Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Authors Who Deserve More Recognition

The topic this week from The Broke and The Bookish is Top Ten Authors Who Deserve More Recognition. I found this quite a difficult topic as I wasn’t sure what counted as an author being recognised however I have just gone for the authors I think should be talked about more online as a couple have received awards.

  • Simmone Howell
  • Sophie McKenzie
  • Jenny Downham
  • Catherine MacPhail
  • Tabitha Suzuma 
  • Amanda Hocking 
  • Gena Showalter
  • Cat Patrick 
  • Michael Morpurgo
  • Jamie McGuire

Which Author Do You Feel Deserve More Recognition?

Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Books With Tough Subjects

This week our topic from The Broke and The Bookish is perfect for me. Top Ten Books With Tough Subjects. I could’t pick just 10 however so I’ve picked 11 topics and shared some worthwhile reads about them as books about tough subjects are ones that I tend to go for. It’s not so much that I like them, in some cases the topic isn’t something you can enjoy reading about, it’s more that I find them interesting. That might sound odd and maybe even horrible to some people but for me I guess it’s partly about knowing that things could always be worse but more allowing myself not to be desensitized by issue that are always in the news and really understand the pain that people are feeling right now and hoping they can get help.

Self-Harm

  • Red Teas by Joanna Kenrick

Incest

  • Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma
  • Flowers in the Attic by Virgina Andrews

Death/Suicide

  • The Pact by Jodi Picoult
  • If I stay by Gayle Formam

Illness

  • Before I Die by Jenny Downham
  • My Sisters Keeper by Jodi Picoult
  • The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  • The puzzle Master be Heather Spiva

Teenage Pregnancy

  • Roxy’s Baby by Catherine MacPhail

Racism

  • Noughts & Crosses by Malorie Blackman

Drugs

  • Junk by Melvin Burgees

War/Genocide

  • Malka by Mirjam Pressler
  • Before We Say Goodbye by Gabrielle Ambrossio
  • Between Shade of Grey by Ruta Sepetys
  • Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
  • Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo
  • Over A Thousand Hills I Walk With You by Hannah Jansen

Loosing a family member

  • Many Stones by Carolyn Coman
  • The Shack by Wm Paul Young

Bullying

  • Cloud Busting by Malorie Blackman

Criminal Past

  • Looking for JJ by Anne Cassidy

Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Authors I’d Put On My Auto To-Buy List

This week from The Broke and The Bookish we have the interesting topic of our Top Ten Authors on my auto to-buy list. I’m afraid I don’t have an answer of ten for this. When I was younger, well in my early teens there was one author I would always buy but now I’m much more fussy.

  • Catherine MacPhail I think may been my only ever auto-buy. However that was when I was in my early teens and I no longer read her work. 

Now I wouldn’t buy any book just because of the author. I only really read books that I think I’ll like and I have to been in the mood for an idea before I’ll read it too. There are however a few Authors that I would always pick up their books to at least see if I am interested in it.

  • Darren Shan I have never read his Demon series but I really enjoyed his books on vampires and I’m interesting in his recent book Lady of the Shades.
  • Sophie McKenzie I really like Sophie McKenzie’s books that explore science such as Blood Ties and Medusa and I have read her Girl! books but I have never been interested in her more girly series.
  • Simmone Howel I love the books she has released so far, even though that is only 2  but I am very excited about a new book coming soon.
  • Cat Clarke Although I have only read one of her books so far I am hoping on read more of her work and would definatly pick them up if I seen her name on them. 
  • Cat Patrick So far I have read the books she has published and I’m excited about a new book coming out in May this year.

Are There Any Authors On Your Auto-Buy List?

Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Best Bookish Memories

 The Broke and The Bookish have given us another really good topic this week, out Top Ten Best Bookish Memories. This is  a really interesting topic because there are certainly a few things to consider. I’m including writing courses, festivals, visits and cinema trips in my list too because for me they are still bookish.

