The Naughty or Nice Book Tag 2019

Hello everybody! Today, I’m going to be doing the 2019 edition of Jenn’s Naughty or Nice Book tag, which I always love doing at this time of the year. Onto the post!


Received an ARC and not reviewed it

Yes, but I can only think of one where that’s been the case this year in my defense. There could be more I just can’t remember though. And there are some I’ve not reviewed yet, but I do intend to!

Have less than 60% feedback rating on Netgalley

I don’t use Netgalley.

Rated a book on goodreads and promised a full review was to come on your blog (and never did)

No. I wait till a review post is up then I update Goodreads properly.

Folded down the page of a book

Not intentionally but yes. My uni bag is a tip and where books go to get squashed

Accidentally spilled on a book


DNF a book this year

Bought a book purely because it was pretty with no intention of reading it

Yes. Definitely.

Read whilst you were meant to be doing something else (like homework)

I’ve definitely done this. I did it this weekend actually, by neglecting an online test in favour of We Met in December. I did do it once I finished the book though!

Skim read a book

Guilty as charged. It was boring but I really wanted to see what happened at the end.

Completely missed your Goodreads goal

I’ve actually read more than mine already, which I really wasn’t expecting! I hit it by the end of November, not that you’d know given how bad I’ve been with reviews since starting uni!

Borrowed a book and not returned it

I still have library books out, but I’ve not like… stolen them. I’ll return them soon hopefully- I really want to dedicate some time to my library pile while I’m off.

Broke a book buying ban

I don’t do buying bans, so had none to break. There are definitely things I shouldn’t have bought though.

Started a review, left it for ages then forgot what the book was about

Yes! Usually by the time I come to reviews, I have to check a couple of details about the plot and stuff, which is embarrassing. I remember the most important bits of course, and I’m much better with books I enjoy!!

Wrote in a book you were reading

God no, I’d never. I actually have a friend who used to do this with textbooks when we first met, but I have since reformed him.

Finished a book and not added it to your Goodreads

There are some I’ve not got to adding yet but I will!

Borrowed a book and not returned it to a friend

I don’t think so? Friends, please tell me if I’ve done this? I’m sorry if I have!

Dodged someone asking if they can borrow a book

No I’ve not. At least I can’t remember doing that.

Broke the spine of someone else’s book

Library books, yes.

Took the jacket off a book to protect it and ended up making it more damaged


Sat on a book accidentally

Definitely done this. I felt guilty for days.

I’ll not lie, feel like I might be on the naughty list here! What do you think? And do you think you’re on the naughty or nice list? I’d love to hear in the comments!

Amy x

Five Wintry Books I’ve Accquired in 2019

Hello everybody!

Today, I’m doing another Top Ten Tuesday where I only have five on my list, and I’ve twisted today’s theme a bit to narrow it down for myself and make sure I’m not repeating the books I always mention when I talk about festive reads. Onto the post!

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Five Books I’m Thankful For

Hello everybody! Today, I’m going to be doing Top Ten Tuesday, for which the theme today is a Thanksgiving freebie- I’m going for books I’m thankful for. I’m only doing 5, because even though I can think of loads I have about 10 assessments plus pre-assessments for grammar in the space of the next 2 weeks (possibly more, I’m a languages geek and can’t do maths!) so I’ve had to fit this into a spare few minutes! Onto the post!


Pony Club Secrets- I don’t necessarily think I wouldn’t like books if I hadn’t read these, but I don’t think I’d love them as much if I hadn’t. They taught me what it was like to love a series very young, and I still think I’d love them now. They shaped pretty much my entire reading taste- I still love books with friendship and romance and adventure and animals and magic and lots of humour, which this series has all of in abundance.

Adventure Island– definitely don’t think I’d still be reading if it wasn’t for this series ( and the Laura Marlin Mysteries). I’ve told this story before but I kind of fell out of love with trying new things with books at the end of primary school (I still reread a lot, eg Pony Ckub Secrets) but when I found these it made me realise I was REALLY missing out and I started seeking out new things much more. Also thankful because my review of this series was the first I ever wrote, and without that chances are this blog wouldn’t be here today.

The Wells and Wong series- you know how everyone has that book or series that shaped them as a human? This is mine. I’ve been reading these since the year they came out and I’m one of it’s most devoted fans, not only because they’re incredible books but because I’ve genuinely taken on character traits of almost everyone in them and try to live my life based on how they do, in some ways. It sounds really strange, maybe, but I don’t think I’d be the same person without these books.

Open Road Summer/When We Collided- I read some Emery Lord in summer 2017 and I loved it. By chance, when having a really bad day (of which there were many last year) in summer 2018 I picked up Open Road Summer and I don’t think I put it down till I finished. What a transporting, captivating book it is. So when it came to choosing the book for the day before my surgery (when I was convinced I’d die of some freak complication), the one book I hadn’t read by her was the natural choice and it had the same effect. I love Emery Lord with my whole heart and I wish she knew how much her books meant to me last year.

The Secret of Platform 13- as you might have guessed from that intro, I’m feeling a bit stressed at the moment. I’ve not read anything in a few days, but I bought this the other day and I’ve loved almost everything else I’ve read by Eva Ibbotson so I decided to pick it up and it was immensely soothing. I’m really looking forward to reading a bit more over the next few days, hopefully.

I could genuinely ramble on forever here, because I’m so thankful to so, so many books and I’m having so much fun talking about them but alas some Spanish grammar tests are waiting on me. Wish me luck!

What books are you thankful for just now? Do we have any in common? I’d love to hear in the comments!

