Blog Tour Review: Show Us Who You Are by Elle McNicoll

Hello everybody! Today, I’m absolutely thrilled to be sharing my review of Elle McNicoll’s stunning second book Show Us Who You Are, as part of the blog tour. Onto the post!


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September Reviews 2019

Hello everybody! Today, I`m going to be talking about the books I read in September- which are a rather varied and rather brilliant bunch. My reading slowed down a fair bit in the second half due to starting uni, which is also the reason that I`m posting these MUCH later than intended, but on the whole I`m really happy with what I read and how much. Onto the post!


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The International Yeti Collective Blog Tour: Exclusive Illustration and Spotlight

Hello everybody! Today, I’m really excited to be part of the blog tour for the International Yeti Collective, and for my post I’m going to be sharing some information about the book AND an exclusive illustration from it by Katy Riddell. Onto the post!


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The Reading Your Country Tag

Hello everybody! Today, I’m going to be doing the Reading Your Country Tag, which I found on Pretty Purple Polka Dots. Onto the post!


What country are you going to talk about?

Scotland.

What is your favourite childhood book from your country? (If you don’t have a favourite, name a popular children’s book from your country.)

I don’t have one. The only thing I can think of is Katie Morag, which I read a few of in primary school.

What is a book from your country that you read in school? (Primary school or high school, your choice!)

In Scotland, it is compulsory to study a Scottish text of some sort for both National 5 and Higher. My favourite of the two plays I studied for those was Tally’s Blood, which is about an Italian immigrant family and love and family. It’s incredibly funny and moving, and I actually really want to reread it one day because it’s quite possibly my favourite thing I’ve ever read for school.

What is a book set in your favourite area of your country? And/or what’s a book set in a place you’d like to visit in your country?

My favourite part of Scotland is the Borders, and I can’t think of anything set there? It would make for a lovely setting though, so if any authors fancy setting a book there I’d be super grateful!

What is a historical fiction book set in your country?

Little Bird Flies by Karen McCombie is about the Highland Clearances and how that impacted people , so I highly recommend that! I’m so excited for the second in the series.

What is a classic book from your country?

Harry Potter counts as a modern classic, right? I googled Scottish classics and I haven’t read any of them (nor do I want to for the vast majority!), so a modern classic that I adore seems like a good compromise.

What is a book from your country that you haven’t read but would like to read?

I’m fairly sure Juliette Forrest, who wrote Twister, lives somewhere reasonably close by me and I’m yet to have read that despite having owned it since publication day. I must get to it at some point.

What are some of your favourite authors or books from your country?

Definitely Karen McCombie and Lari Don, and I really enjoyed Sophie Cameron’s debut last year! The Fox Girl and the White Gazelle and Guardians of the Wild Unicorns are both fantastic books too. I’ve also recently loved a few things set in Scotland written by authors from England: Lightning Chase Me Home, We Won an Island and my beloved Children of Castle Rock.


Which books would you have used to answer these questions, based on your country? What are your thoughts on the books I’ve mentioned? I’d love to hear in the comments!

Amy x

My Most Anticipated January Releases

Hello everybody! Today, despite the fact that most of these will already be out by the time this goes up because I once again forgot that I usually do this post but still wanted one to look back on, I’m going to be talking about the books released in January that I’m most excited for! I promise I’ll try and have the Febraury ones up before they’re all released, though I haven’t read any of these at the time of writing so I can still talk about why I’m excited rather than what I thought. Onto the books!


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November Reviews 2018

Hello everybody! Today, I`m going to be sharing my thoughts on all of the books I read in November (excluding a couple for school!), which were all pretty great- it`s definitely been amongst my best months for quality if not quantity! Onto the post!


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How to Write a Love Story Blog Tour: Katy Cannon’s Top 5 Romance Book

Hello everybody!

Today, I’m super excited to be on the blog tour for Katy Cannons new book How to Write a Love Story, which I really enjoyed, as you’ll know already if you read my latest monthly reviews post a few days ago! Onto Katy’s post, all about her top 5 romance books!

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I love reading romance every bit as much as I love writing it. Narrowing down my favourites to just five is almost impossible, but here a few titles that always pop into my head when someone says ‘romance’.

1. Pride and Prejudice: Jane Austen was one of the first great romance writers (if you ignore the Greeks) and for my money, P&P is one of the best romances ever written. It has everything I love – a hero and heroine working towards understanding each other, a great supporting cast, and a blissfully happy ending. (Plus some fantastic one-liners!) That’s why it actually features in How To Write A Love Story at quite a pivotal moment!

2. Fangirl: Rainbow Rowell has that uncanny ability to make me feel eighteen again, exactly as it felt the first time around. I loved this book so much, mostly because I felt like I might have lived it, rather than just read it.

3. In The Hand of the Goddess: Tamora Pierce is famous for her fantasy YA novels, of which this is one of the best. I couldn’t begin to claim that romance is the main focus of this book, but there’s definitely enough romantic scenes for me to count it! More importantly, this was the first book I read as a teenager where I realized that however great the plot, what interested me most in books was the characters, and the friendships, relationships and romances they experienced with others. (Plus I had a total book crush on Prince Jon.)

