Top Ten Book Covers That Scream Spring/Summer

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list is a cover freebie. I love a beautiful cover, especially when it screams contemporary/spring/summer! So here are some of my favourites!

I won’t say anything about these books, I’ll just let you revel in their beauty. However, if you are interested in these books, click the book image to get to Goodreads!

Second Chance Summer- Morgan Matson

Second Chance Summer

The Unexpected Everything- Morgan Matson

The Unexpected Everything

Open Road Summer- Emery Lord

Open Road Summer

The Start Of Me and You- Emery Lord

The Start of Me and You

The Summer I Found You- Jolene Perry

The Summer I Found You

Love & Gelato- Jenna Evans Welch

Love & Gelato

My Life Next Door- Huntley Fitzpatrick

My Life Next Door

The Distance Between Us- Kasie West

The Distance Between Us

On The Fence- Kasie West

On the Fence

The Ice Cream Girls- Dorothy Koomson

The Ice Cream Girls

What did you do for your cover freebie? Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

Round up of The British Book Challenge 2016

It’s that time of year again… time to reflect on the British Books I’ve read this year for the British Books Challenge. I read a grand total of 66 British books! (I shall add anymore to this post if I read more between now and 1st January) Yay!

The challenge involves reading 12 books from British authors, so I think we can safely say I smashed that number! 😉 I really enjoy finding British authors to read as much of my reading is dominated by US authors (they are amazing though!) Linked below are the reviews of the 66 British books that I read!

  1. Lighter Than My Shadow– Katie Green
  2. For Holly– Tanya Byrne
  3. Am I Normal Yet?– Holly Bourne
  4. The Demon Headmaster– Gillian Cross
  5. The Unbelievable Top Secret Diary of Pig– Emer Stamp
  6. The Haunting– Alex Bell
  7. In A Dark, Dark Wood– Ruth Ware
  8. The Number One Rule For Girls– Rachel McIntyre
  9. Carrie’s War-Nina Bawden
  10. The Sin Eater’s Daughter– Melinda Salisbury
  11. Radio Silence– Alice Oseman
  12. The Samaritan– Mason Cross
  13. Moving– Jenny Eclair
  14. More Of Me– Kathryn Evans
  15. The Next Together– Lauren James
  16. The Boy In The Dress– David Walliams
  17. Consumed– Abbie Rushton
  18. V is for Violet– Alison Rattle
  19. Read Me Like A Book– Liz Kessler
  20. Follow Me Back– Nicci Cloke
  21. Noble Conflict– Malorie Blackman
  22. When I Was Invisible– Dorothy Koomson
  23. Poppy’s Place– Karina Charman
  24. The Horse and His Boy– C.S. Lewis
  25. Orangeboy– Patrice Lawrence
  26. Always With Love– Giovanna Fletcher
  27. The Moonlight Dreamers– Siobhan Curham
  28. According To Yes-Dawn French
  29. The Borrowers– Mary Norton
  30. Swimming To The Moon– Jane Elson
  31. The Castle– Sophia Bennett
  32. The Woman Next Door– Cass Green
  33. Songs About A Girl– Chris Russell
  34. Maggot Moon– Sally Gardner
  35. Shtum– Jem Lester
  36. The One We Fell In Love With– Paige Toon
  37. My Embarrassing Dad’s Gone Viral– Ben Davis
  38. Cuckoo– Keren David
  39. Harry Potter and The Cursed Child– J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, Jack Thorne
  40. All About The Hype– Paige Toon
  41. The Girls– Lisa Jewell
  42. Head Over Heels– Holly Smale
  43. Crush– Eve Ainsworth
  44. Perijee and Me– Ross Montgomery
  45. How Not To Disappear– Clare Furniss
  46. A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding– Jackie Copleton
  47. Looking for JJ– Anne Cassidy
  48. A Boy Made Of Bricks– Keith Stuart
  49. Robyn Silver- The Midnight Chimes– Paula Harrison
  50. Isadora Moon Goes To School- Harriet Muncaster
  51. The Last Act of Love– Cathy Rentzenbrink
  52. Time To Say Goodbye– S.D. Robertson
  53. On The Other Side– Carrie Hope Fletcher
  54. Beautiful Broken Things– Sara Barnard
  55. The Widow– Fiona Barton
  56. The Wolves of Willoughby Chase– Joan Aiken
  57. Dead Romantic– C.J.Skuse
  58. Haunt Me– Liz Kessler
  59. Missing, Presumed– Susie Steiner
  60. Strange Star– Emma Carroll
  61. Ballet Shoes– Noel Streatfeild
  62. The Lie Tree– Frances Hardinge
  63. Into The Trees– Robert Williams
  64. Lighthousekeeping– Jeanette Winterson
  65. Infinite Sky– C.J. Flood
  66. The Sleeping Prince– Melinda Salisbury

A massive thank you to Kirsty from Overflowing Library for hosting this challenge this year.

As this is one of my favourite challenges, I am definitely on board for 2017. In 2017, the challenge will be hosted by Michelle from Tales of Yesterday. Sign up here!

