Top Ten Tuesday Throwback- My First 10 Book Reviews

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list is a throwback. God knows I love a throwback! I thought I’d look back at my first ten book reviews today.

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

Review 1- The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry– Rachel Joyce

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry (Harold Fry, #1)

Review 2- Some Kind Of Fairy Tale– Graham Joyce

Some Kind of Fairy Tale

Review 3- In The Time Of Butterflies– Julia Alvarez

In the Time of the Butterflies

Review 4- The Abigail Affair– Timothy Frost

The Abigail Affair

Review 5- One Moment, One Morning– Sarah Rayner

One Moment, One Morning

Review 6- The Other Daughter– Lisa Gardner

The Other Daughter

Review 7- The Song Of Achilles– Madeline Miller

The Song of Achilles

Review 8- Magic Under Glass– Jaclyn Dolamore

Magic Under Glass (Magic Under, #1)

Review 9- Entangled– Cat Clarke

Entangled

Review 10-  Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland– Lewis Carroll (My first Kid-Lit post with my sister Beth!)

Alice in Wonderland

What did you do for your throwback post this week? Let me know! Feel free to leave 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.

Another Night, Another Day

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How did I get it?:
NetGalley- thanks to Pan MacMillan

Previously reviewed by the same author:
One Moment, One Morning

Synopsis:

Three people, each crying out for help . . . There’s Karen, worried about her dying father; Abby, whose son has autism and needs constant care; and Michael, a family man on the verge of bankruptcy. As each sinks under the strain, they’re brought together at Moreland’s Clinic. Here, behind closed doors, they reveal their deepest secrets, confront and console one another and share plenty of laughs. But how will they cope when a new crisis strikes?

Thoughts:

My first experience reading Sarah Rayner was the very emotional One Moment, One Morning. After reading that book I knew that I wanted to read more from Sarah Rayner. I was very cautious about reading Another Night, Another Day, as I knew it was about mental health issues. This isn’t because I don’t like to read about them…I do…I find them incredibly intriguing. The reason why I was cautious is because I suffer with anxiety and I was worried that it wouldn’t be represented accurately. I need not have worried because throughout this story, Sarah Rayner sensitively, but honestly tackles anxiety and depression.

Another Night, Another Day introduces the reader to a range of characters that are suffering with mental health issues including anxiety, depression, bipolar and Tourette’s. Sarah portrays these issues so honestly, the characters feel so real that I almost felt like I was in the same room with them. This story captures what it’s like to suffer from a mental health issue. It explores what it feels like and how much it impacts your life every single day.

Another Night, Another Day is so sensitively written. I think one of the most fascinating thing about this book were the parts where the characters where in the clinic seeking therapy for their issues. It was interesting to see how the therapists dealt with the mental health issues and the techniques used.

I think that this book had an incredibly positive message. That message is that you’re not alone and help is always at hand.   It is such a moving, hopeful piece of literature that I think so many people will identify with.

Would I recommend it?:
Yes! 3.5 stars

Recommended for fans of realistic adult fiction and those that are suffering or have suffered with mental health issues.

WWW Wednesday #77

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

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 Goodread’s page for the book.

What are you currently reading?

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I’m currently reading The Perks Of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky for an exciting feature coming later this month with my sister Beth, and my good friend Luna.

What did you recently finish reading?

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I recently finished Reality Ends Here by Alison Gaylin which I had picked for a June read from my Kindle *cough* I failed at reading the 4 books I picked for Kindle reads for the month of June *cough* It was a short, quick read about a reality TV show.

What do you think you’ll read next?

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I’m really looking forward to reading Another Night, Another Day by Sarah Rayner. I really enjoy mixing up my reads and slotting the odd bit of adult fiction into my reads. From what I can gather this book will cover mental health issues.

What are you reading this week? Please feel free to either link your post in the comments below or leave your answers! Happy Reading!

Stacking The Shelves #65

Click on the image to take you to Tynga's blog to learn more!

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

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!

