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

Children’s Book Award Blog Tour- The Island at the End of Everything

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Today, I’m taking part in the Children’s Book Awards blog tour, and I’ll be giving some information about the Island at the End of Everything and sharing a quote from the author about what it means to her to be on the shortlist. Onto the post!


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#ArtieonTour : Author Interview with Robert J Harris.

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Today, I’m taking part in the blog tour for Artie Conan Doyle and the Vanishing Dragon, the second book in the series. I enjoyed the first last month, so I’m looking forward to getting to this, hopefully in the next few weeks or so. Onto the interview!


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YA Shot Blog Tour: Travel and Writing

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Today, I’m really excited to welcome the absolutely lovely Jess Butterworth to the blog for a guest post, as part of the YA Shot Blog Tour. Onto the post!


As a child I often imagined I was on adventures in the wilderness without my parents in tow. My grandparents were avid David Attenborough fans and I used to watch wildlife documentaries with them before acting the scenes out: pretending I was climbing to the top of a rainforest; rescuing a pelican from a cliff or swimming with pink dolphins in an alpine lake. I wanted to inhabit an outside world: interacting with nature and experiencing my environment.
The literature I surrounded myself with reflected this desire and books such as Michael Morpurgo’s Kensuke’s Kingdom; The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett and Jamila Gavin’s Wheel of Surya trilogy, swept me away to faraway lands or on adventures in new settings. My other favourites included Louis Sachar’s Holes and The Incredible Journey by Sheila Burnford. As I got older I turned to narrative nonfiction and travel writing. All of these stories allowed me to experience being in the wilderness from the safety of my home. These are also the things I consider in my own stories: what are the places I want to spend time in when I write and the type of landscapes I want to create for my characters to interact with? I also soon realised that the stories I loved writing were ones that were fictional but grounded in real places and events.
My reading journey planted the seeds for a desire to go on my own adventures and as soon as I was old enough, I worked as much as I could and saved up for train, bus or plane tickets before setting off, armed with a notebook and a pen. And as I travelled, I noticed that my strongest story ideas developed when I was on buses or trains. There’s nothing better than being tucked into a corner of a train, knees up or legs crossed, with nothing to do but think, people watch and ponder for hours as the scenery whizzes past. In my head I’d ask questions about characters’ motivations: why are they doing this and what will they do next? Sometimes, the passing view outside or the events around me were enough to spark whole book ideas.
I’ve wondered if I find writing on public transport inspiring because in a world where we’re surrounded by the buzz of social media distractions, epic to-do lists, and long working days, it offers the freedom to think and be present without the pressure of sitting at a desk and having to come up with an idea; your only goal is to reach the destination.
But there’s also something magical in writing about a setting as you’re in it. I’ve learnt the hard way that it’s all too easy to forget the little details, the tastes, sounds and smells of a place, when you’re far away from it. Now each idea gets its own notebook filled with photos, notes, maps and clippings from its setting that almost acts as a portal back to the place, when I flick through it. This also gives me something tangible to show students during school visits.


About Jess- Having spent her childhood between the UK and India, Jess’ debut novel ‘Running On The Roof Of The World’ was inspired by the stories she heard about the Himalayas from her grandmother. She begun writing it in 2013 when she was living in the Indian Himalayas and trekked into the mountains as part of her research. You can follow her on Twitter @J_T_Butterworth.


What settings do you enjoy creating/reading about? Are you a fan of Jess’s books? I’d love to hear from you in the comments or on Twitter @GoldenBooksGirl!

Amy xxx