Top Ten Authors I’d LOVE To Meet

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list is all about authors. Authors we’d love to meet or can’t believe we’ve met. I’ve decided to go for author’s that I’d love to meet even if I would go a little fangirly on them.

Jojo Moyes-  Me Before You is one of my favourite books of all time. I’d be happy to be able to tell Jojo just how much I loved her books!

Jolene Perry- I have enjoyed Jolene’s books so much! They’re much deeper than you’d expect which is great.

Cecelia Ahern- I have loved Cecelia’s writing since P.S. I Love You. Her writing is just so magical.

Alison Rattle- I adore Alison Rattle. Her books are so evocative.

Emma Carroll- Another writer I adore. I nearly got to meet her last year but I was too nervous to say hi!

Giovanna Fletcher- I love Giovanna’s writing and she seems like a lovely, bubbly person.

David Walliams- My class adore David’s books. I’d love to tell them I met him!

Michael Rosen- I adore Michael Rosen. I saw him talking at a conference the other weekend, but didn’t have chance to meet him. Sad times.

Kate Karyus Quinn- It would be interesting to have a conversation with Kate to see what she’s like as a person as her books are WEIRD (but wonderful!)

Markus Zusak- I think he would also be fascinating to talk to!

Who have you met before? Have you met any of these authors? Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

Ten Underrated Books That I’ve Read In The Past Year Or So

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. For this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, it’s all about underrated or hidden gems that we’ve read within the last year or so.

Some of these have got some good ratings on Goodreads but I don’t feel I see them around enough for how good they are!

For the Goodreads page, please click on the book image!

A Boy Made Of Blocks- Keith Stuart

A Boy Made of Blocks

I don’t know if I’ll ever stop promoting this book wherever I can. I thought it was an absolutely beautiful read which explores the relationship between a father and his child who has autism. It’s much more than just about relationships. It’s a stunning read and I can’t recommend it highly enough!

Strange Star- Emma Carroll

Strange Star

Emma Carroll is another great writer who I wish more people read! 🙂 This is because I think her writing is so impressive. I always feel like I’m inside the story. This story is inspired by the creation of Frankenstein!

Dead Romantic- C.J. Skuse

Dead Romantic

Such a unique story. It’s about a girl who wants to create her perfect boyfriend from dead parts of others…

Crush- Eve Ainsworth

Crush

This book is incredibly raw. It centres around an abusive teenage relationship!

Orangeboy- Patrice Lawrence

Orangeboy

I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this book!

V is for Violet- Alison Rattle

V for Violet

Alison Rattle’s books are always underrated in my opinion.

The Next Together- Lauren James

The Next Together (The Next Together #1)

I know that this book has received mixed reviews, but I really hope people aren’t put off by it!

The Haunting- Alex Bell

The Haunting

Everyone’s all about the author’s book Frozen Charlotte which is awesome, but I prefer The Haunting.

Between The Notes- Sharon Huss Roat

Between the Notes

I really enjoyed this contemporary YA read.

Born Weird- Andrew Kaufman

Born Weird

A very unusual, unique read!

What are your underrated or hidden gems that you’ve read recently? Feel free to leave a link to your Top Ten 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!

A Spotlight On… Emma Carroll

Welcome to my ‘A Spotlight On…’ feature. In this feature, I plan to highlight and give some bookish love to some of my favourite authors. 

First up in this new feature is the wonderful Emma Carroll. I have been reading Emma’s books since her debut Frost Hollow Hall in 2013. Since then, I have devoured Emma’s books. She is blessed with the most beautiful covers as you will see below!

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My reviews

Emma’s website
Follow Emma on Twitter
Emma’s Goodreads

So tell me, have you read any books by Emma Carroll? What did you think? Have I convinced you to read a book by Emma? Let’s chat!

Strange Star

Strange Star

How did I get it?:
I received a copy from the publisher and I bought my own!

Previously reviewed by the same author:

Synopsis:

They were coming tonight to tell ghost stories. ‘A tale to freeze the blood,’ was the only rule. Switzerland, 1816. On a stormy summer night, Lord Byron and his guests are gathered round the fire.

Felix, their serving boy, can’t wait to hear their creepy tales.

Yet real life is about to take a chilling turn – more chilling than any tale.

Frantic pounding at the front door reveals a stranger, a girl covered in the most unusual scars.

She claims to be looking for her sister, supposedly snatched from England by a woman called Mary Shelley.

Someone else has followed her here too, she says. And the girl is terrified.

