Why I Love Geek Girl

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Today’s post is a tiny bit different to usual (more in format than anything else), so onto the post! I hope you enjoy it 💜

Of all the books that I count as favourites, the Geek Girl series is one of the very closest to my heart. There are so, so many reasons why I love this series and I decided, since it’s now almost a year since the final book came out that I wanted to write about it.
It fits my taste perfectly.

Harriet’s voice is incredibly unique, and her dry sense of humour throughout never, ever fails to make me laugh at least once a chapter. We’re very different in a lot of ways, though I see similarities too. I don’t rattle off facts or love maths and Science, but I adore history, and books, and I’m the first to admit I’m not all that into fashion. There is a passage in the first book about that very topic that speaks hugely to me, and I’m often heard saying ‘they’re just clothes!’

That’s something Geek Girl has given me. There are whole sections of this book I can rhyme off by heart; Harriet’s vocabulary has seeped into mine. Ostensibly, which features in one of the most uncomfortable bullying scenes throughout all 6 books is one of my go to phrases in an essay, and it’s one of my favourite words ever. I also try and learn some of the glorious facts sprinkled throughout that always fit just right with the narrative, which never feel jarring as they could be in other hands.

The rest of the cast are just as special. Eccentric agent Wilbur; so bizarre I can’t help but giggle when he’s on the page. Her parents; clever and caring, and undoubtedly my favourite book parents of all time. Toby; initially an irritation, but someone I came to care about by the end of Forever Geek. Best friend Nat; ferociously protective of Harriet, hilarious, a true ‘girl bomb’. Scary fashion designer Yuka Ito, whose terrifying manner provokes Harriet into some of the best moments of the series for me. And Nick. Lion Boy. A character I’m unashamedly in love with. He’s funny, charming, gorgeous and I can picture him so vividly throughout. He’s perfect for Harriet, to me, and she’s perfect for him.

Watching them grow over the course of the series is a pleasure, and letting them go in Forever Geek was difficult (I spent the entire sitting in which I read it in tears, even as I inevitably laughed). I don’t think I’ll ever stop rereading them though. At the end of any especially tough week, or in preparation for something I’m dreading, I go to the drawer in which I keep these (the most easily accessible I have), pull them out and start reading. And it feels like going home.

Why do you love Geek Girl? I’d love to hear from you in the comments or on Twitter @GoldenBooksGirl

Amy xxx

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Top Ten Inspiring Female Characters

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Today, as it’s almost International Women’s Day, I’m going to be writing about five female characters I find especially inspiring. It was SO hard to narrow this down as I think so many are incredible, but onto my list!

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Bookish Buddies- Authors We’d Love to Write To

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Today I’m delighted to have my lovely friend Layla here for our first bookish buddies post of 2018! Last month, we read Letters to the Lost (and both had mixed feelings) and today our post themed around this is authors we’d write letters to. Onto the post!

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My Answers

Holly Smale- I’ve actually written a fullpost about some reasons I love Geek Girl, which goes up next month that will go into more detail about this, but Holly is definetely an author I’d love to write to. I think she is absolutely hilarious and amazing (her pre author career blog the Write Girl is uttterly glorious to the point I reread it) and the Geek Girl series means the world to me. My PS would apologize for being a bit of a blithering idiot when I met her at the Edinburgh Book Festival!

Ann M. Martin- another series I really loved was the Babysitters Club, and I’d love to let Ann M Martin know how obsessed with this series I was from about the ages of 9 till 12. They invoked my love of mysteries (which was why I was given Dead Man’s Cove and Adventure Idland at a time where I wasn’t really in love with reading.), and provided me with plenty of rather fantastic reading material. Even now, when I’m really tired or ill, and can’t focus on my main read, I often turn to these. The mysteries are a delight (though there is amarked improvement after 10), the super specials are varied and fun, plus it’s so cool to see some perspectives we don’t usually, andthe little known about portrait books are so interesting.

