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

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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!

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Top Ten Books Which Feature Characters Dealing With Mental Illness

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list are the Top Ten books which feature characters dealing with mental illness. I’ve decided to feature mental illness on my list this week, as I’ve recently been pleasantly surprised with how the topic is represented in literature. I’m not saying that authors always get it right, but it’s an important topic to be explored.

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

Undone by Cat Clarke

Undone

I really enjoy Cat Clarke’s books and Undone really impressed and shocked me at the same time. It deals with the aftermath of the main character’s best friend killing himself after being outed as gay.

Wintergirls- Laurie Halse Anderson

Wintergirls

Laurie Halse Anderson is an amazing writer. I truly recommend her books! Wintergirls deals with eating disorders. It’s an incredibly powerful read.

Speak- Laurie Halse Anderson

Speak

Speak is the first book I read from Laurie Halse Anderson. The main character in this book is suffering after a terrible event.

My Heart and Other Black Holes- Jasmine Warga

My Heart and Other Black Holes

This book is about depression and suicide. Handled in a very sensitive manner. Some of the descriptions are so powerful in this book. It really made an impact on me.

The Shock Of The Fall- Nathan Filer

The Shock of the Fall

This is yet another powerful read. The reader learns about the main character’s fall into mental illness. Highly recommended!

The Last Time We Say Goodbye- Cynthia Hand

The Last Time We Say Goodbye

I was really intrigued to see what Cynthia Hand’s contemporary work would be like. I was impressed. This book deals with the consequences of a family member taking their own life.

Perfect Escape- Jennifer Brown

Perfect Escape

In this book, the main character’s brother suffers from OCD. She takes him away from his everyday life and his routines/rituals. They really go on a journey (cheesy, sorry! 😉 ) together. I loved this book!

The Silver Linings Playbook- Matthew Quick

The Silver Linings Playbook

I haven’t seen the movie adaptation but I’ve read the book! It’s so interesting to see the world from the main character’s point of view. A thought provoking book.

Stronger Than You Know- Jolene Perry

Stronger Than You Know

I didn’t expect to love this book as much as I did. The main character suffers from panic attacks admidst other problems. She finds inner strength. I was touched by this book.

Pointe- Brandy Colbert

Pointe

Another beautiful book that completely exceeded my expectations. It deals with the aftermath of an eating disorder and the aftermath of terrible events.

Have you read any of these books? What did you think? What have you picked for your list this week? Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

 

Bookish Bingo Wrap Up

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I participated in Bookish Bingo  which was hosted by the lovely ladies over at Great Imaginations. I managed to read a book for EACH of the squares. I’m very proud of the reading I managed in the months of April, May and June. I’m totally getting involved in the summer edition of Bookish Bingo. I found it was a great way to get some of those pesky books off my TBR shelf, and I discovered some new books along the way.

Here are my reviews:

  1. Chains

  2. Flyaway

  3. The Wrong Boy

  4. Shadow and Bone

  5. Wedding Night

  6. A Million Little Pieces

  7. Dandelion Clocks

  8. Fruit Of The Lemon

  9. The Anti-Prom

  10. Breadcrumbs

  11. The Great Gatsby

  12. Birthmarked

  13. Dear Killer

  14. The Fat Girl

  15. Wanderlove

  16. Side Effects May Vary

  17. Where’d you go Bernadette?

  18. Smart Girls Get What They Want

  19. By Any Other Name

  20. Die For Me

  21. Tape

  22. Golden

  23. Just Like Fate

  24. Warm Bodies

Here is the board for the next Bookish Bingo game. Will you be playing along?

Click on the bingo board to get to Great Imaginations blog!

Chains

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How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Previously read by the same author:
Speak
Wintergirls
The Impossible Knife Of Memory

Synopsis:

As the Revolutionary War begins, thirteen-year-old Isabel wages her own fight…for freedom. Promised freedom upon the death of their owner, she and her sister, Ruth, in a cruel twist of fate become the property of a malicious New York City couple, the Locktons, who have no sympathy for the American Revolution and even less for Ruth and Isabel. When Isabel meets Curzon, a slave with ties to the Patriots, he encourages her to spy on her owners, who know details of British plans for invasion. She is reluctant at first, but when the unthinkable happens to Ruth, Isabel realizes her loyalty is available to the bidder who can provide her with freedom.

