Days Of Wonder

Days of Wonder

How did I get it?:
NetGalley thanks to Little, Brown Book Group

Previously reviewed by the same author:
A Boy Made Of Blocks

Synopsis:

Tom, single father to Hannah, is the manager of a tiny local theatre. On the same day each year, he and its colourful cast of part-time actors have staged a fantastical production just for his little girl, a moment of magic to make her childhood unforgettable.

But there is another reason behind these annual shows: the very first production followed Hannah’s diagnosis with a heart condition that will end her life early. And now, with Hannah a funny, tough girl of fifteen, that time is coming.

Hannah’s heart is literally broken – and she can’t bear the idea of her dad’s breaking too. So she resolves to find a partner for Tom, someone else to love, to fill the space beside him.

While all the time Tom plans a final day of magic that might just save them both.

Thoughts:

I was a massive fan of Keith Stuart’s debut novel A Boy Made Of Blocks. I thought it was absolutely sensational, so when I noticed his second novel up for grabs on NetGalley, I just had to go for it. I really enjoy Keith Stuart’s writing. He’s clearly a very talented writer because Days Of Wonder is another brilliant novel. It’s emotional and heart-warming at the same time. Days Of Wonder is narrated by Tom and his daughter Hannah. They take alternate chapters. I absolutely loved this narration!

Tom is a single father devoted to his daughter Hannah and his job as theatre manager. Hannah was diagnosed with a serious heart condition when she was younger. She’s now fifteen and mature beyond her young years. The story starts after Hannah’s diagnosis at five. For her fifth birthday, an amateur dramatic group put on a fairy tale for her outside her window. This leads to a tradition of a fairy tale for every birthday that follows. Days of Wonder follows Tom and Hannah through tough times. Hannah’s desperate for her father to have someone by his side when she leaves him. 😦 It’s heart-breaking!

Keith Stuart really has a way of making me feel for the characters. I immediately adored Tom and Hannah, however, there are so many other brilliant characters in this story. There was an older lady named Margaret who Hannah was very close to. I loved her anecdotes and how she would talk to Hannah about anything… including death. Hannah’s friends were lovable as well. They were always there for her. Hannah is a very special girl, she realises that her life is so fragile and doesn’t want to plan for the future, instead she puts her energy into ensuring her father is looked out for. I loved how she was desperate for her father to be happy.

I knew this book was going to be emotional, but I didn’t expect to be as invested in the story as I was. I loved seeing Hannah grow as a character and her father grew too. He learnt to be less overprotective despite his child’s life being so fragile. It may seem like a really depressing story, but I think its sweetness and the way it really makes you feel grateful for everything that you have really makes the book reach new heights.

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

A beautiful book that both breaks and warms your heart!

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Looking Ahead- This Month’s TBR List (June)

I mainly had hits in the month of May with only one book not read from my TBR list. June is a busy month at my work, so I’m not expecting too much from my June reading. Of course, there are some of my usual reads for the regular feature that I do and some June ARCs that I will have out as well.

Here’s my tentative TBR list for June! Thanks to Tina over at Reading Between The Pages for hosting!

(Book images go to Goodreads!)

Days Of Wonder- Keith Stuart

Days of Wonder

Goodreads Synopsis:

Tom, single father to Hannah, is the manager of a tiny local theatre. On the same day each year, he and its colourful cast of part-time actors have staged a fantastical production just for his little girl, a moment of magic to make her childhood unforgettable.

But there is another reason behind these annual shows: the very first production followed Hannah’s diagnosis with a heart condition that will end her life early. And now, with Hannah a funny, tough girl of fifteen, that time is coming.

Hannah’s heart is literally broken – and she can’t bear the idea of her dad’s breaking too. So she resolves to find a partner for Tom, someone else to love, to fill the space beside him.

While all the time Tom plans a final day of magic that might just save them both.

I am really looking forward to reading this book after thoroughly enjoying Keith Stuart’s debut.

The Weight Of A Thousand Feathers- Brian Conaghan

The Weight of a Thousand Feathers

Goodreads Synopsis:

`Child experts will tell you that I’m way too young to carry such a burden of responsibility on my tender shoulders. But really, what do they know?’ Who is Bobby Seed? He’s just your average sixteen-year-old – same wants, same fears, same hang-ups. Dull, dull, dull. But then there’s the Bobby Seed who’s a world away from average. The Bobby Seed who has to wipe his mum’s backside, sponge her clean three times a week, try to soothe her pain. The Bobby Seed whose job it is to provide for his younger brother, Danny, to rub his back when he’s stressed and can only groan and rock instead of speak. That’s Bobby Seed. Same, same, same, yet different, different, different …

I am so intrigued by this book. I have read another by Brian Conaghan and was impressed!

The Dead Ex- Jane Corry

Goodreads Synopsis:

He said in sickness and in health. But after Vicki was attacked at work and left suffering with epilepsy, her husband Daniel left her for his mistress.

So when Vicki gets a call one day to say that he’s gone missing, her first thought is ‘good riddance’. But then the police find evidence suggesting that Daniel is dead. And they think Vicki had something to do with it.

