Top Ten Tuesday- Favourite Relationships

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list is Valentine’s themed, so I thought I’d go with some of my favourite relationships. I was open to listing friendships as well, but that would make my list so long, so I decided just to go with romantic relationships.

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Will and Louisa- Me Before You- Jojo Moyes

Me Before You (Me Before You, #1)

One of my favourite couples ever. Can you hear the sound of my heart breaking?!

Simon and Blue- Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda- Becky Albertalli

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

Simon and Blue were utterly adorable. I love this book!

Olly and Madeline- Everything, Everything- Nicola Yoon

Everything, Everything

I really grew to love Olly and Madeleine with every page.

Cain and Charlie- Four Seconds To Lose-K.A. Tucker

Four Seconds to Lose (Ten Tiny Breaths, #3)

This is my favourite couple from the series. I was behind their relationship from the beginning.

Liam and Ally- Behind The Scences- Dahlia Adler

Behind the Scenes (Daylight Falls, #1)

I believed in this couple!

Billy and Sophie- Billy and Me- Giovanna Fletcher

Billy and Me (Billy and Me, #1)

Love Giovanna’s writing and Billy and Sophie were fabulous characters.

Olly and Erin- Haunt Me- Liz Kessler

Haunt Me

I loved the whole Olly, Joe and Erin storyline. This book is SO worth reading.

Katherine and Matthew- Lauren James

The Next Together (The Next Together #1)

I loved them in every era!

Eleanor and Park- Eleanor & Park- Rainbow Rowell

Eleanor & Park

Another favourite couple of mine!

Don and Rosie- The Rosie Project- Graeme Simsion

The Rosie Project (Don Tillman, #1)

Love the quirky Don both alone and together with Rosie. I adored this book!

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

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!

Haunt Me

Haunt Me

How did I get it?:
NetGalley- thanks to Hatchette Children’s Group

Previously reviewed by the same author:
Read Me Like A Book

Synopsis:

Joe wakes up from a deep sleep to see his family leave in a removals van. Where they’ve gone, he has no idea. Erin moves house and instantly feels at home in her new room. Even if it appears she isn’t the only one living in it. Bit by bit, Erin and Joe discover that they have somehow found a way across the ultimate divide – life and death. Bound by their backgrounds, a love of poetry and their growing feelings for each other, they are determined to find a way to be together.

Joe’s brother, Olly, never cared much for poetry. He was always too busy being king of the school – but that all changed when Joe died. And when an encounter in the school corridor brings him face to face with Erin, he realises how different things really are – including the kind of girl he falls for.

Two brothers. Two choices. Will Erin’s decision destroy her completely, or can she save herself before she is lost forever?

Thoughts:

I thoroughly enjoyed Liz Kessler’s book Read Me Like A Book, so when I had the opportunity to read Haunt Me, I didn’t think twice. I actually preferred Haunt Me. I thought it was a highly engaging story which I didn’t want to put down. There are some people that might find this book a little too sweet, but it really does have some depth within it. It’s not just about the romance.

Haunt Me centres around Erin and Joe. Joe wakes up and is surprised to find that he has died, he is stuck in his old bedroom watching from the window as his brother, Olly, and his parents move away. Erin moves into Joe’s house. Erin has been suffering from bullying and anxiety. Her family have moved in order to start afresh. Erin manages to see Joe and they begin to fall for one another. Erin bumps into Olly at school and makes the connection between them both. Erin is stuck between two brothers and has to make a choice. The choice is between a ghost and someone that’s living. It seems obvious to Erin to go for Olly, but Joe warns her off when he tells her something very worrying…

This book deals with so many challenging themes. There’s bullying, drug abuyse, suicide, grief… to name a few. None of the characters are in a good place. As a reader, we get to experience their struggles as they try to make a fresh start. It’s a sweet read because there is so much focus on the relationships. The relationships are never easy and
hard decisions have to be made.

I thoroughly enjoyed Haunt Me and think it’ll interest many fans of the YA genre!

Would I recommend it?:
Yes! 3.5 stars

A great book from Liz Kessler, she doesn’t shy away from giving a character a struggle!

Read Me Like A Book

Read Me Like a Book

How did I get it?:
NetGalley- thanks to Hatchette Children’s Group

Synopsis:

Ashleigh Walker is in love. You know the feeling – that intense, heart-racing, all-consuming emotion that can only come with first love. It’s enough to stop her worrying about bad grades at college. Enough to distract her from her parents’ marriage troubles. There’s just one thing bothering her . . .

Shouldn’t it be her boyfriend, Dylan, who makes her feel this way – not Miss Murray, her English teacher?

Thoughts:

I had heard about this book from many blogger friends who raved about it. I always like to see different representations in YA fiction, so when I heard that this book was LGBT, I knew I wanted to read it! I practically read this book in one sitting. It’s so easy to devour.

The story centres around Ashleigh. She’s just got a new boyfriend, however Ashleigh’s family is falling to piece. Her mum and dad aren’t getting on and they end up separating. Ashleigh feels like her whole life is turned upside down. She ends up sleeping with her boyfriend and then somewhat regretting it. All through it all, her young English teacher is supportive. She makes English fun. Ashleigh is desperate to do well, so she can impress Miss Murray. Ashleigh’s feelings for her teacher start to confuse her. She feels it’s inappropriate to feel the way she does about a teacher, let alone a female teacher.

I really enjoyed reading the story, which surprised me, because as a teacher I feel VERY uncomfortable with the student/teacher affair. However, I didn’t feel like it was explicitly implied that the feelings were mutual, which I appreciated. I just can’t get on with a student/teacher affair no matter what the gender of those involved. There was so much packed into the story. It included sex, relationships, family dynamics and identity- all serious stuff, but discussed in a light way, a very readable way.

I don’t think this is the best LGBT book that I’ve read but I think it’s highly enjoyable and one that’ll make you think about identity.

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

A wonderful, quick read!