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!
- Lighter Than My Shadow– Katie Green
- For Holly– Tanya Byrne
- Am I Normal Yet?– Holly Bourne
- The Demon Headmaster– Gillian Cross
- The Unbelievable Top Secret Diary of Pig– Emer Stamp
- The Haunting– Alex Bell
- In A Dark, Dark Wood– Ruth Ware
- The Number One Rule For Girls– Rachel McIntyre
- Carrie’s War-Nina Bawden
- The Sin Eater’s Daughter– Melinda Salisbury
- Radio Silence– Alice Oseman
- The Samaritan– Mason Cross
- Moving– Jenny Eclair
- More Of Me– Kathryn Evans
- The Next Together– Lauren James
- The Boy In The Dress– David Walliams
- Consumed– Abbie Rushton
- V is for Violet– Alison Rattle
- Read Me Like A Book– Liz Kessler
- Follow Me Back– Nicci Cloke
- Noble Conflict– Malorie Blackman
- When I Was Invisible– Dorothy Koomson
- Poppy’s Place– Karina Charman
- The Horse and His Boy– C.S. Lewis
- Orangeboy– Patrice Lawrence
- Always With Love– Giovanna Fletcher
- The Moonlight Dreamers– Siobhan Curham
- According To Yes-Dawn French
- The Borrowers– Mary Norton
- Swimming To The Moon– Jane Elson
- The Castle– Sophia Bennett
- The Woman Next Door– Cass Green
- Songs About A Girl– Chris Russell
- Maggot Moon– Sally Gardner
- Shtum– Jem Lester
- The One We Fell In Love With– Paige Toon
- My Embarrassing Dad’s Gone Viral– Ben Davis
- Cuckoo– Keren David
- Harry Potter and The Cursed Child– J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, Jack Thorne
- All About The Hype– Paige Toon
- The Girls– Lisa Jewell
- Head Over Heels– Holly Smale
- Crush– Eve Ainsworth
- Perijee and Me– Ross Montgomery
- How Not To Disappear– Clare Furniss
- A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding– Jackie Copleton
- Looking for JJ– Anne Cassidy
- A Boy Made Of Bricks– Keith Stuart
- Robyn Silver- The Midnight Chimes– Paula Harrison
- Isadora Moon Goes To School- Harriet Muncaster
- The Last Act of Love– Cathy Rentzenbrink
- Time To Say Goodbye– S.D. Robertson
- On The Other Side– Carrie Hope Fletcher
- Beautiful Broken Things– Sara Barnard
- The Widow– Fiona Barton
- The Wolves of Willoughby Chase– Joan Aiken
- Dead Romantic– C.J.Skuse
- Haunt Me– Liz Kessler
- Missing, Presumed– Susie Steiner
- Strange Star– Emma Carroll
- Ballet Shoes– Noel Streatfeild
- The Lie Tree– Frances Hardinge
- Into The Trees– Robert Williams
- Lighthousekeeping– Jeanette Winterson
- Infinite Sky– C.J. Flood
- 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!
How did I get it?:
I bought it!
Previously reviewed by the same author:
A search for the truth about her father’s death takes schoolgirl Peta Jones to a dangerous place …
It’s not just the bridesmaid’s dress that Peta has a problem with – it’s the whole wedding. How can her mum remarry when her army-hero dad isn’t dead? When Peta receives clues that seem to prove he’s alive, she sets out on a crazy mission. Somewhere across the sea, her father’s being held in a billionaire’s castle. Dad would do anything to save her – and now it’s her turn to rescue him.
It had been a while since I picked up a Sophia Bennett book. I’ve had The Castle on my TBR list for ages now and decided it was finally time to pick it up! Whilst it wasn’t my favourite book of Sophia’s, I thought it was enjoyable and it captured my attention. It is a fast-paced read which has a mix of adventure, action and secrets.
The Castle centres around Peta Jones. It starts with Peta being a bridesmaid at her mother’s wedding. However, Peta doesn’t believe that her father died in a car bomb blast. She is convinced he is still alive. She is put in therapy to ‘help’ her get rid of these thoughts. Peta is convinced her father is still alive, especially when a kitten arrives on her birthday. A strange phone call leads Peta to an island where she soon discovers a lot of secrets.
