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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Perijee and Me

Perijee and Me

How did I get it?:
I received it from the publisher! Many thanks to Faber.

Synopsis:

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.

Thoughts:

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?:
Of course!

A simply adorable book!

Stacking The Shelves #137- The Faber Edition

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.

From Faber

Rebel, Bully, Geek, Pariah

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.

Perijee and Me

This book is the cutest! It sounds adventurous and heart-warming at the same time. It is due for release later this year.

Highly Illogical Behavior

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.

Bought

More of Me

I was immediately intrigued by the synopsis of this book. I’ve heard good things about it too!

The Sleeping Prince (The Sin Eater’s Daughter, #2)

I really enjoyed The Sin Eater’s Daughter, so I’m looking forward to see where the sequel goes.

From Bad to Cursed (Bad Girls Don't Die, #2)

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!