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!
- Lighter Than My Shadow– Katie Green
- For Holly– Tanya Byrne
- Am I Normal Yet?– Holly Bourne
- The Demon Headmaster– Gillian Cross
- The Unbelievable Top Secret Diary of Pig– Emer Stamp
- The Haunting– Alex Bell
- In A Dark, Dark Wood– Ruth Ware
- The Number One Rule For Girls– Rachel McIntyre
- Carrie’s War-Nina Bawden
- The Sin Eater’s Daughter– Melinda Salisbury
- Radio Silence– Alice Oseman
- The Samaritan– Mason Cross
- Moving– Jenny Eclair
- More Of Me– Kathryn Evans
- The Next Together– Lauren James
- The Boy In The Dress– David Walliams
- Consumed– Abbie Rushton
- V is for Violet– Alison Rattle
- Read Me Like A Book– Liz Kessler
- Follow Me Back– Nicci Cloke
- Noble Conflict– Malorie Blackman
- When I Was Invisible– Dorothy Koomson
- Poppy’s Place– Karina Charman
- The Horse and His Boy– C.S. Lewis
- Orangeboy– Patrice Lawrence
- Always With Love– Giovanna Fletcher
- The Moonlight Dreamers– Siobhan Curham
- According To Yes-Dawn French
- The Borrowers– Mary Norton
- Swimming To The Moon– Jane Elson
- The Castle– Sophia Bennett
- The Woman Next Door– Cass Green
- Songs About A Girl– Chris Russell
- Maggot Moon– Sally Gardner
- Shtum– Jem Lester
- The One We Fell In Love With– Paige Toon
- My Embarrassing Dad’s Gone Viral– Ben Davis
- Cuckoo– Keren David
- Harry Potter and The Cursed Child– J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, Jack Thorne
- All About The Hype– Paige Toon
- The Girls– Lisa Jewell
- Head Over Heels– Holly Smale
- Crush– Eve Ainsworth
- Perijee and Me– Ross Montgomery
- How Not To Disappear– Clare Furniss
- A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding– Jackie Copleton
- Looking for JJ– Anne Cassidy
- A Boy Made Of Bricks– Keith Stuart
- Robyn Silver- The Midnight Chimes– Paula Harrison
- Isadora Moon Goes To School- Harriet Muncaster
- The Last Act of Love– Cathy Rentzenbrink
- Time To Say Goodbye– S.D. Robertson
- On The Other Side– Carrie Hope Fletcher
- Beautiful Broken Things– Sara Barnard
- The Widow– Fiona Barton
- The Wolves of Willoughby Chase– Joan Aiken
- Dead Romantic– C.J.Skuse
- Haunt Me– Liz Kessler
- Missing, Presumed– Susie Steiner
- Strange Star– Emma Carroll
- Ballet Shoes– Noel Streatfeild
- The Lie Tree– Frances Hardinge
- Into The Trees– Robert Williams
- Lighthousekeeping– Jeanette Winterson
- Infinite Sky– C.J. Flood
- 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!
How did I get it?:
NetGalley- thanks to Harper Collins UK
Two suburban women. Two dark secrets. The almost perfect murder.
Melissa and Hester have lived next door to each other for years. When Melissa’s daughter was younger, Hester was almost like a grandmother to her. But recently they haven’t been so close.
Hester has plans to change all that. It’s obvious to her that despite Melissa’s outwardly glamorous and successful life, she needs Hester’s help.
But taking help from Hester might not be such a good idea for a woman with as many secrets as Melissa…
I have to admit that I didn’t know much about this book going into it. I am a massive fan of pyschological thrillers, so the cover and the synopsis immediately gripped me. Whilst I don’t think The Woman Next Door is the best read out there, it didn’t take me long to devour the story. I found it to be a real page turner and I’m certainly glad that I picked it up!
The story centres around Hester and Melissa. They are neighbours and Hester used to think they were good friends. However, Melissa doesn’t feel the same way. She found Hester to be a little bit creepy and started to distance herself from Hester. One day there’s an incident involving Melissa and a blast from her very secret past. Hester is involved and becomes the only person that can help Melissa. Melissa doesn’t realise that Hester has dark secrets of her own.
I have to come right out and say that this book isn’t overly believable, yet it’s utterly readable. I could go with the story that’s for sure. I absolutely loved to hate Hester who is an incredibly creepy woman. I wondered what on earth had been going on in her life. I certainly didn’t trust her. Yet, I didn’t trust Melissa too, who was clearly hiding something from her past. The whole story made me feel very uneasy which I enjoyed. I love unpredictable narrators and The Woman Next Door totally has that.
I think this book is going to evoke mixed feelings between readers. Some may find it a little far-fetched, some might find it believable as the characters feel like people you might know and some (like me) might find it unrealistic but not be bothered by it. I thought it was a gripping psychological thriller which could easily be devoured in one sitting or on the beach!
Would I recommend it?:
A creepy, unlikeable character made this thriller so gripping!
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!
As ever, click on the book image to get to Goodreads!
NOW- The Boy Book- E.Lockhart- I’m just about to start the second book in the Ruby Oliver series. The first was nothing stand out, but it was fun and easy to read.
THEN- The Yellow Room- Jess Vallance- I thoroughly enjoyed this gripping read. I didn’t understand its title until the end. I wasn’t sure what to expect prior to starting this book, but I thoroughly enjoyed it!
NEXT- The Woman Next Door- Cass Green- I’m trying to get through my July ARCs and this is the last one. It’s said to be a gripping thriller so I’m excited to give it a go!
What are you reading this week? Feel free to leave your answers in the comments below or leave a link to the post you do! Happy Reading. 🙂