British Books Challenge 2014: The round up!

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. That’s equal to one book a month.

It’s safe to say that I exceeded this challenge this year.

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Bookish Bingo Wrap Up

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I participated in Bookish Bingo  which was hosted by the lovely ladies over at Great Imaginations. I managed to read a book for EACH of the squares. I’m very proud of the reading I managed in the months of April, May and June. I’m totally getting involved in the summer edition of Bookish Bingo. I found it was a great way to get some of those pesky books off my TBR shelf, and I discovered some new books along the way.

Here are my reviews:

  1. Chains

  2. Flyaway

  3. The Wrong Boy

  4. Shadow and Bone

  5. Wedding Night

  6. A Million Little Pieces

  7. Dandelion Clocks

  8. Fruit Of The Lemon

  9. The Anti-Prom

  10. Breadcrumbs

  11. The Great Gatsby

  12. Birthmarked

  13. Dear Killer

  14. The Fat Girl

  15. Wanderlove

  16. Side Effects May Vary

  17. Where’d you go Bernadette?

  18. Smart Girls Get What They Want

  19. By Any Other Name

  20. Die For Me

  21. Tape

  22. Golden

  23. Just Like Fate

  24. Warm Bodies

Here is the board for the next Bookish Bingo game. Will you be playing along?

Click on the bingo board to get to Great Imaginations blog!

Comparing ‘Dandelion Clocks’ by Rebecca Westcott

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Synopsis:

Liv takes us on a journey through her life from “Thirteen Weeks Before” to “Six Months After”. We discover Liv’s passion for photography, her brother’s obsession with sticking to the rules, the stupidity of Moronic Louise at school, and how the family copes as Mum’s terminal illness takes hold…Guided by Mum’s own childhood diaries, Liv finds a new way to live. This book is real, funny, utterly touching and absolutely heartwarming. Despite the sadness at the heart of the story, every reader will laugh and keep on turning the pages, charmed by Liv and her mum.

Click on the image to get to Luna's blog!

Click on the image to get to Luna’s blog!

Thoughts before you started reading Dandelion Clocks?

CHRISSI: I’d heard a lot of good things about Dandelion Clocks, so I was very much looking forward to reading it.

LUNA: I just had the blurb to go on and based on that I knew it would be sad.

What did you think of Liv?

CHRISSI: Liv was an interesting character. I sometimes rolled my eyes when reading how naïve she was, but then I realise she was 11 years old, and had completely different priorities in her life. She may come across as a bit selfish, but she’s young, and quite innocent. Liv clearly feels hard done by because her brother has Asperger’s Syndrome. I struggled with her reactions towards her brother, but I think this is because I have worked with people with Asperger’s and I understand how hard the world is for them. However, I’ve never lived with someone with Asperger’s, so I somewhat understood that it had to be frustrating. Especially if you feel like you’re treated differently or your life is compromised because of it.

LUNA: I had a love/hate relationship with Liv throughout the book. If I’d known just how close to home this book was going to hit I’m not sure I would have read it. The problem was that I lived this when I was 11 and while some emotions and reactions resonated a lot of Liv’s behaviour was not my experience. Consequently I really struggled with her character.

Best bit?

CHRISSI: I really liked the diary entries and I also loved the bits of the book where Liv and her mother were making happy memories. I found the make-up/skincare section very sweet.

LUNA: The day Liv skips school, I actually felt that day. I also liked the diary entries from her mother, though Liv’s commentary on them was grating.

Worst bit?:

CHRISSI: I think the story could’ve done without the boy storyline. I understand why it was in there, but for me, it didn’t add anything to the story.

LUNA: The Ben storyline because seriously? I’m sorry that just didn’t work – at all. Maybe if Liv had been 15 not 11, but even then it would have been pushing it because if you’re world is breaking apart whether a boy likes you or not is not going to matter. Trust me.

Favourite character / moment?

CHRISSI: I really liked Liv’s mum and I also liked Isaac. I think it would’ve been interesting to see things from both Liv and Isaac’s perspective. It’s not often I cry out for a dual perspective, but with this book, given Isaac’s differences, I think it could’ve been incredibly interesting.

LUNA: I actually liked Isaac, in a way I think I would have preferred the story from his perspective.

Was Dandelion Clocks what you expected?

CHRISSI: Yes. I was expecting a moving read, and that’s what I got.
LUNA: Maybe, it’s hard to say. I was hoping for a better connection with the main character.

Would you recommend it?

CHRISSI: Of course!

LUNA: I’m going to say: Yes. I think my personal experience impacts a lot of my feelings for this book and maybe if that wasn’t the case I would have enjoyed it more.

Stacking The Shelves #67- A crazy big haul after my long weekend away

Click on the image to take you to Tynga's blog to learn more!

Click on the image to take you to Tynga’s blog to learn more!

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!

With thanks to Headline books (via Book Bridgr):

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I’ve heard good things about Precious Things by Colette McBeth, so I look forward to reading that (hopefully) soon.

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I am SO excited about this book. I received it this Thursday, but by the time this post goes live, I may have already read it.

Storytellers Inc haul:

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Storytellers Inc is an amazing bookshop. I had a great weekend last weekend, exploring their shop. As you can see… I just had to buy some books! 😉 I’m particularly looking forward to More Than This by Patrick Ness, If You Can Find Me by Emily Murdoch and A Boy Called Hope by Lara Williamson.  But really, I can’t wait to read them all. It’s just when I find the time to. Hmmm..

Borrowed/given to me from Luna:

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I have a feeling that I’m going to be very busy with these books. This week’s haul definitely makes up for a quiet one last week!

Have you read any of these books? Let me know! Feel free to leave your link to your hauls in the comments below and I’ll stop by at some point!