Top Ten Books On My Winter TBR (2017)

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list is a TBR list. I love these lists because they give me encouragement to read a book at a certain time! I don’t always keep to them, but on my Autumn/Fall list I managed to read them all! 🙂  These books aren’t necessarily seasonal, just books I want to get around to this Winter.

Click on the book image to get to the Goodreads page for the book! 🙂

The Names They Gave Us- Emery Lord

The Names They Gave Us

I have loved everything that Emery Lord has written so far, but for some reason hadn’t got around to this book yet! That must be rectified!

Girl In Pieces- Kathleen Glasgow

Girl in Pieces

I’ve heard amazing things about this book too. I need to read it this winter.

A Quiet Kind Of Thunder- Sara Barnard

A Quiet Kind of Thunder

I enjoy Sara Barnard’s writing!

Geekerella- Ashley Poston

Geekerella

I have heard wonderful things about this book seeing it raved about all over the blogosphere.

Wait For Me- Caroline Leech

Wait for Me

I’m intrigued by this book!

Watching Edie- Camilla Way

Watching Edie

I had to have a thriller in there somewhere. If you’re a regular reader of my blog, you’ll know I really like them!

Windfall- Jennifer E. Smith

Windfall

I haven’t read Jennifer E. Smith in a while, so I’m intrigued to see if I still enjoy her writing.

All That She Can See- Carrie Hope Fletcher

All That She Can See

I hear that this is a little magical. I like magical reads.

Literally- Lucy Keating

Literally

Not one I know a lot about, but I’m intrigued!

The Girlfriend- Michelle Francis

The Girlfriend

Another thriller. I like to mix genres in a TBR list.

What are you hoping to read this Winter? Let me know! Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

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Stacking The Shelves #174

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!

Book images go to Goodreads!

Birthday gifts:

Thirteen Reasons Why- Jay Asher

Thirteen Reasons Why

I have read this book before, but I needed a copy as I’m reviewing it as part of a Banned Books feature that I do with my sister Beth.

A Quiet Kind Of Thunder- Sara Barnard

A Quiet Kind of Thunder

I enjoyed Sara’s previous book, so I’m intrigued to see what this one is like!

Because You Love To Hate Me

Because You Love to Hate Me: 13 Tales of Villainy

I am so intrigued by this collection of stories!

Literally- Lucy Keating

Literally

Love the cover of this one! Hoping for good things.

Geekerella- Ashley Poston

Geekerella

This looks super cute!

Dear Bully

Dear Bully: Seventy Authors Tell Their Stories

I’m interested to read this collection of tales.

The Girlfriend- Michelle Francis

The Girlfriend

I’ve seen this book everywhere. I’m intrigued!

The Madman’s Daughter- Megan Shepherd

The Madman’s Daughter (The Madman’s Daughter, #1)

I am so excited about this one!

Finnikin Of The Rock- Melina Marchetta

Finnikin of the Rock (Lumatere Chronicles, #1)

I’ve finally got myself a copy of this one!

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

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!

Beautiful Broken Things

Beautiful Broken Things

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Synopsis:

I was brave
She was reckless
We were trouble

Best friends Caddy and Rosie are inseparable. Their differences have brought them closer, but as she turns sixteen Caddy begins to wish she could be a bit more like Rosie – confident, funny and interesting. Then Suzanne comes into their lives: beautiful, damaged, exciting and mysterious, and things get a whole lot more complicated. As Suzanne’s past is revealed and her present begins to unravel, Caddy begins to see how much fun a little trouble can be. But the course of both friendship and recovery is rougher than either girl realises, and Caddy is about to learn that downward spirals have a momentum of their own.

Thoughts:

I was really intrigued when I started to see this book around the blogosphere. After reading the synopsis I wanted to get to the book ASAP and I’m so pleased I finally did. I raced through this book, eager to find out what was going to happen to the characters. It’s a wonderful book about friendship. I found it entirely relatable.

Beautiful Broken Things centres around Caddy and Rosie who have been best friends for years despite attending different schools. Suzanne comes along and begins to become closer to Rosie. Caddy is immediately jealous. Suzanne is interesting, outgoing and beautiful. Caddy later finds out something about Suzanne’s life which makes Caddy look at her in a completely different light. Caddy begins to become closer to Suzanne who makes her feel less ‘boring’ than she did before. Caddy starts to take risks and as a reader we begin to see Caddy change.

Caddy is an interesting character. I really wanted to like her, but if I’m entirely honest, she grated on me after a while. Caddy appears to have an easy life attending a good, private school. Her parents care for her, she has great friends but still she’s not content with her life. She wants something significant to happen to her because she feels she’s not really being. That’s relatable, but for some reason her attitude frustrated me. So many people go through the same struggles and have a worse home life but she came across as very woe-is-me. I really liked Rosie. She was fiesty. I thought Suzanne was a fascinating character. I wanted to know more about her from the start. It’s clear that she’s struggling with some mental health issues. I wonder if I would have appreciated this book even more if it was written from Suzanne’s point of view.

Beautiful Broken Things can be intense to read at times. Female friendships can be so intense at times and coupled with Suzanne’s struggles, it doesn’t make for light reading. However, the writing style is incredibly easy to read and as I mentioned, it didn’t take me long to tear through the book.

Would I recommend it?:
Yes! 3.5 stars

A well-written story of friendship. Full of drama!

Stacking The Shelves #143

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!

I added a few books to my collection this week. I’ve been meaning to read these books for a while now. I’m not sure when I’ll get around to them, but hopefully soon!

Bought:

Some Girls Are Cracked Up to Be

I loved All The Rage, so I can’t wait to read more from Courtney Summers.

Beautiful Broken Things

I have heard great things about this book. I love the simple but striking cover.

Faceless

I have recently been recommended this book, it’s about a girl who has an awful accident, with her face becoming partially destroyed. I’m very intrigued!

What have you added to your list this week? Feel free to leave a link to your haul and I’ll stop by! Happy Reading!