Stacking The Shelves #169

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!

Bought:

My Not So Perfect Life

I am intrigued to read this book! I like Sophie Kinsella’s writing and I don’t read the genre as much nowadays!

Miss You

I’m currently reading this book as part of my ‘Talking About’ feature that I do with my sister, Beth. I’m a quarter of the way through so far and I’m enjoying it!

What are you reading this week? Feel free to let me know and/or link up to your post! Happy Reading! 🙂

Top Ten Books To Read If Your Book Club Loves Women’s Fiction

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. For this week’s list we are listing ten books that you should read if your book club loves a bit of women’s fiction. I used to read this genre ALL THE TIME and I recently was feeling the love for women’s fiction, hence this list! Here we go…

Book images go to Goodreads

Billy and Me- Giovanna Fletcher

Billy and Me (Billy and Me, #1)

Giovanna Fletcher’s debut novel was brilliant. I find her writing so engaging to read. The story is cute!

Johnny Be Good- Paige Toon

Johnny Be Good (Johnny Be Good, #1)

Paige Toon is one of my favourite writers in the genre. She’s definitely an autobuy author for me. I find her books so easy to devour. She often uses characters in different books, so you get a sense of familiarity.

P.S. I Love You- Cecelia Ahern

PS, I Love You

A beautiful book which is way better than the movie, so if you haven’t read the book but loved the movie, I urge you to check this one out. It’s a stunning read.

If You Could See Me Now- Cecelia Ahern

If You Could See Me Now

One of the reasons why I like Cecelia Ahern’s books so much is because they’re so magical but at the same time there’s usually some inspiration or insight to be gained from them. This one is about a woman who ends up with an imaginary friend…

Me Before You- Jojo Moyes

Me Before You (Me Before You, #1)

It couldn’t be a woman’s fiction recommendation list without recommending one of my favourite books of all time Me Before You. I know people are probably bored of seeing this book on my list, but I just can’t help it!

The Undomestic Goddess- Sophie Kinsella

The Undomestic Goddess

I love Sophie Kinsella’s writing. She’s an incredibly easy to read author. I’ve lapped all of her chick-lit books up. Wonderfully funny at times and sometimes a little ridiculous but that’s what makes them fun.

A Walk To Remember- Nicholas Sparks

A Walk to Remember

I’m a bit of a sucker for a romance tale and Nicholas Sparks does them well. This one is incredibly moving. I adored it and actually enjoyed its movie adaptation too.

The Husband’s Secret- Liane Moriarty

The Husband's Secret

Love this book! It’s more of a thriller so it would definitely appeal to those that don’t love women’s fiction, but I also think it fits nicely into this genre too. It’s a really compelling read.

Rachel’s Holiday- Marian Keyes

Rachel's Holiday (Walsh Family, #2)

This is a story about a woman who takes recreational drugs. She goes to rehab because she thinks it’s going to be like a holiday. It’s a heart-warming read which has some incredibly fun moments within it!

The Ice Cream Girls- Dorothy Koomson

The Ice Cream Girls

I really enjoy Dorothy Koomson’s writing. It’s much deeper than you might expect. I find her writing so enjoyable to read. It never fails to grip me.

What have you done for your Top Ten list this week? Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

Ten Light and Fun Books That May Make You Laugh

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list are our top ten books that will make you laugh or at least chuckle! I don’t often laugh out loud at books, so I decided to go for light and fun reads which will probably raise a smile! Here are the books that I have picked!

(Book images go to Goodreads)

The Undomestic Goddess- Sophie Kinsella

The Undomestic Goddess

Sophie Kinsella’s writing can always make me smile. Mostly because some of what her characters get up to is utterly ridiculous. Sophie’s books are great for something light and fun. They don’t take too much concentration yet they’re interesting enough to capture your attention.

Adorkable- Sarra Manning

Adorkable

I enjoyed this book. It’s light, fun and easy to read. It was another one that made me smile!

Going Vintage- Lindsey Leavitt

Going Vintage

This is another great light read. It’s got some fantastic characters and a relatable plot. It’s about young people reliant on modern technology!

Geek Girl- Holly Smale

Geek Girl (Geek Girl, #1)

Geek Girl is such a great series. I think it’s very feel good. As the series progresses it’s definitely developing much more depth. I love how it embraces geekiness!

