Top Ten Books From The Psychological Thriller Genre

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 picking favourite books from our favourite genre. I used to only read what could be described as chick-lit. Now, I read more widely, but I am very partial to a psychological thriller. Here are some of my favourites, in no particular order!

Book images go to Goodreads

The Silent Patient

The Silent Patient

One of my recent favourites. Read it! Read it!

Cuckoo

Cuckoo

I read this thriller years ago but I absolutely adored it. It was so warped. I’m not sure what that says about me.

Gone Girl

Gone Girl

If you want to meet some messed up characters, read Gone Girl. 

Before I Go To Sleep

Before I Go to Sleep

I remember being utterly gripped by this book!

Good Me, Bad Me

 

IGood Me, Bad Me

I absolutely adored this book and it earned its place on my favourite’s shelf. I don’t put books there often.

Dangerous Girls

Dangerous Girls

This book was another incredible, fast paced read. I highly recommend it.

I Let You Go

I Let You Go

Ooh, this is another cracking read! Worth giving a go!

The Foster Child

The Foster Child

This is another recent (ish) read of mine. I really enjoyed it. Creepy but SO good.

The Daughter

The Daughter

I was really impressed with this book! The story had me gripped from the beginning.

The Liar’s Room

The Liar's Room

I really enjoyed this book. Simon Lelic is a great author and I always love how his books build.

What did you do for your list this week? Let me know! Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by.

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Beth and Chrissi Do Kid-Lit- The Enchanted Wood (The Faraway Tree #1)

The Enchanted Wood (The Faraway Tree, #1)

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Synopsis:

Joe, Beth and Frannie find the Enchanted Wood on the doorstep of their new home, and when they discover the Faraway Tree they fall into all sorts of adventures!

Thoughts:

Well, well, well… I used to be quite the fan of Enid Blyton when I was younger. I loved her whimsical writing and I was looking forward to getting stuck into the adventures once more. It is still totally charming, but I’m a little sad that they’ve changed the name of the characters. I believe Frannie was once Fanny. I can see that children would laugh at that now but they probably would’ve done so when reading it when it was first published too. Beth reminded me that Dame Snap had been changed from Dame Slap. For goodness sake, censorship is a little ridiculous nowadays. I don’t see any harm in those names at all. I know when I read about a character named Dick in my class, the children giggle. I just have to explain that it’s short for Richard and they tend to get over it quickly. This is a story and children aren’t as delicate as we think.

Mini rant aside, I thought this book was just as whimsical and lovely as I remember. I remember absolutely loving Moon Face! 🙂 I loved their magical adventures and always wondered what land would come up next. As an adult, I think I look at it more critically which is a shame. However,  it’s strange to think how easy-going the children’s parents were. It was apparently fine to go off until midnight into a magical land! If you can put little things like that  aside, then I really think this story will bring you a lot of joy. It certainly perked me up!

For Beth’s wonderful review, please check out her blog HERE.

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

Next up in the Beth and Chrissi do Kid-Lit Challenge (June):
What Katy Did- Susan Coolidge

Forget Me Not

Forget Me Not

How did I get it?:
NetGalley- thanks to Avon

Previously reviewed by the same author:

Apple Of My Eye

Synopsis:

It’s six in the morning during the hottest summer on record when Elizabeth O’Loughlin, out walking her dog, comes across Clare, a victim of a horrific knife attack, clinging onto life at the side of the road.

Clare dies minutes later, but not before whispering her haunting last words to Elizabeth.

When it becomes clear that Clare’s killer has more than one murder on his mind, Elizabeth has to take drastic action or face losing everything.

But what if she can’t stop a killer determined never to be forgotten? 

Thoughts:

I absolutely adored Apple Of My Eye, so I was intrigued to read Forget Me Not by Claire Allan. I thought this was another incredible read. Claire Allan is certainly becoming one of my favourite authors in the thriller genre. I highly recommend checking out her books if you haven’t done so already.

