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
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The Nearest Faraway Place

The Nearest Faraway Place

How did I get it?:
NetGalley- thanks to Bonnier/Hot Key Books

Previously reviewed by the same author:
Downside Up

Synopsis:

Griff and Dylan are driving into Manhattan with their parents when the worst happens. There is a terrible car accident and Dylan and Griff¹s parents are killed.

The boys are suddenly orphans with nowhere to go, until a kind aunt and uncle give them a new home in Wales. Now Dylan and Griff have everything they need ­ love, a happy home and a future. But Dylan is worried about Griff: whether he is OK, whether he is coping with his grief. He doesn¹t seem to want to speak about it or really acknowledge the loss of their parents.

But Dylan needs to be even braver than Griff, because there is something very important he needs to face up to before he can move on.

Thoughts:

I have read Downside Up by Hayley Long before, so I knew I’d enjoy her writing. From reading this book, I realise that I need to read her others as I really enjoy her writing style and the topics that she covers.

The Nearest Faraway Place centres around two brothers. On Griff’s thirteenth birthday a tragic accident occurs. Whilst in the car, another car falls from a car transporter and kills their mum and dad. It is a heartbreaking end to Griff’s birthday. Griff is alive, but recovering in hospital. Dylan is by his side waiting for his brother to wake up, not wanting to share the news with him. Griff really struggles to come to terms with what’s happened to him and as the story progresses we see why. Griff is told her is going to live with the headteacher of the school they’re attending in Brooklyn until the British state find them somewhere to stay. It turns out that there’s somewhere in Wales, with their mum’s cousin, Dee.

The story focuses on how life can change within a second. It deals with grief and starting to move on. The family was in such a happy place but life changed for them in an instant. I found it heartbreaking to read, but at the same time it was utterly gripping. The characters easily stole my heart and I wanted the absolute best for them. There’s a little twist along the way, which I really wasn’t expecting. I love it when that happens!

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

A beautiful read about how life can change in an instant!

This Week In Books #69

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!

The Last Days of Summer Waking in time The Nearest Faraway Place

NOW- The Last Days Of  Summer- Vanessa Ronan- I started this book late last night. I’m enjoying it so far. It feels different to books that I’ve read recently.

THEN- Waking In Time- Angie Stanton- I totally judged a book by its cover on this one. I thought it was going to be a New Adult read, but it wasn’t! It was a great time travel book with a touch of mystery.

NEXT- The Nearest Far Away Place- Hayley Long- I’ve read one book by Hayley Long before and enjoyed it. I’ve heard good things about this book, so fingers crossed!

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

Stacking The Shelves #42 An unexpected biggie!

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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!

Have a click of the title of the book to get to its Goodread’s page!

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This week, I only expected to get Allegiant, as I’m on a book buying ban as I have a holiday coming up in May/June, so I need to be saving the pennies. However, I ended up getting SO many books. My prize pack came through from winning September’s British Book Challenge, Luna from Luna’s Little Library sent me some books and she also arranged for Hot Key Books to send me some books! My mum also bought me some books when she went on holiday. Wow.

Presents:

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Cathy Kelly- The Honey Queen

Philippa Gregory- Stormbringers

Laini Taylor- Days of Blood and Starlight

Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Leer- Between The Lines

I’m particularly excited to read Between The Lines which I hear is very good!

Won:

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Gina Blaxill- Forget Me Never

Gina Blaxill- Saving Silence

Sita Brahmachari- Kite Spirit

Hayley Long- Downside Up

Andrew Lane- Lost Worlds (couldn’t find on Goodreads!)

I really like the look of Forget Me Never, Saving Silence and Kite Spirit. I’ve read Downside Up before, it’s a good book! I’m not sure if Lost Worlds is for me, but I’ll give it a go at some point.

From Hot Key Books:

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Karen Foxlee- The Midnight Dress

Natalie Whipple- Blindsided

Monica Hesse- Stray

Ellen Renner- Tribute (doesn’t have a cover on Goodreads yet!)

Dawn McNiff- Little Celeste

I was so pleased to get these books, it was such an unexpected surprise. They all look fantastic. Luna picked well!