A Sudden Crush- Camilla Ilsey

A Sudden Crush

This book is perfect for fans of women’s fiction (okay chick-lit!)  It’s so easy to read.

The Fill In Boyfriend- Kasie West

The Fill-In Boyfriend

If you’re looking for a light, fluffy, contemporary read then Kasie West is a perfect choice.

Since You’ve Been Gone- Morgan Matson

Since You've Been Gone

This book has its sad moments, but mainly it just made me feel warm and fluzzy. We all want that!

The Break Up Artist- Philip Siegel

The Break-Up Artist (Break-up Artist, #1)

I adored this book. I wasn’t expecting to. To be honest, I thought it would be super cheesy, but it wasn’t! It’s light and fun to read.

The Boy In The Dress- David Walliams

The Boy in the Dress

I was pleasantly surprised by this book, which I recently read for part of the kid-lit challenge that I do with my sister Beth. The comparisons to Roald Dahl are utterly justified in my opinion. This book warmed my heart and made me smile!

Born Weird- Andrew Kaufman

Born Weird

This is SUCH a strange book, but well worth exploring. It’s better not knowing a lot about it before you read it. 

What books make you laugh? Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

Ten Books To Read If You’re In The Mood For A Light Read

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list are ten recommendations to read if you’re in the mood for… I decided to go for a fun, light read. Sometimes we all need a bit of light reading in our lives!

As always, book images go to Goodreads!

The Undomestic Goddess- Sophie Kinsella

The Undomestic Goddess

I am a big fan of Sophie Kinsella’s standalone books. Her Shopaholic books are good too, but have got a little bit ridiculous in my eyes. This book is one of my favourites of hers. It follows our main protagonist as she makes a life changing decision!

Lucy In The Sky- Paige Toon

Lucy in the Sky

Paige Toon is one of my favourite authors. I do love her books. I love how her characters combine within her books.

Johnny Be Good- Paige Toon

Johnny Be Good (Johnny Be Good, #1)

This is the first Paige Toon book I read. I absolutely devoured it.

Chasing Daisy- Paige Toon

Chasing Daisy

I’m sorry, but I’m trying to convince you to read Paige Toon if you’re into lighter reads! 😉 It has more depth than you might expect.

Going Vintage- Lindsey Leavitt

Going Vintage

Cute and easy to read. I really liked this book!

The Book Of Tomorrow- Cecelia Ahern

The Book of Tomorrow

It couldn’t be a list like this without a Cecelia Ahern book. Her books are magical!

Magic Under Glass- Jackie Dolamore

Magic Under Glass (Magic Under, #1)

This story is so adorable and yet so underrated at the same time. It involves automatons, dancers and magic. Too cute!

Adorkable- Sara Manning

Adorkable

I was recommended this book by my good friend Luna. It is totally adorkable! 😉

The Selection- Kiera Cass

The Selection (The Selection, #1)

I’m not the biggest fan of this series, but it’s certainly light and easy to read.

You’re The One That I Want-Giovanna Fletcher

You're the One That I Want

Giovanna Fletcher is another wonderful writer with great relatable characters who are easy to read about.

What have you done for your list this week? Please feel free to leave a link to your posts and I’ll stop by!

Top Ten Most Anticipated Releases For the Rest of 2015

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the lovely The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list are our Top Ten most anticipated releases for the rest of 2015. I can already tell that other lists will have me adding many books to my TBR!

As ever, the book image goes to Goodreads!

For Holly- Tanya Byrne- *Just released*

For Holly

Tanya’s previous books Heart Shaped Bruise and Follow Me Down are incredible, so I’m very much looking forward to her next release!

Remix- Non Pratt- *Just released*

Remix

I very much enjoyed Non’s debut Trouble, so I’m looking forward to getting to this book!

Finding Audrey- Sophie Kinsella- *9th June release*

Finding Audrey

Sophie Kinsella has had many books published, but this book is her first step into YA! It centres around a character with anxiety.

Damage Done- Amanda Panitch- *July release*

Damage Done

This book looks incredibly intriguing. I can’t wait to get to it!

I Knew You Were Trouble- Paige Toon- *July release*

I Knew You Were Trouble (Jessie Jefferson, #2)

This is the second book in Paige Toon’s YA series. I really enjoyed Paige’s first book in the YA genre, so I’m excited to read this one!

