#sixforsunday: My Halloween TBR

Hello everybody!

Today, I’m once again taking oart in the Six for Sunday meme hosted by Steph from A Little But a Lot. Today’s theme was books from your TBR, but as my TBR has considerably more than 6 books (closer to 600, I think 😂😂*), I decided to write about some of the books I’m hoping to read in the next few weeks, inspired by Halloween. 

Let’s get started!

The Witch’s Kiss/The Witch’s Tears by Katharine and Elizabeth CorrI’ve wanted to read these books since I heard of them but I’ve still not got round to reading them. I love both the authors on Twitter, I finally have copies (thanks to Zoe’s giveaway of them, during her readathon) and they seem perfect for this time of the year seeing they’re about witches and magic.

Gobbolino the Witch’s Cat by Ursula Moray-Williams- I picked this up on a whim a few months ago in Waterstones, and from the pages I’ve looked at it, will be adorable. I’ve been seriously slacking in the children’s classics department recently, so I’m excited to get into this one.

Evies Ghost by Helen Peters- I bought this months ago, having heard one of my favourite authors (Emma Carroll) sing it’s praises, and ghost stories are a perfect read for Halloween. I’m pretty sure Louise loved this too, and I really trust her recommendations!

A Place Called Perfect by Helena Duggan– I’m not 100% sure what the plot of thos book is, but it sounds quite creepy and menacing, and I’ve seen some fabulous reviews for it. I’m hoping it’ll be similar to Trenton Lee Stewart’s the Secret Keepers, but better paced.

The Curse of the Werewolf Boy by Chris Priestly –I’m on the blog tour for this book next month, so I need to read it soon anyway, but it fits perfectly into my Halloween plans. Boarding schools with mysterious elements are one of my favourite bookish things, so I’m looking forward to this one,

What books are you planning to read in the run up to Halloween? What do you think of my TBR plans? Let me know in the comments below, or on Twitter @GoldenBooksGirl!

Amy xxx

it’s not that bad yet 💜. It’s probably around 200 I think, but I’ve never counted so I’m not sure.*

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#sixforsunday : My Favourite Genres

Hello everybody!

Today, I’m once again taking part in Steph’s Six For Sunday meme. Today, the theme is our favourite genres. Let’s get started on mine, along with some of my favourite books/authors within them!

In no particular order…

Romance- I always enjoy a swoony romance. There’s just something about watching two characters falling in love that hooks me in to a book. Some recent favourites include A Quiet Kind of ThunderAnna and the French Kiss and the Start of Me and You. 

Contemporary- I also love contemporary novels without romance, such as Beautiful Broken Things and Wing Jones (I know this does have some fabulous romance, but it also has quite a separate storyline so I regard it more as contemporary than romance). Even though I barely ever see it, I also love contemporary MGs. Being Miss Nobody, which fits that description, has been one of my top three reads this year, and another great example of contemporary MG is Susie Day.

Mystery- Even though I said this was in no particular order, mystery may well be my favourite genre of all. It got me back into reading at a time when I fell out of love with it (I’m forever indebted to Laura Marlin and Adventure Island, which I still reread often) and I think the quality of MG mystery being released at the minute, for example Robin Stevens’s Murder Most Unladylike Mysteries, is absolutely sublime. 

Adventure- Recently, I’ve started to read some more middle grade adventure stories. I fell head over heels for the lyrical contemporary adventure Running on the Roof of the World, as you’ll probably already know if you’ve read some of my posts before, and I also loved the more action packed Defender of the Realm. 

Fantasy- WhileI don’t enjoy some more epic fantasies, I do love some more understated ones. Prisoner of Ice and Snow is a wonderful MG fantasy and I can’t wait for the next in the series! Polly Ho-Yen’s stunning books also have some fantasy elements, along with contemporary and magical realism.

Historical- It’s absolutely fascinating to read about other times and places, and these books are often based on real facts and sometimes even events. Emma Carroll really is ‘The Queen of Historical Fiction’ and Karen McCombie’s recent historical/timeslip offerings are also excellent.

Thank you so much for reading! I’d love to hear about your favourite genres in the comments down below or on my Twitter @GoldenBooksGirl

See you soon with a new post,

Amy xxx

Autumn Tag

Hello everybody!

