The British Books Challenge is hosted by Michelle at Tales of Yesterday. Find out more about it HERE.
The British Book Challenge was set up to show support for British Authors. By signing up I promised to read at least 12 books by British Authors. I smashed it once again this year by reading 63 books by British Authors.
Here are 2017’s efforts!
- The One Memory of Flora Banks– Emily Barr
- Paper Butterflies– Lisa Heathfield
- We Come Apart– Sarah Crossan and Brian Conaghan
- How Hard Can Love Be?– Holly Bourne
- Disclaimer– Renee Knight
- Margot & Me– Juno Dawson
- The Trouble With Goats and Sheep– Joanna Cannon
- The Witchfinder’s Sister– Beth Underdown
- London Belongs To Us– Sarra Manning
- The Cuckoo Sister– Vivian Alcock
- The Curious Incident of The Dog In The Night-Time– Mark Haddon
- The One– John Marrs
- Mad Girl– Bryony Gordon
- Lie With Me– Sabine Durrant
- Pilot Jane and The Runaway Plane– Caroline Baxter
- Fish Boy- Chloe Daykin
- Awful Auntie– David Walliams
- The Last Beginning- Lauren James
- Girlhood– Cat Clarke
- One Italian Summer- Keris Stainton
- Release- Patrick Ness
- Unboxed- Non Pratt
- Follow Me– Angela Clarke
- Watch Me– Angela Clarke
- Trust Me– Angela Clarke
- Truth Or Dare– Non Pratt
- I See You- Clare Mackintosh
- Blood Sisters– Jane Corry
- The Prime Minister’s Brain- Gillian Cross
- The Nearest Faraway Place– Hayley Long
- The Graces– Laure Eve
- Miss You– Kate Eberlen
- Damage– Eve Ainsworth
- Indigo Donut– Patrice Lawrence
- Gone Without A Trace– Mary Torjussen
- Her Husband’s Lover– Julia Crouch
- He Said/She Said– Erin Kelly
- Cartes Postales from Greece– Victoria Hislop
- Fortunately, The Milk– Neil Gaiman
- Good Me, Bad Me– Ali Land
- The Scarecrow Queen– Melinda Salisbury
- Charlotte Says– Alex Bell
- Close To Me– Amanda Reynolds
- Coraline- Neil Gaiman
- The House– Simon Lelic
- The Betrayals- Fiona Neill
- The Trophy Child– Paula Daly
- Saffy’s Angel– Hilary McKay
- Behind Closed Doors- B.A Paris
- No Virgin– Anne Cassidy
- No Shame– Anne Cassidy
- Then She Was Gone– Lisa Jewell
- The Treatment– C.L Taylor
- Letters From The Lighthouse– Emma Carroll
- Black Hearts In Battersea– Joan Aiken
- The Polar Bear Explorers’ Club- Alex Bell
- 13 Minutes– Sarah Pinborough
- The Hours Before Dawn– Celia Fremlin
- Noah Can’t Even– Simon James Green
- Witch Child- Celia Rees
- The Friend– Dorothy Koomson
- A Quiet Kind Of Thunder– Sara Barnard
- Finding Jennifer Jones– Anne Cassidy
How did I get it?:
I borrowed it from Beth!
She can’t remember the last year. Her husband wants to keep it that way.
When Jo Harding falls down the stairs at home, she wakes up in hospital with partial amnesia-she’s lost a whole year of memories. A lot can happen in a year. Was Jo having an affair? Lying to her family? Starting a new life?
She can’t remember what she did-or what happened the night she fell. But she’s beginning to realise she might not be as good a wife and mother as she thought.
Beth is basically one of the biggest book pushers in my life. Ha! She recommended Close To Me after reading it and enjoying it earlier this year. I’m pleased that I read it because I thought it was a wonderful debut novel. It gripped me from the very beginning and I was eager to find out what was going to happen next.
Close To Me centres around our main protagonist Jo. Jo has had an accident which results in her losing her memories of the past year. This leaves Jo questioning what has happened and why her family don’t seem to be telling her the truth. Jo is convinced that her grown up children and her husband are keeping things from her, but with only snippets of memories coming back to her, she doesn’t know what to believe anymore.
Although this isn’t the most unique psychological thriller that I’ve read, it was still an engaging and exciting read. I was eager to find out about the secrets that were being hidden. I wanted to know whether Jo had fell down the stairs or whether she was pushed. I was questioning every single thing, not sure whether to distrust Jo’s family or not. There were just so many questions to be answered!
The narration goes between Jo’s point of view in the year that she had lost and Jo’s present day life. Using this narrative was effective because the reader got to learn about Jo’s life before the accident. I liked this element of the story as it meant that the reader could learn about Jo’s past as the memories were revealed to her too.
I didn’t think much of Jo’s family. I couldn’t really warm to any of them. I didn’t trust some of them and I wondered why Jo’s children weren’t more concerned with her memory loss! I found Sash (her daughter) in particular to be a very irritating character. I desperately wanted her to be there for her mother… and she just wasn’t!
There may be many books like Close To Me in the genre, but it’s an addictive read and a very promising debut nevertheless!
Would I recommend it?:
Yes! 3.5 stars
An addictive read and promising debut novel!
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!
NOW– The Scarecrow Queen– Melinda Salisbury– I’m about a quarter of the way through this book which is the last in the Sin Eater’s Daughter trilogy. It’s a YA fantasy.
THEN– Cartes Postales From Greece– Victoria Hislop– I recently finished this book which is for Beth and I’s ‘Talking About’ feature. Look out for our feature next week!
NEXT– Close To Me– Amanda Reynolds– I think I’m going to read this psychological thriller next. We’ll see. I’m not going to have a lot of reading time within the next week!
What are you reading this week? Feel free to leave a link to your post or let me know in the comments below!
As a teacher, I get six weeks off in the summer. I say off, but I’ve already been into school for half a day and expect to do the same for the rest of the week. However, I do get more reading time! I’ve decided to give myself a list of books that I desperately want to get to. Here they are…
(Book images go to Goodreads!)
Dark Places- Gillian Flynn
Furthermore- Tahereh Mafi
The Girls- Emma Cline
Gone Without A Trace- Mary Torjussen
Her Husband’s Lover- Julia Crouch
He Said, She Said- Erin Kelly
By Your Side- Kasie West
The Scarecrow’s Queen- Melinda Salisbury
Empire Of Storms- Sarah J. Maas
Close To Me- Amanda Reynolds
The Trophy Wife- Paula Daly
As you can see, there’s loads of thrillers here. I’m looking forward to these! Have you read any of them? Do you recommend I ‘bump’ any up my TBR to read sooner? Let me know!