Ten Books Set Outside The U.S.

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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 and the Philosopher's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)

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 (Geek Girl, #1)

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

V for Violet

This wonderful book is set in London in the 1960s. I thought it was utterly gripping!

Noughts and Crosses- Malorie Blackman

Noughts & Crosses (Noughts & Crosses, #1)

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

Radio Silence

I loved this book. It surpassed Alice’s debut novel for me. Such an interesting concept and really well written.

Hollow Pike- Juno Dawson

Hollow Pike

I thought this was an incredibly atmospheric read.

Undone- Cat Clarke

Undone

This book had me frantically turning the pages and had one hell of an ending!

Trouble- Non Pratt

Trouble

Non Pratt is a fantastic author. I love how raw her books are. This one centres around teenage pregnancy.

Dead Jealous- Sharon Jones

Dead Jealous (Poppy Sinclair, #1)

Poppy Sinclair is one of my favourite YA characters. She’s brilliant in this, very British, YA thriller/mystery.

Fallen Grace- Mary Hooper

Fallen Grace

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!

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Luna’s Picks 2014: The Books Are Now Reviewed!

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My good friend Luna at Luna’s Little Library recommended some awesome books for me. Each month of 2014 she gave me a selection of choices out of her collection of books. I picked one and then I left it to readers to decide my next read. Here are the books that I reviewed over the year.

January

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February

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 March

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May

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May brought me the first book that I didn’t agree with Luna with. That is Riot. Please check out my review if you’re interested in why I didn’t enjoy it as much. You’ll find a link there to Luna’s review so you can read a differing opinion.

June

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August

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 September

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October

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November

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December

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As you can see, I had an amazing year with the books Luna recommended! I have found some authors that I will certainly looking out for in the future. Luna’s Picks will return again, but not this year as both Luna and I are incredibly busy! Thanks once again to Luna for providing this wonderful feature for me!

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.

Fallen Grace

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How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Synopsis:

Grace Parkes has just had to do a terrible thing. Having given birth to an illegitimate child, she has travelled to the famed Brookwood Cemetery to place her small infant’s body in a rich lady’s coffin. Following the advice of a kindly midwife, this is the only way that Grace can think of to give something at least to the little baby who died at birth, and to avoid the ignominy of a pauper’s grave. Distraught and weeping, Grace meets two people at the cemetery: Mrs Emmeline Unwin and Mr James Solent. These two characters will have a profound affect upon Grace’s life. But Grace doesn’t know that yet. For now, she has to suppress her grief and get on with the business of living: scraping together enough pennies selling watercress for rent and food; looking after her older sister, who is incapable of caring for herself; thwarting the manipulative and conscience-free Unwin family, who are as capable of running a lucrative funeral business as they are of defrauding a young woman of her fortune. A stunning evocation of life in Victorian London, with vivid and accurate depictions, ranging from the deprivation that the truly poor suffered to the unthinking luxuries enjoyed by the rich: all bound up with a pacy and thrilling plot, as Grace races to unravel the fraud about to be perpetrated against her and her sister.

Thoughts:

I remember Luna reviewing this book a while back and immediately adding it to my to be read list. It just looked like my sort of book. So when it popped up on the Luna’s Picks features, I knew I had to pick it for my choice of book to read this month. I’m so glad I did, because I think Fallen Grace is a fantastic piece of young adult historical fiction. It’s engaging and well-paced with two sisters I immediately cared for.

Fallen Grace follows sisters Grace and Lily who are struggling to survive in poverty. Grace is mourning the loss of a child that she was forced to have. We first experience Grace when she is taking her stillborn baby to a cemetery so the baby doesn’t have a pauper’s grave. At the graveyard she meets the Unwins, a family who later offer Grace and Lily a place to work and sleep.  Grace takes a job as a ‘mute’ a professional mourner who doesn’t say anything, but attends funerals and looks sad. Lily is considered too ‘simple’ to be a mute, so she is trained to be a housemaid. Grace and Lily’s employers aren’t what they seem, they have a motif which the reader learns about fairly early on.

I liked that there were twists and turns in the story. I was incredibly intrigued to find out what was going to happen to two characters that I cared for. Grace and Lily are just so easy to like and root for.

I was really impressed with the writing in this story. Mary Hooper transported me to the Victorian era and I could picture everything that went on. Fallen Grace is a beautiful piece of Victorian historical fiction. I thought it was incredibly gritty and true to the times. Mary Hooper doesn’t shy away from exploring what the era was like.

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

Top Ten Freebie- Top Ten Unread Books waiting for me on my shelves

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list is a Top Ten Freebie. We can write a top ten list for whatever we like. I always find these lists a bit difficult for some reason. I probably over think them.

Anyway, I’ve decided to pick my Top Ten Unread Books waiting for me to be read on my shelf. Let’s face it. There’s a hell of a lot more than 10 waiting to be read. I’m a book buying addict. I can’t help it.

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More Than ThisPatrick Ness– I have wanted to read this book for SO long. I shall definitely try and fit it in as soon as I can. I hope I haven’t hyped myself up for it!

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Perfect Ruin- Lauren DeStefano– I adore Lauren DeStefano’s writing, so this book I should really try to read soon.

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A Boy Called HopeLara Williamson– This book may have a plainish cover, but it sounds adorable. I really need to make time for this book.

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Maybe SomedayColleen Hoover– I’ve heard good things about this book. I just need to get to it!

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Dead To YouLisa McMann – I was drawn to the cover of this book, and immediately picked it up after reading the synopsis.

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The Lovely and The LostPage Morgan– Yep, that’s right. Another series that I need to continue. There are just SO many.

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Fallen GraceMary Hooper- The cover of this book is simple, but beautiful. Really looking forward to this one.

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A Monster CallsPatrick Ness– I’m working my way through books by Patrick Ness. This one is certainly on my radar.

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FracturedTeri Terry– Oh look, another series that I need to continue! I enjoyed Slated, so I’m looking forward to reading Fractured.

I really need to make time for these books! Have you read any of them? Which would you suggest I prioritise?

Please feel free to leave your link to your Top Ten Freebie post this week. I’d love to see what you’ve done!

Stacking The Shelves #54

Click on the image to take you to Tynga's blog to learn more!

Click on the image to take you to Tynga’s blog to learn more!

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 its Goodread’s page!

All of the books I’ve bought this week are for the books I didn’t already have for my Luna’s Picks challenge for February. I’m only supposed to read 1-2 of Luna’s choices, but this month I quite fancied them all. 😉 I will pick 2 of them to read in February. The full list of books will be published soon!

Kindle:

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The Avery Shaw ExperimentKelly Oram– This sounds like a really fun read. I’m looking forward to reading it!

Bought:

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I’ve had my eye on Fallen Grace by Mary Hooper for a while. It sounds really interesting. Definitely my sort of story. Dear Dylan by Siobhan Curham has also been on my radar. I loved Finding Cherokee Brown and Shipwrecked, so I fully intended to get around to reading Dear Dylan! I have to admit,  I hadn’t heard of Constable & Toop by Gareth P.Jones before. I’ve heard that it’s a beautifully written fantasy/historical fiction read!

Have you read any of these books? What did you think? What have you added to your shelves this week? Please feel free to leave your link to your posts and I’ll pop by!