New To Me Authors That I Read in 2018

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 authors that we discovered last year that were new-to-us! Here they are (click on the picture to find out the author’s name!):

  1. Rhiannon Navin- Only Child
  2. Jessica Pennington- Love Songs & Other Lies
  3. Sarah Vaughan- Anatomy Of A Scandal
  4. Danielle Mages Amato- The Hidden Memory Of Objects
  5. Maurene Goo- I Believe In A Thing Called Love
  6. Laura Silverman- Girl Out Of Water
  7. Rachel Lynn Solomon- You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone
  8. Kim Purcell- This Is Not A Love Letter
  9. Lianne Oelke- Nice Try, Jane Sinner
  10. Sarah Nicole Smetana- The Midnights

Who were your new-to-you authors? Let me know! Feel free to leave a link to your Top Ten post and I’ll stop by!

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Top Ten Books That I Read In 2018

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 Top Ten list is all about our favourite books that we read in 2018. I like doing these sorts of posts because I get to look back at the books I’ve read!

In no particular order, here’s my list… book images go to Goodreads!

They Both Die at the End

This was a beautiful read. I didn’t want it to end because I knew what was going to happen at the end. It was a really incredible read. I love Adam Silvera’s writing.

Bad Romance

Another fantastic writer here. Heather Demetrios is amazing. I highly recommend her books. This one was heavy going but so worth the read.

A List of Cages

I’d had this book on my radar and was so pleased I made time for it in 2018. I thought it was amazing. So not what I expected.

Close to Home (DI Adam Fawley, #1)

Another unexpected gem!

How to Stop Time

I love Matt Haig’s writing, if you hadn’t guessed.

A Thousand Perfect Notes

I bloomin’ loved this book! 🙂 It’s hard-going but so beautifully written.

Nice Try, Jane Sinner

I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. I thought it was really unique.

The Creakers

I adored this book! So much so, that I’m reading it with my book club at school! 🙂

This Is Not A Love Letter

This was a beautifully written book!

Flying Tips for Flightless Birds

I read some cracking debut authors in 2018 and this was another one! 🙂

Tell me about your favourite books of 2018! Feel free to leave me a link to your Top Ten post and I’ll stop by!

Annual End of Year Book Survey 2018

I absolutely love taking part in Jamie’s End Of Year Book Survey. It can be a little time consuming, but I adore thinking about my reading in the year.

2018 Reading Stats

Number Of Books You Read: 138 (thus far… writing on 8th December!)
Number of Re-Reads: 4
Genre You Read The Most From: Thriller

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1. Best Book You Read In 2018?

Tough one. I really enjoyed Nice Try, Jane Sinner by Lianne Oelke.

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

Love Songs & Other Lies by Jessica Pennington.

3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?

This Is Not A Love Letter by Kim Purcell. I liked it much more than I thought I would.

4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?

The Creakers by Tom Fletcher

5. Best series you started in 2018 ? Best Sequel of 2018? Best Series Ender of 2018?

Cheating because it’s a re-read but Harry Potter and The Chamber Of Secrets by J.K. Rowling. It wasn’t released this year but it was still the best sequel I’ve read this year.

6. Favourite new author you discovered in 2018?

Cara Hunter! She’s awesome

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?

Eek! I can’t say I’ve read outside my comfort zone this year.

8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?

A Thousand Perfect Notes by C.G. Drews

9. Book You Read In 2018 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

I’m not a massive re-reader. I don’t think I’ll re-read a book from this year.

10. Favourite cover of a book you read in 2018?

The Surface Breaks

11. Most memorable character of 2018?

Zach from Only Child

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2018?

Number The Stars by Lois Lowry

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2018?

Not life changing, but thought-provoking… Anatomy of Scandal by Sarah Vaughan.

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2018 to finally read?

A List Of Cages by Robin Roe. Not an old book but I wish I had read it last year.

15. Favourite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2018?

“Getting smacked in the face with a Harry Potter book does not qualify as a fight,” Charlie says.
“First of all, it wasn’t just any Harry Potter book. It was Order of the Phoenix.”
Matt gasps. He knows that Order of the Phoenix is the longest and most potentially dangerous of all the Harry Potter books when used as a weapon.”

A List Of Cages by Robin Roe

16. Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2018?

King & King by Linda De Haan and I Am Jazz by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jenningd- both 32 pages (as part of a banned books feature)

The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne- 736 pages

How I did this: Went to my read books on Goodreads and sorted by page number and just looked for what I knew I read this year that was the shortest and longest.

17. Book That Shocked You The Most

Bad Romance by Heather Demetrios. A beautiful book, but so tough to read.

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)
(OTP = one true pairing if you aren’t familiar)

Mateo and Rufus- They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvera

19. Favourite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

Stevie and Hafiz from Don’t Stop Thinking About Tomorrow by Siobhan Curham

20. Favourite Book You Read in 2018 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

Bad Romance by Heather Demetrios!

21. Best Book You Read In 2018 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:

Turtles All The Way Down by John Green. I’m not a fan of Mr Green, but I wanted to read it because it was recommended so highly.

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2018?

I don’t have one this year!

23. Best 2018 debut you read?

You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone by Rachel Lynn Soloman

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?

The Showstopper series by Hayley Barker.

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?

The Creakers by Tom Fletcher

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2018?

They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvera.

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

Nice Try, Jane Sinner by Lianne Oelke

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

A List Of Cages by Robin Roe

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2018?

The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R Pan

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?

I Am Jazz by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings- the fact that this gentle picture book is challenged really makes me mad.

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1. New favourite book blog/Bookstagram/Youtube channel you discovered in 2018?

That’s far too hard. I have loads of favourites. Check out some of them here.

2. Favourite post you wrote in 2018?

A Week In The Life Of A Primary School Teacher- Girls, girls, girls

I loved the support I got for this post.

3. Favourite bookish related photo you took in 2018?

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4. Best bookish event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, etc.)?

Ooh I haven’t. I must participate next year.

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2018?

Seeing my statistics grow more. I’m not focused on them, but it’s nice to see improvement year by year rather than a drop.

6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?

My reading has slowed considerably due to the busy nature of my job.

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?

Top Ten Shows/Movies To Binge Watch

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

They Both Die At The End

9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?

I haven’t discovered anything new.

10. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?

Yes! I have saved £1 for every book I’ve read.

I’ve also read over 12 British books… my current total being 65 books. Check them out here. 

I also think I’ll finish my Goodreads target of 150 books.

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1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2018 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2019?

The Dangerous Art Of Blending In by Angelo Surmelis

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2019 (non-debut)?

Fame, Fate and The First Kiss by Kasie West- I love Kasie’s books!

3. 2019 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

Wilder Girls– Rory Power

4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2019?

I don’t have one!

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2019?

Step outside my comfort zone with genre!

6. A 2019 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone (if applicable):

I haven’t read one at the time of writing this, but I have an ARC for The Flower Girls by Alice Clark-Platts that I’m really looking forward to.

Please leave me a link if you do this survey. I LOVE reading people’s answers.

This Is Not A Love Letter

This Is Not A Love Letter

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Synopsis:

One week. That’s all Jessie said. A one-week break to get some perspective before graduation, before she and her boyfriend, Chris, would have to make all the big, scary decisions about their future–decisions they had been fighting about for weeks.

Then, Chris vanishes. The police think he’s run away, but Jessie doesn’t believe it. Chris is popular and good-looking, about to head off to college on a full-ride baseball scholarship. And he disappeared while going for a run along the river–the same place where some boys from the rival high school beat him up just three weeks ago. Chris is one of the only black kids in a depressed paper mill town, and Jessie is terrified of what might have happened.

As the police are spurred to reluctant action, Jessie speaks up about the harassment Chris kept quiet about and the danger he could be in. But there are people in Jessie’s town who don’t like the story she tells, who are infuriated by the idea that a boy like Chris would be a target of violence. They smear Chris’s character and Jessie begins receiving frightening threats.

Every Friday since they started dating, Chris has written Jessie a love letter. Now Jessie is writing Chris a letter of her own to tell him everything that’s happening while he’s gone. As Jessie searches for answers, she must face her fears, her guilt, and a past more complicated than she would like to admit.

Thoughts:

I wanted to read this book after finding out about it at the end of last year. I loved its simple cover and the title made me wonder what it was going to be about. I found this book to be utterly gripping and I devoured it quickly, not expecting it to be as deep as it was.

This Is Not A Love Letter centres around Jessie. Her boyfriend Chris used to send her love letters every Friday since they started dating. Jessie never wrote back to him however much she appreciated them. Chris suddenly disappears after Jessie called for a week’s break on their relationship. Jessie starts to write letters to Chris detailing what happened whilst he was missing. Jessie has a lot of guilt over events that have happened or conversations that were said during their relationship. As the book progresses, Jessie starts to pour out more details. Could it be that Chris was a victim of racial hate crime?

As we read through the story, we learn more about the people in Chris’s life. We learn more about what he is like as a person. Little snippets of information about him start to come through during Jessie’s interactions with others. At the start of the story, we don’t learn much from the detectives. It is not until he had been missing for longer that they started to take notice. This book really is difficult to categorise. Is it a love story? Is it a mystery? It really has a slice of both genres.

It was interesting to see how the author slipped in the possibility that it could be a racial hate crime after Chris had experienced some hate from others in the community. Chris is the only black baseball player in the town and had achieved a full scholarship which made him resented by other baseball players. Kim Purcell has been very clever with this book as she created so many possibilities for what had happened to Chris. It is revealed that he has suffered with mental health problems in the past, so when that is revealed, you wonder if he could have done something to himself.

