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!
How did I get it?:
I bought it!
Ben Jewell has hit breaking point. His ten-year-old son Jonah has severe autism and Ben and his wife, Emma, are struggling to cope.
When Ben and Emma fake a separation – a strategic decision to further Jonah’s case in an upcoming tribunal – Ben and Jonah move in with Georg, Ben’s elderly father. In a small house in North London, three generations of men – one who can’t talk; two who won’t – are thrown together.
I heard about this book through the blogosphere. Having taught a few children with autism (and having an austitic child in my new class from September) I do have an interest in stories involving characters with autism. Shtum is a simple but touching story on family life. It’s dark, but a touching and incredibly poignant story.
Shtum follows Ben who is the father of Jonah. Jonah is a severely autistic 10-year-old boy. Jonah requires a lot of care. He’s not toilet trained and barely speaks. Ben and his wife Emma are trying to decide what secondary school would be best for Jonah. It’s a big decision for any parent, but for parent’s of autistic children, it’s complicated. They want the best for their son, understandably. Ben’s life becomes even more complex, when Emma suggests that they separate so Jonah has more of a chance to get into the secondary school of their choice following a tribunal. So Ben moves in with his father. We learn that Ben has never felt loved by his dad, Georg. Shtum really explores the father/son relationship in a raw yet touching way.
Shtum is a moving read. The three characters, Georg, Jonah and Ben grow so much throughout the novel. I absolutely loved the relationship between grandfather and grandson. They clearly adored each other. Ben definitely grew on me as a character. I wasn’t overly fussed with him in the beginning. I think this is because of his bad decisions thus far in his life, but as a reader, we learn that this is down to his lack of self-esteem and belief in himself. I would have liked to read more about Ben’s relationship with his ex-wife Emma, as that was never really explored.
I do think that this is a realistic look at autism. It’s clear that the author has understanding of autism. This book might sound like it’s really depressing, but there are some lighter moments and some humour injected into it which lightens the story a little.
Would I recommend it?:
Yes!- 3.5 stars
A touching read about family!
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!
As ever, click on the book image to get to Goodreads!
NOW–Shtum– Jem Lester– I’m currently just over 100 pages through this book. It’s a book about a boy with autism. It’s so dark, but at the same time there’s some humour which is needed for light relief!
THEN– The One We Fell In Love With– Paige Toon– I love Paige Toon’s writing. She’s one of my favourite ‘chick-lit’ writers. Her books are often deeper than your average chick-lit. This one had a twist in it that I didn’t see coming!
NEXT– Cuckoo– Keren David– This is another book which features an autistic character.I’m intrigued to read this one!
What are you reading this week? Feel free to let me know in the comments or leave a link to your posts. Happy Reading! 😀
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!
For some reason this book completely escaped my attention. I love the author’s wonderfully unique books. I want to say thanks to Lauren for bringing this one to my attention!
This is another book that came to my attention via another blogger. Thanks to Hayley for the recommendation. This book looks fantasically diverse which is my sort of thing!
What have you added to your shelves this week? Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by! Happy Reading 🙂