Top Ten Books I’d Recommend To My Sister


Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. Each week they come up with a list for us bloggers to complete. I’m really excited about this week’s list, which is the top ten books we’d recommend to a certain person. I decided to recommend books to my sister.

My sister is one of my favourite people in the world. We’re incredibly similar. I thank her for my love of books. I can’t remember how many times she used to read to me when I was younger. Even now, our favourite thing to do together is to read. She’s got me to read certain books and vice versa. I know her TBR list is HUGE but here are ten books that she should BUMP up her TBR list.

(By the way, you can visit my sister’s book blog here: BIBLIOBETH)

Click on the book image to get to the Goodread’s page!

16036975UndoneCat Clarke– I’ve made Beth read Entangled and Torn by Cat Clarke before. Undone was my favourite out of her books so far, so I want her to read this as soon as possible!


Dangerous GirlsAbigail Haas– I still can’t work out whether this book had a genius ending or just plain annoying, so I really need to discuss it with Beth!

17232261Songs of Willow FrostJamie Ford–  I always recommend Jamie Ford’s books where I can and this book certainly needs to be read soon!

cover37723-mediumStay Where You Are And Then LeaveJohn Boyne– I like to recommend John Boyne where I can as well, and this book is a brilliant read.

1656001The HostStephenie Meyer– I actually preferred The Host to the Twilight saga. I think Beth would enjoy it!

9741685Shadows On The MoonZoe Marriott– I think Beth would really enjoy this book. It’s beautifully written.

15812794The Time Between- Karen White– I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. I think Beth would like Karen White’s writing style.


Heart-Shaped BruiseTanya Byrne- Another one I need to discuss with Beth. A protagonist that does awful things, but you can’t help but like…

11722503My Sister Lives On The MantelpieceAnnabel Pitcher– I know Beth has this book, as I read it before she did. I can’t help but love this book though, so she should definitely bump it up her list.

16275049Cruel SummerJames Dawson– I loved this book. I was a fan of Point Horror when I was younger, and so was Beth. In fact, I think it was her that got me into them. James Dawson’s Cruel Summer reminds me of a Point Horror classic, so I think she’d love it!

Have you read any of my choices for Beth? Are you intrigued by any of them? Please feel free to link me to your Top Ten lists. I have a feeling I’ll be adding many books to my TBR pile this week…

Top Ten Books I was ‘Forced’ To Read


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the lovely The Broke and The Bookish. Each week a topic is given for us bloggers to write a list for. This week it is Top Ten Books I Was “Forced” to Read (either by teachers, friends, other bloggers, book club) — doesn’t necessarily have to be a BAD thing. Could be required reading, yes, but also book club, or just super enthusiastic friends “making” you read something!

Click on the book image to get to the Goodread’s page for the book!

In no particular order:


EntangledCat Clarke– I first heard about Cat Clarke’s book from Luna’s Little Library. Her reviews got me really intrigued, so I had to quickly read Entangled and Torn so I was ready to devour Undone when it was published. I think Cat Clarke’s writing keeps getting better and better.


Heart Shaped BruiseTanya Byrne– I didn’t expect to love this book as much as I did. Another book that was recommended by Luna’s Little Library. We reviewed it together HERE.


Pushing The LimitsKatie McGarry– This is another book that Luna and I compared opinions on(review HERE). This book made me a fan of Katie McGarry. I can’t wait to read Crash Into You soon.


The Girl On PaperGuillaume Musso- I probably wouldn’t have read this book if it wasn’t for the book club that I’m in. I thought it was such a strange book, but an original story.


Me Before YouJojo Moyes– I think I probably would have read this book without book club, but I’m glad I read it pretty soon after it was published. It’s become one of my favourite books.


Into The Darkest CornerElizabeth Haynes– This was another book club read (I’m in various book clubs of several shapes and forms). It’s a gripping read which includes some very heavy topics that aren’t easy to read. Yet, I couldn’t stop turning the pages!


Before I Go To SleepS.J Watson- Another one from the book club recommendations.  Again, it’s not an easy subject matter, but it’s so well written, I burned through it!


