The A-Z Bookish Survey

Hello everybody!

Today, I’m going to be doing the A-Z Bookish Survey which I was tagged for by Kelly’s Ramblings. Onto the questions!


Author you’ve read the most books from: either Enid Blyton or Ann M Martin, I’d guess.

Best Sequel Ever: I think I’ll have to go for Arsenic for Tea, which is probably my absolute favourite of all the Murder Most Unladylike books, and more than topped Murder Most Unladylike (which I totally adored too)

Currently Reading: At time of writing, Skylarks by Karen Gregory.

Drink of Choice While Reading: I only really drink flavoured water, water or milk, so one of those.

E-reader or Physical Book?: Physical.

Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Actually Dated In High School: Nick from Geek Girl is my ultimate book boyfriend.

Glad You Gave This Book A Chance: I wasn’t a huge fan of All of the Above when I read it, so I’m so glad I still gave Margot and Me a go as I loved it.

Hidden Gem Book: for me, the Children of Castle Rock, because although I’ve enjoyed books from the author in the past, I absolutely didn’t expect to be so blown away by it.

Important Moment in your Reading Life: when I discovered the Adventure Island series and the Laura Marlin Mysteries.

Just Finished: the Children of Castle Rock was my last completed book.

Kinds of Books You Won’t Read: I don’t really like dystopia, sci-fi or horror, and I’m fussy with YA in general, but particularly fantasy, where I’m willing to give almost any MG, even in the above genres, a go.

Longest Book You’ve Read: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is the longest I can remember.

Major book hangover because of: I always feel quite bereft every time I finish the Geek Girl series.

Number of Bookcases You Own: None at all! I use storage boxes for my books.

One Book You Have Read Multiple Times: Boy in the Tower by Polly Ho-Yen is probably the standalone I’ve reread the most.

Preferred Place To Read: I prefer reading anywhere at home, but take books almost everywhere. The only place I don’t usually pick up a book is on public transport, I find it often triggers my nausea/makes it worse if it’s already present, as does reading in the car (though only occasionally, which is why I still do that sometimes)

Quote that inspires you/gives you all the feels from a book you’ve read: I can’t remember a specific quote, but the Japan pavement scene from Model Misfit gives me all the Freckles/Lion boy shipper feels. I love a lot of quotable moments in Geek Girl actually.

Reading Regret: spending so many years ashamed of DNFing and never doing it. Life’s too short for books I’m not enjoying; I read for escapism, so if a book is making me miserable I just get shot these days.

Series You Started And Need To Finish (all books are out in series): the Laura Marlin Mysteries and White Giraffe series, both by Lauren St John and both with only the 5th unread (mainly because they were released years after the others in both cases…)

Three of your All-Time Favourite Books: Boy in in the Tower, Love, Lies and Lemon Pies and Simon Vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda.

Very Excited For This Release More Than All The Others: I’m probably most excited for the Storm Keeper’s Island at the moment, but I have tons of books I’m anticipating.

Worst Bookish Habit: Maxing out my library card all the time 😂🙈

Your latest book purchase: Eliza and her Monsters, which I’ve only ever seem get 5 star reviews so I’m hoping I’ll enjoy.

ZZZ-snatcher book (last book that kept you up WAY late): I can’t recall the last, but the one I’ve felt like this most with was How Not to Disappear by Clare Furniss.


I tag whoever wants to do this, as I know loads of people I’d usually tag have done it already!

I’d love to hear some of your answers to these in the comments or on Twitter @GoldenBooksGirl, especially if we’ve got any in common!

Amy xxx

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The Reading Habits Book Tag

Hello everybody!

Today, I’m going to be doing the Reading Habits Book Tag, which I found on Writing With Wolves. Onto the questions!

1. Bookmarks or random pieces of paper?

Always bookmarks nowadays. I used to just use another book as bookmark when I was young, hence why lots of my older copies are in a bit of a bad way.

2. Stop reading randomly or after a chapter/certain amount of pages?

I tend to try and stop at the end of a chapter, although that can be tricky if a book is especially gripping and I’m reading on a break at school, and I don’t put it down until I’m forced to by the bell.

3. Do you have a certain place at home for reading?

I read on my sofa a lot, and in bed. I also really like the armchair by the window, but I very rarely sit there as it’s usually claimed either by a dog or another family member.

