Round up of The British Book Challenge 2016

It’s that time of year again… time to reflect on the British Books I’ve read this year for the British Books Challenge. I read a grand total of 66 British books! (I shall add anymore to this post if I read more between now and 1st January) Yay!

The challenge involves reading 12 books from British authors, so I think we can safely say I smashed that number! 😉 I really enjoy finding British authors to read as much of my reading is dominated by US authors (they are amazing though!) Linked below are the reviews of the 66 British books that I read!

  1. Lighter Than My Shadow– Katie Green
  2. For Holly– Tanya Byrne
  3. Am I Normal Yet?– Holly Bourne
  4. The Demon Headmaster– Gillian Cross
  5. The Unbelievable Top Secret Diary of Pig– Emer Stamp
  6. The Haunting– Alex Bell
  7. In A Dark, Dark Wood– Ruth Ware
  8. The Number One Rule For Girls– Rachel McIntyre
  9. Carrie’s War-Nina Bawden
  10. The Sin Eater’s Daughter– Melinda Salisbury
  11. Radio Silence– Alice Oseman
  12. The Samaritan– Mason Cross
  13. Moving– Jenny Eclair
  14. More Of Me– Kathryn Evans
  15. The Next Together– Lauren James
  16. The Boy In The Dress– David Walliams
  17. Consumed– Abbie Rushton
  18. V is for Violet– Alison Rattle
  19. Read Me Like A Book– Liz Kessler
  20. Follow Me Back– Nicci Cloke
  21. Noble Conflict– Malorie Blackman
  22. When I Was Invisible– Dorothy Koomson
  23. Poppy’s Place– Karina Charman
  24. The Horse and His Boy– C.S. Lewis
  25. Orangeboy– Patrice Lawrence
  26. Always With Love– Giovanna Fletcher
  27. The Moonlight Dreamers– Siobhan Curham
  28. According To Yes-Dawn French
  29. The Borrowers– Mary Norton
  30. Swimming To The Moon– Jane Elson
  31. The Castle– Sophia Bennett
  32. The Woman Next Door– Cass Green
  33. Songs About A Girl– Chris Russell
  34. Maggot Moon– Sally Gardner
  35. Shtum– Jem Lester
  36. The One We Fell In Love With– Paige Toon
  37. My Embarrassing Dad’s Gone Viral– Ben Davis
  38. Cuckoo– Keren David
  39. Harry Potter and The Cursed Child– J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, Jack Thorne
  40. All About The Hype– Paige Toon
  41. The Girls– Lisa Jewell
  42. Head Over Heels– Holly Smale
  43. Crush– Eve Ainsworth
  44. Perijee and Me– Ross Montgomery
  45. How Not To Disappear– Clare Furniss
  46. A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding– Jackie Copleton
  47. Looking for JJ– Anne Cassidy
  48. A Boy Made Of Bricks– Keith Stuart
  49. Robyn Silver- The Midnight Chimes– Paula Harrison
  50. Isadora Moon Goes To School- Harriet Muncaster
  51. The Last Act of Love– Cathy Rentzenbrink
  52. Time To Say Goodbye– S.D. Robertson
  53. On The Other Side– Carrie Hope Fletcher
  54. Beautiful Broken Things– Sara Barnard
  55. The Widow– Fiona Barton
  56. The Wolves of Willoughby Chase– Joan Aiken
  57. Dead Romantic– C.J.Skuse
  58. Haunt Me– Liz Kessler
  59. Missing, Presumed– Susie Steiner
  60. Strange Star– Emma Carroll
  61. Ballet Shoes– Noel Streatfeild
  62. The Lie Tree– Frances Hardinge
  63. Into The Trees– Robert Williams
  64. Lighthousekeeping– Jeanette Winterson
  65. Infinite Sky– C.J. Flood
  66. The Sleeping Prince– Melinda Salisbury

A massive thank you to Kirsty from Overflowing Library for hosting this challenge this year.

As this is one of my favourite challenges, I am definitely on board for 2017. In 2017, the challenge will be hosted by Michelle from Tales of Yesterday. Sign up here!

Consumed

Consumed

How did I get it?:
NetGalley- thanks to Little, Brown Book Group

Previously reviewed by the same author:
Unspeakable

Synopsis:

Myla used to love spending long, hot days on the beach with her sister, Asha. Until the day Asha was taken from her and the sun went out. Forever.

That was two years ago. Myla hasn’t been down to the beach – or even left the house – since. Crippling agoraphobia and panic attacks keep her locked inside a nightmare of the day she can never forget. Her main contact with the outside world is online – until she meets Jamie.

Jamie is new in town and also struggles with things most people find easy. Nobody gets why it’s so hard for him to eat. But, like Myla, Jamie is trapped by his fears and feels anxious, awkward and alone.

Gradually the pair begin to trust each other. Are they willing to reveal their secrets – and risk discovering the truth? Or will they let their pasts consume them for good…

Thoughts:

I was immediately pulled into the synopsis of Consumed. It sounded like something that I’d really enjoy reading. I have to admit, I can be a little bit touchy when it comes to books centred around mental health. I have read far too many books which just don’t seem to ‘get’ mental illness. However, even though some parts of the book are a little unbelievable (I could get past it!) I think Abbie Rushton has written a fantastic book which kept me turning the pages!

This book centres around Myla and Jamie. Both have problems, but they don’t expect to be able to help each other as much as they do. Jamie is new to town and is introduced to Myla. Myla hasn’t left her house for years after experiencing the loss of her sister. A day that she keeps repeating in her head and wondering ‘What if?’ Jamie is running away from issues at home and living with his Aunt. Jamie finds it hard to eat, but can’t even begin to explain why. Myla and Jamie get closer and we learn more about their secrets.

