The Reading Habits Book Tag

Hello everybody!

Today, I’m going to be doing the Reading Habits Book Tag, which I found on Writing With Wolves. Onto the questions!

1. Bookmarks or random pieces of paper?

Always bookmarks nowadays. I used to just use another book as bookmark when I was young, hence why lots of my older copies are in a bit of a bad way.

2. Stop reading randomly or after a chapter/certain amount of pages?

I tend to try and stop at the end of a chapter, although that can be tricky if a book is especially gripping and I’m reading on a break at school, and I don’t put it down until I’m forced to by the bell.

3. Do you have a certain place at home for reading?

I read on my sofa a lot, and in bed. I also really like the armchair by the window, but I very rarely sit there as it’s usually claimed either by a dog or another family member.

4. Do you eat or drink whilst reading?

Yes! I love having a snack while reading (usually chocolate).

5. Multitasking: music or TV when reading?

I very occasionally read when other people have those things on, even though I find it quite distracting, but not on purpose.

6. One book at a time or several?

I do occasionally do this, but it’s usually a bit of an accident, such as leaving a book downstairs and being too lazy to go back and get it, so starting another.

7. Reading at home or everywhere?

Not everywhere, e.g. I struggle on trains or buses due to having easily induced nausea and them being too fast and bumpy, but if I’m stationary in a seat then yes, most places.

8. Reading out loud or silently?

Silently.

10. Breaking the spine or keeping it like new?

I don’t break spines on purpose, but as my childhood book collection will tell you, it doesn’t really bother me if the spine is literally peeling off.

11. Do you write in your books?

No. I can’t ever remember writing in one.

12. Who do you tag?

Charlotte, Cora and Kelly.

Thank you so much for reading! I’d love to hear your answers to some of these questions down in the comments or on Twitter @GoldenBooksGirl!

Amy xxx

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Thoughts on Staying at Tamara’s

Hello everybody! Today, I’m going to be talking about my thoughts on Staying at Tamara’s, the almost two week old second album by my joint favourite artist ever, George Ezra. Quick disclaimer that I’m not uber up on technical terms; these are just my feelings/opinions/thoughts on what these songs are about and what they are. Onto the post!

Pretty Shining People– this is a wonderful opener to an album largely about escapism. It’s so beautifully sang, and the lyrics are uplifting and wonderful. The chorus is especially lovely and makes me feel likeI can take on whatever rubbish thing lies ahead that I’m worried about.

Don’t Matter Now- I initially wasn’t sure if I liked this or not, but after testing it 100 times since it was released last July I’m fairly sure I do. It’s about escapism (every song is, in some way, I think) and it’s so catchy. I can’t believe it didn’t get more radio play, as it’s exactly the sort of thing that’s fun to sing along to, and will get stuckin your head for DAYS (and only ever be mildly infuriating, which is a bonus. ) .

Get Away- the introductory instrumentals to this are just 😍, to begin with. I like it’s message, again one of escaping, and another of my favourite things about it is the brass band section. The new section of George’s band is one of my favourite things about the album in general actually.

Shotgun– this very quickly became my favourite song of the album. I listened to it at least 50 times on the first day it was out, and at least 50 more in the following week. It’s sunshine and joy in audio form, and I love the fun lyrics and the way it captures a lovely summery feeling. The pre-chorus and chorus itself are unbelievably catchy, the little bit where George almost speaks (‘I could get USED to this’) makes me grin and it’s just infectious in its joy. It’s also George’s favourite, which makes me even happier I fell so head over heels for it.

Paradise– this was the first official single of the album, and I played it so much the day it was released. It got completely stuck in my head, I think it’s just LOVELY and it makes me very happy that it pops up on the radio quite a bit to brighten my day. Also, the key change heading into the pre-chrous and that line (‘I know you’ve heard it from those other boys’) is one of my top moments of the album.

All my Love– despite it being about something quite different, this feels like this album’s version of Blind Man in Amsterdam. It’s short, sweet, and about always being there for someone. There are some fab lyrics and I love George’s voice on it, but it’s not one of my favourites.

Sugarcoat– this one was very unexpected for me in becoming a top 3 favourite. I’d actually almost been dreading getting to it as I didn’t like the title much, but my god it’s good. It’s about a romantic trip to South Africa and taking the next step in a relationship I think, and it’s dreamy and swoony and I adore it. I also really like the way George kind of talks to himself at one point, and the way it’s quite a self contained story, which is something I’ve always loved about George’s songs. The instrumentals are amazing too. So unexpected, but so good.

