Top Ten Books Set In The U.K.

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. For this week’s list  I have thought about my favourite books set in the U.K. Some of these books have featured on Top Ten lists before of mine, but I just can’t help myself.

In no particular order (book images go to Goodreads…)

Harry Potter- J.K Rowling

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)

This book really doesn’t need an introduction or any sort of explanation does it? I absolutely loved this series and I’m so proud that it’s set in England!

Code Name Verity- Elizabeth Wein

Code Name Verity (Code Name Verity, #1)

I love this book. It’s set in England in 1941. Such a touching story.

Me Before You- Jojo Moyes

Me Before You (Me Before You, #1)

One of my all time favourites. This hasn’t been on my blog at all before! I lie. I lie.

Dead Jealous- Sharon Jones

Dead Jealous (Poppy Sinclair, #1)

This wonderful book is a mix of YA/mystery and paranormal. I loved reading it and the next book is awesome too.

Golden Boy-Abigail Tarttelin

Golden Boy

Golden Boy is a simply beautiful, important, powerful book.

Little Women- Louisa May Alcott

Little Women (Little Women, #1)

I know that this book has multiple settings but some of it does take place in Europe. This is one of my favourite classics.

The Other Boleyn Girl- Philippa Gregory

The Other Boleyn Girl (The Tudor Court, #3)

The Other Me- Saskia Sarginson

The Other Me

Part of this book is set in London. I didn’t expect to like this book as much as I did, but I thought it was wonderful!

I Let You Go- Clare Mackintosh

I Let You Go

This thriller surprised me. It was another one where my expectations were completed exceeded.

A Monster Calls- Patrick Ness

A Monster Calls

Patrick Ness is a genius. I loved this book even if it broke me a little bit.

What did you pick for your Top Ten post this week? Feel free to leave a link to your posts and I’ll stop by!

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Ten Books Set Outside The U.S.

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list are my Top Ten books set outside the U.S. This has been quite a tricky list, not that I don’t read books set outside the U.S…. I do read lots and that’s been the problem…narrowing it down to 10!

In no particular order, here they are (images go to Goodreads)

Harry Potter- J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)

Harry Potter is such an amazing series and it is a series that will forever stay with me! I love that it’s British!

Geek Girl- Holly Smale

Geek Girl (Geek Girl, #1)

Geek Girl is such a fun series. I’m slightly addicted. It does have some ridiculous moments but at the heart of it is a fun and heart-warming story. Harriet, the main character, is utterly relatable!

V Is For Violet- Alison Rattle

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This wonderful book is set in London in the 1960s. I thought it was utterly gripping!

Noughts and Crosses- Malorie Blackman

Noughts & Crosses (Noughts & Crosses, #1)

We don’t know for sure that this book isn’t set in the U.S. However, I see it as a book set in the U.K. It’s a wonderful, gripping read with diverse characters and dystopian settings.

Radio Silence- Alice Oseman

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I loved this book. It surpassed Alice’s debut novel for me. Such an interesting concept and really well written.

Hollow Pike- Juno Dawson

Hollow Pike

I thought this was an incredibly atmospheric read.

Undone- Cat Clarke

Undone

This book had me frantically turning the pages and had one hell of an ending!

Trouble- Non Pratt

Trouble

Non Pratt is a fantastic author. I love how raw her books are. This one centres around teenage pregnancy.

Dead Jealous- Sharon Jones

Dead Jealous (Poppy Sinclair, #1)

Poppy Sinclair is one of my favourite YA characters. She’s brilliant in this, very British, YA thriller/mystery.

Fallen Grace- Mary Hooper

Fallen Grace

This book is set in Victorian London. I didn’t expect to fall in love with it as much as I did, but I thought it was a brilliant piece of historical fiction.

Which books have you enjoyed that aren’t set in the U.S? Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

Top Ten Favourite Heroines From Books

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list are our Top Ten Favourite Heroines From Books. I have completed a list similar to this before with strong female leads, but I’ve added some new additions since then. So here is my revised list in no particular order…

(Book images go to Goodreads!)

Jo March- Little Women –

Little Women (Little Women, #1)

She doesn’t conform to the ‘usual’ female roles. One of my favourite characters in literature!

Katniss- The Hunger Games-

The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)

Strong in every possible way!

Tris- Divergent-

Divergent (Divergent, #1)

Definitely her own person. Very headstrong.

Matilda- Matilda by Roald Dahl

Matilda

She faces awful parents and a terrible headteacher. I love the little bookworm that is Matilda!

Skeeter, Aibileen and Minny- The Help

The Help

I absolutely love these ladies from The Help. I especially admire Skeeter for trying to make a difference.

