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!

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Into The Trees

Into the Trees

How did I get it?:
I bought it at Mr B’s Emporium during a Reading Spa!

Synopsis:

Harriet Norton won’t stop crying. Her parents, Ann and Thomas, are being driven close to insanity and only one thing will help. Mysteriously, their infant daughter will only calm when she’s under the ancient trees of Bleasdale forest.

The Nortons sell their town-house and set up home in an isolated barn. Secluded deep in the forest, they are finally approaching peace – until one night a group of men comes through the trees, ready to upend their lives and threaten everything they’ve built.

Into the Trees is the story of four dispossessed people, drawn to the forest in search of something they lack and finding their lives intertwining in ways they could never have imagined. In hugely evocative and lyrical writing, Robert Williams lays bare their emotional lives, set against the intense and mysterious backdrop of the forest. Compelling and haunting, Into the Trees is a magisterial novel.

Thoughts:

I immediately liked this book when it was described to me during a Reading Spa at Mr B’s Emporium in Bath. I have seen it being shelved as YA fiction, which confused me a little, as I definitely felt like Into The Trees had quite an adult feel to it. Nevertheless, YA or adult, Into The Trees is a decent read.

Into The Trees starts off in quite a fairy tale manner, which of course immediately appealed to me, I love my fairy tales. It starts with Harriet, a baby who only stops crying when she’s in the forest. It takes her parents Thomas and Ann a long time to work this out, but one night, by mistake Thomas is driven to despair when experiencing another night of crying. Thomas drives Harriet around determined to get her to sleep. He finds the woods and Harriet settles down. After a few experiences of this, Thomas and Ann make the decision to move to the forest. They convert a barn into a house and their sleep deprivation stops. There are also two more characters who share the narrative. There’s Raymond, a big man who is incredibly shy. He works at a farm near the barn. He also adores the woods. We’re also introduced to Keith, who isn’t the nicest man… A crime is committed and the book takes a sudden turn. It becomes quite a dark story.

I did enjoy reading this dark fairy tale-esque story, however, I wish more had been made of the why behind the woods soothing Harriet. I was waiting to find out why and I didn’t really get that. Into The Trees is still a good read though. It’s simply written and easy to follow. I just expected more from the intriguing beginning!

Would I recommend it?:
Yes- 3.5 stars!

A decent, dark fairy tale read!

Stacking The Shelves #149- A special haul from Mr B’s Emporium of Reading Delights

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!

This week I went to the wonderful Mr B’s Emporium of Reading Delights in Bath. I had another reading spa with my sister. You can read about our first experience of a reading spa HERE.

Images of the shop

This time around, we had the lovely Amy as our bibliotherapist. Amy made us a cup of tea and then sat down to chat to us about our reading tastes. It was a lovely chat and we found out that our reading tastes were very similar. A wonderful bibliotherapist for us both!

Amy then supplied us with the yummiest cake as she went to collect a pile of books for us to look at. Amy come back with a huge stack of books. She also brought Emma with her (our first bibliotherapist from our first reading spa!) to talk through some books. As Amy knew we were looking into graphic novels, she also brought Ed to speak to us about some graphic novels he thought we might be interested in. All of the staff at Mr B’s are so lovely!

Here are the books we picked up. If you click on the title of the book below the photograph it’ll take you to Goodreads. What I love about this stack is that the majority of books are books we would never have picked up. I can’t wait to read them.

Deathless– Catherynne M.Valente

Lighthousekeeping– Jeanette Winterson

My Name is Lucy Barton– Elizabeth Strout

The Gracekeepers– Kirsty Logan

The Lie Tree– Frances Hardinge

Dreamwalker– J.D Oswald

If I Fall, If I Die– Michael Christie

The Long Way To A Small Angry Planet– Becky Chambers

The Rithmatist– Branden Sanderson

Into The Trees– Robert Williams

The Book Collector– Alice Thompson

Get In Trouble– Kelly Link

Undemajordomo Minor– Patrick DeWitt

The Immortals– S.E. Lister

Hideous Creatures– S.E LisBter

What Is Not Yours Is Yours– Helen Oyeyemi

The Nao of Brown– Glyn Dillon

Massive thanks to Amy for being so lovely and knowledgable about books. The staff at Mr B’s are marvellous. I highly recommend popping into Mr B’s if you’re in Bath in the UK! We will certainly be back…

Visit their website HERE.

What have you added to your shelves this week? Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!