Top Ten Books That I Absolutely Adore

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 a love freebie, just in time for Valentine’s Day. I decided to promote my favourite books! There are more than 10, so it took me a while to narrow them down! But here they are…

As ever, click on the book image to take you to Goodreads!

Me Before You- Jojo Moyes

Me Before You (Me Before You, #1)

This book will always be one of my favourites. It broke me! I didn’t enjoy the sequel as much which was a shame.

Lord Of The Flies- William Golding

Lord of the Flies

I first read this at school and I’ve reread it numerous times since.

To Kill A Mockingbird- Harper Lee

To Kill a Mockingbird

Another school read that I’ve reread often!

Rebecca- Daphne Du Maurier

Rebecca

I adore this classic ❤

Goodnight Mister Tom- Michelle Magorian

Goodnight Mister Tom

A very special, moving book.

One- Sarah Crossan

One

I absolutely adored this book about conjoined twins.

A Monster Calls- Patrick Ness

A Monster Calls

Another heart-breaker!

Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda- Becky Albertalli

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

Love, love, love. I am so intrigued to see what the film is like.

The Girl Who Walked On Air- Emma Carroll

The Girl Who Walked On Air

Most of Emma Carroll’s books could’ve made this list.

Reasons To Stay Alive- Matt Haig

Reasons to Stay Alive

I adore how raw this book is. A very special read.

What have you done for your Top Ten Love freebie this week? Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

 

 

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Round Up of British Books Challenge 2017

The British Books Challenge is hosted by Michelle at Tales of Yesterday. Find out more about it HERE.

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. I smashed it once again this year by reading 63 books by British Authors.

Here are 2017’s efforts!

  1. The One Memory of Flora Banks– Emily Barr
  2. Paper Butterflies– Lisa Heathfield
  3. We Come Apart– Sarah Crossan and Brian Conaghan
  4. How Hard Can Love Be?– Holly Bourne
  5. Disclaimer– Renee Knight
  6. Margot & Me– Juno Dawson
  7. The Trouble With Goats and Sheep– Joanna Cannon
  8. The Witchfinder’s Sister– Beth Underdown
  9. London Belongs To Us– Sarra Manning
  10. The Cuckoo Sister– Vivian Alcock
  11. The Curious Incident of The Dog In The Night-Time– Mark Haddon
  12. The One– John Marrs
  13. Mad Girl– Bryony Gordon
  14. Lie With Me– Sabine Durrant
  15. Pilot Jane and The Runaway Plane– Caroline Baxter
  16. Fish Boy- Chloe Daykin
  17. Awful Auntie– David Walliams
  18. The Last Beginning- Lauren James
  19. Girlhood– Cat Clarke
  20. One Italian Summer- Keris Stainton
  21. Release- Patrick Ness
  22. Unboxed- Non Pratt
  23. Follow Me– Angela Clarke
  24. Watch Me– Angela Clarke
  25. Trust Me– Angela Clarke
  26. Truth Or Dare– Non Pratt
  27. I See You- Clare Mackintosh
  28. Blood Sisters– Jane Corry
  29. The Prime Minister’s Brain- Gillian Cross
  30. The Nearest Faraway Place– Hayley Long
  31. The Graces– Laure Eve
  32. Miss You– Kate Eberlen
  33. Damage– Eve Ainsworth
  34. Indigo Donut– Patrice Lawrence
  35. Gone Without A Trace– Mary Torjussen
  36. Her Husband’s Lover– Julia Crouch
  37. He Said/She Said– Erin Kelly
  38. Cartes Postales from Greece– Victoria Hislop
  39. Fortunately, The Milk– Neil Gaiman
  40. Good Me, Bad Me– Ali Land
  41. The Scarecrow Queen– Melinda Salisbury
  42. Charlotte Says– Alex Bell
  43. Close To Me– Amanda Reynolds
  44. Coraline- Neil Gaiman
  45. The House– Simon Lelic
  46. The Betrayals- Fiona Neill
  47. The Trophy Child– Paula Daly
  48. Saffy’s Angel– Hilary McKay
  49. Behind Closed Doors- B.A Paris
  50. No Virgin– Anne Cassidy
  51. No Shame– Anne Cassidy
  52. Then She Was Gone– Lisa Jewell
  53. The Treatment– C.L Taylor
  54. Letters From The Lighthouse– Emma Carroll
  55. Black Hearts In Battersea– Joan Aiken
  56. The Polar Bear Explorers’ Club- Alex Bell
  57. 13 Minutes– Sarah Pinborough
  58. The Hours Before Dawn– Celia Fremlin
  59. Noah Can’t Even– Simon James Green
  60. Witch Child- Celia Rees
  61. The Friend– Dorothy Koomson
  62. A Quiet Kind Of Thunder– Sara Barnard
  63. Finding Jennifer Jones– Anne Cassidy

