My Most Anticipated February Releases

Hello everybody! Today, I’m going to be talking about all of my most anticipated releases for February (I’m so happy it is finally February tomorrow because dear God January has lasted a century!), and the reasons why I want to read them. Onto the post!


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The Star-Spun Web– the main reason I want to read this is that I loved the author’s debut the Eye of the North, but if it hadn’t been on my radar already there are several things that would have put it in on this list. First up, have you SEEN the cover? What a beauty it is, especially as it’s my favourite colour too. Also, the history/fantasy mix sounds really interesting, and I am never not up for a great animal companion (you have no idea how much I’m hoping for Violet to be somewhat Charlotte-esque!). Finally, my friend Louise had an early copy and has let me know I’m in the acknowledgements (I’ve never been in a book’s acknowledgements before and I’m thrilled!), so I’m even more excited to finally have it in my hands now that I know that.

When We Were Warriors– if you’ve heard me mention Emma Carroll before then you’ll know how unashamed I am in fangirling over her books, so obviously I’m dying to read this- a collection of three World War Two stories. Two will return to settings/characters We have seen in her previous books, and if I don’t cry when I return to Frost Hollow Hall especially I’ll be gobsmacked. And if I see Tilly, someone’s going to need to peel me off the ceiling. The new character in the third story sounds great too!

Happy Girl Lucky– Holly Smale is another author I literally never shut up about. The Geek Girl series means a vast amount to me, and while I am extremely nervous to read something from Holly that is not that series, I am also incredibly excited. It’s about three sisters, and specifically Hope in this book, and I think it focuses on her trying to find love? I deliberately haven’t read too much about it. I have so much faith in Holly that I am almsot certain I will fall just as hard and fast for these new characters as I did for the cast of Geek Girl, and there is no doubt that it will make me laugh a lot.

Call Me Alastair– this book is about a parrot named Alastair as he is separated from his sister when they’re bought by different people, and him attempting to reuinite them. I’m a little bit wary of the poetry mention in the blurb, and I’m a bit nervous about Alastair being the narrator (at least I think he is?) but I’m optimistic about giving it a go nonetheless, and I think I might love it if it’s done well.

Jack of Hearts and Other Parts– this is about out and proud, self-proclaimed slut Jack Rothman as he’s roped into doing a relationship advice column on the school blog, and begins to recieve increasingly sinister notes from an anonymous admirer. I’ve heard that this is Simon Vs, but more sinister and a bit less innocent, and if you compare something to Simon Vs in almost any way I’m totally here for it.

Song for a Whale– I’m going to be completely honest here, I hadn’t heard of this until I saw the cover on Twitter and decided that I needed that sort of gorgeousness in my life. Luckily, the plot also sounds fantastic- it’s about a deaf girl named Ella, who feels very alone, trying to communicate with a Whale who can’t communicate with any others, which just sounds so beautiful and sad and perfect to me. Another thing that really excites me is the fact that there is a Road trip, because I love road trips in books more often than not. There’s a very high probability of me full on weeping when I pick this up!

The Closest Thing to Flying– I have somehow missed reading Gill Lewis’s last couple of releases (I particularly love the sound of Sky Dancer !), but this dual narrative about two girls- one in the present, one in the past- sounds like a bit of a new direction for her and I’m really interested to see what it’s like. It definitely sounds great!

Guardians of the Wild Unicorns– I have only read one Lindsay Littleson years ago, and I must admit that I wasn’t that impressed by it, but this sounds like so much fun- it’s about best friends called Lewis and Rhona becoming involved in saving the last remaining unicorns (who are nothing like the the stereotypical image of them, apparently). I can’t wait to meet them, and it has a Scottish setting too which is always fun!

Storm Hound- this is the new release from Claire Fayers- who wrote Mirror Magic, which I really enjoyed- and I’m so excited about it. It’s about Storm of Odin as he is separated from the rest of the Wild Hunt and is adopted by a girl called Jessica. This synopsis gives me slight Lilo and Stitch vibes and I love that film an infinite amount so if this IS anything like that I’m sure to have an excellent reading experience!


What February releases are you most excited for? Do we have any in common? I’d love to hear in the comments!

Amy x

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The 5Ws Book Tag

Hello everybody! Today, I’m going to be doing the 5Ws Book Tag, which I pinched from Justine as I really liked the questions! Onto the post!


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My Thoughts on Bloom

Hello everybody, and welcome to my first music post of 2019! At the very end of last year- in December- I listened to Troye Sivan for the first time (Because I loved his speaking voice in the thank u, next video which is admittedly a weird way to discover someone’s existence) and I then spent the remainder of the year becoming obsessed with his music. I really wanted to do some sort of post about him as a result, so I decided to chat about his latest album Bloom today (I’m very tempted to do Blue Neighborhood too at some point!). So, now you have all the background, onto the post!


