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 bought it!
Enter the world of young Mary Newbury, a world where simply being different can cost a person her life. Hidden until now in the pages of her diary, Mary’s startling story begins in 1659, the year her beloved grandmother is hanged in the public square as a witch. Mary narrowly escapes a similar fate, only to face intolerance and new danger among the Puritans in the New World. How long can she hide her true identity? Will she ever find a place where her healing powers will not be feared?
I am always excited to read books that involve witches as I enjoy reading that kind of book. However, I felt a little let down by this book which wasn’t as exciting as I wanted it to be. I’d even go so far to say that I was a little bored when reading it. It was simply the author’s writing style that kept me reading. Her writing was particularly easy to read.
The story centres around Mary. Her grandmother is accused of being a witch and is hung in the town. We learn about Mary’s stories through entries in her diary. Mary flees the town. She is able to get onto a boat that is leaving the continent for the New World. Mary lives within a Puritan settlement. She tries to hide her true self, but becomes a target of hate. Mary just wants to be accepted somewhere and not be feared for her healing powers.
The reason why this book didn’t work for me, was because it didn’t feel original at all. I also didn’t feel like there was enough going on to really capture my attention. I understand that I’m probably not the target audience, but I’m not sure there’s enough for any age to be fully drawn into the story. Perhaps I’m wrong, so I think it’s worth giving the book a try, if you’re into historical fiction.
It’s not all bad though. The plot is particularly light and it’s a quick read! It just didn’t work for me.
For Beth’s wonderful review, please check out her blog HERE.
Would I recommend it?:
It’s not for me!- 2.5 stars
Next up in the Beth and Chrissi do Kid-Lit Challenge (December):
Finding Jennifer Jones-Anne Cassidy
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!
Book images go to Goodreads!
NOW– Girl In Pieces– Kathleen Glasgow– I’m starting this book tonight. I’ve heard it’s very well written but incredibly heavy.
THEN– Witch Child– Celia Rees– Hmmmm. Beth and I read this book for our kid-lit challenge this month. I have to admit that I wasn’t overly impressed. Our reviews will be published tomorrow.
NEXT– Dear Bully– Various– This book gives different experiences of bullying. I’m very intrigued.
What are you reading this week? Let me know!
2017 brings yet another year of Beth and Chrissi do Kid-Lit, which has been a fun feature on our blog! As usual, Beth and I have picked 6 books each.
Here are the choices…my choices are in purple, Beth’s in red!
JANUARY- Prince Caspian- C.S. Lewis
FEBRUARY- The Cuckoo Sister- Vivian Alcock
MARCH- Awful Auntie- David Walliams
APRIL- A Snicker of Magic- Natalie Lloyd
MAY- The Sea Of Monsters (Percy Jackson and The Olympians #2)- Rick Riordan
JUNE- The Prime Minister’s Brain- Gillian Cross
JULY- The Reptile Room (A Series Of Unfortunate Events #2) by Lemony Snicket
AUGUST- Fortunately, the Milk- Neil Gaiman
SEPTEMBER- Saffy’s Angel – Hilary McKay
OCTOBER- Black Hearts in Battersea- Joan Aiken
NOVEMBER- Witch Child – Celia Rees
DECEMBER- Finding Jennifer Jones- Anne Cassidy
Have you read any of this books? Can you spot a favourite in there? Let us know!