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.

Comparing ‘Running Girl’ by Simon Mason


How did I get it?:
Received from Random House Children’s Publishers, many thanks to them!


Meet Garvie Smith. Highest IQ ever recorded at Marsh Academy. Lowest ever grades. What’s the point, anyway? Life sucks. Nothing ever happens.

Until Chloe Dow’s body is pulled from a pond.

DI Singh is already on the case. Ambitious, uptight, methodical – he’s determined to solve the mystery and get promoted. He doesn’t need any ‘assistance’ from notorious slacker, Smith.

Or does he?

Click on the image to get to Luna's blog!

Click on the image to get to Luna’s blog!

Thoughts before you started reading Running Girl?

CHRISSI: Hmm.. I hadn’t read anything by this author before, but Luna picked it as a choice. I thought it must be good!

LUNA: I read Moon Pie last year and thought it was good so pretty convinced Running Girl would also impress me.

What did you think of Garvie & DI Singh?

CHRISSI: Garvie isn’t the most likeable of characters. I think it’s always made clear, he’s not a character that you’ll be fond of. I found him intriguing though. I liked DI Singh enough. He didn’t really blow me away as a character, but he was interesting enough!

LUNA: Garvie is unlikeable. You know from the blurb he isn’t going to be a character you’ll love but I was hoping there would be some  endearing moments, instead he’s just a brat for most of Running Girl. In contrast I liked DI Singh’s calmness.

Best bit?

CHRISSI: Running Girl is an easy to read book. The storyline is fast-paced and there’s enough going on to keep you engrossed. I  really liked the transcripts of conversation.

LUNA: Running Girl is a brilliant as a who-dun-it. There a plenty of  twists and turns. Misdirection, so you think you know who is it but then in the next chapter you’re back at the start. It wasn’t until the last  couple of chapters where I thought I knew and then it turned out I only  had part of the who but got the motive wrong.

Worst bit?

CHRISSI: I didn’t really connect with Garvie, I knew it wasn’t going to be a likeable character, but I wanted to find some connection with him and some redeeming factor. That never really came, but it didn’t spoil my enjoyment of the book.

LUNA: Garvie’s treatment of pretty much everyone but particularly his mother. It’s not until about ¾ of the way through Running Girl that  Garvie begins to act a little thoughtful. That’s a lot of pages to read  when you don’t like central character, I think that shows you how good  Simon Mason is.

Favourite character / moment?

CHRISSI: I didn’t really have a favourite character in this book, but the fact that I still enjoyed it pays testament to Simon Mason’s writing. My favourite moment was like Luna, the mystery as a whole. Finding out who-dun-it… a person I wasn’t expecting.

LUNA: The mystery as a whole.

Was Running Girl what you expected?

CHRISSI: I was expecting a good story, and that’s what I got.

LUNA: Partly, the murder mystery yes. I didn’t expect Garvie to be quite so… well Garvie.

Would you recommend it?



WWW Wednesday #60

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?

15790873I have just started this book, so haven’t formed much of an opinion on it yet. I’m only 5% through. Looking forward to reading more today though.

What did you recently finish reading?

18114638This is Paige Toon’s first Young Adult book. It links in with the Johnny Be Good series. I have a bit of an obsession with Paige Toon’s books. Some of her characters reoccur in any of her books. Even if it’s just a passing mention of a movie poster in which another character from another series appears. I LOVE this about her books. It makes the world they’re set in, incredibly real and familiar. I heart Paige Toon!

What do you think you’ll read next?

17999143This book is my ‘Compare’ book this month with Luna from Luna’s Little Library. I don’t know much about it or the author, so I’m looking forward to getting stuck into it.

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

Stacking The Shelves #57

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!


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Hereafter by Terri Bruce has been on my radar for a while now. I’m hoping to read this book soon! I’m attempting to get up to date with the majority of my series, so I pre-ordered Into The Still Blue by Veronica Rossi, it arrived this week and I’m very much looking forward to finishing the series.


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If you’ve visited this blog before, or regularly come back, you may have noticed that I can never stay away from NetGalley. It’s an addiction I tell you! Luckily, I’ve got my NetGalley ratio above the 80% ratio that they recommend, so I feel less guilty about requesting new pretties! 😉 Out of this selection I’m particularly looking forward to Tease by Amanda Maciel.

ARCS received/donated

Random House

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I was supposed to be attending the Random House event, but I was unwell so couldn’t go. My lovely friend picked me up a goodie bag though, with these four books. My copy of Echo Boy by Matt Haig is signed. I can’t wait to read it. Bird by Crystal Chan seems to be really popular too. I’m reading Running Girl by Simon Mason with Luna for our ‘Comparing’ feature next month. I’ve read The Name On Your Wrist by Helen Hiorns as an e-book, but it’s lovely to have a ‘real’ copy. If you click on the book image for that particular book, it’ll go to my review!

Oxford University Press

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I received final copies of Who Framed Klaris Cliff? and Storm and Stone. I have read and reviewed these already, book images go to my reviews! I’ve heard good things about The Private Blog of Joe Cowley by Ben Davis, so I’m looking forward to reading it! Disregarding the freaky cover of Replica by Jack Heath, it actually sounds very good!

Hatchette Children’s Books

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I’m so excited to read Riot by Sarah Mussi. I’ve heard some brilliant things about it! It might have to be bumped up the TBR list! I also like the look of Between the Lives by Jessica Shirvington. I also received a copy of The Moment Collector by Jodi Lynn Anderson.

What have you received this week? Have you read any of the books in my haul yet? Feel free to leave your link to your Stacking The Shelves post and I’ll come by and visit!