The Book Snob Tag

Hello everybody! Today, I’m going to be doing the Book Snob Tag, which I found on Lily’s blog and knew I had to do. Onto the post!


Adaptation Snob: Do you always read the book before you see the movie?

No, I don’t. I’ve still not read the book of Brooklyn, which is one of my favourite films, and I probably won’t if I’m honest. I don’t like snobbery around this at ALL; books aren’t inherently, automatically better than films.

Format Snob: You can only choose 1 format in which to read books for the rest of your life. Which one do you choose: physical books, ebooks, or audiobooks?

I only read physical books anyway, so it’s a pretty easy choice for me here. Although I do want to try an audio book to see how I do with it, I find it harder to take in information audibly, particularly since I’m hard of hearing.

Ship Snob: Would you date or marry a non-reader?

Yeah, definitely. I mean, they’d have to be supportive of the fact that I love reading (my list of post ideas for if I get a partner is tragically long) but I wouldn’t rule out the possible love of my life just because they don’t read as much as I do.

Genre Snob: You have to ditch one genre – never to be read again for the rest of your life. Which one do you ditch?

Dystopia! I barely read any anyway so it wouldn’t change my reading that much at all.

Uber Genre Snob: You can only choose to read from one genre for the rest of your life. Which genre do you choose?

I’d quite like to steal Lily’s answer and just have the MG and YA sections please. If I can’t, probably fantasy because lots of fantasies have mystery plots too so I’d be getting both my faves. And you get contemporary-set fantasy too so I’d still be reading some contemporary too…

Community Snob: Which genre do you think receives the most snobbery from the bookish community?

Middle grade books without doubt, and it REALLY winds me up. You know the GIF of Anger from Inside Out’s head exploding? That’s me when I see yet another review saying “I’d have liked this if I was 8, but I’m not, so 2 stars.”. There’s a valid place for criticism of MG books, and if I don’t like one then I say so. But there’s a big difference between that and slating it solely because it’s middle grade.

Snobbery Recipient: Have you ever been snubbed for something that you have been reading or for reading in general?

Not that I can remember. I don’t tend to tell that many people offline exactly what I read, and those I trust enough to tell anything about my reading are good enough humans that they aren’t weird about it. A really lovely example of this is my French teacher from last year, who I often chatted about books with even though we read completely different things a lot of the time, and neither of us judged the other for what they read (she even said she liked the sound of We Won an Island and Robin Stevens! And as you’ll know if you read my reviews post for last month’s books, I loved the Girl You Left Behind, which she both recommended and bought me a copy of when I left school)

What would your answers to these be? Which ones do we agree and disagree on? I’d love to hear in the comments!

Amy x


The Addicted to Books Tag

Hello everybody! Today, I’m going to be doing the Addicted to Books tag, which I’ve not been tagged for but have fancied giving a go since I saw Aoife’s post. Onto the post!

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The Summer Bucketlist Tag

Hello everybody! Today, I’m going to be doing the Summer Bucketlist tag, which I was tagged for by Rosie. Onto the post!


The Rules

  • Link back to the original creator in your post.
  • Feel free to use any of my graphics in your post, or create your own!
  • Tag 5 other people at the end of your post, and let them know you’ve tagged them

Hit the Beach- a book set by the water

Perhaps unsurprisingly, given it’s about mermaids, a lot of And Then I Turned Into A Mermaid takes place in the sea and the rest in a seaside village. If you want a book full of sarky mermaids and sisterhood, I think you’ll like this.

Watch Fireworks- a book with a fiery romance

I very recently read Tell Me How You Really Feel and it does hate to love so well; lots of sparks fly! It also references several 80s films I love (including my all time fave), which won it lots of points for me.

Go for a Roadtrip- a book that involves a journey

As Rosie mentioned the brilliant Paper and Hearts Society in her post, I’ll mention another wonderful book with a different type of journey altogether, which is the Last Spell Breather. I was very lucky to read an early copy- it has an absolutely amazing world and magic system, great characters and a truly delightful talking fox called Frank.

