Stacking The Shelves #181

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!

Book images go to Goodreads!

Bought:

Here We Are Now

I absolutely loved Jasmine’s debut novel, so I’m intrigued to read this one!

I Believe in a Thing Called Love

I have heard so many wonderful things about this book. I can’t help but think of The Darkness song when I read this title.

Turtles All the Way Down

I’m so nervous about reading this book because I’m not the biggest John Green fan. However, I’m always willing to give an author another go, so I’ll try read this one soon.

What have you added to your shelves this week? Let me know! Feel free to leave a link to your posts! 🙂

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Ten Gems In Mental Health Literature

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!

Click on the book image to get to the Goodreads page for the book! 🙂

The Silver Linings Playbook- Matthew Quick

The Silver Linings Playbook

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

Lighter Than My Shadow

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

Am I Normal Yet? (The Spinster Club, #1)

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

Reasons to Stay Alive

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

My Heart and Other Black Holes

There are some incredibly poignant moments and memorable sections in this book. I found it incredibly powerful to read.

Belzhar- Meg Wolitzer

Belzhar

I really enjoyed this book despite it having quite mixed reviews. It’s unique and wonderfully written.

Perfect Escape- Jennifer Brown

Perfect Escape

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

The Shock of the Fall

This book doesn’t hold back when exploring mental illness. It’s such an intense, powerful read.

Undone- Cat Clarke

Undone

This book was so moving. It’s ending actually put a lump in my throat.

Highly Illogical Behaviour- John Corey Whaley

Highly Illogical Behavior

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!

End of Year Survey 2015

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This is one of my favourite surveys to do, by one of my favourite bloggers, Jamie from The Perpetual Page Turner/The Broke and The Bookish. For some reason, I hadn’t noticed her post this year, but was pleased to see another blogger do the tag, so of course I jumped on board.

The links either go to my review of the book or Goodreads if I haven’t reviewed it already!

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Number Of Books You Read: 144
Number of Re-Reads: 8
Genre You Read The Most From: Young Adult

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1. Best Book You Read In 2015?

Simon Versus The Homo Sapiens Agenda– Becky Albertalli. This book warmed my heart. I can’t speak highly enough for it!

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

What We Left Behind by Robin Talley. After devouring her debut, I really wanted to like her sophomore novel. I didn’t. I was very disappointed.

 3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?

I didn’t expect to like Cruel Beauty as much as I did. I had heard so many bad things about it that I was expecting not to like it.

 4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?

Still Me Before You. I will ALWAYS push that book.

 5. Best series you started in 2015? Best Sequel of 2015? Best Series Ender of 2015?

Started: Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood

Sequel: The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E.Pearson

Series Ender- Winter by Marissa Meyer

 6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2015?

Becky Albertalli!

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?

Lighter Than My Shadow– Katie Green. My second graphic novel of the year.

 8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?

I Let You Go– Clare Mackintosh

 9. Book You Read In 2015 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

I’m not so sure I’ll re-read a book so soon. I tend to leave it a while in-between!

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2015?

11. Most memorable character of 2015?

Simon (from Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda). I’m totally the heart emoji over that.

 12. Most beautifully written book read in 2015?

My Heart And Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga. I really resonated with this book!

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2015?

Reasons To Stay Alive– Matt Haig

 14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2015 to finally read? 

Rites of Passage– Joy N.Hensley

 15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2015?

“White shouldn’t be the default any more than straight should be the default. There shouldn’t even be a default.” – Err… Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda (again, sorry!)

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2015?

Shortest: Dream A Little Christmas Dream by Giovanna Fletcher- 69 pages

Longest: Winter by Marissa Meyer- 824 pages

 17. Book That Shocked You The Most

The Ice Twins– S.K Tremayne

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)

(OTP = one true pairing if you aren’t familiar)

I’m sorry not sorry- Simon and Blue- Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

I’m going for friendship and I adore the friendship in The Ladybirds series by Jenny McLachlan

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2015 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

Ensnared by A.G Howard

21. Best Book You Read In 2015 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:

The Last Leaves Falling– Sarah Benwell. I’m not sure this book would’ve been on my radar otherwise.

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2015?

I don’t have one! Sad times.

23. Best 2015 debut you read?

Simon Vs…. you get the idea!

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?

I’m loving the worldbuilding in the Throne of Glass series. I read Queen of Shadows this year.

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?

Lily and The Christmas Wish– Keris Stainton. All the cuteness.

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2015?

The Last Leaves Falling- Sarah Benwell

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

Boy In The Tower- Polly Ho-Yen

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

Pig Heart Boy by Malorie Blackman. Highly intriguing but it made such an impact.

