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!
I am joining in with the lovely Lipsy from Lipsy’s Lost and Found’s feature which highlights our week in books. I shall be sharing what I’m reading now, then and next! I won’t be showcasing my new books as I do that on a Saturday. I’m really excited by this feature as I loved sharing my recent reads. My book reviews published on my blog are often WAY behind what I’m actually reading, so this is a good feature to keep you up to date!
As ever, click on the book image to get to Goodreads!
NOW- The Samaritan- Mason Cross- I am over halfway through this crime/thriller read. It’s okay, but it’s not blowing me away.
THEN- Carrie’s War- Nina Bawden- I enjoyed exploring this book recently for the kid-lit challenge that I do with my sister.
NEXT- Girl of Nightmares- Kendare Blake- I am aiming to read this book next, I’m determined to finish more series this year!
What are you reading this week? Feel free to leave a link to your posts and I’ll stop by!
How did I get it?:
I borrowed it from Beth!
Evacuated from London to Wales during World War II, Carrie and her brother are sent to live with the very strict Mr Evans. In trying to heal the breach between Mr Evans and his estranged sister, Carrie does the worst thing she ever did in her life.
I hadn’t read this book before, but it had always been on my radar. I was glad that it made it into our kid-lit challenge. It’s an easy to read book which I think has an important place in children’s literature.
Carrie’s War is told from Carrie’s perspective. Carrie and her brother have been evacuated and sent from Wales to London to live with a very strict man, Mr Evans. Carrie and her brother and another evacuee have many adventures together. I really enjoyed how it explored what it must have been like to live so far away from home with the war going on. I thought Nina Bawden’s writing was easy to read and evoked all emotions!
I really liked the characters of Carrie and Nick and was actually quite surprised at how complex they were. I enjoyed reading about their experiences, but if I was being extra picky, I would have liked more about WWII, but that is an opinion from reading it as an adult. I’m pretty sure that the age range that it is directed at, find this book to be a decent reading experience. It didn’t blow me away, but it was a good read and one I’m glad that I finally got around to.
For Beth’s review, please check out her blog HERE
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Next up in the Beth and Chrissi Do Kid-Lit Challenge (March):
The Boy In The Dress- David Walliams
2016 brings another year of Beth and Chrissi do Kid-Lit, which has been a fun feature on our blog! As usual, Beth and I have picked 6 books each. In 2015, we enjoyed having a 6 modern options and 6 ‘old’ kid-lit classics.
Here are the choices…my choices are in purple, Beth’s in red!
JANUARY- The Demon Headmaster- Gillian Cross
FEBRUARY- Carrie’s War- Nina Bawden
MARCH- The Boy In The Dress- David Walliams
APRIL- Noble Conflict- Malorie Blackman
MAY- The Horse and His Boy- C.S Lewis
JUNE- The Borrowers- Mary Norton
JULY- Maggot Moon- Sally Gardner
AUGUST- Looking For JJ- Anne Cassidy
SEPTEMBER – The Wolves of Willoughby Chase-Joan Aiken
OCTOBER- Ballet Shoes- Noel Streatfeild
NOVEMBER- A Series of Unfortunate Events- Lemony Snicket
DECEMBER- The Boy Who Sailed The Ocean In An Armchair- Lara Williamson
Have you read any of this books? Can you spot a favourite in there? Let us know!