Stacy Gregg- sticking to theme of series I loved, this was the first series I was a fangirl for. I was obsessed with this world, these characters and these stories, and I remember screaming out loud at the ending of one (Flame and the Rebel Riders, if you’re interested). Gettimg the newest installment was a total treat every time and I read them the moment they came into my hands. I’m planning to reread these this year at some point, as I don’t think I got to it in 2017 (I usually reread them all at least once a year!), and I’m so, so excited. If I love them even half as much, I’ll have a ball. So yeah, Stacy would get a rambling letter on all of the above.


Layla’s Answers

Shirley Hughes

I think I’d definitely want to write a letter to Shirley Hughes. I’ve mentioned her a few times over on my own blog, and I’m grateful for her books for sparking an interest in me when I was so young. I’m always telling the customers at work how much I love her art and it’s lovely to see her books still as popular as ever. Plus it would be wonderful to get her signature.

J.K. Rowling

This letter would just be a whole list of thank yous. J.K. Rowling gave us the wizarding world, and those that love Harry Potter as much as I do will know how special and important that is. We’re all a mixture of houses who have been brought together by this one special series of books, and I’m so grateful that I’ve been able to read, love and cherish them.

Jeff Zentner

I’ve really enjoyed the two books Jeff Zentner has written; both books made me sit and weep in my bedroom, but I still really enjoyed them and have become a huge fan. I’d love to just write him a letter telling him how much I enjoy his writing style and how he makes all of his characters come alive so well.

Thank you so much for reading! What authors would you like to write letters to and why? Let us know in the comments or come chat to us on Twitter!

Amy xxx

My Top Five Favourite Book Couples

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As it’s Valentine’s Day this month, I’ve themed a few posts in my schedule around love, and today I’m going to be talking about my favourite couples in books. Onto the post!

Harriet and Nick from the Geek Girl series – otherwise known as Lion Boy and Freckles, these guys are my top of top couples. They have so many romantic moments, and even through their ups and downs it’s so clear they’re perfect for each other. I think my favourite moments of their relationship are when they meet under a table, just after the chat show scene and basically all their scenes in Model Misfit.

Summer and Alfie from the Chocolate Box Girls series– of all of Cathy Cassidy’s lovely romances, Summer and Alfie’s is my favourite (I also love Kian and Scarlett, and Skye and Finch). It’s not the focus of Summer’s Dream, but the way Alfie supports Summer in that book through her eating disorder and with the subsequent loss of her ‘dream’ is incredible in my opinion. I only wish we saw more of them in the rest of the series!

Simon and ‘Blue’ from Simon Vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda – I love Simon as a book, and I think I’ve decided I’ll give the film a go next month. I adore their online romance, and in jokes, and they’re such a sweet couple when they eventually meet in real life. Another thing that’s really fun is not knowing who Blue is and trying to guess, and it’s super cool to see all the clues I completely missed my first time reading as I was so caught up in the loveliness of it all.

Hannah and Sam from Lobsters– I really like Sam and Hannah’s will they-won’t they relationship throughout this book. It’s funny, awkward and reads like the best sort of romcom. I think my favourite moments between them is when they meet for the first time in the bathroom at the end of A Levels party!

Issie and Aidan from the Pony Club Secrets series– Issie and Aidan are probably the first couple I ever shipped (Pony Club Secrets is one of the first series I read, and on every reread it’s held up), and I cannot tell you how much I rooted for them. I love their flirtation during Destiny and the Wild Horses and the moment when they FINALLY get together, and just them as a couple in general until they break up later in the series. I seriously want to reread these books this year.

Thank you so much for reading! Who are your favourite book couples? Do you agree with any of mine? I’d love to hear from you in the comments or on Twitter @GoldenBooksGirl!

Amy xxx

Guest Post: Book Swap Challenge with Louise of Book Murmuration 

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Today, I have a guest post from my lovely friend Louise about the books she’s chosen for me to read in 2018. We decided to swap a list of 5 for a little challenge, so you can have a look at my selections over there, and I’ll be reviewing them all as and when I read them. Over to Louise! 

Evie’s Ghost – Evie thinks her life is impossibly unfair, until she travels back in time and learns about childhood in the 1800s. You’re a fan of middle grade fiction, and this book is a perfect middle grade read. It is a quick read, and the twists and turns come in the right places. I chose this because I think you will love it.

