Stacking the Shelves #186

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:

Goodbye, Perfect

I have enjoyed Sara Barnard’s previous books, so I’m super excited to read this one!

I Let Him Go: From the mother of James Bulger

I have heard such moving things about this book. I think it’s going to be a tricky one to read, but powerful all the same.

The Beach Wedding

I read about this book on Jenny’s blog. I love Dorothy Koomson’s writing. I’m intrigued to see what a short story of hers is like. It’s only a pound too!

What have you added to your shelves this week? Let me know! Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

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Round Up of British Books Challenge 2017

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!

  1. The One Memory of Flora Banks– Emily Barr
  2. Paper Butterflies– Lisa Heathfield
  3. We Come Apart– Sarah Crossan and Brian Conaghan
  4. How Hard Can Love Be?– Holly Bourne
  5. Disclaimer– Renee Knight
  6. Margot & Me– Juno Dawson
  7. The Trouble With Goats and Sheep– Joanna Cannon
  8. The Witchfinder’s Sister– Beth Underdown
  9. London Belongs To Us– Sarra Manning
  10. The Cuckoo Sister– Vivian Alcock
  11. The Curious Incident of The Dog In The Night-Time– Mark Haddon
  12. The One– John Marrs
  13. Mad Girl– Bryony Gordon
  14. Lie With Me– Sabine Durrant
  15. Pilot Jane and The Runaway Plane– Caroline Baxter
  16. Fish Boy- Chloe Daykin
  17. Awful Auntie– David Walliams
  18. The Last Beginning- Lauren James
  19. Girlhood– Cat Clarke
  20. One Italian Summer- Keris Stainton
  21. Release- Patrick Ness
  22. Unboxed- Non Pratt
  23. Follow Me– Angela Clarke
  24. Watch Me– Angela Clarke
  25. Trust Me– Angela Clarke
  26. Truth Or Dare– Non Pratt
  27. I See You- Clare Mackintosh
  28. Blood Sisters– Jane Corry
  29. The Prime Minister’s Brain- Gillian Cross
  30. The Nearest Faraway Place– Hayley Long
  31. The Graces– Laure Eve
  32. Miss You– Kate Eberlen
  33. Damage– Eve Ainsworth
  34. Indigo Donut– Patrice Lawrence
  35. Gone Without A Trace– Mary Torjussen
  36. Her Husband’s Lover– Julia Crouch
  37. He Said/She Said– Erin Kelly
  38. Cartes Postales from Greece– Victoria Hislop
  39. Fortunately, The Milk– Neil Gaiman
  40. Good Me, Bad Me– Ali Land
  41. The Scarecrow Queen– Melinda Salisbury
  42. Charlotte Says– Alex Bell
  43. Close To Me– Amanda Reynolds
  44. Coraline- Neil Gaiman
  45. The House– Simon Lelic
  46. The Betrayals- Fiona Neill
  47. The Trophy Child– Paula Daly
  48. Saffy’s Angel– Hilary McKay
  49. Behind Closed Doors- B.A Paris
  50. No Virgin– Anne Cassidy
  51. No Shame– Anne Cassidy
  52. Then She Was Gone– Lisa Jewell
  53. The Treatment– C.L Taylor
  54. Letters From The Lighthouse– Emma Carroll
  55. Black Hearts In Battersea– Joan Aiken
  56. The Polar Bear Explorers’ Club- Alex Bell
  57. 13 Minutes– Sarah Pinborough
  58. The Hours Before Dawn– Celia Fremlin
  59. Noah Can’t Even– Simon James Green
  60. Witch Child- Celia Rees
  61. The Friend– Dorothy Koomson
  62. A Quiet Kind Of Thunder– Sara Barnard
  63. Finding Jennifer Jones– Anne Cassidy

Wrap Up Post- 5 Potential 5 Stars On My TBR #1

Welcome to my first wrap up post for this little feature inspired by one of my sister’s favourite book-tubers Mercedes from Mercy’s Bookish Musings 

Mercedes posted a video trying to predict which five books would get the five star treatment in her TBR. She then wrapped up with a video to see if her predictions were correct. I picked 5 books that I thought I might give 5 stars and since I have now read them I thought I’d let you know if I was right!

Click on the book image to learn more about the book and the link below the book to find my review!

The Friend

This book got 4 stars from me. It was a little slow in places so I couldn’t give it that 5!

The Names They Gave Us

Ahh, Emery Lord didn’t let me down. I thought this was an incredible, touching read. 5 stars!

Girl in Pieces

I felt like this book was the biggest let down, because of how slow it was. 😦 3 stars!

The Trophy Child

I love me some Paula Daly. This book was incredible, but not quite a 5 star for me. 4 stars!

Dear Bully: Seventy Authors Tell Their Stories

This is such an important book with stories from authors that have been bullied or have bullied themselves. I gave it 4 stars.

So only 1 5 star read out of my predictions! I’m pleased that I did get one right though! I shall do this again as it’s been a lot of fun! 🙂

The Friend

The Friend

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Previously reviewed by the same author:

Synopsis:

What secrets would you kill to keep? 