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2015?

Born Weird- Andrew Kaufman. It totally lives up to its title!

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?

Hmmm… Those Girls by Lauren Saft. This book just really didn’t sit right with me. At all.

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1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2015?

I haven’t discovered many new book blogs this year, but I need to get on that. I’m looking forward to seeing how Outlook on a Book grows.

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2015?

I liked how I did Reasons To Stay Alive.

3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?

Unhauling Books. I need more discussion posts this year!

4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?

YA Shot by far. I loved being part of a blogger workshop.

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2015?

Continuing to blog even though my life got a hell of a lot busier.

6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?

Balancing it with teaching. I had one day where I almost forgot to schedule a post.

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?

Top Ten Books For Readers That Like Plot Twists.

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

Gracefully Grayson– Ami Polonsky

9. Best bookish discovery (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?

I haven’t really discovered much bookishness this year. A goal for next year?

10.  Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?

I’ve read more of the series that I wanted to and I think by 31st December I should have completed my Goodreads challenge. Fingers crossed!

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1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2015 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2016?

The Accident Season by Moira Fowley Doyle

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2016 (non-debut)?

When We Collided by Emery Lord

3. 2016 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

Underwater by Marisa Reichardt

4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2016?

A Court Of Mist and Fury– Sarah J Maas.

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2016?

Find some sort of schedule that I can keep to for visiting other blogs.

6. A 2016 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone:

This Is Where It Ends– Marieke Nijkamp!

Feel free to leave me a link to your survey if you’ve done it too. I love reading these!

Top Ten Authors Who Have Me Looking Forward To Their Sophomore Novel

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list are the Top Ten authors who have me looking forward to their sophomore novel. Most of these authors are authors I’ve discovered in 2015. Their sophomore novels may even be out yet, but I’m yet to read them… Story of my life!

In no particular order, here they are (click on the book image to get to goodreads!)

Everything, Everything

Everything EverythingNicola Yoon- I adored this book. I thought it was a real page turner. I hope Nicola Yoon has a sophomore novel!

I Let You Go

I Let You GoClare Mackintosh– I thought this was absolutely fantastic. It’s a brilliant thriller. I highly recommend it if you’re into adult thrillers!

My Heart and Other Black Holes

My Heart and Other Black HolesJasmine Warga– This book is so well written. It’s raw and real.

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda- Becky Albertalli- This is hands down one of my favourite books of the year. I adored it!

Pointe

Pointe- Brandy Colbert- I was very impressed by this book too.

The Book of You

The Book Of YouClaire Kendal– Another thriller which I lapped up!

The Last Leaves Falling

The Last Leaves FallingSarah Benwell- A beautifully written debut!

Gracefully Grayson

Gracefully GraysonAmi Polonsky– I’m hoping there will be a sophomore novel from this author too. I really enjoyed her debut novel which was a very important story to tell.

Faking Normal

Faking Normal- Courtney S. Stevens- This was another really raw read, but it’s so well written.

The Lost Girl

The Lost Girl- Sangu Mandanna– I adored this book recently and desperately want to read more from this author!

What authors have you looking forward to their sophomore novel? Let me know! Feel free to leave a link and I’ll stop by!

Ten Books That Celebrate Diversity/Diverse Characters

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list are the Top Ten Books That Celebrate Diversity/Diverse Characters. I could mention so many wonderful books that do this, so it’s been incredibly hard to narrow it down!

Undone- Cat Clarke

Undone

This book has diverse characters and deals with suicide. I was absolutely blown away by this book, especially the ending. Oh my goodness!

A Kiss In The Dark- Cat Clarke

A Kiss in the Dark

There is a big secret involved in this story, but I don’t want to give it away. You’ll just have to read it to see why it’s got diverse characters!

Stronger Than You Know- Jolene Perry

Stronger Than You Know

This book features a wonderful character who goes through so much and grows massively throughout the course of the story. I will always recommend this book!

Golden Boy- Abigail Tarttelin

Golden Boy

This is another diverse and bloomin’ wonderful book. It revolves around an inter-sex character.

Gracefully Grayson- Ami Polonsky

Gracefully Grayson

A beautiful story which deals with prejudice and ignorance!

The Art of Being Normal- Lisa Williamson

The Art of Being Normal

This book was recommended to me by several trusted book bloggers. I could see why. I think it’s a fabulously diverse book which has a transgender character at the heart of the story.

Pointe- Brandy Colbert

Pointe

I absolutely adored this book. The main protagonist is dealing with serious issues. It’s so well written!

