My Mr B’s Reading Subscription 2016-2017

Last year for my birthday, my sister and my mum bought me a reading subscription for Mr B’s Emporium of Reading Delights. This is a wonderful shop in Bath, which we’ve visited twice for a reading spa. Read about our experiences HERE and HERE.

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Photo courtesy of http://www.coolplaces.co.uk

A reading subscription involves receiving 11 books hand-picked for you by a member of the bookselling team. After I received my little card informing me of my reading subscription I emailed Mr B’s and answered many questions about my bookish tastes and some random questions to go with it (to get to know me better!) I was able to name my sister as someone who would know if I had a book. She knows my reading tastes well! They emailed her every month to discuss books and quite often many emails would fly between them. Such dedication to finding the perfect book! Mr B’s do offer a 3, 6 or 11 month subscription (11 months due to a month off for Christmas!)

Each month, I received a beautifully wrapped book and bookmark for me to review the book and send back to Mr B’s.

Photo from Mr B’s website

I have attached my reviews to the books I’ve read from my reading year. 2 are to be reviewed and 2 need to be read. I shall edit the reviews in as and when I read/review them. For books not reviewed yet, I have added a Goodreads link to the book. 

Book 1- Early One Morning– Virginia Baily

Book 2- Infinite Sky– C. J Flood

Book 3- Disclaimer– Renee Knight

Book 4- Uprooted– Naomi Novik

Book 5- The One In A Million Boy– Monica Wood

Book 6- The Sudden Appearance of Hope– Claire North TO BE REVIEWED

Book 7- The Girl In The Red Coat– Kate Hamer TO BE REVIEWED

Book 8- Waking In Time- Angie Stanton

Book 9- Spontaneous– Aaron Starmer

Book 10- The Miracle Life Of Edgar Mint– Brady Udall  TO BE READ

Book 11- Fly On The Wall– E.Lockhart TO BE READ

I was a bit rubbish at sending the bookmarks back with my reviews, but I really did appreciate their pick books for me. I wouldn’t have picked some of them for myself but I ended up really enjoying them!

A big thank you to Beth and my mum for getting me this gift and for Mr B’s Emporium for selecting such a wonderful variety of books for me!

For more information, please check out their reading gifts on their website. It really is a perfect gift for a book lover!

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The Ones That Got Away #8

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This feature is going to showcase some recent reads that I haven’t fully reviewed. This may be because I didn’t finish the book or that I didn’t have enough to say to warrant a full and fair review of a book that I’m sure others will absolutely adore. I figure this way the books will be highlighted and someone somewhere might find the right book for them!

(BOOK IMAGES GO TO GOODREADS!)

In The Dark, In The Woods-Eliza Wass

In the Dark, In the Woods

Synopsis:

Castella Cresswell and her five siblings—Hannan, Caspar, Mortimer, Delvive, and Jerusalem—know what it’s like to be different. For years, their world has been confined to their ramshackle family home deep in the woods of upstate New York. They abide by the strict rule of God, whose messages come directly from their father.

Slowly, Castley and her siblings start to test the boundaries of the laws that bind them. But, at school, they’re still the freaks they’ve always been to the outside world. Marked by their plain clothing. Unexplained bruising. Utter isolation from their classmates. That is, until Castley is forced to partner with the totally irritating, totally normal George Gray, who offers her a glimpse of a life filled with freedom and choice.

Castley’s world rapidly expands beyond the woods she knows so well and the beliefs she once thought were the only truths. There is a future waiting for her if she can escape her father’s grasp, but Castley refuses to leave her siblings behind. Just as she begins to form a plan, her father makes a chilling announcement: the Cresswells will soon return to their home in heaven. With time running out on all of their lives, Castley must expose the depth of her father’s lies. The forest has buried the truth in darkness for far too long. Castley might be their last hope for salvation.

