Ten Books on My Summer 2020 TBR

Hello everybody! So, I never do that well with TBRs, but I thought I might as well set myself some to work through during the summer, even though I’ll inevitably stray off this list and hopefully read a lot more than just ten books. This is part of Top Ten Tuesday. Onto the list!



Review Copies

The House on Hoarder Hill– I’ve had this for absolutely ages, and it genuinely sounds brilliant so I should definitely have read it by now. It’s about children who go and stay in their grandfather’s creepy house, and them trying to work out why he went missing when they start receiving strange messages. I suspect I might love it…

Fig Swims the World– this sounds SO good- it’s a teen/young YA about a girl who decides she wants to swim across the world in a bid to impress her perfectionist mother. The fact that it’s being compared to Geek Girl is the main thing that makes me feel very bad for not having read it already!!

Fin and Rye and Fireflies– technically I won this in a giveaway but it’s a proof so I’d really like to read it before it comes out! It’s about a boy called Fin, who gets outed, which causes major problems with his conservative parents (in that they move him to a new town and threaten him with conversion therapy) as he falls in love with a boy called Rye and they hatch a plan to try and save him from this fate. I’m so looking forward to it!

Umbrella Mouse to the Rescue– the first book in this duology was so lovely, so I’m sure this will be just as good. It’s set towards the end of the second world war and focuses on a mouse called Pip, who loses her parents in a bombing and joins the animal resistance group Noah’s Ark, who carry out vital work for the war effort at the feet of human soldiers and spies. I think this one sees her trying to get to the umbrella museum in Italy, where she still has some family members.

The Key to Finding Jack– Ewa Jozefkowicz wrote Girl 38, which was one of my favourite books last year, so this was on my TBR by default before I even heard the brilliant premise- it’s about a girl whose brother goes missing while he’s on his gap year, and the mysterious key she finds in his room with the initials SF on it afterwards, and her quest to find out what it is.

Some Upcoming Releases (there are SO many I’m looking forward to but these are some very exciting ones!)

You Should See Me in a Crown– just about everyone is raving about this right now, and it sounds AMAZING so I’m not surprised! I chose this as my prize for winning #QueerQuiz the other night, which is apt given that it’s a female/female romance, which sees the main character Liz trying to become prom queen in a bid to win a scholarship, even though she REALLY doesn’t want to do the competition.

The Unadoptables– this is another debut I’m really excited for in 2020, and I feel like I’ve been waiting on it forever since it got postponed from the the original May 14th release date. It sounds like one of those future classic kind of middle grades- it’s about five children who were all left at an orphanage in very unusual ways, and what happens when a mysterious stranger tries to separate them years later.

Death Set Sail– this is my most anticipated release of the entire year, and if I possibly can I’ll be reading it the minute I get hold of it in August! It’s the finale to my beloved Murder Most Unladylike series, and I’m already a wreck at the thought of saying goodbye to the Detective Society.

Backlist

Front Desk– I’ve owned this for ages, I’ve wanted to read it since Robin Stevens included it in one to her (fabulous) recommendations videos! It’s about a girl called Mia, who lives in a motel, and whose parents hide immigrants. It sounds so good, and the sequel is out soon as well!

The Pearl Thief– so, I have a bit of a funny relationship with Elizabeth Wein- I DNF her most famous book Code Name Verity (it was my birthday, and it’s not the cheeriest in my defense…) but I’ve loved her recent Barrington Stoke novellas Firebird and White Eagles, so I’ve been meaning to give her longer books another try for ages. I know this is the prequel to CNV so I may miss some foreshadowing, but I want to start here because this is a mystery (love a good mystery!) And also Lou loved it.



What books are you planning to read over the summer? Do we have any in common? I’d love to hear in the comments!

Amy x

My Most Anticipated Releases- January 2020

Hello everybody! Today, I’m going to be talking about my most anticipated releases for next month, which are a pretty brilliant bunch that are getting the decade off to a great start! Onto the post!


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A Throne of Swans– this is the new book from Kate and Liz Corr, who wrote the brilliant Witch’s Kiss trilogy, and I’m so excited for it. I’ve heard only good things from people who’ve read it already, and it sounds super interesting- it’s about a girl who must take on the role of Protector early when her father dies, and her struggles in doing so.

Sunny– this is the 3rd of Jason Reynolds’ Track series and I’m pretty confident it’ll be great, because everything I’ve read from the author so far has been. Each book in the series focuses on a different member of the team, and this one is Sunny’s story. I can’t wait to meet him properly.