What really happened on the night of Daniel’s disappearance? 
And how can Vicki prove her innocence, when she’s not even sure of it herself?

I enjoy Jane Corry’s writing. I am eagerly anticipating this one!

The Face On The Milk Carton- Caroline B. Cooney

The Face on the Milk Carton (Janie Johnson, #1)

Goodreads Synopsis:

The face on the milk carton looks like an ordinary little girl: hair in tight pigtails, a dress with a narrow white collar, a three-year-old who was kidnapped more than twelve years ago from a shopping mall in New Jersey.

As fifteen-year-old Janie Johnson stares at the milk carton, she feels overcome with shock. She knows that little girl is she. But how could it be true?

Janie can’t believe that her loving parents kidnapped her, until she begins to piece together clues that don’t make sense. Why are there no pictures of Janie before she was four? Her parents have always said they didn’t have a camera. Now that explanation sounds feeble. Something is terribly wrong, and Janie is afraid to find out what happened more than twelve years ago.

In this gripping page-turner, the reader will unravel — as Janie does — the twisted events that changed the lives of two families forever.

I have had this book on my radar for some years now, but I never got around to it. Hence it being on this month’s Beth and Chrissi Do Kid-Lit Challenge. 

Brave New World- Aldous Huxley

Brave New World

Goodreads Synopsis:

Far in the future, the World Controllers have created the ideal society. Through clever use of genetic engineering, brainwashing and recreational sex and drugs, all its members are happy consumers. Bernard Marx seems alone harbouring an ill-defined longing to break free. A visit to one of the few remaining Savage Reservations, where the old, imperfect life still continues, may be the cure for his distress…

Huxley’s ingenious fantasy of the future sheds a blazing light on the present and is considered to be his most enduring masterpiece.

Can you believe I’ve never read this book? I’m looking forward to it as part of the Banned Books feature that I do with Beth every last Monday of the month.

Have you read any of these books? What did you make of them? Let me know!

This Week In Books #113

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!

Little Liar A Thousand Perfect Notes Days of Wonder

NOWLittle LiarJulia Gray– I’ve just started this book which I was totally intrigued by when I saw it on NetGalley. I’ve only read a chapter so it’s early days, but it certainly sounds good.

THENA Thousand Perfect NotesC.G Drews– I don’t know if you know this author’s blog (Cait at Paper Fury) but this book is her debut novel. Oh my goodness, I was absolutely captivated by it. My review is out later today, so please check back for it, if you’re interested. Spoiler- I gave it 5 stars!

NEXTDays Of WonderKeith Stuart– I am really looking forward to reading this book, having loved the author’s debut novel. I have heard wonderful things about it already.

These reviews will appear on my blog soon, due to all of them being advanced reading copies. I aim to have all of them reviewed by the first week in June. 

What are you reading this week? Let me know!

Top Ten Books For Those Who Want To Read British Authors!

Oh how I’ve missed Top Ten Tuesday! It’s back today after a mini break. Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list are the Top Ten Books for a certain person or subject. I decided to promote those British Authors I love so much. Here are a selection!

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

Orangeboy- Patrice Lawrence

Orangeboy

I loved Patrice’s debut novel which centres around drugs, gangs, friendship and family. It’s well worth a read.

Indigo Donut- Patrice Lawrence

Indigo Donut

I recently read and adored this book which is another heart-warming family read. I gave this one five stars.

The Next Together- Lauren James

The Next Together (The Next Together, #1)

I didn’t expect to like this book as much as I did. Packed full of time travel which isn’t usually my thing!

Mad Girl- Bryony Gordon

Mad Girl

I enjoyed this memoir about the author’s experience with mental health!

The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night Time- Mark Haddon

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

I absolutely adored this book. So unique and special.

Am I Normal Yet?- Holly Bourne

Am I Normal Yet? (The Spinster Club, #1)

Another mental health story… not intentional but wonderful all the same. I love Holly Bourne’s writing.

Paper Butterflies- Lisa Heathfield

Paper Butterflies

Such an intense read!

Infinite Sky- C.J Flood

Infinite Sky (Infinite Sky, #1)

A beautiful read!

The Wolves Of Willoughby Chase- Joan Aiken

The Wolves of Willoughby Chase (The Wolves Chronicles, #1)

I only discovered this book last year! I absolutely lapped it up. A stunning piece of children’s literature.

A Boy Made Of Blocks- Keith Stuart

A Boy Made of Blocks

Oops, another book featuring a character on the autistic spectrum. This one is WONDERFUL and I can’t recommend it enough. A raw account of the main character’s struggle with his son.

Have you read any of these books? Have any caught your eye? Let me know! Feel free to leave a link to your posts and I’ll stop by!

Top Ten Books I Wish Had Sequels

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list are Ten Books We Wish Had More…. I decided to go slightly off theme and go for Top Ten Books I Wish Had Sequels. I think some books are best as standalones but there are a few books that I grew very attached to that I desperately wanted more from.

