This Week In Books #144

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

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

Late to the party, I know, but I am loving this book! I need to find time to read it but I’ve had such a busy week so far!

THEN

Without Merit

Not my favourite Colleen Hoover book, but addictive all the same!

NEXT

The BFG

I’m a bit early to be starting this book as it is the kid lit choice for this month. However, I know my week will be full next week so I’m jumping ahead!

What are you reading this week? Let me know!

Without Merit

Without Merit

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Previously reviewed by the same author:

Slammed series

Hopeless duology 

Standalones

Synopsis:

The Voss family is anything but normal. They live in a repurposed church, newly baptized Dollar Voss. The once cancer-stricken mother lives in the basement, the father is married to the mother’s former nurse, the little half-brother isn’t allowed to do or eat anything fun, and the eldest siblings are irritatingly perfect. Then, there’s Merit.

Merit Voss collects trophies she hasn’t earned and secrets her family forces her to keep. While browsing the local antiques shop for her next trophy, she finds Sagan. His wit and unapologetic idealism disarm and spark renewed life into her – until she discovers that he’s completely unavailable. Merit retreats deeper into herself, watching her family from the sidelines, when she learns a secret that no trophy in the world can fix.

Fed up with the lies, Merit decides to shatter the happy family illusion that she’s never been a part of before leaving them behind for good. When her escape plan fails, Merit is forced to deal with the staggering consequences of telling the truth and losing the one boy she loves.

Thoughts:

I have been meaning to read this book for ages, so I’m glad I found the time to fit it in. I’m very much trying to get through some backlist books this year and this was one of them. I had heard mixed reviews about Without Merit, so I was intrigued to get into the story and find out what it was all about. Whilst I can see why some would have issue with this book, I found it to be highly addictive and interesting to read.

Merit Voss lives with a very dysfunctional family. She is also pretty dysfunctional herself. The trouble is, Merit is keeping so many secrets from family members. There’s only so much she can take. The story opens with Merit searching for a trophy. She has a bit of an obsession with collecting trophies that she hasn’t earned. She comes across a good looking guy called Sagan and has a bit of a moment with him. She later finds out that he is unavailable but very close to home. The story follows Merit as she watches her family from the sidelines, never really feeling part of the family. When Merit reveals the family secrets she has to deal with the consequences of her actions..

Merit is an incredibly intense and confused character. She goes through so much and becomes resentful of her family. It takes Merit a while to realise how affected she’s been by her past. I really respected that part of the story. Merit’s mental health is all over the place but she’s not prepared to acknowledge that. It’s so realistic. I think she will be a character that many readers will be able to identify with.

There is so much going on in this story. Perhaps a little too much? Sometimes I couldn’t believe that the family were having such bad luck. I know there’s dysfunctional families but this one really did experience so much…There are many themes in this story and although Colleen Hoover is a great writer, I thought if there had been a focus on just a few themes, it would’ve been a deeper read.

That said, this book did hook me from the start. I loved Merit’s story, I liked and disliked characters. I wanted everything to be okay for Merit. It’s definitely one to check out if you’re a fan of the author.

Would I recommend it?:
Yes! 3.5 stars

Whilst this wasn’t my favourite book by Colleen Hoover, I devoured it and was moved by the story which is tough to read at points!

This Week In Books #143

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

Dear Mrs Bird

I am just starting this book to read for my feature with my sister, Beth. I think it’s going to be a good one!

THEN

Day of the Accident

I thought this was a gripping thriller! My review will be out towards the end of the month!

NEXT

Without Merit

I’m going to try and get around to this book! I should have read it a while ago! Eek.

What are you reading this week? Let me know!

Top Ten Backlist Books That I Want To Read

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It’s all about love of lists, love of literature and bringing bookish people together. 

This week’s list is all about those pesky books that we’re yet to get around to.

As ever, click on the book image to get to the Goodreads page!

The Alchemist- Paulo Coelho

The Alchemist

I was sent this book quite a while ago and I’ve never got around to reading it. Oops.

Gilded Cage- Vic James

Gilded Cage (Dark Gifts, #1)

Another one that I’ve had for a while and never got around to.

Caraval- Stephanie Garber

Caraval (Caraval, #1)

Are you sensing a theme here? Still haven’t got around to this.