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The End of Year Reading Survey | 2018 Edition

Hello everybody! Today, I’m going to be doing the Perpetual Page Turner’s Annual End of the Year Reading Survey, even though we’re now almost a full month into the new year. This is mostly because I was more than a bit intimidated by the sheer length of this tag, and as such dithered about whether or not I was going to do it for a REALLY long time. Shout out to Charlotte for finally getting me to just do it! Onto the post!


2018 READING STATS

Number Of Books You Read: 159 (I initially thought this was 160, which is a nice, round number but alas I was wrong because I cannot do maths.)

Number of Re-Reads: 2

Genre You Read The Most From: I haven’t actually counted, but I’m pretty sure it’s fantasy.

BEST IN BOOKS

1. Best Book You Read In 2018?

It’s a tie between When the Mountains Roared and the Children of Castle Rock, and has been since April.

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

I had very high hopes for the Lost Magician by Piers Torday, because I LOVE the Last Wild books but it was such a letdown for me. I don’t think I’m going to continue on in the series, but I’ll probably continue to give anything else he writes a try.

3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?

I was so surprised by how much I loved Children of Castle Rock. I really like everything else I’ve read from the author, but I loved this book so much.

4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?

I got several people really into the Murder Most Unladylike books this year.

5. Best series you started in 2018? Best Sequel of 2018? Best Series Ender of 2018?

I read several amazing series starters, but I think my very favourite was Ellen Renner’s Storm Witch. Best sequel would be either Alex Sparrow and the Furry Fury or the Elsewhere Emporium. Best conclusion would definitely be Battle of the Beetles.

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2018?

I’ve only read one of her books, but I think it’d be Matilda Woods if this means an author who’s had books out other years that I’ve never never read anything from.

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?

I don’t read very many YA fantasies set totally in a fantasy world, but I really enjoyed State of Sorrow.

8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?

The Elephant Thief was totally unputdownable. I was so worried about the characters.

9. Book You Read In 2018 That You Would Be MOST Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

Probably When the Mountains Roared.

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2018?

Ooh this is so tricky! There are so many stunning covers out there. I think my very favourite belongs to Wild Folk.

11. Most memorable character of 2018?

I feel like I actually know Daisy and Hazel from the Murder Most Unladylike books personally, so them. But Cara from the Year After You if I’m picking a new to me character. Or Sami from the Eleventh Trade if I’m picking a new to me character that I’ve not mentioned elsewhere in this tag.

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2018?

Ooh there are so many I could say for this! Since I’ve mentioned most of them more than once already, I think I’ll go for When We Collided by Emery Lord.

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2018?

I found Are We All Lemmings and Snowflakes really thought provoking- it discusses some really interesting ideas.

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2018 to finally read

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, or maybe Under Rose Tainted Skies!

15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2018?

The passage where you first meet Fergus properly in the Children of Castle Rock.

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2018?

According to Goodreads, the Mystery of Me was the shortest and State of Sorrow was the longest. I really enjoyed both.

17. Book That Shocked You The Most

The twists in Beyond the Odyssey were mind-bending, and definitely shocked me.

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)

Up till December, it would have been Finch and Hector from Flying Tips for Flightless Birds, but Cara and Hector from the Year After You stole it at the last minute.

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

I think this has to be the friendship between the main group in either the Children of Castle Rock or the one between the young explorers in Explorers on Witch Mountain.

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2018 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

Both my ultimate favourites of the year were by authors I’d read previously.

21. Best Book You Read In 2018 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure/Bookstagram, Etc

I would never have picked the Elephant Thief up if Louise hadn’t told me it was brilliant.

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2018?

Matt from Open Road Summer. A singer-songwriter who’s caring and compassionate and romantic? Be still my beating heart.

23. Best 2018 debut you read?

I think this has to be Sophie Anderson’s the House with Chicken Legs. It’s such a unique and compelling book.

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?

Most vivid setting definitely goes to Jess Butterworth for When the Mountains Roared, though another great one was Katherine Woodfine’s Paris in Peril in Paris. I think my favourite fantasy worldbuilding was A Darkness of Dragons or Storm Witch, because those were both exceptionally well done.

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?

The Children of Castle Rock was a joy to read.

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2018?

I used to think I wasn’t a big crier at books but talking about what I read more since I started blogging has taught me that I cry at basically everything. I think When the Mountains Roared made me cry most though.

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

I really wish a Darkness of Dragons got a bit more love, because it’s so good and I only know of about two other people who’ve read it.

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

Fierce Fragile Hearts crushed my heart at numerous points, and then put it back together. So did the Year After You, but I’ve already made my love for that very clear, I think!

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2018?

I know everyone has said Floored for this and I really did try to come up with something else, but Floored. You can’t get much more unique than a book written by seven of UKYA’s biggest stars, can you?

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?

I remember being livid while reading the Buried Crown on behalf of both George, darling Spud the dog and Kitty because some of the people in their town were vile to them.

