Round up of British Book Challenge 2013

I can’t believe it’s been a year, since I accepted the challenge to read 12 books by a British author. I’ve absolutely loved discovering new British authors this year. I’m definitely going to continue the challenge next year. We have far too many brilliant authors in the UK, that deserve much more recognition.

Here are the British Authors I’ve discovered this year, complete with a link to my review!

Here’s to discovering new British Authors in 2014 and continuing to support UK writers!

The Wicked Girls

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NetGalley, thanks to Penguin Group

Synopsis:

One fateful summer morning in 1986, two 11-year-old girls meet for the first time and by the end of the day are charged with murder. Twenty-five years later, journalist Kirsty Lindsay is reporting on a series of attacks on young female tourists in a seaside town when her investigation leads her to interview funfair cleaner Amber Gordon. For Kirsty and Amber, it’s the first time they’ve seen each other since that dark day when they were just children. But with new lives – and families – to protect, will they really be able to keep their secret hidden?

Thoughts:

I thought this book sounded brilliant. I was intrigued by the synopsis. It is told through two intersecting stories. In the past, two 11 year olds were charged with murdering a younger child. Flash forward to the present day, they are both living under new names, trying to hide their secret from their families and their neighbours. The women meet again, by chance, and everything starts to unravel. Unfortunately, although I enjoyed it, I don’t think it will stay with me.

The Wicked Girls does have a good premise. I liked how although the characters weren’t particularly likeable, they were interesting to read about although I do think the reason why I didn’t connect with this book as much as I hoped was because I didn’t really connect with the two main characters. I wanted to feel empathy for them, but unfortunately I didn’t really feel anything for them.

I think there was just too much going on which somewhat cluttered the story. Instead of getting intrigued by the story, I ended up getting a bit bogged down. Nevertheless, I did think it was an okay read, the writing was good, there was just too much going on for me and not enough suspense.

Would I recommend it?:
Yes!- It may not sound like I enjoyed it much, but I do think it’s worth checking out if you’re a fan of the genre.

Reading next:
Lives of Magic- Lucy Liederman

WWW Wednesday #38

WWW Wednesdays is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. Click on the image to get to her blog!

WWW Wednesdays is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. Click on the image to get to her blog!

Welcome to another WWW Wednesday post!

To join in with WWW Wednesday you need to answer 3 questions..

•What are you currently reading?
•What did you recently finish reading?
•What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

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I’m currently reading Endless by Amanda Gray. I’ve just started it, so I don’t have much to say about it. It seems quite promising though.

What did you recently finish reading?

17471738I thought I was getting bored of this sort of read, but I enjoyed this book. I wasn’t overly keen on the subject matter (cheating/infidelity) but it was a well written book.

What do you think you’ll read next?

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I’m very excited about reading this book. It’s been a while since I’ve read a thriller/crime book. It sounds brilliant too.

What are you reading this week? Feel free to leave your links to your posts in the comments below, or answer the questions!

Stacking The Shelves #30

Click on the image to take you to Tynga's blog to learn more!

Click on the image to take you to Tynga’s blog to learn more!

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 image to get to its Goodreads page!

I have a HUGE haul this week. This comes from Random House’s blogger brunch, NetGalley, the Amazon kindle sale, my friend Luna lending me books and spending too much time in Foyles. Oops.

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This is me simply sitting behind Luna and I’s book haul after spending time in Foyles book shop in London.

So first things first- Random House. To read my account of my time at Random House click HERE

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This book is out now! I’ve finished it and reviewed it already, it’s an incredible read.. review HERE.

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I haven’t read any Lauren Kate before, so I’m intrigued.

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I’m very intrigued about this book. I’ll try to read it soon!

NetGalley:

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I like a crime/thriller read every now and again and this seems like a great choice!

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I’m so excited about this one. I did a little happy dance when I was approved.

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I love Jojo Moyes, she’s one of my auto-buy authors.

Bought in the Amazon Kindle Summer Sale:

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I adore Lindsey Kelk. Her books are so easy to read!

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These books just look like FUN and they have awesome titles.

Borrowed from Luna’s Library:

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Thanks to Luna for these beauties!

Foyles haul:

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A lot of these were recommended by Luna. So if I don’t like them I’ll blame her 😉

Gifts:

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A book from the queen of chick-lit. Don’t mind if I do!

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I’m intrigued by this book!

Phew! So that’s it for this week! Please feel free to leave links to your hauls and I’ll come by and see what you’ve got!