As we’re now a few days into October and I’m starting to feel very autumnal , I thought it would be fun to do the Autumn Tag (which I’ve not actually been tagged for, shhhh) that I saw on Louise’s fabulous blog. 

Let’s get started!

 1. What signifies the start of Autumn for you?

I live in Scotland where sunny summer days aren’t especially common and summer isn’t actually all that different from other seasons. However, it does get considerably colder around the middle of Spetember, so that’s when it starts to properly feel like autumn to me!

2. What is your favourite Fall scent?

I don’t really associate any scents with Autumn, but a quick Google search tells me that vanilla is a scent in lots of Autumn candles, so I’m going to say that! I adore the scent of vanilla (especially if it’s an ice cream 😉🍦)

3. What is you favourite Autumn colour?

I really love the colours the leaves turn; a burnt orange or wine red 😍

4. What is your favourite Autumn drink?

I only drink water most of the time! But I do enjoy curling up with a mug of milk more in autumn and winter. 

5. What TV show, new or old are you looking forward to this Fall?

I’m looking forward to the return of Grey’s Anatomy and Bull this year 😊

6. What is your favorite Autumn fashion trend?

I’m not really into fashion. I do love getting into new, cosy long sleeved pyjamas though! And continuing with Strictly Come Dancing of course!

7. What is your favourite Autumn activity?

Being in comfy pyjamas watching TV/fims or reading a book, often with my golden retrievers and golden retriever blanket for company.

8. Are you a bigger fan of Thanksgiving or Halloween?

I think Thanksgiving sounds like a super lovely holiday, but as I live in the UK I have to say Halloween.

Thank you so much for reading! I’m tagging Louise and Charlotte, if they’d like to do this, as I know they both love Autumn!

What are some of your favourite things about Autumn? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @GoldenBooksGirl!

Wunderkids Blog Tour: Jacqueline Silvester’s Top Five Fictional Schools

Hello everybody! 
Today, I have a super exciting guest post from Jacqueline Silvester, author of Wunderkids, all about her favourite schools in books and what she’d get up to if she attended them! Over to Jacqueline!

Where

Constance Billard School for Girls

Why

Because attending Constance would likely mean that I am a rich Upper East Side society teen and that sounds pretty appealing right about now. * Searches sofa for lost coins* It also likely means that I have a stylish, ice-cold girl squad, VIP tickets to all of NYC’s hottest events and a window view of Chuck Bass. Yes, please, and thank you. 

Outfit

Headband! Jewelry to decorate my Constance uniform- Cartier bangles, Van Cleef and Arpels Alhambra necklace and earrings. Celine Handbag, Chloe loafers and a Chloe coat. I have given this a lot of thought. Can you tell?

Food of Choice

Salad on the Met steps, duh! Brought to me by courier or one of my minions. Probably ordered from Serafina or Cipriani. If I’m feeling a little celebratory then I’ll order sashimi from Tanoshi. 

After school activity

My after school schedule is very packed. I help plan the Debutante Ball. I am on a bunch of committees, and model U.N, and then there’s my internship at Vanity Fair, private ballet-barre classes, not to mention all the openings I attend (my mom is on the board of like, every museum in Manhattan.)

2. 

Where

Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters

Why

Well, because that would mean that I am a mutant and I would give ANYTHING to be a mutant. Like, anything. 

Outfit

Pretty much casual  jeans and loose T-shirts. I burn and ruin my clothes when I’m training so I like to keep it super casual. 

Food of Choice

I feel like the kitchen at Xavier’s mansion is very well stocked, especially with American snacks like pop tarts and rice krispie treats. We are not really supposed to have late night snacks or go to the kitchen at night but my roommate can teleport (like Nightcrawler,) so it’s not a problem. 

After school activity

Training for combat in the danger cave. Swimming in Breakstone lake. Trying to break into Hangar bay so that my friends and I can highjack one of the jets for a joy ride.

3.

Where

Camp Half-blood

Why

Not technically a school, but still! Attending Camp Half Blood would likely mean that I am the daughter of a god or goddess and YES PLEASE SIGN ME UP. I don’t even care that the lifestyle comes with troubles and dangers as long as I get to attend camp.

