My Belated Summer TBR

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Today, I’m going to be talking about a few books I bought last year that I ended up not reading, and I’d really like to read during this summer if I can (though I’m atrocious at sticking to a TBR so who knows if I actually will?!). Onto the post!


Love and Gelato – a book with an Italian setting and ice cream in the title seems like the dream summer book for me. I heard some less positive things about it last year just after it came out and it sort of put me off reading after I bought it, but now I’ve forgotten the criticisms I definetly want to get to it.

Eden Summer– this sounds a little darker than everything else on this list, as it’s about a girl dealing with the disappearance of her best friend, but I enjoy a good thriller from time to time so I think this should be a great, gripping read with some summery vibes.

When Birds Fly Back– this sounds like a lovely book, and I can’t believe I didn’t get to it last year. I was considering reading it after summer, but ended up deciding to leave it till this summer instead. As a sidenote, I am ridiculously excited to read this author’s upcoming MG book I, Cosmo, though I fear it may break me. It’s about a golden retriever who sounds so sweet, and I think we all know I love a golden retriever!

Piglettes– my friend Louise absolutely raves about this book, AND set me the challenge of reading it in the book swap challenge we decided to do together, so I kinda have to read it. It’s set in France and looks to tackle a really interesting topic (of judging others based on beauty), so I’m thrilled about finally getting to it

When We Collided– I read Emery Lord’s other books that are published in UK when I was on holiday last year, and it seemed only fitting to save this one for 2018. I’ve heard mixed things, but I’m hoping I enjoy it. I also found out another of Emery Lord’s backlist (Open Road Summer) is getting published in the UK this year and I’m so excited!


Are there any books you’d really like to get to this summer? What do you think of the books I’ve chosen? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @GoldenBooksGirl!

Amy xxx

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Top Ten Tuesday- Bookish Worlds I Never Want to Live In

Hello everybody! Today, I’m taking part in Top Ten Tuesday, for which the theme today is bookish worlds I don’t want to live in. I’ve come up with 5, so onto the post!


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Blog Tour: Spotlight on Curse of the Nomed

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Today, I’m going to be doing a spotlight post about BB Taylor’s Curse of the Nomed! Onto the post!

Blurb:

Ancient Gods, a cursed Librarian and a battle to save their souls. How hard could the first day of school really be? Welcome to Nomed Academy! An epic adventure for three unsuspecting year seven students as they embark on their first day of school. One they will never forget. But can they really defeat an ancient Egyptian God with nothing but revenge on his mind? All net profits from the sale of this book go to Partnership for Children, a mental health charity supporting the positive mental health of children.

About the Author:

Born in sunny Birmingham in the late 80’s I always wanted to write as a child, so as I grew and explored my love of working with animals and people I used all these experiences to create my first story and from there I was hooked! My Children and my animals are my main source of inspiration always giving me new ideas and stories to write. I studied as a Youth Worker and i’m also a qualified early years practitioner as well has having lots of random qualifications including in animals and sports 😉 My first book ever published is called Sox and Pals and is about my Raccoon Socrates, a very special raccoon that helps educate people all about animals and how to care for animals properly.

BB’s website: http://bbtaylor-books.co.uk/
BB’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorBBTaylor
BB’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/BB_Taylor_

Book Information:

Release Date: 17th May 2018
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publisher: Weird N Wonderful Tales

Formats the book is available in: Ebook & Paperback

You can find the book on Goodreads here

And you can buy the book on Amazon here

Thank you so much for reading! Do you enjoy books about mythology? Which are your favourites? Will you be adding this one to your TBR? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @GoldenBooksGirl!

Amy xxx

This or That Book Tag

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Today, I’m going to be doing the This or That Book Tag, which I was tagged for by my fellow MG-lover Laura. While I could swear I’ve done a tag by this name before, I also don’t recognise the questions so I think they’re different! Onto the post!

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One: Reading on the couch or on the bed?

On the couch, because my bed has a really weird headboard that hurts my head due to my scar, and I often get dizzy lying down. I still read in bed, of course, but I find the couch much comfier and easier.

Two: Male main character or female main character?

I genuinely don’t mind at all. I see very little differences based on their gender, and I have books I consider favourites which have main characters of different genders.

Three: Sweet snacks or salty snacks when reading?

