Luna’s Picks 2014: The Books Are Now Reviewed!

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My good friend Luna at Luna’s Little Library recommended some awesome books for me. Each month of 2014 she gave me a selection of choices out of her collection of books. I picked one and then I left it to readers to decide my next read. Here are the books that I reviewed over the year.

January

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February

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 March

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 April

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May

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May brought me the first book that I didn’t agree with Luna with. That is Riot. Please check out my review if you’re interested in why I didn’t enjoy it as much. You’ll find a link there to Luna’s review so you can read a differing opinion.

June

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 July

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August

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 September

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October

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November

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December

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As you can see, I had an amazing year with the books Luna recommended! I have found some authors that I will certainly looking out for in the future. Luna’s Picks will return again, but not this year as both Luna and I are incredibly busy! Thanks once again to Luna for providing this wonderful feature for me!

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British Books Challenge 2014: The round up!

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. That’s equal to one book a month.

It’s safe to say that I exceeded this challenge this year.

Have A Little Faith

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How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Synopsis:

Being fourteen is a minefield: with fashion dilemmas, teacher trauma, embarrassing parents and boy drama, Faith is just hoping to make it through Year Ten without too many disasters. But when she and her best friend Megs sign up to take part in an inter-school choir with the local boys comprehensive, Faith’s life gets even more complicated… just how is she supposed to concentrate on becoming the next Cheryl Cole when she’s trying to understand how teenage boys’ minds work?

Thoughts:

This book won my Luna’s Picks reader choice this month. I was excited to get to it, because so many bloggers seem to be loving it. I was pleased it won the picks! I thought Have A Little Faith was a great piece of teenage fiction. It’s definitely a book for those that enjoy reading teenage fiction. If you’re not into that genre, then I don’t think this book would particularly work for you. It did, to me, feel very young. But I found myself enjoying Faith’s antics. She brightened up my day. Have A Little Faith is a quick, easy and funny read.

I have to admit, this book usually wouldn’t be my sort of thing, but because it was championed so much I was intrigued enough to buy a copy. It just took Luna’s Picks to push it further up my TBR pile. Have A Little Faith is Faith’s diary of what’s going on in her life. She has some funny antics with teachers, friends and guys. I loved Faith’s voice. I think it really came across wonderfully. She was full of cheekiness and sassiness without being incredibly nasty.

The book may be full of teenage angst, cheese and cliché, but that didn’t affect the story for me. Instead, it made me smile and reminiscence about my school days. I really think that this book is a perfect read for teenagers and adults looking for some nostalgia from their school days!

Would I recommend it?:
Yes! – for fans of teenage fiction/teenagers I think it’s a brilliant read.

Stacking The Shelves #61

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 the Goodread’s page!

Bought:

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A bit of a range of books here, as usual! I bought This Is What Happy Looks Like, as I received The Geography of Me and You last week and remembered I’d missed out on a Jennifer E.Smith book. This isn’t a series, but if I like an author, I try to read all of their books. I bought Obsidian as I’ve heard SO much about Jennifer L. Armentrout that I thought it was time to read her work. Obsidian is the book that was suggested to me. I bought Half Bad by Sally Green as I’d heard so much about it, by bloggers and also those pesky adverts on Goodreads that always intrigue me. A lot of my blogging friends are talking about Trouble by Non Pratt and How To Love by Katie Cotugno, so of course… I had to get them.

Bought from The Works online. Naughty, but nice prices!:

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I took advantage of the offers on The Works website. Do Me No Harm looks like a great thriller from Julie Corbin. I’ve also heard amazing things about Have A Little Faith by Candy Harper. I loved Paige Harbison’s Here Lies Bridget, so I’m looking forward to New Girl. I liked the synopsis of Wife 22 by Melanie Gideon, so I picked that up as well!

NetGalley:

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I adore Cat Clarke’s writing, so I can’t wait to read this soon!

Hot Key Books:

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A massive thank you to Hot Key Books for sending me these copies. I am so excited to read both of these books. I loved The Quietness by Alison Rattle. The End Of The World As We Know It by Iva-Marie Palmer looks brilliant too!

What have you added to your shelves this week? Please feel free to link me to your posts and I’ll come by and check them out at some point this weekend. Happy Reading!