Top Ten Characters That You’d Like To Check In With

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list are the Top Ten characters that you’d like to check in with. You know those characters who you want to continue learning about, the ones you might want to know how they got on next! A tricky topic, but it’s been fun to think about.

As ever, book images go to Goodreads!

Pointe This Girl (Slammed, #3)

Theo from Pointe– I’d like to see how Theo is getting on. I simply adored this book. I didn’t expect to love it as much as I did, but I connected so much to Theo and would like to see how she progresses next.

Layken and Will from the Slammed series– Even though This Girl wasn’t my favourite of the series, I felt I really knew the characters by the end of the series. I’d love to see what happened next to them.

Of Scars and Stardust The Secret Hum of a Daisy

Claire from Of Scars and Stardust– This book was so creepy and mysterious. I would love to get some answers to unanswered questions!

Grace from The Secret Hum of A Daisy– I would love to read about how Grace and her Grandmother’s relationship continued to grow.

Lola and the Boy Next Door (Anna and the French Kiss, #2) The Girl Who Walked On Air

Lola from Lola and The Boy Next Door- Lola is my favourite characters out of the books. I’d love to know what happened next for her!

Louie from The Girl Who Walked On Air– Louie was such an adorable character! I’d love to read more of her adventures.

Open Road Summer Me Since You

Reagan and Lilah from Open Road Summer- This is one of my favourite summer contemporaries. I’d love to catch up with the characters!

Rowan from Me Since You- This book packed a real emotional punch with me. It was completely unexpected. I’d want to know more about how she moves on.

Golden Boy Saving June

Max from Golden Boy- I simply adored Golden Boy. There are some amazing characters in this book, I found Max particularly inspiring.

Harper from Saving June- Harper grows so much in this book. I’d love to know more about her!

Which characters would you like to check up on? Please feel free to leave a link to your posts and I’ll stop by!

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The Secret Hum Of A Daisy

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How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Synopsis:

Twelve-year-old Grace and her mother have always been their own family, traveling from place to place like gypsies. But Grace wants to finally have a home all their own. Just when she thinks she’s found it her mother says it’s time to move again. Grace summons the courage to tell her mother how she really feels and will always regret that her last words to her were angry ones.

After her mother’s sudden death, Grace is forced to live with a grandmother she’s never met. She can’t imagine her mother would want her to stay with this stranger. Then Grace finds clues in a mysterious treasure hunt, just like the ones her mother used to send her on. Maybe it is her mother, showing her the way to her true home.

Lyrical, poignant and fresh, The Secret Hum of a Daisy is a beautifully told middle grade tale with a great deal of heart.

Thoughts:

I’ve been wanting to read this book since I heard about it at the end of last year. I’ve seen it reviewed very positively, so I decided to come off my list of books to read and bump The Secret Hum of A Daisy to the top of my pile. I’m glad that I did as it’s a very touching debut novel from an author that I hope we get to read a lot more from in the future! I found The Secret Hum of A Daisy incredibly easy to get into and I really invested in the characters right from the get go.

The Secret Hum of A Daisy starts off at Grace’s mum’s funeral. Grace has been sent to live with her estranged Grandmother. She’s suffering from guilt as she had an argument with her mum the night her She wants to get away from her as she believes her mother never would have wanted her to live with the Grandmother. Grace begins to find clues that she believes are messages from her mother who is trying to show her the way home.

It may sound like a depressing read, but it’s not. It has sad elements of course, but it’s mainly very touching and is about healing and family. It becomes very hopeful as both characters heal. I was rooting for them from the start, wanting life to become easier for them and for Grace to accept her Grandmother as family. They really had to grow together and it was lovely to see that throughout the story.

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

A beautiful book about grief and growth. Aimed at middle grade, but suitable for beyond!

WWW Wednesday #84

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’m currently reading It’s Not Summer Without You by Jenny Han. It’s so far very easy to read! It’s a short read for me as it’s under 300 pages. So hopefully I’ll finish that today so I can get onto my next book which I’m very excited about!

What did you recently finish reading?

