Thoughts: My Sister Lives On The Mantelpiece.


My Sister Lives On The Mantelpiece by Annabel Pitcher

“If guilt was an animal then it would be an octopus. All slimy and wriggly with hundreds of arms that wrap around your insides and squeeze them tight.”

I never heard of this book before until I was looking at audiobooks online on my library’s website. The only reason I chose it at first was because it was being read by David Tennant. I mentioned in another entry that he was the actor that played the Tenth Doctor on Doctor who and that he was my favorite Doctor. The description of the book also sounded really good, so that was also a plus! I thought David Tennant did an amazing job reading this book!

As far as the book goes; I actually enjoyed it so much! Let me tell you this though, the book is so sad. I was tearing up throughout the entire book. I thought the story was great even though it was mostly sad. It had it’s happy moments and those were great.

Random: The sister that died, her name was Rose and if you know Doctor Who then you know Rose. Anytime David mentioned Rose in the book, I would think about Doctor Who…haha. And get sadder.


Back to the book though! I think that Annabel did a really great job at writing this book. The characters were really relateable and it covered a lot of different struggles throughout the book. It was sad having to read (well listen in my case) about Jamie and Jasmine having to live with their dad that wasn’t a very good dad. He was still mourning the death of Jasmine’s twin sister Rose and turned to alcohol and barely looked after Jamie and Jasmine. Their mother wasn’t in the picture and that was a whole other thing that was completely sad about it all. I’m so thankful that Jamie and Jasmine had each other. I think that is what got them through so much. I really recommend this book. I am so glad that I found it! I definitely enjoyed it so much and it will be one that I remember for years to come.

“I stared up at the sky and raised my middle finger, just in case God was watching. I don’t like being spied on.”

Goodreads Description: “Ten-year-old Jamie hasn’t cried since it happened. He knows he should have – Jasmine cried, Mum cried, Dad still cries. Roger didn’t, but then he is just a cat and didn’t know Rose that well, really. Everyone kept saying it would get better with time, but that’s just one of those lies that grown-ups tell in awkward situations. Five years on, it’s worse than ever: Dad drinks, Mum’s gone and Jamie’s left with questions that he must answer for himself.This is his story, an unflinchingly real yet heart-warming account of a young boy’s struggle to make sense of the loss that tore his family apart.”

Have you read this book? If so, what did you think? What are you currently reading? Let me know in the comments! 🙂

Random: I am really hating the new reader on WordPress. It seems annoying and I don’t like that when you click the post, it doesn’t take you the the person’s actual blog. It just takes you to a plain boring screen. :/

Before I go, here are a couple other posts I’ve done recently linked below:

Weekend, Pictures, Small Book Haul. – A little update about my weekend including pictures and a book haul.
Friday Finds #22. – Books I added to my TBR last week.

I hope everyone had a great day! Bye! ❤

19 thoughts on “Thoughts: My Sister Lives On The Mantelpiece.

  1. I feel I would get distracted listening to our shared British Doctor Who hubs narrate a story. I would just want to watch Doctor Who and see his beautiful hair..I mean face! 😉 great review! Maybe I will get it and read it in a British accent…hehe

    • Haha 😁 I love his voice and it was actually not too much of a distraction until he mentioned “Rose” and then I wanted to cry because of the book and then also because of Doctor Who. 😋 I watched the other show he played in called Broadchurch and it was so hard to think of him as another character and not the Doctor. The boyfriend and I always called him the Doctor in Broadchurch and compared them and would make little jokes about him doing certain things if he was The Doctor. Or if someone said something rude to him in Broadchurch, we would always be like “how dare you talk to The Doctor like that” lmfao. He’ll always be The Doctor to me.

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  4. Wonderful review! I love David Tennant so much, he’s probably my favourite Doctor (although, Matt Smith stole my heart the moment he appeared as the 11th Doctor).
    This sounds like a wonderful book. xoxo

    • Thank you 🙂
      It was definitely a wonderful book for sure!
      I think they all steal your heart, but definitely David Tennant was my all-time favorite! The new Doctor (Peter Capaldi) is definitely my second favorite though. I really didn’t think I would like him at all as a Doctor, but I love him SO much!

      • I sadly haven’t been able to watch the new season with Peter Capaldi! It doesn’t air here in Australia for some reason 😣😣😣 but I might try to find it online if I have the time.
        And good point, they truly all do steal your heart. Its hard not to resist wanting to get in that blue box of his. xoxo

  5. I had never heard of this book but it sounds so interesting! I’ve added it to my to-read list! Great review 🙂

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  8. I just love it when a book breaks your heart. Though the feels when your heart actually breaks is really painful but good kinda pain? (or just pure pain) lol It is a sign of a wonderful book. Will definitely get my hands on this one soon! 🙂

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