Ten Books That Surprised Me

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It’s all about love of lists, love of literature and bringing bookish people together.

This week’s list is all about the books that surprised us, be it in a good or bad way!

The Good

The Host- Marissa Meyer

The Host (The Host, #1)

I wasn’t the biggest fan of Twilight so I didn’t expect to like The Host as much as I did.

The Giver- Lois Lowry

The Giver (The Giver, #1)

I didn’t expect this book to be a 5 star! It totally was.

The Lovely Bones- Alice Sebold

The Lovely Bones

I thought this book wouldn’t be for me, but I was captivated.

Lord Of The Flies- William Golding

Lord of the Flies

I didn’t like most of the books that I had to read at school so I didn’t expect to like this one.

As I Descended- Robin Talley

As I Descended

I was NOT a fan of What We Left Behind so again, wasn’t expecting to like this one as much as I did.

The Not So Good

The Fault In Our Stars- John Green

The Fault in Our Stars

I always feel bad for not liking John Green, but I just didn’t ‘get’ this book. It wasn’t that I didn’t like it, I did. I just wasn’t blown away.

Girl In Pieces- Kathleen Glasgow

Girl in Pieces

This book was very slow in places.

The Girls- Emma Cline

The Girls

A bit strange! I don’t usually mind strange.

Dumplin’- Julie Murphy

Dumplin' (Dumplin', #1)

I wanted to like it more than I did.

Follow Me Back- Nicci Cloke

Follow Me Back

Great premise, but it didn’t work for me.

How about you? Let me know which books have surprised you! Feel free to leave a link to your list and I’ll stop by!


Wrap Up Post- 5 Potential 5 Stars On My TBR #1

Welcome to my first wrap up post for this little feature inspired by one of my sister’s favourite book-tubers Mercedes from Mercy’s Bookish Musings 

Mercedes posted a video trying to predict which five books would get the five star treatment in her TBR. She then wrapped up with a video to see if her predictions were correct. I picked 5 books that I thought I might give 5 stars and since I have now read them I thought I’d let you know if I was right!

Click on the book image to learn more about the book and the link below the book to find my review!

The Friend

This book got 4 stars from me. It was a little slow in places so I couldn’t give it that 5!

The Names They Gave Us

Ahh, Emery Lord didn’t let me down. I thought this was an incredible, touching read. 5 stars!

Girl in Pieces

I felt like this book was the biggest let down, because of how slow it was. 😦 3 stars!

The Trophy Child

I love me some Paula Daly. This book was incredible, but not quite a 5 star for me. 4 stars!

Dear Bully: Seventy Authors Tell Their Stories

This is such an important book with stories from authors that have been bullied or have bullied themselves. I gave it 4 stars.

So only 1 5 star read out of my predictions! I’m pleased that I did get one right though! I shall do this again as it’s been a lot of fun! 🙂

Girl In Pieces

Girl in Pieces

How did I get it?:
I bought it!


Charlotte Davis is in pieces. At seventeen she’s already lost more than most people lose in a lifetime. But she’s learned how to forget. The broken glass washes away the sorrow until there is nothing but calm. You don’t have to think about your father and the river. Your best friend, who is gone forever. Or your mother, who has nothing left to give you.

Every new scar hardens Charlie’s heart just a little more, yet it still hurts so much. It hurts enough to not care anymore, which is sometimes what has to happen before you can find your way back from the edge.


I knew that this book was going to be a heavy reading experience given its subject matter. It was incredibly tricky to read but so beautifully written. I would definitely give it a trigger warning because I can imagine it would affect many people if they have dealt with the issues raised in this book. Kathleen Glasgow’s story is fantastic at representing realistically how tough it is to live with a mental illness. She did give a glimmer of hope for the character, which I appreciated amongst the darkness.

The story centre around Charlie who is in a bad place. She’s only seventeen but has gone through a lot in her life. She self harms with glass to sooth her pain and feel calm. Each time Charlie cuts her heart gets a little harder. Charlie has to go through a lot to get her back to ‘normal.’

Even though this book is marketed at the Young Adult market, it reads like a lot older. I know teenagers/young adults do struggle with their mental health so it’s not the subject matter, it’s the general feel of it and lack of young adults in the story. Charlie is the only young adult in the story! Even the romantic interest is much older than Charlie.

I struggled a little with the pace of this book. I am usually gripped by books about mental health but this one felt like a chore to get through. There were moments of brilliance which I really appreciated and I felt like some phrases were incredibly relatable. I did appreciate how Charlie wasn’t a perfect character. She kept on making terrible decisions. Life wasn’t instantly easy for her and that’s real life. I do think this is a good book and an important story, it’s just not one that particularly stood out for me.