Juliette- Shatter Me trilogy

Shatter Me (Shatter Me, #1)

Juliette’s strength as a person grows so much throughout the series!

*New additions*

Celaena Sardothien- Throne Of Glass-

Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)

She’s a kick ass book loving character!

June- Legend-

Legend (Legend, #1)

A fiesty and intelligent character!

Poppy Sinclair- Dead Jealous/Dead Silent-

Dead Jealous (Poppy Sinclair, #1)

Likeable and real!

Rowan- Me Since You

Me Since You

A heroine in different ways to others in this list. Strong despite terrible things happening to her.

Who are your favourites? Feel free to leave a link to your posts!

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.

5th Annual End of Year Survey

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Again,  I’m linking up with one of my favourite bloggers, Jamie, from The Perpetual Page Turner. I can’t believe it’s time for another end of year survey! This year has been packed full of good reads, which I’m looking forward to sharing with you. Of course, it’s not technically the end of the year, yet, but if I read a book this month which HAS to go into this list I shall edit!

2014 Reading Stats:

Number Of Books You Read: 125
Number of Re-Reads: 3
Genre You Read The Most From: YA

Best In Books:

1. Best Book You Read In 2014?

Okay, this is hard. Starting with a very hard question! Hmm… I would have to say either Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo or Something Real by Heather Demetrios.

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

 To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han. I enjoyed it, but expected it to be much better than it was!

3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read in 2014? 

Golden Boy by Abigail Tarttelin. I didn’t expect it to be as good as it was!

4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did) In 2014?

 Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. I will forever push that book on everyone that asks for a recommendation!

 5. Best series you started in 2014? Best Sequel of 2014? Best Series Ender of 2014?

(These are just from books I’ve read this year, they may not necessarily have released this year…)

Best series: Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo, Best Sequel of 2014: Dead Silent by Sharon Jones, Best Series Ender: Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi.

 6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2014?

Sarah J.Maas! Looking forward to reading more from her!

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?

 Say Her Name by James Dawson

 8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?

 Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson. I couldn’t put it down!

 9. Book You Read In 2014 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

I’m not a big re-reader if I’m honest!

10. Favourite cover of a book you read in 2014?

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11. Most memorable character of 2014?

Max Walker from Golden Boy.

 12. Most beautifully written book read in 2014?

 Bird by Crystal Chan.

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2014?

 The Memory Book by Rowan Coleman

 14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2014 to finally read? 

Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman

 15. Favourite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2014?

“It takes strength to be proud of yourself and to accept yourself when you know that you have something out of the ordinary about you.”- Golden Boy, Abigail Tarttelin

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2014?

Shortest- The Snow Queen-a novella at 80 pages.

Longest- Take Me On– 544 pages

(How I did this: Went to my read books on Goodreads and sorted by page number and just looked for what I knew I read this year that was the shortest and longest).

 17. Book That Shocked You The Most

The twist at the end of Knife Edge by Malorie Blackman.

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)

(OTP = one true pairing if you aren’t familiar)

Haley and West from Take Me On– Katie McGarry

19. Favourite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

Reagan and Dee- Open Road Summer

20. Favourite Book You Read in 2014 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

The Girl Who Walked On Air by Emma Carroll

21. Best Book You Read In 2014 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:

Sorry to say it again, but Golden Boy by Abigail Tarttelin!

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2014?

Matt from Open Road Summer

23. Best 2014 debut you read?

Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?

 Ravka- The Grisha Trilogy

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?

This Book is Gay– James Dawson

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2014?

Lies We Tell Ourselves– Robin Talley

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

Half Bad– Sally Green

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

 A Monster Calls– Patrick Ness

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2014?

A Kiss in The Dark- Cat Clarke

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?

Dear Killer– Katherine Ewell

Your Blogging/Bookish Life

1. New favourite book blog you discovered in 2014? 

I have so many favourite blogs, but to name one of my favourites… is Katie from Sherlockianbooklover!

2. Favourite review that you wrote in 2014? 

 A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness.

3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?

Religion in literature

4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?

The Young Adult Literature Convention in London!

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2014?

Keeping up with my blog considering how busy I am with my postgraduate course!

6. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?

You’re The One That I Want– Giovanna Fletcher

7. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

The Drowning– Rachel Ward. Only so more people can see it and hopefully want to read it!

8. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?

Mr B’s Emporium in Bath!

9. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?

I completed The British Books Challenge, The 2014 Debut Challenge and by the end of December, I will have completed Luna’s Picks, Beth and Chrissi Do Kid-Lit 2014 and hopefully my goals for the 14 series I wanted to finish/start!

 Looking ahead

1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2014 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2015?

There are so many! I’ll go for… Stolen by Lucy Christopher!

