Book Characters I’d Name a Pet After

Hello everybody! Today, I’m taking part in Top Ten Tuesday, and I love today’s theme of characters you’d name a pet after! You’ll probably notice a bit of a theme throughout these as both my current pets have names beginning with S, and that’s a tradition I’d like to keep going till I run out of options I like basically! Onto the post!


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Making Up Songs Based on Book Titles!

Hello everybody! Today, I’m taking part in Top Ten Tuesday, and this might be my favourite theme they’ve ever had! It’s about book titles that would make interesting songs, and I’ve tried to give a bit of detail about what the songs would be like and chat a wee bit about some of my favourite artists. Onto the post!



Love Songs for Sceptics– this is the one where I have the most concrete idea of what it’d be. It’s a Sea Girls track, probably from around the Heavenly War era, cause they’re the masters of a sceptical love song.

The Minute I Saw You- this would be a much more straightforward love song maybe a George Ezra track? We’re well overdue some new music from him so if he’s looking for any ideas, here you go, George…

A Treason of Thorns– I don’t know why I like this as a song title so much, I just do. And since it’s a bit of an odd one, I’m giving it to the fabulous Billie Eilish to give it that slightly creepy, cool edge she’s just amazing at. I think it’d be set in a creepy forest.

Heartbreak Boys– this would be a Taylor Swift song, all about the boys who’ve broke her heart and how happy she is to be rid of them. Think thank u, next vibes.

The Falling in Love Montage– I think this would have to be a Taylor Swift song too, maybe Fearless era kind of vibes? Or Lover? It’d be about her “falling in love montage” with someone. And maybe the subsequent collapse of the relationship if she did one of her wee twists once it gets to the bridge?

A Pocketful of Stars- this is 100% an Oh Wonder song. I LOVE how many references to starts they have in their songs, so the tattoo I’m planning based on their work is star related.

The Places I’ve Cried in Public– literally I can HEAR Julia Michaels singing these words in my head. She’s got a lot of songs dedicated to her heart being broken and people treating her badly, so it just feels like a good fit for her really.

Open Road Summer– this is my fave Emery Lord book, and I’m giving this to my fave band Vistas. Their whole discography is pretty sunny and uplifting and I think they could do great things with a title like that!

A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder– this is going to the Killers, and it’s going to be an alternate version of my absolute FAVOURITE Killers song, which is Jenny Was a Friend of Mine (and kind of Midnight Show too, I guess, seeing that’s when the murder actually happens…). In this one, Jenny manages to turn the tables and kill her attacker.

Fierce Fragile Hearts– literally all of Sara Barnard’s songs would make amazing song titles, now I’m thinking about it. This is the one I have the least idea about who would sing it and stuff, I just think it’s too amazing a title not to choose it!



What book titles do you think would make great songs? Do you like the sound of any of mine? I’d love to hear in the comments!

Amy x

5 Books People Have Recommended Me

Hello everybody! Today, for the first time in forever, I’m doing Top Ten Tuesday, albeit only with 5 books on my list, which is about some books people have recommended me, because I’ve tried to pick ones I don’t think I’ve really mentioned/not mentioned much recently. Onto the post!


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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

Ten Signs I’m a Book Lover

Hello everybody! Today, I’m going to be taking part in Top Ten Tuesday, and the theme today is things that are signs we’re book lovers. I struggled a bit with this as a topic but hopefully it’s not too boring a list, onto the post!



1. The fact I have over 5 boxes of unread books in my house

2. The fact I have a quote from one tattooed across my collarbone

3. The fact I usually read 100+ books in a year

4. The fact I go to the library almost every weekend

5. The fact I didn’t shut up about meeting a bookseller I’d been dying to meet for ages for like a full two days afterwards and fully freaked out when she followed me on Twitter to the point where my friend STILL teases me about it (I’m sure you’re not, but hi Clara if you’re reading, and thank you for that excellent bookish chat!)

6. If you ask me for a book recommendation, I’ll send you a full list and then send another message with more later!

7. My first response to almost any personal crisis is to work out which book(s) will help. I’m pretty sure I started drafting my spine surgery reading list the day I found out I needed to have it.

8. I read almost every day.

9. Reading is one of the most calming things I can do for myself when I get stressed or sad or need to escape the world for a bit.

10. I’ve been reading since I can remember, and I never, ever want to stop



What do you think some signs you’re a book lover are? Do we have any in common? I’d love to hear in the comments!

Amy x

Five Authors I Love Following on Social Media

Hello everybody! So, I know Tuesday’s almost over now, but I had most of this prewrritten and I really like today’s Top Ten Tuesday theme, so I thought I’d post it anyway now I’ve remembered to finish it! So without further ado, here are five authors I love following on social media, which was very hard to narrow down because there are SO MANY I adore!!


