Round up of The British Book Challenge 2016

It’s that time of year again… time to reflect on the British Books I’ve read this year for the British Books Challenge. I read a grand total of 66 British books! (I shall add anymore to this post if I read more between now and 1st January) Yay!

The challenge involves reading 12 books from British authors, so I think we can safely say I smashed that number! 😉 I really enjoy finding British authors to read as much of my reading is dominated by US authors (they are amazing though!) Linked below are the reviews of the 66 British books that I read!

  1. Lighter Than My Shadow– Katie Green
  2. For Holly– Tanya Byrne
  3. Am I Normal Yet?– Holly Bourne
  4. The Demon Headmaster– Gillian Cross
  5. The Unbelievable Top Secret Diary of Pig– Emer Stamp
  6. The Haunting– Alex Bell
  7. In A Dark, Dark Wood– Ruth Ware
  8. The Number One Rule For Girls– Rachel McIntyre
  9. Carrie’s War-Nina Bawden
  10. The Sin Eater’s Daughter– Melinda Salisbury
  11. Radio Silence– Alice Oseman
  12. The Samaritan– Mason Cross
  13. Moving– Jenny Eclair
  14. More Of Me– Kathryn Evans
  15. The Next Together– Lauren James
  16. The Boy In The Dress– David Walliams
  17. Consumed– Abbie Rushton
  18. V is for Violet– Alison Rattle
  19. Read Me Like A Book– Liz Kessler
  20. Follow Me Back– Nicci Cloke
  21. Noble Conflict– Malorie Blackman
  22. When I Was Invisible– Dorothy Koomson
  23. Poppy’s Place– Karina Charman
  24. The Horse and His Boy– C.S. Lewis
  25. Orangeboy– Patrice Lawrence
  26. Always With Love– Giovanna Fletcher
  27. The Moonlight Dreamers– Siobhan Curham
  28. According To Yes-Dawn French
  29. The Borrowers– Mary Norton
  30. Swimming To The Moon– Jane Elson
  31. The Castle– Sophia Bennett
  32. The Woman Next Door– Cass Green
  33. Songs About A Girl– Chris Russell
  34. Maggot Moon– Sally Gardner
  35. Shtum– Jem Lester
  36. The One We Fell In Love With– Paige Toon
  37. My Embarrassing Dad’s Gone Viral– Ben Davis
  38. Cuckoo– Keren David
  39. Harry Potter and The Cursed Child– J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, Jack Thorne
  40. All About The Hype– Paige Toon
  41. The Girls– Lisa Jewell
  42. Head Over Heels– Holly Smale
  43. Crush– Eve Ainsworth
  44. Perijee and Me– Ross Montgomery
  45. How Not To Disappear– Clare Furniss
  46. A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding– Jackie Copleton
  47. Looking for JJ– Anne Cassidy
  48. A Boy Made Of Bricks– Keith Stuart
  49. Robyn Silver- The Midnight Chimes– Paula Harrison
  50. Isadora Moon Goes To School- Harriet Muncaster
  51. The Last Act of Love– Cathy Rentzenbrink
  52. Time To Say Goodbye– S.D. Robertson
  53. On The Other Side– Carrie Hope Fletcher
  54. Beautiful Broken Things– Sara Barnard
  55. The Widow– Fiona Barton
  56. The Wolves of Willoughby Chase– Joan Aiken
  57. Dead Romantic– C.J.Skuse
  58. Haunt Me– Liz Kessler
  59. Missing, Presumed– Susie Steiner
  60. Strange Star– Emma Carroll
  61. Ballet Shoes– Noel Streatfeild
  62. The Lie Tree– Frances Hardinge
  63. Into The Trees– Robert Williams
  64. Lighthousekeeping– Jeanette Winterson
  65. Infinite Sky– C.J. Flood
  66. The Sleeping Prince– Melinda Salisbury

A massive thank you to Kirsty from Overflowing Library for hosting this challenge this year.

