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 popular books that lived up to the hype. We all know the ones… the ones that everyone is talking about. All too often books are destroyed by the hype monster for me. These are the books that worked for me…even though they were hyped!
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I knew this book was highly thought of. I was worried but I really needn’t have been, because it was a stunning read.
I know the series doesn’t live up to the hype as a whole, but I loved the first book! 🙂
I loved this book. So simple but powerful.
I had heard good things but it wasn’t as hyped as it is now. I still adore this book though.
I adored this book! 🙂 Such a powerful story.
I will always recommend this story. I think it’s amazing! The movie is just as good as well. I love a faithful adaptation.
This story is fabulous. I was immediately gripped by it.
This is heart-breaking. I expected it to be and it totally was!
This wasn’t as hyped as most books on this list, but it was within my bookish friends. A very intense but important read.
I was so late to the party with this series but it completely captured my heart.
What have you put on your list this week? Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!
Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list are the Top Ten Books That Feature Characters… and the option was down to us! I decided to go for books that featured diverse characters as I’ll all about diverse representation in literature.
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George- Alex Gino
This is one of my favourite middle grade reads EVER. I think it’s adorable. The voice is just perfect.
None Of The Above- I.W Gregorio
This was an interesting read for me because the author has experience with intersex as a surgeon.
Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda- Becky Albertalli
One of my favourite books. I couldn’t leave this off the list.
Wonder- R.J. Palacio
Another wonderful middle grade read.
Lies We Tell Ourselves- Robin Talley
I was blown away by this book!
The Hate U Give- Angie Thomas
This is getting all the praise right now and rightfully so.
The Art Of Being Normal- Lisa Williamson
I had heard a lot of wonderful things about this book. It’s a fantastic read.
The Sun Is Also A Star- Nicola Yoon
This book was so addictive. It may have instalove in, but I immediately fell in love with it too…
Noughts and Crosses- Malorie Blackman
A wonderful but heartbreaking read.
Bird- Crystal Chan
I think Bird is such a unique read.
What have you put on your list this week? Feel free to leave me a link to your post and I’ll stop by!
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!
I’ve heard great things about Moxie and I love Jennifer Mathieu’s writing, so it’s a win win for me! Or so I hope…
Borrowed from Beth
I adore Noughts and Crosses and Beth says this version is awesome. I, of course, believe her!
I enjoyed Julie Cohen’s Dear Thing so I’m excited to read something else by her.
Again, another author we’ve read and enjoyed. Beth highly recommends this one!
I’ve been meaning to read this for a long time now and Beth kindly brought it for me to borrow. Bless her. I love having a bookish sister!
What have you added to your shelves this week? Let me know! 🙂
Over the past two terms (7 months) my class have loved being read to. Now I am teaching older children, I don’t get a chance to read to them as much as I used to read to my old class. However, me being me, manages to read to them at least once a day if only for 10 minutes.
The children always have a choice of 4 books to vote from. I ask for ideas of what could be our class book and then they vote from them. This year my class are very into David Walliams as you will see!
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The World’s Worst Children- David Walliams
This kicked off our class read! The children absolutely loved this book which talks about some pretty disgusting children. It is beautifully illustrated and wonderfully gross. I loved reading it to them. I’m happy to find out there’s a sequel too. I’ll be getting that!
Billionaire Boy- David Walliams
This was another hit with my class! They loved the antics. They found it hilarious in places and literally laughed out loud!
Cloud Busting- Malorie Blackman
This is a book that I picked myself for them to study in their reading lessons. It’s such a powerful, powerful read about bullying. There was a moment where the children gasped out loud. I absolutely love when a book can have that much impact. That’s when you know you’ve captured their attention.
Oliver and The Seawigs- Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre
This was another book that we read whole class. The idea is that every child reads a part of the book together. My class have absolutely adored this way of reading and the work that they got out of these lessons was absolutely fantastic. We read it in under four weeks.
Gangsta Granny- David Walliams
This one was a bit of a slow burner for my class. They didn’t seem as enthused as they were by the other books so far this year. However, towards the middle of the book they started to gain interest and hated when I stopped reading (for lunch time) at the end of the chapter. This book does have a very sad scene which also made my class gasp and I noticed some eyes watering. Bless them ❤
Our next read is another David Walliams (surprise, surprise…) they’re going to be reading Grandpa’s Great Escape. It’s one I haven’t read before, so I’m intrigued to see what it’s like!
Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list is all about unique reads. It took me some time to think about them, but here they are!
Illuminae- Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
The format of this book is what makes it so unique. I adored it!
George- Alex Gino
I find this book unique because its child-like narration is so authentic.
The Last Beginning- Lauren James
A sci-fi ish book with different formats. I’ve recently finished this book and I absolutely adored it!
One- Sarah Crossan
A hard-hitting book told in verse.
Cloud Busting- Malorie Blackman
This book deals with bullying through poetry ❤
The Girl With Glass Feet- Ali Shaw
A beautiful book with a fairy tale-esque story. My edition had silver page edges ❤
The Boy With The Cuckoo-Shaped Heart- Mathias Malzieu
Another fairy tale-esque story. So unusual, but so good!
