangle, romance and drama galore. If that’s what you want in a book, then you’re in for a treat with this one. I did enjoy this book, especially for the risk that Lucy Keating took in writing herself into the story.

Would I recommend it?:
Yes!

A very unique book. It’s not one I would rave about, but I’m glad that I read it!

A Week In The Life Of A Primary School Teacher- Pressure!

Every Sunday (hopefully) I shall be posting a personal post about my life as a primary school teacher. I currently work at a primary school teaching Year 2 (6-7 year olds). My training posts on this subject were really successful and so therapeutic for me, therefore I’ve decided to continue posting on the topic. I will not be naming any children, or the school where I work. If personal posts aren’t your thing then feel free to skip these posts. I won’t mind! Bookish goodness returns as normal Monday-Saturday!

So last week I was all about the outdoors-y fun learning. This week teaching hasn’t been as exciting for me. I don’t know if I’ve mentioned before, but we do have Ofsted looming, which means they could come any day now to inspect our school. Therefore, we all seem to be running around like headless chickens trying to make sure every thing comes together. It’s times like these when I have work piled up on me that I try to realise what’s important in my job… the children!

My mum commented last week how little parents and others get to see into the life of a teacher. They don’t realise the hours we put in before 9am and after 3pm and more often than not weekends too. I have so many meetings before school, after school even during school! I also have countless things to get ready for as well as balance teaching every subject to my class.

I’m not complaining. I love my job and I think it’s one of the most worthwhile things a person can do. However, sometimes I just like to be reminded of why I love my job. When I’m running around completing paperwork it doesn’t remind me of my passion for the job and for helping children learn. 🙂 So I just need to make sure this week (aside from the stupid courses I have to go on for Year 2) that I remember to take stock and spend some time with my little ones!

Stacking The Shelves- #182-Another small one!

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you’re adding to your shelves, be it buying or borrowing. From ‘real’ books you’ve purchased, a book you’ve borrowed, a book you’ve been given or an e-book they can all be shared!

Book images go to Goodreads!

Gifts:

The Child: The Must-Read Richard and Judy Book Club Pick 2018

I really enjoyed Fiona’s debut novel, so I’m looking forward to giving this one a go soon!

The Heart's Invisible Furies

I have heard such good things about this book that I can’t wait to get stuck into it within the next few weeks.

A small haul for me this week! What have you added to your shelves? Feel free to let me know and leave a link to your post, if you do one!

All That She Can See

All That She Can See

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Previously reviewed by the same author:

On The Other Side

Synopsis:

Feelings are part of life – feelings are life. If you take away what people feel, you take away anything meaningful. Wanting to diminish the evil in this world is a good cause, one I have fought for the majority of my life, but not like this . . . 

Cherry has a hidden talent. She can see things other people can’t and she decided a long time ago to use this skill to help others. As far as the rest of the town is concerned she’s simply the kind-hearted young woman who runs the local bakery, but in private she uses her gift to add something special to her cakes so that after just one mouthful the townspeople start to feel better about their lives. They don’t know why they’re drawn to Cherry’s bakery – they just know that they’re safe there and that’s how Cherry likes it. She can help them in secret and no one will ever need to know the truth behind her gift.

And then Chase arrives in town and threatens to undo all the good Cherry has done. Because it turns out she’s not the only one who can see what she sees . . . 

Thoughts:

Ooh. I find Carrie’s books incredibly hard to review. I don’t want to come across like I’m judging her because she has such an internet presence. It’s clear that Carrie works hard towards her goals. I sometimes feel annoyed that she gets judged because of who she is and not on her writing itself. Sure, her internet presence has to help in securing her book deals, but she did spend the time on her books. They’re not ghost written. So surely, we as reviewers, should give her a fair chance? That’s what I like to do with every author regardless of their ‘fame.’

All That She Can See has an interesting premise. It centres around Cherry who is a baker (I cringe a little at Cherry being a baker’s name) but she’s not just any baker. Cherry has a hidden talent. She can put her feelings into her creations and help others to erase their bad feelings. Once people have devoured Cherry’s creation, they start to feel better. People are always drawn back to Cherry’s shop, but they don’t know why. Cherry moves on to different towns when she feels she has done her job. Everything seems to be going well, until Chase appears on the scene. He threatens to undo all the good that Cherry has done.