4. Saint Anything: Sarah Dessen is a writer who draws me into the worlds and families she creates, until by the last page I’m devastated to have to leave them. She also writes incredible teen romances – true and heartbreaking and hopeful. I love all her books, but I think this is my favourite.

5. Shadow of the Moon: M M Kaye wrote sweeping historical fiction with romance at its heart, set in India and Zanzibar. She also wrote fantastic short crime novels (with a romantic subplot) set in many of the countries she’d lived in or visited, set during the forties and fifties. What I love about her books is the period details and political background she includes – as well as the drama and the romance! I was hard pressed to pick a favourite, and almost went for her most famous novel, The Far Pavilions, but Captain Alex Randall from Shadow of the Moon will always hold my bookish heart.

Thank you so much for reading! What are your favourite romance books? Do you agree with any of Katy’s choices? I’d love to hear from you in the comments or on Twitter @GoldenBooksGirl!

Amy xxx

My Awesome August Book Haul

Hello everyone!

It’s almost the weekend-yay! Today I’m going to share my book haul (I don’t know why, but I seem to prefer writing these midway through the month instead of at the end 😂❤). If I get any post during the rest of month, it’ll pop up in my September haul 😊

My book haul is, as usual, quite big, so let’s dive in!

 BOOKS I’VE READ ALREADY

I won’t go into too much detail about these ones, as I’ll be speaking about them in my August Reviews in a few weeks 😊

  • THE EXACT OPPOSITE OF OKAY- I won a copy of this on Twitter, in a giveaway ran by Laura. I’ve been desperate to read it since I saw the announcement for it and I dropped everything to read it as soon as it arrived! It was definitely worth it too, it was fabulous…
  • GASLIGHT- I received a copy of this from Firefly Press, and I read it right at the beginning of the month and enjoyed it.
  • SIMPLY THE QUEST- I bought this at my trip to Waterstones last week and I read it last weekend as it’s been one of my most anticipated reads of the summer. It was even better than the first book, and I’m excited for the 3rd already.
  • QUEST- I’ve not read all of this, but I’ve read quite a few stories for an exciting guest post with my friend Louise.
  • THE GUGGENHEIM MYSTERY and FRESHERS I’ve read in the past few days, and I loved both of them a huge amount! (Huge thanks to the lovely Jess for sending me Freshers!)

WATERSTONES HAUL

As well as Simply the Quest, I ordered in a few other books I really wanted; The Secret of Supernatural Creek (it has been a LONG 4 years since the last Laura Marlin Mystery, but I want to wait and reread the White Giraffe series and previous Laura Marlins before I read this), A Change is Gonna Come anthology (made up of BAME authors, published by Stripes) and The Starman and Me, which I’ll admit I wanted because of the beautiful cover. 

My next choices, History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera and Another Place by Matthew Crow, are books I mainly bought as I’ve hear a lot of positive comments about them on other blogs. I’m really hoping I’ll enjoy them as much as others have 🙂

I picked up a classic this month too as I really want to get back into reading them. This looks utterly adorable from the bit I read in the shop, and I’m very excited to get to it!

Lastly, I picked up the Children’s Book of the Month: A Place Called Perfect by Helena Duggan. It looks really interesting and I’ve heard it has mystery elements, so it’s super high on my TBR!

LIBRARY 

I’ve had a few visits to the library this month, and I’ve came home with lots of books each time (hence why I have more books than I’m actually meant to on my card, oopsies 🙈)

These are the books that I had to order in from other branches, and I’m super pleased I was able to get these from the library. I love these authors’ other books, and I’m particularly excited about the Starlight Barking as I totally adore of the One Hundred and One Dalmatians and I only just learned this existed a few weeks ago 😍 

I also picked up a few books based on blurbs, and in one case, a cover so stunning I couldn’t leave it on the shelf (I’m looking at you Chasing the Stars!). I’m hoping these end up being as good as they sound.

RECIEVED

I was lucky enough to receive a few books this month, both from publishers, giveaways and one from a friend.

Along with Gaslight, Firefly also sent me a few of their other titles, which I’m really grateful for.  All of these sound fantastic; I’m hoping (pun intended) to get round to all of them soon, particularly Hope, as it has a hospital setting and it’s had amazing reviews so far.

I also recieved a copy of The Disappearences from Pushkin Press. This sounds really interesting, and I’m excited to read it!

I was super excited when I won a giveaway for the Witch’s Kiss and the Witch’s Tears on Twitter. I’ve wanted to read them for ages and just never got round to buying them, but now I have copies I really want to read them as soon as I possibly can. I also won a proof of Eloise Undercover from Catnip Books!

Finally, my friend Louise sent me a copy of When We Collided by Emery Lord as I loved her other books so much!

Thank you so much for reading! I’d love to hear what books you’ve added to your TBR this month or which of mine you think I should start with in the comments or on Twitter @GoldenBooksGirl 

See you soon with a new post 

Amy xxx