I did this post back in 2013 and there are definitely some new additions to it!

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

A Boy Made Of Blocks- Keith Stuart

A Boy Made of Blocks

This book has such a special place in my heart. I’d love to see how the story continued for the family.

The Lost Girl- Sangu Mandanna

The Lost Girl

When I read this book I thought it was a gem. It really surprised me and made me want more!

The Statistical Probability of Love At First Sight- Jennifer E. Smith

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight

Such a cute read. I’d love to see how their story continued.

Eleanor & Park- Rainbow Rowell

Eleanor & Park

Just because! It’s my favourite Rainbow Rowell book.

Lola and The Boy Next Door- Stephanie Perkins

Lola and the Boy Next Door (Anna and the French Kiss, #2)

I know that Lola isn’t a favourite of many bloggers, but it was my favourite in the companion series. I LOVED Lola as a character and would love to know more.

Speak- Laurie Halse Anderson

Speak

A very memorable read. I wish I could know more about how things progressed with the main protagonist.

The Distance Between Us- Kasie West

The Distance Between Us

Just a chance to read more about this cute relationship would be good enough for me!

Golden- Jessi Kirby

Golden

I adored this book. Such quotable moments and I’d love to see how life continued!

Gone Girl- Gillian Flynn

Gone Girl

I don’t know if a sequel would ruin this book but I find myself wondering what the characters would do next!

Saving June- Hannah Harrington

Saving June

I had this book on my list in 2013 and I’m still intrigued as to how Harper’s doing!

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

Ten Underrated Books That I’ve Read In The Past Year Or So

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. For this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, it’s all about underrated or hidden gems that we’ve read within the last year or so.

Some of these have got some good ratings on Goodreads but I don’t feel I see them around enough for how good they are!

For the Goodreads page, please click on the book image!

A Boy Made Of Blocks- Keith Stuart

A Boy Made of Blocks

I don’t know if I’ll ever stop promoting this book wherever I can. I thought it was an absolutely beautiful read which explores the relationship between a father and his child who has autism. It’s much more than just about relationships. It’s a stunning read and I can’t recommend it highly enough!

Strange Star- Emma Carroll

Strange Star

Emma Carroll is another great writer who I wish more people read! 🙂 This is because I think her writing is so impressive. I always feel like I’m inside the story. This story is inspired by the creation of Frankenstein!

Dead Romantic- C.J. Skuse

Dead Romantic

Such a unique story. It’s about a girl who wants to create her perfect boyfriend from dead parts of others…

Crush- Eve Ainsworth

Crush

This book is incredibly raw. It centres around an abusive teenage relationship!

Orangeboy- Patrice Lawrence

Orangeboy

I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this book!

V is for Violet- Alison Rattle

V for Violet

Alison Rattle’s books are always underrated in my opinion.

The Next Together- Lauren James

The Next Together (The Next Together #1)

I know that this book has received mixed reviews, but I really hope people aren’t put off by it!

The Haunting- Alex Bell

The Haunting

Everyone’s all about the author’s book Frozen Charlotte which is awesome, but I prefer The Haunting.

Between The Notes- Sharon Huss Roat

Between the Notes

I really enjoyed this contemporary YA read.

Born Weird- Andrew Kaufman

Born Weird

A very unusual, unique read!

What are your underrated or hidden gems that you’ve read recently? Feel free to leave a link to your Top Ten post and I’ll stop by!

Top Ten Favourite Reads of 2016

toptentuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. For this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, it’s all about highlighting the wonderful reads of 2016. I’ve had quite a few of these this year, so it was tricky to narrow it down. Here are some of the amazing books I read this year!

For the Goodreads page, please click on the book image!

A Boy Made Of Blocks- Keith Stuart

A Boy Made of Blocks

I didn’t expect to like this book as much as I did. It was incredible.

Crush- Eve Ainsworth

Crush

A very intense read but so worthwhile. It might look like a cute read, but it really isn’t. It’s dark.

Highly Illogical Behaviour- John Corey Whaley

Highly Illogical Behavior

This is the first of this authors that I have read and I will be definitely checking out the rest of his releases.

The Rest Of Us Just Live Here- Patrick Ness

The Rest of Us Just Live Here

It’s Patrick Ness. Enough said.

One- Sarah Crossan

One

Easily one of my favourites of this year. So moving.

The Boy In The Dress- David Walliams

The Boy in the Dress

A wonderful book!

V Is For Violet- Alison Rattle

V for Violet

Alison Rattle can do no wrong in my eyes. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

Made You Up- Francesca Zappia

Made You Up

I thought I may have overhyped this book, but it was just as brilliant as I had anticipated.

It Ends With Us- Colleen Hoover

It Ends with Us

I was worried after not enjoying Confess as much as Colleen’s previous books, but I really enjoyed this one!

Son-Lois Lowry

Son (The Giver Quartet, #4)

A brilliant ending to The Giver quartet! This tied up a lot of the series for me.

What have been your favourite reads this year? Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by! May 2017 be full of amazing reads too!