Would I recommend it?:

Beautifully written, if a little slow!

This Week In Books #89

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!

Book images go to Goodreads!

Dear Bully: Seventy Authors Tell Their Stories Girl in Pieces A Quiet Kind of Thunder

NOW- Dear BullyVarious- I’m really enjoying this collection of stories from authors that have been either bullied or have bullied someone. If I had more time, I probably would’ve finished it by now. It’s easy to read!

THEN Girl In PiecesKathleen Glasgow– This book let me down a little. I was expecting great things but found it to be incredibly slow.

NEXTA Quiet Kind Of ThunderSara Barnard– I’ve heard such good things about this book! I’ve enjoyed Sara Barnard’s previous books, so I have high hopes!

What are you reading this week? Let me know!

Top Ten Books On My Winter TBR (2017)

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list is a TBR list. I love these lists because they give me encouragement to read a book at a certain time! I don’t always keep to them, but on my Autumn/Fall list I managed to read them all! 🙂  These books aren’t necessarily seasonal, just books I want to get around to this Winter.

Click on the book image to get to the Goodreads page for the book! 🙂

The Names They Gave Us- Emery Lord

The Names They Gave Us

I have loved everything that Emery Lord has written so far, but for some reason hadn’t got around to this book yet! That must be rectified!

Girl In Pieces- Kathleen Glasgow

Girl in Pieces

I’ve heard amazing things about this book too. I need to read it this winter.

A Quiet Kind Of Thunder- Sara Barnard

A Quiet Kind of Thunder

I enjoy Sara Barnard’s writing!

Geekerella- Ashley Poston


I have heard wonderful things about this book seeing it raved about all over the blogosphere.

Wait For Me- Caroline Leech

Wait for Me

I’m intrigued by this book!

Watching Edie- Camilla Way

Watching Edie

I had to have a thriller in there somewhere. If you’re a regular reader of my blog, you’ll know I really like them!

Windfall- Jennifer E. Smith


I haven’t read Jennifer E. Smith in a while, so I’m intrigued to see if I still enjoy her writing.

All That She Can See- Carrie Hope Fletcher

All That She Can See

I hear that this is a little magical. I like magical reads.

Literally- Lucy Keating


Not one I know a lot about, but I’m intrigued!

The Girlfriend- Michelle Francis

The Girlfriend

Another thriller. I like to mix genres in a TBR list.

What are you hoping to read this Winter? Let me know! Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

5 Potential 5 Stars On My TBR #1

This post was inspired by my sister, Beth over at Bibliobeth. She was inspired by one of her favourite book-tubers Mercedes from Mercy’s Bookish Musings 

Mercedes posted a video trying to predict which five books would get the five star treatment in her TBR. She then wrapped up with a video to see if her predicts were correct. Like Beth, I’m not going to subject you to a video. No-one wants to see me on a video! But here are the books that I think have potential to get 5 stars from me…

Click on the book image to learn more about the book on Goodreads!

The Friend- Dorothy Koomson

The Friend

I am a huge fan of Dorothy Koomson’s writing and her books thus far have either got 4, 4.5 or 5 stars… so I’m quietly confident.

The Names They Gave Us- Emery Lord

The Names They Gave Us

Emery Lord is one of my favourite writers in the YA genre. I love how her books often have much more depth than you might expect.

Girl In Pieces- Kathleen Glasgow

Girl in Pieces

I have heard amazing things about this book! It looks intense, but I think it could be important.

The Trophy Child- Paula Daly

The Trophy Child

I’m a massive fan of Paula Daly’s writing. I can’t wait to read this one soon!

Dear Bully- Various Authors

Dear Bully: Seventy Authors Tell Their Stories

I have wanted to read this book for ages and I’m hoping it’s worth the wait!

I shall let you know if these books did become 5 stars! Has anyone read any of them? Let me know!

Stacking The Shelves #165

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!


Emmy & Oliver

I have heard such good things about this book, it’s been on my TBR for a while now, I thought it was about time to get a copy!

The Trophy Child

I adore Paula Daly’s writing and some of my favourite bloggers have enjoyed this, so I’m eager to read it as soon as I can.

Girl in Pieces

This is another book that I’ve seen around everywhere and it’s been so positively reviewed! I want to read this soon too… the bookworm struggles.

This One Summer

This graphic novel has been on my radar for a while now. I just had to pick up a copy!

What have you added to your shelves recently? Let me know!