Top Ten Books On My Autumn (Fall) TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list is a TBR list. I love these lists because they give me encouragement to read a book at a certain time! I don’t always keep to them, but on my summer list I managed to read them all! 🙂 I’m very much trying to get through books that I have in my possession already even there are SO MANY that I want to read and add to my TBR. The bookworm struggle!

Click on the book image to get to the Goodreads page for the book! 🙂

Chart Throb- Ben Elton

Chart Throb

I’ve been wanting to read this book for a while, so hopefully I’ll get to it this Autumn!

Then She Was Gone- Lisa Jewell

Then She Was Gone

I’ve heard this is a good one!

Together- Julie Cohen

Together

Again, I’ve heard great things about this book, so I’m looking forward to it!

History Is All You Left Me- Adam Silvera

History Is All You Left Me

I’ve only read Adam’s debut, but I’m trying to work my way through his next releases!

Moxie- Jennifer Mathieu

Moxie

I really enjoy Jennifer’s writing style, so I’m looking forward to this one!

Letters From The Lighthouse- Emma Carroll

Letters from the Lighthouse

I’ve adored every book by Emma so far, so I expect to like this one!

13 Minutes- Sarah Pinborough

13 Minutes

So excited to read this one!

The Invention of Hugo Cabret- Brian Selznick

The Invention of Hugo Cabret

This book has been on my TBR forever. I hope I enjoy it and haven’t overhyped it!

Luckiest Girl Alive- Jessica Knoll

Luckiest Girl Alive

I’ve heard a lot of great things about this book too!

The Hours Before Dawn- Celia Fremlin

The Hours Before Dawn

Intrigued.

Have you read any of these books? What did you think of them? What’s on your Autumn/Fall TBR? Let me know! Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

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Emmy & Oliver

Emmy & Oliver

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Synopsis:

Oliver’s absence split us wide open, dividing our neighborhood along a fault line strong enough to cause an earthquake. An earthquake would have been better. At least during an earthquake, you understand why you’re shaking. 

Emmy and Oliver were going to be best friends forever, or maybe even more, before their futures were ripped apart. But now Oliver is back, and he’s not the skinny boy-next-door that used to be Emmy’s best friend. Now he’s the boy who got kidnapped. A stranger – a totally hot stranger! – with a whole history that Emmy knows nothing about. 

But is their story still meant to be? Or are they like the pieces of two different puzzles – impossible to fit together?

Thoughts:

I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this book, but its synopsis intrigued me. I haven’t read many contemporary YA books about kidnapping! I expected this book to be a little bit darker than it actually was. This didn’t spoil my opinion of it though, I thought it was an interesting, easy to read book.

Emmy & Oliver is about the relationship between our main characters after Oliver returns from being kidnapped by his father. Oliver has been living his life in New York for the past ten years. Oliver returns home and understandably a lot of things have changed. He initially struggles to fit in. Emmy is keen to pick up from where they left off. Emmy’s parents have been incredibly overprotective since Oliver’s disappearance. She often finds herself lying to her parents as they couldn’t cope with what she’s really doing…surfing and applying to a college where she’d live away from home. Oliver’s return is difficult, but Emmy is keen to build their relationship back up again.

I loved reading this book from Emmy’s point of view. She was an immediately likeable character. I loved her sense of humour and her determination to do what she wanted to do with her life, despite her overprotective parents. I absolutely adore her friendship with Drew and Caro, her best friends. They were both brilliant characters. Emmy and Oliver’s friendship that blossomed was totally believable. I loved reading about their interactions and how Oliver began to open up to Emmy.

With hindsight, I’m glad that this book wasn’t the darker read that I wanted it to be initially. I was happy to read lighter moments as it showed that Oliver was beginning to rebuild his life he once had and that made me happy. At the same time, I loved that Robin Benway didn’t shy away from the difficulties and emotions that Oliver experienced. It would have been unrealistic to think that life would immediately go back to normal.

Would I recommend it?:
Yes!

An easy to read book! I thoroughly enjoyed all of the main characters!

A Week In The Life Of A Primary School Teacher-Learning to adapt!

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!

