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!
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Birthday gifts from my sister, Bibliobeth
This has been on my TBR for a while, so I was pleased to get my hands on a copy!
I’m so intrigued by this book about twins who need to undergo the test for Huntington’s Disease.
Holly Bourne writes mental health very well. I’m looking forward to reading this one.
I must read this book before the end of the year. It’s been on my radar for a long time now!
Here’s another one that I’ve been meaning to read for a while!
I can’t wait to read this one. I love Dorothy Koomson’s writing!
David Levithan is one of my favourite writers, so I’m really looking forward to this one!
A massive thank you to my sister for her generosity! I think I can safely say I have a wonderful bookish sister! ❤
Have you read any of these books? What did you think? What did YOU add to your shelves this week? Let me know.
Feel free to leave a link to your haul and I’ll stop by later!
Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It’s all about love of lists, love of literature and bringing bookish people together.
This week’s topic has been super tricky for me. I decided to put my own spin on the topic and suggest some books to read if you want to read some books involving mental health/illness. I know if elements of these books were added to each other it would make one hell of a book representing mental illness!
I love Holly Bourne’s writing. Her characters are very relatable!
I really enjoyed this book which was a memoir. I do enjoy reading memoirs of mental health because they are so raw.
Another raw and real take on mental health. I can’t wait to read Notes On A Nervous Planet from Matt too.
Some moments in this story really hit home for me. A wonderful read.
This is unique! I loved reading this story.
The ending of this book blew me away!
A graphic novel that shows Katie’s journey through dealing with her eating disorder.
I loved how this book portrayed the effect OCD can have on others around those with the disorder.
I adored this book! Totally relatable characters.
Another non-fiction. For me, a book that involves mental health should have an element of realness in order to relate to it. All too often, books around mental health have an instant ‘fix’ and that’s not even a possibility… it makes my blood boil.
Please leave me a link to your Top Ten post this week. I can’t wait to see how you tackled the prompt!
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!
- The One Memory of Flora Banks– Emily Barr
- Paper Butterflies– Lisa Heathfield
- We Come Apart– Sarah Crossan and Brian Conaghan
- How Hard Can Love Be?– Holly Bourne
- Disclaimer– Renee Knight
- Margot & Me– Juno Dawson
- The Trouble With Goats and Sheep– Joanna Cannon
- The Witchfinder’s Sister– Beth Underdown
- London Belongs To Us– Sarra Manning
- The Cuckoo Sister– Vivian Alcock
- The Curious Incident of The Dog In The Night-Time– Mark Haddon
- The One– John Marrs
- Mad Girl– Bryony Gordon
- Lie With Me– Sabine Durrant
- Pilot Jane and The Runaway Plane– Caroline Baxter
- Fish Boy- Chloe Daykin
- Awful Auntie– David Walliams
- The Last Beginning- Lauren James
- Girlhood– Cat Clarke
- One Italian Summer- Keris Stainton
- Release- Patrick Ness
- Unboxed- Non Pratt
- Follow Me– Angela Clarke
- Watch Me– Angela Clarke
- Trust Me– Angela Clarke
- Truth Or Dare– Non Pratt
- I See You- Clare Mackintosh
- Blood Sisters– Jane Corry
- The Prime Minister’s Brain- Gillian Cross
- The Nearest Faraway Place– Hayley Long
- The Graces– Laure Eve
- Miss You– Kate Eberlen
- Damage– Eve Ainsworth
- Indigo Donut– Patrice Lawrence
- Gone Without A Trace– Mary Torjussen
- Her Husband’s Lover– Julia Crouch
- He Said/She Said– Erin Kelly
- Cartes Postales from Greece– Victoria Hislop
- Fortunately, The Milk– Neil Gaiman
- Good Me, Bad Me– Ali Land
- The Scarecrow Queen– Melinda Salisbury
- Charlotte Says– Alex Bell
- Close To Me– Amanda Reynolds
- Coraline- Neil Gaiman
- The House– Simon Lelic
- The Betrayals- Fiona Neill
- The Trophy Child– Paula Daly
- Saffy’s Angel– Hilary McKay
- Behind Closed Doors- B.A Paris
- No Virgin– Anne Cassidy
- No Shame– Anne Cassidy
- Then She Was Gone– Lisa Jewell
- The Treatment– C.L Taylor
- Letters From The Lighthouse– Emma Carroll
- Black Hearts In Battersea– Joan Aiken
- The Polar Bear Explorers’ Club- Alex Bell
- 13 Minutes– Sarah Pinborough
- The Hours Before Dawn– Celia Fremlin
- Noah Can’t Even– Simon James Green
- Witch Child- Celia Rees
- The Friend– Dorothy Koomson
- A Quiet Kind Of Thunder– Sara Barnard
- Finding Jennifer Jones– Anne Cassidy
Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list is a hidden gems list. Now, these books aren’t so much hidden, but I decided they needed some airing on my blog this week because they are gems. I love reading books that centre around mental health/illness and think they’re worth airing even if some of them are quite popular!
