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!

The Castle

The Castle

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Previously reviewed by the same author:

Synopsis:

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.

Thoughts:

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?:
Yes!

An action packed story, well worth exploring if you love YA!

Top Ten Books Involving Music

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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

This Song Will Save Your Life

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

Maybe Someday (Maybe, #1)

I love this book! I was completely captivated by the story and I loved the musical element.

Open Road Summer- Emery Lord

Open Road Summer

Emery Lord’s writing is amazing. I loved going on tour with Lilah and Reagan!

Remix-Non Pratt

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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

The Disenchantments

This book had a lovely mixture of music and art.

You Don’t Know Me- Sophia Bennett

You Don't Know Me

This is a cute YA read which involves music and friendships. An easy book to read!

Saving June- Hannah Harrington

Saving June

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

Pointe

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

Dance of Shadows (Dance of Shadows, #1)

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 Other Me

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!

Luna’s Picks 2014: The Books Are Now Reviewed!

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My good friend Luna at Luna’s Little Library recommended some awesome books for me. Each month of 2014 she gave me a selection of choices out of her collection of books. I picked one and then I left it to readers to decide my next read. Here are the books that I reviewed over the year.

January

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February

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 March

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 April

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May

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May brought me the first book that I didn’t agree with Luna with. That is Riot. Please check out my review if you’re interested in why I didn’t enjoy it as much. You’ll find a link there to Luna’s review so you can read a differing opinion.

June

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 July

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August

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 September

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October

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November

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December

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As you can see, I had an amazing year with the books Luna recommended! I have found some authors that I will certainly looking out for in the future. Luna’s Picks will return again, but not this year as both Luna and I are incredibly busy! Thanks once again to Luna for providing this wonderful feature for me!

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.

Stacking The Shelves #88

Click on the image to take you to Tynga's blog to learn more! (Opens in same window)

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!

Bought:

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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 Books If You Like Gossip Girl (the TV show!)

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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

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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

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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

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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

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The Distance Between Us has a great, cute relationship which I really bought into.

Flat Out Love- Jessica Park

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Flat-Out Love is a great read and has some of the sexy times like Gossip Girl 😉

Trouble- Non Pratt

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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

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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

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I just love this book. It’s full of mystery and well written.

You Don’t Know Me- Sophia Bennett

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Another well written read. This book is about friendship, music, hard times and the perils of the internet.

Shipwrecked- Siobhan Curham

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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!