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!

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Head Over Heels (Geek Girl #5)

Head Over Heels (Geek Girl, #5)

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Previously reviewed by the same author:

Synopsis:

Harriet Manners knows almost every fact there is.

She knows duck-billed platypuses don’t have stomachs.
She knows that fourteen squirrels were once detained as spies.
She knows only one flag in the world features a building.

And for once, Harriet knows exactly how her life should go. She’s got it ALL planned out. So when love is in the air, Harriet is determined to Make Things Happen!
If only everyone else would stick to the script…

Has GEEK GIRL overstepped the mark, and is following the rules going to break hearts all over again?

Thoughts:

There’s something about the Geek Girl books that just makes me happy. I absolutely love Harriet as our main protagonist. She’s such a lovable character even if she can be infuriating at times. Head Over Heels is a wonderful addition to the series. I loved stepping back into Harriet’s world.

As ever, we begin the story with Harriet giving us a recap of what she’s been up to. One of the things that I love about this series is that I’m getting so familiar with the characters. I even have love for Toby, Harriet’s ‘stalker’. Harriet isn’t modeling as much as she used to be, so she’s putting all of her time and energy into organising her group of friends. As we know, Harriet is super organised. She wants to plan an amazing sleepover. She’s even got an itinerary. Harriet fails to realise what her friends are going through which makes it really hard to agree on a date. Wilbur, makes a reappearance. When Harriet overhears a conversation, she gets stuck on the idea that she has to take modeling seriously to help Wilbur out of a sticky financial situation. Once Harriet gets stuck on an idea, she goes through with her plans even if it does involve a little meddling along the way.

I absolutely love this series. I find it so addictive and easy to read. The characters, as I mentioned, seem so familiar, it’s like catching up with friends! I love that Harriet has now got a core group of friends. She’s found it difficult in the past to make friends and whilst it isn’t plain sailing for Harriet, it’s wonderful to read about their group dynamics. I read this book in no time at all. It’s so fun and heart-warming to read.

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

Another great instalment of the Geek Girl series. This fun and heart-warming series should be on your radar if you love cute and funny reads!

Ten Books Set Outside The U.S.

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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 set outside the U.S. This has been quite a tricky list, not that I don’t read books set outside the U.S…. I do read lots and that’s been the problem…narrowing it down to 10!

In no particular order, here they are (images go to Goodreads)

Harry Potter- J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)

Harry Potter is such an amazing series and it is a series that will forever stay with me! I love that it’s British!

Geek Girl- Holly Smale

Geek Girl (Geek Girl, #1)

Geek Girl is such a fun series. I’m slightly addicted. It does have some ridiculous moments but at the heart of it is a fun and heart-warming story. Harriet, the main character, is utterly relatable!

V Is For Violet- Alison Rattle

V for Violet

This wonderful book is set in London in the 1960s. I thought it was utterly gripping!

Noughts and Crosses- Malorie Blackman

Noughts & Crosses (Noughts & Crosses, #1)

We don’t know for sure that this book isn’t set in the U.S. However, I see it as a book set in the U.K. It’s a wonderful, gripping read with diverse characters and dystopian settings.

Radio Silence- Alice Oseman

Radio Silence

I loved this book. It surpassed Alice’s debut novel for me. Such an interesting concept and really well written.

Hollow Pike- Juno Dawson

Hollow Pike

I thought this was an incredibly atmospheric read.

Undone- Cat Clarke

Undone

This book had me frantically turning the pages and had one hell of an ending!

Trouble- Non Pratt

Trouble

Non Pratt is a fantastic author. I love how raw her books are. This one centres around teenage pregnancy.

Dead Jealous- Sharon Jones

Dead Jealous (Poppy Sinclair, #1)

Poppy Sinclair is one of my favourite YA characters. She’s brilliant in this, very British, YA thriller/mystery.

Fallen Grace- Mary Hooper

Fallen Grace

This book is set in Victorian London. I didn’t expect to fall in love with it as much as I did, but I thought it was a brilliant piece of historical fiction.

Which books have you enjoyed that aren’t set in the U.S? Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

Stacking The Shelves #145

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 Goodreads page!

NetGalley:

Thanks to Hot Key Books/Bonnier

Nothing Tastes As Good Ruby Oliver 1: The Boyfriend List The Boy Book: A Study of Habits and Behaviors, Plus Techniques for Taming Them (Ruby Oliver, #2)  The Yellow Room

Nothing Tastes As GoodClaire Hennessy– I have heard so much about this book, so I snapped up a copy when I was given a chance! This is my next read, for sure!

The Boyfriend List and The Boy BookE. Lockhart- This books have been out for a while, but I assume are being rereleased. They look like quick summer reads, so I decided to get my hands on them!

The Yellow  RoomJess Valance– I love that simple cover. It sounds really intriguing too.

Bought:

I’ve had my eye on these books for a while now…

Crush The Girl in the Blue Coat The Square Root of Summer  Lying About Last Summer Head Over Heels (Geek Girl, #5)

Crush Eve Ainsworth-Ooh, this book has really intrigued me. I really enjoyed Eve Ainsworth’s 7 days and  this book looks like it’s going to be just as gripping. It does deal with an abusive relationship so I think it’s going to be a tough read.

The Girl In The Blue CoatMonica Hesse– I have an interest in reading books set in World War II. This book looks like it’ll be another tough, but important read.

The Square Root Of SummerHarriet Reuter Hapgood– The pretty cover drew me to this book, I have to admit. I have also heard some wonderful things about it, so I look forward to reading this book, this summer!

