Ten Books I DNF (Did Not Finish)

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It’s all about love of lists, love of literature and bringing bookish people together.

This week is all about those books that we gave up on too easily. I decided to spin the topic and talk about books that I didn’t finish reading for one reason or another. Now, I don’t like to be too negative on my blog, so please remember that these books just didn’t work for me. I don’t think they are bad books at all. It’s just I found something about them problematic personally. You may have loved them!

Book images go to Goodreads!

All the Truth That's in Me

This one might shock a few people because I know it’s quite well loved! I found it to be a bit of a slow burner and a little predictable.

A Different Me

I found this book lacked depth when it could have had so much!

A Hole in My Heart

This was a sweet enough story but I really didn’t connect with the characters.

The Pledge (The Pledge, #1)

I was so disappointed with this book!

Miss Carter's War

The pacing of this book really affected my enjoyment!

Across the Universe (Across the Universe, #1)

I know others have really enjoyed this book, but it really didn’t work for me.

Almost Grace

This story didn’t engage me like I wanted and I didn’t connect with the characters.

Because You'll Never Meet Me (Because You'll Never Meet Me #1)

I really didn’t enjoy the second half of this book and promptly gave up!

Linger (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #2)

I feel bad for featuring this book as I know so many love it, but the series really didn’t work for me.

Hunting Lila (Lila, #1)

I know a lot of my blogging friends adore this book, but again, it didn’t work for me. I think my main problem was Lila! I just didn’t connect with her as a character.

How have you taken on this list? Feel free to leave me a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

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British Books Challenge 2014: The round up!

The British Book Challenge was set up to show support for British Authors. By signing up I promised to read at least 12 books by British Authors. That’s equal to one book a month.

It’s safe to say that I exceeded this challenge this year.

The Ones That Got Away #2

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This feature is going to showcase some recent reads that I haven’t fully reviewed. This may be because I didn’t finish the book or that I didn’t have enough to say to warrant a full and fair review of a book that I’m sure others will absolutely adore. I figure this way the books will be highlighted and someone somewhere might find the right book for them!

(BOOK IMAGES GO TO GOODREADS)

Hole In My Heart- Rie Charles

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Synopsis:

Are there wounds too deep to heal, pains too sharp to share? And if a family survives by cutting the ties that bind them, can they ever be whole again?

After losing her mother to illness and her father to his work, Nora Mackenzie must leave her home in the interior of B.C. for a North Vancouver school. Estranged from her classmates, her family, and the life she’s lost, Nora walls herself off from the people around her. At the same time, her young cousin, Lizzie, is facing an uncertain future as one of the first children to undergo open-heart surgery. As the operation approaches, Nora discovers that she is not the only person in her family isolated by fear and grief.

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Hunting Lila- Sarah Alderson

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Synopsis:

17-year-old Lila has two secrets she’s prepared to take to the grave. The first is that she can move things just by looking at them. The second is that she’s been in love with her brother’s best friend, Alex, since forever.

After a mugging exposes her unique ability, Lila decides to run to the only people she can trust—her brother and Alex. They live in Southern California where they work for a secret organization called The Unit, and Lila discovers that the two of them are hunting down the men who murdered her mother five years before. And that they’ve found them.

In a world where nothing and no one is quite as they seem, Lila quickly realizes that she is not alone—there are others out there just like her—people with special powers—and her mother’s killer is one of them…

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A Song For Ella Grey- David Almond

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Synopsis:

“I’m the one who’s left behind. I’m the one to tell the tale. I knew them both…knew how they lived and how they died.”

Claire is Ella Grey’s best friend. She’s there when the whirlwind arrives on the scene: catapulted into a North East landscape of gutted shipyards; of high arched bridges and ancient collapsed mines. She witnesses a love so dramatic it is as if her best friend has been captured and taken from her. But the loss of her friend to the arms of Orpheus is nothing compared to the loss she feels when Ella is taken from the world. This is her story – as she bears witness to a love so complete; so sure, that not even death can prove final.

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Firewallers- Simon Packham

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Synopsis:

Can her life get any worse? Jess returns from a nightmare day at school to find her dad’s suspended from work and gone into hiding. To escape the slobbering newshounds all eager for the full story, Mum drags Jess and her sister off to a remote Scottish Island. Modern technology’s forbidden, and there’s only a bunch of teenage uber geeks for company. Without Facebook or even her mobile, Jess feels totally disconnected from everybody back home. And why are they there anyway? What are they really running away from?

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The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy- Rachel Joyce

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When Queenie Hennessy discovers that Harold Fry is walking the length of England to save her, and all she has to do is wait, she is shocked. Her note had explained she was dying. How can she wait?

A new volunteer at the hospice suggests that Queenie should write again; only this time she must tell Harold everything. In confessing to secrets she has hidden for twenty years, she will find atonement for the past. As the volunteer points out, ‘Even though you’ve done your travelling, you’re starting a new journey too.’

Queenie thought her first letter would be the end of the story. She was wrong. It was the beginning.

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Stacking The Shelves #93

Click on the image to take you to Tynga’s blog!

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!

Bought:

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I can’t wait to read The Retribution of Mara Dyer. I’m intrigued to see how the series finishes! I have definitely jumped on the Throne of Glass bandwagon and can’t wait to continue to the world for Crown Of Midnight. My True Love Gave To Me is packed full of short stories from some of my favourite authors. I can’t wait to read them! The Year I Met You is by Cecelia Ahern, an author I used to insist was my favourite, but I unfortunately haven’t adored her recent books. I’m holding out for a great one again though, so I’ll always buy a book from her!