Top Ten Books To Read If Your Book Club Loves Women’s Fiction

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. For this week’s list we are listing ten books that you should read if your book club loves a bit of women’s fiction. I used to read this genre ALL THE TIME and I recently was feeling the love for women’s fiction, hence this list! Here we go…

Book images go to Goodreads

Billy and Me- Giovanna Fletcher

Billy and Me (Billy and Me, #1)

Giovanna Fletcher’s debut novel was brilliant. I find her writing so engaging to read. The story is cute!

Johnny Be Good- Paige Toon

Johnny Be Good (Johnny Be Good, #1)

Paige Toon is one of my favourite writers in the genre. She’s definitely an autobuy author for me. I find her books so easy to devour. She often uses characters in different books, so you get a sense of familiarity.

P.S. I Love You- Cecelia Ahern

PS, I Love You

A beautiful book which is way better than the movie, so if you haven’t read the book but loved the movie, I urge you to check this one out. It’s a stunning read.

If You Could See Me Now- Cecelia Ahern

If You Could See Me Now

One of the reasons why I like Cecelia Ahern’s books so much is because they’re so magical but at the same time there’s usually some inspiration or insight to be gained from them. This one is about a woman who ends up with an imaginary friend…

Me Before You- Jojo Moyes

Me Before You (Me Before You, #1)

It couldn’t be a woman’s fiction recommendation list without recommending one of my favourite books of all time Me Before You. I know people are probably bored of seeing this book on my list, but I just can’t help it!

The Undomestic Goddess- Sophie Kinsella

The Undomestic Goddess

I love Sophie Kinsella’s writing. She’s an incredibly easy to read author. I’ve lapped all of her chick-lit books up. Wonderfully funny at times and sometimes a little ridiculous but that’s what makes them fun.

A Walk To Remember- Nicholas Sparks

A Walk to Remember

I’m a bit of a sucker for a romance tale and Nicholas Sparks does them well. This one is incredibly moving. I adored it and actually enjoyed its movie adaptation too.

The Husband’s Secret- Liane Moriarty

The Husband's Secret

Love this book! It’s more of a thriller so it would definitely appeal to those that don’t love women’s fiction, but I also think it fits nicely into this genre too. It’s a really compelling read.

Rachel’s Holiday- Marian Keyes

Rachel's Holiday (Walsh Family, #2)

This is a story about a woman who takes recreational drugs. She goes to rehab because she thinks it’s going to be like a holiday. It’s a heart-warming read which has some incredibly fun moments within it!

The Ice Cream Girls- Dorothy Koomson

The Ice Cream Girls

I really enjoy Dorothy Koomson’s writing. It’s much deeper than you might expect. I find her writing so enjoyable to read. It never fails to grip me.

What have you done for your Top Ten list this week? Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

Top Ten 2016 Releases So Far

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list are my Top Ten 2016 releases so far! Most of the books I’ve read this year have been previous releases, so this list was somewhat tricky for me.

Click on the book image to get to Goodreads!

Highly Illogical Behaviour- John Corey Whaley

Highly Illogical Behavior

I read this book in early June and absolutely fell in love. It is one of my favourite books of 2016 so far. I highly recommend it, if you are interested in reading books about mental illness.

Orangeboy- Patrice Lawrence

Orangeboy

I didn’t expect to enjoy this book as much as I did. I really loved the story. It involves drugs, gangs and drama. Not my usual sort of read, but I’m glad that I read it!

This Where It Ends- Marieke Nijkamp

This Is Where It Ends

I had been anticipating this book for a while now. Marieke is an old friend of mine and I was so ever so proud of her after reading this book.

When We Collided- Emery Lord

When We Collided

Even though this isn’t my favourite read by Emery Lord, I really enjoy her writing style, so it earns itself a place on my list!

Flawed- Cecelia Ahern

Flawed (Flawed, #1)

I have loved Cecelia’s adult books, so was excited to see what her YA book brought. I have to admit to being very impressed! I didn’t think I would be.

Radio Silence- Alice Oseman

Radio Silence

I preferred this book to Alice’s debut novel. I was really impressed by this story!

When I Was Invisible- Dorothy Koomson

When I Was Invisible

Again, not my favourite from the author, but it’s still a fantastic piece of women’s fiction!

Walk The Edge- Katie McGarry

Walk the Edge (Thunder Road, #2)

I always enjoy reading about the characters in a Katie McGarry story! This book was no exception.

You Know Me Well- Nina LaCour and David Levithan

You Know Me Well

I thought this was cute and easy to read. Just what you need sometimes!

The Unexpected Everything- Morgan Matson

The Unexpected Everything

Again, not my favourite Morgan Matson book ever, but still a good contemporary YA release for 2016!

As you can see, a lot of my favourites haven’t been 2016 releases. Nevertheless, these 10 books have been decent reads! What are your favourite 2016 releases so far? Feel free to leave a link to your post!

When I Was Invisible

When I Was Invisible

How did I get it?:
I bought it.