The Bronze HorsemanPaullina Simons– This is a book that was recommended to me by my sister. I loved it and thought that the character development was so impressive.


The Time Traveler’s WifeAudrey Niffenegger– My sister recommended this book to me. I wasn’t sure I was going to like it, with all the jumping around in time, but once I got used to it, I thoroughly enjoyed it.


SisterRosamund Lupton– Sister was recommended to me by my sister. This is a touching read, which is so beautifully written.

Whilst writing this list, I’ve realised how many recommendations have come from Bibliobeth (my sister) and Luna (my good friend). I’ve also read some awesome books from book clubs.

What about you? What have you been ‘forced’ to read? Feel free to leave a link to your Top Ten Tuesday posts.

Top Ten Books I Wish Could Have Had Sequels


Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list is about books that you wish had sequels. Now I have to admit this has been quite a hard list for me because I’ve realised just how many series I read! Maybe this list serves as a hint to me to read more standalone books.

In no particular order here are my 10. Click on the book image to get to the Goodreads page.


The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson- I really enjoyed reading this book. It was brilliantly written and I’d love to have seen how Lennie’s life progressed.


Heart-Shaped Bruise by Tanya Byrne- I think I would just love to read more about Emily. I loved her character. I shouldn’t have liked her so much, but Tanya’s incredible writing made me love her!


The Universe Versus Alex Woods by Gavin Extence- Again, this is more about me being attached to the main character than anything else. Although, after reading Gavin Extence’s writing, I’ll be certain to read whatever he writes next.


The Curious Incident of The Dog In The Night Time by Mark Haddon- This is one of my favourite books.  It’s another book that I’d be curious to see other adventures of the main character.


Saving June

Saving June by Hannah Harrington- I’m sensing a theme here that the books I’ve mentioned are books I’d like to see what happens next to the character.


If You Could See Me Now by Cecelia Ahern- I loved the characters in this very sweet book.


Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler- I’m becoming a bit repetitive now, but this is another book where I’d love to know what happened next to the characters.


Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver- I really liked this story. Its writing is very real and beautiful.


The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella- I know, I know I’m a bit boring with this list, but again this is another book where I’m way too attached to the characters. I WANT MORE!

Feel free to leave your links to your lists. I’m pretty sure I’m going to be kicking myself for not adding your books to my list!

Top Ten British Reads That I’ve Read This Year


Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the lovely The Broke and The Bookish. This week is a freebie week so I thought I’d list my top ten British reads so far this year. These books might be older books but they’re ones that I’ve read this year.

In no particular order.. because I find it way too hard to order my precious books..


Geek Girl- Holly Smale. This was such a cute read and I really adore Holly Smale’s writing style. I can’t wait to read the next book!



Torn and Undone by Cat Clarke. I’ve read all three of Cat Clarke’s books and each one gets better and better. Undone was just incredible!


I may have said how awesome this book is before. Oh well, I’ll say it again! It really is awesome!


The Universe Versus Alex Woods- Gavin Extence. I had high hopes for this book and luckily they were met!

These next books I’ve mentioned before on my Top Ten Tuesday lists, but they’re so good!


Just What Kind Of Mother Are You- Paula Daly. This is an intriguing, incredibly well written thriller!


Heart-Shaped Bruise- Tanya Byrne. I absolutely loved this book which was recommended to me by a good friend.


The Quietness- Alison Rattle. An incredible read!


Rebecca- Daphne Du Maurier. I had read this book before this year, but this year I was reminded how much I loved it. Fabulous book!


The Girl You Left Behind- Jojo Moyes. I was anxious to read another Jojo Moyes book after loving Me Before You SO much, but I needn’t have worried. It was good!

Please feel free to leave your links to your Top Ten Tuesday lists. It’ll be interesting to see what you’ve picked for the freebie week! I’ll make sure to visit your blog within the next few days!

Top Ten Books Dealing With Tough Subjects


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s list is top ten books dealing with tough subjects. Now, I read quite a few books that deal with some tough subjects so it’s going to be quite hard to narrow it down to ten!

In no particular order.. I just can’t order awesome books!

