Last Ten Books That Came Into My Possession


Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list are the Last Ten Books That Came Into My Possession. I thought I’d list the books I’d purchased rather than review copies.

So here goes.. (book images go to Goodreads)

P.S I Still Love You- Jenny Han

P.S. I Still Love You (To All the Boys I've Loved Before, #2)

I wasn’t the biggest fan of the first book, but I was certainly intrigued enough to pick up a copy of the next instalment!

Challenger Deep- Neal Shusterman

Challenger Deep

I am excited to read this book. I have heard that it is a powerful read dealing with mental illness.

Star Cursed- Jessica Spotswood

Star Cursed (The Cahill Witch Chronicles #2)

This is the second book in the Cahill Witch Chronicles series. I’ve already read it and thoroughly enjoyed it!

Linger- Maggie Stiefvater

Linger (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #2)

I had really mixed feelings about Shiver, the first book in the series. I’m looking forward to reading this book, so I can sort out whether I like this series or not! (…as ridiculous as that sounds!)

For Holly- Tanya Byrne

For Holly

I adore Tanya Byrne’s writing. Hopefully I can pick up this book very soon!

Remix- Non Pratt


I will be reading this book later this month as part of my ‘Comparing’ feature with Luna’s Little Library. Look out for our review later this month!

Dream A Little Dream- Giovanna Fletcher

Dream a Little Dream

I have already read and reviewed this book, which is a perfect summer read. Well worth exploring!

The Sun In Her Eyes- Paige Toon

The Sun in Her Eyes

Regular readers of my blog won’t be surprised to see Paige Toon’s latest adult book in this list. I love Paige Toon’s writing, and hope to get to read this book soon!

What My Mother Doesn’t Know- Sonya Sones

What My Mother Doesn't Know (What My Mother Doesn't Know #1)

I reviewed this book several months back as part of my banned books feature with my sister, Beth!

Making Pretty- Cory Ann Haydu

Making PrettyThis book is coming up for me soon. I’ve heard some very mixed things about it, so I look forward to seeing what I make of it!

What have you recently added to your book collection? Feel free to leave me a link to your Top Ten posts this week and I’ll stop by!

Banned Books #11 What My Mother Doesn’t Know by Sonya Sones

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Welcome to this month’s Banned Books feature where Beth and I have read What My Mother Doesn’t Know by Sonya Sones.



My name is Sophie.
This book is about me.
It tells
the heart-stoppingly riveting story
of my first love.
And also of my second.
And, okay, my third love, too.

It’s not that I’m boy crazy.
It’s just that even though
I’m almost fifteen
it’s like
my mind
and my body
and my heart
just don’t seem to be able to agree
on anything.

In the Top Ten most frequently challenged books in 2011 (Source)
Chosen by: Chrissi
Reasons: nudity; offensive language; sexually explicit

Do you understand or agree with any of the reasons for the book being challenged when it was originally published?

BETH: Okay so we are on to our eleventh of the Banned Books in our series and this is one of the books where I really cannot understand why on earth it was challenged/banned. To me, it was very inoffensive and captured the teenage girl struggling with her raging emotions perfectly. Looking at the reasons for why it was banned I still don’t have a clue. I can’t recall any instance of nudity (perhaps there was but it was so mild I glossed over it) and don’t feel it was sexually explicit in the slightest.

CHRISSI: Not one tiny bit. It is ridiculous that this book has been challenged/banned. I was expecting to find something really offensive, but I certainly don’t think there was anything. There was a little bit of cheeky teenage behaviour but it was so mild that it barely even registered! So no!

How about now?

BETH: This book was published fairly recently (2001) and I don’t think things have changed drastically since then so again, no I don’t see any reasons for it being challenged. Sophie is a typical teenager whose feelings are all over the place now she has discovered the wonder of boys. Trying to understand and work through those feelings I think is very important for teenagers today and I think this book speaks to them on a level they understand and can work with. Perhaps it is aimed more towards the female of the species and goes into quite a lot of detail about kissing but it’s a beautiful and unique take on first love.

CHRISSI: Not at all. It should be definitely promoted to teens in my eyes, because I think it’s a beautiful look at love from a teenager’s point of view. It was so easy to read and I think even those that aren’t keen on reading would get something from this book, and that’s totally what it should be promoting!

What did you think of this book?

BETH: I was surprised about how much I enjoyed this book actually. It’s presented in verse, which we also saw in Banned Book #9 Crank by Ellen Hopkins. I’m not sure exactly why, but I preferred this books style of writing compared to Crank which felt a bit disjointed at times. It sent me right back to being a teenager and how it felt when I thought I was in love. The author has captured the teenage voice amazingly and I think it will speak to many kids today.

CHRISSI: When Beth told me that this book was in verse, I have to admit, I was a little worried. I didn’t enjoy Crank which was in verse too, as much as I wanted to. However, this book had a totally different vibe to it and I very much enjoyed reading it. I flew through it in one sitting. I agree with Beth that the teenage voice has been captured wonderfully. This book is a perfect read for teenagers in love!

Would you recommend it?

BETH: Of course!

CHRISSI: Of course!

Stacking The Shelves #120 I’m getting good at these small hauls!

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 title to get to the Goodreads page!



I am looking forward to reading Rosamund Lupton’s latest book after really enjoying her writing in the past. This book sounds like a brilliant thriller!



I am reading this book as part of the Banned Books feature that I carry out with my sister and fellow blogger, Beth! Our review will be coming out on Monday!

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