Lying About Last Summer Sue Wallman– This book seems to be getting a lot of buzz around the blogosphere, so I’m intrigued!

Head Over Heels Holly Smale– I adore the Geek Girl series so I’m excited to get back to that world!

What have you added to your shelves this week? Feel free to leave a link to your posts and I’l stop by! Happy Reading! 😀

Ten Light and Fun Books That May Make You Laugh

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list are our top ten books that will make you laugh or at least chuckle! I don’t often laugh out loud at books, so I decided to go for light and fun reads which will probably raise a smile! Here are the books that I have picked!

(Book images go to Goodreads)

The Undomestic Goddess- Sophie Kinsella

The Undomestic Goddess

Sophie Kinsella’s writing can always make me smile. Mostly because some of what her characters get up to is utterly ridiculous. Sophie’s books are great for something light and fun. They don’t take too much concentration yet they’re interesting enough to capture your attention.

Adorkable- Sarra Manning

Adorkable

I enjoyed this book. It’s light, fun and easy to read. It was another one that made me smile!

Going Vintage- Lindsey Leavitt

Going Vintage

This is another great light read. It’s got some fantastic characters and a relatable plot. It’s about young people reliant on modern technology!

Geek Girl- Holly Smale

Geek Girl (Geek Girl, #1)

Geek Girl is such a great series. I think it’s very feel good. As the series progresses it’s definitely developing much more depth. I love how it embraces geekiness!

A Sudden Crush- Camilla Ilsey

A Sudden Crush

This book is perfect for fans of women’s fiction (okay chick-lit!)  It’s so easy to read.

The Fill In Boyfriend- Kasie West

The Fill-In Boyfriend

If you’re looking for a light, fluffy, contemporary read then Kasie West is a perfect choice.

Since You’ve Been Gone- Morgan Matson

Since You've Been Gone

This book has its sad moments, but mainly it just made me feel warm and fluzzy. We all want that!

The Break Up Artist- Philip Siegel

The Break-Up Artist (Break-up Artist, #1)

I adored this book. I wasn’t expecting to. To be honest, I thought it would be super cheesy, but it wasn’t! It’s light and fun to read.

The Boy In The Dress- David Walliams

The Boy in the Dress

I was pleasantly surprised by this book, which I recently read for part of the kid-lit challenge that I do with my sister Beth. The comparisons to Roald Dahl are utterly justified in my opinion. This book warmed my heart and made me smile!

Born Weird- Andrew Kaufman

Born Weird

This is SUCH a strange book, but well worth exploring. It’s better not knowing a lot about it before you read it. 

What books make you laugh? Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

Top Ten Author Duos I’d Love To See Write A Book

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list is the Top Ten author duos that we’d love to see write a book together. This list was really hard to put together but I’m pleased with who I came up with!

Click on the author’s name to learn more about them.

  1. James Dawson and Non Pratt– this would be hilarious!
  2. James Dawson and Louise O’Neill- a book by these two would be disturbing…
  3. Jane Elson and Emma Carroll– a book by these two would be adorable, that’s for sure.
  4. Giovanna Fletcher and Cecelia Ahern- a magical combination!
  5. Emery Lord and Kasie West–  the perfect contemporary?
  6. Patrick Ness and Andrew Kaufman– well written and weird!
  7. Louise O’Neill and Tanya Byrne– a disturbing book would be produced…
  8. Carmen Reid and Elizabeth Wein- an intriguing historical fiction!
  9. Rowan Coleman and Jojo Moyes– this would be heartbreaking.
  10. Holly Smale and Jenny McLachlan– a fun piece of teenage fiction!

Which duos would you love to see write a book? Feel free to leave a link to your Top Ten post and I’ll stop by!

Geek Girl- All That Glitters (Geek Girl #4)

All That Glitters (Geek Girl, #4)

How did I get it?:
Netgalley- thanks to Harper Collins UK

Previously reviewed by the same author:
Geek Girl
Geek Girl: Model Misfit
Geek Girl: Picture Perfect

Synopsis:

The fourth book in the award-winning GEEK GIRL series. Harriet Manners has high hopes for the new school year: she’s a Sixth Former now, and things are going to be different. But with Nat busy falling in love at college and Toby preoccupied with a Top Secret project, Harriet soon discovers that’s not necessarily a good thing…

Thoughts:

I swear this book is getting better and better as the series progresses. Don’t get me wrong, it was a strong series right from the first book, but as Harriet’s story progresses it’s clear that Holly Smale is a fantastic writer. Her writing is just so easy to read. It’s fun and engrossing. In Harriet, Holly has created a lovable character. She has her flaws but she’s incredibly real and so easy for the younger readers (and those not AS young) to find common ground with.

Don’t expect All That Glitters to be a happy, sparkly book all the way through. There are fun moments and laugh out loud sentences, but it’s also incredibly emotional. Harriet deals with a range of experiences including sudden popularity (something she definitely isn’t used to), more modelling and heartache. It is the heartache that really got to me. Holly writes about it in such a raw manner, with words that completely tore at my heartstrings. I wanted to get inside the book and give Harriet a massive hug.

That’s as far as I think I can go with this review, because one thing I know is that I don’t want to spoil it for those who haven’t read it. All That Glitters is best read with no knowledge of what’s going to happen. It really made an impact on me. I truly believe that this book is the best in the series so far, purely because of the emotional depth!

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

This series gets stronger and stronger with every book!