  • Arvon Writing Course at Moniack Mhor – When I was in my first year of high I went for a 4 day writing course in a cottage in the middle of nowhere and spent the week writing with teen author Catherine MacPhail and poet Gerry Cambridge. It was great fun and learnt a lot about writing but it also rekindled my love for reading. 
  • Dad reading to me when I was little – I have really fond memories of my dad reading to me when I was very young. My favourite was The Owl and The Pussycat which he knew off by heart and made some great voices to go along with it.
  • Edinburgh International Book Festival – I have been going to this for quite a few years now and I love it. We started going as school trips with the English department and got to see authors such as Catherine MacPahil, Elizabeth Laird, Catherine Forde and Kevin Brooks. However since then I have continued to go with my friends to see Darren Shan and LA Weatherly. It’s so cool to actually see the authors and talk to them about their books as well as getting your them signed.
  • Getting Breaking Dawn – It looks really sad when you see that but this was the first series of books I ever completed. I was the first one of my friends to read them and so I had to wait on each book getting published so as I loved the books I couldn’t wait to find out how it all ended. I don’t think I’ll ever forget this one coming because he pre-ordered it and it came the day I was going to the Edinburgh book festival and I had to start it and then leave it while I went out, it was torture. However once I got back home I stayed up all night to read it.
  • Going to see the Twilight Movie (Twice) – This sounds just as sad as the last one but my friends and I were pretty excited about the film coming out. (It was before I realised how awful book movies are). It came out on the last day of school before Christmas so we all went after lunch and took our copies of the book with us. We all agreed that it wasn’t nearly as good as the book but that didn’t stop us going straight back in to see it again after. It’s an afternoon I wont forget.
  • Fife Book Festival –  A few years ago Fife had it’s on book festival and as members of the library book club I got to take part. It was a really fun afternoon where we dressed up as characters from books to go on a wee parade, listen to authors talk about their books and meet some cool animals. It’s not really bookish but one of the best bits was getting a free shot of the Aquaballs as we were staff.
  • Anne Frank House – Going to see the Anne Frank House was really something memorable. Reading her diary is really powerful but it was hard for me to really imagine the space they had. I found it really interesting going to see the building and I read an information book about it before I went so I really got to just imagine how small it must have been for them.
  • Seeing Now is Good – I know that in most cases they books are better than the films, and of course the book Before I Die is still better than the film but I did find this a very good film. I thought they stuck to the story really well and it brought about the same emotions for me, which my poor boyfriend had to deal with as I totally broke down in tears at the end of it.
  • Seeing Great Expectation’s performed at Adam Smith Theatre – This one is a bit cheeky because it isn’t really the re-telling of Great Expectations that makes it memorable. It was a school trip we went on and for me it’s a good memory as it was the first time I really paid attention to the boy I am now dating.
  • Loosing my copy of The BFG – This isn’t a happy memory but it is something that sticks very much in my mind. When I was about 7 we went on holiday and I left my copy of The BFG on top of the pull out bunks in our hotel room. When we went back before we left however it had gone. We have still no idea what happened to it, if it fell down somewhere or the cleaners took it but mum had to buy me a new one on the way home. I’ll always remember it.

It’s weird thinking about all these things again, but it makes me smile. 🙂

What Are Your Best Bookish Memories?

The Deja Vu Review – Roxy’s Baby

The Deja Vu Review is a Meme hosted by The Book Addict’s Guide that gives us the chance to review books that we read before we became book bloggers. A theme is suggested each week to help us pick a book from our past we might want to rave about.

Our first topic of 2013 is our Favourite Female Protagonist. For this one I have picked picked the book Roxy’s Baby by Catherine MacPhail.

This is the story of a young girl who finds herself pregnant under age and run’s away to where she thinks is a safe place. She has always been wild and selfish and doesn’t care for her parents and sister who is a goody goody. When she finds out she is pregnant however she doesn’t want her family to know so she goes to London. There she meets the Dyce’s, an older couple who offer her sanctuary with other girls in her position. This seems great at first but there is a terrible secret yet to be learnt and Roxy is going to have to do a lot of growing up.

