My Top Ten Classic Taylor Swift Songs

Hello everybody! Today, I’m going to be doing a bit of a different music post, in which I chat about my fave classic (aka from her 2010 and before albums) Taylor Swift songs, because I’ve been listening to her so much recently and having so much fun with it that I couldn’t tear myself away from it to write this. Also, Speak Now is my 2nd fave album from her yet there are less songs on here from it than Fearless- which is causing me to have a slight existential crisis! But anyway, onto the post!


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The International Yeti Collective Blog Tour: Exclusive Illustration and Spotlight

Hello everybody! Today, I’m really excited to be part of the blog tour for the International Yeti Collective, and for my post I’m going to be sharing some information about the book AND an exclusive illustration from it by Katy Riddell. Onto the post!


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The Library Loves Tag

Hello everybody! Today, I’m going to be doing the Library Loves tag, which I was tagged for by its creator Jess. If you’d like to learn more about Library Loves, you can watch her video about it here. Onto the post!


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Ten Books with Amazing Titles

Hello everybody! Today, I’m going to be taking part in Top Ten Tuesday, but I’m doing next week’s theme rather than the one I’m supposed to be because I have a blog tour next Tuesday and I really wanted to answer that prompt. Onto the post!


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The Wonderstruck Book Tag

Hello everybody! Today, I’m going to be doing the Wonderstruck book tag, because I love Taylor Swift so much right now (and always tbh) and I just really fancied it, especially since the lyric in the title comes from one of my ABSOLUTE favourite Taylor Swift songs. I found it on Dora’s blog and it was created by Olivia. Onto the post!


Rules:

  • Link back to the creator (Olivia)
  • Answer as many or as few of the questions as you’d like.
  • Feel free to use any of the graphics in this post
  • Tag however many people you’d like at the end!

You’re Not Sorry – A Book That Un-Apologetically Broke Your Heart

This is unexpectedly tricky. I don’t really read a lot of all out bleak books. Ways to Live Forever, I think. It’s absolutely heartwrenching.

Back to December – A Book You Still Think About Even After You’ve Finished

About 3 or 4 years after finishing it for the first time, I still think about the Lost and the Found at least a few times a week. That ENDING, bloody hell.

If This Was a Movie – A Book You Really Want to Become a Movie

I think the Flatshare would be god tier as a romcom film. It’s the kind I’d watch over and over and over.

Gorgeous – A Book With the Most Beautiful Cover

In Darkling Wood, which was designed by Julian de Narvaez. The book is amazing as well.

Shake It Off – A Book That Gets Hate But You Love

I’ve seen a lot of hate for Geek Girl and its sequels over the years! They’re quite niche to be fair, so I get why they’re not everyone’s thing.

Never Grow Up – A Book That Gives You Childhood Nostalgia

My childhood faves were the Pony Club Secrets series. I have so many memories tied to them and such a deep attachment that even now I could tell you pretty much every plot point of every book. I actually would love to reread them some time soon.

Sparks Fly – A Book You Instantly Clicked With

I knew within a couple of pages of Murder Most Unladylike that I would be a very big fan for years to come. I was right.

Style – A Classic That Will Never Get Old

My faves are always the same: the One Hundred and One Dalmatians and Charlotte’s Web. And I love Style.

End Game – A Book With a Romance You Love

If you’ve ever read this blog before, you know my fave book romance ever is Harriet and Nick from Geek Girk. But more recently, Cara and Hector from the Year After You were a couple I shipped so bloody hard.

I Knew You Were Trouble – A Book You Couldn’t Help But Become Obsessed With

I didn’t expect to enjoy Girl 38 as much as I did, but WOW it blew me away.

Bad Blood – A Book Where You Loved the First One, But Hated the Sequel

Oh, that’s not something I have too often that I can think of. I loved Karen M mCmanus’s first and hated her second but they’re both standalones.


