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British Books Challenge 2015!

Ever since I started blogging, I’ve seen things on lots of blogs centred around the British Books Challenge. The aim is to read twelve books by British authors over one year; A goal I hope is achievable next year, as I’m always on the lookout for more great UKYA, and it’ll be a great new challenge to try.

The lovely Michelle @ Fluttering Butterflies is hosting the challenge in 2015, and I’m really excited about it. For this Sign-Up post, I’ve picked a handful of books that I’d like to read for the challenge. (Maybe not the specific ones I’ll end up reading first in 2015, because I always reorder my TBR… It’s chaotic!)


#1: Boys Don’t Cry by Malorie Blackman

This is definitely a modern contemporary classic, and a leading title in UKYA – I have no idea why I haven’t read it before, actually! I love Malorie’s books and would love to read this for the challenge not only because it fits into the category, but because the follow-up book is out very soon.

#2: The Manifesto on how to be Interesting by Holly Bourne

I attended the Young Adult Literature Weekender at the Southbank centre last month. I really enjoyed it, and undoubtedly the best panel was the Gender In YA panel, which included Holly. I’ve read great reviews of her two books and TMOHTBI sounds brilliant.

#3: Before I go to Sleep by S J Watson:

This is an adult title! I’ve been interested in reading this ever since my dad first received his proof copy, before it was released and when he was blogging. I remembered that the author is British so decided this should definitely be on my challenge TBR – I’d also love to read it before the DVD of the film comes out!

#4: The Bubble-Wrap Boy by Phil Earle:

love Phil Earle’s books – he’s a fantastic contemporary fiction author whose books should be more recognised, I think! This is his latest book and it’s been on my TBR pile for a while – this will be a good excuse to read it (:

#6: My Swordhand is Singing by Marcus Sedgwick:

I’m a very big fan of Marcus Sedgwick’s books, but this is one of his older titles that I haven’t yet read. I would love to read this (as well as maybe some other Marcus Sedgwick books, like Ghosts of Heaven!) for the British Books Challenge.

Good luck to any body else who is doing the challenge! If you’re a blogger or booktuber, and you’re interested in signing up for 2015, click here to go to Michelle’s submissions blog post.


New Books! #49


A huge thank you to the publishers who mailed me some of the books in this haul- I’ve been really excited for all of them for literally months, so I really can’t wait to get reading & reviewing them!(: Below I’m talking about a couple of titles that I’m most excited for:

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Trouble by Non Pratt: I finally managed to buy a copy of this at the lovely A Bundle of Books in Herne Bay! (I stumbled across the store when I was visiting the village, and if you’re nearby, it’s definitely worth checking out- it’s a really gorgeous Children’s & YA exclusive bookstore.)  Non Pratt will be at a Young Adult Literature Convention event I’m (hopefully!) going to later this year- So this has gone straight to the top of the TBR so I can read it by then!

The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson: One of my really awful book habits is that I’m often put off by huuuuge-looking fantasy novels… But this sounded completely amazing, and after reading about it on Ruby’s blog Feed Me Books Now & Ruby recommending it to me, I decided I’d buy it! I’ve wanted to read a book by Sanderson for a while now and so I really can’t wait to get around to this. 

The School For Good and Evil: A World Without Princes by Soman Chainani: Eeeeeep! I completely fell in love with this new MG/YA fantasy world when I read Soman’s debut last year, and I’ve been eager to read the sequel ever since I knew there would be a second book set around Agatha! Thank you so much to Harper Collins for this title- I’m really looking forward to starting it… and the cover is so beautiful!

Mila 2.0- RENEGADE by Debra Driza: Basically what I wrote above applies to this book, too! When I finished Mila 2.0 last year I knew I needed to read the sequel, asap. It was such a brilliant action novel. Thanks to Harper Collins again, for sending the sequel- Again, I’m looking forward to reviewing it! (: