Stacking The Shelves #62- Behold the awesome

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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 in London:

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I have been wanting to read Perfect Ruin by Lauren DeStefano for so long. I just couldn’t resist it. I’ve heard great things about She Is Not Invisible by Marcus Sedgwick too. Dead To You by Lisa McCann looked SO good. It had to be mine. Golden Boy by Abigail Tarttelin was literally thrown into my hands and demanded that I bought it by my friend Rachel. I hope it’s good! Just Like Fate by Cat Patrick and Suzanne Young has been on my radar for a while now too. Looking forward to reading that! I also really liked the look of The Love Song of Jonny Valentine by Teddy Wayne.

From Hot Key Books (thanks to the lovely Luna!):

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Luna got me a selection of books from the lovely Hot Key Books. I’m particularly looking forward to reading The Lovely and The Lost by Page Morgan and Love Letters To The Dead by Ava Dellaira. Really, I’m looking forward to them all, but these two are being bumped up the TBR pile. Luna also kindly lent me her copy of Say Her Name by James Dawson which I’m reading very soon. So excited about it.

What have you added to your shelves this week? Please feel free to link your posts so I can see what you’ve got!

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Round up of British Book Challenge 2013

I can’t believe it’s been a year, since I accepted the challenge to read 12 books by a British author. I’ve absolutely loved discovering new British authors this year. I’m definitely going to continue the challenge next year. We have far too many brilliant authors in the UK, that deserve much more recognition.

Here are the British Authors I’ve discovered this year, complete with a link to my review!

Here’s to discovering new British Authors in 2014 and continuing to support UK writers!

Paper Aeroplanes

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How did I get it?:
I bought it.

Synopsis:

I just can’t imagine me without you… It’s the mid-1990s, and fifteen year-old Guernsey schoolgirls, Renée and Flo, are not really meant to be friends. Thoughtful, introspective and studious Flo couldn’t be more different to ambitious, extroverted and sexually curious Renée. But Renée and Flo are united
by loneliness and their dysfunctional families, and an intense bond is formed. Although there are obstacles to their friendship (namely Flo’s jealous ex-best friend and Renée’s growing infatuation with Flo’s brother), fifteen is an age where anything can happen, where life stretches out before you, and when every betrayal feels like the end of the world. For Renée and Flo it is the time of their lives. With graphic content and some scenes of a sexual nature, PAPER  AEROPLANES is a gritty, poignant, often laugh-out-loud funny and powerful novel. It is an unforgettable snapshot of small-town adolescence and the heart-stopping power of female friendship.

Thoughts:

I was intrigued by this book as I quite like Dawn O’Porter, so I was interested in reading a book by her. I devoured Paper Aeroplanes within a few hours. I think Paper Aeroplanes is a debut to be proud of. It’s gritty, funny in places and incredibly well written.

It’s quite a simple story about two fifteen year old girls, Renee and Flo who live in Guernsey in 1994. It is, in a nutshell, a story about friendship. I think the use of alternative narratives was very effective. The story unfolded from both sides well. Renee and Flo are likeable, realistic characters. I really liked both of them.

Dawn O’Porter has done a marvellous job of taking the reader back to the ’90s and the older reader back to being a fifteen year old. So many changes happen and Dawn has made the girls’ experiences incredibly relatable, there are plenty of cringe worthy moments that teenage girls will remember experiencing.

I liked how although there were many sad moments, specifically loss, within the book that there is a glimmer of hope that everything will be alright in the end. It’s good that loss is dealt with because it is something a lot of readers are familiar with.

Paper Aeroplanes is a quick and easy read. I’d definitely read more from the talented Dawn O’Porter.

Would I recommend it?:

Yes!

Reading Next:

Escaping Reality- Lisa Renee Jones

Stacking The Shelves #26

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!

NetGalley:

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I really should stop requesting books, but when they look like these beauties.. can you blame me?

Come Back To Me- Colleen Patrick- This book sounds like a good Young Adult Read!

Fae– C.J Abedi- This book looks particularly exciting. Can’t wait to read it.

The Pool Theory– Alexia Nazzaro- This book’s synopsis pulled me in!

Slumber– Tamara Blake- I’m completely in love with the cover of this book!

Bought:

Click on the book images to take you to the Goodread’s page!

17315134I’ve heard a lot of good things about this book! I thought it was about time to buy it and check it out myself.

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13561164I know I’m very late in getting a copy of this, but there’s just so many books, so little time!

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16137923Another book that I’ve been wanting to read for quite some time!

16248068I’m intrigued enough to see what happens in The Elite following The Selection. I wasn’t blown away by The Selection, but I found it addictive enough to carry on with the series. Oh, and the cover is a beauty!

I’ve got a bit of a mixed selection of books this week! Please feel free to leave the links to your Stacking The Shelves posts so I can see what you’ve got lined up to read!