Month: December 2015

Am I Normal Yet?

Am I Normal Yet? by Holly Bourne

235922351Synopsis: All Evie wants is to be normal. She’s almost off her meds and at a new college where no one knows her as the girl-who-went-crazy. She’s even going to parties and making friends. There’s only one thing left to tick off her list…

But relationships are messy – especially relationships with teenage guys. They can make any girl feel like they’re going mad. And if Evie can’t even tell her new friends Amber and Lottie the truth about herself, how will she cope when she falls in love?

 

My Thoughts:

This story follows that of a teenage girl, Evie, who is recovering from of form of OCD. The book is a mix of text and images of notebook text (read the novel and you’ll see what I mean) which were cleverly compiled. Every time Evie thought a negative thought linked with her OCD it would be written in bold with spark flying off so that the reader pays close attention, which was a nice touch.

We see as Evie tries desperately to fit in at her new college and the lengths she would go to keep her OCD a secret. The detail put into the plot was extraordinary an I devoured this book in one sitting.

‘Am I Normal Yet?’ was both funny and sad; a poignant novel. I was hooked throughout. Evie may have started off unsure of herself but with the help of her supportive new friends; Amber and Lottie we see her grow and adapt.

I would recommend this book to everyone. Read it!

Rating: 5/5

Finding Audrey

Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella

Where did I get it? The local library

71vaathqu-lSynopsis: An anxiety disorder disrupts fourteen-year-old Audrey’s daily life. She has been making slow but steady progress with Dr. Sarah, but when Audrey meets Linus, her brother’s gaming teammate, she is energized. She connects with him. Audrey can talk through her fears with Linus in a way she’s never been able to do with anyone before. As their friendship deepens and her recovery gains momentum, a sweet romantic connection develops, one that helps not just Audrey but also her entire family.

 

My Thoughts:

Finding Audrey was an exceptional read that had me laughing out loud right from the start.

This book is written with sensitivity but is at the same time a humorous read. I loved the video diaries that she kept- they were my favourite aspect of the book-as well as Audrey’s family.

Linus, too, was a sweet character, who played a big part throughout the course of this novel in helping audrey break through the walls she had put up.

The relationship that Audrey and her brother shares is one I wish for every sibling. The scene towards the end had me gasping at the absurdity of it all and I think, that  Frank, (Audrey’s brother) handled it very maturely.

I would recommend this book to every-one. A must read.

Rating: 5/5

My 5 favourite books of 2015

This year has been a wonderful book-filled year for me. I read so many amazing books, that to choose only five was torture. But….. I did it and here they are:

  1. Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella.

71vaathqu-lI found this book at the beginning of the year and I could not put it down. I have literally never laughed so much during a book so simultaneously sensitively written.

2. Vendetta by Catherine Doyle

24638201This book was obviously going on this list. I don’t think I have ever been so obsessed by a novel like I am with Vendetta. Just wow. You MUST read this book. Full review here.

3. Illuminae by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman

9781780748375_0I only finished this book recently and I wonder what took me so long to pick it up. Seriously, if you have not read this novel you are missing out. The detail that has gone into Illuminae is breathtaking. You can find me  waiting impatiently  for the next book in the series.

4. Emmy and Oliver by Robin Benway

I had been eagerly awaiting this novel from the moment I heard it was to be published and I was not disappointed! 51xd2ae3y2l-_sx324_bo1204203200_

 

5. Am I Normal Yet? by Holly Bourne

This is a a touching  read that explores what it is like to have OCD with such sensitivity. I think everyone needs to read this book at least once in their life. 235922351

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. The list this week is on the Top Ten books you have read in 2015. So, the Top Ten   Fantasy Novels I have read in 2015 are:

  1. Shiver by Maggie Steifvater511w58i2fml
  2. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas 16096824
  3. A City of Bones by Cassandra Clarecity_of_bones
  4. Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout9680718
  5. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maasthrone_of_glass_uk
  6. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell23734628
  7. Illuminae by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman9781780748375_0
  8. Uglies by Scott Westerfeld uglies_book
  9. A Wrinkle in time by Madeleine L’Engla_wrinkle_in_time_digest_2007
  10. The Sin-Eaters Daughter by Melinda Salisbury21936988

 

What were your favourite books of 2015? 

Goodreads Award Challenge 2016

I will be taking part in the Goodreads Award Challenge 2016 which is hosted by Books of Amber. All information about this challenge is on her blog, so click the link if you are interested in joining up or want to learn more about how this works.

So without further ado, these are the tiers and categories I will be aiming for:

Young Adult Fiction: Tier 2: 3 to 5 books.      

YA is most definitely my favourite genres so I’ll probably pick up a lot of these books.

Young Adult Fantasy and Science Fiction: Tier 2: 3 to 5 books.                     

Many novels from this category are on my TBR list already so this will be a good way to make sure I read them.

Debut Goodreads Authors: Tier 1: 1 to 2 books.

I’m intrigued by a lot of the new authors this year and I hope to read a few of their books.

Middle Grade: Tier 1: 1 to 2 books.                                                                          

I do not actually read novels from this category often, but I want to!

 

That’s all the books I want to read-(it’s achievable, right…right?)

 

Go over to Amber’s site for more details and join in the fun!

We All Looked Up

We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach

Where did I get it? The school library

41idw76a2hl-_sx326_bo1204203200_Synopsis: Before the asteroid we let ourselves be defined by labels:
The athlete, the outcast, the slacker, the overachiever.

But then we all looked up and everything changed.

They said it would be here in two months. That gave us two months to leave our labels behind. Two months to become something bigger than what we’d been, something that would last even after the end.

Two months to really live.

 

My Thoughts:

For me, this book had its ups and downs.

Told from the perspective of four characters; Peter, Eliza, Anita and Andy, we are shown how they react when there are only two months left to live.

I thought this book was a packed read with a lot going on at once. There was also a very philosophical-ish element to the book which was interesting (references to Kurt Vonnegut and his ideas on ‘karass’ .

I enjoyed experiencing the novel from those different points of view (some more than others)  However towards the end I was starting to lose interest in the plot.

All in all, I would probably recommend this book for lovers of sci-fi/ dystopia books.

Rating: 3.5/5

 

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. The list this week is on: Top Ten New-To-Us Favorite Authors We Read For The First Time in 2015.

 

  1. Catherine Doyle
  2. Sophie Kinsella
  3. Robin Benway
  4. Nicola Yoon
  5. Stephen King- how did I not read his books sooner?
  6. Sarah J. Maas
  7. David Levithan
  8. Anthony Horowitz 
  9. Rebecca Stead
  10. Stephanie Perkins

Who are your new favourite authors from 2015?