Characters Disliked in Books I Enjoyed

Hello everybody!

Today, I’m going to be talking about some characters I don’t like much at all from books I like quite a bit, which was inspired by a Top Ten Tuesday from a few months ago on the opposite theme. Onto the post!


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Cassie from the Upiside of Unrequited– Cassie was so selfish, and often very mean to Molly, and I just wasn’t a fan. I felt like the minute she was in a relationship she started behaving as though she was better than her sister and didn’t have time for her anymore, and therefore I didn’t have time for Cassie.

Nic from the Blood for Blood trilogy– I liked Nic in book one before the secrets of his family were revealed and Luca started playing a bigger role in book two, but my GOD did he start to annoy me as time went on in books two and three. I found him pretty whiny and petulant, and the way he treated

Mia from All About Mia– I think I only gave this 3.5 stars, but I did enjoy a lot about it and it was only Mia herself that brought down my rating. I couldn’t understand a lot of decisions she made, and I didn’t like the way she treated her family and friends. She did grow on me a little towards the end when she bonded with her sisters more though, in fairness.

Riley from Hope– Riley is the love interest in this book, and I couldn’t get behind him and Hope as a couple at all. He reminded me of people I don’t really like in real life, and as such I couldn’t warm to him at all, and I mainly just found him annoying. I loved the book so much otherwise though, so if you pick up any of these books, please make it this one. Compared to the Upside of Unrequited, which is my other favourite of these, it’s recieved barely any attention and it deserves way more readers than it’s had. And I’d love to know if you share my thoughts on Riley when you do read it!

Hagrid from Harry Potter– I’m aware this will be quite a controversial entry, but I’m not fussed on Hagrid. I don’t think he ever did anything maliciously, I do think his heart was always in the right place, but he made some bizarre decisions that affected a lot of people, and I quite often found him overly dramatic in the way he reacted to things. There are some exceptions, such as Buckbeak’s execution, but other than those it felt like he was making many mountains out of molehills. I also don’t think he should have been allowed to teach; Professor Grubbly-Plank didn’t really get developed as a character much but I did like that she actually taught her class practical things, with the difference being she bore safety in mind. That said, the hippogriff situation was Draco’s fault mainly, so I don’t hold that against him too much!


Which characters are you not keen on from books you enjoyed? Do we have any in common? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @GoldenBooksGirl!

Amy x

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My Thoughts on Pray for the Wicked

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Today, I’m going to be sharing my thoughts on all of the songs from Panic! at the Disco’s latest album Pray for the Wicked, because as you might know if you read this post, they’ve become one of my absolute (I’m talking top 3 here) favourite artists since I started listening to them a couple of months ago. Onto the post!


(F*ck A) Silver Lining– this took a while to grow on me, but I really like it now. It’s ridiculously catchy, really well written with some interesting references when you look closer at them (as well as a fun shout out to Béyonce in the bridge!) and I love the opening (particularly the instruments)

Say Amen (Saturday Night)- I think this was the perfect choice for lead single. I love the lyrics and the melody, it shows off pretty much all of Brendan’s range (especially in live recordings when he often does deeper for the bridge, which I LOVE given how much of a sucker I am for a deep voice and a killer bridge) and it has elements of their earlier music while also retaining the more theatrical, pop sound of this album.

Hey Look Ma, I Made It– this is so infectiously fun. From the puppet music video to the upbeat tempo to how much fun everyone on the stage seems to be having on the stage when it’s performed live, this song just makes me happy.

High Hopes- this only very narrowly wasn’t in my top 3 of the album, and I love it. I adore it’s message that you should dream big and aim high, I love the cheerful brass instrumentals throughout it, and above all, I think it’s catchy and brilliant.

Roaring 20s– this is about Brendon’s experiences of being on Broadway, and it’s one of my very favourites on the album. I love the 20s vibe of the instruments and melody, the writing is phenomenal (I say this about almost every song, because I think the lyrics of them all are brilliant, but I think Roaring 20s is the crème de la crème! I’m a particular fan of the bridge, which shall come as no shock at all, but the verses are amazing too) and I’m beyond obsessed with the slow chorus that comes after the bridge.

Dancing’s Not a Crime– like with Hey Look Ma, I Made It, my favourite thing about this is very simply how much fun it is- I really like how happy they are, . I also love the writing of this generally, though the bridge is especially brilliant and I have a soft spot for the chorus because it reminds me quite a bit of I Don’t Feel Like Dancing by the Scissor Sisters, which me given the almost completely opposite meanings…

One of the Drunks– this covers similar themes to Don’t Threaten me With a Good Time (aka my absolute favourite Panic! song of all time), so it’s pretty fitting that this is one of my favourites on this album too. I think the lyrics are really clever, I absolutely adore the pre-chorus and there’s just something about it that makes me really love it that I can’t quite put my finger on.