Food of Choice

I would eat lunch with Nico at Apollo’s table. Mainly because I love Nico but also because I’m likely a child of Apollo; with my gift for poetry and all that (and I also feel that my mom would have a had a soft spot for Apollo if you catch my drift.) I’ll have some barbecued fish, grapes galore, and fresh strawberries (whatever the wood nymphs are carrying around.) Since my goblet can magically refill itself with whatever drink I desire, I’ll opt for Dr. Pepper Cherry Vanilla

Outfit

Orange camp T-shirt. Obviously. My boyfriend is a son of Hermes so he made me this little necklace with wings on it, or maybe he stole it, I don’t really know, but it’s super cute and I wear it everyday. I also wear this little leather bracelet with an arrow charm on it to remind me of my dad. 

After school activity

Giving the climbing wall my best shot. Archery practice, obviously. I spend the rest of my time honing my writing talents and reading my poetry to my siblings.

4. 

Where

Wildwood Academy

Why

Yes, Wildwood academy has something sinister lurking beneath its amazing exterior, but that sinister thing only affects like 3% of students so I will take my chances! The food is to die for, the setting is beautiful, the classes are exceptional and funky, and if I got in that means I’m either very talented or very rich, so there’s that.

Food of Choice
Sums and I like to hit the all day Waffle buffet and experiment with the endless toppings. I also like the soft serve machine. The sashimi towers served at dinner. If I’m feeling healthy I will hit up Amber’s favorite- the yoghurt stand. 

Outfit

I like to wear this floor length black cashmere coat. It’s looks so ominous against the backdrop of winter mist and the redwood forest. Also it goes with my uniform and it isn’t technically a uniform violation

After school activity

I want to be on Stamos’s events committee and help plan the winter ball, the Halloween dance, and the Easter egg hunt (dubbed the Easter make-out hunt, as students tend to saunter off for make-out sessions instead of looking for the eggs.) 

When I’m free I like to sneak off to the Point. Once in a while ill go to town to Ye Old Ice Creamery or get a tarot reading in (mostly so that I can gawk at the off-limits townie boys.) 

5.

Where

Hogwarts School Of Witchcraft and Wizardry

Why

Because it’s Hogwarts. No explanation needed.

Outfit

My robes and my uniform. I have a lot of house pride so I tend to overdo it on the Ravenclaw accessories. My mom is a witch and a fashion designer and she crafted me these light silk pajamas that cool you down when it’s hot and heat you in the winter nights. They are in my house colors and that’s what I wear at night, or in the common room for all-nighter study sessions pre- O.W.L.s.

Food of Choice 

Sunday Roast except every day, pumpkin pasties and cauldron cakes to tie me over between meals and for late night studying. Hagrid invites me over sometimes for tea and rock cakes.

After school activity

I like to go to Hogsmeade for essentials, like to drink butterbear and gossip with my friends. But also for new quills from Scrivenshaft’s. I can be found in the prefect’s bathroom taking pink bubble baths, in the library or at quidditch practice.



Wunderkids is available to buy now

Thank you so much for reading! What did you think of Wunderkids? What are your favourite fictional schools? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @GoldenBooksGirl, I’d LOVE to hear from you! 

See you soon with a new post 

Amy xxx


#sixforsunday : Some of My Favourite Fictional Worlds

Hello everybody!

Today, I’m taking part in the #sixforsunday meme, which is hosted by Steph. I took part in lots of these in my first weeks of blogging but haven’t really since I started scheduling my posts in advance, until Steph announced all of the topics last week! So today, I’m going to be writing about some of my favourite fictional worlds 😊

Let’s get on with the post!

1. Demidova in Prisoner of Ice and Snow by Ruth Lauren- This is an icy, snowy, Russian-inspired setting that felt phenomenally developed. I cannot WAIT to discover even more of it in the sequel next year! 

2. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter- I feel like this is going to be on every list this week, as it should be. I was very late to Harry Potter (aged 14) and I still wished with every chapter that I could just jump in and live in this world. Going back for rereads (which I’ve done about 5 or 6 times in a year and a half), it really is like going home.

3. Zavania from the Worlds of Wishes series by Carol Barton– This series is so, so amazing and it makes me sad how few people have heard of it! Zavania is a beautiful kingdom and the adventures the characters go on show this wonderfully, and are also just perfect middle grade fantasy adventures. I really must reread these again soon!

4. Alternate London from the Lockwood and Co series by Jonathan Stroud- This series is one of my favourites in general, and the remaining of London is so spooky and imaginative. I wouldn’t want to live there, but by goodness it’s good fun to read about it!

