Thursday, 1 December 2016

Chrsitmas TBR pile

This year I've had a tough one reading wise. I've read half the books I normally read in a year and I decided about a month ago that if I didn't do something my reading would fizzle out completely by mid December. I decide that this year I would actively seek out a pile of Christmas themed reads which I really really wanted to read so I had lots of awesome books I was dying to get started on as soon as it got to December.

I ended up with this lovely looking pile.

There's a nice mix on here of books I have bought myself and a few review titles I've been saving up for December. I've also tried to get a nice mix of adult and YA titles.

So where do I start??

British Books Challenge: Link up your December reviews here

Onto the final month of the challenge of 2016. Thanks to all who have participated over the year and stuck with it to the bitter end. I'm close to finishing my 100th book by a British author this month.

If you've enjoyed the British Books Challenge this year and want to sign up for more next year I am passing the baton to Michelle from Tales of Yesterday to host in 2017. I'm certain she will do an awesome job and make the challenge bigger and better than before. Head to her sign up page here.

First up the winner of November's prize pack is Bibliobeth for her review of Looking for JJ by Anne Cassidy. Please email me to claim your prize.

As always please link your reviews below and do go and sign up for The British Books Challenge in 2017 over with Chelley.

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

November review

This month has not been a good one for me reading wise. I've been spending too much time hand making lots of Christmas presents and watch too much netflix snuggled up in bed because it is the warmest place in the house now the cold snap has reached the Norfolk Coast. Both of those things meaning I've read barely anything by my standards. I was a little bit naughty at the end of the month starting my Christmas reads a few days before December started.

Books read
  1.  We come apart by Sarah Crossan and Brian Conaghan
  2. Optimists die first by Susin Nielsen
  3. Waking in time by Angie Stanton
  4. Victoria by Daisy Goodwin
  5. The stranger in my home by Adele Parks
  6. Blood for Blood by Ryan Graudin
  7. I'll be home for Chrismas anthology
  8. Christmas at Little Beach Street Bakery by Jenny Colgan

Book of the month

We come apart by Sarah Crossan and Brian Conaghan.

Historically I've not been  a fan of poetry on the whole but there's something about Sarah's writing which made me rethink that after reading One and this collaboration with Brian is most excellent. Be jealous that you all have to wait until February until you can get your hands on it.

December's TBR pile

Mostly all Christmas books for me in December including ones I am very excited for.

Christmas at Cupcake Cafe by Jenny Colgan
Christmas at Rosie Hopkins Sweetshop by Jenny Colgan
The Christmas Surprise by Jenny Colgan
Mistletoe and Murder by Robin Stevens
What light by Jay Asher
Miracle on Regent Street by Ali Harris
The Great Christmas Knit off by Alexandra Brown
Christmas at Lilac Cottage
The Gingerbread Girl by Shelia Newberry
Behind her eyes by Sarah Pinborough
History is all you left me by Adam Silvera
The Fortune Hunter by Daisy Goodwin

Monday, 21 November 2016

Can't wait to read

Just two books this month but both ones I am desperately waiting to read

Unconventional by Maggie Hardcourt

Lexi Angelo is a Convention Kid - she's got a clipboard and a walkie talkie to prove it.

Aidan Green is a messy-haired, annoyingly arrogant author and he's disrupting her perfect planning.

In a flurry of awkward encounters, lost schedules and late-night conversations, Lexi discovers that some things can't be planned... Things like falling in love.

I've heard nothing but awesome things about this already and it isn't out until February. I love Maggie's first book and can't wait to get this. 

Margot and Me by Juno Dawson

Sometimes love has to cross all kinds of barriers . . .

Fliss is on the way to visit her grandmother in Wales - the grandmother who she doesn't get on with - with her mother who is recuperating from chemotherapy. But her mum is getting better, that's the main thing, so Fliss can concentrate on being grouchy and not looking forward to meeting her grandmother Margot, who is so cold and always so unforgiving of Fliss's every mistake . . . But when the six months is up, Fliss consoles herself, she and her mum will go back to London and back to Real Life!

In the meantime Fliss needs to get used to her new school, not upset the scary girls, and just keep her head down (whilst still making sure that everybody knows she is from London, of course). Then Fliss discovers a diary at the back of her bookcase. It is from the 1940s and is set in World War II, and, Fliss realises, is actually Margot's diary from when she was a young woman during the Blitz. Intrigued, Fliss begins to read. There she discovers a whole new side to Margot, a wartime romance and also Margot's deepest, most buried secret. And it is then that Fliss discovers something terrible in her own life that she is going to have to come to terms with...

I love Juno's work and I love historical fiction so this sounds amazing. 

Thursday, 3 November 2016

The Sun is also a Star by Nicola Yoon

Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.

Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us.

The Universe: Every moment in our lives has b
rought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?

My thoughts 
I am a bit ashamed to admit that Nicola's first book passed me by so this was my encounter with her writing. I adored it and am kicking myself that it took so long for me to discover her writing.

I found it an unusual book in the way in which it was told but after a few chapters I was completely hooked in. It is the story of about a Jamaican girl about to be deported and a Korean-American boy who falls in love with her from the first time he sets eyes on her.

I loved that the book gave a human face to immigrants. Natasha's family is facing imminent deportation  and seeing the heartbreak and upset it causes first hand is really eye opening. 

The story itself is absolutely captivating and I found myself more and more drawn in as the story unfolds. The love between the two main characters is really sweet and while I'm not a huge fan of insta-love stories it works in this case.

An awesome read I adored and thoroughly recommend. 

Tuesday, 1 November 2016

British Books Challenge: Sign up your November reviews here

I've had an awesome month reading British Authors. Everything I've read has been a title by a British author and I'm hoping this will mean I'll get 100 titles by British authors read this year. How's everyone else getting on?

The winner of last month's prize pack is Sarah from Feeling fictional for her review of the BFG. Please email me Sarah to claim your prize.

This month I am giving away a copy of Mistletoe and Murder by Robin Steven (or the first book in the series if you've not started it... whatever suits you best). I've not started it myself but I thought it would make a lovely Christmas read for whoever wins at the end of the month.

As always links below please

Monday, 31 October 2016

October Review

Not a bad month for me reading wise. I've been reading a lot of my own books because I've been to busy to review much

Read in October
  1. The Next Together by Lauren James
  2. The Little Bookshop on the Seine by Rebecca Raisin
  3. Under Rose Tainted Skies by Rose Gornall
  4. A Quiet kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard
  5. The Creeping Shadow by Jonthan Stroud
  6. Coming to England by Floella Benjamin
  7. How to Find Love in a bookshop by Veronica Henry
  8. Wing Jones by Katherine Webber
  9. Summer at the Little Beach Street Bakery by Jenny Colgan
  10. Welcome to Rosie Hopkins Sweet Shop of Dreams by Jenny Colgan
  11.  No Virgin by Anne Cassidy
  12. Meet me at the Cupcake Cafe by Jenny Colgan
  13. The one memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr
Book of the Month

I adored this book. It was impossible to put down and I loved the relationship between the main characters. You are all in for a treat when this is published early 2017

November's TBR pile
The One memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr
The Women in the Walls by Amy Lukavics
Welcome to Nowhere by Elizbeth Laird
Lost Stars or What Lou Reed taught me about Love by Lisa Davis Selin