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The Life and Death of Sophie Stark- Anna North

The Life and Death of Sophie Stark

Synopsis:

“It’s hard for me to talk about love. I think movies are the way I do that,” says Sophie Stark, a visionary and unapologetic filmmaker. She uses stories from the lives of those around her—her obsession, her girlfriend, and her husband—to create movies that bring her critical recognition and acclaim. But as her career explodes, Sophie’s unwavering dedication to her art leads to the shattering betrayal of the people she loves most.

Told in a chorus of voices belonging to those who knew her best, The Life and Death of Sophie Stark is an intimate portrait of an elusive woman whose monumental talent and relentless pursuit of truth reveal the cost of producing great art, both for the artist and for the people around her.

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Skinny- Ibi Kaslik

Skinny

Synopsis:

Do you ever get hungry? Too hungry to eat?

Holly’s older sister, Giselle, is self-destructing. Haunted by her love-deprived relationship with her late father, this once strong role model and medical student, is gripped by anorexia. Holly, a track star, struggles to keep her own life in balance while coping with the mental and physical deterioration of her beloved sister. Together, they can feel themselves slipping and are holding on for dear life.

This honest look at the special bond between sisters is told from the perspective of both girls, as they alternate narrating each chapter. Gritty and often wryly funny, Skinny explores family relationships, love, pain, and the hunger for acceptance that drives all of us.

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The Opposite of Loneliness- Marina Keegan

The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories

Synopsis:

Marina Keegan’s star was on the rise when she graduated magna cum laude from Yale in May 2012. She had a play that was to be produced at the New York International Fringe Festival and a job waiting for her at the New Yorker. Tragically, five days after graduation, Marina died in a car crash.

As her family, friends, and classmates, deep in grief, joined to create a memorial service for Marina, her unforgettable last essay for the Yale Daily News, “The Opposite of Loneliness,” went viral, receiving more than 1.4 million hits. She had struck a chord.

Even though she was just twenty-two when she died, Marina left behind a rich, expansive trove of prose that, like her title essay, captures the hope, uncertainty, and possibility of her generation. The Opposite of Loneliness is an assem­blage of Marina’s essays and stories that, like The Last Lecture, articulates the universal struggle that all of us face as we figure out what we aspire to be and how we can harness our talents to make an impact on the world.

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The Boy Book (Ruby Oliver #2)- E.Lockhart

The Boy Book: A Study of Habits and Behaviors, Plus Techniques for Taming Them (Ruby Oliver, #2)

Synopsis:

Here is how things stand at the beginning of newly-licensed driver Ruby Oliver’s junior year at Tate Prep:

 • Kim: Not speaking. But far away in Tokyo.
 • Cricket: Not speaking.
 • Nora: Speaking–sort of. Chatted a couple times this summer when they bumped into each other outside of school–once shopping in the U District, and once in the Elliot Bay Bookstore. But she hadn’t called Ruby, or anything.
 • Noel: Didn’t care what anyone thinks.
 • Meghan: Didn’t have any other friends.
 • Dr. Z: Speaking.
 • And Jackson. The big one. Not speaking.

But, by Winter Break, a new job, an unlikely but satisfying friend combo, additional entries to The Boy Book and many difficult decisions help Ruby to see that there is, indeed, life outside the Tate Universe.

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Have you read any of these books? Let me know your thoughts! It’s fun to discuss.

This Week In Books #38

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 Boy Book: A Study of Habits and Behaviors, Plus Techniques for Taming Them (Ruby Oliver, #2) The Yellow Room The Woman Next Door

NOW- The Boy Book- E.Lockhart- I’m just about to start the second book in the Ruby Oliver series. The first was nothing stand out, but it was fun and easy to read.

THEN- The Yellow Room- Jess Vallance- I thoroughly enjoyed this gripping read. I didn’t understand its title until the end. I wasn’t sure what to expect prior to starting this book, but I thoroughly enjoyed it!

