The Weight Of A Thousand Feathers

The Weight of a Thousand Feathers

How did I get it?:
Netgalley- thanks to Bloomsbury

Previously reviewed by the same author:
We Come Apart

Synopsis:

‘Funny how no one ever uses the word ‘love’ when discussing my case. I do what I do because she’s my mum. That pure and that simple.’

Bobby Seed is used to going the extra mile for the ones he loves, and he does it willingly. It’s up to Bobby to get Mum her pills, to help her up the stairs, to laugh her out of her pain. It’s up to Bobby to comfort his little brother Danny, to explain why Mum’s not like the Mum they remember.

One day, he’s asked to go further. Mum asks him the big question. The one many would find unthinkable. If he agrees, he won’t just be soothing her pain. He’ll be helping to end it.

Thoughts:

I seem to have been reading really emotional books recently and this one is another one of them. It’s a story about a young carer who looks after his mum who has the terrible disease MS. At the heart of the story is family and I loved that.

The Weight Of A Thousand Feathers is about Bobby and his family. He lives and cares for his mum and his younger brother. Bobby has watched his mum suffer from MS before she was officially diagnosed. He has watched her deteriorate and at the start of the story she is bed-ridden. He has been there for her all along. He has to feed her, take her to the toilet… the roles are certainly reversed. One day, Bobby’s mum asks him to help her end her life. Bobby is now faced with an extremely tough decision. He wants to keep his mum alive but at the same time doesn’t want to see her suffer any further.

I thought Brian Conaghan wrote an incredible story. He was able to show both sides of the story- living with a disease and caring for someone with a long-term, deteriorating disease. The emotions he captured, were I imagine, very true to life for caring for someone with such a terrible disease. I imagine that it’s hard to see your child become your carer. These emotions were portrayed beautifully within the story.

I had so many conflicting opinions throughout the story. I can’t even imagine what it would feel like to be asked to end a person’s life, especially a family member. What do you even do in that situation? It’s heart-breaking. So many questions were raised in my mind. I love a thought provoking book.

You might think this sounds like an utterly depressing book, but there are definitely light-hearted moments. I like it when a sad book has those moments. I think sad stories do need some levity. It shouldn’t all be doom and gloom.

I think Brian Conaghan has written a beautiful, thought-provoking, raw read which is well worth checking out.

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

An emotional but thought-provoking read!

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Looking Ahead- This Month’s TBR List (June)

I mainly had hits in the month of May with only one book not read from my TBR list. June is a busy month at my work, so I’m not expecting too much from my June reading. Of course, there are some of my usual reads for the regular feature that I do and some June ARCs that I will have out as well.

Here’s my tentative TBR list for June! Thanks to Tina over at Reading Between The Pages for hosting!

(Book images go to Goodreads!)

Days Of Wonder- Keith Stuart

Days of Wonder

Goodreads Synopsis:

Tom, single father to Hannah, is the manager of a tiny local theatre. On the same day each year, he and its colourful cast of part-time actors have staged a fantastical production just for his little girl, a moment of magic to make her childhood unforgettable.

But there is another reason behind these annual shows: the very first production followed Hannah’s diagnosis with a heart condition that will end her life early. And now, with Hannah a funny, tough girl of fifteen, that time is coming.

Hannah’s heart is literally broken – and she can’t bear the idea of her dad’s breaking too. So she resolves to find a partner for Tom, someone else to love, to fill the space beside him.

While all the time Tom plans a final day of magic that might just save them both.

I am really looking forward to reading this book after thoroughly enjoying Keith Stuart’s debut.

The Weight Of A Thousand Feathers- Brian Conaghan

The Weight of a Thousand Feathers

Goodreads Synopsis:

`Child experts will tell you that I’m way too young to carry such a burden of responsibility on my tender shoulders. But really, what do they know?’ Who is Bobby Seed? He’s just your average sixteen-year-old – same wants, same fears, same hang-ups. Dull, dull, dull. But then there’s the Bobby Seed who’s a world away from average. The Bobby Seed who has to wipe his mum’s backside, sponge her clean three times a week, try to soothe her pain. The Bobby Seed whose job it is to provide for his younger brother, Danny, to rub his back when he’s stressed and can only groan and rock instead of speak. That’s Bobby Seed. Same, same, same, yet different, different, different …

I am so intrigued by this book. I have read another by Brian Conaghan and was impressed!

The Dead Ex- Jane Corry

Goodreads Synopsis:

He said in sickness and in health. But after Vicki was attacked at work and left suffering with epilepsy, her husband Daniel left her for his mistress.

So when Vicki gets a call one day to say that he’s gone missing, her first thought is ‘good riddance’. But then the police find evidence suggesting that Daniel is dead. And they think Vicki had something to do with it.

What really happened on the night of Daniel’s disappearance? 
And how can Vicki prove her innocence, when she’s not even sure of it herself?

I enjoy Jane Corry’s writing. I am eagerly anticipating this one!

The Face On The Milk Carton- Caroline B. Cooney

The Face on the Milk Carton (Janie Johnson, #1)

Goodreads Synopsis:

The face on the milk carton looks like an ordinary little girl: hair in tight pigtails, a dress with a narrow white collar, a three-year-old who was kidnapped more than twelve years ago from a shopping mall in New Jersey.

As fifteen-year-old Janie Johnson stares at the milk carton, she feels overcome with shock. She knows that little girl is she. But how could it be true?

Janie can’t believe that her loving parents kidnapped her, until she begins to piece together clues that don’t make sense. Why are there no pictures of Janie before she was four? Her parents have always said they didn’t have a camera. Now that explanation sounds feeble. Something is terribly wrong, and Janie is afraid to find out what happened more than twelve years ago.

In this gripping page-turner, the reader will unravel — as Janie does — the twisted events that changed the lives of two families forever.

I have had this book on my radar for some years now, but I never got around to it. Hence it being on this month’s Beth and Chrissi Do Kid-Lit Challenge. 

Brave New World- Aldous Huxley

Brave New World

Goodreads Synopsis:

Far in the future, the World Controllers have created the ideal society. Through clever use of genetic engineering, brainwashing and recreational sex and drugs, all its members are happy consumers. Bernard Marx seems alone harbouring an ill-defined longing to break free. A visit to one of the few remaining Savage Reservations, where the old, imperfect life still continues, may be the cure for his distress…

Huxley’s ingenious fantasy of the future sheds a blazing light on the present and is considered to be his most enduring masterpiece.

Can you believe I’ve never read this book? I’m looking forward to it as part of the Banned Books feature that I do with Beth every last Monday of the month.

Have you read any of these books? What did you make of them? Let me know!

Round Up of British Books Challenge 2017

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!

  1. The One Memory of Flora Banks– Emily Barr
  2. Paper Butterflies– Lisa Heathfield
  3. We Come Apart– Sarah Crossan and Brian Conaghan
  4. How Hard Can Love Be?– Holly Bourne
  5. Disclaimer– Renee Knight
  6. Margot & Me– Juno Dawson
  7. The Trouble With Goats and Sheep– Joanna Cannon
  8. The Witchfinder’s Sister– Beth Underdown
  9. London Belongs To Us– Sarra Manning
  10. The Cuckoo Sister– Vivian Alcock
  11. The Curious Incident of The Dog In The Night-Time– Mark Haddon
  12. The One– John Marrs
  13. Mad Girl– Bryony Gordon
  14. Lie With Me– Sabine Durrant
  15. Pilot Jane and The Runaway Plane– Caroline Baxter
  16. Fish Boy- Chloe Daykin
  17. Awful Auntie– David Walliams
  18. The Last Beginning- Lauren James
  19. Girlhood– Cat Clarke
  20. One Italian Summer- Keris Stainton
  21. Release- Patrick Ness
  22. Unboxed- Non Pratt
  23. Follow Me– Angela Clarke
  24. Watch Me– Angela Clarke
  25. Trust Me– Angela Clarke
  26. Truth Or Dare– Non Pratt
  27. I See You- Clare Mackintosh
  28. Blood Sisters– Jane Corry
  29. The Prime Minister’s Brain- Gillian Cross
  30. The Nearest Faraway Place– Hayley Long
  31. The Graces– Laure Eve
  32. Miss You– Kate Eberlen
  33. Damage– Eve Ainsworth
  34. Indigo Donut– Patrice Lawrence
  35. Gone Without A Trace– Mary Torjussen
  36. Her Husband’s Lover– Julia Crouch
  37. He Said/She Said– Erin Kelly
  38. Cartes Postales from Greece– Victoria Hislop
  39. Fortunately, The Milk– Neil Gaiman
  40. Good Me, Bad Me– Ali Land
  41. The Scarecrow Queen– Melinda Salisbury
  42. Charlotte Says– Alex Bell
  43. Close To Me– Amanda Reynolds
  44. Coraline- Neil Gaiman
  45. The House– Simon Lelic
  46. The Betrayals- Fiona Neill
  47. The Trophy Child– Paula Daly
  48. Saffy’s Angel– Hilary McKay
  49. Behind Closed Doors- B.A Paris
  50. No Virgin– Anne Cassidy
  51. No Shame– Anne Cassidy
  52. Then She Was Gone– Lisa Jewell
  53. The Treatment– C.L Taylor
  54. Letters From The Lighthouse– Emma Carroll
  55. Black Hearts In Battersea– Joan Aiken
  56. The Polar Bear Explorers’ Club- Alex Bell
  57. 13 Minutes– Sarah Pinborough
  58. The Hours Before Dawn– Celia Fremlin
  59. Noah Can’t Even– Simon James Green
  60. Witch Child- Celia Rees
  61. The Friend– Dorothy Koomson
  62. A Quiet Kind Of Thunder– Sara Barnard
  63. Finding Jennifer Jones– Anne Cassidy

