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

The One Memory of Flora Banks

The One Memory of Flora Banks

How did I get it?:
NetGalley- thanks to Penguin Random House

Synopsis:

Seventeen-year-old Flora Banks has no short-term memory. Her mind resets itself several times a day, and has since the age of ten, when the tumor that was removed from Flora’s brain took with it her ability to make new memories. That is, until she kisses Drake, her best friend’s boyfriend, the night before he leaves town. Miraculously, this one memory breaks through Flora’s fractured mind, and sticks. Flora is convinced that Drake is responsible for restoring her memory and making her whole again. So when an encouraging email from Drake suggests she meet him on the other side of the world, Flora knows with certainty that this is the first step toward reclaiming her life.

With little more than the words “be brave” inked into her skin, and written reminders of who she is and why her memory is so limited, Flora sets off on an impossible journey to Svalbard, Norway, the land of the midnight sun, determined to find Drake. But from the moment she arrives in the arctic, nothing is quite as it seems, and Flora must “be brave” if she is ever to learn the truth about herself, and to make it safely home.

Thoughts:

I have to admit that this book’s synopsis really pulled me in and had me eagerly downloading it. Luckily, it’s a publisher that had auto approved me (thank you Penguin Random House) so I could download it straight away. I think The One Memory of Flora Banks is a very unique read and I’m pleased that I had the chance to read it.

The story centres around Flora Banks who is a seventeen year old girl. After suffering a brain tumour, Flora has lost the ability to create long term memories. She can keep things in her head for a few hours at the most. One night she kisses her best friend’s boyfriend and finds herself remembering that moment. It leads Flora to an adventure to find this guy as he is now in the Arctic. Flora is determined to find out why she can remember the kiss and only the kiss.

This book was intriguing because I don’t think it comfortably sits in one genre. It’s of course, a YA read, but there’s also an element of thriller and mystery which I hadn’t anticipated. There’s a bit of romance as well.

I really enjoyed the character of Flora. She was incredibly brave, intelligent and I loved her resilient. Flora is such a vulnerable character. I felt for her every step of the way through the novel. I completely bought into her story.

The writing style is interesting because it can be repetitive at times which I think is really fitting to the story because Flora herself has to go through the same thing every day. I can’t imagine a life like that. I can imagine that it might frustrate some readers but I would encourage you to stick with it because it’s worth it.

I do think this book suffers a little from a slow pace towards the middle of the story. However, I found the end to be particularly gripping. I did have a few unanswered questions at the end of the book, but nothing that annoyed me too much.

Would I recommend it?:
Yes! 3.5 stars

An interesting story. I’d definitely read more from this author!

Stacking the Shelves #154

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!

Sent from publishers

Fish Boy– Chloe Daykin- This doesn’t have a cover online yet, but just read the synopsis! It sounds like an amazing middle grade read! I’m excited! It’s due for release in March 2017.

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I was intrigued by this book’s synopsis. I love psychological thrillers, so I’m always willing to give them a go!

NetGalley

The Edge of Everything

I am very intrigued by this book which I have seen about on so many blogs so far these past couple of months! I hope to read it within the next week!

Life in a Fishbowl

Another book coming out next month! I hope to read it within the next week or so. This book sounds fantastic!

The One Memory of Flora Banks

There are so many intriguing books coming out in January. This is another one! 🙂 I’m going to be busy reading these next few weeks!

Bought:

As Dead As It Gets (Bad Girls Don't Die, #3)

I’m very excited about reading the final book in this series. It’s creepy without being too scary.

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