This book felt completely different to the other two books I’ve read from Sophia Bennett. It was a good different though. I like it when an author isn’t pigeon-holed into one genre or an ‘expected’ plot for each of their releases. I am really looking forward to reading Love Song which I hear is incredible!
Would I recommend it?:
An action packed story, well worth exploring if you love YA!
Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list are is a books and music prompt. I found it quite tricky so I decided to look at books with a music/dance plot!
Here are some of my favourites (in no particular order…links go to Goodreads!)
This Song Will Save Your Life-Leila Sales
I was really impressed by this book which didn’t take me long to devour at all. It’s about the power of music which really resonated with me!
Maybe Someday- Colleen Hoover
I love this book! I was completely captivated by the story and I loved the musical element.
Open Road Summer- Emery Lord
Emery Lord’s writing is amazing. I loved going on tour with Lilah and Reagan!
This book centres around two friends at a festival. I really enjoy the way Non Pratt writes about teenagers. It’s very raw and real.
The Disenchantments- Nina LaCour
This book had a lovely mixture of music and art.
You Don’t Know Me- Sophia Bennett
This is a cute YA read which involves music and friendships. An easy book to read!
Saving June- Hannah Harrington
I read this book early on in my blogging days. I loved reading about the main character, Harper’s road trip which involved a lot of music, although it was sad as Harper had lost her sister, June, so she was grieving.
A link to music, favourite danced based books-
Pointe- Brandy Colbert
I include this book whenever I can because I think it’s just so beautifully written. I loved the dance element, but also that it was such a deeper, darker read than I had anticipated.
Dance of Shadows-Yelena Black
I read this book quite early on in my blogging days and liked it a lot more than others seemed to. This prompt has totally reminded me to get back to the series to see how it progresses.
The Other Me- Saskia Sarginson
The main character in this moving story is a dancer. I loved this book.
How have you tackled the prompt this week? Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!
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.
Click on the image to take you to Tynga’s blog to learn more! (Opens in same window)
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!
I don’t have many books that have been added to my collection this week! I bought Go Ask Alice for part of my Banned Books feature with Luna and my sister Beth. I’m hoping to read it soon! Our views on Go Ask Alice will be out on the last Monday of October. I also picked up a copy of The Castle by Sophia Bennett, because it’s Sophia Bennett and I love her writing!
What have you added to your shelves this week? Please feel free to link me to your posts and I’ll stop by!
Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list is Top Ten Books If You Like… and I picked Gossip Girl. The television series, I haven’t read the books, perhaps I should try them!? .
Click on the book image for the Goodread’s page!
The Devil Wears Prada- Lauren Weisberger
I absolutely love the film version of this book, and I think that Gossip Girl fans would love it too!
Someday, Someday, Maybe- Lauren Graham
I didn’t know much about the author before I read this book, so I went into it with no preconceptions. I really enjoyed it!
Johnny Be Good- Paige Toon
This book is by one of my favourite writers. It includes the celebrity culture and the music business. Something that fans of Gossip Girl might enjoy!
The Distance Between Us- Kasie West
The Distance Between Us has a great, cute relationship which I really bought into.
Flat Out Love- Jessica Park
Flat-Out Love is a great read and has some of the sexy times like Gossip Girl 😉
Trouble- Non Pratt
The characters are always getting into all sorts of trouble in Gossip Girl. This book would be perfect for those who like to read a bit of teenage angst.
Burn For Burn- Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian
This is great for those that enjoy revenge stories. Gossip Girl is full of revenge storylines so this should be right up your street!
Cruel Summer- James Dawson
I just love this book. It’s full of mystery and well written.
You Don’t Know Me- Sophia Bennett
Another well written read. This book is about friendship, music, hard times and the perils of the internet.
Shipwrecked- Siobhan Curham
This book is compared to Gossip Girl and Lost in the synopsis. I think it’s a really good read. Intriguing, full of drama and so well-written. Looking forward to continuing the series!
Feel free to leave me a link to your Top Ten lists!