My Not So Perfect Life- Sophie Kinsella

My Not So Perfect Life

I used to read her books religiously, but I’ve had this one waiting to be read for quite some time.

Where She Went- Gayle Forman

Where She Went (If I Stay, #2)

I keep meaning to get around to this one, but never do!

Friend Request- Laura Marshall

Friend Request

I know this book is fairly new, but I still want to get to it, because I’ve had it for a while!

Magic Under Stone- Jaclyn Dolomore

Magic Under Stone (Magic Under, #2)

I need to prioritise this book. I keep putting it on lists and never getting to it.

Safe With Me- K.L Slater

Safe With Me

I keep meaning to read this author and never get around to it…

Gemina-Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Gemina (The Illuminae Files, #2)

I would love to continue with this series!

Without Merit- Colleen Hoover

Without Merit

I need to catch up with all things CoHo!

Have you read any of the books on my list? Let me know! Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by.

Stacking The Shelves #194

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!

Book images go to Goodreads!

Bought:

Without Merit

I meant to read this book ages ago, but I’ve only recently got around to buying it! I’m intrigued to see what this book is like. I’ve avoided reviews so I can make up my own mind!

The Education of Margot Sánchez

I intended to read this book last year as I like checking out debut authors. I’m late on this one though!

Nice Try, Jane Sinner

This is my attempt to read some debut authors for 2018! I’ve heard good things about this book and Becky Albertalli has been quoted. You’ll know if you’re a regular visitor to my blog how much I love her books!

What have you added to your shelves this week? Let me know!

Top Ten Book Boyfriends

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list is all about the book boyfriends. This list was incredibly hard for me to put together. I’m not a book boyfriend kinda gal. However, here are some male characters that I really loved reading about!

Click on the title to get to the Goodreads page for the book!

Dean- Hopeless

There’s something about Dean that made me absolutely adore him. He was a complex character and I always enjoy that. His relationship with Sky melted my heart.

Four- Divergent

I loved Four. Such a strong character.

Jase- My Life Next Door

I liked that Jase was a good guy.

Billy- Billy and Me

Giovanna writes amazing male characters. There was something very appealing about Billy!

Etienne St Clair- Anna and The French Kiss

I think this guy might be on a few lists this week! I can imagine my younger self swooning over him!

Noah- Pushing The Limits

Noah touched my heart!

Cricket- Lola and The Boy Next Door

Cricket may have a silly name, but he stole my heart. I loved Cricket and Lola!

Matt- Flat Out series

I loved Matt’s geekiness!

Landon- A Walk To Remember

Such a beautiful book with wonderful characters!

Xander- The Distance Between Us

This book is just… adorable! I couldn’t get enough of reading about the character’s relationship!

Who are your book boyfriends/girlfriends? Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

Top Ten Favourite Reads of 2016

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. For this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, it’s all about highlighting the wonderful reads of 2016. I’ve had quite a few of these this year, so it was tricky to narrow it down. Here are some of the amazing books I read this year!

For the Goodreads page, please click on the book image!

A Boy Made Of Blocks- Keith Stuart

A Boy Made of Blocks

I didn’t expect to like this book as much as I did. It was incredible.

Crush- Eve Ainsworth

Crush

A very intense read but so worthwhile. It might look like a cute read, but it really isn’t. It’s dark.

Highly Illogical Behaviour- John Corey Whaley

Highly Illogical Behavior

This is the first of this authors that I have read and I will be definitely checking out the rest of his releases.

The Rest Of Us Just Live Here- Patrick Ness

The Rest of Us Just Live Here

It’s Patrick Ness. Enough said.

One- Sarah Crossan

One

Easily one of my favourites of this year. So moving.

The Boy In The Dress- David Walliams

The Boy in the Dress

A wonderful book!

V Is For Violet- Alison Rattle

V for Violet

Alison Rattle can do no wrong in my eyes. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

Made You Up- Francesca Zappia

Made You Up

I thought I may have overhyped this book, but it was just as brilliant as I had anticipated.

It Ends With Us- Colleen Hoover

It Ends with Us

I was worried after not enjoying Confess as much as Colleen’s previous books, but I really enjoyed this one!

Son-Lois Lowry

Son (The Giver Quartet, #4)

A brilliant ending to The Giver quartet! This tied up a lot of the series for me.

What have been your favourite reads this year? Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by! May 2017 be full of amazing reads too!