Forget Me Not opens with Elizabeth O’Loughlin walking her dog. She comes across Clare, a victim of a horrific attack. Clare’s dying, but manages to whisper some words to Elizabeth. Elizabeth soon realises that there could be more victims and she needs to do something about it.

I liked how the story was told from two different points of view. I think this works particularly well in a thriller. It gives you a break from one perspective but at the same time, if done well, it cleverly intertwines the story and this is what happened with Forget Me Not. Claire Allan is a master at building tension. Right from the start, I couldn’t stop turn the pages. It’s so fast paced that it’s hard to put it down.

This is definitely one of those books where you don’t want to know too much about it. It would completely ruin the story. It’s a book full of twists and turns. Some I did see coming, but some I admit, did surprise me. I really do need to check out Claire’s debut!

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

Another excellent read from Claire Allan!

Banned Books #59- Crazy Lady

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Welcome to this month’s edition of Banned Books. This month, Beth and I read Crazy Lady by Jane Leslie Conly.

Crazy Lady!

First published: 1993
In the Top Ten most frequently challenged books in 2005 (source)
Reasons: offensive language.

Do you understand or agree with any of the reasons for the book being challenged when it was originally published?

BETH: I don’t know why I put myself through this each month – as soon as I see the reasons for books being challenged/banned, I get cross! Haha. This book was originally published in 1993 which feels occasionally like a million light years ago but strangely enough, at the same time, it feels not long ago at all for me, it’s a year I remember quite well. Attitudes have changed quite dramatically from the nineties, especially regarding children with special needs (thank goodness!) but as for the reason this book was challenged? I just don’t get it. It states offensive language and well, there are many moments in this book where the characters “cuss,” but no mention is ever made of the particular words they use. All that is said is the word “cuss,” which isn’t offensive by itself – not to me, anyway. So I’m left feeling slightly confused as to where the offensive language was?!

CHRISSI: We never agree with the reasons for things being challenged and I really don’t see the problem with any language in this book. As I’ve said before, children and young adults hear and see much worse in their family home. Even in the 90s! I don’t think offensive language is reason enough to challenge a book. I really don’t!

How about now?

BETH: Nowadays I would hope that the mere mention of the word “cuss” or “swear,” wouldn’t send people running for the hills but sadly, that still appears to be the case. Well, when it was challenged in 2005 that is! Fair enough, not everybody appreciates bad language, I personally don’t use it in my reviews because I don’t want to offend anyone but I understand and enjoy the fact that everyone is different. However, I don’t understand why when the “bad words,” aren’t even mentioned that some people still have an issue with this book? Perhaps I’m being incredibly naive.

CHRISSI: I can’t believe that this book was challenged in 2005, especially when TV and the media have much worse language occurring. I mean, seriously?! If the language was more explicit, then I could probably get why it was challenged, but it’s really not that bad at all. I’ve read worse and I’m sure teenagers/young adults have heard worse too. I think we can censor our children/young people too much and it makes them curious to seek out what is being challenged.

What did you think of this book?:

BETH: Crazy Lady was a quick and easy read for me but nothing I really want to shout from the rooftops about. It was interesting to see the depiction of a special needs child written in the nineties (but set in the eighties) and how far we’ve come as a society since then in our attitudes and treatment. I thought the alcoholic character of Maxine was an interesting addition but I have to admit, she frustrated me slightly especially as it seemed like she wasn’t making any effort to really help herself or her son Ronald.

CHRISSI: It has an interesting story-line and one I’m pleased is represented in children’s literature. It wasn’t a book that I’d rave about. I found the ending to be a bit of a let down. Mainly, like Beth, it made me appreciate how our treatment with people with special needs has progressed. We still have a way to go, but we’re definitely taking steps in the right direction. I liked how it didn’t try and talk down or be condescending.

Would you recommend it?:

BETH: Probably!

CHRISSI: Yes!

Top Ten Books Released In The Last 10 Years

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 a fun one! It’s all about our top releases over the last 10 years. I thought I’d start with the most recent and then get to older releases. It’ll be hard to pick just one from a year, but I’m excited to do this!

