The List Of Real Things

The List of Real Things

How did I get it?:
NetGalley- thanks to Hatchette Children’s Group

Previously reviewed by the same author:

The Apple Tart of Hope


Grace knows the difference between what’s real and the strange ideas that float around in her little sister’s mind. Their parents died – that’s real. A secret hotel on the cliff-top where their parents are waiting – definitely NOT real. So when grief strikes again, Grace is determined not to let her sister’s outlandish imagination spiral out of control. But the line between truth and fantasy is more complicated than it seems… 


I enjoyed The Apple Tart Of Hope when I read it a few years back, so I was immediately intrigued by this book. I’m really glad I requested and read this book because it was incredibly heart-warming.

It centres around Grace and Bee who have experienced far too much grief in their life. Grace’s sister, Bee seems to have a very vivid imagination. She believes that their dog can talk, that she’s visited by ghosts and lots more besides. Grace believes that she knows what’s real and what’s not unlike her sister. Grace is determined to show her sister what’s reality. However, she begins to find out that the line between real life and fantasy is much muddier than she had ever anticipated.

I loved the characters, but particularly Bee. I loved that she was so quirky. She wasn’t afraid of who she was. I felt like Grace just wanted to fit in. I loved how Bee was unapologetic. Bee did come across as a little older than she actually is, but that didn’t matter to me. I loved that Bee didn’t care if people thought she was weird whilst Grace was embarrassed of her sister’s quirks.

This book is intended as a middle grade read, so don’t be surprised if you find it to be quite young. It is, but it was also highly enjoyable to read as an adult. It’s so quick to read at just over 200 pages. I loved the hints of magical realism, it made the book stand out for me. I loved how there was a focus on grief, mental health and family.

Would I recommend it?:
Yes! 3.5 stars

A very sweet read with a hint of magical realism!

This Week In Books #104

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!

Book images go to Goodreads!

The List of Real Things The Girl of Ink and Stars Close to Home (DI Adam Fawley, #1)

NOWThe List Of Real ThingsSarah Moore Fitzgerald– I’ve just started this book which is very sweet so far. It’s a short read and my review will be up soon.

THENThe Girl Of Ink and StarsKiran Millwood Hargrave– This is such a charming kid-lit read. I can see why it got so many rave reviews. My review for my kid-lit feature will be out on Saturday!

NEXT Close To HomeCara Hunter– For my ‘Talking About’ feature with my sister, Beth- we shall be reading this book! I’ve heard great things.

What are you reading this week? Feel free to let me know in the comments or leave a link to a similar post that you do! Happy Reading!

Stacking The Shelves #188

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!

This week it’s been my biggest book haul for a while! Oops. I was approved for quite a few books on NetGalley and I bought some books on pay day! 😉 Naughty me!


A Thousand Perfect Notes

I have had this book pre-ordered for quite some time now. When I was approved to read it, I was a very happy Chrissi. I have heard great things about this book already!

We Are Young

I absolutely adore Cat Clarke’s writing. I love how dark it is and how it covers important issues. Looking forward to this one!

Little Liar

I was intrigued by this book’s synopsis. It sounded like it might have a Pretty Little Liars vibe. I do see it’s rated low on Goodreads, but I’m happy to give it a go and make my own mind up! After all, it’s only got 2 ratings so far.

The Liar's Room

I really enjoyed The House by Simon Lelic. This book sounds like a fabulous thriller.

The List of Real Things

I have read Sarah Moore Fitzgerald before. I thought this book sounded like a fantastic middle grade read.


The Visitor

I have heard so many blogging friends talking about this book. I couldn’t resist!


I absolutely love the covers that A.G Howard is blessed with. This is influenced by The Phantom Of The Opera, as you may guess by the cover!

Almost Love

Louise O’Neill’s writing is bloomin’ brilliant. Can’t wait to read this one.

The Girl of Ink and Stars

I have high hopes for this book which I’m reading at the end of the month as part of my kid lit challenge with my sister, Beth!

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

The Apple Tart of Hope


How did I get it?:
NetGalley- thanks to Orion Publishing Group


Oscar Dunleavy, who used to make the world’s most perfect apple tarts, is missing, presumed dead. No-one seems too surprised, except for Meg, his best friend, and his little brother Stevie. Surrounded by grief and confusion, Meg and Stevie are determined to find out what happened to Oscar, and together they learn about loyalty and friendship and the power of never giving up hope.


I requested The Apple Tart of Hope because it sounded like a sweet, heart-wrenching read. That’s exactly what I got from it. It’s a story of friendship, love and ultimately hope. It follows the disappearance of Oscar Dunleavy. He is one of the most popular boys at school, but life has suddenly changed for him. Meg, Oscar’s best friend flies to Ireland from New Zealand following Oscar’s disappearance. Meg doesn’t understand what can have changed so much in Oscar’s life.

I loved that this story was told from the perspective of Oscar and Meg. It was lovely to read from both points of view. I felt like this was a really great way to connect with Oscar and Meg. I feel like I knew them really well. I loved their friendship. It seemed incredibly real and easily relatable.

I was really impressed with the writing in this book. It was quite simple, yet so effective and beautiful. I thought it dealt with some real issues and pressures that teenagers do experience. Secondary/high school can be a difficult place, and I think that the author really highlighted the struggles and pressures effectively.

I think one of the most heart-warming elements of this book is how genuine it is. It’s a short read, but every single word means something incredibly powerful and adds up to moments that hit you. I was surprised that I enjoyed it and devoured it as much as I did, but I highly recommend this book. I think both adults and children alike would thoroughly enjoy it!

Would I recommend it?:
Of course! 4.5 stars!

Stacking The Shelves #72

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! This week I have a bit of a smaller haul. I’m not complaining, I’ve got FAR too many books on my TBR. I couldn’t resist these pretties though.

As ever, click on the book image to get to the Goodread’s page!

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The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender– Leslye Walton– I admit, I just picked this book up because of the beautiful cover. It sounds fairy-tale esque as well, which always encourages me to read a book!

The Darkest Minds- Alexandra BrackenI really don’t need to start any more series, but yet… I pick up a new series! Oops. I’ve heard some amazing things about this book.


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The Apple Tart of HopeSarah Moore Fitzgerald– I think this sounds like a really cute middle grade read. Thank you to Orion Publishing Group.

Strange Girls and Ordinary Women- Morgan McCarthy– I really liked the synopsis of this book. It immediately pulled me in. Thank you to Headline/Tinder Press.

What have you added to your shelves this week? Please feel free to leave a link to your posts and I’ll stop by!