My Mr B’s Reading Subscription 2016-2017

Last year for my birthday, my sister and my mum bought me a reading subscription for Mr B’s Emporium of Reading Delights. This is a wonderful shop in Bath, which we’ve visited twice for a reading spa. Read about our experiences HERE and HERE.

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A reading subscription involves receiving 11 books hand-picked for you by a member of the bookselling team. After I received my little card informing me of my reading subscription I emailed Mr B’s and answered many questions about my bookish tastes and some random questions to go with it (to get to know me better!) I was able to name my sister as someone who would know if I had a book. She knows my reading tastes well! They emailed her every month to discuss books and quite often many emails would fly between them. Such dedication to finding the perfect book! Mr B’s do offer a 3, 6 or 11 month subscription (11 months due to a month off for Christmas!)

Each month, I received a beautifully wrapped book and bookmark for me to review the book and send back to Mr B’s.

Photo from Mr B’s website

I have attached my reviews to the books I’ve read from my reading year. 2 are to be reviewed and 2 need to be read. I shall edit the reviews in as and when I read/review them. For books not reviewed yet, I have added a Goodreads link to the book. 

Book 1- Early One Morning– Virginia Baily

Book 2- Infinite Sky– C. J Flood

Book 3- Disclaimer– Renee Knight

Book 4- Uprooted– Naomi Novik

Book 5- The One In A Million Boy– Monica Wood

Book 6- The Sudden Appearance of Hope– Claire North TO BE REVIEWED

Book 7- The Girl In The Red Coat– Kate Hamer TO BE REVIEWED

Book 8- Waking In Time- Angie Stanton

Book 9- Spontaneous– Aaron Starmer

Book 10- The Miracle Life Of Edgar Mint– Brady Udall  TO BE READ

Book 11- Fly On The Wall– E.Lockhart TO BE READ

I was a bit rubbish at sending the bookmarks back with my reviews, but I really did appreciate their pick books for me. I wouldn’t have picked some of them for myself but I ended up really enjoying them!

A big thank you to Beth and my mum for getting me this gift and for Mr B’s Emporium for selecting such a wonderful variety of books for me!

For more information, please check out their reading gifts on their website. It really is a perfect gift for a book lover!

This Week In Books #70

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!

Heap House (Iremonger, #1) Spontaneous Heartless

NOW– Heap House- Edward Carey– I’m just about to start this book which has had me intrigued for years. I’m loving the front cover and I’m guessing it’ll be a unique little book!

THEN– Spontaneous- Aaron Starmer– This book is about teenagers that keep spontaneously combusting. It’s a unique YA read!

NEXT– Heartless- Marissa Meyer- It is finally time for me to get around to reading this book! I’ve heard mixed things, so I’m not going in with too high expectations.

What are you reading this week? Feel free to leave a link to your posts and I’ll stop by! Happy Reading!



How did I get it?:
I received it as a gift from Mr B’s Reading Year.


Mara’s senior year is proving to be a lot less exciting than she’d hoped, until the day – KABAM! – Katelyn Ogden explodes during third period. Katelyn is the first, but she won’t be the last senior to explode without warning or explanation. The body count grows and the search is on for a reason, while the students continue to pop like balloons. But if bombs or terrorists or a government conspiracy aren’t to blame, what is?

With the help of her oldest friend, her new boyfriend, a power ballad and a homemade disco ball, will Mara make it to graduation in one piece? It’s going to be one hell of a year, where the only test is how to stay alive and where falling in love might be the worst thing you can do . . .


I hadn’t heard of this book before it was sent to me. However, one read of the blurb settled it for me. This was going to be one of the most unique pieces of YA that I have read. It was. Mainly because it was about spontaneous combustion. Yes, you read that right, spontaneous combustion!

Spontaneous centres around Mara who is a senior at a New Jersey school. Mara’s life is normal, until people randomly start to spontaneously combust. KABOOM! They are gone within seconds leaving quite the mess behind them…It seems to be only happening to teenagers, every single teenager in the town is left wondering whether they’ll suddenly combust. The FBI are on the case as a community mourns the loss of so many of their young!

I thoroughly enjoyed Mara’s voice in this story. I can imagine that she’ll wind a few readers up. She has such a dark sense of humour, but to be honest, this book has a dark concept, so for me- it really worked! I loved Mara’s friendship with Tess and whilst I could have done without the romantic element to the story, it didn’t ruin it at all for me.

The reason why I didn’t rate this book any higher is because I felt it lost its way throughout the story. I wasn’t as engrossed as I was initially. I also became frustrated with some plot-lines that didn’t seem as thought out as they could be. I was left quite confused and dissatisfied with the plot-lines that were left unexplained. 

I have heard that this book is set to have a film adaptation. I’m certainly intrigued to see how they portray this story. I can see why it was picked up, as it is incredibly unique and I imagine will translate well to the big screen.  

Would I recommend it?:
Yes! 3.5 stars

A unique read that is worth picking up!

Stacking The Shelves #166

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!

Received from publishers

Truth Or DareNon Pratt– I’ve enjoyed all of Non’s books so far. I’m looking forward to reading this.

Love & GelatoJenna Evans Welch – I’ve heard really good things about this book!

PiglettesClementine Beauvais– It sounded cute!

Follow Me, Watch Me, Trust MeAngela Clarke– I’m almost halfway through the second book in this series. It’s dark and intriguing to read.


The Names They Gave UsEmery Lord– She’s an auto-buy author for me. I don’t even know what this book is about!


SpontaneousAaron Starmer– I recieved this book as part of my Mr B’s Reading Year gift from my mum and sister!

What have you added to your shelves this week? Feel free to leave me a link to your hauls and I’ll stop by!