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The Silver Linings Playbook- Matthew Quick
This book is told in such a unique voice. I think this book is much deeper than the film. I enjoyed Matthew Quick’s portrayal of Pat.
Lighter Than My Shadow- Katie Green
This is a hefty book. It’s huge and it’s quite heavy going in its nature. It’s about Katie’s struggle with an eating disorder.
Am I Normal Yet?- Holly Bourne
I absolutely adored this book. Holly Bourne is such a beautiful writer and she represented mental illness wonderfully. This is such an addictive YA read.
Reasons To Stay Alive- Matt Haig
I adore Matt Haig’s raw honesty in this book. There are some dark moments, but this book is hopeful.
My Heart and Other Black Holes- Jasmine Warga
There are some incredibly poignant moments and memorable sections in this book. I found it incredibly powerful to read.
Belzhar- Meg Wolitzer
I really enjoyed this book despite it having quite mixed reviews. It’s unique and wonderfully written.
Perfect Escape- Jennifer Brown
I enjoyed reading this book which centres around a girl experiencing her brother’s problems with OCD. It was interesting to read about the impact it can have on a family member.
The Shock Of The Fall- Nathan Filer
This book doesn’t hold back when exploring mental illness. It’s such an intense, powerful read.
Undone- Cat Clarke
This book was so moving. It’s ending actually put a lump in my throat.
Highly Illogical Behaviour- John Corey Whaley
This book was absolutely stunning. I was blown away by the writing. I shall definitely be reading more from John Corey Whaley.
What are your hidden gems this week? Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!
Oh how I’ve missed Top Ten Tuesday! It’s back today after a mini break. Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list are the Top Ten Books for a certain person or subject. I decided to promote those British Authors I love so much. Here are a selection!
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Orangeboy- Patrice Lawrence
I loved Patrice’s debut novel which centres around drugs, gangs, friendship and family. It’s well worth a read.
Indigo Donut- Patrice Lawrence
I recently read and adored this book which is another heart-warming family read. I gave this one five stars.
The Next Together- Lauren James
I didn’t expect to like this book as much as I did. Packed full of time travel which isn’t usually my thing!
Mad Girl- Bryony Gordon
I enjoyed this memoir about the author’s experience with mental health!
The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night Time- Mark Haddon
I absolutely adored this book. So unique and special.
Am I Normal Yet?- Holly Bourne
Another mental health story… not intentional but wonderful all the same. I love Holly Bourne’s writing.
Paper Butterflies- Lisa Heathfield
Such an intense read!
Infinite Sky- C.J Flood
A beautiful read!
The Wolves Of Willoughby Chase- Joan Aiken
I only discovered this book last year! I absolutely lapped it up. A stunning piece of children’s literature.
A Boy Made Of Blocks- Keith Stuart
Oops, another book featuring a character on the autistic spectrum. This one is WONDERFUL and I can’t recommend it enough. A raw account of the main character’s struggle with his son.
Have you read any of these books? Have any caught your eye? Let me know! Feel free to leave a link to your posts and I’ll stop by!
How did I get it?:
I bought it!
Previously reviewed by the same author:
Am I Normal Yet?
All Amber wants is a little bit of love. Her mum has never been the caring type, even before she moved to California, got remarried and had a personality transplant. But Amber’s hoping that spending the summer with her can change all that.
And then there’s prom king Kyle, the guy all the girls want. Can he really be interested in anti-cheerleader Amber? Even with best friends Evie and Lottie’s advice, there’s no escaping the fact: love is hard.
My first step into Holly Bourne was the wonderful Am I Normal Yet? which followed Evie’s story. We also read about Evie’s best friend Lottie and Amber. In the next instalment of The Spinster Club we follow Amber’s story. I am loving this series which has such strong messages about feminism, love and friendship.
