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!
- Lighter Than My Shadow– Katie Green
- For Holly– Tanya Byrne
- Am I Normal Yet?– Holly Bourne
- The Demon Headmaster– Gillian Cross
- The Unbelievable Top Secret Diary of Pig– Emer Stamp
- The Haunting– Alex Bell
- In A Dark, Dark Wood– Ruth Ware
- The Number One Rule For Girls– Rachel McIntyre
- Carrie’s War-Nina Bawden
- The Sin Eater’s Daughter– Melinda Salisbury
- Radio Silence– Alice Oseman
- The Samaritan– Mason Cross
- Moving– Jenny Eclair
- More Of Me– Kathryn Evans
- The Next Together– Lauren James
- The Boy In The Dress– David Walliams
- Consumed– Abbie Rushton
- V is for Violet– Alison Rattle
- Read Me Like A Book– Liz Kessler
- Follow Me Back– Nicci Cloke
- Noble Conflict– Malorie Blackman
- When I Was Invisible– Dorothy Koomson
- Poppy’s Place– Karina Charman
- The Horse and His Boy– C.S. Lewis
- Orangeboy– Patrice Lawrence
- Always With Love– Giovanna Fletcher
- The Moonlight Dreamers– Siobhan Curham
- According To Yes-Dawn French
- The Borrowers– Mary Norton
- Swimming To The Moon– Jane Elson
- The Castle– Sophia Bennett
- The Woman Next Door– Cass Green
- Songs About A Girl– Chris Russell
- Maggot Moon– Sally Gardner
- Shtum– Jem Lester
- The One We Fell In Love With– Paige Toon
- My Embarrassing Dad’s Gone Viral– Ben Davis
- Cuckoo– Keren David
- Harry Potter and The Cursed Child– J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, Jack Thorne
- All About The Hype– Paige Toon
- The Girls– Lisa Jewell
- Head Over Heels– Holly Smale
- Crush– Eve Ainsworth
- Perijee and Me– Ross Montgomery
- How Not To Disappear– Clare Furniss
- A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding– Jackie Copleton
- Looking for JJ– Anne Cassidy
- A Boy Made Of Bricks– Keith Stuart
- Robyn Silver- The Midnight Chimes– Paula Harrison
- Isadora Moon Goes To School- Harriet Muncaster
- The Last Act of Love– Cathy Rentzenbrink
- Time To Say Goodbye– S.D. Robertson
- On The Other Side– Carrie Hope Fletcher
- Beautiful Broken Things– Sara Barnard
- The Widow– Fiona Barton
- The Wolves of Willoughby Chase– Joan Aiken
- Dead Romantic– C.J.Skuse
- Haunt Me– Liz Kessler
- Missing, Presumed– Susie Steiner
- Strange Star– Emma Carroll
- Ballet Shoes– Noel Streatfeild
- The Lie Tree– Frances Hardinge
- Into The Trees– Robert Williams
- Lighthousekeeping– Jeanette Winterson
- Infinite Sky– C.J. Flood
- 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!
How did I get it?:
I received it from the publisher! Many thanks to Faber.
Perijee and Me is a hilarious and touching story about an unusual friendship, a heart-stopping adventure, and the power of kindness when you’re faced with an alien invasion. If E.T. the Extra Terrestrial is still “right here” in your heart, then you’re sure to fall hard for the misunderstood Perijee and the one girl who’s desperate to save him.
Caitlin is the only young person living on Middle Island. On the first day of vacation, she finds a tiny alien on the beach. Caitlin becomes close to her secret friend, whom she names Perijee, teaching him everything about her world and treating him like a brother.
There’s only one problem: Perijee won’t stop growing. And growing . . . Caitlin will have to convince the adults around her—and Perijee himself—that the creature they see as a terrifying monster is anything but.
I heard about this book at a Faber event and was lucky enough to have a copy in my goodie bag. I’m just sad (and annoyed) at myself that it took me so long to get around to picking it up! When I did pick up Perijee and Me I absolutely devoured it. It’s such an endearing, adorable book with such heart-warming characters. I can totally understand the comparisons to Lilo and Stitch and ET, but I think Perijee and Me is wonderful in its own right.
It centres around a lonely little girl called Caitlin who finds an alien on the beach one day. She decides to befriend him and teach him how to talk. She wants to teach Perijee right from wrong and introduce him to her father, who is a scientist. It isn’t all fun and games though. Perijee starts to grow and they can’t make him stop. The world is in chaos as the seemingly to others ‘monster’ Perijee starts to create havoc in the city. Caitlin has to convince everyone that Perijee isn’t as bad as he might seem.
The characters in this book are so well thought through. They’re well developed and easy to like. I loved how the author represented Caitlin’s struggle with education due to dyslexia. I think it’s so important for this to be represented in a story, especially in a middle grade/children’s fiction story.
The themes of this book are incredibly poignant. It’s a story of family, friendship and home. It made me feel all warm inside and I truly think it can be enjoyed by adults and children!
Would I recommend it?:
A simply adorable book!
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!
Last week I was lucky enough to be invited to Faber’s Blogger Event. I got to hear about some amazing books that are coming out this year. Faber do seem to have some amazing books lined up and I’m so excited to read them.
I really intrigued by this book. I have Erin’s other books on my TBR, yet to get around to, but this one has certainly piqued my interest and I hope to read it very soon.
This book is the cutest! It sounds adventurous and heart-warming at the same time. It is due for release later this year.
Last, but certainly not least- I got a copy of John Corey Whaley’s new book. I can’t wait to read this book which has mental health at the centre of the story.
I was immediately intrigued by the synopsis of this book. I’ve heard good things about it too!
I really enjoyed The Sin Eater’s Daughter, so I’m looking forward to see where the sequel goes.
Again, this is another second book in a series. I loved the first one…intrigued to see what happens next! Horror usually isn’t my genre either so I’m surprised at myself!
What have you added to your shelves this week? Feel free to leave a link to your haul and I’ll stop by! Happy Reading!