Round Up of British Books Challenge 2017

The British Books Challenge is hosted by Michelle at Tales of Yesterday. Find out more about it HERE.

The British Book Challenge was set up to show support for British Authors. By signing up I promised to read at least 12 books by British Authors. I smashed it once again this year by reading 63 books by British Authors.

Here are 2017’s efforts!

  1. The One Memory of Flora Banks– Emily Barr
  2. Paper Butterflies– Lisa Heathfield
  3. We Come Apart– Sarah Crossan and Brian Conaghan
  4. How Hard Can Love Be?– Holly Bourne
  5. Disclaimer– Renee Knight
  6. Margot & Me– Juno Dawson
  7. The Trouble With Goats and Sheep– Joanna Cannon
  8. The Witchfinder’s Sister– Beth Underdown
  9. London Belongs To Us– Sarra Manning
  10. The Cuckoo Sister– Vivian Alcock
  11. The Curious Incident of The Dog In The Night-Time– Mark Haddon
  12. The One– John Marrs
  13. Mad Girl– Bryony Gordon
  14. Lie With Me– Sabine Durrant
  15. Pilot Jane and The Runaway Plane– Caroline Baxter
  16. Fish Boy- Chloe Daykin
  17. Awful Auntie– David Walliams
  18. The Last Beginning- Lauren James
  19. Girlhood– Cat Clarke
  20. One Italian Summer- Keris Stainton
  21. Release- Patrick Ness
  22. Unboxed- Non Pratt
  23. Follow Me– Angela Clarke
  24. Watch Me– Angela Clarke
  25. Trust Me– Angela Clarke
  26. Truth Or Dare– Non Pratt
  27. I See You- Clare Mackintosh
  28. Blood Sisters– Jane Corry
  29. The Prime Minister’s Brain- Gillian Cross
  30. The Nearest Faraway Place– Hayley Long
  31. The Graces– Laure Eve
  32. Miss You– Kate Eberlen
  33. Damage– Eve Ainsworth
  34. Indigo Donut– Patrice Lawrence
  35. Gone Without A Trace– Mary Torjussen
  36. Her Husband’s Lover– Julia Crouch
  37. He Said/She Said– Erin Kelly
  38. Cartes Postales from Greece– Victoria Hislop
  39. Fortunately, The Milk– Neil Gaiman
  40. Good Me, Bad Me– Ali Land
  41. The Scarecrow Queen– Melinda Salisbury
  42. Charlotte Says– Alex Bell
  43. Close To Me– Amanda Reynolds
  44. Coraline- Neil Gaiman
  45. The House– Simon Lelic
  46. The Betrayals- Fiona Neill
  47. The Trophy Child– Paula Daly
  48. Saffy’s Angel– Hilary McKay
  49. Behind Closed Doors- B.A Paris
  50. No Virgin– Anne Cassidy
  51. No Shame– Anne Cassidy
  52. Then She Was Gone– Lisa Jewell
  53. The Treatment– C.L Taylor
  54. Letters From The Lighthouse– Emma Carroll
  55. Black Hearts In Battersea– Joan Aiken
  56. The Polar Bear Explorers’ Club- Alex Bell
  57. 13 Minutes– Sarah Pinborough
  58. The Hours Before Dawn– Celia Fremlin
  59. Noah Can’t Even– Simon James Green
  60. Witch Child- Celia Rees
  61. The Friend– Dorothy Koomson
  62. A Quiet Kind Of Thunder– Sara Barnard
  63. Finding Jennifer Jones– Anne Cassidy
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Top Ten Autumnal Covers

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list is a cover list. We all like an appealing cover. We can’t get away from that!

Here are some pretty Autumn/Fall covers that caught my eye. They may not look like an Autumn cover, but they’d make me want to read them Autumn if that makes sense.

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Hollow Pike

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)

To Kill a Mockingbird

Rebecca

The Catcher in the Rye

Watership Down (Watership Down, #1)Forever (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #3)

Little Women (Little Women, #1)

The Accident Season

The Bronze Horseman (The Bronze Horseman, #1)

These book covers just give me a colder weather, snuggled up inside with a good book vibe!

How about you? What did you pick this week? Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

Top Ten Books I’ve Read So Far In 2017

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list are the Top Ten Books We’ve Read So Far This Year. I had quite a challenge to pick 10!

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

The Book Collector- Alice Thompson

The Book Collector

This book is so unusual but so good at the same time!

The Last Beginning- Lauren James

The Last Beginning (The Next Together, #2)

I love Lauren James! Her writing is brilliant.

The Upside of Unrequited- Becky Albertalli

The Upside of Unrequited

This sophomore novel did not let me down. I love Becky Albertalli!

George- Alex Gino

George

So cute and incredibly easy to read.

My Lady Jane- Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, Jodi Meadows

My Lady Jane: The Not Entirely True Story

A very unique read! It made me laugh out loud.

Baby Doll- Hollie Overton

Baby Doll

A fab thriller.

We Come Apart- Sarah Crossan and Brian Conaghan

We Come Apart

I’m enjoying Sarah Crossan’s writing! I loved this book.

Letters To The Lost- Brigid Kemmerer

Letters to the Lost

My second experience of Brigid Kemmerer went well.

Awful Auntie- David Walliams

Awful Auntie

Love David Walliams. This one was darker than I had anticipated.