And now for a few non fantasy worlds to finish off…

5. Castle Key from the Adventure Island series by Helen Moss- I can’t tell you how much I’d love to live on Castle Key. It’s filled with brilliant characters and gorgeous beaches and yummy places to eat, and plenty of mysteries to solve. It’s right up my street (how I wish I meant this literally! 😭).

6. Stoneybrook from the Babysitters Club series by Ann M Martin- Even though the BSC books are filled with plot holes/dodgy timelines, I love them. They’re basically my ultimate comfort books, and I’ve devoured them so many times I really do feel like I’m a resident of Stoneybrook and I’m right there with the characters. 
Thank you so much for reading! I’d love to hear your favourite fictional settings in the comments below or on Twitter @GoldenBooksGirl 

See you soon with a new post 

Amy xxx

Top Ten Tuesday: Characters You Can’t Help but Root For

Hello everybody!

Today, I’m once again taking part in the Top Ten Tuesday meme hosted over at the Broke and the Bookish. Todays theme was quite broad (characters who share a trait) so I decided to talk about books which feature characters I can’t help but root for. These books also tend to be some of my favourites, so these sorts of characters seem to be the ones I love most.

Let’s get started! 

*no order* (and I’ve only included humans, as I’m yet to find an animal prontagonist I’m not completely behind all the way!)

1. Darkus from the Battle of the Beetles trilogy- in Beetle Boy, Darkus is trying to track down his missing dad, and in book 2 he’s facing off against scientist supervillain Lucretia Cutter yet again. Despite all of this, he’s still an amazing friend to Bertholt and Virginia, and truly cares for all of the beetles, especially his own beetle Baxter. 

2. Elliot from the Who Let the Gods Out series– Elliot has a lot to worry about in these books, which have been some of my favourites of 2017. His mum has early-onset dementia, he learns some upsetting information about his dad in book 2, and that’s not even to mention the fact that the Greek gods have moved in with him! I really adore Elliot as he’s got a lot going on and is a fairly realistic hero in the way he reacts to the situations he faces.

3. Evie from the Spinster Club trilogy- Evie suffers from OCD, and suffers a relapse during the first book in the trilogy (Am I Normal Yet?). I always read this book incredibly quickly (especially by my usual standards) as I become so worried about Evie and after her relapse and throughout books 2 and 3 I definetely root for her to continue on the good path she’s forged for herself.

4. Sam from Ways to Live Forever- Sam has leukaemia and this book tells the story of him achieving the list of things he wants to do before he dies and also tackles his fear of dying and just his day to day life. He’s a truly brave and inspiring character to me.

5. Rosalind from Being Miss Nobody- this is a much more recent read than everything else on this list so far (I only read it last month) but Rosalind is a character who I immediately fell in love with and I read the book in a matter of hours as I was so desperate to make sure she would be okay in the end. I was an emotional wreck throughout; I laughed, I cried, and at the times when things went well, smiled. I can’t recommend this enough. 

6. Alfie from the Defender of the Realm series- Alfie is another recent favourite character. He’s the new king who also has to negotiate his role as the ‘Defender’, a superhero who protects the United Kindgdom from mythical monsters responsible for the REAL historical events. I really cheer Alfie on in his weaker moments and throughout his many action scenes as he’s such a loveky prontagonist and deserves to do well in his roles. On another note, these books are just generally fabulous and I’m often practically glued to the pages to find out what’ll happen next!

7. Harriet from the Geek Girl series- Even though I’m different to Harriet in a lot of ways (e.g. I’m absolutely awful at maths, and she’s a genius with it) I also really identify with her in some ways. I’d be a bit mean if I didn’t root for someone so like me, then, would I not?! Thankfully, I think Harriet’s a BRILLIANT character, and I’m always on her side, no matter who she’s having an argument with or what she’s supposedly done. #teamgeek

8. Hazel from the Murder Most Unladylike Mysteries– Hazel has really changed and grown from who she was in the first book, but I’ve loved her the whole way through and can’t imagine ever not loving her. She’s kind and clever and is becoming stronger and more able to stand up for herself against her very forceful best friend Daisy (who I also love lots, but I think I’d be a bit afraid of her if were to meet in real life, whereas I’d absolutely love to be be friends witj Hazel or have her as a sister). I can’t wait to see her again soon.