I read this story whilst in my early teens and I was both shocked in and drawn in by the story. I also really liked the main character of Roxy. As a teenager it is easy to find the faults in your family that seem like a good enough reason to not get on with them so this wasn’t an attribute of her personality that made me dislike her even though she was totally selfish. When she goes to London however she  meets lots of other girls in similar positions to her and she see’s how they are all dealing with the situation. This is and the kindness of the Dyce’s are what start to change her I think. However it is only when things turn out to be not as the seem that her changes become more dramatic and she starts to realise that she has no option of being selfish any more . I enjoyed reading her story and how she changed and although it was the story that initially got me into the book it had the right protagonist to make it a great one.

 

Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Books/Authors I’m Thankful For

This week the lovely people of at The Broke and The Bookish have given us the topic of Top Ten Books/Authors I’m Thankful For. This wasn’t the easiest of topics I think. Mostly because I didn’t want to repeat all my favourite books that I have posted about so much already. So I have decided just to go for authors that I think have influenced my reading in various ways.

The Author that got me into reading

1. Roald Dahl. Although I have memories of reading before this it is his books that I remember being the first books that I really read on my own. We read them a lot at school and they were so good I always wanted to read them myself. 

Author Of My Pre-Teen Years

2. Michael Morpurgo Like Roald Dhal Michael Morpurgo was another author my teachers introduced me too and I got addicted to. I read quite a few of his books and I think enjoyed them all. 

Author Of My Early Teen Years

3. Catherine MacPahil Once I got to High school I moved on to Catherine MacPhail books. In my first year I went on a writing course with her and that was me hooked. I looked how her books seemed so much more grown up to me and they were always an interesting topic as well as a good read.

 Author Of  My First Adult Novels

4. Jodi Picoult I picked up my first Jodi Picoult book because one of the main characters had the same name as me and luckily for me it was also an amazing book. After this I felt more able to start reading adult books so that’s why she is on my list. 

 Authors That Got Me Into Reading Series 

5. Stephenie Meyer The Twilight series was the first series of books that I ever finished and my reading habbits have been totally changed ever since. 

6. Darren Shan I read his vampire series along side the Twilight series as I had to wait on Twilight books coming out while I think this series was finished or just about to be. I feel Darren Shan plays just as important a part for me becoming a series lover.

 Authors That Changed The Style Of Books I Read

7. Eleanor Updale I read her Montmorency series about a criminal who becomes a gentlemen to hide his crimes when I was just starting high school and it was the first time I had read anything like this. I tended to read more girly books and ones set in the present so this was a total change. 

8. Sophie McKenzie Once I got a bit older I started reading Sophie McKenzie. I read two of her series, one starting with Girl, Missing and the other Blood Ties and I was surprised to find that even though it was more action I really enjoyed it. I think she opened up my mind to more action based books and possibly the start of my love for dystopian. 

Authors Whose Writing Makes Me Think 

9. Malorie Blackman When I read her Noughts & Crosses series my mind was totally blown. I think it was the first time a book had made me really look at our society and I love her for that.

10. Tabitha Suzuma Although I have only read two of her books so far there are more on my to be read list because the topics of her work are always controversial. I love that she picks such interesting topics that really make you think about a variety of different things in life.

Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Favourite Kick-Ass Heroines

This great meme by The Broke and The Bookish gives us topics each week to make list of some of our top ten books and book related things. This week its our Top Ten Favourite Kick-Ass Heroines.

1. Macey MacHenry from The Gallagher Girls Series by Ally Carter

I think Macey is judges a bit at the start of this series but she definatly proves her worth as a great spy.

2. Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

This is going to be a popular pick this week but who doesn’t think she is a hero!

3. Rachel from Blood Ties by Sophie McKenzie

Rachel puts everyone before herself in some mad situations I would love to think I had her stregnth

4. Lauren from Girl, Missing by Sophie McKenzie

Sophie McKenzie likes to put her characters through a lot so they always seem heroic

5. Harmony from Bumped by Megan McCafferty

It takes a lot to make the decisions Harmony has to make in this series and particularly when you realise maybe you are wrong.

