Top Ten 2015 Releases That I Meant To Get To But Didn’t!

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week the list is about ten 2015 releases that we meant to get around to but never did!

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Underneath Everything- Marcy Beller Paul

Underneath Everything

This book came out late October, but I hadn’t managed to get around to reading it yet. I’ve heard good things though, so hopefully I can get around to it soon! We’ll see! 🙂

The Anatomical Shape Of A Heart- Jenn Bennett

The Anatomical Shape of a Heart

This was another late in the year release, I don’t know why I haven’t read it yet as this book feels like it’s been on my radar for months on end!

First and Then- Emma Mills

First & Then

The simple but beautiful cover appealed to me in this book.

The Summer Of Chasing Mermaids- Sarah Ockler

The Summer of Chasing Mermaids

I really enjoy Sarah Ockler’s writing! I’m surprised I didn’t get around to it in the summer!

Emmy & Oliver- Robin Benway

Emmy & Oliver

I have heard so many wonderful things about this book. I really want to read it ASAP!

The Lies About Truth- Courtney C.Stevens

The Lies About Truth

I adored Courtney’s debut Faking Normal. I’m looking forward to reading this book!

The Rest of Us Just Live Here- Patrick Ness

The Rest of Us Just Live Here

I have no idea why I haven’t read this yet, as I LOVE Patrick Ness, but hopefully I’ll be able to read it as soon as I can in 2016!

The Accident Season-Moira Fowley-Doyle

The Accident Season

I am SO intrigued by this book. I really want to read it! I don’t know why I haven’t yet…

Challenger Deep-Neal Shusterman

Challenger Deep

I am so intrigued to read this book after reading so many terrific reviews. Hopefully soon!

99 Days- Katie Cotugno

99 Days

This looks like a cute contemporary. I have heard very mixed things about this book, so I’m immediately intrigued!

What 2015 books did you mean to get to? Feel free to leave a link to your posts below and I’ll stop by!

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!

Faking Normal

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How did I get it?:
I borrowed it from Luna!

Synopsis:

Alexi Littrell hasn’t told anyone what happened to her over the summer. Ashamed and embarrassed, she hides in her closet and compulsively scratches the back of her neck, trying to make the outside hurt more than the inside does.

When Bodee Lennox, the quiet and awkward boy next door, comes to live with the Littrells, Alexi discovers an unlikely friend in “the Kool-Aid Kid,” who has secrets of his own. As they lean on each other for support, Alexi gives him the strength to deal with his past, and Bodee helps her find the courage to finally face the truth.

A searing, poignant book, Faking Normal is the extraordinary debut novel from an exciting new author-Courtney C. Stevens.

Thoughts:

I didn’t know much about Faking Normal before it was picked for me to read out of Luna’s Picks. After reading around, I realised that this book was widely enjoyed by many of the blogs I frequently read, so I was excited to start it. Faking Normal is a very good read. It took me longer than I expected to get through it, but this is just because it deals with quite heavy subjects and I found it quite hard-going. Don’t be put off by that statement though, the book is still very good, I just had to read it in small doses!

Faking Normal follows Alexi as she tries to forget what happened to her over the summer. We find out quite quickly what has happened to her, but not who exactly did it to her. There are lots of clues scattered along the way. I had my suspicions, but they kept changing throughout.  I really liked how Alexi found a friend in Bodee, a quiet boy next door who is just as broken as she is. Brokenness  is the most important element of Faking Normal. The author really captures a raw, broken teenage voice in such a believable and real manner. I totally sympathised with our main character Alexi, and could feel the pain she was feeling thanks to the fantastic writing of Courtney C. Stevens.

Faking Normal has some religious elements, I’ve discussed on my blog before how I don’t often get on with books that have a religious undertone. (If you’re interested that discussion post is HERE) I was worried when I started this book that the religious references would put me off. However, as I continued the story I thought the religious references were discreet. So discreet I wonder if they were really needed in the story.

I think this book will stay with me for a while and that’s mainly because of the way in which the sensitive subject matter was handled and partly because of how well the characters were developed. They’re incredibly realistic, especially Alexi. I look forward to reading more from this author!

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

Perfect for those that like to read gritty contemporary fiction with very ‘real’ characters.

WWW Wednesday #79

WWW Wednesdays is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. Click on the image to get to her blog!

WWW Wednesdays is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. Click on the image to get to her blog!

Welcome to another WWW Wednesday! To participate in WWW Wednesday, you need to answer three questions.

•What are you currently reading?
•What did you recently finish reading?
•What do you think you’ll read next?

Click on the book cover to get to the Goodread’s page for the book.

What are you currently reading?

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I’m currently almost half way through Dear Thing by Julie Cohen. I’m really enjoying this book so far, but I haven’t had much time to read so far this week, otherwise I’m sure I would’ve finished it by now. Not to worry though, after today I have six whole weeks off work! Yippee! This book will be reviewed with my sister Beth for part of our ‘Talking About…’ review feature.

What did you recently finish reading?

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I’ve recently finished Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige. I read this for two reasons 1. I really wanted to read it 2. It was my choice of Luna’s Picks. My review is coming up tomorrow!

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Next up for me is the reader’s choice of Luna’s Picks, Faking Normal by Courtney C. Stevens. I don’t know a lot about this book, so I’m looking forward to going into it not knowing much!

What are you reading this week? Please feel free to answer the questions or leave your link in the comments below. Happy Reading! 🙂