NEXT- The Woman Next Door- Cass Green- I’m trying to get through my July ARCs and this is the last one. It’s said to be a gripping thriller so I’m excited to give it a go!

What are you reading this week? Feel free to leave your answers in the comments below or leave a link to the post you do! Happy Reading. 🙂

The Boyfriend List (Ruby Oliver #1)

Ruby Oliver 1: The Boyfriend List

How did I get it?:
NetGalley, thanks to Hot Key Books

Previously read by the same author:

Synopsis:

Ruby Oliver is fifteen and has a shrink. But before you make up your mind about her, you should know that she has had a pretty awful (and eventful) past ten days. She has:
* lost her boyfriend
* lost her best friend (Kim)
* lost all her other friends (Nora, Cricket)
* did something suspicious with a boy
* did something advanced with a boy
* had an argument with a boy
* drank her first beer (someone handed it to her)
* got caught by her mom (ag!)
* had a panic attack (scary)
* lost a lacrosse game (she’s the goalie)
* failed a math test (she’ll make it up)
* hurt Meghan’s feelings (even though they aren’t really friends)
* became a social outcast (no one to sit with at lunch)
* and had graffiti written about her in the girls’ bathroom (who knows what was in the boys’!?!).

But don’t worry, Ruby lives to tell the tale. Through a special assignment to list all the boys she’s ever had the slightest, little, any-kind-of-anything with, comes an unfortunate series of events that would be enough to send any girl in a panic.

Thoughts:

The Boyfriend List is being re-released under Hot Key Books on 14th July 2016. I have to admit that E.Lockhart’s books have been a bit hit and miss for me. Some of them I like, some I didn’t ‘get’ as much as I wanted to. I requested The Boyfriend List and its sequel as I thought they sounded like fun and easy reads. That’s exactly what I was looking for!

The Boyfriend List follows Ruby, who after some bad incidents with boys, ends up telling a psychiatrist all about the boys on her boyfriend list. These are boys who she either liked the look of, had a little thing with or had a relationship with. The book takes us through Ruby’s connection with these boys as she tells the psychiatrist about them.

This book is quick and easy to read. It didn’t fully immerse me in the action. I felt I was just watching the conversation between Ruby and her doctor. I didn’t feel fully part of the action, but this didn’t affect my enjoyment of the story.  I wish there had been more about how Ruby dealt with her panic attacks as it seemed to me like it was quite quickly brushed over.The Boyfriend List has footnotes, something you may love or hate, but they’re there.

I didn’t really think Ruby was a memorable character. She’s fine to read about, she didn’t irritate me or anything like that. I’m just not sure she’ll stick with me for a very long time. I did enjoy reading her voice and trying to find out what was the catalyst to Ruby’s panic attacks. If you’re not into books about boy obsessed girls, then I don’t think this series will be for you. Ruby is boy mad and that’s certainly the focus in this story.

Would I recommend it?:
Yes! Especially if you like E.Lockhart’s writing!

An easy to read piece of teenage fiction!

Stacking The Shelves #145

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 Goodreads page!

NetGalley:

Thanks to Hot Key Books/Bonnier

Nothing Tastes As Good Ruby Oliver 1: The Boyfriend List The Boy Book: A Study of Habits and Behaviors, Plus Techniques for Taming Them (Ruby Oliver, #2)  The Yellow Room

Nothing Tastes As GoodClaire Hennessy– I have heard so much about this book, so I snapped up a copy when I was given a chance! This is my next read, for sure!

The Boyfriend List and The Boy BookE. Lockhart- This books have been out for a while, but I assume are being rereleased. They look like quick summer reads, so I decided to get my hands on them!

The Yellow  RoomJess Valance– I love that simple cover. It sounds really intriguing too.

Bought:

I’ve had my eye on these books for a while now…

Crush The Girl in the Blue Coat The Square Root of Summer  Lying About Last Summer Head Over Heels (Geek Girl, #5)

Crush Eve Ainsworth-Ooh, this book has really intrigued me. I really enjoyed Eve Ainsworth’s 7 days and  this book looks like it’s going to be just as gripping. It does deal with an abusive relationship so I think it’s going to be a tough read.