What are your thoughts on the books I’ve mentioned? And which of these songs is your favourite? I think mine has to be Sparks Fly, and I’d love to hear about yours in the comments!

Amy x

Author Interview: Alex Bell

Hello everybody! Today, I’m very excited to be sharing my interview with Alex Bell, the writer of the wonderful Explorers books and the newly released A Most Peculiar Factory with Barrington Stoke, as well as some YA. Onto the post!


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Hi Alex, thank you so much for being here!

1. First off, can you please describe A Most Peculiar Toy Factory in 5 words?

Teddies. Goblins. Creepy. Toymaker. Secrets.

2. Since the book takes place in a toy factory, what were your favourite childhood toys?Do you think you`d like to have a toy from Hoggle`s Happy Toys?

I had a soft toy of Abu, the monkey from Aladdin, that was my absolute childhood favourite. He came with me everywhere! I also had an impressive collection of Polly Pockets. And, yes, I’d love a toy from Hoggle’s Happy Toys, just so long as it wasn’t one of the evil ones.

3. I also really liked the otherworldly elements to the story, particularly someone I don`t want to name specifically as it may be a tiny bit of a spoiler, and I love this in the Explorers series too. What are your favourite magical elements or creatures to find in a book, and do you have any specific examples of these?

I enjoy it when there’s a little bit of darkness or creepiness to magic, as in many of the Roald Dahl books. And I’m just a sucker for any kind of magical creature in a book, but I especially like completely new ones that the author has created themselves, which is something I love playing with in Explorers.

4. The farm your main character Tess`s family runs sounds BRILLIANT- for anyone who hasn`t read the book yet, they produce sweets. If you had your own unconventional farm, what thing would you most want to create unlimited supplies of? (and this can be anything, not limited just to food!)

Ooh, what a great question! I think it would have to be some kind of Christmas farm, perhaps creating magical Christmas trees. Otherwise, it would have to be a unicorn farm.

5. My absolute favourite thing about the novella was definitely the ending though, WOW. What endings in books/films/TV shows have surprised you the most?

I love a twist and I almost never see them coming. I was completely blown away by the ending of Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane, which I think is one of the most amazing novels I’ve ever read.

6. Also on the theme of endings, what tips would you give to writers trying to create a cliffhanger-style one? Between this and the ending of Explorers on Witch Mountain, it`s safe to say you`re amazing at them!

Thank you! I think the aim with cliffhangers is to leave your audience wondering about what happens after the book ends, so you need an unanswered question of some kind, or hint that things are not quite as resolved as the reader thinks. But at the same time I think it’s important that most of the major issues have been resolved, otherwise it can feel like a bit of a cheat.

7. What is your writing routine like? Do you have any unusual habits or quirks?

I generally aim for 2,000 words a day but that really just involves sitting down wherever there’s space and working away at it until it’s finished. I don’t have a dedicated writing room, but I always work better with one of my Siamese cats on my lap for company.

8. Can you tell us anything about your next release or what you`re working on at the moment?

I’ve recently done the final checks on the third Explorers book, Explorers on Black Ice Bridge, which comes out in November. I had so much fun writing it, and can’t wait for their next adventure to hit the shelves, especially as this one involves sea-gremlins and gentlemen flamingos.

QUICKFIRE

Hogwarts house? Ravenclaw

Explorers` Club you most want to be part of? Polar Bears

Favourite biscuit? Jammy dodger

Thing you`re most excited about for autumn/winter? Eggnog lattes, always.

Top 3 reads of 2019 so far? North Child by Edith Pattou. The Toymakers by Robert Dinsdale. The Binding by Bridget Collins.


Have you read any of Alex’s books, or are you planning to? I’d love to hear in the comments!

Amy x

Ten Books With Numbers in the Title

Hello everybody! How is October please?! Today, I’m once again taking part in Top Ten Tuesday and the theme today is books with numbers in the title- some of which I’ve read and some which I have not yet. Onto the post!


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