4. Do you eat or drink whilst reading?

Yes! I love having a snack while reading (usually chocolate).

5. Multitasking: music or TV when reading?

I very occasionally read when other people have those things on, even though I find it quite distracting, but not on purpose.

6. One book at a time or several?

I do occasionally do this, but it’s usually a bit of an accident, such as leaving a book downstairs and being too lazy to go back and get it, so starting another.

7. Reading at home or everywhere?

Not everywhere, e.g. I struggle on trains or buses due to having easily induced nausea and them being too fast and bumpy, but if I’m stationary in a seat then yes, most places.

8. Reading out loud or silently?

Silently.

10. Breaking the spine or keeping it like new?

I don’t break spines on purpose, but as my childhood book collection will tell you, it doesn’t really bother me if the spine is literally peeling off.

11. Do you write in your books?

No. I can’t ever remember writing in one.

12. Who do you tag?

Charlotte, Cora and Kelly.

Thank you so much for reading! I’d love to hear your answers to some of these questions down in the comments or on Twitter @GoldenBooksGirl!

Amy xxx

The Easter Book Tag

Hello everybody!

Today, since now it’s Easter weekend, I thought it’d be fun to do the Easter Book Tag, despite not being tagged (or celebrating Easter as a religious holiday) . Onto the post!

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Rabbits – A book that you wish would multiply – So a book you want a sequel to (that doesn’t have one)-

This is VERY hard, as my favourite standalone works so perfectly I don’t think it needs one. I think I’ll go for the Eye of the North, as unlike the other book I was considering (Brightstorm) I don’t believe one is in the works. I’d love to see Emmeline and Thing on another adventure!

Egg – A book that surprised you

At time of writing, I’m halfway through the Buried Crown by Ally Sherrick, which I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about, and I’m thoroughly enjoying it, so this was a very pleasant surprise. I was absolutely blown away by Under Rose Tainted Skies a few months ago too, as I had no expectations going in and it was incredible.

Hunt – A book that was hard for you to get your hands on

This one’s a bit harder, so I’ll go for the Disappearances, which I was sent last summer. The reason it was hard to get my hands on was that it went missing in the post, and Pushkin very kindly sent me another!

Lambs – A children’s book that you still enjoy-

I still enjoy LOADS of children’s books, as you’ll can tell by other answers/my other posts!

Spring – A book with a cover that makes you think of spring

The two colours I most associate with spring are yellow and light green, so I’ll go for Battle of the Beetles, which fits the latter. It’s an absolutely brilliant ending to a phenomenal trilogy, which I highly recommend to fellow fans of MG.

Rising from the dead – A book from a deceased author

One of my favourite authors who is no longer with us is Enid Blyton, as I adored her school stories (especially Malory Towers) and the Five Find-Outers are brilliant.

Baskets – A book that is in your amazon cart or wish list right now

Ooh. There are many, many things on my bookish wishlist, both upcoming and backlist! I’m more likely to buy backlist from Amazon (so I’ll go for Boys Don’t Knit, which I’ve meant to pick up for years and have just never got to.

Thank you so much for reading! What are your favourite types of Easter eggs? Are you a fan of the books I’ve mentioned? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @GoldenBooksGirl, and have a lovely Easter!

Amy xxx

The Spring Has Sprung Book Tag

Hello everybody!

Today, since it is now March and therefore in my head spring, today I will be doing the Spring Has Sprung Book Tag, which I found on Tiny Obsessions.

. FLOWERS: LOOK ON YOUR BOOKSHELVES. WHAT IS THE MOST BEAUTIFUL BOOK BOTH INSIDE AND OUT?

The most beautiful books I own has to be Emma Carroll’s, specifically those with Julian de Narvaez covers. They are absolutely beautiful, and if Emma’s enchanting stories and stunning prose hadn’t already made me a huge fan, I’d almost definetely be lured in by these covers to try her work when browsing in a bookshop.

2. GRASS: WHAT IS A BOOK THAT YOU FIND THAT OTHERS LIKE WAY MORE THAN YOU DO?

Given the phrasing of this, I’ll go for Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer. I didn’t hate it, but I’d heard a lot of hype from reviewers I tend to agree with on books so I was disappointed it didn’t have quite such a profound effect on me.

3. RAIN: WHAT’S A GREAT BOOK THAT LIFTS YOUR SPIRITS WHEN YOU’RE DOWN?

This has to be the Geek Girl series by Holly Smale. It never, ever fails to cheer me up, and it’s my go to for any especially dark time.

4. DEW: WHAT’S A BOOK THAT MADE YOU FEEL ALIVE?

I’m a bit unsure as to what this one means, but something is telling me to choose Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu. It made me feel inspired and angry and like I wanted to start a revolution all at once when I finished it, so I think it’s a fitting choice.

5. STORMS: WHAT’S A BOOK THAT YOU FOUND UNPREDICTABLE?

Even though I accidentally spoiled myself for it, the climax of Lorali was incredibly unpredictable!

6. RAINBOW: WHAT WAS A BOOK THAT YOU STRUGGLED WITH, ONLY TO BE HAPPY THAT YOU READ IT IN THE END?

For this, I think I’ll go for Harry Potter. I didn’t get the hype at all when I first read them aged 10 or 11, and I’m so glad I gave them a second chance when I was 14. I LOVED them that time, and every time I’ve reread since. In general though, I trust my DNF instincts almost absolutely.

7. CHILLY WEATHER: WHAT’S A BOOK THAT YOU COULDN’T FINISH OR DIDN’T ENJOY?

I gave up on Dragon’s Green very early on this year. It just didn’t grab me, and I didn’t gel with the writing.

8. WARM WEATHER: WHAT’S A BOOK THAT YOU LOVED AND WANTED MORE OF?

A series I don’t think I’d EVER have tired of is Adventure Island by Helen Moss, which is the series I credit fully for making me love reading again when I went through a period of not being sure it was for me. I was devestated when I found out book 14 was the last, and there’s very little I’d love more than to go on new adventures with Emily, Jack, Scott and Drift. I’m welling up at the thought!

9. GREEN: WHAT’S A BOOK THAT YOU HAVEN’T READ YET, BUT REALLY WANT TO?

The Secret of Supernatural Creek by Lauren St John. I love the Laura Marlin books so much, and was overjoyed to hear news of a fifth, yet haven’t read it. I must, and soon.

10. PINK: WHAT’S A BOOK IN WHICH YOU FELT A STRONG CONNECTION TO THE CHARACTERS?

A character that I thought was really quite similar to me (which is how I’m interpreting this question as I’m unsure of what it means) was Emmeline from the Eye of the North, as we share quite a few traits.

11. PURPLE: WHAT’S A BOOK THAT WHEN YOU READ IT, YOU FEEL SAFE?

I’m not actually entirely sure what this means, but if it’s in terms of something comforting I’d have to say Geek Girl, but also things like Boy in the Tower and the Chocolate Box Girls are really familiar and soothing.

12. ORANGE: WHAT BOOK DO YOU FEEL IS INTELLIGENTLY WRITTEN?

I think Robin Stevens’s books are clever in the way they’re written. Hazel and Daisy are incredibly intelligent heroines, and I love that Robin drops enough clues to let you work out some of the mystery, but there’s always a few surprises you don’t spot reading the first time too.

13. YELLOW: WHAT BOOK PUTS A SMILE ON YOUR FACE?

Geek Girl, of course, but for a different answer I’ll say the Lockwood and Co series by Jonathan Stroud, which is full of witty banter and a delightfully sardonic Skull, both of which are sure fire ways to make me smile.

Thank you so much for reading! I tag Layla, Charlotte and Laura (and you readingthis, if you fancy giving it a go!). I’d love to hear your thoughts on the books I’ve mentioned here down in the comments or on Twitter @GoldenBooksGirl!

Amy xxx

The Real Neat Blog Award

Hello everybody!

Today, I’m going to be completing the Real Neat Blog Award tag, which I was tagged for by Bex. Onto the post!


The Rules:

Display the award logo on your blog

Thank the folks who nominated you and provide links to their blogs

Answer the 7 questions asked by your nominator(s)

Nominate any number of other bloggers to share the award and give them some linky love

Notify the nominated folk

Ask the nominees 7 questions of your own


1. Which 2018 release are you most looking forward to?

I have lots! I’m excited the 2nd James Nicol is finally coming next month, and I can’t wait for Jess Butterworth’s new book.