The Overpass- this has such a theatrical feel to it for me, particularly due to the sound effects at the very start, and it’s so much fun. This has one of my favourite bridges of the album, which automatically makes me like a song to be honest, it’s super catchy and I think the chorus is brilliant!

King of the Clouds- for a song that was concieved of when Brendon was high, it’s really good. It shows off Brendon’s higher range really well and I’m a big fan of the pre-chorus and bridge, though I don’t love the melody of the verses that much.

Old Fashioned– I have to admit I don’t really like this song much. While I’m a big fan of the brass instrumentals at the beginning and Brendon’s voice is as great as ever, I find the verses quite repetitive and I just don’t really enjoy listening to it.

Dying in LA– this is a piano ballad, and it’s incredibly melancholic in tone. Similarly to how I feel about One of the Drunks and Don’t Threaten Me with a Good Time, this feels like a darker version of LA Devotee (which I also love), and I think it’s a stunning end to the album. I didn’t expect anything this stripped back and simple from Panic , but it’s a beautiful, poignant song that shows off some elements of Brendon’s voice I haven’t heard in many of their songs before.


Are you a fan of Panic! at the Disco? What are your thoughts on the songs from this album? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @GoldenBooksGirl!

Amy x

Would You Rather? (Bookworm Edition)

Hello everybody! Today, I’m going to be playing the bookworm edition of Would You Rather, which I found on Chrikaru. Onto the post!


1. Would you rather have a friend who loses your books, or one who dog-ears them?

One who dog ears them. A slightly scruffy book is a hell of a lot better than no book at all.

2. Would you rather secretly love a book everyone else hates, or secretly hate a book everyone else loves?

I’ve done the second (I really didn’t enjoy what was one of the most hyped books of 2017) and it’s not that hard to keep quiet about because I don’t like talking about hating books much anyway so I’d definitely say that.

3. Would you rather be stuck on a very long plane or train ride without a book?

I don’t really take a lot of either. Probably a train journey because I struggle to read on those anyway due to motion sickness, plus they’re usually shorter.

4. Would you rather have dinner with your favorite author or your favorite character?

I don’t really have just one of either, but I think I’d say author as I could learn all about their worlds from the people who created them and learn so much. Also, I know one of the people I’d consider a favourite author (Holly Smale) is absolutely hilarious and has amazing anecdotes after seeing her at Edinburgh Book Festival so she’d be a brilliant dinner companion!

5. Would you rather date a character you have a crush on or your crush from real life?

A book crush, because no real human could ever be as wonderful and romantic as Nick (aka Liom Boy) from the Geek Girl series.

6. Would you rather have your favorite book turned into a movie, or your favorite movie turned into a book?

I really don’t think Pretty in Pink would work in book format (you’d be robbed of the utter joy that is the Try a Little Tenderness scene, for a start), so I’d much rather see a book I consider a favourite adapted to screen. Very, very carefully, obviously, because my preciouses deserve only the best.

7. Would you rather read a book with an annoying cliffhanger, or one where your favorite character is killed off?

I do often cry when characters die, but I’d rather that than a cliffhanger. Cliffhangers irk me till the next book arrives (or worse still, forever, in the case of standalones with abrupt endings).

8. Would you rather lose the ability to read any new books, or the ability to reread books you’ve already read?

While I’d hate to not be able to reread favourites, I’d go for reading new releases because amazing books are released pretty much every week and I’d hate not to be able to read the ones that interest me.

9. Would you rather live in a library or a bookstore?

Probably a library, because I know that between my local library and nearest bookshop, the library comes out much better when you compare the comfy seating options.

10. Would you rather lose your place or get a paper cut every time you read a book?

Lose my place. I drop books a lot so I’m quite used to needing to find it and keeping track of roughly where I am.

11. Would you rather have to always read in the dark, or always read books with tiny text?

I’d really struggle with either because I have atrocious eyesight, but I suppose tiny text.

12. Would you rather read by a fireplace, or on the beach?

By a fireplace, on a nice comfy couch with a blanket and golden retriever for company.


Would you agree with my choices, or go for the other option? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @GoldenBooksGirl!

Amy x

Two Films I Watched in August

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Today, I’m going to be talking about the films I watched in August, of which there were only 2 rather than the usual 5 of these posts, which means it’s quite a bit shorter than usual, but I wanted to write about them here as I loved both and want to share my thoughts, and then go back to these being bi-monthly. Onto the post!


