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!

Lighthousekeeping

Lighthousekeeping

How did I get it?:
I bought it at Mr B’s Emporium of Reading Delights!

Synopsis:

The young orphan Silver is taken in by the ancient lighthousekeeper Mr. Pew, who reveals to her a world of myth and mystery through the art of storytelling. A magical, lyrical tale from one of Britain’s best-loved literary novelists. Pew tells Silver ancient tales of longing and rootlessness, of the slippages that occur throughout every life. One life, Babel Dark’s, a nineteenth century clergyman, opens like a map that Silver must follow, and the intertwining of myth and reality, of storytelling and experience, lead her through her own particular darkness. Stevenson and of the Jekyll and Hyde in all of us, Lighthousekeeping is a way into the most secret recesses of our own hearts and minds. Jeanette Winterson is one of the most extraordinary and original writers of her generation, and this shows her at her lyrical best.

Thoughts:

I was recommended this book at a reading spa and I thought I’d give it a go. I’m not always the biggest fan of literary fiction, but I had heard Jeanette Winterson’s writing was absolutely beautiful. It certainly is. It is lyrical.

This book centres around two main narratives, both set in Scotland. It centres around a lighthouse, a Victorian priest names Babel Dark and Silver, who was orphaned in 1969.

Silver as a narrator is immediately engaging. The opening chapters tells the story of Silver and her mother, who live outside the village on a hill. Their house slopes and furniture has to be nailed to the floor, the dog has shorter back legs than the front. It’s all very vividly described. An accident leaves Silver an orphan and she goes to live with Pew, a blind lighthousekeeper. Pew tells stories and Silver weaves his stories into the ones that she is telling. Historical figures pop up in a real mix of fact and fiction.

This book is unique because it has such a mix of magical, comedy and philosophy. It really wasn’t what I expected but I enjoyed it nevertheless and can’t deny that Jeanette Winterson’s writing is beautiful.

Would I recommend it?:
Yes!

Such lyrical writing, it may not be for everyone but it’s worth taking a look at to sample the writing!

Stacking The Shelves #149- A special haul from Mr B’s Emporium of Reading Delights

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!

This week I went to the wonderful Mr B’s Emporium of Reading Delights in Bath. I had another reading spa with my sister. You can read about our first experience of a reading spa HERE.

Images of the shop

This time around, we had the lovely Amy as our bibliotherapist. Amy made us a cup of tea and then sat down to chat to us about our reading tastes. It was a lovely chat and we found out that our reading tastes were very similar. A wonderful bibliotherapist for us both!

Amy then supplied us with the yummiest cake as she went to collect a pile of books for us to look at. Amy come back with a huge stack of books. She also brought Emma with her (our first bibliotherapist from our first reading spa!) to talk through some books. As Amy knew we were looking into graphic novels, she also brought Ed to speak to us about some graphic novels he thought we might be interested in. All of the staff at Mr B’s are so lovely!

Here are the books we picked up. If you click on the title of the book below the photograph it’ll take you to Goodreads. What I love about this stack is that the majority of books are books we would never have picked up. I can’t wait to read them.

Deathless– Catherynne M.Valente

Lighthousekeeping– Jeanette Winterson

My Name is Lucy Barton– Elizabeth Strout

The Gracekeepers– Kirsty Logan

The Lie Tree– Frances Hardinge

Dreamwalker– J.D Oswald

If I Fall, If I Die– Michael Christie

The Long Way To A Small Angry Planet– Becky Chambers

The Rithmatist– Branden Sanderson

Into The Trees– Robert Williams

The Book Collector– Alice Thompson

Get In Trouble– Kelly Link

Undemajordomo Minor– Patrick DeWitt

The Immortals– S.E. Lister

Hideous Creatures– S.E LisBter

What Is Not Yours Is Yours– Helen Oyeyemi

The Nao of Brown– Glyn Dillon

Massive thanks to Amy for being so lovely and knowledgable about books. The staff at Mr B’s are marvellous. I highly recommend popping into Mr B’s if you’re in Bath in the UK! We will certainly be back…

Visit their website HERE.

What have you added to your shelves this week? Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!