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!

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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.

Lobsters

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How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Synopsis:

Sam and Hannah only have the holidays to find ‘The One’. Their lobster. But instead of being epic, their summer is looking awkward. They must navigate social misunderstandings, the plotting of well-meaning friends, and their own fears of being virgins for ever to find happiness. But fate is at work to bring them together. And in the end, it all boils down to love.

Thoughts:

I picked Lobsters as part of my September Luna’s Picks. I was a bit sceptical about reading it because of the ‘socially awkward love story’, but I’m happy to say that I was pleasantly surprised with Lobsters. It was a funny and lovable story which I think many Young Adults/Adults would enjoy! Lobsters is packed full of swearing and mentions of sex.  It never becomes too much though as it totally fits in with the story.

Lobsters is told in alternating chapters, narrated by Hannah and Sam who are two teens that are trying to lose their virginity before they go to University. Hannah in particular is looking for her Lobster (totally reminded of the Friends series here!)  She wants to find her partner ready to mate for life.  Both characters are searching for who they really are. They find each other but there are some obstacles in the way!

I thought that the characters in Lobsters were fantastic. Sam and Hannah may be our main characters but their friends are also hilarious and easy to feel something for- whether they annoy you, you find them endearing or you really like them! I think Sam and Hannah are relatable characters, and I liked that they were experiencing that life doesn’t always go the way you expect when it comes to the future and big decisions like first love and sex.

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

A relatable, laugh out loud story! I thoroughly enjoyed it.

WWW Wednesday #88

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!

Welcome to another WWW Wednesday! To participate in WWW Wednesday, you need to answer three questions.

•What are you currently reading?
•What did you recently finish reading?
•What do you think you’ll read next?

Click on the book cover to get to the Goodread’s page for the book.

What are you currently reading?

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I am currently reading The Fortune Hunter by Daisy Goodwin. I’m only 50 pages in, but it seems promising so far!

What did you recently finish reading?

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I finished Lobsters last night by Tom Ellen and Lucy Ivison. This book was easy to read. I would recommend it for the higher end of Young Adult, although others I’m sure, would enjoy it too! I’ll be pushing this review forward as it’s one of Luna’s Picks for this month, so hopefully this review will come later today or tomorrow!

What do you think you’ll read next?

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I shall hopefully (given university restraints) read Swallows and Amazons soon! This book is going to be read as part of my Kid-Lit challenge with my sister Beth.

So what are you reading this week? Please feel free to answer the questions or leave your link in the comments. Happy Reading!

Stacking The Shelves #85

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 Goodread’s page!

Bought:

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Water Born- Rachel Ward– I can’t wait to read the sequel to The Drowning! I love Rachel Ward’s writing and I’m so excited to read this book. I might try to get to it within the next few days. It might be leapfrogging books I already have to read…

LobstersTom Ellen & Lucy Ivison– I have picked this book to read this month. I’m a bit cautious about ‘a socially awkward love story’ but I’ve heard good things about it, so trying to be positive!

The Absolutely True Diary of A Part-Time IndianSherman Alexie- I’m currently reading this book for part of the Banned Books feature I complete with my blogger sister Beth and good friend Luna.

 NetGalley:

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A Little Something DifferentSandy Hall– I’ve heard good things about this book! I’ve heard that it’s very unique.

So what have you added to your shelves this week? Feel free to leave a link to your haul and I’ll stop by!