With thanks to Piccadilly Press:

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With thanks to Hot Key Books:

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With thanks to Headline:

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NetGalley:

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Bought:

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Apologies for the lack of chatter about the books, but I’ve had a formatting nightmare this week, and really couldn’t be bothered to play around with it. I’m really looking forward to getting stuck into the series by Caroline Green. I’m intrigued by the non-fiction book because it has a psychological element. I also can’t wait to read Shine!

What are you reading this week? Please feel free to leave a link to your Stacking The Shelves/haul post and I’ll stop by! Happy Reading! 🙂

Top Ten Books Featuring Travel In Some Way

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the lovely ladies over at The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s Top Ten List is 10 books that feature travel in some way. This is really going to be quite difficult for me to think of some but I’m sure looking around at other blogs will give me some inspiration to read more books that involve travel!

So here we go, in no particular order…

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Saving June by Hannah Harrington- I read this book after reading Speechless. I really enjoyed the road trip Harper went on to California. It also included a lot of music, which I absolute love in a book!

 

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One Moment, One Morning by Sarah Rayner- Okay, this one is very loosely based on travel, but it’s a heart-breaking story of an incident on a train that changes the lives of some individuals. It really made me feel so sad, but it was a great story!

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Can You Keep A Secret? by Sophie Kinsella- Another one that briefly mentions travel. Emma spills her secrets to a stranger on a train that ends up being the company’s CEO.

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The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce- This is such a sweet book. The travel in this book is by foot. It’s a heart-warming story.

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The Art of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan-Phillip Sendker- I love this book! It’s about a girl who travels to Burma to learn more about her father that disappeared without a trace.

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The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe by C.S Lewis- I know this is a bit of a stretch, but it does involve travel to a different place. It’s such a magical story, it’s always been a favourite!

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Chasing Daisy by Paige Toon- This is a good chick-lit read. It’s got a bit more depth than your average chick-lit. Some parts were incredibly sad!

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Lucy in the Sky by Paige Toon- Another book that includes travel from Paige Toon. This is an easy read and nice and light. Just what I need sometimes!

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The Very Thought Of You by Rosie Alison – This book is loosely based on travel too. It is about a young girl who is evacuated from London to Yorkshire. It has some interesting psychological observations.

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The Lost Daughter- Diane Chamberlain- I really like Diane Chamberlain’s writing and this book was the first I had read of hers. It was about a young girl who made mistakes and ended up running away from her problems, creating a new life for herself.

Please feel free to share your links so I can see what is on your list this week! Not that I need to add to my TBR pile… but I swear I do every week!

 

One Moment, One Morning

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How did I get it?:
I borrowed it.

Synopsis:

The Brighton to London line. The 07:44 train. Carriages packed with commuters. A woman applies her make-up. Another occupies her time observing the people around her. A husband and wife share an affectionate gesture. Further along, a woman flicks through a glossy magazine. Then, abruptly, everything changes: a man has a heart attack, and can’t be resuscitated; the train is stopped, an ambulance called. For at least three passengers on the 07:44 on that particular morning, life will never be the same again. Lou witnesses the man’s final moments. Anna and Lou share a cab when they realise the train is going nowhere fast. Anna is Karen’s best friend. And Karen? Karen’s husband is the man who dies. Telling the story of the week following that fateful train journey, One Moment, One Morning is a stunning novel about love and loss, about family and – above all – friendship. A stark reminder that, sometimes, one moment is all it takes, it also reminds us that somehow, and despite everything, life can and does go on.

Thoughts:

This is another of my recent reads that has been recommended by my sister, I’m glad she recommended it. It’s a touching read, which despite its emotional content, is very easy to read. Sarah Rayner writes beautifully and she reminds us all that life can change in one moment. The book started with a woman observing people on the train. Now, come on, how relatable is that? I say nearly all of us has done the people watching thing, be it on the train, on the bus, or waiting for someone. We’re intrinsically nosey! Relating to the story from the start really helped me to like the characters. It was something that could happen to any of us.

I’ve seen criticism that from the tragic event nothing much happens in the story, but I beg to differ. We see three main characters lives change, some forced and some through realising the way they are living their life isn’t what they want. I think the subject matter is dealt with incredibly sensitively. I wouldn’t think twice about reading another book from Sarah Rayner.

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

Reading next:
The Other Daughter- Lisa Gardner