This week has been a bit of a mixed one. My class are absolutely lovely, there’s no doubt about that. They work hard, are generally quiet and want to please me. Yet I’ve struggled this week with their neediness. I think it’s because I’ve moved from 9 year olds to 6 year olds. Maturity wise…that’s massive. I’ve got to get used to them being more dependent on me, their need to be prompted and their desire to always have my attention over other children.

Now I know older children can totally be like this too, but I had ‘trained’ my class to be independent. I just need to remember it’s very early days and they are still young. They’re a dreamy class and I do appreciate that. I need to adapt to the change in age group. I am blessed with a lovely class and I think we’re going to have a great year together. Personally, I just need to get back into that infant mindset and get ready to have fun, laughs and teach the children to become more confident within themselves. I’m sure I can do it!

I’m going into this week with a positive outlook! 🙂 We’ve got lots of fun things planned this week. It should be a good one!

Noggin

Noggin

How did I get it?:
It was a gift!

Previously reviewed by the same author:

Highly Illogical Behaviour

Synopsis:

Listen — Travis Coates was alive once and then he wasn’t.

Now he’s alive again.

Simple as that.

The in between part is still a little fuzzy, but he can tell you that, at some point or another, his head got chopped off and shoved into a freezer in Denver, Colorado. Five years later, it was reattached to some other guy’s body, and well, here he is. Despite all logic, he’s still 16 and everything and everyone around him has changed. That includes his bedroom, his parents, his best friend, and his girlfriend. Or maybe she’s not his girlfriend anymore? That’s a bit fuzzy too.

Looks like if the new Travis and the old Travis are ever going to find a way to exist together, then there are going to be a few more scars.

Oh well, you only live twice. 

Thoughts:

I didn’t think I’d like Noggin. I remember when it first came out so many people were reading it. There were a lot of mixed reviews, so I put it off. However, as soon as I read Highly Illogical Behaviour I knew I wanted to read something else by John Corey Whaley. I loved his writing. Noggin is a book that I shouldn’t have enjoyed. I like unique books, but Noggin really is something else.

Noggin centres around a boy called Travis who has had his head cryogenically frozen when he becomes critically ill with cancer. Five years later, Travis wakes up attached to the body of Jeremy Pratt. Travis has to adapt to a life in which his best friend and girlfriend are five years older than him. Travis still feels like it was yesterday, but five years have passed and people have moved on.

It may sound really science-y, but this book does read like a contemporary YA book, just a very odd YA contemporary! I think if you’re expecting it to be super sci-fi then you won’t be impressed by this book. Noggin is about friendship, romance and moving on with your life.

Travis is a character that I did like, but I can see that some people would find his behaviour quite annoying. He is super pushy and all for himself. He is desperate to get his girlfriend back, despite her being older, having a fiance and against his friend’s advice.

I enjoyed that Noggin took me on a rollercoaster of emotions. Some moments were funny, some were annoying, some were sad. Noggin made me think though and I enjoyed that. I really enjoy John Corey Whaley’s writing and I’m looking forward to reading his debut novel. Yes, I totally broke the rules and I appear to be reading from recent to oldest release! 🙂

Would I recommend it?:
Yes! 3.5 stars

This book won’t be for everyone, but I thought it was so unique and intriguing!

Blog Tour- The House by Simon Lelic

The House

How did I get it?:
I received it from Penguin Random House for the blog tour!

Synopsis:

What if your perfect home turned out to be the scene of the perfect crime?

Londoners Jack and Syd moved into the house a year ago. It seemed like their dream home: tons of space, the perfect location, and a friendly owner who wanted a young couple to have it.

So when they made a grisly discovery in the attic, Jack and Syd chose to ignore it. That was a mistake.

Because someone has just been murdered. Right outside their back door.

And now the police are watching them…

Thoughts:

I was incredibly intrigued by the publicity around this book. I was sent a postcard and key in the post. I had to visit the website and ‘unlock’ my advanced reading copy. I was immediately gripped by this and was so intrigued by the book.

I didn’t have any preconceived ideas about this book. I was so excited to pick it up to start to read it as it sounded like something I’d really enjoy. I’m a massive fan of all things thriller. The House doesn’t follow your average thriller narration which is something that I really respected and bought into. It seemed more like a mystery in places.