From acclaimed author Laurie Halse Anderson comes this compelling, impeccably researched novel that shows the lengths we can go to cast off our chains, both physical and spiritual.

Thoughts:

I have to come right out and admit that Laurie Halse Anderson is one of my favourite writers. I’ve read Speak, Wintergirls and The Impossible Knife Of Memory, so I’m trying to work my way through the rest of her work. I was really excited to dive into Chains. Even though I was very excited to read Chains, I wondered whether it would capture my attention. I had high hopes because it was Laurie Halse Anderson and because I love historical fiction. I thought Chains was incredibly captivating. I immediately loved Isabel and her sister Ruth.

Isabel and Ruth’s owner dies, Isabel believes that they will be free as their owner promised them freedom in their will. However, things aren’t that simple. Isabel and Ruth are sold to some rather cruel people. Their new owners live in New York and it is there, in New York, that they are brought to the forefront of the American War of Independence.

Chains is told through Isabel’s perspective and as I mentioned, I fell completely in love with her character and felt incredibly moved by her story. Isabel is living in a world where she has no control over her destiny. She tries to control her life but she can’t find anyone to trust. She can’t protect herself and her little sister. It’s clear how much Isabel loves her little sister Ruth. She’s incredibly protective. Ruth is seen as ‘simple-minded’ as she has epilepsy. Isabel wants to be there for her sister, but obstacles keep getting in the way. Isabel suffers so much in Chains, but she keeps going, determined to gain the freedom she deserves.  After Ruth is taken to another owner, Isabel’s determination to be free grows. She tries not to let anything stand in her way.

Chains is a gruelling, yet addictive read. It’s well paced, and easy to read. The reader goes through so many obstacles with Isabel. Her owners are hidious and I really despised the way they treated Isabel in particular. It was hard to see Isabel go through physical and emotional torture. I’m definitely anticipating reading Forge which is the next book in the series, to see how Isabel’s journey progresses.

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

WWW Wednesday #67

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.

Unfortunately, I’ve had a very quiet reading week. I think it’s because I’ve been incredibly busy. God knows what’ll happen when I start my teacher training course in September. But I’m not thinking too much about that yet… So, to the 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 Goodread’s page for the book.

What are you currently reading?

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I’m about a quarter of the way through Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy and I’m feeling incredibly unsure of what I think about it. I’m intrigued enough to carry on reading. It’s not that I’m not enjoying it, I am, I’m just not loving it yet. Early days though!

What did I recently finish reading?

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I recently finished The Magician’s Nephew by C.S Lewis for my feature with my sister Beth. You can read my review HERE and Beth’s HERE.

What do you think you’ll read next?

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From tomorrow, I will be reading purely paperbacks for the month of May. I CANNOT wait to have a month where I can just indulge in ‘real’ books. Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson is my first paperback. I love Laurie’s writing. I’m pretty sure this is going to be a powerful read.

What are you reading this week? Please feel free to answer the questions or leave me your link in the comments section! Happy Reading 🙂

Top Ten Characters Who Are Powerful Female Leads

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list is Top Ten Characters Who X (you fill in the blank — examples: piss me off, are the popular kids, are bookish, would be my bff, that stole my heart, etc. etc.) I have decided to talk about my favourite female leads. I’m a fan of strong female characters. I get too annoyed with wimpy, reliant on male lead characters.

So.. in no particular order here are my favourite powerful female leads:

Katniss- The Hunger Games

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Katniss may have her trouble with guys, but she is an absolutely kick-ass character. She can’t possibly be left out of this list, because she’s one of the most strongest characters I’ve read. Surviving The Hunger Games once is incredible, doing it more than once is unbelievable.

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Tris- Divergent

I have massive love for Tris in the Divergent trilogy. I think she’s such an amazing character. I love her relationship with Four. It doesn’t rule her. She’s her own person.

Hermione- Harry Potter

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Throughout the Harry Potter books Hermione develops so much as a character. We first assume she’s an insufferable know-it-all, but really it’s Hermione’s intelligence that saves her best friends time and time again. Where would they be without Hermione? I love that Hermione is such a strong character because of her intellect. What a good role model!