6. Roxy from Roxy’s Baby by Catherine MacPhail

Roxy’s Baby is the first book I read where I felt the main character was a heroine, maybe not by fighting wars but by being mentally strong.

7. V for Vegan, Virgin, Valentine by Carolyn Mackler

It’s difficult for anyone when someone in your family is loved so much but V in the end is the one that is a true friend.

8. & 9. Maddie and Queenie from Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

These two characters I think show how during the war women showed that actually we can more than just be housewives. 

10. Jade Leigh from Oh My Goth by Gena Showalter

Jade’s world becomes a nightmare but she learns from that, we could all take something from her. 

Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Books That Make You Think

This weeks Top Ten Tuesday from The Broke and The Bookish is Top Ten Books That Make You Think. They have suggested books that make you think about the world or people or life. I think my list has books that cover all those area’s although I think most books have some element that makes you think.

1. Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma

She is pretty and talented – sweet sixteen and never been kissed. He is seventeen; gorgeous and on the brink of a bright future. And now they have fallen in love. But… they are brother and sister.

Seventeen-year-old Lochan and sixteen-year-old Maya have always felt more like friends than siblings. Together they have stepped in for their alcoholic, wayward mother to take care of their three younger siblings. As defacto parents to the little ones, Lochan and Maya have had to grow up fast. And the stress of their lives—and the way they understand each other so completely—has also also brought them closer than two siblings would ordinarily be. So close, in fact, that they have fallen in love. Their clandestine romance quickly blooms into deep, desperate love. They know their relationship is wrong and cannot possibly continue. And yet, they cannot stop what feels so incredibly right. As the novel careens toward an explosive and shocking finale, only one thing is certain: a love this devastating has no happy ending.

For me this is the most contreversial book I have ever read. Put bluntly it is about incest. Although I don’t like to put my Top Ten Books in an order this is my number one this book because it  is an issue people I have discussed this book with feel very strongly about and I really feel that reading this book will make you reconsider you feelings towards it. 

2. Noughts & Crosses by Malorie Blackman

Two young people are forced to make a stand in this thought-provoking look at racism and prejudice in an alternate society.

Sephy is a Cross — a member of the dark-skinned ruling class. Callum is a Nought — a “colourless” member of the underclass who were once slaves to the Crosses. The two have been friends since early childhood, but that’s as far as it can go. In their world, Noughts and Crosses simply don’t mix. Against a background of prejudice and distrust, intensely highlighted by violent terrorist activity, a romance builds between Sephy and Callum — a romance that is to lead both of them into terrible danger. Can they possibly find a way to be together?

I love this book! Although great changes are occurring we still live in a world where white people are dominant. What makes this book so good is that in a world where black people have all the power we are made to question how we would feel if we were in that position and as a result how people are really feeling right now. I think  Blackman’s idea to change what we see going on is what makes this book so powerful and I hope it makes people think as much as it makes me. 

3. My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult

Anna is not sick, but she might as well be. By age thirteen, she has undergone countless surgeries, transfusions, and shots so that her older sister, Kate, can somehow fight the leukemia that has plagued her since childhood. The product of preimplantation genetic diagnosis, Anna was conceived as a bone marrow match for Kate — a life and a role that she has never challenged…until now. Like most teenagers, Anna is beginning to question who she truly is. But unlike most teenagers, she has always been defined in terms of her sister — and so Anna makes a decision that for most would be unthinkable, a decision that will tear her family apart and have perhaps fatal consequences for the sister she loves. 

This book I think raises several issues that will make you think. Should you be allowed to have a genetically engineered child to help its sibling? Can you put one child through hell to save another? Should a young teenager have rights of their own body? This book I imagine must make parents think the most as in essence it is almost like having a favourite child. 

4. Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

Everybody gets to be supermodel gorgeous. What could be wrong with that? Tally is about to turn sixteen, and she can’t wait. Not for her license — for turning pretty. In Tally’s world, your sixteenth birthday brings an operation that turns you from a repellent ugly into a stunningly attractive pretty and catapults you into a high-tech paradise where your only job is to have a really great time. In just a few weeks Tally will be there.

But Tally’s new friend Shay isn’t sure she wants to be pretty. She’d rather risk life on the outside. When Shay runs away, Tally learns about a whole new side of the pretty world and it isn’t very pretty. The authorities offer Tally the worst choice she can imagine: find her friend and turn her in, or never turn pretty at all. The choice Tally makes changes her world forever.

This book challenges our growing obsession with our looks. What would the price really be if we were all pretty? and is it worth it so that we can all feel equal? Personally I don’t think it would be that simple and I don’t think it is worth risking our health for our looks. 

5.You Against Me by Jenny Downham

If someone hurts your sister and you’re any kind of man, you seek revenge, right? If your brother’s been accused of a terrible crime and you’re the main witness, then you banish all doubt and defend him. Isn’t that what families do? When Mikey’s sister claims a boy assaulted her at a party, his world of work and girls begins to fall apart. When Ellie’s brother is charged with the crime, but says he didn’t do it, her world of revision, exams and fitting in at a new school begins to unravel. When Mikey and Ellie meet, two worlds collide. Brave and unflinching, this is a novel of extraordinary skillfulness and almost unbearable tension. It’s a book about loyalty and the choices that come with it. But above all it’s a book about love – for one’s family and for another

Does loyalty to your family come before love? On You Against Me we have too characters who’s siblings have had more than a large fall out. When they meet they are unaware of who each other is and fall for each other however when they realise who each other is they are caught between how they feel about each other and their families. This books make you think about loyalty. If someone in your family gets into trouble should you have to suffer to? 

6. Red Tears by Joanna Kenrick

Emily Bowyer is a normal, confident teenager. But beneath the surface she has a wretched secret. Because, for Emily, life isn’t as much fun as it would appear. Her friends are going off her and her parents only seem to care about her troubled brother. Tension, pressure, anxiety, anger and self-hatred – where does it go when no one will listen?

Red Tears deals with depression and self-harm. When I read this book self-harm was very openly going on in my school and I think this book does give some insight into why teenagers feel they need to turn to drastic actions. For me the book was very powerful but I think it will make everyone that reads it think. 

7. Roxy’s Baby by Catherine MacPhail

Roxy was shaking with fear. She drew in a deep breath. She would not let her fear take over. She couldn’t. She had too much to lose. She had to be strong, to be brave. For once in her life she had to think of someone other than herself. Roxy is wild, uncontrollable. She hates her parents – and her goody-two-shoes sister. Her only solace is her equally wild friends, Pat, Tracey and Jacqueline. Then there is the night of the party, where she lets that boy kiss her, and more …and Roxy is pregnant. Wilfully, she won’t tell her mother, her family. She decides to run away to London. And in London Roxy is found by Mr and Mrs Dyce. They are understanding, sympathetic, and promise her a way out of her troubles. They will take her to a comfortable place, along with other girls in the same position and look after her and her baby – which is exactly what happens. Roxy cannot believe her luck. But Roxy eventually works out the dark truth of the outwardly genial Dyces. 

When a young teenager gets pregnant what should she do? Teenage pregnancy is becoming more and more common. I read this book many years ago when the issue wasn’t so prominent and I think it shows how easily girls can get into trouble if they feel they have no support no matter what happens to them. It will also make you think about being careful trusting people just because they seem older, friendly and helpful.

8. Looking for JJ by Anne Cassidy

Three children walked away from the cottages on the edge of town toward Berwick Waters. Later that day, only two of them came back. Alice Tully knows exactly what happened that spring day six years ago, though it’s still hard for her to believe it. She’ll never be able to forget, even though she’s trying to lead a normal life—she has a job, friends, and a boyfriend whom she adores. But Alice’s past is dangerous, and violent, and sad… and it’s about to rip her new life apart.

