Ten Books I Love But Feel I Haven’t Talked About In A While

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list are ten books we love but feel like we haven’t talked about much recently!

In no particular order here are the books that I picked (images go to Goodreads!)

Second Chance Summer- Morgan Matson

Second Chance Summer

I adore this book. It was the second Morgan Matson book that I read. I wasn’t expecting to love it as I wasn’t a fan of her debut novel, but I’m glad that I was proved wrong.

My Best Friend’s Girl- Dorothy Koomson

My Best Friend's Girl

I didn’t intend to pick another sad book, but this book by Dorothy Koomson is so good! It’s moving and realistic. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

The Name On Your Wrist- Helen Hiorns

The Name on Your Wrist

I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. It centres around Corin who lives in a world where your carpinomen- your soul mate- is marked onto your wrist at an early age.

Slumber- Tamara Blake

Slumber

I don’t recall talking about this book much on my blog, but I should do! Regular readers of my blog will know I love all things fairy tale, so this book was perfect for me!

The Lost Daughter- Diane Chamberlain

The Lost Daughter

This is the first book of Diane Chamberlain’s that I read. I thoroughly enjoyed it. It gripped me from the beginning.

The Boy With The Cuckoo Clock Heart-Mathias Malzieu

The Boy with the Cuckoo-Clock Heart

This book is ever so unique. I know it has mixed reviews, but I thought it was a quick, enjoyable read.

The Historian- Elizabeth Kostova

The Historian

I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. I’m not always a fan of vampire reads, but this book was exceptional!

Jasmyn- Alex Bell

Jasmyn

Another fairy tale-esque read. I absolutely adored this story.

The Bronze Horseman- Paullina Simons

The Bronze Horseman (The Bronze Horseman, #1)

I still have very fond memories of reading this book! It takes a while to get through, but it’s so beautifully written.

Hate List- Jennifer Brown

Hate List

I adore Jennifer Brown’s writing. This book has a place in my heart because it was the first book I read by her! It involves a school shooting- so it is a difficult read!

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

Torn Away

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How did I get it?:
It was a present from my sister, Beth!

Previously reviewed by the same author:
Hate List
Bitter End
Perfect Escape
Thousand Words

Synopsis:

Jersey Cameron has always loved a good storm. Watching the clouds roll in and the wind pick up. Smelling the electricity in the air. Dancing barefoot in the rain. She lives in the Midwest, after all, where the weather is sure to keep you guessing. Jersey knows what to do when the tornado sirens sound. But she never could have prepared for this.

When her town is devastated by a tornado, Jersey loses everything. As she struggles to overcome her grief, she’s sent to live with relatives she hardly knows-family who might as well be strangers. In an unfamiliar place, can Jersey discover that even on the darkest of days, there are some things no tornado can destroy?

In this powerful and poignant novel, acclaimed author Jennifer Brown delivers a story of love, loss, hope, and survival.

Thoughts:

Jennifer Brown is one of my favourite writers. I really like how she writes about ‘issues.’ I hate calling it that, but contentious subjects are often at the forefront of Jennifer Brown’s writing. Readers have had a range of subjects from gun shootings, OCD, domestic violence, sexting and now, the aftermath of a natural disaster.

Torn Away follows Jersey’s life after losing her mother, her sister and her home to a tornado. It starts with a normal day for Jersey, until the tornado hits her hometown. Torn Away looks at the aftermath of a natural disaster and truly tears at the heartstrings as Jersey has to learn to live her life without her family. Jersey is sent to live with her paternal Grandparents, who don’t really want her there and she can tell. Jersey’s life has completely changed and she has to adapt quickly. Jersey seems to be bounced around family members and she just wants some stability back in her life.

I couldn’t put Torn Away down. I was absolutely heart broken for Jersey. I can’t even begin to imagine how you begin to build your life again when something so devastating happens. Nearly all of Jersey’s memories were taken away from her and that must be incredibly tough to deal with. Jennifer Brown’s writing portrayed the loss that Jersey was feeling so well. I really sympathised with Jersey, and wanted her to find some happiness after such a tragic time. Jersey goes through so much throughout this short story, but there’s hope towards the end of the novel. Something to hold onto in an otherwise devastating read!