Cinder

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Cinder is such a fantastic character. She’s loyal and brave and doesn’t whine about being a cyborg. She deals well with what she’s got in life.

Skeeter, Aibileen and Minny- The Help

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This book is one of my all-time favourites. I absolutely love that the character of Skeeter is trying to show what life is really like for black maids in the local town. It tackles a very difficult subject beautifully. Our three narrators are all strong in their own ways. I can’t speak highly enough of this book.

Jo March- Little Women

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Little Women is one of my favourite classics. I simply adore the tomboyish Jo March. A great, strong, memorable character.

Clara- Unearthly

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Clara is a great character in the Unearthly trilogy. She’s incredibly likeable and determined to know more about the world in which she lives in!

Juliette- Shatter Me

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What I like so much about Juliette is how much she grows throughout the series. She doesn’t realise her own strength. She becomes a much stronger character in mind and physically too. She learns her own mind.

Matilda

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Matilda is another strong character because of her intellect. I think it’s great to see a character in children’s literature that enjoys reading. I think she’s a fantastic female lead. I love how magical Roald Dahl’s books are. Matilda doesn’t realise her own strength, and grows so much as a character. I think Matilda gives a good message of hope to its readers.

Melinda- Speak

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I think Laurie Halse Anderson created such a wonderful book with Speak. Yes, it may be controversial, but it’s so important. Melinda goes through so much throughout the course of this book and still manages to find that strength and courage to push forward and find her voice. Speak is a powerful and important book.

What have you picked this week? Feel free to leave your links to your Top Ten posts and I’ll stop by and check out your favourite characters!

The Impossible Knife Of Memory

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How did I get it?:
I bought it. I pre-ordered it, purely because it was Laurie Halse Anderson. She’s one of my auto buy authors now!

Synopsis:

For the past five years, Hayley Kincaid and her father, Andy, have been on the road, never staying long in one place as he struggles to escape the demons that have tortured him since his return from Iraq. Now they are back in the town where he grew up so Hayley can attend school. Perhaps, for the first time, Hayley can have a normal life, put aside her own painful memories, even have a relationship with Finn, the hot guy who obviously likes her but is hiding secrets of his own.

Will being back home help Andy’s PTSD, or will his terrible memories drag him to the edge of hell, and drugs push him over? The Impossible Knife of Memory is Laurie Halse Anderson at her finest: compelling, surprising, and impossible to put down.

Thoughts:

I may have only read two other Laurie Halse Anderson books (Speak and Wintergirls) but I have many of her other books waiting on my shelf. Still, when I found out about The Impossible Knife of Memory, I immediately pre-ordered it and then bumped it when it arrived through my letterbox. I devoured it within a day or two. Laurie Halse Anderson is a genius at what she does. She is a fantastic writer. I think she’s one of the best in the genre. I think it’s because she’s so raw and real. She never shies away from tough subjects and treats her audience with maturity.

The Impossible Knife of Memory explores the journey of Andy, Hayley’s dad who is experiencing the effects of PTSD. It is told through Hayley, a 17 year old, who is trying to have a normal teenage life, but is also plagued by worries about her father. Andy is haunted by his experiences in the past and he heavily relies on alcohol and drugs to numb the pain. Their roles are almost reversed as Hayley cares for Andy, as if she was the parent.

It isn’t a light and fun read. I don’t think I ever expected it to be, considering it’s about PTSD. What I do like about this book is that our protagonist Hayley, has such a wonderful sense of humour. It really brings a smile to your face despite the tense situation. If I’m honest, her humour made the book easier to read. It would’ve been far too intense otherwise. I also really liked Hayley’s relationship with Finn. Unlike some Young Adult romances, their romance was believable and sweet. Finn was the perfect person to support Hayley, and worked hard to bring down Hayley’s barriers.

I can’t speak highly enough of Laurie’s writing. It’s so raw, that it can sometimes be incredibly hard to read. Yet it’s so beautifully written that you don’t want to stop reading. I particularly liked how Laurie drew on some personal experience. When an author does this, it really does add such a realistic element to it. You understand and believe in what the characters are experiencing. I highly recommend this book.

I read this book at the same time as fellow Laurie Halse Anderson fan Amanda. Please check out her review HERE and look out for our feature on this book coming soon!

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!