NetGalley:

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All The Bright Places looks so intriguing. I’m a bit wary about it being compared to The Fault In Our Stars, but I’m going to give it a far chance. I’m also intrigued by the synopsis of Sarah Alderson’s Conspiracy Girl. It looks like it could be very fast-paced and exciting! I was so happy to be approved for Love Hurts which is another series of short questions edited by an author I adore…Malorie Blackman!

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

WWW Wednesday #93

WWW Wednesdays is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. Click on the image to get to her blog!

Welcome to another WWW Wednesday! To participate in WWW Wednesday, you need to answer three questions.

•What are you currently reading?
•What did you recently finish reading?
•What do you think you’ll read next?

Click on the book cover to get to the Goodreads page for the book.

What are you currently reading?

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It says I’ve been reading this book for days on Goodreads, but I haven’t. I had to read two books for collaboration posts before I could start this book. I’m starting it today though. Very much looking forward to it!

What did you recently finish reading?

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I revisited Point Horror for a feature coming on Halloween with my sister Beth. We will be revisiting Point Horror and reviewing them together! We thought we’d kick the feature off on Halloween. I’m always looking for new things to do on my blog so it doesn’t get samey.

What do you think you’ll read next?

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Next up for me is Hunting Lila by Sarah Alderson. I have only read one book by Sarah Alderson and I’m intrigued to see what this series is like.

What are you reading this week? Feel free to leave a link to your WWW Wednesday post or leave your answers in the comments below! Happy Reading! 😀

Stacking The Shelves #81- The one where adults/children at work know I read!

Click on the image to take you to Tynga's blog to learn more! (Opens in same window)

Click on the image to take you to Tynga’s blog to learn more! (Opens in same window)

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 Goodread’s page!

This week I left my job 😦 I’m starting university in September for a one year postgraduate course to train to be a primary school teacher (4-11 years old). The children and the staff got me loads of book vouchers so here is what I picked up with those!

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PrizedCaragh O’Brien– I’m looking forward to continuing with this dystopian series.

Until I DieAmy Plum– I really enjoyed Die For Me, so I’ll try and read the next book soon!

ProdigyMarie Lu- After reading Legend, I just had to get my hands on a copy of the next book as soon as I could!

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A Darkness Strange and Lovely- Susan Dennard– Here’s yet another series that I need to continue!

Lola and the Boy Next DoorStephanie PerkinsAnna and The French Kiss was cute, so I look forward to the next instalment!

It’s Not Summer Without YouJenny Han– I was pleasantly surprised by The Summer I Turned Pretty. Looking forward to this book!

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Everything Leads To You and The DisenchantmentsNina LaCour- I’ve heard such amazing things about Everything Leads To You. I have to read it! The Disenchantments has been on my radar for a while, so I’ll also try to get to it ASAP.

Hunting LilaSarah Alderson– I have been intending to start this series for a while now too. Maybe my summer break is the time to do it!

What have you added to your shelves this week? Please feel free to leave your link to the haul post you publish and I’ll stop by!

The Sound

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How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Synopsis:

When aspiring music journalist Ren Kingston takes a job nannying for a wealthy family on the exclusive island of Nantucket, playground for Boston’s elite, she’s hoping for a low-key summer reading books and blogging about bands. Boys are firmly off the agenda.

What she doesn’t count on is falling in with a bunch of party-loving private school kids who are hiding some dark secrets, falling (possibly) in love with the local bad boy, and falling out with a dangerous serial killer…

Thoughts:

This was the first time I read a book by Sarah Alderson. Of course, I’ve heard a lot about her throughout the blogosphere, and I fully intend to read the Lila series. (Is it even called that?!)  I thought the synopsis of this particular book sounded really intriguing, so I picked up a copy of The Sound. The Sound is an easy to read book, with some very intriguing characters.  The only real niggle I had with the book was that it felt a bit rushed towards the end of the book. Besides that, I found it interesting and it captured my attention.

The Sound follows British girl Ren, who has moved to Nantucket for the summer to nanny for a very wealthy family. Ren is trying to mend her broken heart. She quickly meets a popular group of people of a similar age who take an interest in her, although not all of the group are the most welcoming. Whilst renting a bike, Ren meets Jesse. The local bad boy. Or so everyone thinks. Jesse has captured her attention, but Ren doesn’t want trouble. She simply wants a summer away from her troubles at home. But it’s not that easy in a town full of secrets, and a serial killer on the loose who seems to be attacking foreign nannies.

I absolutely love a British protagonist. Ren is an easy to like character. I like how she dealt with a rubbish situation at home. Getting away and taking her mind off her problems. I loved her relationship with the children she nannies Braiden and Brodie. She comes across as a natural with children despite not having much experience with them! I love that in The Sound there are characters I could hate. That sounds awful, but I like a well written unlikeable character. If a writer makes me feel something for a character either hate or love then I think it’s a job done well. Jesse, on the other hand, is a character that I adored. I can totally see why many people have fallen head over heels for him!

I thought the writing was enjoyable and incredibly engaging. If you’re looking for an intense thriller then I don’t think this book is for you.  It definitely reads more like a YA contemporary. Nothing wrong with that, I like YA contemporary. I shall be reading more from Sarah Alderson! I’m still intrigued by Lila series…

Would I recommend it?:
Yes!