Should you be allowed to have a new live after being convicted of a violent crime? If you were a child and it was an accident shouldn’t you be allowed a second chance? You still have to live with what you have done and trying to be someone else is not an easy way to live. JJ’s story will allow you to consider these questions with a new perspective in your mind. 

9. Slated by Teri Terry

Kyla’s memory has been erased,
her personality wiped blank,
her memories lost for ever.

She’s been Slated.

The government claims she was a terrorist, and that they are giving her a second chance – as long as she plays by their rules. But echoes of the past whisper in Kyla’s mind. Someone is lying to her, and nothing is as it seems. Who can she trust in her search for the truth?

Also about giving criminals a second chance, Slated is a world where criminals have their memories wiped. However could it be that easy? Is this a solution we could seriously consider for our future? 

10 The Shack by Wm Paul Young

Mackenzie Allen Philips’ youngest daughter, Missy, has been abducted during a family vacation, and evidence that she may have been brutally murdered is found in an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness. Four years later in the midst of his “Great Sadness,” Mack receives a suspicious note, apparently from God, inviting him back to that shack for a weekend. Against his better judgment he arrives at the shack on a wintry afternoon and walks back into his darkest nightmare. What he finds there will change Mack’s world forever.

The Shack is a story about finding God. Who exactly is this figure? and how can we deal with the most terrible thing that could happen to us?  This isn’t your traditional image of God and it will make you consider the many possibilities for God.

Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Books I’d Play Hooky With

I appologise for how late  my post is but here it is. This weeks Top Ten Tuesday from The Broke and The Bookish is the Top Ten Books I’d Play Hooky With.

1.  Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma This has to be my number one choice as this book sort of was used in a skipping work type situation. That is that I read it instead of revising for my Maths exam. It is not something I regret though, as you will know if you have read any other of my Top Ten post. I regard this book as one of the best I have ever read. It is a totally new concept and totally gripping on an emotional level. I couldn’t put it down, I loved it. 

2. You Against Me by Jenny Downham If I am honest it takes about half the book to get really into this story but once you get there it is definatley worth it. It is an unusual situation and told from a really interesting the point of view, the siblings rather than the people that caused the trouble. It is a story about everyone in your family is effected by your actions but how love sometimes is stronger than misbehaving. I think if I got far enough through the book I would be keeping going and missing some class.

3 & 4.   Angel and Angel Fire by L.A. Weatherly Books 1 and 2 of a trilogy that is to finish later this year I have to say I was hooked reading them both. I think I could easily get destracted from going to class whilst reading these as through out them both I was filled with emotion willing the plot line I wanted and dying to find out what happened. Really good action packed books.

5.  Looking for JJ by Anne Cassidy This is on here as I did read it whilst off school one day. It is about someone who has been released from prison after many years for a terrible crime and is trying to make a new life for herself with a new identity. It was an easy read but also a really interesting and that one that I enjoyed.

6.  Before I Die by Jenny Downahm I think this would be a good book to miss school for because you can learn so much about real life from it. It teaches you how important the little things are in life and that is to me as important if not more so than acedemic work. For this reason I would miss school/work to read it.

7.  My Sisters Keeper by Jodi Picoult As with above, I think this also book also teaches really important lessons. About love, relationships and how you feel about yourself. I can easily see myself get caught up in this very emotional and gripping story and missing school. It carries you along dying to find it what happens and has a twist just at the right time to keep you hooked till the end.

8.   Rozy’z Baby by Catherine MacPhail A very unusual plot line this book will have you wondering where the story will go. Once you get started you wont want to put it down so you can find out how the story ends. 

9.  Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling I think that there are very few people that can put a Harry Potter book down once they have started. I’m not sure if the first one is my favourite but I like to read them in order and this is a really good first book. I think as it is easy to read you can get carried away and read right till the end.

10.   Divergent by Veronica Roth I had to rush to a few lecture’s once I started this book as I tried to sneak in a cheeky chapter whenever I could. With its well paced plot line it was easy to get carried away in the story and the characters and I would quite happily not go out to read it.