Ten Books I Can’t Believe That I Read

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 all about books that we can’t believe we’ve read. As ever, click on the book image to get to Goodreads.

Me and Mr J

I really didn’t get on with this book. I always find teacher/student relationships very awkward, especially as a teacher myself.

Those Girls

I really struggled with this book. I didn’t like the characters at all.

The Devil That Danced on the Water: A Daughter's Quest

I didn’t get on with this book at all. It just bored me.

Never Let Me Go

I think I’m in the minority with this book, but it wasn’t my cup of tea.

Coming Home

This was easy enough to read but it was just wasn’t memorable.

Letters to a Love Rat

Nowadays I give up on a book when I’m not enjoying it, but I used to persevere. This one was okay, but I know now I probably would DNF it.

Alice Hartley's Happiness

I really enjoy Philippa Gregory’s writing, but this book was just weird. Sex, drugs and dolphins. Yes, dolphins.

The Harlot's Press

This book had a lot of potential but it wasn’t great.

Sophie

This book was a little too unrealistic for me.

The Trouble with Alice

I don’t remember reading this book at all which is quite bad!

How about you? What books are you surprised that you’ve read? Feel free to leave me a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

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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!

The Number One Rule For Girls

The Number One Rule for Girls

How did I get it?:
I was invited to review it via NetGalley! This did not affect my opinion of the book.

Previously reviewed by the same author:
Me and Mr J

Synopsis:

Daisy knows a thing or two about love and romance. She’s surrounded by it – in fact, there’s no escape! Not only are her parents childhood sweethearts turned soulmates, they also run the very successful wedding agency ‘Something Borrowed’, helping couples to tie the knot in whatever frilly, quirky, tasteful, outrageous way they choose. So it’s no surprise that Daisy has a pretty clear vision of how her life with boyfriend Matt is going to pan out.

There’s one major flaw in this plan – Matt and Daisy have split up! Determined not to brood, Daisy sets out to re-invent her life and her dreams. And that’s when Toby enters the scene, who appears to be perfect, but is turning all the Rules upside down..

Thoughts:

Although I appreciated Rachel McIntyre’s writing in her debut novel, Me and Mr J, I wasn’t the biggest fan of it. I think this was mainly down to being a teacher. It didn’t sit right with me and made me highly uncomfortable. Me being me though, I like to give an author another chance- especially because it was the subject matter that I had problems with in Rachel’s debut. I enjoyed reading The Number One Rule For Girls (It certainly made my train journey go by quickly!) but be warned, there are some moments in it which are a little frustrating.

It centres around Daisy, who has recently split up with the love of her life, Matt. Daisy has decided she wants to go to college, instead of her school’s sixth form because she’s had about enough of life there, despite having some great friends. Daisy expects college to be an amazing experience. She expects to be a social butterfly, but it doesn’t quite happen for her. Daisy does meet Toby, an incredibly good looking guy who shows an interest in her. She falls for him quickly, although she’s never quite sure she’s over Matt. Toby isn’t what he seems though.

I have to say, Rachel McIntyre is fabulous at writing character’s that you really don’t like. I could not get on with Toby from the very beginning, but I liked that I didn’t like him. He was incredibly arrogant and controlling. I wanted to grab Daisy and shake her. She was frustrating with the way she allowed herself to be controlled by Toby. I hated that he seemed to be trying to change the way she looked, the food she ate etc. Urgh, he was just annoying! Yet, I also felt frustrated that Daisy still went back to him, despite promising her good friends she wouldn’t.

I did like how, although the girl characters did have disagreements, they stuck together and followed the rules they made in their younger years which gave the message of not changing for anyone. That’s a strong, important message for everybody-which I really appreciated.

Would I recommend it?:
Yes!- although I do believe it will divide many readers.

An easy to read book- although the main character may frustrate!

Me and Mr J

Me and Mr J

How did I get it?:
Netgalley- many thanks to Egmont

Synopsis:

Fifteen-year-old Lara finds her soulmate. There’s just one problem – he’s her teacher.

Lara’s life has changed radically since her father lost his job. As the eldest, Lara tries to keep upbeat, and the one outlet for all her problems is her diary where she can be open about how dire everything is at home, and worse, the fact that she’s being horrifically bullied at school.

Thoughts:

This is going to be a really hard book to review because of personal connection to the teaching profession. However, it kept me reading. I think it’s difficult going into a book like this being a trainee teacher. My interest in this book was how it was going to be explored as student/teacher inappropriate relationships do happen. Lara feels MUCH younger than fifteen and it just all felt wrong to me.

Me and Mr J centres around bullying and student/teacher relationships. I found the bullying aspects of the book harrowing, but well written. They made me feel uncomfortable which much of the book did, if I’m entirely honest. I kept reading though. Something about this book kept me reading more despite my reservations.

Lara is an interesting character. As I mentioned, she comes across as younger than she actually is. Lara’s story is told in diary entries which I always enjoy reading. I think it helped the teenage voice really come through. I feel like her naivety also came through. She never really understood the consequences of her actions. Rachel McIntyre has certainly written a thought provoking read about some deep issues like bullying and relationships with authoritative figures.

So whilst the subject matter was intense, it was well written and explored many issues. I think many readers will enjoy this book!

Would I recommend it?:
Yes! I do recommend it, as I think it is my personal issues with the book from a trainee teacher perspective that put me off this book. I think others would very much enjoy it.

Tough subject matter but an engrossing read!

Stacking The Shelves #102

Click on the image to get to Tynga’s Reviews

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 Goodreads page!

NetGalley:

Me and Mr J The Last Leaves Falling Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

Ooh. I didn’t notice the red theme I have going on with these books! I thought Me & Mr J had a very interesting premise. I’m looking forward to it. I have heard such good things about Sarah Benwell’s début The Last Leaves Falling. I’m reading it VERY soon. I’m excited! I wasn’t initially drawn to Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda, but I’ve heard many good things from bloggers that I trust, so I’m going to give it a go!

Bought:

I got rid of some books (a lot of books this week) but naughtily enough I bought more! In my defence, I have wanted to read these books for AGES. I can totally justify it to myself! 😉

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The Kiss of Deception (The Remnant Chronicles, #1) The Art of Being Normal Born Wicked (The Cahill Witch Chronicles, #1)

I have too much excitement for all of these books! I’m particularly looking forward to The Art of Being Normal after so many people have been raving about it! 🙂

Have you read any of these books? Which should I prioritise? Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!