From Luna:

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Don’t I have the best friends? I’m particularly excited about The Butterfly Novels by Denise Deegan as Luna recommends them so highly!

Helen Grant- Wish Me Dead

Anna Humphrey- Rhymes With Cupid

Mette Ivie Harrison- The Princess and the Hound

Louise Rennison- Fab Confessions of Georgia Nicolson Vol 1.

Beth Goobie- Before Wings

Katherine McMahon- The Alchemist’s Daughter

Lexie Hill- Kissing Booth

Ally Carter- I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have To Kill You and Cross My Heart and Hope To Spy

Denise Deegan-  And By The Way, And For Your Information, And Actually..

Robin Mellom- Ditched: A Love Story

Catherine Gilbert Murdock- Princess Ben

Robin Palmer- Cindy Ella

What did you get this week? Feel free to leave the link to your Stacking The Shelves post and I’ll stop by your blog at some point this weekend!

Downside Up

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How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Synopsis:

Ronni is totally bored. She lives in a crap, boring town with her crap, boring family, and all she wants is  to escape and have the kind of life she reads about in magazines. Sometimes Ronnie makes stuff up, just to keep things interesting. Not lies, exactly, more like massive, outrageous, whopping great fibs. The thing is, people have stopped believing anything she says – she’s turning into The Girl Who Cried ‘Beyonce is Totally My Cousin’s Best Friend’. Then one day Ronni gets knocked out in a head to head dodgem collision. When she wakes up, her life has been turned uʍop әp!sdn and nothing will ever be the same again . . .

Thoughts:

I was recommended this book by Luna’s Little Library after she enjoyed it so much. It looked like a lot of fun, so I was happy to check it out. I thought Downside Up was a cute read. It’s set out in such an interesting way. It’s certainly not your average book!

The story revolves around Ronni, she’s not happy as her father has abandoned her family and she hasn’t heard from him since. She has four younger brothers, her mum and her nan at home. Her mum has fallen to pieces since Ronni’s father left. Ronni has stopped caring. She finds it hard to get out of bed in the morning, has got into trouble at school and just generally finds her imagination better than real life. (Don’t we all..!)

The book is so easy to read. Ronni is such a likeable character. She has her problems, but they completely make you fall in love with her. Downside Up is a funny book, but it has its emotional moments as well.

I have to mention the design of the book. It has thought bubbles, tweets, enlarged and tiny text. The reader also has to turn the book upside down and then sideways. All of this makes the book a very fun, quirky read.

I’d recommend it to people looking for a fun, quick, quirky read.

Would I recommend it?
Yes!

Reading next:
Boundless- Cynthia Hand

A-Z Book Survey

 

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This survey is courtesy of one of my favourite bloggers, Jamie from The Perpetual Page Turner. Check out her post HERE

Do you remember these kind of surveys on Myspace? I used to love them. I absolutely love the idea of this one, so here it is… My A-Z Book Survey

Author you’ve read the most books from:

According to Goodreads my most read author is Philippa Gregory. That doesn’t surprise me. I adore Philippa Gregory! I think when I was younger it would’ve been Roald Dahl or Enid Blyton.

Best Sequel Ever:

Ooh this is a hard one. I read a lot of series. I really like Scarlet by Marissa Meyer –the second book in the Lunar Chronices. I much preferred it to Cinder.

Currently Reading:

Boundless by Cynthia Hand.

Drink of Choice While Reading:

I don’t really drink that much when I’m reading. One of my favourite things to do with my sister is read in Costa. I don’t drink tea or coffee so I like to have a hot chocolate.

E-reader or Physical Book?

I do read both, but the physical book will ALWAYS win for me. You can’t beat holding (and smelling!) a real book.

Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Actually Dated In High School:

Holder from Hopeless/Losing Hope by Colleen Hoover. Please.

Glad You Gave This Book A Chance:

Wither by Lauren DeStefano. I had heard such mixed opinions about it, but I’m glad I read it. I loved it!

Hidden Gem Book:

I didn’t expect to love Me Before You by Jojo Moyes as much as I did. That book is honestly one of my favourite books ever.

