The British Books Challenge is hosted by Michelle at Tales of Yesterday. Find out more about it HERE.
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. I smashed it once again this year by reading 63 books by British Authors.
Here are 2017’s efforts!
- The One Memory of Flora Banks– Emily Barr
- Paper Butterflies– Lisa Heathfield
- We Come Apart– Sarah Crossan and Brian Conaghan
- How Hard Can Love Be?– Holly Bourne
- Disclaimer– Renee Knight
- Margot & Me– Juno Dawson
- The Trouble With Goats and Sheep– Joanna Cannon
- The Witchfinder’s Sister– Beth Underdown
- London Belongs To Us– Sarra Manning
- The Cuckoo Sister– Vivian Alcock
- The Curious Incident of The Dog In The Night-Time– Mark Haddon
- The One– John Marrs
- Mad Girl– Bryony Gordon
- Lie With Me– Sabine Durrant
- Pilot Jane and The Runaway Plane– Caroline Baxter
- Fish Boy- Chloe Daykin
- Awful Auntie– David Walliams
- The Last Beginning- Lauren James
- Girlhood– Cat Clarke
- One Italian Summer- Keris Stainton
- Release- Patrick Ness
- Unboxed- Non Pratt
- Follow Me– Angela Clarke
- Watch Me– Angela Clarke
- Trust Me– Angela Clarke
- Truth Or Dare– Non Pratt
- I See You- Clare Mackintosh
- Blood Sisters– Jane Corry
- The Prime Minister’s Brain- Gillian Cross
- The Nearest Faraway Place– Hayley Long
- The Graces– Laure Eve
- Miss You– Kate Eberlen
- Damage– Eve Ainsworth
- Indigo Donut– Patrice Lawrence
- Gone Without A Trace– Mary Torjussen
- Her Husband’s Lover– Julia Crouch
- He Said/She Said– Erin Kelly
- Cartes Postales from Greece– Victoria Hislop
- Fortunately, The Milk– Neil Gaiman
- Good Me, Bad Me– Ali Land
- The Scarecrow Queen– Melinda Salisbury
- Charlotte Says– Alex Bell
- Close To Me– Amanda Reynolds
- Coraline- Neil Gaiman
- The House– Simon Lelic
- The Betrayals- Fiona Neill
- The Trophy Child– Paula Daly
- Saffy’s Angel– Hilary McKay
- Behind Closed Doors- B.A Paris
- No Virgin– Anne Cassidy
- No Shame– Anne Cassidy
- Then She Was Gone– Lisa Jewell
- The Treatment– C.L Taylor
- Letters From The Lighthouse– Emma Carroll
- Black Hearts In Battersea– Joan Aiken
- The Polar Bear Explorers’ Club- Alex Bell
- 13 Minutes– Sarah Pinborough
- The Hours Before Dawn– Celia Fremlin
- Noah Can’t Even– Simon James Green
- Witch Child- Celia Rees
- The Friend– Dorothy Koomson
- A Quiet Kind Of Thunder– Sara Barnard
- Finding Jennifer Jones– Anne Cassidy
Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list are ten new to me authors that I read in 2017.
As ever, click on the book image to get to Goodreads!
I had been meaning to read this book for ages and 2017 was the year I finally got around to it. A stunning read!
I absolutely loved this unique read about a girl who could not speak due to her disability and found out about an awful crime.
This book divided me. I loved but hated it in parts!
I am excited to read more from B.A. Paris as I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
This wasn’t the ‘wow’ book that I wanted it to be, but it was still a decent read!
I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this one. I do love a thriller though!
This book was such a good find! I was completely captivated by it.
A fabulously dark YA thriller!
Heather’s book was fabulous. It’s been on my radar for a while now. I’m glad I got around to it in 2017.
I can’t wait to read more from C.L Taylor. A very engaging read.
Who did you discover in 2017? Let me know. Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by! Happy New Year to all of you!
How did I get it?:
I bought it!
I was dead for 13 minutes.
I don’t remember how I ended up in the icy water but I do know this – it wasn’t an accident and I wasn’t suicidal.