Previously reviewed by the same author:
The Flavours of Love
That Girl From Nowhere

Synopsis:

‘Do you ever wonder if you’ve lived the life you were meant to?’ I ask her.
She sighs, and dips her head. ‘Even if I do, what difference will it make?’

In 1988, two eight-year-old girls with almost identical names and the same love of ballet meet for the first time. They seem destined to be best friends forever and to become professional dancers. Years later, however, they have both been dealt so many cruel blows that they walk away from each other into very different futures – one enters a convent, the other becomes a minor celebrity. Will these new, ‘invisible’ lives be the ones they were meant to live, or will they only find that kind of salvation when they are reunited twenty years later?

Thoughts:

Although I have read many of Dorothy Koomson’s books, I have only reviewed two here on my blog. So, if you don’t know already, I’m a massive fan of Dorothy Koomson’s writing. She is an autobuy author for me. I don’t even read the synopsis, I just preorder! I have to be honest and say that I don’t think is Dorothy’s best work. Don’t get me wrong, it’s well written and as touching as I’ve come to expect from Dorothy’s work, I just found it to be quite slow paced and it didn’t capture my attention as much as I wanted it to.

This story follows two ladies with very similar names. Veronica Harper (Roni) and Veronika Harper (Nika) know that they’re going the best of friends when they meet each other. As well as having similar names, they both absolutely adore ballet. Both girls are deetermined to be professional dancers. However, something terrible happens to the girls which tears their friendship and their dreams apart in the process. As a reader, we follow them later in their lives, Roni has been a nun and Nika has been a minor celebrity, she now cleans in a hotel. Roni and Nika are destined to cross paths again and fate brings them back together once more.

I did enjoy this story of love, loss and betrayal, but I feel like the action took some time to pick up the pace. I also didn’t enjoy reading about Roni as much as I did Nika, which gave me an immediate disconnect to the story. However, this shouldn’t put you off as it is still a highly enjoyable read that fans of woman’s fiction should lap up!

Would I recommend it?:
Yes, 3.5 stars!

A solid, touching read from Dortohy Koomson!

This Week In Books #34

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!

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

The Unexpected Everything When I Was Invisible Truthwitch (The Witchlands, #1)

NOWThe Unexpected EverythingMorgan Matson– I started this cute contemporary last night. I think it’s going to be exactly what I need during a very busy week.

THENWhen I Was InvisibleDorothy Koomson– I finished Dorothy Koomson’s latest book. I thought it was an intriguing read but not her best. My review will hopefully be out within the next week or so.

NEXTTruthwitchSusan Dennard– I was supposed to start this book last week, but I wasn’t feeling in the mood for it. I’m very much letting my mood dictate my reading at the moment. Hopefully I’ll read this soon!

What does your reading look like this week? Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by later today!

Ten Books I Picked Up On A Whim

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list are the Top Ten Books We Picked On A Whim. I had to use my Goodreads list to go through this list. Many of my recommendations come from either my sister, book clubs or fellow blog bloggers.

In no particular order (images go to Goodreads)

My Best Friend’s Girl- Dorothy Koomson

My Best Friend's Girl

I picked up this book at an airport several years back. It started my love affair with Dorothy Koomson’s writing. She’s now an autobuy author!

Slumber- Tamara Blake

Slumber

I picked up this book having heard nothing about it and quickly fell in love with its fairy-tale-esque nature!

The Lost Daughter- Diane Chamberlain

The Lost Daughter

I picked up this book on a whim! It ended up being a 5 star read for me.

Memoirs of A Geisha- Arthur Golden

Memoirs of a Geisha

I read this book around the time that it came out. I thought it was an incredibly powerful read.

The Boy With The Cuckoo Clock Heart- Mathias Malzieu

The Boy with the Cuckoo-Clock Heart

I noticed this book on my sister’s shelf. She hadn’t (and still hasn’t) read it yet, so I decided to give it a go. It was very unusual.

Johnny Be Good- Paige Toon

Johnny Be Good (Johnny Be Good, #1)

I really enjoy Paige Toon’s writing. It’s not just chick-lit, there’s depth to it.

Sarah’s Key- Tatiana de Rosnay

Sarah's Key

I bought this when I visited a second hand book shop with my sister Beth. I absolutely adored this book which has stayed with me for quite some time.

The Other Hand- Chris Cleave

The Other Hand

This book is also known as Little Bee. I absolutely lapped it up! I don’t want to say too much about it, as it’ll ruin the story!

The Girl With Glass Feet- Ali Shaw

The Girl With Glass Feet

Again, this is a book that was spotted on my sister’s bookshelf. I’m lucky that she lets me read books before she’s read them! It’s a unique tale. Her edition is so beautiful with silver page edges!

Little Hands Clapping- Dan Rhodes

Little Hands Clapping

This book was certainly picked up on a whim. I didn’t know anything about it. It’s so strange, but funny at the same time!

What books did you pick up on a whim? Feel free to leave a link to your posts and I’ll stop by!