Round up of British Book Challenge 2013

I can’t believe it’s been a year, since I accepted the challenge to read 12 books by a British author. I’ve absolutely loved discovering new British authors this year. I’m definitely going to continue the challenge next year. We have far too many brilliant authors in the UK, that deserve much more recognition.

Here are the British Authors I’ve discovered this year, complete with a link to my review!

Here’s to discovering new British Authors in 2014 and continuing to support UK writers!

Stacking The Shelves #49

Click on the image to take you to Tynga's blog to learn more!

Click on the image to take you to Tynga’s blog to learn more!

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 its Goodread’s page!

This week I received my package from my Secret Santa from the UK. I will be writing a post about it all nearer Christmas, but this is what arrived in my box this week!

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I am a very lucky girl! I am particularly looking forward to reading Red Ink and By Any Other Name. I hadn’t heard of Raw Blue, so I’m looking forward to finding out what it’s like!

What did you add to your shelves this week? Please feel free to leave your link in the comments below and I’ll stop by your blog.

Stacking The Shelves #37

Click on the image to take you to Tynga's blog to learn more!

Click on the image to take you to Tynga’s blog to learn more!

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 its Goodread’s page!

Bought:

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A lot of these books I’ve decided to read because of my friend Luna’s reviews. Her blog is dangerous to me. It makes me add far too many books to my TBR list. (Thanks Luna!) I’ve wanted to read Dead Romantic since I read her review and the same with The Savages. I wanted to read Shipwrecked after enjoying Finding Cherokee Brown by the same author Siobhan Curham. Split Second sounded interesting so I went for that too!

Gift:

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My mum knows that I’m a big fan of Sophie Kinsella’s writing, so she bought me Wedding Night.

Bought for Kindle:

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I’ve had these books on my wish list for a while and they were going fairly cheap on the Kindle (except Fever!) I know summer is well and truly over, but I’m looking forward to eventually read The Summer I Became A Nerd, I’ve heard good things! I’ve heard so many good things about Something Like Normal, that I just had to pick it up!

NetGalley:

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I’ve been trying to request less as I really have far too many books to plow through. I couldn’t resist Model Misfit though. The second book in the Geek Girl series.

What did you get this week? Feel free to leave the links to your blog posts in the comments below and I’ll come and check out your posts!

Talking about ‘Close Your Eyes’ with Bibliobeth

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How did I get it?:
I borrowed it from Bibliobeth!

Synopsis:

When Geniver Loxley lost her daughter at birth eight years ago, her world stopped… and never fully started again. Mothers with strollers still make her flinch; her love of writing has turned into a half-hearted teaching career; and she and her husband, Art, have slipped into the kind of rut that seems inescapable. For Art, the solution is simple: Have another child to replace Beth. For Gen, the thought of replacing her first child feels cruel, nearly unbearable. A part of her will never let go of Beth, no matter how much she needs to move on.

But then a stranger shows up on their doorstep, telling Gen the very thing she’s always desperately longed to hear: that her daughter was not stillborn, but was taken away as a healthy infant. That Beth is still out there, somewhere, waiting to be found. A fissure suddenly opens up in Gen’s carefully reconstructed life, letting in a flood of unanswerable questions. How could this possibly be true? Where is Beth? And why is Art so reluctant to get involved?

As Gen delves into the darkest parts of her past, she starts to realize that finding the answers might open the door to something even worse, a truth that could steal everything she holds close. Even her own life.

With searing emotional insight, Sophie McKenzie weaves a breathless thriller that digs in its hooks without mercy and twists without warning, confirming her place among today’s most exciting new voices in psychological suspense.

Thoughts:

This time round, Bibliobeth and I decided to pick three of the reading group questions each to ask each other. Here are our thoughts.

CHRISSI: As Geniver is a first-person narrator, we experience everything from her perspective. How does this bias your perception of people and situations from the beginning? Does it ever make you doubt her decisions?

BETH: Obviously with Geniver being the narrator, we see all situations from her point of view. The reader sympathises with her over her agonising struggles when losing the baby, then we see her confusion and paranoia when it turns out that her baby may still be alive. We see other characters like her husband Art and her friend Hen through her eyes, so we are never really very sure how the other character is feeling, what they are thinking etc. Being the narrator, you do “root for her,” so as to speak, but at points I did feel like the story would be more effective as a dual (or more!) narrative to get the whole picture. However, I believe we were meant to be as much in the dark as Geniver was, so the mystery could unravel more slowly.

