Tag Archive | Matthew Dicks

2014 TBR Pile Challenge

I’m very excited that Roof Beam Reader is hosting the TBR Pile Reading Challenge again – for the 5th year! I’ve started the last two years, but failed both, so I’m hoping to do better this year!

The challenge is, as it suggests to read books from your TBR Pile. I can’t even count how many are on my list, and book shelf. We’re thinking about moving in a couple of months, so last weekend, I took a box – big box – of books to our storage unit to get them out the flat. And I’ve still got 4 shelves fully – with two rows per shelf. So there’s loads.

This year though, I decided to take books, partly off my shelf, but mainly from the list I’ve written over the last few years. Every time I see a book I want to read, in a magazine, shop, on TV, a friend recommends, or wherever, I write it on this list. It’s quite long.

I have to choose 12, and 2 spares (just in case) now, then as I read them, review them, link on here, and on Roof Beem Reader’s TBR Pile Challenge. Here’s my 2014 list:

1 – The Fault In Our Stars by John Green (2012)

2 – Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins (2011) (21/2/14)

3 – The Woman Who Went To Bed For A Year by Sue Townsend (2012)

4 – Lets Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson (2012)

5 – Breakfast at Darcy’s Ali McNamara (2011)

6 – How We Met by Katy Regan (2012)

7 – The Man Who Forgot His Wife John O’Farrell (2012)

8 – Veronika Decides to Die by Paulo Coeho (1998)

9 – China Lake by Meg Gardiner (2002)

10 – The Time of My Life by Cecelia Ahern (2011)

11 – Before I Met You by Lisa Jewell (2012)

12 – The Greatest love Story of All Time by Lucy Robinson (2012)

And the extras, in case I can’t get through one or two.

13 – Something Missing by Matthew Dicks (2009)

14 – The Other Family by Joanna Trollope (2010)

As I said, I didn’t complete 2012 and 2013, so as the saying goes, I want to make the third time lucky! See Roof Beam Reader’s sign up for the challenge here.

Memoirs of An Imaginary Friend by Matthew Green Review

My name is BUDO.

I have been alive for 5 years.

5 years is a very long time for someone like me to be alive.

MAX gave me my name. Max is 8 years old.

He is the only human person who can see me.

I know what Max knows, and some things he doesn’t.

I know that Max is in danger.

And I know that I am the only one who can save him.

 

I was instantly attracted to the cover, and the title of this, which is odd, because I’d say as a rule I like the novels I read to be fully based in reality (mainly chick lit, thrillers). Having said that, I read and loved Cecelia Ahearn’s If You Could See Me Now, which was also about an imaginary friend, so maybe that’s why.

I really enjoyed this. Once I started it, I just couldn’t put it down. Budo is such an awesome character, I got really into it and the story, and the lives of the characters. I know the blurb about the book said that Max was in danger, but I didn’t really think it would turn into a Mystery and Suspense Challenge novel, but it did, and that kept me gripped. I was literally sat there reading it willing the right thing to happen (I don’t want to give away anything, so sorry, but that has to be vague). At the end of the day, it’s not a John Grisham/Meg Gardiner type thriller, but there’s a mystery there.

I totally recommend this, and will be reading his other books (it took me a while to find them, in the US he goes by another name, Matthew Dicks, and here in the UK Something Missing seems to be under that name!)