I was intrigued by Myla’s friendship with her online friend, Eve. It was intriguing. I really enjoyed the online aspect of this book. It felt very real. I can imagine that many people with agoraphobia find solace online. It was pretty creepy at the same time and I doubted who Eve was at times.

I found it hard to put this book down. I was desperate to know who had killed Asha. I had my suspicions throughout but was never quite sure. There certainly are some unpredictable characters within this story. As I mentioned, it’s a real page turner. It didn’t take long to devour at all. I highly recommend it!

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

I really enjoyed this book which didn’t take long to read!

Unspeakable

Unspeakable

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Synopsis:

Megan doesn’t speak. She hasn’t spoken in months.

Pushing away the people she cares about is just a small price to pay. Because there are things locked inside Megan’s head – things that are screaming to be heard – that she cannot, must not, let out.

Then Jasmine starts at school: bubbly, beautiful, talkative Jasmine. And for reasons Megan can’t quite understand, life starts to look a bit brighter.

Megan would love to speak again, and it seems like Jasmine might be the answer. But if she finds her voice, will she lose everything else?

Thoughts:

I had heard a lot of good things about Unspeakable before I picked it up at YALC in July. I was immediately intrigued by the synopsis, so I wanted to read it ASAP. I thought Unspeakable was a promising debut which didn’t take me long to read at all. It’s really hard to pinpoint the topic of this book. It’s a little bit about relationships (including LGBT), family, friends but it also has an element of bullying throughout.

Unspeakable follows Megan who has experienced something so awful that she has stopped talking. It is not until nearer the end of the story that everything is unravelled. Megan is bullied for throughout the story by Sadie, a girl Megan used to be friends with before the incident happened. An ally for Megan is introduced quite early in the story. Jasmine is new to the school and befriends Megan even though their conversations begin as very one sided until Megan begins to write to Jasmine. Jasmine completely turns Megan’s life around, but Jasmine is also suffering from bullying. Someone is out to get her and the girls try to figure out who is messing around with them.

I really enjoyed Megan and Jasmine’s friendship and seeing how it developed over time. It was also interesting to read about how different Megan and Jasmine’s families were. Megan doesn’t come from the most conventional family unit, and it’s clear her mother has her own problems, but deep down she does care for Megan. That’s nice to read about.

Unspeakable did keep me guessing, but I’m not sure the end result was entirely believable, which was a little frustrating and is the reason why I could not rate this book any higher than I did.

Would I recommend it?:
Yes! 3.5 stars

Unspeakable is a very promising debut. I look forward to the author’s next book!

Stacking The Shelves #125

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!

As ever, click on the book title to get to the Goodreads page!

Gifts:

PaperweightGo Set a Watchman

Paperweight- Meg Haston- I have wanted to read this book for quite some time now! My sister got me a copy at YALC last weekend! So grateful! 🙂

Go Set A Watchman– Harper Lee- I was so torn whether to get a copy of this book or not, but my mum made me decision and bought me a copy last night!

Bought at YALC:

A Long, Long SleepThis is Not a Love StoryUnspeakable

A Long, Long Sleep– Anna Sheehan- My sister picked this up and thought I’d like it immediately from reading about it. It’s a YA/Sci-fi fairy tale retelling. Yep, right up my alley!

This Is Not A Love Story– Keren David- I’ve heard good things about this book so decided to pick it up!

Unspeakable- Abbie Rushton- This book has been on my radar for a while now, so I was happy to see it at YALC!

Borrowed from Beth:

The Lost and the Found

The Lost And The Found– Cat Clarke- Beth picked this book up at YALC and decided that I’d get around to reading it first, so let me bring it home! Isn’t she wonderful?!

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

Top Ten Most Anticipated Debut Novels For 2015

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. The first Top Ten of 2015 are my Top Ten Most Anticipated Début Novels for 2015.

There are quite a few débuts that I have my eye on for 2015! So here are just some of them…(Click on the book title to get to Goodreads!)

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The Wrong Side of RightJenn Marie Thorne- The cover of this book doesn’t give too much away, but the synopsis suggests that there is much depth to the story. This book seems like it’s going to be more than your average contemporary read (which I thoroughly enjoy as this list probably suggests!) I’m looking forward to this book releasing in March.

My Heart and Other Black HolesJasmine Wanga– As soon as I read more about this book I wanted to read it. It’s due out in February, and just sounds amazing. Let’s hope it lives up to my expectations!

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We All Looked UpTommy Wallach- This sound like a very unusual book- a mix of sci-fi and contemporary. I’m intrigued… This book releases in March!

ValiantSarah McGuire– Ooh I really like the look of this book. The line ‘début fairy tale’ got me! It is being released in June.

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Damage DoneAmanda Panitch– I’m not sure what I expect from this book, but I do really like the sound of it. This book releases in July!

MagoniaMaria Dahvana Headley– I have heard some buzz around this book, so it is that that makes me want to read it!

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Everything That Makes You Moriah McStay– I’ve seen this book around a lot already. The cover immediately appealed to me. This book releases in March.

UnspeakableAbbie Rushton– Ooh, another pretty cover. I am very intrigued by this book. It is due to be released in February!

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Like It Never HappenedEmily Adrian– I love contemporary all year around and this looks like a book I’d enjoy! It releases in June. It looks to me like a great summer read!

The Night We Said Yes- Lauren Gibaldi– Another contemporary read which looks fantastic! It is due to be released in June!

What are you looking forward to in 2015? I’m pretty sure my TBR list is going to be expanding! Please feel free to leave a link to your Top Ten post and I’ll stop by!