Top Ten Books I’m Thankful For

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list are the Top Ten books that we’re thankful for! Here are mine…

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

Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda- Becky Albertalli

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

I’m thankful that this beautiful book is out there for everyone to enjoy. It’s an incredible book with such wonderful characters.

Harry Potter- J.K.Rowling

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

I absolutely loved growing up with this amazing series.

One- Sarah Crossan

One

Such a heart-warming read.

A Monster Calls- Patrick Ness

A Monster Calls

A simply beautiful book!

Reasons To Stay Alive- Matt Haig

Reasons to Stay Alive

I’m forever thankful that Matt was so honest in this memoir.

Me Before You- Jojo Moyes

Me Before You (Me Before You, #1)

This book broke my heart. I absolutely adored it. It’s a book I highly recommend to many, even those that don’t enjoy women’s fiction.

The Reason I Jump-Naoki Higashida

The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism

This book struck a chord with me. It made me think differently about autism.

Matilda- Roald Dahl

Matilda

I was happy to discover Matilda, the wonderful bookworm, when I was younger! I still love her now!

Goodnight Mister Tom- Michelle Magorian

Goodnight Mister Tom

I remember reading this for the first time in secondary (high) school. I was absolutely blown away by this book. It captured my attention and has a very special place in my heart.

Lord Of The Flies- William Golding

Lord of the Flies

Another book I discovered at school. I loved it then and it’s a book I’ve reread a few times.

Which books are you thankful for? Let me know! Happy Thanksgiving to all those celebrating this week!

Ten Unique Book Titles

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list are ten unique book titles. There’s certainly a few out there!

  1. The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake- Aimee Bender

  2. The Forest of Hands and Teeth- Carrie Ryan

  3. The Sky Is Everywhere- Jandy Nelson (beautiful book!)

  4. The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time- Mark Haddon (favourite!)

  5. The Earth, My Butt and Other Big Round Things- Carolyn Macker

  6. Green Eggs and Ham- Dr Seuss

  7. The Crimson Petal and The White- Michel Faber

  8. The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making- Catherynne M Valente

  9. The Knife Of Never Letting Go- Patrick Ness

  10. The Elegance Of The Hedgehog- Muriel Barbery

I have read all of these books and had very varied opinions of them. A unique title can totally pull me in. What did you put on your list this week? Let me know!

Book Tag- Shelfie by Shelfie #1

I was tagged in Beth’s Shelfie by Shelfie book tag. I thought it was a great idea… so here we go!

The idea of the tag is that you share a picture (‘shelfie’) of one of your shelves and then answer some questions about them.

1.) Is there any reason for this shelf being organised the way it is or is it purely random?

It’s my favourite shelf. Meaning every single one of these books is a favourite read of mine. On it is….

  • The Curious Incident of The Dog In The Night-Time
  • The Constant Princess
  • The Other Boleyn Girl
  • The Boleyn Inheritance
  • The Virgin’s Lover
  • The Queen’s Fool
  • Sarah’s Key
  • If You Could See Me Now
  • P.S. I Love You
  • Lord Of The Flies
  • Rebecca
  • To Kill A Mockingbird
  • The Last Leaves Falling
  • Cross Your Heart
  • Me Before You
  • The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas
  • The Class That Went Wild
  • Reasons To Stay Alive
  • One
  • Thirteen Reasons Why
  • A Monster Calls
  • Only Ever Yours
  • Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda
  • Good Me Bad Me
  • The Reason I Jump

2.) Tell us a story about one of the books on this shelf that is special to you i.e. how you got it/ a memory associated with it etc.

That’s a tricky one as all of these books are special to me. The Class That Went Wild has a special place in my heart as it is a childhood favourite. I have fond memories of Beth reading it to me when I was younger. I used to love being read to by my big sister!

3.) Which book from this shelf would you ditch if you were forced to and why?

I think perhaps Thirteen Reasons Why. I have a really weird relationship with this book, which I’ll address in a blog post and some point.

4.) Which book from this shelf would you save in an emergency and why?