BETH: When we first meet Lorcan he comes across as charming but untrustworthy. By the end of the novel his true character is revealed. Discuss his role in the novel.

CHRISSI: I honestly thought that Lorcan was going to be a dodgy character. When he started to help Geniver I began to think that perhaps he had something to do with the baby and was leading her onto a path of destruction. I think his role in the novel, for me, was to give a level of uncertainty about his interest in Geniver.

CHRISSI: A well-respected businessman who clearly adores his wife, how does your opinion of Art change during the course of the novel? How does the author achieve this?

BETH: I think my opinion pretty much stayed the same for Art. We know that he is a high flying sort with a keen nose for business, and is somewhat of a rising star when we see his excitement over meetings with the Prime Minister. We also find out that he has a few skeletons in his closet, and many secrets to be unearthed. He clearly loves his wife, that much is obvious, but can we trust him?

BETH: The child’s narrative that intersperses the story is a mystery until the very end. Who did you think it was? Discuss how the reveal of the child’s identity and his specific loyalties change the way you think about the novel.

CHRISSI: I didn’t really guess who the child narrative was until it was revealed. I think I probably would’ve if I was more focused on it, but it didn’t exactly grab me. That was until the very end. I think the reveal of the child’s identity gave the novel a really creepy feel. I think it also sets itself up for a sequel.

CHRISSI: Throughout the novel there is an underlying tension and sense of paranoia. How does the author create this?

BETH: The paranoia is this novel is there right from the beginning. We meet Gen and Art at an IVF appointment very early on in the book, as they have been trying for another child for a long time. Even at this early a stage, the reader gets a sense of how fragile and vulnerable Gen is as she does not seem able to communicate her feelings about IVF to her husband which leaves the door wide open for mis-trust and paranoia. I didn’t really feel the tension mounting until about halfway through, which was for me when things really kicked off, doubts set in, and the story became unputdownable.

BETH: Both Morgan and Art are severely affected by their childhood relationships with their father. How much does this early trauma contribute to their life decisions and personalities? Does the knowledge of their difficult childhoods make you more understanding of their adult actions?

CHRISSI: I think their trauma with their father really did contribute to their decisions. They are both quite messed up characters. Knowing what happened to them does make you understand their adult actions but not excuse it!

I hope you enjoyed reading our thoughts on Close Your Eyes. I do recommend this book, it’s not perfect, but once it picks up it is a gripping read!

WWW Wednesday #20

WWW Wednesdays is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. Click on the image to get to her blog!

WWW Wednesdays is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. Click on the image to get to her blog!

 

It’s time for another WWW Wednesday!

To join in you need to answer 3 questions..

•What are you currently reading?

•What did you recently finish reading?

•What do you think you’ll read next?

Click on the book covers to take you to a link to find out more!

 

What are you currently reading?

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What did you recently finish reading?

16045220I recently finished Close My Eyes which is a thriller. My review of this book will be published later today, it’s a joint review with my sister, Bibliobeth. Check back later if you’re interested!

What do you think you’ll read next?

I can’t actually decide. I have some space before I need to read review books so I’m reading books in my very, very, big collection.

It’s either going to be

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Feel free to leave your links to your WWW Wednesday posts, so that I can check out what you’re reading!

 

Stacking The Shelves #22

Click on the image to take you to Tynga's blog to learn more!

Click on the image to take you to Tynga’s blog to learn more!

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 take you to the books Goodread’s profile.

This week I have borrowed a lot of books for a Summer Book Club!

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I’ve already read this book. You can find my review HERE. I expected it to be a typical post-war ramblings tale. However, it’s much more than that.

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I’m really looking forward to reading this thriller.

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I haven’t heard much about this book yet. Intrigued by the cover!

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This looks like a great mystery!

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The title itself really appealed to me!

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I hadn’t heard of any of these books before they were announced for the book club. Have you heard of any of them?

Please feel free to leave your links to your Stacking The Shelves post, so I can see what you’re reading soon!