Amy x

Blog Tour: An Extract from the Pearl in the Ice

Hello everybody! Today, I’m very excited to be part of the blog tour for the wonderful the Pearl in the Ice by Cathryn Constable, and even more excited that I get to share one of my favourite extracts with you! Onto the post!

‘Here you are talking to me, and not bothering to introduce yourself!’ Miss Smith’s face twitched in Amusement.

‘I am Miss Marina Annabel Denham.’ Marina gushed. ‘How do you do, Miss Smith.’ Marina shook the woman’s hand.
‘Very well, as you were kind enough to ask. Although a little hot. I had to rush from the office.’. Marina sighed in admiration.
‘Oh, I want a paid occupation when I grow up, but my father wants me to get married and arrange flowers and write out menus for the cook and see that the coal merchant gets paid, and a whole lot of other boring rot. I ask you!’ Marina tried out the snort of derision she had been practising on Edward all summer.
‘Urgh.’ Miss Smith shuddered. ‘In other words, he wants you to be that ghastly thing: a young lady. Which is about as appealing to a bright girl as being a plate of chopped liver. But not as useful! And no doubt your father thinks this is what will be best for you?’ Miss Smith raised one eyebrow. Marina nodded. Miss Smith flared her nostrils. Marina copied her but it made her sneeze.
‘I wonder, have you told him how you feel? Perhaps if he understood how you wish to make your own life rather than have one handed to you, he might let you choose how you spend this one miraculous existence you have been given?’
‘It’s hard to explain to him,’ Marina said, quietly. Her father did have a remarkable ability to silence her. Not by shouting; not even by not listening. He would simply nod slowly and then change the subject. Even Edward had not believed her when she said she was determined to choose her own path in the world.
‘I’m sure you’ll do whatever you want,’ he’d said. ‘But have you really thought about how difficult it will be?’
‘What do you mean?’ she’d asked.
‘Well . . . Who will look after your babies?’
‘Why is that my job?’
‘Just saying . . . Babies tend to be quite fond of their mothers. Even though Maudie is five and should be happy to be with our nanny, she won’t leave Mother’s side for a second. And mother can’t stand the crying so she lets her stay.’
‘Maybe babies should be trained to be fond of their fathers!’
Edward had looked sceptical. ‘Good luck with that, Marina.’
Marina looked at the young woman in front of her, who had so far resisted the lure of motherhood and the dreaded fate of being a ‘young lady’, and was working in the real world, not seated on a velvet-upholstered chair in a parlour waiting for her husband to come home and tell her what had happened in the world beyond the room’s four walls.
‘But what do you do? For your job?’ Marina felt as if Miss Smith might have some secret which she must discover if she were ever to choose her own life.
Miss Smith put her head on one side. ‘Let’s see. I write reports. I file memoranda. I check the communiqués coming into the Admiralty. I am very good at what I do. I have to be. There are many men there who do not believe a woman can spell, let alone compose reports! My work is not very interesting, perhaps, but it’s the life I chose. It’s mine and no one else’s. And it does have its charms. Today, for instance, I am not sitting in the office trying to fit a complicated naval problem into a cablegram of fifty words. Instead, I am travelling incognito to Portsmouth on important Admiralty business.’ She glanced at her leather portmanteau.
‘I have to give last-minute orders to one of our men, who is sailing deep into Mordavian waters. As you can imagine, such orders are too sensitive, in the current climate, to send by cable.’ She leant forward and whispered,
‘There are spies everywhere. I can’t risk these instructions being intercepted.’ She put her finger to her mouth, signalling that she had just told Marina something of great importance. ‘Please don’t give me away!’ She winked and smiled her dimply smile. ‘But as you are the daughter of Commander Denham, who is known to keep so much to himself, I feel I can trust you.’

Are you planning to pick this book up? What do you think of the characters from the extract? I’d love to hear in the comments!

Amy x

The Two Books, One Stone Tag

Hello everybody! Today, I’m going to be doing the Two Books, One Stone tag, which I found on Lainy’s blog. Onto the post!

1) The second-last book you read.

At time of writing, Field Notes on Love. It was pretty meh for me, to be honest.

2) The second book from the top of your TBR

I think the 2nd next thing I’ll read is probably going to be In the Time We Lost but I might totally change my mind!

3) Two 2-star reads.

Bodas de Sangre and the Glass Menagerie are my two most recnt, I think? It’s not a rating I give much.

4) Two great books by the same author

Running on the Roof of the World and When the Mountains Roared by Jess Butterworth are both absolute perfection.

5) Two bails, or two books you’d wished you’d bailed on, or two books you hated.

I’m going to go for ones I’ve DNF, and I think the two most recent have been Running on Empty and the Girl with Shark’s Teeth.

6) Two favourite books this year

I, Cosmo is my fave MG, and A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder takes the crown for best YA so far

7) Two new favourite book bloggers.

They’re not really new anymore, but the two newest I’ve become a proper reader of are Rachael and Lily– they’re both brilliant!

8) A book you’ve read twice

I’m struggling to think of many I’ve read exactly twice! The Children of Castle Rock is one, I think.

9) Two fabulous quotes from books you’ve read recently.

Neither of these are very recent but the one about scars from No Ballet Shoes in Syria I mentioned in a Top Ten Tuesday about quotes shortyly after I read it and ‘courage, dear heart’ are my go to answers for this. I actually really want to get the latter as a tattoo!

What would your answers to some of these be? Do you agree with any of mine? I’d love to hear in the comments!

Amy x

September Reviews 2019

Hello everybody! Today, I`m going to be talking about the books I read in September- which are a rather varied and rather brilliant bunch. My reading slowed down a fair bit in the second half due to starting uni, which is also the reason that I`m posting these MUCH later than intended, but on the whole I`m really happy with what I read and how much. Onto the post!

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