9. Summer from the Chocolate Box Girls series– Summer is my favouirte of the Tanberry-Costello sisters, particularly after the book she narrates in the series, Summer’s Dream, in which she starts to crumble under the pressure of achieving her dream to be a ballerina and begins to suffer from an eating disorder. It’s a very hard book to read (it’s as wondeful as all the others,  possibly even better, but watching Summer spiral and hate herself and her body is really upsetting in places). As the series moved on, I was definetly willing Summer on to get healthier and it made me really happy every time she made a step towards that goal (even though she took some steps backwards as well 😔)

10. Ade from Boy in the Tower– last but most certainly not least is Ade, who if I was really, REALLY forced to answer who my favourite character is in a book.  (I massively struggle to choose favourites of anything, but characters are all like my best friends). I can’t read the opening pages of Boy in the Tower without bursting into tears, as I’m so sad about all of the difficult things I know he’s about to face and he’s such a kind, caring character and he just doesn’t deserve any of it. I’ll be honest. I’m welling up just thinking about Ade. I’m of the opinion that this book is a masterpiece, and Ade is a huge reason why I love it so much. 

Thank you so much for reading! Are there any characters you can’t help but root for? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @GoldenBooksGirl!

See you soon with a new post,

Amy xxx

My Smashing September Book Haul!

Hello everyone!

Today, I’m planning to share all of the books I’ve amassed since my book haul this time last month. (Which is actually quite restrained for me 😱😱)

Let’s get started!

READ

So far this month, I’ve read a couple of the books I recieved, which I won’t say much about as I’ll be reviewing them at the end of September. They are;

Going Viral by Amy Alward (recieved in a giveaway from Toppsta)- this is the third and final book in the fantastic Potion Diaries series, and I thought it was the best by far! 

The Great Chocoplot by Chris Callaghan- While a world without chocolate is one of my worst nightmares, it makes for a fabulous middle grade adventure novel!

Defender of the Realm, and Dark Age (not pictured) by Nick Ostler and Mark Huckerby- I chose Defender of the Realm as one of my bookish rewards for doing so well in my exams (along with a few others) and enjoyed it so much I bought the sequel before I even finished it. I’ve now read it too, and I have no idea how I’m going to wait almost a year for the next book 😭😭

BOUGHT

Next up, the books I bought. 

I recieved a couple of others for my exam results (Lorali, which I wanted to read because I LOVE mermaids and Following Ophelia, which sounds fascinating and also becuase Sophia Bennett’s last book Love Song was an absolute favourite last year).

I also bought a few for myself; Knights of the Borrowed Dark by Dave Rudden (just after reading Defender of the Realm, as I’m sure I’ve seen this compared to that), Hole in the Middle by Kendra Fortmeyer (the 1st chapter of this is utterly hilarious, and as soon as I read the extract I HAD to have it), Stunt Double by Tamsin Cooke (I’ve been meaning to get this for ages, I absolutely loved the blog tour for this and the book sounds right up my alley. Isn’t in the photo as one it’s in won’t upload 😔) and The Boy With One Name by JR Wallis, which I treated myself to on a trip to Tesco as it just soumds the sort of thing I’ll really enjoy. 

LIBRARY 

I’ve only taken one book out of the library this month so far 😮😮😮, but it looks superb. I loved Divided City and Ghost Soldier, so I’m hoping I’ll feel the same way about the Rasputin Dagger, especially as I find the take of Rasputin REALLY interesting. 
RECEIVED

Finally, the books I’ve been lucky enough to recieve, whether from giveaways or from publishers to review. I was sent The Miseducation of Cameron Post, Spy Toys: Out of Control, The Mystery of Me, and last but not least, Worry Angels (which I’ve already sped through, and it was super lovely) from their respective publishers. I’m looking forward to reading the others too, as they all sound phenomenal in really different ways!

The wonderful Georgina from Toppsta sent me a couple of extras with Going Viral (The Epic Crush of Genie Lo, and Here be Witches, which both sound UTTERLY brilliant.) I also won a proof copy of A Shiver of Snow and Sky from Scholastic, and it sounds brilliant. 

Thank you so much for reading!

What books have you amassed this month? Where do you think I should start with my pile? Please let me know in the comments below or on Twitter @GoldenBooksGirl!

Amy xxx