At the start of reading this book, I was all for it. I was seeing 5 stars in its future. It was magical, whimsical and so easy to read. It reminded me of one of my favourites for magical realism, Cecelia Ahern. It was charming and a little silly but so easy to read. Then… the second half of the book just completely lost it for me. It felt like a different book entirely. I didn’t mind the story line in the second half, but it just seemed so different and disconnected than what came before. It didn’t fit and I found myself losing interest in the story which was a great shame as I was so invested at the start.

Carrie’s writing style won’t be for everyone, but I found it pleasant enough and easy to read. The book didn’t take me long to read at all. It’s engaging enough, even with my niggles about the plot line. I think once again, Carrie’s book is being billed as adult fiction, but to me it still screams YA. There’s nothing wrong with that of course, I’m a huge lover of YA.

To me, All That She Can See was a wonderful, imaginative idea, but the two different stories did not gel together. I would have preferred either one or the other not a mismatch of both. If one story had been focused on, then the characters and relationships could have been developed more and this book would definitely have been rated higher than I have done.

Would I recommend it?:
Yes!

I can see this book dividing a lot of readers. Carrie Hope Fletcher has a wonderful imagination, I just didn’t enjoy the execution of this particular book!

Windfall

Windfall

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Previously reviewed by the same author:

Synopsis:

Alice doesn’t believe in luck—at least, not the good kind. But she does believe in love, and for some time now, she’s been pining for her best friend, Teddy. On his eighteenth birthday—just when it seems they might be on the brink of something—she buys him a lottery ticket on a lark. To their astonishment, he wins $140 million, and in an instant, everything changes. 

At first, it seems like a dream come true, especially since the two of them are no strangers to misfortune. As a kid, Alice won the worst kind of lottery possible when her parents died just over a year apart from each other. And Teddy’s father abandoned his family not long after that, leaving them to grapple with his gambling debts. Through it all, Teddy and Alice have leaned on each other. But now, as they negotiate the ripple effects of Teddy’s newfound wealth, a gulf opens between them. And soon, the money starts to feel like more of a curse than a windfall. 

As they try to find their way back to each other, Alice learns more about herself than she ever could have imagined…and about the unexpected ways in which luck and love sometimes intersect.

Thoughts:

I enjoy Jennifer E. Smith’s writing so I was looking forward to reading it. I was especially intrigued about the subject matter… winning the lottery. It’s not just about the good parts of winning the lottery, it’s about the trouble that goes with it. The fame, those that crawl out of the woodwork and the way it undeniably changes you.

Windfall centres around Alice, Teddy and Leo. Alice buys Teddy a lottery ticket for his birthday as a joke. She never expects him to win, but when he does she worries about him changing. Teddy really wants Alice to take some money, but she is stubborn and doesn’t want the money to change things. Alice has liked Teddy as more than a friend for a long time and is longing to be with him. Will the money change the Teddy that she has loved for a long time?

The thing I love about Jennifer’s writing is the characters that she creates and Windfall is no different. Alice, Leo and Teddy are such fabulous characters (even if they do irritate at times, but who wants a perfect character?) Alice in particular, has gone through a lot in her life after losing her parents not long after one another. Alice lives with her Leo (her cousin) and his parents that took her in when her parents died. They’re incredibly close and so is Teddy, their friend. They look out for one another and it’s adorable.

This is a book that it is heavy with the plot. Not much happens, but at the same time it is an exploration of family and what that means.  The plot is pretty predictable, but I didn’t mind that. I wanted to see how things would turn out for the three. To me, it’s definitely a character driven novel. It’s a story that doesn’t take long to read at all.

Would I recommend it?:
Yes!

A very sweet, easy to read YA story!

This Week In Books #94

I am joining in with the lovely Lipsy from Lipsy’s Lost and Found’s feature which highlights our week in books. I shall be sharing what I’m reading now, then and next! I won’t be showcasing my new books as I do that on a Saturday. I’m really excited by this feature as I loved sharing my recent reads. My book reviews published on my blog are often WAY behind what I’m actually reading, so this is a good feature to keep you up to date!

Book images go to Goodreads!

How to Stop Time The Girlfriend Eliza and Her Monsters

NOWHow To Stop TimeMatt Haig– I’m currently 70% through this book which I’m hoping to finish tonight! I’m really enjoying it. I find Matt Haig to be such a quotable author.

THENThe Girlfriend- Michelle Frances– I loved this thriller! 🙂 I sometimes find them very same-y but this one stood out for me. Some awful characters! I mean awful as in pretty messed up…

NEXTEliza and Her MonstersFrancesca Zappia– I know this book was on my post last week, but I slipped in How To Stop Time for a review with my sister, Beth. I’m so looking forward to this one.

What are you reading this week? Let me know!