The Rest of Us Just Live Here- Patrick Ness *August release*

The Rest of Us Just Live Here

Patrick Ness is one of my favourite writers. This book sounds incredibly intriguing!

Monster- C J Skuse-*September release*

Monster

I am excited to have an ARC of this book. It sounds fascinating!

Queen of Shadows- Sarah J Maas- *September release*

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Oh yes. I think this book will be on many lists this week! If you’re into the series, how can you NOT be anticipating it?

Winter- Marissa Meyer- *November release*

Winter (The Lunar Chronicles, #4)

I am SO excited about this book. I can’t wait to get my hands on it!

November 9- Colleen Hoover- *November release*

November 9

This book looks incredibly intriguing. I have enjoyed a lot of Colleen Hoover’s books, so I shall definitely be checking this book out!

What are you eagerly anticipating? Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

Finding Audrey

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How did I get it?:
NetGalley- thanks to Penguin Random House UK

Previously reviewed by the same author:
Wedding Night
Shopaholic To The Stars

Synopsis:

An anxiety disorder disrupts fourteen-year-old Audrey’s daily life. She has been making slow but steady progress with Dr. Sarah, but when Audrey meets Linus, her brother’s gaming teammate, she is energized. She connects with him. Audrey can talk through her fears with Linus in a way she’s never been able to do with anyone before. As their friendship deepens and her recovery gains momentum, a sweet romantic connection develops, one that helps not just Audrey but also her entire family.

Thoughts:

I have mixed feelings about this book, because whilst I think it’s brilliant that mental health is being covered in a young adult book, I did have some problems with the overall delivery of it. However, I think that it’s still a very good book and it’s such an important topic to be represented in literature! I do think that some of my problems with the book come from suffering from anxiety myself, so I know firsthand how much it can affect your life.

I was immediately intrigued when I heard Sophie Kinsella was stepping into YA. I’ve always loved her writing and I was intrigued to see what a YA book would be like from her. I’m happy to say Sophie’s YA writing is just as engaging as her adult writing. I practically read this book in one sitting, eager to find out what was going to happen to Audrey.

Finding Audrey centres around Audrey who after a horrible experience at school is suffering from mental health issues. She has social anxiety, general anxiety disorder and depression. Audrey wears sunglasses so she doesn’t have to make eye contact with anyone, even members of her family. She automatically feels distressed when someone she doesn’t know enters into her safe haven. Audrey meets Linus, a friend of her brother and he begins to make Audrey feel like she wants to do things again. Together they build a relationship and work on improving Audrey’s mental health.

There are some great characters in this book, some I really liked… like Audrey and her brothers and Linus. I wasn’t too keen on Audrey’s mother. I thought she was very high strung and quite difficult to like. I know she had her children’s best interests at heart but she just started to grate on me.

Finding Audrey is an easy book to read quickly. The story moves at a fast pace and I believe that the anxiety was represented well. I could totally understand where she was coming from. My problem with the book, was that Audrey seemed to get better really fast. I know this is fiction, but it seemed a little unrealistic to me. I feel that someone with anxiety as bad as Audrey would take a lot more time to heal. Anxiety is something that is always with you, no matter how well you learn to deal with it- it’s always part of your life.

Would I recommend it?:
Yes! 3.5 stars!

Although this book deals with anxiety, there are some light hearted moments throughout. A good read, but not the best book about suffering with anxiety!

This Week In Books #8

I am joining in with the lovely Lipsy from Lipsy’s Lost and Found’s feature which highlights our week in books. I shall be sharing what I’m reading now, then and next! I won’t be showcasing my new books as I do that on a Saturday. I’m really excited by this feature as I loved sharing my recent reads. My book reviews published on my blog are often WAY behind what I’m actually reading, so this is a good feature to keep you up to date!

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NOW- Those Girls- Lauren Saft- I am just about to start this book. I received it from NetGalley, but I did have my beady eye on it before!

THEN- Finding Audrey– Sophie Kinsella- Last night I finished this book, which is Sophie Kinsella’s first YA book. I have mixed feelings about this book! My review will be out next week!

NEXT- Every Last Word– Tamara Ireland Stone- Next up is another book about mental health. I’m intrigued by this one.

What are you reading at the moment? Let me know!