Top Ten Favourite Books of 2017

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list are the Top Ten Book of 2017.  This should be a fun one! I’m looking forward to reading other people’s lists so I can see what they’ve come up with.

As ever, click on the book image to get to the Goodreads page for the book.

Indigo Donut- Patrice Lawrence

Indigo Donut

I absolutely love Patrice Lawrence’s writing. She’s so underrated.

Letters From The Lighthouse- Emma Carroll

Letters from the Lighthouse

Emma Carroll’s writing is simply beautiful to read. This book takes place in World War II. It’s an amazing piece of children’s literature.

Her Husband’s Lover- Julia Crouch

Her Husband's Lover

I love a thriller and Julia Crouch writes them well.

Good Me, Bad Me- Ali Land

Good Me, Bad Me

This book is so deeply disturbing.

History Is All You Left Me- Adam Silvera

History Is All You Left Me

I didn’t expect to like this book as much as I did, but I thought it was incredible.

George- Alex Gino

George

A touching, important read.

We Come Apart- Sarah Crossan and Brian Conaghan

We Come Apart

I have really enjoyed Sarah’s writing in the past and thought this was a fabulous read.

Letters To The Lost- Brigid Kemmerer

Letters to the Lost

This book touched me! I loved reading it.

Awful Auntie- David Walliams

Awful Auntie

David Walliams is a fantastic writer for children. There’s always something there for adults reading too which is very clever.

My Lady Jane- Cynthia Hand, Jodi Meadows and Brodi Ashton

My Lady Jane: The Not Entirely True Story

This book was just ridiculous and I loved that.

What have you put on your list this week? Let me know! Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by! Happy Reading 🙂

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Banned Books #41- George

Welcome to this month’s Banned Books post! This month we read George by Alex Gino.

Note: This month’s book was supposed to be The Color Of Earth by Kim Dong Hwa but unfortunately we have not been able to get hold of a copy for a reasonable price so we’ve had to make a last minute switch!

George
First published: 2015
In the Top Ten most frequently challenged books in 2016 (source)
Reasons: challenged because it includes a transgender child, and the “sexuality was not appropriate at elementary levels.”

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

BETH: I’m really looking forward to hearing Chrissi’s thoughts on George, she said to me she had “a lot to say,” and I’m very intrigued! I found out about this book a while ago through my sister who has already read and done a full length review of it on her blog. I could have already guessed why the book might be challenged but I was really hoping that it wouldn’t be for the reason stated. *Sigh* of course it is. I was really hoping that in 2016, when this book was originally challenged (published in 2015) we were much more enlightened as a species about transgender issues and a book aimed at children about this subject would not be a big deal. Sadly, I was wrong.

CHRISSI: It actually hurt my heart that this book was challenged. It’s aimed at elementary children and in my eyes isn’t inappropriate at all for that age group. It actually makes me mad that it is challenged. The reason why it’s challenged was because ‘the sexuality was not appropriate at elementary levels.’ I mean WHAT? Many children know from an early age if they feel like they’re in the wrong body that they were born into. It’s told with a child’s voice. How can it be challenged? I really, really don’t get it.

How about now?

BETH: As George is a very recent release, I’m sure attitudes have not changed very much in the year that it was first challenged. I’d be upset to see it appear again when the list for 2017 comes out but you’re always going to get those people that feel uncomfortable with children’s sexuality, particularly if it happens to be a child determined that they are the opposite sex from the body they have been born into. I think this book is entirely appropriate for the elementary level as it is handled in a very intelligent and sensitive way. In fact, I think children definitely shouldn’t be shielded from these things because in a way, isn’t that confirming to them that being transgender might be strange/wrong (when obviously it is not?!). Of course, if it can help a child that is struggling with their gender assignment and can see themselves in George then that can only be a good thing, I think.

CHRISSI: It definitely has a place for elementary aged readers and those beyond. I think it’s such an innocent read about a topic that isn’t talked about enough. I have experienced teaching a child who is absolutely determined that she’s a boy. It wouldn’t surprise me if she was transgender. I know a lot of people think it’s just a ‘stage’ and for some children it is, but we’re devaluing those for which it’s not by challenging a book like this. Argh, it makes me mad. Children should read books like this, so they know they’re not alone and that people are different. Such a valuable lesson.