The House centres around Jack and Sydney who are hopeful that they’ll get a house in London. They have been saving for a while and looking for their dream home. One day, they attend an Open Day of a house that ticks all of their boxes. The owner has gone to Australia to be with someone he met online. The owner has left the house completely furnished. Jack and Sydney put in an offer not expecting to get the house. Totally unexpectedly, Jack and Sydney get the house. Jack feels uncomfortable about the house and his feelings don’t change, especially when he finds stuff in the attic…

Jack and Sydney tell their story in the form of journal entries. The narration is different because it’s clear that the couple are writing for the purpose of showing someone. I really enjoyed the narration in The House. I loved how we got to see the story from each point of view and I particularly enjoyed the moments when they spoke to each other within their entry. Using this narration, meant the story unfolded slowly. It was clear that something had happened and for quite some time the reader doesn’t know. I think this definitely helped to keep my interest. Through this medium, the reader learns about many events both past and present. We learn that Sydney had an awful childhood and that she has lost her sister (I don’t want to say too much about this as it will spoil the reading experience!) Sydney befriends a little girl called Evie who reminds her of herself when she was younger. They go through very similar experiences and Sydney is determined to help Evie before it’s too late.

I was creeped out by this book at many points, it’s in no way a scary book, but there are some very unsettling things that happen. I hate (but really love) when I don’t know who to trust and that was totally the case with this book.

This book has really dark themes. There’s strong language, drug use and some quite explicit content. It’s about how something in the past can impact on your present day life. I was gripped at the start and the unique narration kept me turning the pages. The writing is good and the pace is quick. It’s certainly an easy book to read. I did guess who was responsible for some of the incidents in the book which was a shame, but I didn’t necessarily see the ending coming!

Would I recommend it?
Yes! 3.5 stars!

Click on the blog tour poster for clearer details!

Coraline (Graphic Novel Review)

Coraline (Illustrated/Graphic Novel Edition)

How did I get it?:
I borrowed it from Beth!

Previously reviewed by the same author:

Synopsis:

When Coraline steps through a door in her family’s new house, she finds another house, strangely similar to her own (only better). At first, things seem marvelous. The food is better than at home, and the toy box is filled with fluttering wind-up angels and dinosaur skulls that crawl and rattle their teeth.

But there’s another mother there and another father, and they want her to stay and be their little girl. They want to change her and never let her go. Coraline will have to fight with all her wit and all the tools she can find if she is to save herself and return to her ordinary life.

Thoughts:

Perhaps I’m not the best person to review this graphic novel or the original book. I haven’t seen the movie yet either. But do you know what? Based on this graphic novel, I’m going to read the original and watch the movie. I liked the graphic novel that much!

It centres around Coraline who steps through a door in her family’s house to find another house which is incredibly similar to hers… only slightly better. Every single thing seems better in the other house. The toys, the food… Coraline thinks she’s got it good! There’s another mother and another father there though. They look like her actual parents, but they aren’t. They want Coraline to stay with them and be their little girl. They’re determined to change her, but Coraline is fighting back. She wants to be with her true family and return to her normal life.

I enjoyed the illustrations from P. Craig Russell. I thought it was beautifully drawn. The other mother in particular really freaked me out. She really was an unforgettable character. I can still see those black button eyes when I close my eyes!

I thought this graphic novel was super creepy. I hear that the original is too, so I’m excited to read that as soon as I can fit it in.

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

I thoroughly enjoyed this graphic novel and will be checking out the original for sure!

This Week In Books #78

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!

Behind Closed Doors The Betrayals This Is How It Always Is

NOWBehind Closed DoorsB.A Paris– I’m absolutely loving this thriller. So much so, that I’m looking forward to getting back from work tonight so I can read this beauty!

THENThe BetrayalsFiona Neill– I did enjoy this book, but I was a little disappointed by the ending. Look out for the ‘Talking About…’ review with Beth soon! 🙂

NEXTThis Is How It Always IsLaurie Frankel– I’ve heard amazing things about this book, so I’m looking forward to reading this one soon.

What are you reading this week? Let me know!