Margot & Me- Juno Dawson

Margot & Me

Another favourite author of mine. I really enjoyed this book!

What’s on your list this week? Feel free to leave me a link to your Top Ten posts and I’ll stop by!

Margot & Me

Margot & Me

How did I get it?:
I received a copy from Hot Key Books/Bonnier- big thanks to them!

Synopsis:

Sometimes love has to cross all kinds of barriers . . .

Fliss is on the way to visit her grandmother in Wales – the grandmother who she doesn’t get on with – with her mother who is recuperating from chemotherapy. But her mum is getting better, that’s the main thing, so Fliss can concentrate on being grouchy and not looking forward to meeting her grandmother Margot, who is so cold and always so unforgiving of Fliss’s every mistake . . . But when the six months is up, Fliss consoles herself, she and her mum will go back to London and back to Real Life!

In the meantime Fliss needs to get used to her new school, not upset the scary girls, and just keep her head down (whilst still making sure that everybody knows she is from London, of course). Then Fliss discovers a diary at the back of her bookcase. It is from the 1940s and is set in World War II, and, Fliss realises, is actually Margot’s diary from when she was a young woman during the Blitz. Intrigued, Fliss begins to read. There she discovers a whole new side to Margot, a wartime romance and also Margot’s deepest, most buried secret. And it is then that Fliss discovers something terrible in her own life that she is going to have to come to terms with…

Previously reviewed by Juno Dawson (under James Dawson):
Hollow Pike
Cruel Summer
Say Her Name
This Book Is Gay
Under My Skin
All Of The Above
Mind Your Head

Thoughts:

I’m a big fan of Juno’s writing, so I was happy to get a copy of her new book! Margot & Me feels slightly different to the author’s previous books, but it’s wonderful all the same. I always know I’m getting a decent read when I pick up a Juno book and this book didn’t let me down.

It centres around Fliss who lives in London. Fliss and her mother move to her grandmother Margot’s farm in Wales for some rest. Fliss hates the country life but her mother needs some time to recuperate as she is in remission from cancer. Life is very dull until Fliss finds a wartime journal. It belongs to her grandmother. Fliss finds herself getting to know her grandmother in a way that she never expected. Margot used to live in London but was evacuated to Wales after the Blitz. Fliss is desperate to find something incriminating in the journal, but she finds herself bonding with the young Margot.  The journal excites Fliss. There’s so much intrigue, friendship, mystery and romance, made even more intense by the war going on at the time. Fliss is engrossed and really immerses herself in her grandmother’s past.

I absolutely loved this book because it had an incredible amount of depth. There was some humour as well which was much needed in a very emotional story. I loved the detail to the eras, especially the mention of some ’90s gems. I felt like I got a great sense of young Margot’s era as well due to the journal entries which were a fabulous addition to the story.

Margot & Me really touched me. It had such lovely moments throughout and it didn’t take me long to devour. Yay for Juno Dawson, I say!

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

Another fantastic book by Juno Dawson! Highly recommended. 

This Week In Books #50

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!

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Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out Margot & Me Prince Caspian (Chronicles of Narnia, #2)

NOW– Beyond Magenta- Transgender Teens Speak Out- Susan Kuklin- This book is being read as part of the Banned Books feature that I do with my sister Beth. Look out for our review on Monday!

THEN– Margot & Me- Juno Dawson- I really enjoyed this story. It was deeper than you might think from looking at the cover.

NEXT– Prince Caspian- C.S. Lewis- This book is the kid-lit choice for January. I don’t think I ever read Prince Caspian so I’m intrigued to see what I make of it.

What are you reading this week? Feel free to let me know below or leave a link to a similar post that you do. Happy Reading!

This Week In Books #49

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!

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Margot & Me I'm Traveling Alone (Holger Munch & Mia Kruger, #1) Don't Look Behind You

NOW– Margot and Me- Juno Dawson- I am just about to start this book by Juno Dawson. I’m excited to read it as I always enjoy Juno’s work. I also love the authors that are quoted on the front cover!

THEN– I’m Traveling Alone- Samuel Bjork- I finished this book last night. It’s the next book in the ‘Talking About…’ feature that I do with my sister Beth. Our review will be coming up within the next few days.

NEXT– Don’t Look Behind You- Mel Sherratt- I didn’t realise this was a series, but I’m hoping that it stands alone quite well! We’ll see…

What are you reading this week? Please feel free to leave a link to a similar post that you do and I’ll stop by later! Happy Reading! 😀

Stacking The Shelves #156

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!

Received from Hot Key Books

Margot & Me

I absolutely love Juno’s writing, so I’m so intrigued to read this book. I aim to read it within the next week or so!

Bought:

Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass, #5)

I do really want to read this book and I can’t believe that I haven’t yet, but I’m concerned that it’s such a beast at nearly 700 pages! A current almost 600 page read has taken me nearly a week as I’m so busy! I do intend to read it this year though.

The Graces (The Graces, #1)

I have been intrigued by this book by so long that it was time to pick up a copy. I hope to prioritise this book soon!

Lyrebird

I love Cecelia Ahern and have heard such wonderful things about this book. It’s time to add it to my collection…

What have you added to your shelves this week? Let me know! Feel free to leave a link to your haul and I’ll stop by. Happy Reading!