I hate this question! I would want to save them all, please? No? Hmm… I think it would have to be Me Before You. I push that book so very much that it has to be saved!

5.) Which book has been on this shelf for the longest time?

P.S. I Love You. I read it when it first came out!

6.) Which book is the newest addition to this shelf?

Good Me, Bad Me read this year and promptly added to my favourites!

7.) Which book from this shelf are you most excited to read (or re-read if this is a favourites shelf?)

Me Before You… will it still be a favourite after a re-read?

8.) If there is an object on this shelf apart from books, tell us the story behind it.

Above the shelf are some ornaments that my friend (and wonderful author Alex Bell) got me from a holiday to many different locations. There’s so many cute trinkets from places in Europe. I also have a teaching assistant teddy from a child that reminds me of when life was easier as teaching assistant! 😉 I also have some Tinkerbell stuff from my nephew who knows I love Tinkerbell, I also have a best teacher wine glass. I may not drink, but it was the thought that counts!

9.) What does this shelf tell us about you as a reader?

My favourite books range from chick-lit and historical fiction to psychological thrillers and a few classics!

10.) Choose other bloggers to tag or choose a free question you make up yourself.

There’s so many that I’d like to tag, so I’d just say if you want to do it, please do and leave me a link if you do! 🙂 Please check out Beth’s original post HERE!

Release

Release

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Previously reviewed by the same author:

Chaos Walking Trilogy:

Standalone:

Synopsis:

Inspired by Mrs Dalloway and Judy Blume’s Forever, Release is one day in the life of Adam Thorn, 17. It’s a big day. Things go wrong. It’s intense, and all the while, weirdness approaches…

Adam Thorn is having what will turn out to be the most unsettling, difficult day of his life, with relationships fracturing, a harrowing incident at work, and a showdown between this gay teen and his preacher father that changes everything. It’s a day of confrontation, running, sex, love, heartbreak, and maybe, just maybe, hope. He won’t come out of it unchanged. And all the while, lurking at the edges of the story, something extraordinary and unsettling is on a collision course.

Thoughts:

As soon as I hear that Patrick Ness has a new book coming out, I pre-order it straight away. He’s one of my auto-buy authors. I don’t even read the synopsis of the book. It’s going to be mine, without fail. I always wonder if I hype him too much, I mean, I love The Ness, I’ve made no secret of that fact. I always think I’m going to be disappointed by my high expectations for his work. It hasn’t happened to me…until now. However, it’s only a slight disappointment and even though I have my reservations about Release, I have seen so many positive reviews, so if you’re a Patrick Ness fan, don’t despair. His writing is beautiful and story so unique.

Release is similar to The Rest Of Us Just Live Here in the fact that it has two parallel plots that don’t really hit each other. There’s the plot that follows Adam Thorn and his life and then there’s a magical realism type fairy tale. Something you’d think I’d love, given my adoration of fairy tales, right? It’s like reading two separate stories. It worked for me for The Rest Of Us Just Live Here but for some reason, it didn’t work for me with Release. The book covers a lot of issues in a short space of time. There’s teen angst, family issues, love and extremely likeable characters. It’s also got a touch of paranormal.

I absolutely cannot fault Patrick Ness. I am still a huge fan, despite not loving this book in particular. His writing is amazing and the characters he creates are in-depth and extremely well considered. Release’s two plot lines just did not work for me. I wanted more of Adam’s story. I found his story to be powerful and compelling whereas the other plot line just felt a little cold.

Would I recommend it?:
Yes! 3.5 stars

Whilst this wasn’t my favourite book by Mr Ness, it was still a good read and one which many’ll enjoy!

This Week In Books #64

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!

Click on the book to get to Goodreads!

Release  As I Descended Unboxed

NOW ReleasePatrick Ness– I am almost finished the latest book from Patrick Ness. I’m not enjoying it as much as I usually do, but it’s still a decent read. I just have very high expectations when it comes to the Ness.

THENAs I Descended- Robin Talley– I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I’ve had mixed feelings about her releases so far. I loved her debut novel and couldn’t stand the next release, so I was apprehensive about reading this one! I hope to put my review up ASAP.

NEXTUnboxedNon Pratt– I’ve had this book for a while now and it’s really time to get around to it! I have loved Non Pratt’s books, so I’m excited to see what I make of this one.

I’m very pleased by this blue theme I seem to have going on this week! Ha! What are you reading this week? Let me know!