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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Talking about ‘Moving’ with Bibliobeth

Moving

How did I get it?:
I borrowed it from Beth!

Synopsis:

Edwina Spinner has lived in the same house for over fifty years. It used to be a busy, crowded family home but now Edwina lives alone and it has grown too big for her. She has decided to sell it.

The young estate agent who comes to value the house sees potential. Knock down a few walls, add a wet room. ‘People like a project.’ But as Edwina takes him from room to room, she is transported back to her old life as a young mother. Back to her first husband Ollie and their twins, James and Rowena. Back to lies and dark secrets and to a stepson whose name Edwina cannot even bear to speak aloud.

As Edwina’s story unravels she is revealed as a complex and intriguing person. Not just the ‘frail old lady’ trapped in her dated house, but a woman who has lived an extraordinary life, full of love and tragedy. Why is she now so alone? What happened to Edwina’s family all those years ago?

CHRISSI: Did you have any preconceptions of the author prior to reading the book? 

BETH: I was certainly curious about her, especially as it described her background as a comedian and I found myself very pleasantly surprised I have to say! I’m not sure what I expected from the novel before going in but what I got by the time I had finished was a story that went much deeper than your average “women’s fiction.” Perhaps I thought it might be a lighter read… I’m not sure, but I’m really glad that the story was grittier and involved much more emotion than expected. It has made me really want to check out her back catalogue of work.

BETH: The story is told from three different perspectives – Edwina, Fern and Lucas. Which part was your favourite to read and why?

CHRISSI: I really enjoyed reading from Edwina’s perspective. I don’t know if it’s because she’s the first character that I read about or whether it’s just because she was a fantastic, intriguing character. I grew to love her very quickly! I do believe that Jenny created some amazing characters. They were flawed but so interesting to read about.

CHRISSI: What were your first impressions after reading the synopsis of Moving?

BETH: Intrigued, for sure. I liked the idea of re-visiting an old woman’s memories by travelling through each of the rooms in a house and I loved Edwina’s part of the novel because of this.  I always like my reads to have a bit more substance in them and the mention of dark secrets and family drama is a nice little hook to spark my attention. I also have to mention that I don’t think the synopsis does justice to the story that lies within this novel!

BETH: Discuss Lucas’s relationship with his mother and how this differs from the relationship he has with his father and step-mother.

CHRISSI:  It was interesting to read about Lucas’s relationship with his mother, it was incrredibly different, but I don’t want to spoil anything. With his step-mother and father, we saw how horrible he could be. He was incredibly bitter and even though he did begin to make amends, he really did put them through the ringer. It was really intriguing to see Lucas’s secrets come to light. We very much see Lucas as a villain, but we slowly begin to realise why.

CHRISSI: Discuss Edwina and the life that she has experienced.

BETH: Edwina is such a fascinating character. She has lived in this particular house for a long time and each room in her house, even ones she doesn’t tend to go into any more seem to be connected with particular memories. She has had two husbands, twin children and a stepson and her family life has seen more than your average share of drama, tension and sadness. I loved that you could see the young woman that she had been in her personality, sense of humour and independence as an older woman and I warmed to her immediately, instantly wanting to know all about her life and what she had been through.

BETH: This novel has been described as “darkly comic.” Did you enjoy the humour within it?

CHRISSI: I did enjoy the humour in this novel. I think we really needed it otherwise it would have been quite a bleak story. I think the humour gave this novel some much needed light-hearted moments which I appreciated.

CHRISSI: The house is a major symbol in the novel. How is the idea of house and home used in the novel?

BETH: The house almost seemed to be a character in itself, especially the part of the novel where we hear from Edwina’s perspective. When the estate agent comes to value her house, she takes him through each room individually (as you do!) and each room has its own chapter with its own particular memory depending on the objects Edwina sees in there, for example. When we come to the other parts, voiced by Fern and Lucas respectively, house and home seem to be somewhat separated. The house seems to fulfil its functional capacity as just a place where you stay, sleep etc in contrast to home being where your family is. The old saying “home is where your heart is,” is probably a very good tag-line describing this novel!

BETH: Would you read another novel by this author?

CHRISSI: Yes. I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I didn’t expect to like it as much as I did!

Would I recommend it?:

BETH: Of course!

CHRISSI: Yes!

 

This Week In Books #26

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!

Radio Silence Moving One Tiny Lie (Ten Tiny Breaths, #2)

THEN– Radio Silence- Alice Oseman- I really enjoyed Radio Silence which is the second book I’ve read from Alice Oseman. It was different to Alice’s debut. Different in a good way! My review will hopefully be up tomorrow!

NOW– I’m a quarter of the way through Moving by Jenny Eclair. I’m enjoying this book much more than I thought I would. It’s a family drama with secrets lurking and slowly unfolding.

NEXT– I’ll be reading One Tiny Lie next by K.A Tucker. New Adult isn’t usually my thing, but I’m trying to give this series a go. This book is the sequel to Ten Tiny Breaths. 

What are you reading this week? Feel free to leave a link to similar posts that you do, or let me know in the comments!