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!

Cuckoo

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

Previously reviewed by the same author:

Synopsis:

He’s a household name . . . without a home

Jake is an actor, a household name thanks to his role on the UK’s most popular soap. But his character went upstairs to his bedroom six months ago and never came down again, and now Jake is facing an uncertain future. Add to that his dad’s anger issues, the family’s precarious finances and the demands of a severely autistic brother; Jake’s home feels like a powder keg waiting to explode. It’s easier to spend nights on friends’ sofas and futons, but what happens when you feel like a cuckoo in every nest?

Thoughts:

I have come to expect that Keren David’s books have much deeper subject matter than you might expect. Cuckoo is no exception. It involves family drama, homelessness and a character with severe autism. I think this book is going to divide its readers as it is quite different in narration. I think you’re either going to get on with it or not. I did read this book until the end, but the narration does take a while to get used to.

Cuckoo centres around sixteen-year-old Jake who has been on a popular TV soap for quite some time. When Jake was no longer in the script he began to feel very uneasy. The story follows transcripts of Jake’s YouTube account. He sets it up in order to film dramatised accounts of something that happened in Jake’s past which led to the soap opera being cancelled. From the beginning, we just know that Jake had done something.

I think what gives this book some extra intrigue is that Jake is such an unreliable narrator. I wasn’t sure whether to trust in him or not. The comments following the transcript of the video also add to the unreliable narration. Who is the reader supposed to believe? The people that are portrayed in the videos also comment on the YouTube comments. They’re determined to defend themselves, it confused me. I wanted to know what was going on and who was telling the truth. I did enjoy the transcripts, but I feel it would have been good to have different forms of narration in-between.

This is another book where it would ruin it to give too much away about the plot. It may not be for everyone, but I think it’s worth giving it a go to see if it’ll work for you.

Would I recommend it?:
Yes!

It wasn’t what I expected but it was enjoyable!

This Week In Books #39

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!

Shtum The One We Fell in Love With Cuckoo

NOWShtumJem Lester– I’m currently just over 100 pages through this book. It’s a book about a boy with autism. It’s so dark, but at the same time there’s some humour which is needed for light relief!

THENThe One We Fell In Love With Paige Toon– I love Paige Toon’s writing. She’s one of my favourite ‘chick-lit’ writers. Her books are often deeper than your average chick-lit. This one had a twist in it that I didn’t see coming!

NEXTCuckoo Keren David– This is another book which features an autistic character.I’m intrigued to read this one!

What are you reading this week? Feel free to let me know in the comments or leave a link to your posts. Happy Reading! 😀

Stacking The Shelves #147

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!

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

Bought

On the Other Side

I preordered Carrie Hope Fletcher’s On The Other Side. I am really intrigued by this book and hope to read it ASAP!

NetGalley:

Cuckoo

This book sounds fascinating. It explores family life and fitting in to the world. I will be reading it within the next week as it’s due for release in early August.

The Homecoming

This is another book that sounds amazing. It’s another difficult family life tale. The synopsis immediately grabbed me.

What have you added to your shelves this week? Feel free to leave a link to your posts. Happy Reading! 😀

This Is Not A Love Story

This is Not a Love Story

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Previously reviewed by the same author:
Salvage

Synopsis:

Kitty dreams of a beautiful life, but that’s impossible in suburban London where her family is haunted by her father’s unexpected death. So when her mum suggests moving to Amsterdam to try a new life, Kitty doesn’t take much persuading. Will this be her opportunity to make her life picture perfect?

In Amsterdam she meets moody, unpredictable Ethan, and clever, troubled Theo. Two enigmatic boys, who each harbour their own secrets. In a beautiful city and far from home, Kitty finds herself falling in love for the first time.

But will love be everything she expected? And will anyone’s heart survive?

Thoughts:

I had previously read Salvage by Keren David, so I knew when I picked up this book that it would be a decent read. I had heard a little bit of buzz about this book, before I bought it at YALC 2015. I’m glad I picked this book up, because I much preferred it to Salvage. 

This Is Not A Love Story centres around three main characters Kitty, Theo and Ethan. Kitty and Theo have recently moved to Amsterdam and they meet at school, they also meet Ethan, who isn’t the happiest of people… The story follows a love triangle, but it’s a love triangle that you can believe in. I didn’t find it too grating, and regular readers of my blog will know I’m not a fan of love triangles…

I also really enjoyed the storyline in this book. I liked that it was about more than relationships. It was about friendship, religion, and sexuality, told in a real, honest way. I’m not overly fond of religion in books, but I think it really worked in This Is Not A Love Story and it was great to read about the Jewish community in a YA book.

I find Keren David’s writing style very easy to read. I was easily gripped by the story.

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

I really enjoyed this book!. A good range of topics are covered!

Stacking The Shelves #125

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!

As ever, click on the book title to get to the Goodreads page!

Gifts:

PaperweightGo Set a Watchman

Paperweight- Meg Haston- I have wanted to read this book for quite some time now! My sister got me a copy at YALC last weekend! So grateful! 🙂

Go Set A Watchman– Harper Lee- I was so torn whether to get a copy of this book or not, but my mum made me decision and bought me a copy last night!

Bought at YALC:

A Long, Long SleepThis is Not a Love StoryUnspeakable

A Long, Long Sleep– Anna Sheehan- My sister picked this up and thought I’d like it immediately from reading about it. It’s a YA/Sci-fi fairy tale retelling. Yep, right up my alley!

This Is Not A Love Story– Keren David- I’ve heard good things about this book so decided to pick it up!

Unspeakable- Abbie Rushton- This book has been on my radar for a while now, so I was happy to see it at YALC!

Borrowed from Beth:

The Lost and the Found

The Lost And The Found– Cat Clarke- Beth picked this book up at YALC and decided that I’d get around to reading it first, so let me bring it home! Isn’t she wonderful?!

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

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.