Top Ten Unique Reads

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list is all about unique reads. It took me some time to think about them, but here they are!

Illuminae- Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, #1)

The format of this book is what makes it so unique. I adored it!

George- Alex Gino

George

I find this book unique because its child-like narration is so authentic.

The Last Beginning- Lauren James

The Last Beginning (The Next Together, #2)

A sci-fi ish book with different formats. I’ve recently finished this book and I absolutely adored it!

One- Sarah Crossan

One

A hard-hitting book told in verse.

Cloud Busting- Malorie Blackman

Cloud Busting

This book deals with bullying through poetry ❤

The Girl With Glass Feet- Ali Shaw

The Girl With Glass Feet

A beautiful book with a fairy tale-esque story. My edition had silver page edges ❤

The Boy With The Cuckoo-Shaped Heart- Mathias Malzieu

The Boy with the Cuckoo-Clock Heart

Another fairy tale-esque story. So unusual, but so good!

Another Little Piece- Kate Karyus Quinn

Another Little Piece

Such an odd story. Yet, so compelling! I have a feeling that this book is either love or hate it though…

The Girl On Paper- Guillaume Musso

The Girl on Paper

This is definitely one of the most unique stories that I’ve read. I thoroughly enjoyed it!

Bird- Crystal Chan

Bird

I’ve included this one because of its beautiful writing. It really stood out for me in the middle grade genre!

I have listed some of these books before on my list, but I’ve added 5 new unique reads since I last made this list in 2014! 

What did you put on your list this week? Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

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Comparing ‘We Come Apart’ by Sarah Crossan and Brian Conaghan

We Come Apart

How did I get it?:
Netgalley- thanks to Bloomsbury

Previously read by the same author:
Sarah Crossan-
The Weight of Water
Apple and Rain
One

Synopsis:

Nicu has emigrated from Romania and is struggling to find his place in his new home. Meanwhile, Jess’s home life is overshadowed by violence. When Nicu and Jess meet, what starts out as friendship grows into romance as the two bond over their painful pasts and hopeful futures. But will they be able to save each other, let alone themselves?

For fans of Una LaMarche’s Like No Other, this illuminating story told in dual points of view through vibrant verse will stay with readers long after they’ve turned the last page.

Thoughts before you started reading We Come Apart?

CHRISSI: I was really intrigued to read another book in verse again. Especially after I really connected with Sarah Crossan’s ‘One.’

LUNA: Partly “this will be spectacular” and then “oho what if it doesn’t deliver”…

What did you think of Nicu and Jess?

CHRISSI: I have to admit that I liked them from the beginning. I really enjoyed how Nicu’s story was told. He was different to how the rest of his peers interacted and I really think that was captured perfectly from the very beginning. I felt sorry for Jess from the start. She clearly had a troubled life and I thought this was portrayed beautifully.

LUNA: Both their voices pulled me into the story from the start, yet I connected more with Nicu. I think it’s having an inkling of understanding about how confusing and isolating school/society in another country is. I certainly got the confusion about sayings. With Jess I learned to like her the more I got to know about her.

Best bit?

CHRISSI: It captured my attention from start to finish. That makes a great book!

LUNA: There wasn’t a single moment in this book that made me think “this is it” and so I want to answer: Everything. It’s not quite right though. I think it’s how easily I got lost in We Come Apart. The words, characters and story.

Worst bit?

CHRISSI: I can’t say there really was a worst bit for me, as I thoroughly enjoyed it all. I would have liked to have known more about what happened next to Jess and Nicu.

LUNA: The ending. I know it was the right ending, but SPOILER WARNING, it was not the riding-into-the-sunset one I hoping for. Which completely doesn’t make sense because usually I don’t buy into the “fix-it” all solution yet with everything that was happening to Nicu and Jess I wanted something to work out for them. I think that’s a testament to how much I ended up caring about both characters.

Favourite character/moment?

CHRISSI: Jess becoming less conscious of how she appears to her friends!

LUNA: I liked how the friendship between Jess and Nicu developed. The conversations at the beginning, how Jess starts to stand up to her friends. (Term applied loosely).

Was We Come Apart what you expected?

CHRISSI: It was more than I expected!

LUNA: Yes, my apprehension about this book not delivering on my high expectations was unfounded. It did. The only thing that did surprise me was that I was able to put the book down (I mean I had to due to other commitments but I didn’t loathe having to do it) – it gave me the opportunity to digest and think about what I was reading.

Would you recommend it?

CHRISSI: Of course!

LUNA: Absolutely

Top Ten Favourite Reads of 2016

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. For this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, it’s all about highlighting the wonderful reads of 2016. I’ve had quite a few of these this year, so it was tricky to narrow it down. Here are some of the amazing books I read this year!

For the Goodreads page, please click on the book image!

A Boy Made Of Blocks- Keith Stuart

A Boy Made of Blocks

I didn’t expect to like this book as much as I did. It was incredible.

Crush- Eve Ainsworth

Crush

A very intense read but so worthwhile. It might look like a cute read, but it really isn’t. It’s dark.

Highly Illogical Behaviour- John Corey Whaley

Highly Illogical Behavior

This is the first of this authors that I have read and I will be definitely checking out the rest of his releases.

The Rest Of Us Just Live Here- Patrick Ness

The Rest of Us Just Live Here

It’s Patrick Ness. Enough said.

One- Sarah Crossan

One

Easily one of my favourites of this year. So moving.

The Boy In The Dress- David Walliams

The Boy in the Dress

A wonderful book!

