The Sunshine Blogger Award

Hello everybody! Today, I’m back with another post (two in one week, my goodness I’m getting back on track, touch wood!) And this time I’m answering the questions Lily set me in the Sunshine Blogger Award. Onto the post!


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1. Do you judge a book by it’s cover?

I’ve been trying to do this less, but from time to time, absolutely I do. I’m such a magpie; shiny things are like catnip for me!

2. What marginalized rep would you most strongly like to see more of in books?

More disability rep would be fantastic, because currently there is PRECIOUS little. I’d particularly appreciate it if I could see some characters who use walking sticks that aren’t either villains or elderly. Like even just one person would be an improvement!!

3. Which trope can you not live without and which trope needs to get in the sea?

The trope of people with walking sticks being evil has popped up far too much recently, and that can most definitely get in the sea. I also hate the whole boy comes along and cures a girl who is ill thing. It’s irritating and inaccurate and frankly unnecessary. Judge me all you like, but I bloody love a love triangle. They’re so fun!!

4. Would you rather read a great plot with mediocre characters, or a boring plot with amazing characters?

The boring plot with amazing characters! If I don’t like the characters, I almost certainly won’t enjoy a book. Which is why I don’t generally get on great with things that have unlikable narrators!

5. Contemporary, Historical, Dystopian or Fantasy you can only read one setting for a year what would you pick?

This is IMPOSSIBLE. Dystopian is obvs discounted, but I really love the other three. I’d probably go for fantasy.

6. Which actor (or literary character) would play you in a film of your life and why?

Oh God, I don’t know. I don’t really think I look like any actors? And they’d need to be Scottish, which narrows things down even further. Anyone got any suggestions…?

7. Which writer/author would you want to adapt the screenplay of your life story?

Holly Smale, hands down. She’s got a dead similar sense of humour and to be honest I’m so like Harriet Manners, it’d be a breeze for her!

8. Inspired by the old movie The Day After Tomorrow, An apocalyptic event has occurred and you are taking shelter in a vast public library. If you don’t burn books you will die, what will you burn whilst waiting for rescue and what would you fight to the death to preserve for the future of mankind?

I’d burn all the thick ones, because occasionally I’m actually sensible and I’d rather not die. Inkheart would be quite a good choice maybe given it’s quite long and I didn’t really like it? I don’t really know what I’d want to preserve. If I’m honest, I’d be selfish and preserve as many of my favourites as possible probably.

9. Gilmore Girls- Team Dean, Jess, Logan or otherwise?

Team Jess ALL the way. I watched Gilmore Girls primarily because I already fancied Milo Ventimiglia so it was kind of inevitable really!

10. Which book/series do you think would make the best screen adaptation?

If they didn’t make an utter mess of it, I’d honestly die for an adaptation of the MMU books. I think I’d genuinely lose my mind if I ever got one!

11. What book would you recommend to me to read most of all?

I’m assuming this means you personally Lily? And if that’s the case Polar Bear Explorers’ Club because I’ve wanted you to read it for AGES and I’m so sure you’ll like it.


I’m not going to write any questions, but if anyone fancies doing these ones please feel free, and I’d love to hear what you think of my answers in the comments!

Amy x

2019 End of Year Book Survey

Happy new year everybody! Today, for my first post of the year I’m going to be doing the End of Year Book Survey for 2019, and it’s been such a joy writing this. Thank you so much to all the authors who wrote the books in here and all the others I’ve read this year because you’re all amazing and I feel so lucky that I get to read your words. Now, onto the post!


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The Harry Potter Christmas Tag

Hello everybody! Today, I’m going to be doing the Harry Potter Christmas tag, which was created by Charleigh Writes, and which I found on Fantastic Book Dragon. Onto the post!


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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!


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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

Absolutely.

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

Nope!

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

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

The Bookish Boxes and Buzzwords Tag

Hello everybody! Today, I’m going to be doing the Bookish Boxes and Buzzwords tag, which I found on Aoife’s blog. Onto the post!


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The Halloween Book Tag

Hello everybody, and happy Halloween! Today, I’m going to be doing the Halloween book tag, which I found on Katie’s blog. Onto the post!


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1. Carving Pumpkins: What Book Would You Carve Up and Light On Fire?

Yerma. Absolutely hated that when I had to read it for school last year.

2. Trick or Treat: Which character is a trick and which is a Treat?

Trick- this is so hard to do without spoiling something! Since Harry Potter is pretty old now, I feel like I can get away with saying I was so shocked about the Moody reveal in book four.

Treat- Wilbur from Geek Girl. What a sweetheart though.

3. Candy Corn: What Book is Always Sweet?

I, Cosmo is the most precious book ever. Read it.

4. Ghosts – Which Character Would You Love to Visit You as a Ghost?

Sirius Black. Love him, always. Would love a chat with him about so many things.

5. Dressing up in Costume – What Character Would You Want to be for a Day?

I did a whole post about this last year! But this year, if I was dressing up I’d want to be Alba from the TV show Cable Girls.

6. Witches & Wizards – What is Your Favourite Harry Potter Moment?

Ooh, this is hard. My favourite comedic moment is the “you don’t have to call me sir, professor” one, my favourite dramatic one is Sirius’s death.

7. Blood & Gore – What Book was So Creepy You Had to Take A Break From it For A While?

Definitely Close Your Pretty Eyes!


What are your Halloween plans? Do you have any thoughts on the books I’ve mentioned? I’d love to hear in the comments!

Amy x