Top Ten Anticipated Books For The Second Half of 2017

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list is about the upcoming releases for the rest of this year. I feel like I’m behind on the releases in the first half of this year. I really need to sort that out!

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The Art of Feeling

Love the sound of this book! 🙂 I enjoy exploring books that centre around mental health and this one includes a character with depression.

The Nowhere Girls

This book sounds incredibly heavy-going as it explores rape culture.

Words on Bathroom Walls

I am so intrigued by this book, it centres around a character with schizophrenia.

Kaleidoscope Song

I am super excited about this books release! It sounds fantastic and I love the cover.

There's Someone Inside Your House

So intrigued by this one. I only know cutesy from Stephanie Perkins.

The Disappearances

I absolutely adore this cover and the synopsis has me very curious.

Little & Lion

Ooh, another mental health plot line. I enjoyed Pointe by Brandy Colbert, so I’m looking forward to this one!

Lucky in Love

I have to include a typical contemporary on this list, since it takes us over summer. Kasie West’s writing is adorable and so easy to read!

How To Disappear

I enjoyed this author’s debut novel, so I’m intrigued to pick up another book by her!

Bad Romance

This is one of my most anticipated releases this year! Let’s hope I haven’t hyped it too much!

This is another list that’ll make my TBR grow! Feel free to leave me a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

Ten Underrated Books That I’ve Read In The Past Year Or So

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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 underrated or hidden gems that we’ve read within the last year or so.

Some of these have got some good ratings on Goodreads but I don’t feel I see them around enough for how good they are!

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A Boy Made Of Blocks- Keith Stuart

A Boy Made of Blocks

I don’t know if I’ll ever stop promoting this book wherever I can. I thought it was an absolutely beautiful read which explores the relationship between a father and his child who has autism. It’s much more than just about relationships. It’s a stunning read and I can’t recommend it highly enough!

Strange Star- Emma Carroll

Strange Star

Emma Carroll is another great writer who I wish more people read! 🙂 This is because I think her writing is so impressive. I always feel like I’m inside the story. This story is inspired by the creation of Frankenstein!

Dead Romantic- C.J. Skuse

Dead Romantic

Such a unique story. It’s about a girl who wants to create her perfect boyfriend from dead parts of others…

Crush- Eve Ainsworth

Crush

This book is incredibly raw. It centres around an abusive teenage relationship!

Orangeboy- Patrice Lawrence

Orangeboy

I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this book!

V is for Violet- Alison Rattle

V for Violet

Alison Rattle’s books are always underrated in my opinion.

The Next Together- Lauren James

The Next Together (The Next Together #1)

I know that this book has received mixed reviews, but I really hope people aren’t put off by it!

The Haunting- Alex Bell

The Haunting

Everyone’s all about the author’s book Frozen Charlotte which is awesome, but I prefer The Haunting.

Between The Notes- Sharon Huss Roat

Between the Notes

I really enjoyed this contemporary YA read.

Born Weird- Andrew Kaufman

Born Weird

A very unusual, unique read!

What are your underrated or hidden gems that you’ve read recently? Feel free to leave a link to your Top Ten post and I’ll stop by!

Between The Notes

Between the Notes

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Synopsis:

When Ivy Emerson’s family loses their house—complete with her beloved piano—the fear of what’s to come seizes her like a bad case of stage fright. Only this isn’t one of her single, terrifying performances. It’s her life.

And it isn’t pretty.

Ivy is forced to move with her family out of their affluent neighborhood to Lakeside, also known as “the wrong side of the tracks.” Hiding the truth from her friends—and the cute new guy in school, who may have secrets of his own—seems like a good idea at first. But when a bad boy next door threatens to ruin everything, Ivy’s carefully crafted lies begin to unravel . . . and there is no way to stop them.

As things get to the breaking point, Ivy turns to her music, some unlikely new friends, and the trusting heart of her disabled little brother. She may be surprised that not everyone is who she thought they were . . . including herself.

Thoughts:

I remember reading about this book on debut author lists for 2015. I only got around to reading it at the end of 2015. If you’re a fellow bookworm with a to be read pile like mine, then you know the struggles of fitting in books. I’m pleased that I managed to read Between The Notes at the end of 2015, because I thought it was a fantastic read. There were parts of it that were a little predictable, but that really didn’t affect my enjoyment of the book!

Between The Notes centres around a girl called Ivy Emerson who lived in an affluent neighbourhood. Her father’s business gets into some trouble, so the family have to move to the rougher side of town. Ivy and her siblings have to pick a few items to take with them, Ivy can’t take her beloved piano, so that has to be left behind to be sold in order to pay some of her father’s debts. Ivy tries to hide the move from her friends who are the popular rich kids at school. The town is very much divided into rich and poor and Ivy knows if she admits where she now lives, she will lose her friends as the sides don’t mix.