As this is one of my favourite challenges, I am definitely on board for 2017. In 2017, the challenge will be hosted by Michelle from Tales of Yesterday. Sign up here!

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Comparing ‘The Moonlight Dreamers’ by Siobhan Curham

The Moonlight Dreamers

How did I get it?:
I received an ARC from Luna!

Previously read by the same author:

Dear Dylan
Finding Cherokee Brown
Shipwrecked
True Face

Synopsis:

A inspirational, heart-warming book about four girls trying to find their place in the world. Siobhan Curham celebrates very different but like-minded friends in this captivating novel.

Amber craves excitement and adventure. Instead, she’s being bullied at school for having two dads, and life at home isn’t much better. Inspired by Oscar Wilde, Amber realizes that among the millions of people in London, there must be others who feel the same as she does; other dreamers – moonlight dreamers. After chance encounters with Maali, Sky and Rose, Amber soon recruits the three girls to the Moonlight Dreamers. It’s high time they started pursuing their dreams, and how better than with the support of friends?

Thoughts before you started reading The Moonlight Dreamers?

CHRISSI: Excited. It’s Siobhan Curham. I adore her writing.

LUNA: Very excited.

What did you think of Amber, Maali, Sky & Rose?

CHRISSI: I thought all of the girls were fantastic characters that readers will find incredibly relatable. The characters are well developed and interesting to follow.

LUNA: Because each girl is different I think each reader will find a connection one character, probably more than one. I know that each one of them had moments that spoke to me. I actually thought it would be Amber that would be “my” character, but it turned out to be Maali. This surprised me but while her dream was not something I would have picked but Maali’s uncertainty I could definitely connect with.

Best bit?

CHRISSI: How ‘real’ the characters were. They were flawed, that’s for sure, but that’s what makes a story realistic. No-one is perfect. I love the messages Siobhan Curham always portrays in her stories.

LUNA: I enjoyed the turning points, especially the one for Sky and Rose (I’m not going to give anything away). Another thing I liked about the The Moonlight Dreamers is that all the girls are very convincing, there were a couple of moments were I thought “ugh brat” or “why are you doing that” and “please no”. But it’s what made the book more real.

Worst bit?

CHRISSI: I can’t really pinpoint a worst bit if I’m honest!

LUNA: The German Tourists. It’s not even a whole page out of the book. But you know that thing where you can make fun of your family/friends but if anyone else does it you’ll defend with teeth and claws? Well it’s the same.
I can say my pedanticness is my German heritage or roll my eyes of at the summer fashion of socks & sandals, but when it’s by someone else – not cool. Don’t assign a nationality to the tourists in that scene, just say tourist. It saves somebody getting the hump about it. Like me.:P

Favourite character/moment?

CHRISSI: I loved the character growth. I was impressed!

LUNA: There were quite a few but I’m going to pick the readers introduction to Maali, as she goes to find that unicorn. I knew instantly I’d adore her.

Was The Moonlight Dreamers what you expected?

CHRISSI: Of course! It made me feel warm and fuzzy!

LUNA: Yes, Siobhan Curham doesn’t let me down.

Would you recommend it?

CHRISSI: Definitely!

LUNA: Absolutely.

Stacking The Shelves #142

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!

From Luna’s Little Library

The Moonlight Dreamers

Luna had a spare copy of this ARC by the wonderfully talented Siobhan Curham. I really enjoy Siobhan’s writing and think her books always have so much heart. I’m looking foward to reading this book!

Bought:

The One We Fell in Love With

I adore Paige Toon’s writing. I used to read books like this all the time, but now I tend to just dip in and out of the genre with particular authors I enjoy. Like Paige Toon.

Another small haul for me this week, but I am excited to read these books…eventually!