What did you think of this book?:

BETH: I really enjoyed it. I thought it was a sweet, quick and easy to read novel. I loved the characters and the message it conveyed although I was quite cross for a little while with a couple of the characters which you might understand if you’ve read this book yourself!

CHRISSI: I think it’s an inspiring read. I’m really pleased I’ve read it and I’d certainly recommend it to elementary aged children!

Would you recommend it?:

BETH: But of course!

CHRISSI: Of course!

Ten Diverse Characters In Books

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list are the Top Ten Books That Feature Characters… and the option was down to us! I decided to go for books that featured diverse characters as I’ll all about diverse representation in literature.

As ever, click on the book image to get to Goodreads!

George- Alex Gino

George

This is one of my favourite middle grade reads EVER. I think it’s adorable. The voice is just perfect.

None Of The Above- I.W Gregorio

None of the Above

This was an interesting read for me because the author has experience with intersex as a surgeon.

Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda- Becky Albertalli

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

One of my favourite books. I couldn’t leave this off the list.

Wonder- R.J. Palacio

Wonder

Another wonderful middle grade read.

Lies We Tell Ourselves- Robin Talley

Lies We Tell Ourselves

I was blown away by this book!

The Hate U Give- Angie Thomas

The Hate U Give

This is getting all the praise right now and rightfully so.

The Art Of Being Normal- Lisa Williamson

The Art of Being Normal

I had heard a lot of wonderful things about this book. It’s a fantastic read.

The Sun Is Also A Star- Nicola Yoon

The Sun Is Also a Star

 

This book was so addictive. It may have instalove in, but I immediately fell in love with it too…

Noughts and Crosses- Malorie Blackman

Noughts & Crosses (Noughts & Crosses, #1)

A wonderful but heartbreaking read.

Bird- Crystal Chan

Bird

I think Bird is such a unique read.

What have you put on your list this week? Feel free to leave me a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

The (slightly late) Mid Year Freak Out Tag

Today I thought I’d join in with the Mid Year Freak Out Tag after being tagged by my sister over at Bibliobeth.

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

The best book you’ve read so far this year?

George

I didn’t expect to enjoy this book as much as I did. Its narrative really grasped me and I felt captivated by the main character.

Your favourite sequel read this year?

Watch Me (Social Media Murders, #2)

I was really impressed with this sequel to the Social Media Murders series. I liked the first book, but this one made me love the series!

A new release that you haven’t read yet but really want to?

Eliza and Her Monsters

I really enjoyed Francesca’s debut and although I’ve heard mixed things about this book, I’m intrigued to see what it’s like! I always form my own opinion.

Most anticipated release for the second half of the year?

All That She Can See

I enjoyed Carrie’s debut and look forward to seeing what her next book is like!

Your biggest disappointment?

The Cuckoo Sister

I was really looking forward to reading this book after loving it when I was younger. I have to admit to being a little disappointed by it when re-reading!

Biggest surprise of the year?

As I Descended

I wasn’t looking forward to this book, as I didn’t get on well with Robin Talley’s second book. I did enjoy this one! 🙂

Favourite new-to-you or debut author?

Countless

I really enjoyed this debut novel! I enjoy reading books that centre around mental health and this was a good one!

Your new fictional crush?

I fail! I don’t have one!

New favourite character?

The Upside of Unrequited

Molly from Becky Albertalli’s sophomore novel. Loved her!

A book that made you cry?

One Italian Summer

This didn’t make me actually cry, but it did move me at points!

A book that made you happy?

Awful Auntie

I love David Walliams. His writing is fabulous! There were some darker moments, but on the whole it made me happy.

Your favourite book to movie adaptation this year?

Beauty and The Beast!

Favourite book post you’ve published this year?

I’m cheating a bit here and adding my favourite new feature… A Spotlight On.

The most beautiful book you’ve bought/received this year?

Lyrebird

What are some books that you need to read by the end of the year?

Damage by Eve Ainsworth, When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon.

I am not going to tag people in this (as I’m sure many people that follow me have done it!) if you do decide to do it, please link me so I can read yours!

 

Top Ten Books I’ve Read So Far In 2017

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list are the Top Ten Books We’ve Read So Far This Year. I had quite a challenge to pick 10!

As ever, click on the book image to get to Goodreads!

The Book Collector- Alice Thompson

The Book Collector

This book is so unusual but so good at the same time!