Spellslinger – One of the best YA fantasy novels of last year, and I would love your opinion because you are the same age as protagonist Kellan. I think you will love the sarcastic, witty animal companion, and Ferius Parfax may be my favourite character of all time. This may take you outside your reading comfort zone, but I hope it will start some great conversations between us. 

Piglettes – I chose this for its protagonist, and because it was my feel-good book of 2017. Mireille has been bullied for too long, and she’s given up fighting back. Her school is a hotbed of teenage cruelty, and never more so than during the annual ‘Trotters’ awards. Every year the student population goes online and votes for the three ugliest girls in the school. For the first time in history, the ‘winners’ join together. They set off for a summer of travel, triumph and sausage-selling. I hope this becomes your feel-good book. 

Kick – A Middle-Grade book which more people need to discover. This is the book you need to help me promote! It is amazing – you will cry buckets, but you will laugh too because Budi is a lovely character. The most important thing when discussing difficult subjects is for people to relate to others as human beings, and this is what Kick promotes. We care about Budi’s situation because we care about Budi. I can’t wait to see your review. 

I Am Thunder by Muhammad Khan – Another teenage protagonist. In some ways Muzna is like you. She’s a teenager, she’s intelligent and she is exceptionally witty. I thought this book was the best representation of teenage life I’ve read for a long time, but I need a teenager to verify that! Muzna’s life is also very different from yours, and I think it might be interesting to see how a girl so like you could end up in situations which sound like something from another life. Grooming. Extremism. They sound like words from the news, but these things are happening to our neighbours, our friends and the people we pass on the street. There is a lot for us to talk about and I can’t wait to hear what you think. 

Thank you so much for reading! Have you ever done a challenge like this? What backlist type books would you like everyone to read in 2018? Tell me in the comments or on Twitter @GoldenBooksGirl

Amy xxx

Guest Post: My Favourite MG Books by @aimee_louise_l

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Today, I have a brilliant guest post from my amazing friend Aimee, all about her favourite MG books! Enjoy!

Amy xxx

Thank you so much Amy for having me on your wonderful blog. I am so excited to be sharing my favourite MG books with your readers. I’ve had a fab time writing this. So without further ado, onto the books!!

The Dream Snatcher trilogy by Abi Elphinstone

Obviously this is on my list. I’d need my head examining if I was to miss out this feisty, bold spirited trilogy. With Old Magic, the wilderness and a wild spirited heroine, this MG trilogy stole my heart when it burst onto the bookish scene back in 2015.

Winter Magic curated by Abi Elphinstone

With 11 short stories celebrating the magic of Winter, these stories are perfect for sitting by a fire with a cup of hot chocolate. I absolutely love these stories and how they add that extra magic to some of the most wonderful aspects of Winter.

Sky Song by Abi Elphinstone

Are you surprised? Really? If this didn’t make it onto my favourite MG books list then I’d have been shouting about this book for absolutely NO reason. Hope. Friendship. Courage. Loyalty. A sprinkling of love. This book really does have it all. I’ve never been on a more atmospheric adventure that literally has magic spilling out of it’s pages.

Eren by Simon Clark

A tale of a gargoyle that feeds on stories. Erm yes please. Seriously, feed me with ALL of the stories and I’d be happy too. Dark, eerie and filled with glorious story-telling, this MG book has the right dose of dark magic sprinkled amongst its pages.

The Great Chocoplot by Chris Callaghan

Imagine a world without chocolate? Nope. Neither could I until I read this book. There’s some serious work to be done to save chocolate, and that is not because Chris is going to eat it all himself (though I’m sure he’d LOVE to).

Matilda by Roald Dahl

Oh how I love this book. Oh how I love to read. Matilda for me captures the very essence of why books are so important. Without books, we’d not be able to escape reality. Without books, we’d not be able to become more educated and knowledgable. Without books, we wouldn’t know the hidden stories and wonders of the world and universe.

Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

Hogwarts is my home. The Harry Potter books found their way into my heart at the age of 11 years old, Hogwarts letter recipient age to be precise, and have been with me ever since. These books have literally helped me to deal with so much in life and have always been the light in the darkest of times. I am so proud to be a part of the Harry Potter fandom and a Gryffindor at heart.

A Girl of Ink and Stars by Kiran Milwood-Hargrave

I truly fell in love with Kiran’s story about a cartographer’s daughter who goes on an adventure to save her best friend. Maps. Ink. Stars. That is all this girl needs. Extra bonus if you get to discover the hidden secrets at the heart of the island.

Boy X by Dan Smith

An adventure that follows a boy called Ash who wakes up on a remote tropical island after being kidnapped and drugged. WOW. Hard-hitting stuff right? Well…there’s more. Ash has to trek through the jungle in order to find his mum, who has been imprisoned and infected with a deadly virus. IS THIS NOT ENOUGH FOR THE POOR LAD? Seriously though, a pretty action-packed adventure that tests Ash’s strength and stamina whilst the animals watch on as he crosses the jungle in a bid to save his mum.

The Giraffe And The Pelly And Me by Roald Dahl

Possibly one of the most underrated Roald Dahl books out there. I loved reading this as a child and I still love it now. Basically a small boy who dreams of owning a candy shop (watch out Willy Wonka, I think you’ve got competition on your hands) meets a giraffe, a pelican and a monkey. What’s so special about that I hear you ask. Well, the giraffe, pelican and money are window cleaners. So if you think that the people who clean your windows do a terrible job, then maybe you should consider these guys. They not half do a decent job. Just saying.

Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes

You have not lived, if you haven’t read these absolute delightful and revolting poems which put a twist on the fairy tales that you know so well. So if you wanna find out why you shouldn’t mess with Red Riding Hood and how your other favourite fairytale characters are getting on, then seriously please give these a read.

I have so many more MG books which I love, but I’d be here all day if I was to continue talking about them all. So if you’d like to recommend some MG books that I should look out for then please do tell me, even if my TBR won’t forgive me,

Aimee Louise

Why I Loved Doing Blogmas

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Today, I’m doing a little bit of reflection on why I enjoyed doing blogmas so much during December. After all the stress was out of the way, I thought it was an incredible experience, and one I personally loved (though I totally respect anyone who doesn’t enjoy it; every blogger is amazing regardless 💜). Unless anything drastically changes over the next year (which is entirely possible), I’m very much hoping to take part again in 2018. Onto the reasons why I decided this!

 Increased Engagement– I’d be a liar if I didn’t own up to liking a boost in my stats, but I mean other things by this too. I thoroughly enjoyed reading other bloggers’ posts and trying to comment on and engage with them.


Creativity
– I got to come up with ideas, both for myself and working with guests to decide on their posts. It was brilliant fun, and I love how differently they’ve all turned out, even when working from similar titles. It was a big challenge, especially considering that I usually post 13 times a month on average, but I’m genuinely thrilled with every idea that made the cut (and some which didn’t, that I’ve added to thoughts for 2018 blogmas)


Getting to Organise Something-
I’m nowhere near near as organised as some people seem to think I am, but I do really quite enjoy it. Blogmas unleashed my inner organiser (blogging does in general, if I’m honest). Spider diagrams of brainstorming sessions and schedules have been in my notebook since July. This was admittedly extreme, but I’m so proud I pulled it off. In the interest of full disclosure, I already have a loose schedule in mind for blogmas 2018, should I take part…


Doing Something a Bit Different
– When my blog first began, I posted exclusively about books. Then I introduced the odd Disney post, and then a lifestyle tag and then films. I really enjoy writing them for a change of pace, and I loved doing festive versions during Blogmas! In the New Year I’m hoping to start talking a little bit about music too, which I’m super excited about. I hope you like these different posts too!


Guest Posts-
As well as hosting some amazing guest posts here, I also contributed posts to several blogs I love. It was so much fun, and I really couldn’t pick a favourite of the ones I got to write!


Thank you so much for reading! Why did you love doing blogmas, if you did it?


Amy xxx