This book really was a pleasure to read and whilst very sad in points, I thought it was beautifully written. I really enjoyed reading Jessie’s letters to Chris which became more and more intimate and touching as the story progressed. I felt like she began to know herself better and become closer to those around her.

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

An unexpected beautiful read. I didn’t expect to enjoy this book so much!

Stacking The Shelves #196- The Bibliobeth Feeds My Book Buying Addiction Edition

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!

Book images go to Goodreads!

Birthday gifts from my sister, Bibliobeth

Love Songs & Other Lies

This has been on my TBR for a while, so I was pleased to get my hands on a copy!

You'll Miss Me When I'm Gone

I’m so intrigued by this book about twins who need to undergo the test for Huntington’s Disease.

Are We All Lemmings and Snowflakes?

Holly Bourne writes mental health very well. I’m looking forward to reading this one.

Magic Under Stone (Magic Under, #2)

I must read this book before the end of the year. It’s been on my radar for a long time now!

This Is Not A Love Letter

Here’s another one that I’ve been meaning to read for a while!

The Brighton Mermaid

I can’t wait to read this one. I love Dorothy Koomson’s writing!

Sam & Ilsa's Last Hurrah

David Levithan is one of my favourite writers, so I’m really looking forward to this one!

A massive thank you to my sister for her generosity! I think I can safely say I have a wonderful bookish sister! ❤

Have you read any of these books? What did you think? What did YOU add to your shelves this week? Let me know.

Feel free to leave a link to your haul and I’ll stop by later!

Books To Read By The Pool/At The Beach (Summer 2018 TBR)

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 books that we want to read by the pool or at the beach. It also serves as our Summer TBR. I don’t think I’m going on a beach-y holiday this year, but I’m hoping for some sunshine all the same. I’m not fussy if I’m reading in my back garden! Here are some books that I would like to tackle this summer time. Most are contemporary because although I like them all year around I find them perfect for summer!

Click on the book image to get to Goodreads!

Lucky in Love

Love, Life, and the List

Listen to Your Heart

Yes, I need to catch up with Kasie West’s books. I really enjoy her writing. It’s easy to read. She releases books so quickly though!

Love Songs & Other Lies

This book has been on my radar for a while. It’s all about a summer romance! All for that in summer time!

Sam & Ilsa's Last Hurrah

I love David Levithan’s writing. Looking forward to this one!

The Dangerous Art of Blending In

This doesn’t have a light, summery feel to it, but I’ve been eagerly anticipating it for a while now so it needed to be added to the TBR!

This Is Not A Love Letter

Another darker book, but I feel like it can’t be all light reads this summer!

More Than We Can Tell (Letters to the Lost, #2)

I’m looking forward to getting to this book after really enjoying the first!

The Upside of Falling Down

I think this could be a particularly engaging read! Love the cover. Definitely gives me summer vibes.

Magic Under Stone (Magic Under, #2)

I am determined to get around to this book this summer. It has been on my TBR forever!

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

Top Ten Books I’m Looking Forward To in 2018

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list are the top ten books that we’re looking forward to in 2018. These could be debuts or just releases.

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

Love, Hate and Other Filters- Samira Ahmed

Love, Hate & Other Filters

I am so intrigued by this book! I’m hoping to read it before its release as I have an ARC! It sounds like a really important read.

Before I Go- Marieke Nijkamp

Before I Let Go

I’m super excited about this book. I loved Marieke’s debut and I’m intrigued to see where her writing goes next.

The Dangerous Art Of Blending- Angelo Surmelis

The Dangerous Art of Blending In

I’m all about representation in YA literature and this one looks particularly intriguing. It does involve abuse though so it looks like it’ll be hard-hitting.

The Upside Of Falling Down-Rebekah Crane

The Upside of Falling Down

This book sounds like it could be super intriguing about a girl with amnesia.

This Is Not A Love Letter- Kim Purcell

This Is Not A Love Letter

Another book that sounds incredibly gripping about a girl’s boyfriend that goes missing but there’s more to it than first meets the eye… I love the simple cover.

More Than We Can Tell- Brigid Kemmerer

More Than We Can Tell

I enjoyed Letters To The Lost so I’m excited to read this one!

Restore Me- Tahereh Mafi

Restore Me (Shatter Me, #4)

I can’t wait to read more from Juliette’s point of view!

12 Steps To Normal-Farrah Penn

12 Steps to Normal

Another book that instantly caught my eye. I’m intrigued about how this story will tackle alcoholism.

Leah On The Offbeat- Becky Albertalli

Leah on the Offbeat

I adore Becky Albertalli, so this book had to make it on here!

Love Songs & Other Lies- Jessica Pennington

Love Songs & Other Lies

I have to include a YA romance-type book! I think this one looks like it could be a fabulous.

What are you looking forward to in 2018? Let me know! Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by.