My Autumn Reading List

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Two funny uplifting books, two modern mysteries and a down-to-earth story with people who dangerously have their head in the clouds. I thought it was time I gave fantasy and sci-fi a rest for a while.

Is It Just Me by Miranda Heart

Similar over the top but very relatable scenarios to her show. This time she’s explaining how she experiences things such as fashion, Dr’s, technology and dating to her younger – rather naive but hopeful – self. Jolly good fun, if a tad awks!

Who Is Tom Ditto by Danny Wallace

Toms girlfriend has left a note to say she has left but not actually left him. Confused? So is he. The more clues he tracks down as to her whereabouts, the more he learns about his girlfriend and himself. He realises maybe he didn’t know as much about either as he first thought and why is there a random girl following him?

Junk by Melvin Burgess

I read this when I was 14 and it was a bit of a reality check compared to Sweet Valley High and Point Horror books! It’s about a love affair between two teenagers, heroin and the quirky group of people they fall in with. It’s about pushing boundaries because you feel you should but not caring where they should end.

Mirror Mirror by Cara Delevingne 

Red and Naomi are in a band together until Naomi suddenly disappears. As Red follows the twists and turns of events she realises that it’s not just their friendship at stake but their lives.

The Getaway Girls – Dee MacDonald

Connie has freedom to do what she wants for the first time in decades. She meets glamorous Gill and downtrodden Maggie and they decide it’s time for a change. A tour of France and Italy in a luxury camper van to be exact. They have funny shared experiences but each still have their own story going on including a secret that catches up with them.

Have you read or would like to read any of these? Let me know – no spoilers though!

Chrissie

 

 

Girl Missing by Sophie McKenzie (no spoilers)

Imagine if everything you new about your life turned out to be a lie. When Lauren starts to realise her adoptive parents aren’t telling her the truth she sets of on a journey to uncover secrets surrounding her adoption. However certain people will do anything to make sure those secrets stay buried.

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Girl Missing grabbed my attention from the start and held it until the end – not an easy feat. After I’d finished reading I realised and was tired, thirsty and hungry but because I’d been so absorbed in the plot I hadn’t even noticed! Perfect pacing and the right balance of dialogue and action, likeable but flawed characters and plot twists which aren’t obvious makes this one of the most enjoyable novels I’ve read.

Author Sophie McKenzie does a wonderful job of creating secondary characters that are three dimensional and relevant in their own right. Main character Lauren can be a little self absorbed and her friend Jam can run out on her at the worst moments but these are teenagers facing very difficult odds and they do realise their failings and admit there mistake. It’s because the characters are relatable and likeable that really drives this story along as well as the mystery and danger. I’ve read incredibly well constructed novels before but had to abandon them because I couldn’t tolerate the characters.

I highly recommend Girl Missing to both adults and teens and will certainly be passing this on to a few friends and my bloke to read.

This 10th Anniversary edition includes a deleted scene and a Q&A with McKenzie.

https://missingkids.com

Chrissie

Would You Rather…?

I came across this idea on My Blog Is My Boyfriend and asked to join in as I don’t get to ponder over books with people very often. I never seem to be reading the same one as my mates and I tend to read fairly slowly so my reading list is rather out of date! So please feel free to comment and join in yourself.

Would you rather only read trilogies or only read standalones?

I’d have to say standalones because trilogies can take a while to get going sometimes where as I enjoy the pacing of single novels. Plus if there is a character in there that is really annoying it’s just too frustrating reading about them yet again.

Would you rather only read male or female authors?

This is difficult to answer as writers have pen names which don’t necessarily match wether they are male or female and anyway, if they are a great writer it wouldn’t matter to me!

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Would you rather shop at Barnes and Noble or Amazon?

Ok I’m going to replace Barnes & Noble with Waterstones seeing I’m in the UK. I’d much rather keep physical book shops on the high street so Waterstones, as sadly most of the little independent book shops have gone out of business in Manchester.

Would you rather books were made into TV shows or movies?

If it were small-medium books then a film but bigger books would have to be a series to do them justice such as Game of Thrones. I’m picking TV series for bigger books so I don’t have to wait for the next film in the series to come out.

Would you rather read only five pages per day or five books per week?

Five pages per day. I simply couldn’t imaging managing to read five books a week even though I actually have the time!

Would you rather be a professional author or reviewer?

Reviewer. I couldn’t bear having to be creative with a deadline hanging over my head. I can only come up with interesting characters and snappy dialogue but I’m useless at plots. I really like reviewing books so watch out for more reviews in the future.

Would you rather be a librarian or a bookseller?

I would love to work in a comic book/graphic novel shop like Forbidden Planet. That’s the dream!

Would you rather read only your favorite genre, or every other genre but your favorite?

If I think of the fantasy genre as being incredibly varied i.e. The Night Circus and Little Big and not just about dragons and kingdoms etc. then I would have to say my favourite genre of fantasy, as reading a genre that didn’t interest me would be pure hell.

Would you rather only read ebooks or physical books?

Physical books because I don’t need to drag them around with me but if I commuted everyday my answer might be different.

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Here are the six blogs I’m nominating – it’s usually five but I didn’t know how to choose!

Super Space Chick

A few of My Favourite Things

Suzie81 Speaks

Booklexia

Mermaid Kisses

Teachez Well

To my nominees, please don’t feel any pressure to participate, I don’t mind at all if you choose not to.

Chrissie xx