Top Ten Books For Those Who Want To Read British Authors!

Oh how I’ve missed Top Ten Tuesday! It’s back today after a mini break. Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list are the Top Ten Books for a certain person or subject. I decided to promote those British Authors I love so much. Here are a selection!

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Orangeboy- Patrice Lawrence

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I loved Patrice’s debut novel which centres around drugs, gangs, friendship and family. It’s well worth a read.

Indigo Donut- Patrice Lawrence

Indigo Donut

I recently read and adored this book which is another heart-warming family read. I gave this one five stars.

The Next Together- Lauren James

The Next Together (The Next Together, #1)

I didn’t expect to like this book as much as I did. Packed full of time travel which isn’t usually my thing!

Mad Girl- Bryony Gordon

Mad Girl

I enjoyed this memoir about the author’s experience with mental health!

The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night Time- Mark Haddon

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

I absolutely adored this book. So unique and special.

Am I Normal Yet?- Holly Bourne

Am I Normal Yet? (The Spinster Club, #1)

Another mental health story… not intentional but wonderful all the same. I love Holly Bourne’s writing.

Paper Butterflies- Lisa Heathfield

Paper Butterflies

Such an intense read!

Infinite Sky- C.J Flood

Infinite Sky (Infinite Sky, #1)

A beautiful read!

The Wolves Of Willoughby Chase- Joan Aiken

The Wolves of Willoughby Chase (The Wolves Chronicles, #1)

I only discovered this book last year! I absolutely lapped it up. A stunning piece of children’s literature.

A Boy Made Of Blocks- Keith Stuart

A Boy Made of Blocks

Oops, another book featuring a character on the autistic spectrum. This one is WONDERFUL and I can’t recommend it enough. A raw account of the main character’s struggle with his son.

Have you read any of these books? Have any caught your eye? Let me know! Feel free to leave a link to your posts and I’ll stop by!

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My Mr B’s Reading Subscription 2016-2017

Last year for my birthday, my sister and my mum bought me a reading subscription for Mr B’s Emporium of Reading Delights. This is a wonderful shop in Bath, which we’ve visited twice for a reading spa. Read about our experiences HERE and HERE.

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Photo courtesy of http://www.coolplaces.co.uk

A reading subscription involves receiving 11 books hand-picked for you by a member of the bookselling team. After I received my little card informing me of my reading subscription I emailed Mr B’s and answered many questions about my bookish tastes and some random questions to go with it (to get to know me better!) I was able to name my sister as someone who would know if I had a book. She knows my reading tastes well! They emailed her every month to discuss books and quite often many emails would fly between them. Such dedication to finding the perfect book! Mr B’s do offer a 3, 6 or 11 month subscription (11 months due to a month off for Christmas!)

Each month, I received a beautifully wrapped book and bookmark for me to review the book and send back to Mr B’s.

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I have attached my reviews to the books I’ve read from my reading year. 2 are to be reviewed and 2 need to be read. I shall edit the reviews in as and when I read/review them. For books not reviewed yet, I have added a Goodreads link to the book. 

Book 1- Early One Morning– Virginia Baily

Book 2- Infinite Sky– C. J Flood

Book 3- Disclaimer– Renee Knight

Book 4- Uprooted– Naomi Novik

Book 5- The One In A Million Boy– Monica Wood

Book 6- The Sudden Appearance of Hope– Claire North TO BE REVIEWED

Book 7- The Girl In The Red Coat– Kate Hamer TO BE REVIEWED

Book 8- Waking In Time- Angie Stanton

Book 9- Spontaneous– Aaron Starmer

Book 10- The Miracle Life Of Edgar Mint– Brady Udall  TO BE READ

Book 11- Fly On The Wall– E.Lockhart TO BE READ

I was a bit rubbish at sending the bookmarks back with my reviews, but I really did appreciate their pick books for me. I wouldn’t have picked some of them for myself but I ended up really enjoying them!

A big thank you to Beth and my mum for getting me this gift and for Mr B’s Emporium for selecting such a wonderful variety of books for me!

For more information, please check out their reading gifts on their website. It really is a perfect gift for a book lover!

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!

Top Ten New To Me Authors That I Read in 2016

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. For this week’s list we’re listing our favourite new to us authors that we’ve read this year. I’ve discovered some gems this year but I have to admit, I have returned to old faithfuls more. I must get better!

Courtney Summers-

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I started with All The Rage and have since caught up on all things Courtney Summers. I think she’s such a powerful, edgy author.

Keith Stuart-

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I really enjoyed Keith’s debut novel Boy Made of Blocks which was about an autistic boy and his family. Heartwarming.

Carrie Hope Fletcher-

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I’ve known about Carrie for years, so was happy to read her debut novel On The Other Side.

John Corey Whaley-

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Highly Illogical Behaviour blew my mind.

Lauren James-

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I didn’t expect to like The Next Together as much as I did!

Francesca Zappia-

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Made You Up was one of my favourites of the year!

Katie Alender-

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I have thoroughly enjoyed Katie’s creepy series Bad Girls Don’t Die.

Holly Bourne-

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Am I Normal Yet? is one of my favourite YA books of the year!