Cinderella– this was a Disney buddy watch with Lou, and I loved watching this again, even though I wept quite solidly throughout just like I did the first time I saw it. My love for the mice (especially Jaq and Gus) reached even more ridiculous levels because they are so precious and sweet, Cinderella is so brave and resourceful and clever and the stepmother is such a horrid villain. Watching with Louise made me pay closer attention to Lucifer, and we had some interesting discussions about whether he’s good or evil (I’m sure you can work out which camp I fall into, though I will admit to thinking he has some really funny moments). The animation is so stunning and classic, and this is now cemented as my favourite early Disney (along with my beloved Bambi)

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before- I’ve wanted to read the book for YEARS and have never gotten to it, and while I initially planned to wait until I found time for it to watch the film, the combination of hype and spoilers on my Twitter feed about this made me cave mere days after its release. I LOVED this film; I am a complete sucker for teen romcoms (romcoms in general, but especially teen romcoms) and this one ticked pretty much all the boxes). The chemistry between Lana Condor and Noah Centineo was perfect and they both shone together and in scenes on their own or with other characters, it made me genuinely cry with laughter more than once (mainly due to Peter, who I’m a little bit in love with now, as I think quite a number of people who watched this are, and Lara Jean’s little sister Kitty) and the side characters of Lara Jean’s family and friends added even more to the cosy, feelgood vibes. Also, the visuals are beyond stunning. I’m so excited to dive into the trilogy now, and hope to at least start it before the end of 2018!


What films did you watch in August? What do you think of the ones I saw? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @GoldenBooksGirl!

Amy x

My Most Anticipated September-October Releases

Hello everybody! Today, I’m going to be talking about the books I’m most excited for in September and October, even though I’ve made a little bit of a mess of my scheduling and the September releases will all be out already 🙈. Onto the books!


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Tilly and the Bookwanderers Blog Tour: Author Interview with Anna James

Hello everybody! Today, I’m really excited to be taking part in the blog tour for Tilly and the Bookwanderers, which I read last month and loved, by interviewing its author Anna James. Onto the post!


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Five Films I Watched in July

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Today, I’m going to be talking about all the films I watched in July (other thana couple of favouritesI rewatch often and have talked about previously!). These posts are usually only every two months, but I ended up watching loads of films in July and knew I probably would last month too, and decided to split them up. Onto the post!


Mamma Mia– seeing lots of promo for the sequel made me want to see this again, particularly as I’ve not watched it for ages. It’s about Sophie, and takes place in the days leading up to her wedding, which she has invited the three men who could all possibly be her was just as good as I remembered, with a brilliant cast and daft humour, and I do love a bit of ABBA. I think my top 3 songs of the film would be Does Your Mother Know? (Been top of my list since the first time I saw it- I love how sassy it is) Thank You For the Music and Lay All Your Love on Me. The relationship between Donna and Sophie is so wonderful!

Sunshine on Leith– after writing my post for the Theatrical blog tour, I wanted to watch my favourite musical soon after. It’s about Davy and Ally, who have just served in the army in Afghanistan, as they return to Edinburgh and their family and romantic relationships develop and become quite chaotic. I think this is a really decent film version, despite some poor casting decisions (Jane Horrocks and her atrocious Scottish accent particularly irks me, given she murders Sunshine on Leith. I adore that song, and find it quite painful to watch her sing it 😂). The rest of the cast, however, are brilliant, and George Mackay, Freya Mavor and Antonia Thomas particularly stand out. My love for their performances means it’s no surprise my favourite 4 songs (I love the music of the Proclaimers so much choosing 3 is too hard) are Over and Done With, Then I Met You, Letter from America and I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles). It may be cheesy, but I love the finale with 500 Miles a huge amount!

Incredibles 2- I like the first Incredibles film, but I enjoyed this far more! It picks up quite soon after the first film, and sees the Incredibles being given an opportunity to make superheroes legal again, with Elastagirl being the initial focus of the campaign, meaning she is away from home and Mr Incredible is in charge of looking after the children. This leads to lots of amusing scenes and Edna Mode (the supersuit designer) is as delightful as ever, so I wish we’d seen more of her! Another thing I liked was the use of music to build tension in the action sequences!

The Lion King– I buddy watched this with Louise, and we had the best time. This film is basically perfect; there are some heart-wrenching scenes and funny moments that balance each other perfectly, we love the characters (despite our opposing opinions on Pumbaa, who Lou likes and I do not, and it’s more of a love to hate situation with Scar, of course) and the soundtrack is absolutely phenomenal. If you’ve not heard of the Lion King (in which case I presume you’ve been living under a rock), it’s about a kingdom of animals and Simba’s fight to return it to its former glory when his father dies and it is destroyed at the hands of Scar, his uncle.

Mamma Mia 2: Here We Go Again– despite my trip to the cinema itself being a bit of a disaster thanks to an ill timed powercut, I had a lot of fun watching this. It’s a split timeline; with one following Sophie as she renovates the villa into a hotel in memory of her mum and the other showing us Donna in the past during the period in which she meets Sophie’s three possible fathers. I enjoyed the events of both, and thought the new cast captured the characters the original cast created perfectly, particularly Lily James as young Donna, . The originals all continue to excel too. My top 3 of the soundtrack (which I must admit I loved a lot less of than the first film) are Mamma Mia, Why Did it Have to Be Me? and The Name of the Game.


What films did you watch during July? Do we have any in common, or do you plan to watch any of the ones I did? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @GoldenBooksGirl!

Amy x