Shadowsea– this is the fourth (and apparently final) Cogheart Adventure. I took forever to read Skycircus, which ended up being pretty great, because I thought that was the last one, but I’m going to try not to be a wuss about saying goodbye to this world this time and get to it soon. I have predictions about what will happen and I’m EXCITED. Although I hope Malkin features a bit more heavily this time round!

The Telephone Box Library– I read a lot of Rachael Lucas last year, and her 2020 release sounds SO good. It’s about a woman named Lucy who moves to the Cotswolds, who despite her best intentions to only research the nearby Bletchley Park while she’s on sabbatical from teaching, becomes involved in turning the local telephone box into a makeshift library. I assume there’s a romance somewhere too, given that there is in all other Rachael books to date.

The Boy Who Fooled the World– this made it on my TBR automatically because Lisa Thompson is consistently excellent, but the premise itself is really interesting as well- it’s the story of a boy who becomes a massive celebrity when one of his paintings gets spotted, but he has a guilty secret that threatens to ruin everything if discovered. My library copy is in early so I’m hoping to read it very soon!

The Kid Who Came from Space– I did not fulfill my promise to read more of Ross’s back catalogue in 2019 (they are still languishing on my TBR, even though I really do want to read them!!), but I’m still excited for his new release all the same. It’s about a girl going missing, and her brother going to extraordinary lengths to get her back, given he is the only one who knows the strange truth of where she is.

The Ice Bear Miracle– I didn’t get on with Cerrie Burnell’s the Girl with the Shark’s Teeth at ALL, but this title has intrigued me enough that I want to give it a go! I don’t really know much about it, other than thinking the title is gorgeous.


Which books are you looking forward to in January? Do we have any in common? I’d love to hear in the comments!

Amy x

Five Backlist Books I Want to Read in 2020

Hello everybody! I’m not really sure why I’ve decided to write this post because it’s by no means an extensive list and technically all my 2019 books I’ve not read will be backlist too in a few days, but I wanted to share some of the books that aren’t 2020 releases that I hope to read. Onto the post!


The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo/Taylor Jenkins Reid’s entire back catalogue- I’ve heard a LOT about Taylor Jenkins Reid in 2019 (mostly from Jess, whose opinions are generally pretty aligned with mine) and at this point the curiosity is killing me to be honest. Evelyn Hugo is apparently the best one to start with, but so many other concepts sound so interesting as well and if I like one I’ll probably read the whole lot!

Podkin One Ear– the amount of times I’ve said I’ll read this book and haven’t done so is really embarrassing at this point, seriously. If I read nothing else off this list, please can someone shout at me and remind me I need to read Podkin?

The Frozen Telescope– I really, really liked the Crooked Sixpence back in 2016 and enjoyed the second in the trilogy, so it’s a disgrace I’ve not read the 3rd yet. I’ve missed the chance to read it at the right time of year AGAIN so my only goal this time is to read it at some point.

The Tale of Time City– funny story, I heard about this book one day and was seconds off of buying it when I did an unhaul and discovered a copy was sitting on my TBR the whole time. Literally no idea where it came from, but the book sounds brilliant (I think it was Robin Stevens who I saw recommending it, and we all know how I feel about Robin Stevens!).

Shadowsmith– I’ve adored both of Ross Mackenzie’s books I’ve read so far, and while I’m scared to read this since it’s about a different world, I think I’ll very likely still love it!


Which backlist books are you most hoping to get to in 2020? What are your thoughts on the ones I’ve mentioned? I’d love to hear in the comments!

Amy x

Ten Books on My Winter TBR

Hello everybody! Today, I’m taking part in Top Ten Tuesday, for which the theme is ten books on our winter TBRs. I find of failed at my autumn one a bit because uni deadlines were manic but I’ll hopefully get to all of these! Onto the post!


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REVIEW COPIES

Little Bird Lands– this will probably be my next read, because I really liked the first in this duology. This one follows Scottish girl Bridie, who lives in the time of the Highland Clearances, as she and her family attempt to start a new life in America. I think it’s going to be WONDERFUL.

Orion Lost– this is about a spaceship getting lost in deepest space, and a girl called Beth who must subsequently save her friends. I don’t read a huge amount of sci-fi but this definitely sounds intriguing, plus I know Lily enjoyed it and we have REALLY similar taste.