Jenny Lawson-

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I really enjoyed Furiously Happy. It was different to read about anxiety and depression in this way.

C.J. Flood-

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Infinite Sky was a stunning read!

Which authors have you discovered this year? Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

Infinite Sky

Infinite Sky (Infinite Sky, #1)

How did I get it?:
I received it as my 2nd book in my Reading Year from Mr B’s Emporium.

Synopsis:

A truly beautiful book about the summer that changed one girl’s life, as her mum leaves home, travellers set up camp in the family’s field, her older brother goes off the rails, and she falls in love for the very first time. Opening with a funeral, Iris is mourning the boy in the casket – but who is it? Sam, her tearaway brother, or Trick, her tentative boyfriend? Over one long hot summer, we find out just how their three lives were turned upside-down.

Thoughts:

I was pleased when Infinite Sky turned up on my doorstep as part of my Reading Year from Mr B’s. I had given up on this book before so it certainly tempted me back in. I’m not sure why I gave up on it before as this time around I thought it was a highly enjoyable book that didn’t take me long to tear through. I thought it was highly compelling. I’m glad that they’ve changed the cover of Infinite Sky as the cover I’ve put in this post reflects the story so much more than the cover with the girl under a tree which seemed to give a cutesy vibe to it. It’s certainly not that kind of story.

Infinite Sky tells the story of Iris, a 13 year old girl who has so much going on in her life. Her mother has left her and her family. Her dad is struggling and drinking a lot. Her brother is angry. A group of travellers settle down behind their house. Iris is intrigued by their life style, but her dad is furious that they are there. Both her dad and her brother are quite prejudiced towards them. Despite their opinions, Iris makes friends with Trick, a slightly older boy. They get on so well despite their very different backgrounds. It’s not long before trouble brews between the families which leads to an awful event…

I absolutely loved the character of Iris. I think she came across as much older than her years. She hasn’t had it easy and you can see her struggle between wanting to do right and follow her father’s instructions and wanting to make friends with the travellers. The characters are so well developed, despite it being such a short read. It really has depth to it which I never anticipated.

Infinite Sky has some really heartbreaking moments, but it’s such a beautifully written story. I think many readers would enjoy it!

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

Infinite Sky stole my heart!

Stacking The Shelves #84: The Birthday Edition!

Click on the image to take you to Tynga’s blog to learn more! (Opens in same window)

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 the Goodread’s page!

This week I celebrated my birthday, so you’ll see quite a few books this week! 😉 First up though.. review copies.

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 Ooh the covers of these two books go together quite nicely! I really liked the sound of these two books, so I decided to request them. I haven’t read a book by Nova Ren Suma yet so I’m very intrigued…

Hot Key Books: 

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The second book in the Vivian Apple series has just been released, but I somehow missed reading Vivian Versus The Apocalypse, so Hot Key Books kindly sent me the first book. I’m also so excited about This Book Is Gay by the wonderful Queen of Teen James Dawson. I’m actually thinking of reading this book very, very soon as I’ve heard so many wonderful things about it.

And now for the birthday gifts I received this week!

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Stolen- Lucy Christopher– I’ve heard so much about this book that I just HAVE to read it!

Infinite SkyC.J Flood– Another book that I’ve heard amazing things about, so what better time to pick up a copy!

AwakenKatie Kacvinsky– This book sounds so intriguing. It’s about living in a world where everything is done by computers. Is it just my thinking or could this totally become possible?!

Anna Dressed In BloodKendare Blake– I’ve been avoiding this book as I thought it might be a bit too scary for me, but I’m assured it’s creepy not too scary?

Throne of GlassSarah J Maas– I do have a copy of this book on my Kindle, but I figured if I’m ever going to get around to it and ignore the hype I needed a physical copy. Then it’ll stare at me until I read it!

The GiverLois Lowry– Is it some sort of blogger crime to admit that I haven’t read this book? I’m very much looking forward to it though. I like to read a book before I watch the movie.

Isla and The Happily Ever AfterStephanie Perkins– Yep, I’m admitting another crime, I haven’t read Lola yet. It’s on my radar to read soon though, so obviously I need Isla in my life!

EnchantedAlethea Kontis– I’m actually surprised that my friend Luna hasn’t pushed this book on me before, but now she knows I have it, perhaps it’ll be a Luna’s Picks choice soon! Whenever I get to read it, I’m excited. It sounds fantastic. I love me a fairy tale!

What I Didn’t SayKeary Taylor–  I saw this book recently on a Hannah’s Top Ten list about books including mental illnesses/disabilities etc and immediately added it to my wishlist!

The Disappearing GirlHeather Topham Wood- This was another recommendation from Hannah’s list!

Ugly LoveColleen Hoover– I still need to read Maybe Someday, but I was happy to have this for my birthday!

Evertrue- Brodi Ashton– My sister was a sneaky one and heard me saying how much I wanted this final book in the Everneath trilogy after I finished Everbound during her recent visit. She ordered it to arrive on my birthday to add to her lovely gift of A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness and some beautiful pamper stuff!

What have you added to your shelves this week? Please feel free to link me to your hauls. Also, if there’s anything in my haul that you think I should read ASAP let me know!