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 🙂

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!

Comparing ‘We Come Apart’ by Sarah Crossan and Brian Conaghan

We Come Apart

How did I get it?:
Netgalley- thanks to Bloomsbury

Previously read by the same author:
Sarah Crossan-
The Weight of Water
Apple and Rain
One

Synopsis:

Nicu has emigrated from Romania and is struggling to find his place in his new home. Meanwhile, Jess’s home life is overshadowed by violence. When Nicu and Jess meet, what starts out as friendship grows into romance as the two bond over their painful pasts and hopeful futures. But will they be able to save each other, let alone themselves?

For fans of Una LaMarche’s Like No Other, this illuminating story told in dual points of view through vibrant verse will stay with readers long after they’ve turned the last page.

Thoughts before you started reading We Come Apart?

CHRISSI: I was really intrigued to read another book in verse again. Especially after I really connected with Sarah Crossan’s ‘One.’

LUNA: Partly “this will be spectacular” and then “oho what if it doesn’t deliver”…

What did you think of Nicu and Jess?

CHRISSI: I have to admit that I liked them from the beginning. I really enjoyed how Nicu’s story was told. He was different to how the rest of his peers interacted and I really think that was captured perfectly from the very beginning. I felt sorry for Jess from the start. She clearly had a troubled life and I thought this was portrayed beautifully.

LUNA: Both their voices pulled me into the story from the start, yet I connected more with Nicu. I think it’s having an inkling of understanding about how confusing and isolating school/society in another country is. I certainly got the confusion about sayings. With Jess I learned to like her the more I got to know about her.

Best bit?

CHRISSI: It captured my attention from start to finish. That makes a great book!

LUNA: There wasn’t a single moment in this book that made me think “this is it” and so I want to answer: Everything. It’s not quite right though. I think it’s how easily I got lost in We Come Apart. The words, characters and story.

Worst bit?

CHRISSI: I can’t say there really was a worst bit for me, as I thoroughly enjoyed it all. I would have liked to have known more about what happened next to Jess and Nicu.

LUNA: The ending. I know it was the right ending, but SPOILER WARNING, it was not the riding-into-the-sunset one I hoping for. Which completely doesn’t make sense because usually I don’t buy into the “fix-it” all solution yet with everything that was happening to Nicu and Jess I wanted something to work out for them. I think that’s a testament to how much I ended up caring about both characters.

Favourite character/moment?

CHRISSI: Jess becoming less conscious of how she appears to her friends!

LUNA: I liked how the friendship between Jess and Nicu developed. The conversations at the beginning, how Jess starts to stand up to her friends. (Term applied loosely).

Was We Come Apart what you expected?

CHRISSI: It was more than I expected!

LUNA: Yes, my apprehension about this book not delivering on my high expectations was unfounded. It did. The only thing that did surprise me was that I was able to put the book down (I mean I had to due to other commitments but I didn’t loathe having to do it) – it gave me the opportunity to digest and think about what I was reading.

Would you recommend it?

CHRISSI: Of course!

LUNA: Absolutely