Demelza and the Spectre Inspectors– this is one of Chicken House’s biggest releases for 2020, and it sounds so great- very classic MG adventure in tone, I think, based on the blurb. It’s about a girl called Demelza who can see the dead, who must use her unusual ability to save her grandmother when she’s kidnapped, alongside her best friend Percy. I think it’ll be great!

The Mask of Aribella– this is about Aribella, who is the daughter of a lace-maker in historical Venice, as she joins a group of magical warriors. I think the setting will be brilliant and I’m intrigued to learn more of the plot, because the blurb is fairly vague!

Queen of Coins and Whispers– this is an f/f court fantasy romance about a queen falling for her new spymaster. I’m hoping for lots of political intrigue and a couple I can absolutely get behind.

OTHERS

Unleashed– this is one of the things on my bought TBR I’m most excited for. It’s the sequel to 2018’s Jinxed, which ended on an absolutely BRUTAL cliffhanger and I really need to know what happens next, I’ve just never quite got round to picking it up.

The Star Outside My Window– this is the new Onjali Q Raúf, which focuses on two children who have just lost their mum to domestic violence as they try and get a star named in her honour. I think it’s going to break my heart, but it sounds incredible and incredibly important so it’ll be worth it.

Frostheart– I honestly don’t know very much about the actual specifics about the plot of this, other than that it’s a wintry adventure with cool illustrations. I think it has something to do with like, a sleigh? I’m excited to read it anyway!

Forest of Shadows– this is a prequel to Frozen 2 by Kamilla Benko, who writes the brilliant Unicorn Quest books, I went to see the film over the weekend and LOVED it, so can’t wait to spend more time in Arendelle soon.

Coming up Roses– I’ve read a LOT of Rachael Lucas in 2019 and this is the only one I wont get to before 2020, so I’m hoping to read it in the first half few months of the year if I can. This one is about a woman named Daisy who moves to a small village when her parents go off travelling during their midlife crisis, and her falling for an Irishman named George, whilst making new friends and saving her new home from developers.


What books are on your winter TBR? Have you read any that are on mine? I’d love to hear in the comments!

Amy x

My Most Anticipated Releases- October 2019

Hello everybody! Today, I’m going to be talking about my most anticipated October releases, some of which are among my most anticipated anticipated books of the whole year! Onto the post!


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The Somerset Tsuanami– this is the new Emma Carroll. Do I really need to say any more?! If Emma released a book of her shopping lists, I’d read them. This is about witches and history though, which I love anyway, so I could not be more excited.

The Star Outside My Window– I really liked the Boy at the Back of the Class last year, and I think Onjali’s second book sounds so interesting- it’s about a girl who finds herself in foster care when her mum suddenly disappears. I suspect domestic violence will be a big theme in here if I’m picking up the inference in the synopsis correctly, and I also think I will very likely cry reading it.

The Conspiracy of Magic– I know very little about the actual plot of this, but I do know that I really enjoyed the Company of Eight and that I desperately wanted a sequel, so I am very excited indeed. The world is really feminist and just generally fabulous, and I can’t wait to see some more of it.

The Extremely Incovenient Adventures of Bronte Mettlestone– this is about a girl whose parents die and leave her a task to visit ten aunts and deiver things to them. I’m not 100% sure I’ll like it, but it sounds quirky and fun enough that I’m willing to give it a go! And I want to support the publisher too, seeing as they’re new.

Harriet and the Galaxy– I don’t think I’ve mentioned this that often publicly, so if you don’t know, I have been wearing hearing aids since I was 15 and when I learned that I needed them, I went through a few months of really struggling with feeling alone in needing them that young, and I had no books I was interested in reading that helped with this at the time. This one, which is about a girl with hearing aids saving the world from what I can gather, is REALLY personal for me.

The Ghouls of Howlfair– this is about a girl who lives in a mysterious, supernatural place called Howlfair and her attempts to solve some mysteries about it. I think it’ll be spooky and fun, and hopefully I’ll get the chance to read it at some point during autumn!

The Great Brain Robbery– I thought the first book in this series was absolutely brilliant, and I’m very excited to return to the world of the Impossible Places and see its postal staff once more. I’m also looking forward to seeing how the plot introduced about who is in power carried on!

Boy Meets Ghoul– this is another sequel, but quite different as it’s teen contemporary rather than MG fantasy. The first book was adorable and funny, with brilliant characters and if you’ve ever wondered what Simon Vs might be like if it were British you’ll really enjoy it too, I think.