Would I recommend it?:
Of course- 4.5 stars!

This book packs a punch. A powerful, poignant read!

Ten Characters I Didn’t Click With

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list are the Ten Characters I Didn’t Click With. The characters I have mentioned have been in books I’ve enjoyed, I’ve just not clicked with the characters as much as I wanted to!

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Bella Swan- Twilight

Twilight (Twilight, #1)

I feel like this is going to be a popular choice this week. It may be a predictable choice, but I just can’t help it. Bella Swan is just such an annoying character!

Holden Caulfield- The Catcher In The Rye

The Catcher in the Rye

I do love The Catcher In The Rye but I think Holden Caulfield is a character you either like or dislike and for me… it’s definitely on the dislike side! I found the insights interesting, but he just wound me up!

Alex, Mollie, Veronica- Those Girls

Those Girls

This book is an exception to the whole liking the book but not the characters statement I made earlier. I thought the writing was engaging in this book, but I just could NOT connect with the characters. I disliked them so much and wished they would have had some character development.

Bev- The Disenchantments

The Disenchantments

I liked The Disenchantments but I could not connect with Colby’s love interest Bev. I really didn’t see what he saw in her. She had no redeeming qualities in my eyes!

Ashleigh- Thousand Words

Thousand Words

I adore Jennifer Brown’s writing. I enjoyed this book and although I liked the main character, Ashleigh, I didn’t click with her as much as I wanted to!

Gigi- Smart Girls Get What They Want

Smart Girls Get What They Want

This book was a good light read but I found Gigi, the main character to be totally unlikeable!

Bishop- Hexed

Hexed (The Witch Hunter, #1)

Bishop, the love interest in this book, completely annoyed me. I think I was supposed to find him sexy and mysterious but he just made me cringe!

Sam- Flesh and Blood

Flesh and Blood (Red Eye)

Flesh and Blood was a decent read, but I thought Sam, the main character, came across as a little immature!

Ryan- Tape

Tape

Tape was an interesting book. It was quite slow paced and I felt like I didn’t gel with the main character, Ryan.

Alice- Side Effects May Vary

Side Effects May VaryThis book really divided me. I thought it was good, but at the same time I really didn’t like the main character, Alice. She has so much going on and it’s terrible that she’s suffering with cancer, but unfortunately because of her behaviour I found myself disconnecting with her and disliking her!

What characters have you not clicked with? Feel free to leave a link to your Top Ten post and I’ll stop by!

Top Ten Books Which Feature Characters Dealing With Mental Illness

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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 which feature characters dealing with mental illness. I’ve decided to feature mental illness on my list this week, as I’ve recently been pleasantly surprised with how the topic is represented in literature. I’m not saying that authors always get it right, but it’s an important topic to be explored.

As ever, click on the book image to get to Goodreads.

Undone by Cat Clarke

Undone

I really enjoy Cat Clarke’s books and Undone really impressed and shocked me at the same time. It deals with the aftermath of the main character’s best friend killing himself after being outed as gay.

Wintergirls- Laurie Halse Anderson

Wintergirls

Laurie Halse Anderson is an amazing writer. I truly recommend her books! Wintergirls deals with eating disorders. It’s an incredibly powerful read.

Speak- Laurie Halse Anderson

Speak

Speak is the first book I read from Laurie Halse Anderson. The main character in this book is suffering after a terrible event.

My Heart and Other Black Holes- Jasmine Warga

My Heart and Other Black Holes

This book is about depression and suicide. Handled in a very sensitive manner. Some of the descriptions are so powerful in this book. It really made an impact on me.

The Shock Of The Fall- Nathan Filer

The Shock of the Fall

This is yet another powerful read. The reader learns about the main character’s fall into mental illness. Highly recommended!

The Last Time We Say Goodbye- Cynthia Hand

The Last Time We Say Goodbye

I was really intrigued to see what Cynthia Hand’s contemporary work would be like. I was impressed. This book deals with the consequences of a family member taking their own life.

Perfect Escape- Jennifer Brown

Perfect Escape

In this book, the main character’s brother suffers from OCD. She takes him away from his everyday life and his routines/rituals. They really go on a journey (cheesy, sorry! 😉 ) together. I loved this book!

The Silver Linings Playbook- Matthew Quick

The Silver Linings Playbook

I haven’t seen the movie adaptation but I’ve read the book! It’s so interesting to see the world from the main character’s point of view. A thought provoking book.

Stronger Than You Know- Jolene Perry

Stronger Than You Know

I didn’t expect to love this book as much as I did. The main character suffers from panic attacks admidst other problems. She finds inner strength. I was touched by this book.

Pointe- Brandy Colbert

Pointe

Another beautiful book that completely exceeded my expectations. It deals with the aftermath of an eating disorder and the aftermath of terrible events.

Have you read any of these books? What did you think? What have you picked for your list this week? Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

 

Stacking The Shelves #99 Christmas presents from my sister!

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!

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I received these four books from my sister on Christmas Day. I absolutely love Jennifer Brown’s writing, so I can’t wait to get to Torn Away. I’m also really intrigued by The Falconer. I am so happy to be able to read the next book and the final book in the Noughts and Crosses series by Malorie Blackman.

What did you add to your collection this week? If you celebrate Christmas, was Santa good to you? Feel free to leave a link to your posts and I’ll stop by!

Top Ten Books I Wouldn’t Mind Santa Bringing This Year

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the lovely The Broke and The Bookish. Each week they come up with a list for us to complete. This week it is Top Ten Books I Wouldn’t Mind Santa Bringing This Year. These are books that are on my radar to buy at the end of December, if Santa doesn’t bring me them!

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The Murder ComplexLindsay Cummings– I have heard mixed things about this book, but I do really want to check it out!

The FalconerElizabeth May-Again, mixed opinions on this but I want to give it a go!

Torn AwayJennifer Brown– I love Jennifer Brown’s writing. I can’t wait to continue with it!

Love and Other Foreign WordsErin McCahan– This book has been on my radar for so long! I can’t wait to read it.

Checkmate and Double CrossMalorie Blackman– I know these two will be amazing.

Across The UniverseBeth Revis– Another book that I’ve heard mixed things about. I’m intrigued.

If He Had Been With MeLaura Nowlin-This sounds incredibly intriguing!

Born WickedJessica Spotswood– Love the cover and love the premise for this!

Kiss of DeceptionMary E.Pearson– This book isn’t my usual kind of read, but I’ve heard amazing things!

What have you asked Santa for this year? Let me know! Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

 

 

Top Ten Books I Really Want To Read But Don’t Own Yet

toptentuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is hosted by the lovely The Broke and The Bookish. Each week they come up with a list for us to complete. This week it is Top Ten Books I Really Want To Read But Don’t Own Yet.

Given my TBR pile and wish list I could probably make a top 50 or beyond list! But I’ve limited it to ten that will definitely be in my possession ASAP!

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Night SchoolC.J Daugherty– I have heard so many wonderful things about this series. I really need to get my hands on it!

Truly Madly DeadlyHannah Jayne– This book has been on my wish list for a long time, but for some reason I haven’t got to it yet!

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Love and Other Foreign WordsErin McCahan– I’m hoping to get this book soon! I’ve seen it positively reviewed by a lot of bloggers/vloggers that I follow!

The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place- The Mysterious HowlingMaryrose Wood– This series just really appeals to me, for some reason. I think it would be fun!

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Across The UniverseBeth Revis– I’m very intrigued by this series, so I hope to eventually get around to reading it!

Evidence of Things Not SeenLindsey Lane– This is a 2014 debut that I’m very excited to get my hands on. I think it could be quite original!

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Trust Me, I’m LyingMary Elizabeth Summer- Another 2014 debut that I can’t wait to read. Love the title, love the cover, hopefully I’ll love the book!

Torn AwayJennifer Brown– I’ve read all of Jennifer Brown’s other books, so I’m looking forward to reading Torn Away!

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What I Thought Was TrueHuntley Fitzpatrick– I’ve seen mixed reviews for this book, so of course, I want to make up my own mind!

And We Stay- Jenny Hubbard– I’ve been recommended this book a few times now. It seems extremely dark, but like it’ll be an intense, interesting read as well.

So what books do you want to read that you don’t yet own? Please feel free to leave your link to your posts and I’ll stop by. I feel like this week my TBR is going to GROW!