V Is For Violet- Alison Rattle

V for Violet

Alison Rattle can do no wrong in my eyes. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

Made You Up- Francesca Zappia

Made You Up

I thought I may have overhyped this book, but it was just as brilliant as I had anticipated.

It Ends With Us- Colleen Hoover

It Ends with Us

I was worried after not enjoying Confess as much as Colleen’s previous books, but I really enjoyed this one!

Son-Lois Lowry

Son (The Giver Quartet, #4)

A brilliant ending to The Giver quartet! This tied up a lot of the series for me.

What have been your favourite reads this year? Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by! May 2017 be full of amazing reads too!

Apple and Rain

Apple and Rain

How did I get it?:
I won it a few years back!

Previously reviewed by the same author:
The Weight Of Water
One

Synopsis:

When Apple’s mother returns after eleven years away, Apple feels whole again. But just like the stormy Christmas Eve when she left, her mother’s homecoming is bittersweet. It’s only when Apple meets someone more lost than she is that she begins to see things as they really are.

A story about sad endings.
A story about happy beginnings.
A story to make you realise who is special.

Thoughts:

I have had Apple and Rain for such a long time now. I’m not sure why I hadn’t got around to reading it sooner. However, as soon as read and adored One, I knew it was time to pick up this book. There’s definitely an emotional impact in this book. It centres around family. The good and the bad.

Apple and Rain centres around Apple, who has lived with her grandmother, since her mother walked out on her years ago. Apple has been brought up by her Nan who is rather strict with her. She embarrasses her by picking her up from the school gates on a school day. Apple doesn’t realise just how much her Nan cares for her. One day out of the blue, Apple’s mother returns from America and wants Apple back in her life. Apple is willing to move in with her mother straight away. She’s always put her mother on a pedestal and justified her absences. Apple soon realises that her mother isn’t exactly who she wanted her to be and there are some shocks lurking around the corner.

I was really frustrated by the absent parents in this book. It was really irritating, because it was clear that a solid family unit would have solved A LOT of problems. Apple’s dad wasn’t much good either. I felt for Apple’s grandmother, the way that she was treated made me sad! I hope this doesn’t sound like I didn’t enjoy reading about these characters. I did! They’re just so well written that it made me frustrated by their actions and bad decisions.God knows there were a lot of bad decisions from the characters in this book. Apple makes some stupid choices because she wants to impress her mother. Her mother and father are just not great parents…but this book is about the importance of family and second chances.

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

An easy to read story about family struggles with a little slice of poetry and light humour!

One

One

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Previously reviewed by the same author:
The Weight Of Water

Synopsis:

Grace and Tippi are twins – conjoined twins.

And their lives are about to change.

No longer able to afford homeschooling, they must venture into the world – a world of stares, sneers and cruelty. Will they find more than that at school? Can they find real friends? And what about love?

But what neither Grace or Tippi realises is that a heart-wrenching decision lies ahead. A decision that could tear them apart. One that will change their lives even more than they ever imagined…

Thoughts:

I have to admit, I wasn’t the biggest fan of The Weight of Water. I have Apple and Rain coming up soon, which I hear is wonderful. However, I heard so many good things about One that I just had to check it out. I’m glad I did. It was an absolutely beautiful book. At times, I felt incredibly moved and at other times there was some lovely light humour which was much needed in a story that is really quite devastating.

I was a little worried about One being in verse. Mainly because most of the time I read poetry I feel like an uneducated idiot. It’s just not my thing, usually. However, I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed One. It is written as a collection of poems, which can be read as each poem being a new chapter, that is exactly how I read it!

One follows the story of Grace and Tippi who are conjoined twins. Grace and Tippi have to leave their home schooling and join a school for the first time. Grace and Tippi prepare themselves to be started at and whispered about. They don’t expect to find two wonderful friends Yasmeen and Jon.

I think this book is so special because you really feel invested in Grace and Tippi’s story. It sweeps you up in the emotions and you just have to hang on for the ride. I loved reading about the family dynamics. Grace and Tippi have a younger sister who has her own troubles. It really is intense but utterly readable at the same time. It didn’t take me long to read at all. I shall certainly look forward to Apple and Rain! 

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

A beautiful, heart-warming story!

This Week In Books #27

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!

The Boy in the Dress One The Rest of Us Just Live Here

THEN- The Boy In The Dress- David Walliams- I finished this book for the kid-lit challenge that I do with my sister, Beth. I thoroughly enjoyed it. It surprised me! I’m a bit precious about children’s authors, but I really do think David Walliams is a fantastic writer. Look out for my review tomorrow!

NOW- One- Sarah Crossan- I am just about to start this book which is a book in verse about conjoined twins.

NEXT- The Rest Of Us Just Live Here- Patrick Ness- Oh yes. The time has come for me to read one of my favourite authors. ARGH! I’m so nervous about this book. My expectations are high!

What are you reading this week? Feel free to let me know or link a similar post! Happy Reading!

Stacking The Shelves #86

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!

Won from the British Books Challenge:

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I won these books (and Flirty Dancing by Jenny McLachlan which I have previously read and reviewed) from the British Books Challenge in June. I’m particularly looking forward to Take Back The Skies by Lucy Saxon. I’ve heard amazing things about Apple and Rain too.

NetGalley:

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The Love Song of Miss Queenie HennessyRachel Joyce– I loved The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, so I’m excited about reading from Queenie’s point of view.

BelzharMeg Wolitzer– Belzhar has been around so much recently! I’m looking forward to jumping into it soon!

What have you added to your collection this week? Please feel free to leave your link to your hauls!