Important Moment in your Reading Life:

I have two things really. My first is my experience reading as a young child. My mum taught me how to read before I started school and my love of books has followed me (and grown) throughout my life. My sister (Bibliobeth) used to read to me and I LOVED that. So I have my family to thank for instilling the love of literature into my life. My second most recent important moment is starting this blog. It’s still a baby blog but it’s inspired me to read more and read different genres.

Just Finished:

I’ve just finished Downside Up by Hayley Long.

Kinds of Books You Won’t Read:

I’m not really a fan of horror. My imagination is incredibly vivid. I still remember the monster I read about years ago that scared me SO much. *shudders*

Longest Book You’ve Read:

Gone With The WindMargaret Mitchell. Now that’s a beast of a book. It’s HUGE!

Major book hangover because of:

I didn’t want to mention the same book twice, but I always, always think of Me Before You even though I read it some time ago.

Number of Bookcases You Own:

Officially I own one, in my bedroom. But I’ve taken over two in the spare room and one out in the hall. Oops!

One Book You Have Read Multiple Times:

Little Women- Louisa May Alcott. I just love that book!

Preferred Place To Read:

I get a lot of reading done when I’m on the train, in the bath or in the garden on a warm day!

Quote that inspires you/gives you all the feels from a book you’ve read:

“The hardest choices in life aren’t between what’s right and what’s wrong but between what’s right and what’s best.” Jamie FordHotel On The Corner of Bitter And Sweet

Reading Regret:

Spending so many years just reading chick-lit. Never stepping outside of that genre. Thank goodness I read more widely now.

Series You Started And Need To Finish(all books are out in series):

I want to finish the Chemical Gardens Series by Lauren DeStefano.

Three of your All-Time Favourite Books:

In no particular order..

  1. Me Before YouJojo Moyes
  2. Little WomenLouisa May Alcott
  3. Gone Girl- Gillian Flynn

(Wow that was hard! I have too many all time favourites!)

Unapologetic Fangirl For:

Cecelia Ahern. I LOVE her books, (bar one, but I love her so much I can forget about that one) they usually have a magical element in them and I’m just a sucker for that..

Very Excited For This Release More Than All The Others:

I’m pretty excited for Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi. I’m interested to see how the Shatter Me series concludes.

Worst Bookish Habit:

Requesting books from NetGalley when I have so many books to read. Why do I do it?!

X Marks The Spot: Start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book:

The Undomestic GoddessSophie Kinsella

Your latest book purchase:

My latest book purchase was The Originals by Cat Patrick

ZZZ-snatcher book (last book that kept you up WAY late):

The Name On Your Wrist- Helen Hiorns. Look out for this book. I thought it was incredible!

Stacking The Shelves #30

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 its Goodreads page!

I have a HUGE haul this week. This comes from Random House’s blogger brunch, NetGalley, the Amazon kindle sale, my friend Luna lending me books and spending too much time in Foyles. Oops.

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This is me simply sitting behind Luna and I’s book haul after spending time in Foyles book shop in London.

So first things first- Random House. To read my account of my time at Random House click HERE

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This book is out now! I’ve finished it and reviewed it already, it’s an incredible read.. review HERE.

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I haven’t read any Lauren Kate before, so I’m intrigued.

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I’m very intrigued about this book. I’ll try to read it soon!

NetGalley:

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I like a crime/thriller read every now and again and this seems like a great choice!

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I’m so excited about this one. I did a little happy dance when I was approved.

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I love Jojo Moyes, she’s one of my auto-buy authors.

Bought in the Amazon Kindle Summer Sale:

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I adore Lindsey Kelk. Her books are so easy to read!

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These books just look like FUN and they have awesome titles.

Borrowed from Luna’s Library:

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Thanks to Luna for these beauties!

Foyles haul:

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A lot of these were recommended by Luna. So if I don’t like them I’ll blame her 😉

Gifts:

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A book from the queen of chick-lit. Don’t mind if I do!

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I’m intrigued by this book!

Phew! So that’s it for this week! Please feel free to leave links to your hauls and I’ll come by and see what you’ve got!