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!

Blog Tour: Robyn Silver- The Midnight Chimes (Robyn Silver #1)

The Midnight Chimes (Robyn Silver 1)

How did I get it?:
I received it from Scholastic through Faye, for the blog tour. This has not affected my opinion of the book!

Synopsis:

Life was very ordinary for
ten-year-old Robyn Silver. The often-ignored middle child in a big family, the most excitement she had was the dash to the dinner table to reach the last slice of pizza. Until… she begins to see creepy creatures around her town – creatures that are invisible to everyone else. And when her school is forced to decamp to mysterious Grimdean House and she meets its equally mysterious owner, Mr Cryptorum, Robyn finds herself catapulted headfirst into an extraordinary adventure – with more excitement than she could possibly have imagined. Be careful what you wish for…

About the author:

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Paula Harrison is a best-selling children’s author, with worldwide sales of over one million copies. Her books include The Rescue Princesses series. She wanted to be a writer from a young age but spent many happy years being a primary school teacher first.

Thoughts:

When Faye approached me to be part of the blog tour for this book, I was very excited. Reading the synopsis had me sold and I love to read children’s literature, especially because I’m about to teach the age range that this book is aimed towards. I thought Robyn Silver:The Midnight Chimes was a fun, action-packed read which I can imagine many children (and adults!) enjoying.

The Midnight Chimes centres around Robyn Silver who is the middle child in a very big family. Robyn doesn’t have much excitement in her life. However, one day she begins to see some very creepy creatures in her home. Robyn is amazed that her family can’t see what’s going on. She’s intrigued and a little scared. Her school is forced to close down one day after a very strange incident. The school moves to Grimdean House which is another mystery in itself. Robyn meets the owner, Mr Cryptorum, who is certainly a strange character. She finds out that there’s a reason why she and two other children can see the creepy creatures. The three children start to work closely with Mr Cryptorum heading into a crazy adventure involving creatures, sweets and wishes!

I was immediately drawn into Robyn’s world. I found her to be a wonderful protagonist. She was strong and engaging to read about. I loved reading about her adventures with the two others. I enjoyed reading about her interactions with her family, especially her sisters. The story itself, is well paced and easy to read. I loved the titles of the chapters which gave you a clue as to what the chapter would be like.

The Midnight Chimes is full of adventure and some wonderfully creepy creatures. I loved the glossary of creatures at the back of the book. I can imagine that many children will be quickly catapulted into the imaginative world that Paula Harrison has created.

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

Information about the Book
Release Date: 1st September 2016
Genre: MG Fantasy
Publisher: Scholastic
Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31444713-the-midnight-chimes
Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/1407170589

 

Next Stop on the Blog Tour (Sunday) – A Daydreamer’s Thoughts and Heather Reviews