What have you added to your shelves this week? Feel free to leave me a link! Happy Reading! 🙂

Top Ten Freebie: Top Ten British Writers

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list is a Top Ten Freebie, so we get the chance to make up our own topic. In celebration of all things British, I’m going to list my Top Ten British Writers. This list constantly changes but these authors always seem to crop up at one point or another!

Click on the book title to get to the Goodreads page!

In no particular order:

James Dawson

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Hollow Pike, Cruel Summer, Say Her Name and Under My Skin are James Dawson’s fiction books, all of which are fabulous. For an LGBT non fiction read, I highly recommend This Book is Gay.

Emma Carroll

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Emma Carroll is a brilliant writer. I loved Frost Hollow Hall and The Girl Who Walked On Air.

Alison Rattle

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I have given The Quietness, The Madness and The Beloved 5 stars. I have loved every YA book Alison has come out with. I highly recommend her work if you’re into historical YA!

Cat Clarke

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Undone and A Kiss In The Dark are my two favourite Cat Clarke books. They both deal with serious issues in a sensitive and very readable manner.

Non Pratt

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Non Pratt’s debut novel Trouble was one of my favourite books last year! I am looking forward to reading her next book, Remix soon!

Jojo Moyes

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It’ll be no surprise for regular readers of my blog to see Jojo Moyes on my blog. I absolutely adore Me Before You and also enjoyed The Girl You Left Behind and The One Plus One too.

Alexia Casale

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I loved the unique The Bone Dragon by Alexia and I am very much looking forward to reading her next book, House of Windows. 

Siobhan Curham

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I absolutely loved Shipwrecked (note to self… need to continue with the next book!). True Face is an inspirational non fiction book!

Dorothy Koomson

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It’s hard to pick my favourite Dorothy Koomson book, but I adore My Best Friend’s Girl, The Ice Cream Girls, The Flavours of Love and The Rose Petal Beach.

Patrick Ness

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I know that Patrick Ness was born in the U.S but he’s an honoury Brit! I loved The Knife of Never Letting Go (…Manchee!) and A Monsters Calls.

What have you picked for your Top Ten Freebie? Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

Top Ten Authors I’d Love To Meet

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list are the Top Ten Authors I’d Love To Meet. I’m quite shy, so I don’t know if I’d have the guts to meet these authors if the opportunity was there… we’ll see! I realised that when I compiled this list that they were British and American authors. I do read more widely than that, but this is a Top Ten list after all. I can’t include ALL my favourites.

The British

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Malorie Blackman- author of so many amazing books- my favourite being Noughts and Crosses.

James Dawson- Queen of Teen. I love his books and have had the opportunity to meet him before but have always been too shy. His recent book, Under My Skin is great and for some fantastic non fiction- This Book Is Gay.

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Siobhan Curham- Siobhan is a very talented writer. I loved her recent non fiction book True Face, but Shipwrecked is pretty great too!

Emma Carroll is a fantastic writer. I loved The Girl Who Walked On Air.

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Last but by no means least for my British picks is Alison Rattle who I find it hard to find a favourite book that she’s written. Her latest… The Beloved is incredible.

The Americans

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Sarah J Maas is a fabulous writer. I may have only recently jumped on the Throne of Glass bandwagon but I’m glad that I did!

Susan Dennard’s Something Strange and Deadly trilogy is intriguing me so far! One more book to go. I love her writing! The second book A Darkness Strange and Lovely is my favourite.

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Heather Demetrios is fast becoming one of my favourite writers. I loved Something Real.

Veronica Roth’s Divergent trilogy blew me away!

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Michelle Hodkin’s Mara Dyer trilogy messed with my mind! But I loved it! My favourite instalment was the first which set up the trilogy so well.

Which authors would you love to meet? Let me know! Feel free to leave a link to your posts and I’ll stop by!

True Face

True Face

How did I get it?:
I received it from Faber and Faber in exchange for a honest review.

