Top Ten Tuesday Throwback- My First 10 Book Reviews

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list is a throwback. God knows I love a throwback! I thought I’d look back at my first ten book reviews today.

Click on the book image to get to the Goodreads page for the book! 🙂

Review 1- The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry– Rachel Joyce

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry (Harold Fry, #1)

Review 2- Some Kind Of Fairy Tale– Graham Joyce

Some Kind of Fairy Tale

Review 3- In The Time Of Butterflies– Julia Alvarez

In the Time of the Butterflies

Review 4- The Abigail Affair– Timothy Frost

The Abigail Affair

Review 5- One Moment, One Morning– Sarah Rayner

One Moment, One Morning

Review 6- The Other Daughter– Lisa Gardner

The Other Daughter

Review 7- The Song Of Achilles– Madeline Miller

The Song of Achilles

Review 8- Magic Under Glass– Jaclyn Dolamore

Magic Under Glass (Magic Under, #1)

Review 9- Entangled– Cat Clarke

Entangled

Review 10-  Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland– Lewis Carroll (My first Kid-Lit post with my sister Beth!)

Alice in Wonderland

What did you do for your throwback post this week? Let me know! Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

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The Ones That Got Away #2

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This feature is going to showcase some recent reads that I haven’t fully reviewed. This may be because I didn’t finish the book or that I didn’t have enough to say to warrant a full and fair review of a book that I’m sure others will absolutely adore. I figure this way the books will be highlighted and someone somewhere might find the right book for them!

(BOOK IMAGES GO TO GOODREADS)

Hole In My Heart- Rie Charles

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Synopsis:

Are there wounds too deep to heal, pains too sharp to share? And if a family survives by cutting the ties that bind them, can they ever be whole again?

After losing her mother to illness and her father to his work, Nora Mackenzie must leave her home in the interior of B.C. for a North Vancouver school. Estranged from her classmates, her family, and the life she’s lost, Nora walls herself off from the people around her. At the same time, her young cousin, Lizzie, is facing an uncertain future as one of the first children to undergo open-heart surgery. As the operation approaches, Nora discovers that she is not the only person in her family isolated by fear and grief.

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Hunting Lila- Sarah Alderson

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Synopsis:

17-year-old Lila has two secrets she’s prepared to take to the grave. The first is that she can move things just by looking at them. The second is that she’s been in love with her brother’s best friend, Alex, since forever.

After a mugging exposes her unique ability, Lila decides to run to the only people she can trust—her brother and Alex. They live in Southern California where they work for a secret organization called The Unit, and Lila discovers that the two of them are hunting down the men who murdered her mother five years before. And that they’ve found them.

In a world where nothing and no one is quite as they seem, Lila quickly realizes that she is not alone—there are others out there just like her—people with special powers—and her mother’s killer is one of them…

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A Song For Ella Grey- David Almond

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Synopsis:

“I’m the one who’s left behind. I’m the one to tell the tale. I knew them both…knew how they lived and how they died.”

Claire is Ella Grey’s best friend. She’s there when the whirlwind arrives on the scene: catapulted into a North East landscape of gutted shipyards; of high arched bridges and ancient collapsed mines. She witnesses a love so dramatic it is as if her best friend has been captured and taken from her. But the loss of her friend to the arms of Orpheus is nothing compared to the loss she feels when Ella is taken from the world. This is her story – as she bears witness to a love so complete; so sure, that not even death can prove final.

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Firewallers- Simon Packham

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Synopsis:

Can her life get any worse? Jess returns from a nightmare day at school to find her dad’s suspended from work and gone into hiding. To escape the slobbering newshounds all eager for the full story, Mum drags Jess and her sister off to a remote Scottish Island. Modern technology’s forbidden, and there’s only a bunch of teenage uber geeks for company. Without Facebook or even her mobile, Jess feels totally disconnected from everybody back home. And why are they there anyway? What are they really running away from?

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The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy- Rachel Joyce

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When Queenie Hennessy discovers that Harold Fry is walking the length of England to save her, and all she has to do is wait, she is shocked. Her note had explained she was dying. How can she wait?

A new volunteer at the hospice suggests that Queenie should write again; only this time she must tell Harold everything. In confessing to secrets she has hidden for twenty years, she will find atonement for the past. As the volunteer points out, ‘Even though you’ve done your travelling, you’re starting a new journey too.’

Queenie thought her first letter would be the end of the story. She was wrong. It was the beginning.

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WWW Wednesday #96

WWW Wednesdays is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. Click on the image to get to her blog!

Welcome to another WWW Wednesday! To participate in WWW Wednesday, you need to answer three questions.

•What are you currently reading?
•What did you recently finish reading?
•What do you think you’ll read next?

Click on the book cover to get to the Goodreads page for the book.

What are you currently reading?

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I am currently reading The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy. I’m enjoying it so far!

What did you recently finish reading?

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I recently finished Belzhar which I found incredibly interesting! It didn’t take me long to devour! My review is already up HERE

What do you think you’ll read next?

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I’m very much looking forward to reading Roomies, despite the mixed reviews!