The Girl In The Blue CoatMonica Hesse– I have an interest in reading books set in World War II. This book looks like it’ll be another tough, but important read.

The Square Root Of SummerHarriet Reuter Hapgood– The pretty cover drew me to this book, I have to admit. I have also heard some wonderful things about it, so I look forward to reading this book, this summer!

Lying About Last Summer Sue Wallman– This book seems to be getting a lot of buzz around the blogosphere, so I’m intrigued!

Head Over Heels Holly Smale– I adore the Geek Girl series so I’m excited to get back to that world!

What have you added to your shelves this week? Feel free to leave a link to your posts and I’l stop by! Happy Reading! 😀

How To Be Bad

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How did I get it?:
I requested it from Hot Key Books in exchange for a honest review!

Previous books reviewed written by E.Lockhart
We Were Liars
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks

Synopsis:

Jesse, Vicks and Mel couldn’t be more different. Jesse, a righteous Southern gal who’s as thoughtful as she is uptight, is keeping a secret that she knows will change her life forever. Vicks is a wild-child: seemingly cool, calm and collected on the outside, but inside she’s furious at herself for being so anxious about her neglectful boyfriend. And Mel is the new girl in town. She’s already been dismissed as just another rich kid, but all she wants is to get over some of her fears and find some true friends.

But for all their differences, the girls discover they’ve got one thing in common – they’re desperate to escape. Desperate to get the heck out of Niceville and discover their true ‘badass’ selves! Even if it’s just for the weekend… One ‘borrowed’ car later, it’s time to hit the road and head for Miami. Hearts will be broken, friendships will be tested, and a ridiculously hot stranger could change the course of everything.

Thoughts:

I have to admit that I haven’t always been the biggest fan of E.Lockhart’s books. I didn’t quite ‘get’ We Were Liars as much as the rest of the blogosphere did. I did enjoy The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks more than We Were Liars and I’m happy to say that there’s a trend going on, because I enjoyed How To Be Bad much more than any book I’ve read by E. Lockhart (so far). I don’t think this is because there was more than one writer, I have always enjoyed E.Lockhart’s writing, it tended to be the plot that I had a problem with!

How To Be Bad isn’t the deepest read out there, but it’s one of those books that I think is a great read for summer. It’s a road trip book, which always bodes well for a summer read in my eyes. The story is told in alternating chapters from the point of view of three girls who are incredibly different from one another. The girls have different reasons for going on the road trip, but they get to know each other even better as they go through many different things together.

I think Jesse might be a character that ends up grating on a few people. She is judgmental from the start when she judges Mel for being rich. She then judges her friend Vicks for the choices she makes in her love life. She improves though, so stick with her! I think all of the girls aren’t perfect in this book and it is interesting to read about them and see them grow throughout the story. None of them claim to be perfect which is definitely a redeeming factor.

The road trip element was fun and a lot happened to the girls, some of which wasn’t totally believable, but it was still really fun to read. The reason why I haven’t given this book higher than three stars is because I don’t feel it had enough depth to it and the ending was rather abrupt. Still, I would recommend it for a summery read and especially to those that enjoy road trip stories.

Would I recommend it?:
Yes! Certainly for fans of the genre!

Fun and easy to read. A good beach read!

Stacking The Shelves #121

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 title to get to the Goodreads page!

NetGalley:

25580993I enjoyed Sinead’s first novel, so I quickly snapped up a copy of her next book!

Hot Key Books

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I requested these two books from Hot Key Books. I thought Almost Grace sounded really intriguing! I think How To Be Bad could be a good, quick read as well. It always interests me to see how the book is with more than one author!

What have you added to your shelves this week? Feel free to leave a link to your posts and I’ll stop by! Happy Reading! 🙂