British Books Challenge 2014: The round up!

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. That’s equal to one book a month.

It’s safe to say that I exceeded this challenge this year.

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Top Ten Books To Read To Get In The Halloween Spirit

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 To Read To Get In The Halloween Spirit.

This list is going to be HARD for me to create as I shy away from scary reads. My imagination just always runs away with itself. So please excuse my rather ‘tame’ list!

As ever, click on the book image to take you to Goodreads!

Hollow Pike

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This book is particularly creepy! I found it very eerie, but so engrossing!

Cruel Summer

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Cruel Summer definitely has a I Know What You Did Last Summer vibe. I loved it!

Say Her Name

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James Dawson does it again with the very creepy Say Her Name. It is based on Bloody Mary. *shudders*

Into The Darkest Corner

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This book is more of a psychological thriller. It’s still pretty disturbing though…if you like a disturbing read!

Follow Me Down

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Tanya Byrne is an amazing writer. This book is mysterious and engaging!

The Drowning

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I don’t recommend this book if you’re experience flooding and horrendously wet weather. Like I was, when I read this… *shudders again*

Cuckoo

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Another warped psychological thriller. I really enjoyed this book!

Dead Silent

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I absolutely love this series! Dead Silent is particularly creepy.

The Girl Who Wasn't There

I read The Girl Who Wasn’t There as part of my feature I do with Luna from Luna’s Little Library.

A book I’m looking forward to reading with a Halloween vibe!

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Alex Bell is a good friend of mine. Her first YA Horror novel is coming out soon in paperback. It is available as an e-book at the moment. It looks and sounds so creepy. I’m pretty sure she thinks I won’t read it… but I will!

What books put you in the Halloween spirit? Feel free to leave a link to your posts and I’ll stop by!

Comparing ‘The Girl Who Wasn’t There’ by Karen McCombie

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Synopsis:

Maisie Hart’s dad has a new job as live-in caretaker of a Victorian secondary school. Finding it hard to make friends, things change when Maisie tells her new classmates about something strange she saw the night before – a girl’s face in the window of a gothic tower. The girls tell Maisie about the ghost of a Victorian pupil rumoured to wander the corridors. One particular student called Kat seems captivated by what Maisie has seen, and – both feeling like outsiders – they quickly become close. One night, though, Maisie comes across a tin box full of photos and notes. It’s plainly decades old, and, squinting at the photos – belonged to a smiling girl who looks exactly like Kat…

Click on the image to get to Luna's blog!

Thoughts before you started reading The Girl Who Wasn’t There?

CHRISSI: I didn’t really know a lot about the book but I was excited to read it, given the synopsis and the lovely cover.

LUNA: I’d previously read Angels Next Door so I knew I’d enjoy this.

What did you think of Maisie?

CHRISSI: I thought Maisie was an adorable character. I easily warmed to her. I thought her friendship with Kat was incredibly endearing. Kat was a great addition to the story.

LUNA: I really liked Maisie, she’d a great narrator. You’re instantly on her side and want to continue reading just because of her.

Best bit?

CHRISSI: I really enjoyed the book as a whole. I thought it was engaging, fun and easy to read!

LUNA: For me the relationship between Maisie and her sister Clem was one of the best things about this book. It feels real, complicated and messy. They love each other but they don’t always like each other. Maisie’s sometimes the wise one, other times Clem really comes through but in the end they pull together.

Worst bit?:

CHRISSI: I found some parts a little predictable, but that’s only a slight criticism. It didn’t affect my enjoyment of the book at all.

LUNA: I thought it took quite a long time to find out what had happened to Maisie at her previous school.

Favourite character / moment?

CHRISSI: When Maisie’s worked out the truth about her friend’s story…

LUNA: Clem and Maisie’s dad’s dating was pretty entertaining. It’s nice to have a good father-figure in a book as I haven’t come across one in quite a while.

Was The Girl Who Wasn’t There what you expected?

CHRISSI: It was better than I expected. I really enjoyed it! A simple, but lovely story.

LUNA: It was, I picked it for Halloween because there is a ghost but I wasn’t expecting any frights. Karen McCombie gave me precisely what I wanted, a nice and sweet story.

Would you recommend it?:

CHRISSI: Of course!

LUNA: Yes

WWW Wednesday #91

WWW Wednesdays is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. Click on the image to get to her blog!

WWW Wednesdays is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. Click on the image to get to her blog!

Welcome to another WWW Wednesday! To participate in WWW Wednesday, you need to answer three questions.

•What are you currently reading?
•What did you recently finish reading?
•What do you think you’ll read next?

Click on the book cover to get to the Goodreads page for the book.

What are you currently reading?

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I’m currently reading The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: The Mysterious Howling. I’ve just started it, so I don’t have many thoughts on it yet. It does look good though!

What did you recently finish reading?

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I am really enjoying the Revenant series by Amy Plum. This is the second book in the series and I’m glad to say, it wasn’t an ‘awkward’ middle book.

What do you think you’ll read next?

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Next up for me is The Girl Who Wasn’t There as part of my Comparing… feature with Luna from Luna’s Little Library! I’m really looking forward to this one!

So what are you reading this week? Feel free to answer the questions or leave your link and I’ll stop by! Happy Reading! 😀