The Last Beginning- Lauren James

The Last Beginning (The Next Together, #2)

I love Lauren James! Her writing is brilliant.

The Upside of Unrequited- Becky Albertalli

The Upside of Unrequited

This sophomore novel did not let me down. I love Becky Albertalli!

George- Alex Gino

George

So cute and incredibly easy to read.

My Lady Jane- Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, Jodi Meadows

My Lady Jane: The Not Entirely True Story

A very unique read! It made me laugh out loud.

Baby Doll- Hollie Overton

Baby Doll

A fab thriller.

We Come Apart- Sarah Crossan and Brian Conaghan

We Come Apart

I’m enjoying Sarah Crossan’s writing! I loved this book.

Letters To The Lost- Brigid Kemmerer

Letters to the Lost

My second experience of Brigid Kemmerer went well.

Awful Auntie- David Walliams

Awful Auntie

Love David Walliams. This one was darker than I had anticipated.

Margot & Me- Juno Dawson

Margot & Me

Another favourite author of mine. I really enjoyed this book!

What’s on your list this week? Feel free to leave me a link to your Top Ten posts and I’ll stop by!

Top Ten Quick Reads To Devour On The Beach!

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list is a summer freebie. I decided to go with some of my favourite quick reads which are perfect to read on the beach or in your garden/the park this summer!

As ever, book images go to Goodreads!

Unboxed- Non Pratt

Unboxed

I’ve recently read this book and absolutely devoured it in one sitting. It’s a great story about friendship.

The Summer I Found You- Jolene Perry

The Summer I Found You

I adore this book. It’s a deeper read than the cover may suggest.

George- Alex Gino

George

Another fabulous quick read. Alex Gino’s voice is incredibly authentic!

The Madness- Alison Rattle

The Madness

I love this story which is set on the coast. Alison Rattle is a terrific writer!

Magic Under Glass- Jaclyn Dolamore

Magic Under Glass (Magic Under, #1)

I adore this fairy tale-easque read! It didn’t take me long to devour!

Golden- Jessi Kirby

Golden

I loved this book and I found it to be utterly quotable. It’s a beautiful story and the cover definitely gives me summer vibes.

One Italian Summer- Keris Stainton

One Italian Summer

So easy to read. It’s a little deeper than your average romance/contemporary read!

A Little Something Different- Sandy Hall

A Little Something Different

I absolutely adored this very unique read!

This Song Will Save Your Life- Leila Sales

This Song Will Save Your Life

This book combines two of my favourite things, music and contemporary!

Twenty Boy Summer- Sarah Ockler

Twenty Boy Summer

I find Sarah Ockler’s books to be perfect beach/summer reads!

Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda- Becky Albertalli

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

I adore Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda. It would be perfect for summer reading! I think it’s awesome all year around…

What did you do for your summer freebie this week? Feel free to leave a link and I’ll stop by your post!

Top Ten Unique Reads

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list is all about unique reads. It took me some time to think about them, but here they are!

Illuminae- Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, #1)

The format of this book is what makes it so unique. I adored it!

George- Alex Gino

George

I find this book unique because its child-like narration is so authentic.

The Last Beginning- Lauren James

The Last Beginning (The Next Together, #2)

A sci-fi ish book with different formats. I’ve recently finished this book and I absolutely adored it!

One- Sarah Crossan

One

A hard-hitting book told in verse.

Cloud Busting- Malorie Blackman

Cloud Busting

This book deals with bullying through poetry ❤

The Girl With Glass Feet- Ali Shaw

The Girl With Glass Feet

A beautiful book with a fairy tale-esque story. My edition had silver page edges ❤

The Boy With The Cuckoo-Shaped Heart- Mathias Malzieu

The Boy with the Cuckoo-Clock Heart

Another fairy tale-esque story. So unusual, but so good!

Another Little Piece- Kate Karyus Quinn

Another Little Piece

Such an odd story. Yet, so compelling! I have a feeling that this book is either love or hate it though…

The Girl On Paper- Guillaume Musso

The Girl on Paper

This is definitely one of the most unique stories that I’ve read. I thoroughly enjoyed it!

Bird- Crystal Chan

Bird

I’ve included this one because of its beautiful writing. It really stood out for me in the middle grade genre!

I have listed some of these books before on my list, but I’ve added 5 new unique reads since I last made this list in 2014! 

What did you put on your list this week? Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!