YOUR BOOKISH/BLOGGING LIFE

1. New favorite book blog/Bookstagram/Youtube channel you discovered in 2018?

Because I am indecisive, I have numerous answers to this. I don’t really follow many bookstagram accounts, so I’ll leave that out. My favourite new blogs I’ve started reading are Alyce’s and Rachael’s. I share a lot of opinions with both of them, and I’ve really enjoyed reading their content and interacting with them since I found their blogs. For booktube, I’ve absolutely been loving Books and Lala!

2. Favorite post you wrote in 2018?

I think it has to be my review of Staying at Tamara’s, because both George Ezra and this album mean a lot to me. My top 3 has completely changed bar one song, but I still stand by all the gushy things I said about it.

3. Favorite bookish related photo you took in 2018?

I love this one of Shimmy and Sami’s Silver Lining, and one I can’t find except on my Instagram of Saffy holding the Midnight Hour.

4. Best bookish event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, etc.)?

I loved MG Chat, which Jess ran on Twitter last year. I really wish I’d managed to make it to more.

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2018?

Winning my UKYABA was a pretty special moment. I had been out at a birthday party and came home to discover I’d won Best Teen, and promptly burst into tears.

6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?

My health was pretty bad in 2018, and I’m so proud that I managed to keep blogging and reading through what was a pretty difficult year.

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?

My reviews post for November/December 2017, though I’m not quite sure why!

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

I wrote a post about how much I love Geek Girl, and I really wish it had done a little better because it was one of my favourite posts of the whole year.

9. Best bookish discovery (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?

I honestly don’t really know for this one? The only book related sites I read are blogs, and I’ve already covered those.

10. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?

The short answer to this is kind of. I completed most of them, and I’m not too fussed about the ones I didn’t because I did other things that I’m happier about than I would have been meeting my original targets. If you’d like to hear more about my goals, you can read the whole post I did about it here.

LOOKING AHEAD


What do you think of the books I’ve mentioned here? What are your bookish plans for 2019? I’d love to hear in the comments!
Amy x

SLAY: On Tour Blog Tour- Kim Curran’s Writing Playlist

Hello everybody! Today, I’m thrilled to be sharing a guest post from Kim Curran, author of the fantastic Slay books, about her playlist for the book as today’s stop on the blog tour for her new release Slay: On Tour! Onto the post!

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Little Bird Flies Blog Tour: “How I Found My Little Bird” by Karen McCombie

Hello everybody! Today, I have a fabulous guest post from Karen McCombie to share, as part of the blog tour for her latest wonderful book Little Bird Flies. Onto the post!


Once upon a time, there was a young girl who lived high up in a tower…

Okay, so the young girl was me (you guessed that right away, didn’t you?), and as for the tower, I lived on the 15th floor of a high-rise block, slap-bang in the centre of Aberdeen, Scotland. I loved to perch on my windowsill (inside!), wondering at the outside world – especially focussing on the historic buildings I could see dotted around the patchwork centre of the city. I’d wonder about the all the people who’d lived there in decades and centuries gone by and what their version of the city might have looked like… And if I wasn’t daydreaming out of the window, I’d be lost in the world of my books, almost always borrowed from the huge, Victorian central library just across the road from my block of flats.

But once in a while, my parents would take me to a bookshop where I was allowed the rare treat of actually buying a book (they were both passionate library users). I still have those beloved books now, and it wasn’t until I tidied them up on the shelves of my office recently that I realised they ALL have an historic theme…

So maybe it’s no surprise that – after years or writing mostly contemporary books – I’ve written a historic novel, set in Scotland. It might not be my part of Scotland (a bustling city) but it’s certainly the Scotland of childhood holidays, where my family would drive around visiting the lochs and mountains and castles practically on our doorstep, or further afield in the Highlands.

And so the story of Bridie – known as Little Bird to her best friend – has been brewing for the longest time. It’s set on a small island off the west coast, with mainland Scotland to the right and the endless expanse of the Atlantic Ocean to the left. Bridie is feisty and full of dreams she thinks will never come true, because she’s poor, because she’s a girl. But as new people arrive on the island, things start to change; some for the better, with unexpected friendships blossoming, and some for the worse, as danger and cruelty begin to take their toll.

The backdrop to the adventure of ‘Little Bird Flies’ is the Highland Clearances, a part of Scotland’s history that’s little known outside of the country. Having the rumbling threat of this real episode certainly ramped up the drama of Bridie’s predicament, and made it so absorbing to write. And now ‘Little Bird Flies’ is out in the world, I hope it finds a few readers who’ll enjoy reading Bridie’s story as much as I loved writing it!


Little Bird Flies’ by Karen McCombie is out now (Nosy Crow) and if you’d like to read about all the reasons why I adored, you can find them here.


Is Little Bird Flies on your TBR? Have you already read it? What are your favourite historical books? I‘d love to hear in the comments!

Amy x

Film Frenzy: November and December (part two)

Hello everybody! Today, I’m going to be talking about the second set of films I watched in December, because as I explained in part one I watched an awful lot of films in December! Onto the post!


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