What are you reading this week? Feel free to leave a link to your post or answer the questions in the comments below! Happy Reading! 😀

Top Ten Books For Readers Who Like Character Driven Novels

toptentuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is hosted by the lovely The Broke and The Bookish. Each week they come up with a list for us to complete. This week it is Top Ten Books For Readers Who Like Character Driven Novels.  I love reading character driven novels so hopefully this won’t be too hard for me to complete!

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

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The Rosie ProjectGraeme Simsion– I’m so glad that this book is the first in a series, because I absolutely adored the main character. I can’t wait to see how his story continues.

Eleanor & ParkRainbow Rowell– I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. It’s deeper than you’d think.

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The Curious Incident of The Dog in The Night TimeMark Haddon– This is one of my favourite books by Mark Haddon and possibly one of my favourites ever. The main character is so unique.

RoomEmma Donoghue- This book is another unique read. It looks like it’s going to be completely harrowing and it is in parts, but the character of Jack does inject some much needed humour!

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The HelpKathryn Stockett– I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve included this book in Top Ten lists. This is one of my favourite books of all time. It’s raw, it’s honest, it’s got amazing characters. Just read it!!

Heart Shaped BruiseTanya Byrne- Another unique read. This book made me somewhat understand why the character did the awful thing that she did… (I’m so vague! 😉 )

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The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold FryRachel Joyce– A beautiful book about an older man’s journey to find his friend.

The Time Traveler’s Wife- Audrey Niffenegger– This book took me a while to get into, but I ended up loving the journey that we went on with the characters.

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TeaseAmanda Maciel– This one is interesting because it’s from the point of view of the bully.

Wonder- R.J Palacio- Another wonderful character in a very hopeful book.

What are your favourite character driven books? Feel free to leave your link to your post and I’ll stop by!

Stacking The Shelves #86

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Click on the image to take you to Tynga’s blog to learn more! (Opens in same window)

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 the Goodread’s page!

Won from the British Books Challenge:

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I won these books (and Flirty Dancing by Jenny McLachlan which I have previously read and reviewed) from the British Books Challenge in June. I’m particularly looking forward to Take Back The Skies by Lucy Saxon. I’ve heard amazing things about Apple and Rain too.

NetGalley:

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The Love Song of Miss Queenie HennessyRachel Joyce– I loved The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, so I’m excited about reading from Queenie’s point of view.

BelzharMeg Wolitzer– Belzhar has been around so much recently! I’m looking forward to jumping into it soon!

What have you added to your collection this week? Please feel free to leave your link to your hauls!

 

 

Round up of British Book Challenge 2013

I can’t believe it’s been a year, since I accepted the challenge to read 12 books by a British author. I’ve absolutely loved discovering new British authors this year. I’m definitely going to continue the challenge next year. We have far too many brilliant authors in the UK, that deserve much more recognition.

Here are the British Authors I’ve discovered this year, complete with a link to my review!

Here’s to discovering new British Authors in 2014 and continuing to support UK writers!

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How did I get it?:
NetGalley- thanks to Random House UK/Transworld Publishers

Synopsis:

In 1972, two seconds were added to time. It was in order to balance clock time with the movement of the earth. Byron Hemming knew this because James Lowe had told him and James was the cleverest boy at school. But how could time change? The steady movement of hands around a clock was as certain as their golden futures.

Then Byron’s mother, late for the school run, makes a devastating mistake. Byron’s perfect world is shattered. Were those two extra seconds to blame? Can what follows ever be set right

Thoughts:

I absolutely loved Rachel Joyce’s debut novel The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, so I went into reading this book with very high expectations. I think it’s a good read, but for me, I wasn’t as gripped as I thought I might be. That said, it’s incredibly easy to read, and it confirms my thoughts that Rachel Joyce is a brilliant writer.

I think what stands out the most about this book, is the very moving moments, much like Harold Fry. The young boy in this book, Byron, goes through a journey too, but this time the journey is growing up and making choices rather than going on an epic physical journey.

The book tells a story of different people. Byron and James who are two middle-class boys, growing up in the 1970s. Byron is very obsessive about two seconds that are going to be added to the year. His best friend James is his source of advice on several matters because James is incredibly intelligent. One day, Byron’s mother has an accident as she’s driving Byron and his sister to school. Byron blames the accident on the two added seconds and becomes completely obsessed with these two extra seconds. Byron and James investigate the accident and the consequences of the accident with ‘Operation Perfect’. Without spoiling the book, things escalate and have an affect on the boys…Another story that runs through the book is Jim’s story. Jim struggles with mental health issues and receives advice from his colleagues.

I enjoyed reading this book. Like Harold Fry, the matters in the book are dealt with incredibly sensitively, and there are some beautiful characters with fabulous relationships. I particularly liked the relationship between Byron and his mum. Whilst I didn’t enjoy it as much as Harold Fry, I’m still encouraged by Rachel Joyce’s writing and I’d definitely read more from her!

Would I recommend it?:
Yes!

Reading next:
As You Wake- Amy Martin