Thoughts:

I’ve made no secret of the fact that I love Emma Carroll’s books. I always find myself pulled into her stories before long and become completely immersed in the world. I thought Strange Star was a fantastic addition to her repetoire. It’s creepy but not too creepy for the middle-grade audience that it is geared towards.

Strange Star is mainly narrated by Lizzie, who appears at Villa Diodati. Felix is serving Lord Byron and his guests including Mary Shelley. Some of the narration is also told by Felix, who we hear from before and after Lizzie tells her tale. Strange Star explores the story of Lizzie’s sister, Peg, who has been taken by Mary Shelley, a scientist. I absolutely loved how Emma Carroll used Frankenstein to explain Lizzie’s story and explore the possible reasons for Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. It was incredibly clever and very compelling.

Emma Carroll is absolutely fantastic at creating characters that I really come to care about. This was especially the case with Lizzie and Peg. I loved reading about the sisters and the special bond that they had with one another. I also really liked Felix and particularly enjoyed reading his narration.

As soon as I started Strange Star,  I really didn’t want to put it down. It was a real page turner and a pleasure to read. Strange Star is unnerving without being scary which I really appreciate. I shall certainly be recommending it to the Year 5-6 team at my school (10-11 year olds) as I think they’d lap up this highly atmospheric book!

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

A wonderful book! Emma Carroll is such a fantastic author, I highly recommend her books!

This Week In Books #41

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!

Click on the book title to get to Goodreads!

A Boy Made of Blocks Strange Star Will Grayson, Will Grayson

NOW A Boy Made Of BlocksKeith Stuart– I have only just started A Boy Made of Blocks which is a debut novel out on 1st September. It’s a story of a family with a boy with autism. I’m only a few chapters in but it’s very promising so far.

THENStrange StarEmma Carroll– I absolutely adore Emma Carroll’s writing and was very late in reading Strange Star. I’m so glad I made time for it, this summer holiday as it was a beautiful read.

NEXTWill Grayson, Will GraysonJohn Green and David Levithan– I have to admit that I’m nervous to read this book. I’m not a huge John Green fan. Not at all. But I do like David Levithan. I’ve had this book way over a year (possibly 2!) so it’s time to see if I like it.

What are you reading this week? Feel free to leave a link to a similar post that you do and I’ll stop by! Happy Reading!

I have had some problems with leaving comments on WordPress for the past day or so, so I shall do my best to comment on your blog! I will have definitely read it, if you leave a link!

Top Ten Books I Enjoyed That Have Under 2000 Ratings On Goodreads

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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 books I have enjoyed that have under 2000 ratings on Goodreads. The way you do this is go to Goodreads, your read list, at the top of your read list where it says settings you can add a column for # of ratings, then you can sort by that. If you aren’t a Goodreads user you can look up books you think are underrated and see what their # of reviews is on Goodreads.

Click on the book image to get to Goodreads! (These books are from lowest-highest of my under 2000 ratings list)

Orangeboy- Patrice Lawrence

Orangeboy

This book came out last month and I wish I saw it around more in the blogosphere!

V is for Violet- Alison Rattle

V for Violet

I love Alison Rattle’s writing so much and this book is so wonderful. It’s a gripping mystery/thriller/period drama. I love it.

The Haunting- Alex Bell

The Haunting

I love Alex’s books and this one really creeped me out!

The Madness- Alison Rattle

The Madness

Another one from the very underrated Alison Rattle. Her books make you feel like you’re inside the story, feeling and experiencing the action. I highly recommend her books.

The Girl Who Walked On Air- Emma Carroll

The Girl Who Walked On Air

Emma Carroll is a fantastic writer for middle grade fiction. I love her books! I can easily see me using them in the classroom in the future!

Boy In The Tower- Polly H0-Yen

Boy In The Tower

This book was a really interesting, unique read. I didn’t expect to love it as much as I did.

Radio Silence- Alice Oseman

Radio Silence

This book has great ratings on Goodreads, but not nearly enough in my opinion. It’s such a gripping read, which I much preferred to Alice’s debut!

Lighter Than My Shadow- Katie Green

Lighter than My Shadow

I absolutely loved this memoir of Katie’s struggle with an eating disorder. It’s in the form of a graphic novel and I have to say, it completely blew me away.

Of Scars and Stardust- Andrea Hannah

Of Scars and Stardust

I do love this book and wish that more people had read it. I still think of it! It was different and gripping.

A Kiss In The Dark- Cat Clarke

A Kiss in the Dark

I thought this was one of Cat Clarke’s best books. I found it to be utterly gripping and a real page turner.

Which books made it to your list this week? Feel free to leave a link and I’ll stop by later! 🙂