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Five Characters I’d Love to Follow on Social Media

Hello everybody! Today, I’m taking part in my first Top Ten Tuesday of 2020, and today’s theme is characters we’d like to follow on social media, which I had SO much fun thinking about. Onto the post!


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Nick Hidaka– otherwise known as Lion Boy, Nick remains one of my ultimate fictional crushes and will be until I’m old enough that it’s creepy. We all have those people we follow because we fancy them, and if he was real he’d absolutely be mine! Also, he’s hilarious and I think he’d be a blast on Twitter.

Lara-Jean Song-Covey– I don’t actually really like eating any baked goods, but I bloody LOVE looking at pretty photos of them. Therefore, LJ is 100% someone I want to be following. I’m also super into looking at pretty clothes, so she really would be a dream Insta follow for me.

Daisy Wells– I don’t know how Daisy would feel about social media given she is from the 1930s but I feel like she’d enjoy sharing her observations with the world and letting everyone know what an amazing detective she is. I have a feeling I’d really like her Twitter, if she had one! Also, I can’t just do a list of MMU characters

Cosmo Walker– I, Cosmo was my absolute favourite book last year, and if Cosmo had an Instagram I’d follow it in a HEARTBEAT. Like, I can’t tell you how much less I’d scroll social media if I didn’t follow so many animals. I’d just love to see his little golden face pop up on my screen all the time! And hopefully he’d have videos of him dancing as well?!

Izzy O’ Neill– Izzy is feminist and hilarious. She’d be a very on brand follow for me, and I think I’d absolutely love hearing what she had to say about current affairs, but also just getting to keep up with her life would be great given her series is now over.


Which characters would you most like to follow on social media, and which social media specifically do you want to follow them on? 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

Five Wintry Books I’ve Accquired in 2019

Hello everybody!

Today, I’m doing another Top Ten Tuesday where I only have five on my list, and I’ve twisted today’s theme a bit to narrow it down for myself and make sure I’m not repeating the books I always mention when I talk about festive reads. Onto the post!


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Five Books I’m Thankful For

Hello everybody! Today, I’m going to be doing Top Ten Tuesday, for which the theme today is a Thanksgiving freebie- I’m going for books I’m thankful for. I’m only doing 5, because even though I can think of loads I have about 10 assessments plus pre-assessments for grammar in the space of the next 2 weeks (possibly more, I’m a languages geek and can’t do maths!) so I’ve had to fit this into a spare few minutes! Onto the post!


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Pony Club Secrets- I don’t necessarily think I wouldn’t like books if I hadn’t read these, but I don’t think I’d love them as much if I hadn’t. They taught me what it was like to love a series very young, and I still think I’d love them now. They shaped pretty much my entire reading taste- I still love books with friendship and romance and adventure and animals and magic and lots of humour, which this series has all of in abundance.

Adventure Island– definitely don’t think I’d still be reading if it wasn’t for this series ( and the Laura Marlin Mysteries). I’ve told this story before but I kind of fell out of love with trying new things with books at the end of primary school (I still reread a lot, eg Pony Ckub Secrets) but when I found these it made me realise I was REALLY missing out and I started seeking out new things much more. Also thankful because my review of this series was the first I ever wrote, and without that chances are this blog wouldn’t be here today.

The Wells and Wong series- you know how everyone has that book or series that shaped them as a human? This is mine. I’ve been reading these since the year they came out and I’m one of it’s most devoted fans, not only because they’re incredible books but because I’ve genuinely taken on character traits of almost everyone in them and try to live my life based on how they do, in some ways. It sounds really strange, maybe, but I don’t think I’d be the same person without these books.

Open Road Summer/When We Collided- I read some Emery Lord in summer 2017 and I loved it. By chance, when having a really bad day (of which there were many last year) in summer 2018 I picked up Open Road Summer and I don’t think I put it down till I finished. What a transporting, captivating book it is. So when it came to choosing the book for the day before my surgery (when I was convinced I’d die of some freak complication), the one book I hadn’t read by her was the natural choice and it had the same effect. I love Emery Lord with my whole heart and I wish she knew how much her books meant to me last year.

The Secret of Platform 13- as you might have guessed from that intro, I’m feeling a bit stressed at the moment. I’ve not read anything in a few days, but I bought this the other day and I’ve loved almost everything else I’ve read by Eva Ibbotson so I decided to pick it up and it was immensely soothing. I’m really looking forward to reading a bit more over the next few days, hopefully.


I could genuinely ramble on forever here, because I’m so thankful to so, so many books and I’m having so much fun talking about them but alas some Spanish grammar tests are waiting on me. Wish me luck!


What books are you thankful for just now? Do we have any in common? I’d love to hear in the comments!

Amy x