British Books Challenge 2014: The round up!

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. That’s equal to one book a month.

It’s safe to say that I exceeded this challenge this year.

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Summer Bookish Bingo Wrap Up/Sign up for Holiday Bingo!

This summer I took part in Summer Bookish Bingo hosted by Great Imaginations. I’m thrilled that I completed the card! It really gave me chance to knock off some books from my TBR list, so I’ll definitely be joining in again!

  1. Thirteen Reasons Why- Jay Asher
  2. The Girl Who Walked On Air– Emma Carroll
  3. Two Boys Kissing– David Levithan
  4. The Summer I Turned Pretty– Jenny Han
  5. Rebel Belle- Rachel Hawkins
  6. More Than This– Patrick Ness
  7. Don”t You Forget About Me– Kate Karyus Quinn
  8. Siege and Storm– Leigh Bardugo
  9. Kira-Kira– Cynthia Kadohata
  10. Rooftoppers- Katherine Rundell
  11. Ruin and Rising– Leigh Bardugo
  12. Rump– Liesel Shurtliff
  13. Fire and Rain– Diane Chamberlain
  14. The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August– Claire North
  15. Salvage- Keren David
  16. On The Fence– Kasie West
  17. She Is Not Invisible– Marcus Sedgwick
  18. The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland In A Ship Of Her Own Making– Catherynne M. Valente
  19. Ten– Gretchen McNeil
  20. The Snow Queen– Alana Albertson
  21. Open Road Summer– Emery Lord
  22. Unhooking The Moon– Gregory Hughes
  23. Belle Epoque– Elizabeth Ross
  24. Wake– Amanda Hocking

Here is the card for the Holiday bingo! Will you play along?

Click on the bingo card to get to Great Imaginations!

Click on the bingo card to get to Great Imaginations!

Unhooking The Moon

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How did I get it?:
I bought it at the gorgeous Storytellers Inc

Synopsis:

Meet the Rat: A dancing, football-playing gangster-baiting ten-year-old. When she foresaw her father’s death, she picked up her football and decided to head for New York. Meet her older brother Bob: Protector of the Rat, but more often her follower, he is determined to find their uncle in America and discover a new life for them both. On their adventures across the flatlands of Winnipeg and through the exciting streets of New York, Bob and the Rat make friends with a hilarious con man and a famous rap star, and escape numerous dangers. But is their Uncle a rich business man, or is the word on the street, that he something more sinister, true? And will they ever find him? Hughes has created a funny, warm, unique world that lives and breathes. Like I Capture the Castle, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, The Curious Incident, Hughes’ story and characters will resonate for many and for years to come.

Thoughts:

Whilst I was intrigued by the synopsis of this book, it was Katie at Storytellers Inc that pushed this book into my hands with the help of Luna. Both Katie and Luna thought it was a great piece of middle grade literature. I really don’t need much persuading so I checked it out. It’s such a sweet, unique read with characters that really warm your heart.

Unhooking The Moon is a story about Bob and his sister, The Rat (aka Marie Claire). Rat is an unusual girl, she makes predictions that come true. After correctly predicting that their father was going to die, the Rat and Bob travel to New York, to find their uncle Jerome DeBillier who they think is a drug dealer. They meet many unusual characters along the way to New York and experience many adventures!

I was surprised by Unhooking The Moon, especially because it is Gregory Hughes’ debut novel. It strikes me as one of the most unique debuts that I’ve read. The story is very original with as I said, some very unusual characters. The Rat herself is such a stand out character. She’s carefree and wise, adventurous and fearless. I get the feeling that she could annoy some, but she really grew on me and made the story what it was. Rat does have strange fits and premonitions. I never really worked her out and her brother Bob doesn’t either. Yet, there’s something about the character that draws you to her.

Unhooking The Moon is quite a hard book to get into, but it’s worth persevering with. It’s definitely got a magical element and reminded me very much of a fairy tale. But it’s not a happily ever after tale. It’s actually quite dark despite being aimed at younger readers. The darkness of the tale does mean any age can appreciate it, if they just go with the story instead of trying to make too much sense of it. The language itself is quite simple, which is refreshing. It definitely makes the story more credible considering it is coming from a pre-teen’s voice.

I’m glad that I was convinced to read this book. I haven’t read another book like it before. I’ll be remembering this book for a while!

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

Unhooking The Moon is a unique, fairy tale esque read. A fantastic piece of middle grade fiction that adults would enjoy too!

Stacking The Shelves #67- A crazy big haul after my long weekend away

Click on the image to take you to Tynga's blog to learn more!

Click on the image to take you to Tynga’s blog to learn more!

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 Goodread’s page!

With thanks to Headline books (via Book Bridgr):

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I’ve heard good things about Precious Things by Colette McBeth, so I look forward to reading that (hopefully) soon.

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I am SO excited about this book. I received it this Thursday, but by the time this post goes live, I may have already read it.

Storytellers Inc haul:

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Storytellers Inc is an amazing bookshop. I had a great weekend last weekend, exploring their shop. As you can see… I just had to buy some books! 😉 I’m particularly looking forward to More Than This by Patrick Ness, If You Can Find Me by Emily Murdoch and A Boy Called Hope by Lara Williamson.  But really, I can’t wait to read them all. It’s just when I find the time to. Hmmm..

Borrowed/given to me from Luna:

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I have a feeling that I’m going to be very busy with these books. This week’s haul definitely makes up for a quiet one last week!

Have you read any of these books? Let me know! Feel free to leave your link to your hauls in the comments below and I’ll stop by at some point!