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!

Talking About ‘In A Dark Dark Wood’ with Bibliobeth

In a Dark, Dark Wood

How did I get it?:
I borrowed it!


Nora hasn’t seen Clare for ten years. Not since Nora walked out of school one day and never went back.

In a dark, dark wood there was a dark, dark house

Until, out of the blue, an invitation to Clare’s bachelorette party arrives. Is this a chance for Nora to finally put her past behind her?

And in the dark, dark house there was a dark, dark room

But something goes wrong. Very wrong.

And in the dark, dark room…

Some things can’t stay secret for ever.


CHRISSI: Discuss Nora’s motives for going on the hen weekend. Would you have gone?

BETH: Nora is really shocked at receiving an email from a girl called Flo who is organising a hen party for Clare, an old and very important friend to her who she hasn’t seen or spoken to for ten years. Nora is desperate to know why she has been invited and surprised that Clare still thinks of her after all this time and I think that was the main reason why she ended up accepting. Then the reader is told that something happened to Nora the last time she saw Clare and it has something to do with Nora’s first serious relationship. It is obvious that there are some unresolved issues between the pair and perhaps in some way Nora wants to lay that part of her life to rest and she feels that going to the party would do this. If it was me, I would probably do the same thing – I would be too curious to see my old best friend again and figure out why there was an invite to the hen weekend and NOT the wedding.

BETH: The character of Nora is a crime fiction writer and ends up embroiled in a real-life crime plot of her own. How do you think she coped with it in the novel?

CHRISSI: It was intriguing to read from Nora’s persepective, especially her being a crime fiction writer. You would think, from writing her own books, that she’d be slightly worried at the prospect of going to a hen weekend with someone she hasn’t spoken to for years and for someone she had a LOT of history with. Hmm… You’d think she’d be more suspecting. Perhaps Nora believed that only such things happen in books!

CHRISSI: The structure of the plot has been described as being something like an Agatha Christie novel. What do you think about this idea?

BETH: Great question! I can see the parallels to Agatha Christie in the way that the reader is given a lot of clues and tidbits about Nora’s past but not given the full information until very near the end of the novel. In some ways it reminded me of the Christie novel And Then There Were None (my absolute favourite AC story), especially the strange, secluded setting and the multitude of characters who almost all seem to have something a little dark and twisty to contribute.

BETH: This thriller is all about toxic friendships. What did you think about the relationships that exist between the characters?

CHRISSI: I was suspicious about all of the friendships in this book. I was incredibly suspicious about Flo, right from the start. She really was an unreliable character, but then I got the vibe that I couldn’t trust many in this tense book. I think I suspected many characters of wrongdoings at one point or another.

CHRISSI: How does this book compare to other books in the genre?

BETH: This is an engrossing and intriguing read that sits very comfortably in the crime fiction genre. I can certainly understand the great reviews it has had and at points I found myself holding my breath unsure of what on earth was going to happen next! It’s a very promising debut and I look forward to another convoluted and gripping novel from Ruth Ware in the future.

BETH: Would you read another book by this author?

CHRISSI: I would definitely read another book by this author. Whilst it wasn’t my favourite read compared to others in the genre, I still thought that it was highly enjoyable and I wouldn’t mind reading more from Ruth Ware!

Would we recommend it?:

BETH: Of course!

CHRISSI: Of course!


This Week In Books #23

I am joining in with the lovely Lipsy from Lipsy’s Lost and Found’s feature which highlights our week in books. I shall be sharing what I’m reading now, then and next! I won’t be showcasing my new books as I do that on a Saturday. I’m really excited by this feature as I loved sharing my recent reads. My book reviews published on my blog are often WAY behind what I’m actually reading, so this is a good feature to keep you up to date!

As ever, click on the book image to get to Goodreads!

In a Dark, Dark Wood Bad Girls Don't Die (Bad Girls Don't Die, #1) All Fall Down

NOW In A Dark, Dark WoodRuth Ware– I am currently reading this book ready for review with my sister Beth, later this month. I have only just started it, but I’m intrigued so far. Even if I have the Funny Bones story in my mind! ‘In a dark, dark wood, there was a dark, dark house…’

THENBad Girls Don’t DieKatie Alender– Ooh this book was creepy! Creepy isn’t always my sort of read, but I really enjoyed this book which features possession! I am looking forward to continuing the series!

NEXTAll Fall DownJennifer Weiner– I’m looking forward to reading this book which involves a mother with an addiction. I’ve had it on my TBR forever, so I’m pleased it’s finally getting some time!

What are you reading this week? Feel free to leave a link to a similar post and I’ll stop by!