Previously reviewed by the same author:
Dear Dylan
Finding Cherokee Brown
Shipwrecked
Girl Online

Synopsis:

We are living in the age of the image – the perfect image. From the constant bombardment of air-brushed photos, to the dubious lifestyle choices promoted by celebrities and the obsession with social media, young women are under pressure as never before to project a persona of perfection. And this is having a catastrophic effect, with girls as young as seven developing eating disorders and female self-loathing reaching epidemic proportions.

True Face shows you how to resist the pressure from the ‘perfection police’ and take off the masks you wear to proudly reveal your true self to the world. In chapters dealing with body image, bullying, social media, love, sex and more, Siobhan Curham encourages young women and girls to be honest, dream big, and create lives that are happy and fulfilling. Keep Calm and Carry On is replaced by a new mantra: Forget the Fake and Keep it Real. This book is a breath of fresh air. Perfect for ages 13+ – and for the Girls fan in her 20s/30s too!

Thoughts:

I absolutely agree that ‘this book is like a breath of fresh air!’ It’s definitely something that I would have loved to have read when I was younger. I found it inspirational to read as an adult. Siobhan has a way with words and her advice on dealing with body image, bullying, social media, love and life is so spot on and turns negative mindset around to encourage readers to think of themselves in a much more positive manner.

I work with children between the ages of 4-11 and I have already experienced many children with self-esteem issues. Sadly many of these children have been female, which just reinforces the pressure young children are under due to our society obsessed with image and perfection.

True Face is full of chapters which are easy to read, informative, inspiring and fun. There’s a hashtag for people to use at the end of the chapters which is often an inspiring little motto. It’s definitely aimed towards teenagers, but I think there’s much older readers can take from it too.

I know I felt much more inspired after True Face. So much so, that I stopped to write a letter to myself, reminding myself of how far I’ve come despite the obstacles that have been in my way. I’ve suffered from quite crippling anxiety over the years and it’s never something I’ve talked too much about. I feel inspired to be more open though so I’ve added my letter here after much consideration (I’ve decided I’m going to listen to my ‘Inner Cheerleader’ more…)

Dear Chrissi,

You should be proud of yourself for all you’ve achieved thus far in your life. Your path to teaching hasn’t been easy.
You didn’t have the best secondary school education even though you got some good friends from it. You did well at college, but didn’t feel strong enough to go to University straight away. So you got a job. You worked hard for those two years and then went to Uni. That was a massive step for you. You achieved a first class degree! After finishing, you didn’t immediately get onto the PGCE so you gave up and accepted a job as a teaching assistant. In January 2014, you finally got accepted onto the PGCE. Another massive step. Now look at you…You’re embarking on your final placement and do you know why I’m proud? Because you’ve battled through anxiety for years and years. It’s prevented you from doing what you’ve wanted to do for so long and you’ve decided to not let it beat you.

You should be proud of yourself for reaching your goals no matter what obstacles were in your way.

Love,
Chrissi’s True Face

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

A beautiful, inspirational read! 

Stacking The Shelves #109

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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 or title to get to the Goodreads page!

Hot Key Books

Under My Skin The Beloved

I am so excited to read Under My Skin by James Dawson, who is one of my favourite male writers! I’m also looking forward to reading The Beloved after devouring everything else that Alison Rattle has had published! Massive thank you to Hot Key Books! 🙂

Faber and Faber

True Face

I’m really looking forward to reading True Face by Siobhan Curham. This book comes out next month and is a non fiction book about being the real you!

Ninja Book Swap

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I was lucky enough to receive these two books from my Ninja, Aneesa. I take part in the Ninja Book Swap where book lovers buy two books and a present for their chosen person! I love being a part of it. I also received a beautiful notebook, a bookish necklace and some chocolate from Aneesa! Massive thanks to Aneesa for my beautiful gifts!

What have you received this week? Please feel free to leave a link to your haul and I’ll stop by! Happy Reading 😀