They say you should keep your friends close and your enemies closer, but when you’re a teenage girl, it’s hard to tell them apart. My friends love me, I’m sure of it. But that doesn’t mean they didn’t try to kill me. Does it?
I had heard so much about Sarah Pinborough’s books, especially 13 minutes, so when I came across it on a bookshop crawl recently, I knew I had to pick up a copy. It’s quite a dark, edgy YA read. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it.
The story starts with a man whose dog discovers a young girl in icy water. The man sees the girl move and is quick to respond with saving the girl. He starts CPR until the emergency services arrive and take over. Luckily, the girl in question- Natasha- is revived. Natasha died for 13 minutes. She has no memory of how she got in the river or has no recollection of anything that happened on the day of the accident. Everyone is talking about what could have happened. Natasha isn’t sure who to trust.
13 Minutes uses several points of view to tell the story. There’s also text messages, police case notes and psychiatrist’s notes. The characters in this story aren’t particularly likeable. Natasha has a little clique who really are quite mean to others. I didn’t trust Natasha’s friends, but as the story progressed I wasn’t sure that I could trust any of the characters. I do love an unreliable character and there were plenty of them in the story.
I really enjoyed Sarah Pinborough’s writing style. She drip fed the details until we finally had a picture of what happened. It certainly kept me turning the pages, eager to find out why Natasha was in the river and who was involved. I loved the author’s portrayal of the toxic female friendships in the story. This book is incredibly intense and worth picking up if you’re into darker YA fiction!
Would I recommend it?:
A fabulous, gripping YA read!
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!
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NOW– 13 Minutes– Sarah Pinborough– I have just started this book. It’s very early days so I can’t pass a comment on it yet, although it does sound fabulous.
THEN– Letters From The Lighthouse– Emma Carroll– I think Emma Carroll is incapable of writing a bad book. This book was stunning. It centred around the second World War.
NEXT– The Invention of Hugo Cabret– Brian Selznick– I am so excited to read this book. The artwork itself is stunning!
What are you reading this week? Let me know! Happy Reading! 😀
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 summer list I managed to read them all! 🙂 I’m very much trying to get through books that I have in my possession already even there are SO MANY that I want to read and add to my TBR. The bookworm struggle!
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Chart Throb- Ben Elton
I’ve been wanting to read this book for a while, so hopefully I’ll get to it this Autumn!
Then She Was Gone- Lisa Jewell
I’ve heard this is a good one!
Together- Julie Cohen
Again, I’ve heard great things about this book, so I’m looking forward to it!
History Is All You Left Me- Adam Silvera
I’ve only read Adam’s debut, but I’m trying to work my way through his next releases!
Moxie- Jennifer Mathieu
I really enjoy Jennifer’s writing style, so I’m looking forward to this one!
Letters From The Lighthouse- Emma Carroll
I’ve adored every book by Emma so far, so I expect to like this one!
13 Minutes- Sarah Pinborough
So excited to read this one!
The Invention of Hugo Cabret- Brian Selznick
This book has been on my TBR forever. I hope I enjoy it and haven’t overhyped it!
Luckiest Girl Alive- Jessica Knoll
I’ve heard a lot of great things about this book too!
The Hours Before Dawn- Celia Fremlin
Have you read any of these books? What did you think of them? What’s on your Autumn/Fall TBR? Let me know! Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!
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!
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I was pretty much sold when this book was billed as the original psychological thriller. God knows I love a psychological thriller.
I have heard great things about this book from many bloggers and bookish friends. I hope to get to it sometime soon!
I have had this book on my wishlist for the longest time. I hope I haven’t hyped it up too much!
Ooh another one that’s been on my radar for a while. Intrigued by this one!
I’m a huge Emma Carroll fan. I have been meaning to read this book for a while now but have been so busy with work! I’m glad I have a copy to get to ASAP!
Beth was reading this during our bookish holiday last week. She immediately passed it to me, when she finished saying that I had to read it soon!
What have you added to your shelves this week? Let me know!