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2015 (non-debut)?

Half Wild-Sally Green!

3. 2015 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

Everything That Makes You– Moriah McStay

4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2015?

Winter– Marissa Meyer

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2015?

Put less pressure on myself!

6. A 2015 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone:

Eek, unfortunately I haven’t read any yet. Using some of my holiday time in December to do that. I’m looking forward to All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven.

So there it is… my answers to Jamie’s End of Year Survey. Please make sure to visit Jamie’s blog to see her answers and link up your post if you have completed the survey. Feel free to link your surveys for me to visit too. I love to see all of the answers!

Top Ten Books To Read To Get In The Halloween Spirit

toptentuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is hosted by the lovely The Broke and The Bookish. Each week they come up with a list for us to complete. This week it is Top Ten Books To Read To Get In The Halloween Spirit.

This list is going to be HARD for me to create as I shy away from scary reads. My imagination just always runs away with itself. So please excuse my rather ‘tame’ list!

As ever, click on the book image to take you to Goodreads!

Hollow Pike

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This book is particularly creepy! I found it very eerie, but so engrossing!

Cruel Summer

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Cruel Summer definitely has a I Know What You Did Last Summer vibe. I loved it!

Say Her Name

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James Dawson does it again with the very creepy Say Her Name. It is based on Bloody Mary. *shudders*

Into The Darkest Corner

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This book is more of a psychological thriller. It’s still pretty disturbing though…if you like a disturbing read!

Follow Me Down

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Tanya Byrne is an amazing writer. This book is mysterious and engaging!

The Drowning

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I don’t recommend this book if you’re experience flooding and horrendously wet weather. Like I was, when I read this… *shudders again*

Cuckoo

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Another warped psychological thriller. I really enjoyed this book!

Dead Silent

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I absolutely love this series! Dead Silent is particularly creepy.

The Girl Who Wasn't There

I read The Girl Who Wasn’t There as part of my feature I do with Luna from Luna’s Little Library.

A book I’m looking forward to reading with a Halloween vibe!

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Alex Bell is a good friend of mine. Her first YA Horror novel is coming out soon in paperback. It is available as an e-book at the moment. It looks and sounds so creepy. I’m pretty sure she thinks I won’t read it… but I will!

What books put you in the Halloween spirit? Feel free to leave a link to your posts and I’ll stop by!

Top Ten Books I’ve Read So Far This Year

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week I’m listing the Top Ten Books I’ve Read So Far this year. Oh my goodness, this was hard work. I have read some good books so far this year, so I’ve had quite a few to choose from. With the help of Goodreads, I looked at what I’ve rated highly so far this year!

As ever, click on the book image to get to the Goodreads page! The title links to my review, if you’re interested in reading my thoughts!

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A Kiss In The DarkCat Clarke– I rated this book five stars, because I thought it was incredible. Cat Clarke is one of my auto-buy authors. I adore her stories, but at the same time, they usually destroy me! I can’t say too much about this one, as it would completely ruin the story. If you’re a fan of gritty writing, then I’d definitely recommend it!

The MadnessAlison Rattle- I rated this book five stars. Alison Rattle is an amazing writer. Her writing is beautiful and I could easily picture the scenes and I fell in love with the main character Marnie.

TroubleNon Pratt– This book pulled me in from the start and kept me gripped throughout!

BirdCrystal Chan– I rated this book five stars. Bird is a wonderful, middle-grade book that I think people of all ages would enjoy. It’s beautifully written. Jewel is an amazing character.

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Everneath Brodi Ashton– This year I’m trying to start and finish some more series. Everneath was on my radar to start this year. I’m glad I did, as I thoroughly enjoyed the first book! I hope to continue with the series soon!

Ignite MeTahereh Mafi– I was pleased with the ending of this series. I rated it five stars, it was my favourite book in the trilogy. I found it gripping to the very end. Wonderful writing.

The One Plus One Jojo Moyes– I really love this author’s writing. I was pleased to be able to read her newest book early, and I thoroughly enjoyed it, rating it five stars. Jojo writes such real characters.

The Shock Of The Fall- Nathan Filer– This book is incredibly emotional, but powerful too. It was a five star read for me.

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Liv, ForeverAmy Talkington– An accomplished debut novel. I was really impressed!

Dead SilentSharon Jones– Oh, I loved this book! It was a great mystery with wonderful writing.

Other notable mentions go to Shine by Candy Gourlay, A Room Full Of Chocolate by Jane Elson, Hollow Pike and Say Her Name by James Dawson and Cress by Marissa Meyer.

What are your top ten reads so far this year? Please feel free to leave a link to your posts so I can visit and inevitably add more books to my TBR list!