Hold My Girl- this is my 2nd favourite song of the album. It’s a beautiful ballad that makes me cry basically every time I hear it, and I love it so much. I sneakily found it on YouTube last summer well before it got released, and I’ve been listening ever since. It’s stunning.

Saviour (feat First Aid Kit)- this one has quite a dark sound to it, remniscent of Wanted On Voyage in a lot of ways (particularly Did You Hear the Rain?), and I must admit I still have no idea what it’s about. I think it’s fantastic though!

Only a Human– this is another amazing ballad, and it came very close to being in my top three favourites list. It’s about not blaming yourself when you make a mistake and put too much pressure on yourself, and it’s so poignant. The message feels very universal; something everyone needsto hear sometimes, and it makes me happy and sad at the same time.

The Beautiful Dream- there are parts of this which remind me of Breakaway (by far George’s most underrated song ever, in my opinion) so I obviously love it. It’s stunning, we see a few glimpses of falsetto in and it’s a perfect ending to a great album. Can I have George Ezra 3 now, please?

Are you a fellow fan of George Ezra? What’s your favourite song from this album? If you’ve not heard it, have I convinced you to give it a go? Would anyone be interested in a post like this for Wanted on Voyage? (I only ask as it’s a bit older, I’m planning to do one for other artists I love’s new stuff as and when it’s released). I’d absolutely LOVE to chat about this album with you, so let me know the answers to these in the comments or on Twitter @GoldenBooksGirl!

Amy xxx

Characters I Loved from Books That Weren’t Favourites

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Today, I’m taking part in Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by Jana of That Artsy Reader Girl, for which the theme today is characters you liked in books that aren’t favourites. For me, I’m choosing to interpret non-favourite as 4 stars and lower, and my list only has 5 on it as I was struggling to think of 10. Onto the post!

Tippytoe from Squirrel Girl– aside from the hearing aid representation, Tippytoe was hands down my favourite part of this book, which didn’t really live up to my high expectations. She was super cool, I loved the way she led the squirrels and the squirrellanguage used is brilliant. I think I’d have liked this book a lot more if Tippytoe narrated the entire thing instead of just a couple of chapters.

Cameron from the Miseducation of Cameron Post– I had a few problems with Cameron Post as a book, but I thought the character was incredibly brave, and all round wonderful in the way she tackles all of the horrible things she needs to deal with.

Sammy from Alice Jones– this series might not be an all time favourite favourite, but it is very underrated! Sammy was a lovely character in book one, and I missed him an awful lot in book two. I’d like a couple more of these books, as I think the mysteries are clever and I’d like to get know the colourful cast of characters better (and see Sammy again ofc!)

Squeezjoos from Wizards of Once– right, don’t anyone do what happened last time and be horrid about me not loving this, please! I found the book very slow paced and difficult to get through, but the character of Squeezjoos was so cute I couldn’t possibly dislike them! They were one of the only reasons I didn’t DNF in fact, as I was deeply concerned over their fate…

The Creakers from the Creakers– I definetly enjoyed this book, but it’s not a favourite (and I didn’t think it was of the rather high standard set by the Christmasaurus, which I REALLY enjoyed). Though I didn’t expect to going in, I thought the Creakers were really sweet in general. I think was mainly due to Shane Devries’s fab illustrations, but I also just liked uncovering their nicer side as I progressed through the book.

A pattern of this seems to be cute sidekick characters save books I’m not so keen on for me… (except Cameron, who was a brilliant protagonist.)

Thank you so much for reading! Do you like any of these characters too? Who would be on your list? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @GoldenBooksGirl!

Amy xxx

The Easter Book Tag

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Today, since now it’s Easter weekend, I thought it’d be fun to do the Easter Book Tag, despite not being tagged (or celebrating Easter as a religious holiday) . Onto the post!

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Rabbits – A book that you wish would multiply – So a book you want a sequel to (that doesn’t have one)-

This is VERY hard, as my favourite standalone works so perfectly I don’t think it needs one. I think I’ll go for the Eye of the North, as unlike the other book I was considering (Brightstorm) I don’t believe one is in the works. I’d love to see Emmeline and Thing on another adventure!