Another Little Piece- Kate Karyus Quinn
Such an odd story. Yet, so compelling! I have a feeling that this book is either love or hate it though…
The Girl On Paper- Guillaume Musso
This is definitely one of the most unique stories that I’ve read. I thoroughly enjoyed it!
Bird- Crystal Chan
I’ve included this one because of its beautiful writing. It really stood out for me in the middle grade genre!
I have listed some of these books before on my list, but I’ve added 5 new unique reads since I last made this list in 2014!
What did you put on your list this week? Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!
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!
- Lighter Than My Shadow– Katie Green
- For Holly– Tanya Byrne
- Am I Normal Yet?– Holly Bourne
- The Demon Headmaster– Gillian Cross
- The Unbelievable Top Secret Diary of Pig– Emer Stamp
- The Haunting– Alex Bell
- In A Dark, Dark Wood– Ruth Ware
- The Number One Rule For Girls– Rachel McIntyre
- Carrie’s War-Nina Bawden
- The Sin Eater’s Daughter– Melinda Salisbury
- Radio Silence– Alice Oseman
- The Samaritan– Mason Cross
- Moving– Jenny Eclair
- More Of Me– Kathryn Evans
- The Next Together– Lauren James
- The Boy In The Dress– David Walliams
- Consumed– Abbie Rushton
- V is for Violet– Alison Rattle
- Read Me Like A Book– Liz Kessler
- Follow Me Back– Nicci Cloke
- Noble Conflict– Malorie Blackman
- When I Was Invisible– Dorothy Koomson
- Poppy’s Place– Karina Charman
- The Horse and His Boy– C.S. Lewis
- Orangeboy– Patrice Lawrence
- Always With Love– Giovanna Fletcher
- The Moonlight Dreamers– Siobhan Curham
- According To Yes-Dawn French
- The Borrowers– Mary Norton
- Swimming To The Moon– Jane Elson
- The Castle– Sophia Bennett
- The Woman Next Door– Cass Green
- Songs About A Girl– Chris Russell
- Maggot Moon– Sally Gardner
- Shtum– Jem Lester
- The One We Fell In Love With– Paige Toon
- My Embarrassing Dad’s Gone Viral– Ben Davis
- Cuckoo– Keren David
- Harry Potter and The Cursed Child– J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, Jack Thorne
- All About The Hype– Paige Toon
- The Girls– Lisa Jewell
- Head Over Heels– Holly Smale
- Crush– Eve Ainsworth
- Perijee and Me– Ross Montgomery
- How Not To Disappear– Clare Furniss
- A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding– Jackie Copleton
- Looking for JJ– Anne Cassidy
- A Boy Made Of Bricks– Keith Stuart
- Robyn Silver- The Midnight Chimes– Paula Harrison
- Isadora Moon Goes To School- Harriet Muncaster
- The Last Act of Love– Cathy Rentzenbrink
- Time To Say Goodbye– S.D. Robertson
- On The Other Side– Carrie Hope Fletcher
- Beautiful Broken Things– Sara Barnard
- The Widow– Fiona Barton
- The Wolves of Willoughby Chase– Joan Aiken
- Dead Romantic– C.J.Skuse
- Haunt Me– Liz Kessler
- Missing, Presumed– Susie Steiner
- Strange Star– Emma Carroll
- Ballet Shoes– Noel Streatfeild
- The Lie Tree– Frances Hardinge
- Into The Trees– Robert Williams
- Lighthousekeeping– Jeanette Winterson
- Infinite Sky– C.J. Flood
- 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!
Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list are my Top Ten books set outside the U.S. This has been quite a tricky list, not that I don’t read books set outside the U.S…. I do read lots and that’s been the problem…narrowing it down to 10!
In no particular order, here they are (images go to Goodreads)
Harry Potter- J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter is such an amazing series and it is a series that will forever stay with me! I love that it’s British!
Geek Girl- Holly Smale
Geek Girl is such a fun series. I’m slightly addicted. It does have some ridiculous moments but at the heart of it is a fun and heart-warming story. Harriet, the main character, is utterly relatable!
V Is For Violet- Alison Rattle
This wonderful book is set in London in the 1960s. I thought it was utterly gripping!
Noughts and Crosses- Malorie Blackman
We don’t know for sure that this book isn’t set in the U.S. However, I see it as a book set in the U.K. It’s a wonderful, gripping read with diverse characters and dystopian settings.
Radio Silence- Alice Oseman
I loved this book. It surpassed Alice’s debut novel for me. Such an interesting concept and really well written.
Hollow Pike- Juno Dawson
I thought this was an incredibly atmospheric read.
Undone- Cat Clarke
This book had me frantically turning the pages and had one hell of an ending!
Trouble- Non Pratt
Non Pratt is a fantastic author. I love how raw her books are. This one centres around teenage pregnancy.
Dead Jealous- Sharon Jones
Poppy Sinclair is one of my favourite YA characters. She’s brilliant in this, very British, YA thriller/mystery.
Fallen Grace- Mary Hooper
This book is set in Victorian London. I didn’t expect to fall in love with it as much as I did, but I thought it was a brilliant piece of historical fiction.
Which books have you enjoyed that aren’t set in the U.S? Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!