Camp Under the Stars- a book that left you starstruck

Going off the same assumption Rosie did that this means a books with celebrities, but again I don’t want to say the samye book so I’ll go for Happy Girl Lucky by Holly Smale, which is about a very famous family called the Valentines.

Marathon Some Movies- a book you couldn’t put down

I’m currently devouring Top Marks for Murder on the day I’m writing this, so I’ll say that! It’s just as incredible as every book in the series that’s come before it and I am so happy to be back at Deepdean with my faves.

Go Out for Ice Cream- a book with a sweet romance

The romance in Cathy Cassidy’s latest Sasha’s Secret was precious. I loved it.

Go for a Hike- a character who conquered an obstacle

Jemima Small in Jemima Small Versus the Universe had a really a amazing journey of conquering her issues around body positivity, so I’ll say her. I loved both her and the book in general.

Grill some BBQ- a book with delicious food

I have never wanted to eat food from a book as much as I want to taste chocolates from the Chocolate Box in the series of the same name. They sound amazing.

Watch the Sunrise- a book that inspired you

I’m really struggling with this one. There’s a very specific quote from No Ballet Shoes in Syria that I found really inspiring on the subject of scars, so I’ll mention that. It’s an absolutely wonderful book all round and I highly recommend it.

I’m just going to tag anyone who fancies giving this a go!

What are your thoughts on the books I’ve mentioned? Are you planning to do any of these things this summer? I’d love to hear in the comments!

Amy x

The Mid Year Book Freakout Tag 2019

Hello everybody! Today, it’s time for the Mid Year Freakout Tag, which I’ve done every year since I started blogging and always really enjoy. Onto the post!

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The Hamilton Book Tag

Hello everybody! Today, I’m going to be doing the Hamilton Book Tag, which I found on Pretty Purple Polka Dots and really wanted to do despite only having heard a few songs from the show, since I really liked the question. Onto the post!

The Room Where It Happens: Book world you would put yourself in

Probably Geek Girl’s. Which is our world, but I want to specifically meet the people Harriet knows and see the places she sees etc. What can I say? I’m absolute trash for Geek Girl.

The Schuyler Sisters: Underrated Female Character

I can think of loads just off the top of my head, but I think Storm from Storm Witch is really underappreciated. The book is very underrated too; I barely know anyone else who’s read it and it’s fabulous.

My Shot: A character that goes after what they want and doesn’t let anything stop them

I don’t approve of her methods, but you could never say Lucretia Cutter wasn’t ambitious. I think she did genuinely thought she was doing the right thing, too, although it definitely doesn’t excuse the whole being evil thing.

Stay Alive: A character you wish was still alive

There are loads, but the one that’s least likely to actually spoil anyone for anything is Sirius Black. I was devestated at the end of Order of the Phoenix.

Burn: The most heartbreaking end to a relationship you’ve ever read

Honestly, Harriet and Nick at the end of Picture Perfect, but I suppose I’d better think of something else so you don’t think I’m completely obsessed with Geek Girl. There is one that doesn’t work out in Fierce Fragile Hearts that I found heartbreaking. And this may sound odd, but the parents in I, Cosmo.

You’ll Be Back: Sassiest villain

Thanatos and Hypnos from the Who Let the Gods Out series are pretty sassy. Maz Evans writes AMAZING villains.

The Reynolds Pamphlet – A book with a twist that you didn’t see coming

The Unicorn Quest/Secret in the Stone have absolutely incredible twists!

Non-stop: A series you marathoned

I don’t do that all that often. I read the Spellchasers trilogy back to back though, and enjoyed that so much. I think I may have done the same with the First Aid for Fairies books by the same author actually.

Satisfied: Favorite book with multiple POVs

It’s not a conventional dual narrative but Mo, Lottie and the Junkers gives both their perspectives and it’s brilliant.

Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story: A book/series you feel like will be remembered throughout history

I don’t know if they will be, because my crystal ball isn’t working today, but I really hope that the Murder Most Unladylike series are regarded the way things like Agatha Christie and Enid Blyton books are today, in the future.

Helpless: A relationship you were pulling for from the start

God, so many. Nick and Harriet goes without saying, right? I was dying for Finch and Hector from Flying Tips for Flightless Birds to just hurry up and get together from the very beginning because it was obvious they liked each other!

Ten Duel Commandments: Favorite fight scene

I can’t really think of one, to be honest. I find reading/watching fight scenes pretty boring most of the time, unless they’re as iconic as the Dynasty pool fight in Enter Alexis…

Say No To This: Guilty pleasure read

If I want to read it, I’m not going to waste time feeling guilty about it!

What Comes Next: A series you wish had more books

The Adventure Island books! There are loads, but I just wanted them to go on forever and ever.

Right Hand Man – Favorite BROTP

I’m really struggling with this; I can’t read many books with two male besties in it…! I don’t want to steal Aoife’s answer but I think I have to because I’m struggling to think of a male duo I like as much as Harry Potter and Ron Weasley. Unless I can count Nick and Wilbur’s hilarious interactions in, you guessed it, the Geek Girl books?

What’d I Miss: A book or series you were late to reading

I am late to reading so many things! I didn’t start liking Harry Potter till I was 14 (I read them when I was like 10 and didn’t really like them, so I’m so glad I gave them another chance because I love them now and I’d feel like a total fish out of blogging water if I hated them now…)

What would your answers to some of these be? I’d love to hear in the comments!

Amy x

The Bedtime Book Tag

Hello everybody! Today, I’m going to be doing the Bedtime Book Tag, which I saw ages ago on Writing with Wolves and have been meaning to do ever since. Onto the post!

01. What book kept you up all night reading?

Loads, but one particularly vivid memory of this is with How Not to Disappear by Clare Furniss. It’s so utterly engrossing I meant to read A chapter and devoured the whole thing.

02. What book made you scared to go to sleep?

Close Your Pretty Eyes by Sally Nicholls. I didn’t much fancy closing my eyes after reading that, let me tell you.

03. What book almost put you to sleep?

I’ve said this a few times for similar questions but Two Can Keep a Secret. It was genuinely hard to read it at night because sleep was so much more appealing than trudging through that metaphorical snoozefest.

04. Which book had you tossing & turning in anticipation of its release?

The biggest one this year is probably Wildspark. I read it almost immediately after I finally got gold of it and loved it even more than I thought I would.

05. What book has your dream boyfriend?

Still Nick from Geek Girl. I love him, and if any real boy ever lives up I’ll be surprised.

06. What book would be a nightmare to live in?

Anything remotely dystopian. One of the reasons I don’t like consuming dystopian media most of the time is that imagining living in those worlds really freaks me out.

07. What book reminds you of nighttime?

I was really struggling with this one, and then it struck me that I literally read a book called the Longest Night of Charlie Noon not that long ago, so I’ll say that. It’s extremely difficult to explain in any kind of detail without spoiling it, so all I’ll tell you is that it’s about three children who get unexpectedly lost in the woods when night falls early. Trust me, you want to go in knowing next to nothing.

08. What book has a nightmarish cliffhanger?

Secret in the Stone, no question. There’s about 5 twists in very quick succession at the very end. Also Spies in St Petersburg’s is an absolute doozy.

09. What book have you actually dreamt about?

I don’t think I’ve had dreams about any? At least not ones I can remember. I have however had very vivid dreams about TV shows, such as the one where I was Alba in Cable Girls in this very specific part of the show I won’t spoil because it’s SO brilliant and underrated and you should go and watch it immediately if you like soapy drama with lots of romance and intrigue.

10. What fictional monster would you not like to find hiding under your bed?

I honestly don’t know- maybe the Malamander from the book of the same name? I’d love to find Owsin the kobold from Starfell hiding under there though, because he’s AMAZING.

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