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I finished Lola and the Boy Next Door yesterday. I’m on a bit of a contemporary kick at the moment and desperately trying to get some books knocked off my TBR before I start university. I much preferred this book to Anna and The French Kiss. My review for this book will be coming up within the next week or so!

What do you think you’ll read next?

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I have been wanting to read this book for a LONG time. It actually wasn’t due to be read for a few weeks in my little schedule, but I can’t help it. I need to read it. I’ve heard it’s amazing and emotional. I just can’t wait any longer.

What are you reading this week? Please feel free to leave your answers or links in the comments below and I’ll stop by! Happy Reading 🙂

Stacking The Shelves #78

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!

I’ve got a bigger haul than the past few weeks. Blame pay day and my lack of restraint!

Bought:

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Fixing DelilahSarah Ockler– I loved Twenty Boy Summer and I’m hoping to read #scandal very soon. I’ve enjoyed Sarah Ockler’s writing, so I decided to pick this book up. It sounds intriguing.

Me and Earl and the Dying GirlJesse Andrews– I’ve heard so much about this book. I can’t wait to get to it!

RumpLiesl Shurtliff– This is a retelling of Rumpelstiltskin, it sounds amazing!

The Secret Hum of A DaisyTracy Holczer– I think that this is going to be a powerful, emotional read about family.

The Snow QueenAlana Albertson– This is a dance based novella which I can’t wait to read.

On The Fence- Kasie WestI adore Kasie West’s writing and this book looks like a perfect summer read.

NetGalley:

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I’ve seen this book titled as Big Little Lies and Little Lies. Whatever it is, I’m looking forward to reading it after enjoying Liane Moriarty’s book The Husband’s Secret.

Received from author:

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Thank you so much to Becky for sending me a copy of this book!

Ninja Book Swap:

I received a lovely parcel from Jen at Dark Readers with this book inside, a journal and a beautiful bookmark.

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If you want to learn more about the Ninja Book Swap check out this blog HERE

What have you added to your shelves this week? Please feel free to leave a link to your hauls!

Top Ten 2014 Debuts That I’m Excited For

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the lovely The Broke and The Bookish. Each week they come up with a list for us to complete. This week it is Top Ten 2014 Debuts That I’m Excited For.

This is when I realise that I don’t know many 2014 debuts. That’s awful! I tend to only just realise it’s a debut when I begin it or when I research the author. I need to be more on it and realise what is releasing! Luckily I’m taking part in the Debut Author Challenge this year, so this list was made so much easier for me.  The Story Siren has put together a Goodreads list which is super helpful and has made me aware of SO many books I want to read. Oh dear.

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

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Side Effects May Vary Julie Murphy– I’ve seen this about quite a lot recently and each time I want to read it a little more. I’ve heard so many good things about it. I think it’s going to be an emotional, but good read.

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Something RealHeather Demetrios– After reading the synopsis of this book, I really want to read it. It sounds brilliant.

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Cruel BeautyRosamund Hodge– I was recently recommended this book. I have seen it about quite a bit now, so it’s certainly beginning to grab my interest.

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The Half Life Of Molly PierceKatrina Leno– Loads of other bloggers seem to want to read this book and I’m definitely jumping on the bandwagon. I’m intrigued!

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Far From You- Tess Sharpe– Again, I’ve noticed this book around blogs. Blogging has been dangerous for my TBR pile! 😉

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Trust Me, I’m LyingMary Elizabeth Summer– I love the cover for this. It’s what initially pulled me in.

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Liv, ForeverAmy Talkington– This book sounds intense! My sort of read!

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The Truth About AliceJennifer Mathieu– This book isn’t my usual sort of read, but it sounds intriguing!

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The Secret Hum Of A DaisyTracy Holczer- I was intrigued by the cover. It’s quite plain, but there’s something appealing about it. It sounds like it’s going to be a good read.

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Evidence Of Things Not SeenLindsey Lane– This sounds like a really unique read. I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy.

What 2014 debut are you looking forward to? Please feel free to leave your links in the comments section below and I’ll come and visit your blogs… and no doubt add to my TBR!