As ever, book images go to Goodreads!

2019

Daisy Jones and The Six

Loved this book. I read it in April and promptly gave it 5 stars.

2018

A Thousand Perfect Notes

I was highly anticipating this book and it was well worth the wait.

2017

They Both Die at the End

Ooh. I was eagerly anticipating this book and it was SO good. One of those that I didn’t want to end, especially because we know the end… #titleisaspoiler

2016

Highly Illogical Behavior

I’ve just realised that every book I’ve listed so far was a 5 star read for me. I absolutely loved this book which has mental health and the forefront.

2015

Made You Up

Such a highly unique read! Again, mental health representation.

2014

Prisoner of Night and Fog (Prisoner of Night and Fog, #1)

I thought this was an absolutely incredible read. If you’re a fan of WWII reads, then give this one a go!

2013

Dangerous Girls

I can’t believe this book was released in 2013! It’s SO good.

2012

Me Before You (Me Before You, #1)

Urgh, one of my favourite books! How was it released 7 years ago?!

2011

Divergent (Divergent, #1)

I wasn’t overly satisfied with how this series ended but I thought the first book was a cracking read!

2010

Room

An excellent, if heart-breaking read!

2009

Hate List

This is my only 4 star on this list! It was still an incredible read and I still think highly of it 10 years after its release.

I can’t wait to see other lists today. This is a fun topic. Feel free to leave me a link to your post and I’ll stop by! 🙂

A Week In The Life Of A Primary School Teacher- Time for a week off!

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 7-9 year olds. I have worked for two years with 6-7 years, 1 year with 7-9 and now I’m returning to my favourite age! 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!

I made it! 🙂 Time for a week off!

It’s been a lovely week at school though. I’ve mentioned before how we’re a school that like to do a lot of outdoor learning. We dedicate a week a year to outside learning and that’s what we’ve been doing this week. We have been blessed with the weather and delightfully behaved children. As I looked around, I realised that our children are particularly blessed. We’re making wonderful memories with them and giving them such enriching learning experiences. 🙂 I’m so happy I work in the school that I do, despite the stressful times this academic year.

When we get back it’s pretty much full on. We have swimming lessons 4 days a week for 3 weeks, Sports Day and transition day when we meet our new class for September. Just 35 more working days until I’m finished with my fourth class! Crazy times!

I do intend to catch up with some reading over this week, so don’t be surprised if you do some book reviews coming up soon. For those who missed it, I mentioned yesterday I won’t be daily blogging anymore. Just blogging when I’m in the mood and want to. A massive shift for me. I’m sure most of the time things won’t be different around here, there will just be more quiet days!

Chrissi Chat- Where I’m at!

I haven’t been posting daily for the last week or so. I’m in a bit of a funk with blogging at the moment. I still absolutely adore it, but after 6 years of posting daily (I’ve only ever missed a few days in those 6 years) I’m getting a bit… not fed up, but uninspired. I’ve made the decision to blog when I want to blog. I’ve finished a book recently and not reviewed it and usually that would bug me, but why should it? Why can’t I just blog when I want to blog? The answer is… I can! It’s up to me when I blog. If my views go down… does it really affect my life? No. It’s taken me a long time to get to this point, but I’m pleased I’m there. It takes the pressure off reading. That review will still be coming out but when I’m in the mood to write it.

The fact is, balancing full time teaching and full time blogging is HARD. I don’t know how I’ve managed it. I’ve had a really stressful year with work and worrying about my blog didn’t really help my mental health. I’ve been honest about my struggles with anxiety and something has to give until I’m in a happier place mentally. Work is massively affecting my mental health and I don’t need blog stress to add to it.

I will still be visiting your blogs, but it might be during a binge reading session. I can’t come online daily and be on WordPress and not blog (I feel guilty!) so I’ll probably read your posts when I’m online. I still support and love my blogging friends.

This isn’t a post saying I’m giving up blogging. I’m not. I’ll just blog when I want to and read when I want to. My blog, my rules!