My Heart and Other Black Holes- Jasmine Warga

My Heart and Other Black Holes

This book deals with mental health/suicide in an incredibly raw, honest manner.

She Is Not Invisible- Marcus Sedgwick

She Is Not Invisible

Marcus Sedgwick’s book has a character who is living without sight. I think this is a beautifully written book.

Lies We Tell Ourselves- Robin Talley

Lies We Tell Ourselves

This book involves race and LGBT. It’s wonderful.

What are your Top Ten books with diverse characters/diversity? Feel free to leave a link to your top ten post and I’ll stop by!

Top Ten Books I’ve Read So Far in 2015

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list are our Top Ten books that we’ve read so far this year! I have read so many amazing books this year, so I decided to look at the books that I’ve rated highly on Goodreads to help me out!

As ever, the book image goes to Goodreads!

Alison Rattle- The Beloved

The Beloved

I absolutely loved this book. Alison Rattle is a fantastic writer of YA historical fiction. I highly recommend her books.

Pointe- Brandy Colbert

Pointe

I thought Pointe was a beautiful book. A lot deeper and darker than I had anticipated.

The Last Leaves Falling- Sarah Benwell

The Last Leaves Falling

This powerful debut left an impact on me. I thought it was a beautifully written book. It will stay with me for some time.

The Giver- Lois Lowry

The Giver (The Giver, #1)

Yes… I only read this book this year. I can’t believe that I waited so long. I adored it.

Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda- Becky Albertalli

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

I didn’t expect to love this book as much as I did!  It really warmed my heart.

I’ll Meet You There- Heather Demetrios

I'll Meet You There

I love Heather Demetrios! Her books are much more deeper than you’d expect. I felt a range of emotions whilst reading this book!

Under My Skin- James Dawson

Under My Skin

James Dawson is one of my favourites. I love his books and his latest release was wonderfully creepy!

My Heart and Other Black Holes- Jasmine Warga

My Heart and Other Black Holes

I thought this book was an incredible debut! It was an incredibly raw read.

Only Ever Yours- Louise O’Neill

Only Ever Yours

God knows why I took so long to get around to reading this book. I loved it. So freaky and weird, but ever so wonderful too!

Reasons To Stay Alive- Matt Haig

Reasons to Stay Alive

Last but by no means least, the wonderful Reasons To Stay Alive. This is a stunning piece of non fiction documenting Matt Haig’s experiences of depression. It’s such an important book, whether you suffer from depression/anxiety yourself or you simply know someone that does.

What are your Top Ten books that you’ve read so far this year? Let me know! Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

My Heart and Other Black Holes

My Heart and Other Black Holes

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Synopsis:

Aysel and Roman are practically strangers, but they’ve been drawn into an unthinkable partnership. In a month’s time, they plan to commit suicide – together.

Aysel knows why she wants to die: being the daughter of a murderer doesn’t equal normal, well-adjusted teenager. But she can’t figure out why handsome, popular Roman wants to end it all….and why he’s even more determined than she is.

With the deadline getting closer, something starts to grow between Aysel and Roman – a feeling she never thought she would experience. It seems there might be something to live for, after all – but is Aysel in so deep she can’t turn back?

Thoughts:

I had heard such amazing things about My Heart and Other Black Holes. I was worried that I wasn’t going to like it because of that hype monster that often rears its head.

My Heart and Other Black Holes centres around Aysel who is obsessed with plotting her own death. Her father is in jail for a crime that has shocked the town and thus alienated herself from her peers. Aysel knows she’s not strong enough to commit suicide by herself, so she goes online to search for a suicide partner. She finds Roman, who is also suffering from the after effects of a family tragedy. They meet up and decide to be suicide partners. As the day looms Aysel starts to have second thoughts, but Roman seems as keen on the idea as ever.

As you might expect from a book with suicide as subject matter, this book isn’t an ‘easy’ read. The descriptions of depression were so realistic. I really understood why Jasmine Warga used the idea of a black slug to represent depression. I liked that the book wasn’t all doom and gloom though, there were lighter moments of hope which I really appreciated.

I really loved Aysel. I immediately connected with her and understood why she felt the way she did. I really appreciated that she cared about her family and the aftermath of what suicide would do to them. I also loved it when hope for the future began to creep in. The way she was feeling was captured perfectly. It was so sad, but very realistic. Roman was another great character. I could also understand why he was feeling the way he was and why he couldn’t see a way through his problems. I loved the connection they found with one another.

I think Jasmine Warga dealt with this sensitive issue incredibly well. It wasn’t easy to read at times, but it was incredibly well written and compelling!

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

A fantastic, powerful read!