Pushing The Limits- Katie McGarry


I had heard a lot about this book before I read it. I was worried that I wouldn’t like it and that it was over-hyped, but actually it was a beautiful book, very sensitively written.

Undone- Cat Clarke


This book really moved me. Especially the ending. I was lost for words.

Me Before You- Jojo Moyes


I judged a book by its cover and really thought this book was going to be light and fluffy. Oh no. It really wasn’t.

Just What Kind Of Mother Are You?- Paula Daly


Not an easy subject to read at all, but it was incredibly well written!

The Quietness- Alison Rattle


This book was passionate. It had deeply disturbing moments especially as it was based on history.

Heart-Shaped Bruise- Tanya Byrne


Such a daring debut, a protagonist that has done something bad, yet you end up feeling for her. I love it.

Fifteen Days Without A Head- Dave Cousins

15 Days Without A Head

This is such a sad book, but it’s nicely balanced with some humour. It’s much needed!

My Best Friend’s Girl- Dorothy Koomson


My Best Friend’s Girl is very touching.

Wonder- R.J Palacio


I was recommended this by a good friend and I’m glad she did recommend it. I thought it was heart-wrenching.

Into The Darkest Corner- Elizabeth Haynes


A fantastic debut novel touching on an incredibly difficult subject.

This was so hard! I could’ve probably found 20 that I absolutely adore. I’m pretty sure that I’ve missed some amazing books and I’ll see them on other blogs and be annoyed I didn’t include them! Please feel free to link your blog so I can see what’s on your list!

Comparing ‘Heart Shaped Bruise’ – Tanya Byrne


How did I get it?:
I bought it specifically because Luna said it was awesome and Luna is always right 😉


They say I’m evil. The police. The newspapers. The girls from school who shake their heads on the six o’clock news and say they always knew there was something not quite right about me. And everyone believes it. Including you. But you don’t know. You don’t know who I used to be.

Who I could have been.

Awaiting trial at Archway Young Offenders Institution, Emily Koll is going to tell her side of the story for the first time.


Thoughts before you started reading Heart-Shaped Bruise?

CHRISSI: Well, Luna’s picked this book for us to compare. It must be awesome.

LUNA: Well I read HSB last year but it’s our Book Club read this month so I’m re-reading. I already know it’s brilliant.

Thinking back to last year… I’d stumbled across it on Goodreads and thought it sounded really good and then I meet Tanya Byrne at a book-launch and she is many kinds of awesome – that pretty much sold me.

What did you think of Emily?

CHRISSI: Emily is one of the best narrators in a book that I’ve read in a long time. She’s just so raw. I know she’s not the easiest character to love and her actions aren’t excusable, but you begin to understand why she did it.

LUNA: I love Emily, which given she does might sound a bit odd – as Emily says: “My normal and everyone else’s normal isn’t the same anymore” – but she makes sense. The thing that is so brilliant is how Emily is utterly convinced by her actions and the more you read, the more you understand it why.

It doesn’t matter if you like or agree with her, that’s not the point of the book. I don’t have to like Emily to want to read her story. She’s an intelligent and engaging narrator who doesn’t hold back.

Best bit?

CHRISSI: I hate to give an answer like ‘everything!’ but in my opinion, the book really is fabulous. It’s engaging, it’s well paced and the writing is just fantastic.

LUNA: Opening letter, it sets everything up brilliantly. The writing, pacing, etc. also the ending which wasn’t what I expected and made the book all the better for it.

Worst bit?

CHRISSI: There’s not a worst bit. I truly believe that!

LUNA: Can I say ‘nothing’?

Favourite character / moment?

CHRISSI: Emily is the best character in this story. She’s so intriguing.

LUNA: HSB is really Emily’s story so I’d say she is my favourite but her sessions with Doctor Gilyard make for really good reading. I loved how their relationship changed and progressed.

Was Heart-Shaped Bruise what you expected?

CHRISSI: Oh it was so much more than I expected… and I expected awesome.

LUNA: Yes. Both times.

Would you recommend it?

CHRISSI: Oh yes!