Ivy isn’t an easy character to like straight away. She is incredibly spoiled and selfish, Ivy is totally used to getting everything she wants. She’s angry with the situation and very closed to the idea of making friends in her new neighbourhood. Ivy does have redeeming qualities though. She cares for her younger siblings and clearly loves her family even if their living situation frustrates her. I think Ivy really grows throughout the story as she adapts to her new life. There is, of course, some romance and it comes in the form of James and Lennie. James is the new boy at school who is quite mysterious. He doesn’t attend school full time. He drives a nice car. Lennie is from her new neighbourhood. He teases her often, he gets on with her siblings and there’s definitely more to him than meets the eye. I could invest in the relationships and totally understand the connections. It didn’t feel forced or cheesy at all.

This book was much more than romance. It was about finding your identity and the importance of family. It’s got one of the best character developments that I’ve read in a while. I thoroughly enjoyed reading Sharon Huss Roat’s debut novel. I will definitely be following her career with interest.

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

I really enjoyed reading about the main character in this book. She grows so much! A fantastic debut from Sharon Huss Roat!

Stacking The Shelves #131

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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:

I'd Walk with My Friends If I Could Find Them

This is said to be a touching debut novel about soldiers haunted by their actions in Afghanistan.

More Happy Than Not

I am VERY intrigued by this book. I’ve seen a mixed response to it, so I’m looking forward to forming my own opinion!

Like It Never Happened

I don’t know a lot about this book, but it looks like my sort of contemporary!

Between the Notes

I have to admit, the simple cover pulled me into this book. I’m excited to read it.

The Night We Said Yes

Contemporary books pull me out of reading slumps, or they’re great for very busy times. I love to have them in my collection. This one looks good!

My favourite addition to my shelves this week is the humongous Winter. I aim to begin it after my current read, because it just HAS to be bumped up my TBR.

Winter (The Lunar Chronicles, #4)

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

Top Ten Books on my Autumn TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list are the Top Ten books on my Autumn TBR. I’m so bad at keeping to these lists. I only managed to read 3 of my summer TBR, so I’m going to transfer the other 7 over to this list as I do really want to get around to them! I don’t mind that they have a summer-y feel. I’m always up for contemporary no matter what the season!

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Proof of ForeverProof of ForeverLexa Hillyer– I really like the sound of this book. It sounds like the perfect read for a dreary Autumnal day.

ValiantValiant- Sarah McGuire– This fairy tale-esque book seems like a really ‘me’ book. Let’s hope I’m right!

I'd Walk with My Friends If I Could Find ThemI’d Walk With My Friends If I Could Find ThemJesse Goolsby– This book sounds like it’s going to be an incredibly touching read. I’m going to try and make sure I read this one!

The Night We Said YesThe Night We Said Yes- Lauren Gibaldi- This is a very summer-y looking book, but who says you can’t read contemporary all year around?

Not After Everything

Not After EverythingMichelle Levy– I don’t feel as bad for not reading this yet, as it only came out last month! 🙂 It is described as gritty but hopeful.

Like It Never Happened

Like It Never Happened- Emily Adrian– I like a dramatic read and ‘a whole lot of drama’ intrigues me!

Between the Notes

Between The Notes Sharon Huss Roat- I love the simple cover and I’m intrigued by this author’s debut!

No Place to Fall

No Place To FallJaye Robin Brown– I have had this book on my TBR for such a long time. I need to read it!

16 Things I Thought Were True#16thingsIthoughtweretrue- Janet Gurtler- I meant to read this book on my summer holiday, but I had a mishap with my Kindle. I’m still intrigued by it, so perhaps I’ll check it out this Autumn!

What books are on your Autumn/Fall TBR? Please feel free to leave a link to your posts. I always end up adding so many books with these prompts!

Top Ten Books On My Summer TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list are the Top Ten books on my Summer TBR. I’m notorious for not keeping up with these lists! I’m aiming to be better though! My Spring TBR went a lot better than the previous list… so fingers crossed for Summer!

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Kasie West- The Fill In Boyfriend

The Fill-In Boyfriend

Kasie West’s contemporary books just warm my heart! They’re always adorable.

Proof of Forever- Lexa Hillyer

Proof of Forever

This book sounds like the perfect summery read! I love the cover too.

The Lost and Found- Cat Clarke

The Lost and the Found

This book sounds incredibly intriguing. I really like Cat Clarke’s writing and her books are always a lot darker than you’d might think.

Valiant- Sarah McGuire

Valiant

Valiant is a fairy-tale retelling which I can’t wait to read!

The Wrong Side of Right- Jenn Marie Thorne

The Wrong Side of Right

Another book which screams summer read to me. It sounds like this book will be quite a meaningful read.

I’d Walk With My Friends If I Could Find Them- Jesse Goolsby

I'd Walk with My Friends If I Could Find Them

This book is a debut novel about three American soldiers haunted by their actions in Afghanistan adapting to family life. It sounds like it will be another powerful read.

The Night We Said Yes- Lauren Gibaldi

The Night We Said Yes

I tend to lean more to contemporary reads in the summer. This one looks like it will be a quick and fun read!

Not After Everything- Michelle Levy

Not After Everything

This book comes out in August. It is described as gritty but hopeful. I like that sound of that!

Like It Never Happened- Emily Adrian

Like It Never Happened

Love this cover. Love the sound of it!

Between The Notes- Sharon Huss Roat

Between the Notes

This is another debut which I’ve been eagerly anticipating!

What books have you got on your Summer TBR? Please feel free to leave a link to your posts!