Egg – A book that surprised you

At time of writing, I’m halfway through the Buried Crown by Ally Sherrick, which I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about, and I’m thoroughly enjoying it, so this was a very pleasant surprise. I was absolutely blown away by Under Rose Tainted Skies a few months ago too, as I had no expectations going in and it was incredible.

Hunt – A book that was hard for you to get your hands on

This one’s a bit harder, so I’ll go for the Disappearances, which I was sent last summer. The reason it was hard to get my hands on was that it went missing in the post, and Pushkin very kindly sent me another!

Lambs – A children’s book that you still enjoy-

I still enjoy LOADS of children’s books, as you’ll can tell by other answers/my other posts!

Spring – A book with a cover that makes you think of spring

The two colours I most associate with spring are yellow and light green, so I’ll go for Battle of the Beetles, which fits the latter. It’s an absolutely brilliant ending to a phenomenal trilogy, which I highly recommend to fellow fans of MG.

Rising from the dead – A book from a deceased author

One of my favourite authors who is no longer with us is Enid Blyton, as I adored her school stories (especially Malory Towers) and the Five Find-Outers are brilliant.

Baskets – A book that is in your amazon cart or wish list right now

Ooh. There are many, many things on my bookish wishlist, both upcoming and backlist! I’m more likely to buy backlist from Amazon (so I’ll go for Boys Don’t Knit, which I’ve meant to pick up for years and have just never got to.

Thank you so much for reading! What are your favourite types of Easter eggs? Are you a fan of the books I’ve mentioned? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @GoldenBooksGirl, and have a lovely Easter!

Amy xxx

A Change is Gonna Come Anthology Review

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Today, I’m going to be reviewing the stories of acclaimed anthology A Change is Gonna Come, featuring 12 BAME writers writing on the theme of change, which I finally got round to reading this month after owning it since the day it was released. Onto my thoughts!

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Books Set in Other Countries

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Today I’m taking part in Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, which the theme of today is books set in other countries. I absolutely love travelling elsewhere via books since I don’t do it in real life, so I had lots of fun with this prompt! As I wrote a guest post on this last year, I’ve mainly included books I’ve read recently, but there are also a few I never shut up about! Technically, I could have chosen almost every book I read for this since I don’t live in England, but I’ve not cheated…

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January/February Films

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Today, I’m going to be writing about the 5 films I watched in January/February, and my thoughts on them. Onto the post!


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Paddington– this was the perfect film to start the year off; it’s uproriously funny, exciting and heartwarming. I loved Paddington and the Browns a great deal, and the villain was truly horrid, and I was so worried for Paddington throughout. Every single minute of this was a pleasure (though I did particularly enjoy the bathroom scene 😂) and I’m so excited to watch the 2nd soon!

Zootropolis– this film is SO underrated. It’s funny, I love the world and how it’s represented with the fabulous animation, I like the soundtrack, the characters are awesome , the plot is really well paced and exciting with a pretty unexpected twist. I loved this rewatch so much again, and you should watch this is you haven’t and love the more modern Disney films especially.

A Royal Night Out– I was delighted when I found this on Netflix, as I never quite made it to the cinema when it was first released. I’m now very grateful I did not go to the cinema to see it, given I turned off halfway through, by which point nothing remotely resembling a plot had happened, and the constant theme tune of the brass band alongside the characters shrieking at each other was giving me a sore head.

Coco– sorry Nemo, but you’re no longer my favourite Pixar film. It’s set in Mexico on Dìa de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) as music-loving Miguel, whose family forbids music to the family’s past, is transported to the land of the dead and meets his deceased family members. The animation is stunning, the plot twists surprised me much more than I thought they would have and I already can’t wait to watch this again on DVD. Coco is funny, sweet, clever and heartwarming, and I can’t recommend you watch it enough.

Tangled– the last film I watched (rewatched) was this, which is one of my favourite Disney films. It’s as I’m sure you know, the slightly adapted story of Rapunzel, and it’s lovely. The animation is beautiful (especially in the floating lantern scene 😍), Flynn and Rapunzel are my favourite Disney couple, and Pascal and Maximus are two of the best Disney sidekicks in existence! Plus, the soundtrack is super catchy and fun.


What films did you watch in January and February? Are you a fan of any of the ones I watched? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @GoldenBooksGirl!

Amy xxx