Frostheart– I know very little about the actual plot of this, but it’s a big MG release for autumn and I love a bit of MG fantasy so I might as well give it a go! Also, I really like the cover.

The Places I Cried in Public– Holly Bourne always writes really interesting, feminist fiction, and I’m looking forward to this one, which based on the blurb I assume is going to tackle an abusive relationship of sorts. I’ll need to be in the right mood, but when I am I think I’ll really like this.

Shadows of Winterspell– I really like Amy Wilson’s books, and they’re always great to read in autumn/winter time. It’s about a girl named Stella who has grown up in a magical forest and is trying to integrate into the local school, but must save the forest from ancient dark magic at the same time. I’m expecting stunning writing, great worldbuilding and a really interesting plot.

Twas the Nightshift Before Christmas– I loved This is Going to Hurt when I read it back in January, so I’m super excited for this Christmas spinoff about working in the NHS during the festive season, if slightly worried that it won’t quite be as exceptional as its predecessor.

In the Time We Lost– I’ve not yet read any Carrie Hope Fletcher, but I really want to so this will be joining my TBR alongside When the Curtain Falls and All That She Can See. It’s about someone who moves to a Scottish island after she gets jilted, and sounds like it’ll be Groundhog Day but a romance.


What are your most anticipated October releases? Do we have any in common, and are you planning to add any I mentioned to your TBR? I’d love to hear in the comments!

Amy x

Ten Books I’ve Been Avoiding Reading and Why

Hello everybody! Today, I’m taking part in Top Ten Tuesday again, for which the theme this week is books on our TBRs we’ve been avoiding. Onto the post!


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Ten Books from My Summer TBR

Hello everybody! Today, I’m taking part in Top Ten Tuesday, for which the theme today is your summer TBR. Onto the post!


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Top Ten Tuesday: My Spring TBR

Hello everybody! Today, I’m taking part in Top Ten Tuesday and I’m going to be telling you about some books I hope/plan to read during Spring. Now, if you know me you know I’m not the best with TBRs and I think one reason for that is that I don’t tend to put review copies on them, so this time I’ve listed my current review pile which I will almost certainly read and then a few I’d like to read from other sources e.g. I bought them or have them on loan from library. Onto the post!


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5 Books I Want to Get to Before 2019 (A Tentative TBR…?)

Hello everybody! Recently, I’ve seen quite a few posts where people have listed books they really want to get to before the end of the year (‘HOW is there almost only a month left of this year by the way?!?), so even though I’m rubbisg at doing TBRs I thought I’d share some of mine. Onto the post!


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My Belated Summer TBR

Hello everybody!

Today, I’m going to be talking about a few books I bought last year that I ended up not reading, and I’d really like to read during this summer if I can (though I’m atrocious at sticking to a TBR so who knows if I actually will?!). Onto the post!


Love and Gelato – a book with an Italian setting and ice cream in the title seems like the dream summer book for me. I heard some less positive things about it last year just after it came out and it sort of put me off reading after I bought it, but now I’ve forgotten the criticisms I definetly want to get to it.

Eden Summer– this sounds a little darker than everything else on this list, as it’s about a girl dealing with the disappearance of her best friend, but I enjoy a good thriller from time to time so I think this should be a great, gripping read with some summery vibes.

When Birds Fly Back– this sounds like a lovely book, and I can’t believe I didn’t get to it last year. I was considering reading it after summer, but ended up deciding to leave it till this summer instead. As a sidenote, I am ridiculously excited to read this author’s upcoming MG book I, Cosmo, though I fear it may break me. It’s about a golden retriever who sounds so sweet, and I think we all know I love a golden retriever!

Piglettes– my friend Louise absolutely raves about this book, AND set me the challenge of reading it in the book swap challenge we decided to do together, so I kinda have to read it. It’s set in France and looks to tackle a really interesting topic (of judging others based on beauty), so I’m thrilled about finally getting to it

When We Collided– I read Emery Lord’s other books that are published in UK when I was on holiday last year, and it seemed only fitting to save this one for 2018. I’ve heard mixed things, but I’m hoping I enjoy it. I also found out another of Emery Lord’s backlist (Open Road Summer) is getting published in the UK this year and I’m so excited!


Are there any books you’d really like to get to this summer? What do you think of the books I’ve chosen? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @GoldenBooksGirl!

Amy xxx