After her husband’s big promotion, Cece Solarin arrives in Brighton with their three children, ready to start afresh. But their new neighbourhood has a deadly secret.

Three weeks earlier, Yvonne, a very popular parent, was almost murdered in the grounds of the local school – the same school where Cece has unwittingly enrolled her children.

Already anxious about making friends when the parents seem so cliquey, Cece is now also worried about her children’s safety. By chance she meets Maxie, Anaya and Hazel, three very different school mothers who make her feel welcome and reassure her about her new life.

That is until Cece discovers the police believe one of her new friends tried to kill Yvonne. Reluctant to spy on her friends but determined to discover the truth, Cece must uncover the potential murderer before they strike again . . .

Thoughts:

I am a long time fan of Dorothy Koomson’s books, way before my book blogging days. I have thoroughly enjoyed reading her books. They do tend to be long, but with such complex characters and gripping plots. I know I can’t go wrong with a Dorothy Koomson book. Whilst her most recent release isn’t my favourite of hers, it is still deeply intriguing and quick to read.

It centres around Cece who has moved her family from London to Brighton to support her husband’s career. She has given up her job, her home and her friends. She has to build a new life surrounded by strangers. As a reader, we learn that there has been an attack at Cece’s children’s new school that leaves a parent in a coma. The police have no idea who could be responsible for the attack. Cece recognises there are some mothers acting very oddly. Cece is welcomed into their group but she soon finds out they’re all hiding information…

As expected with a Dorothy Koomson book, the storyline is fantastic. I kept thinking that I had a character all worked out and then something would be thrown into the mix and I’d start questioning myself once more. I thought the plot twists were so well thought out. Dorothy Koomson really is a master of story telling. I was captured by the story and didn’t want to put it down! It was a little slow to start with which is the only reason why I haven’t given it the full five star treatment!

Would I recommend it?
Of course!

A gripping read by one of my favourite authors!

This Week In Books #87

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 Nightingale

I am about 100 pages away from finishing this book which I’m thoroughly enjoying. I don’t have much time for reading at the moment, but every single time I pick up this book, I’m captivated. I’m hoping to have a review up some time next week.

THEN

Noah Can't Even

I had really mixed feelings about this book. Whilst it was very easy to read, I found it to be very ridiculous. However, I’m not its target audience!

NEXT

The Friend

I love Dorothy Koomson’s writing, so I’m looking forward to stepping into this book next!

What are you reading this week? Let me know!

 

Top Ten Book Covers That Make Me Hungry!

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list is a food related prompt. I was stuck with what to do with this one, but I’ve come up with covers that make me particularly hungry! So here we are…

I haven’t necessarily read all of these books, but I have read most of them. Either way, the covers made me hungry.

Click on the book image to get to the Goodreads page for that book!

Tell Me Three Things

I want to read this book and eat the yumminess on the cover!

The Ice Cream Girls

This may just have food in the title, but its cover reminds me of Neapolitan ice cream which is a favourite. Mmm.

The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake

I didn’t enjoy this book as much as I love lemon cake!

Skinny

I’m sensing a ‘sweet’ theme to my list this week. I do love a sweet treat. This book isn’t an easy read though. It’s about a battle with anorexia.

Peeled

I haven’t read this book, but I adore the cover!

Bittersweet

The cover looks good enough to eat! I loved the story too.

The Shadow of the Pomegranate (Tudor Saga, #3)

I adore Tudor stories and this one was no exception. The fruit on the cover makes me crave a pomegranate!

Love & Gelato

I wanted gelato and wanted to go to Italy after this!

Boy Meets Boy

This makes me want to eat Lovehearts!

The Careful Undressing of Love

I’ve heard great things about this book which I really want to read. I love this cover.

What did you put on your foody list this week? Let me know! Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by.

5 Potential 5 Stars On My TBR #1

This post was inspired by my sister, Beth over at Bibliobeth. She was inspired by one of her favourite book-tubers Mercedes from Mercy’s Bookish Musings 

Mercedes posted a video trying to predict which five books would get the five star treatment in her TBR. She then wrapped up with a video to see if her predicts were correct. Like Beth, I’m not going to subject you to a video. No-one wants to see me on a video! But here are the books that I think have potential to get 5 stars from me…

Click on the book image to learn more about the book on Goodreads!

The Friend- Dorothy Koomson

The Friend

I am a huge fan of Dorothy Koomson’s writing and her books thus far have either got 4, 4.5 or 5 stars… so I’m quietly confident.

The Names They Gave Us- Emery Lord

The Names They Gave Us

Emery Lord is one of my favourite writers in the YA genre. I love how her books often have much more depth than you might expect.

Girl In Pieces- Kathleen Glasgow

Girl in Pieces

I have heard amazing things about this book! It looks intense, but I think it could be important.

The Trophy Child- Paula Daly

The Trophy Child

I’m a massive fan of Paula Daly’s writing. I can’t wait to read this one soon!

Dear Bully- Various Authors

Dear Bully: Seventy Authors Tell Their Stories

I have wanted to read this book for ages and I’m hoping it’s worth the wait!

I shall let you know if these books did become 5 stars! Has anyone read any of them? Let me know!