2. Do you prefer watching Booktube or reading blogs?

I really like both, but think blogs have the edge for me. They’re quicker to read so I comment/engage more, and I definetely enjoy a lot more blogs whereas I’m much more more fussy wuth booktube. There are only 5 people I regularly watch, I think.

3. What is the best debut you have read this year?

Jess Butterworth’s Running on the Roof of the World in 2017, when I was tagged for this. It was an all enveloping middle grade adventure, and I adored it.

4. Be honest – how many unread books do you own at the moment?

Over 100, less than 150 at last count.

5. What is your favourite non-fiction novel?

I don’t actually read non fiction. 🙈

6. If you were to write a book, what would it be about?

I’d write a mystery, most likely for middle grade. Write what you know and all that jazz! (to clarify, I am not the real life Nancy Drew. I’ve just read so many I’m quite confident I could come up with one)

7. Name one thing you have done in 2017 that you’re really proud of.

I started my blog, and I’m really proud of what I achieved with it. I also passed my exams and I was very happy with my results.

I am not very good at coming up with questions, so not all of these are bookish! No one I tag is obligated to answer them. I tag Jo, Hannah and Rebecca, as I just recently did a tag where I tagged some others I know so don’t want to bombard them with another one!

1. If you were to get a tattoo, what would it be and why?

2. Do you use bookmarks? Do you have a favourite type/one?

3. What is your favourite thing about blogging?

4. Who is your favourite book character of all time? (Top 3 if you can’t choose)

5. Favourite book to film adaptation?

6. Who are your favourite singers?

7. If you were a teacher at Hogwarts, which subject would you teach?

Thank you so much for reading! I’d love to hear your answers to these questions below or on Twitter @GoldenBooksGirl!

Amy xxx

The Book Blogger Test Tag

Hello everybody!

Today, I’m going to be doing the Book Blogger Test Tag, which I was tagged for by Lucy-May. Onto the post!

The rules:

Thank the person who nominated you and add a link to their blog, answer the ten questions asked on this post, nominate at least five people to do it also.

1.) Top 3 book pet hates

• I really dislike purple prose. It treads a fine line between my favourite type of writing, a really lyrical description like Emma Carroll and Jess Butterworth, and purple prose. If you don’t know, thisis a style of description I think exemplified in We Were Liars or the Miseducation of Cameron Post.

•Bad mysteries- I love mystery books, I really do. But there are a few books e.g. Undercover Princess where I just didn’t feel the mystery made any sense, and it annoys me because I tend to enjoy mysteries.

• Slow paced books. Let me be clear, I don’t mind when books are a bit slow to get started. That takes maybe half a star or a star away, or nothing at all if it improves dramatically. I’m talking about books where I feel like nothing whatsoever has happened by halfway through the book.

2.) Perfect reading spot

Ooh! I don’t know. I love reading in bed, but it makes me dizzy cause my headboard is horrid and I can’t sit up, so I’d love a comfy new bed with room for one (or both) of my golden girls to join me.

3.) Three book confessions

• I often inadvertently crack spines

• I have books with food/lipstick stains and it bothers me very little

• I don’t use bookshelves as I don’t have room, and I love my storage box system so much I doubt I ever will.

4.) Last time you cried reading a book

At time of writing, it was my reread of Boy in the Tower on New Year’s Eve.

5.) Number of books on your bedside table

None! I don’t keep books on my beside table, just a lamp and my tablet when it’s charging.

6.) Favourite reading snack

Chocolate, as even though it runs the risk of staining the books.

7.) Three books you’d recommend to anyone

I am that boring person who thinks no one book is right for absolutely everyone, so this is hard. Ones I do it with are Geek Girl, Boy in the Tower and Running on the Roof of the World. It makes me very happy I got people to read them!

8.) A picture of your favorite bookshelf

I can’t, because I use storage boxes instead of book shelves!

9.) How much books mean to you (in three words)

An awful lot.

10.) Biggest reading secret

I don’t know if this is the biggest, cause I don’t really know what this means, but I didn’t like Harry Potter till I was fourteen. I hated the films when I watched them at ten or eleven and then got bored reading the books. Thankfully, I tried again, and fell very much in love with the series. I’ve reread them quite a few times now too!

I tag:

Aimee

Amy-Louise
Bex
Kelly
Layla

Thank you so much for reading! Let me know what you think of my answers down below or on Twitter @GoldenBooksGirl!

Amy xxx