The story centres around Amber who jets off to California to spend some time with her mum. Amber’s mum has ‘abandoned’ her and went to live with the States. Amber was left with her dad and her evil stepmother and brother. Amber’s mum has organised for Amber to spend the summer as camp counsellor in a camp that she owns with her new partner. Amber expects to reconnect with her mum but finds her mum avoiding her and them actually spending a lot of time apart. Amber finds herself getting close to another camp counsellor, Kyle, who is everything a cliché American boy should be. Amber didn’t think someone like Kyle would be into someone like her, but he is but Amber needs to protect her heart since she will be flying back to England soon.
I enjoyed reading from Amber’s perspective. I liked how authentic she came across. The book is quite dark in places, but again it makes it feel really realistic. Life isn’t always bright for everyone. This book deals with the experience of having an alcoholic parent who isn’t always there. We see how much alcoholism can damage relationships. Despite everything that goes on in Amber’s life, Amber just wants a relationship with her. This book really does explore how difficult it is to have an alcoholic in the family and the struggles there can be.
Something I love about this series so far is the feminism. I love that Holly Bourne is taking the word and playing around with it. It’s taking the word ‘feminist’ and ‘spinster’ and really exploring what it means to be equal. I love that. I think it’s such a positive outlook for young people these days and I appreciate that!
Would I recommend it?:
A fantastic second book which can be read as a standalone or as a companion novel to Am I Normal Yet?
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!
- Lighter Than My Shadow– Katie Green
- For Holly– Tanya Byrne
- Am I Normal Yet?– Holly Bourne
- The Demon Headmaster– Gillian Cross
- The Unbelievable Top Secret Diary of Pig– Emer Stamp
- The Haunting– Alex Bell
- In A Dark, Dark Wood– Ruth Ware
- The Number One Rule For Girls– Rachel McIntyre
- Carrie’s War-Nina Bawden
- The Sin Eater’s Daughter– Melinda Salisbury
- Radio Silence– Alice Oseman
- The Samaritan– Mason Cross
- Moving– Jenny Eclair
- More Of Me– Kathryn Evans
- The Next Together– Lauren James
- The Boy In The Dress– David Walliams
- Consumed– Abbie Rushton
- V is for Violet– Alison Rattle
- Read Me Like A Book– Liz Kessler
- Follow Me Back– Nicci Cloke
- Noble Conflict– Malorie Blackman
- When I Was Invisible– Dorothy Koomson
- Poppy’s Place– Karina Charman
- The Horse and His Boy– C.S. Lewis
- Orangeboy– Patrice Lawrence
- Always With Love– Giovanna Fletcher
- The Moonlight Dreamers– Siobhan Curham
- According To Yes-Dawn French
- The Borrowers– Mary Norton
- Swimming To The Moon– Jane Elson
- The Castle– Sophia Bennett
- The Woman Next Door– Cass Green
- Songs About A Girl– Chris Russell
- Maggot Moon– Sally Gardner
- Shtum– Jem Lester
- The One We Fell In Love With– Paige Toon
- My Embarrassing Dad’s Gone Viral– Ben Davis
- Cuckoo– Keren David
- Harry Potter and The Cursed Child– J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, Jack Thorne
- All About The Hype– Paige Toon
- The Girls– Lisa Jewell
- Head Over Heels– Holly Smale
- Crush– Eve Ainsworth
- Perijee and Me– Ross Montgomery
- How Not To Disappear– Clare Furniss
- A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding– Jackie Copleton
- Looking for JJ– Anne Cassidy
- A Boy Made Of Bricks– Keith Stuart
- Robyn Silver- The Midnight Chimes– Paula Harrison
- Isadora Moon Goes To School- Harriet Muncaster
- The Last Act of Love– Cathy Rentzenbrink
- Time To Say Goodbye– S.D. Robertson
- On The Other Side– Carrie Hope Fletcher
- Beautiful Broken Things– Sara Barnard
- The Widow– Fiona Barton
- The Wolves of Willoughby Chase– Joan Aiken
- Dead Romantic– C.J.Skuse
- Haunt Me– Liz Kessler
- Missing, Presumed– Susie Steiner
- Strange Star– Emma Carroll
- Ballet Shoes– Noel Streatfeild
- The Lie Tree– Frances Hardinge
- Into The Trees– Robert Williams
- Lighthousekeeping– Jeanette Winterson
- Infinite Sky– C.J. Flood
- 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!