Sweet! Chocolate and ice cream are my absolute favourite snacks ever.

Four: Trilogies or quartets?

I’m actually struggling to think of a quartet I’ve read, so I’ll have to say trilogies I think.

Five: First person point of view or third person point of view?

I do love some third person narratives, but lots of my absolute favourite books have first person narrators, so I think it’s first person.

Six: Reading at night or in the morning?

I read more at night!

Seven: Libraries or bookstores?

I use, and really enjoy using, both.

Eight: Books that make you laugh or make you cry?

Books that make me laugh AND cry, if at all possible, but even though some of my most recent favourites were more serious/broke my heart, I think it has to be funny books if I’m only allowed one. The main reason I read (and watch TV/films and listen to music) is for escapism, and I think funny books do that in a really special way. Sad books have to have something really special for me to truly love them, and it’s much rarer they lift me completely out of my world(Running on the Roof of the World and Being Miss Nobody accomplished it perfectly)

Nine: Black book covers or white book covers?

Black covers! I own much more black covers, not to mention the fact they’re a lot easier to keep clean (which is handy given I often stain books…)

Ten: Character driven or plot driven stories?

I think an engaging character/cast of characters is incredibly important, and often my favourite thing about a story (and that can be in TV/movies too actually). Though a good plot is great too of course!

I tag Charlotte and Christina 💜


Thank you so much for reading! Do you agree with the choices I made, or would you have chosen the other option? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @GoldenBooksGirl!

Amy xxx

Top Ten Tuesday: Best Character Names

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Today, I’m going to be talking about my favourite names, which is the theme for today’s Top Ten Tuesday. I couldn’t find characters with a couple of my favourite names, but I did succeed in finding most! Onto the post!

Boys’ Names (I found this one so much harder, mainly because I couldn’t find two of my favourite boys’ names in books, which are Caleb and Jude)

Micah– this is my absolute favourite boys’ name, and so I had to track it down even though I’ve never read a character with this name. I do want to read MG circus story Circus Mirandus, whose main character is called this, at some point. I think Micah is a beautiful name and it’s just my favourite name in the world, and has been for years. It’s unusual (I’ve certainly never met anyone called Micah) and I love names that aren’t that popular!

James– I’m not a big fan of Jamie, but I think James is quite elegant and classic, and it fits James Kirkwood in the Pony Club Rivals series perfectly (even though he’s sort of evil).

Aidan– Aidan was Issie’s first love interest in the PonyClub Secrets series, which I love, and he was such a great character I’ve always loved the name!

Sam– the main Sam I can think of in a book is Kristy’s brother in the Babysitters’ Club and I think it’s a really nice name.

Girls’ Names

Francesca– the only book character I can think of with this name is Francesca the Football Fairy (Rainbow Magic), and I think it’s so pretty. My absolute favourite girl’s name. I also love Cesca as a nickname for it.

Aoife– this is an Irish name, and I think it’s beautiful. I have (to the best of my knowledge) not read a book with a character of this name yet, but like Micah, I do have a book I want to read which does feature one (the Changeling by Helen Falconer)

Hazel– The narrator of the Murder Most Unladylike series is called Hazel, and my adoration of her makes this an immediate favourite. I also like it because it’s quite unusal, and I think it’s just pretty in general

Poppy– I loved the Princess Poppy books when I was young, and I love the name Poppy, though I can’t quite explain why. I think it just rolls off the tongue really well!

Juliet– I adore the name Juliet, I think it’s gorgeous; so dreamy and romantic. I’ve not read Romeo and Juliet yet, though I do hope to at some point this year, and I think the name sounds like it suits Juliet as a character quite well.

Lottie– this is short for Charlotte most of the time, including the Lottie in the Spinster Club, but though I really like Charlotte as a name too, I think it stands well as a name on its own.

What are your favourite names that appear in books? Do you like any of my choices? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @GoldenBooksGirl!

Amy xxx

#IWasBornForThis Blog Tour: #YAPlaylist with Alice Oseman

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Today, I’m really excited to be taking part in the #YAPlaylist tour, which was organised by the wonderful Nina Douglasto celebrate Alice Oseman’s new book I Was Born For This. First, Alice will be sharing some insight into a song on her playlist for the Book, and then I’ll be talking about a song from a fandom I love. Onto the post!

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

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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