My A Very Merry Readathon TBR (@merryreadathon)

Hello everybody!

Today I’m going to  be talking about my TBR for the Very Merry Readathon hosted by Hannah, and co-hosted by VanessaStacyCristina, and Hannah , which will take place from the 4th- 8th December.

Onto the books!

Challenge 1: Read a book set during the holidays

For this challenge, I decided to read a book which has been on my TBR for ages; The Twelve Days of Dash and Lily by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan. Even though I haven’t read the first Dash and Lily book I’m hoping I’ll still enjoy this, and based on the blurb it sounds very Christmassy.

Challenge 2: Read a book with Christmas colours on the cover

For this challenge, I’m going to choose two books, mainly just in case of the unlikely event that I finish my first three. The one I definetely want to get to is Ally Kennen’s the Everything Machine, which looks like lots of fun and has sparkly silver lettering for the title. My backup book is the Never-ending Birthday by Katie Dale, which has a glittery gold cover and seems like a quick, fun read.

Challenge 3: Read a book you want to

The state of my TBR is best left unmentioned, and there are a LOT of books I want to read on there. The one I’ve chosen for this challenge, though, is Radio Boy by Christian O’ Connell, as the the story sounds fabulous. I’m hoping that even though main character Spike has been sacked from the hospital radio station that there may still be some hospital scenes or a link to hospitals, as that’s something I LOVE to see done well in books.

Are you taking part in this readathon? What’s on your TBR? What do you think of my choice of books, if you’ve read them?

See you soon with a new post,

Amy xxx

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My 5 Favourite Autumn Films 

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Today, I’m going to be speaking about my 5 favourite films that I’ve watched this autumn, none of which actually came out this autumn 🙈. Onto the films!


 Sing– this film was so heartwarming even though the plot isn’t action packed. I loved most of the characters (Buster was so sweet!), and I thought some of the musical performances were excellent. My personal favourite was the original song ‘Set it All Free’, performed by Ash the hedgehog. I’m not quite sure where this can go in terms of a sequel, but I’ll be watching nevertheless.


The Secret Life of Pets
– as I’ve seen others saying, this is very different to what the trailer implied, but I still loved it.  I adored seeing Max and Duke’s relationship develop throughout especially and LOVED their friendship (certain moments between them made me cry), but I also found some the more antagonistic scenes hilarious (I’m unsure if this is just my weird sense of humour though…)


Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
– this was just magical from beginning to end; just what I expect from the Wizarding World 😉. I really enjoyed some of the little nods to Hogwarts/things we learnt during Harry Potter, I thought some of the special effects were phenomenal, and Eddie Redmayne is incredible.


The Proposal
– this is my favourite of them all, and I think it’ll be a favourite of all time. I though Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds were fabulous both together and individually, and it made laugh out loud so many times. Some of the shots were BEAUTIFUL, in addition. I love a good romcom, and this was most certainly that.


The Shawshank Redemption
– I had to watch this in school, so I was really surprised when I ending up loving it. I thought it was really clever, and while difficult to watch in some places it was gorious in others. My favourite part was the friendship between Tim Robbins’s Andy and Morgan Freeman’s Red.


What have been your favourite films of this autumn? Have you watched any of mine? What did you think? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @GoldenBooksGirl.

Amy xxx

The Birthday Book Tag 

Hello everybody!

As you may know if you follow me on Twitter, yesterday was my birthday! Therefore, today I thought it would be fun to do the Birthday Book Tag, which was created a few years ago by Brunette Bibliophile.

 1. Count your birthday along your bookshelf and then subtract your birth month. What book does it land on?

I counted along my storage boxes instead, and the book I came to was the Smoking Hourglass by Jennifer Bell, which is the 2nd of the Uncommoners trilogy. While I didn’t love it quite as much as the 1st book, I still enjoyed it and I can’t wait for book 3!

2. If you could spend your birthday with any fictional character who would it be and why?

Nick from the Geek Girl series, hands down. Even though things went quite wrong on Harriet’s birthday in Picture Perfect, I feel like Nick would plan something really special.

3. Find a book that takes place in the season you were born in.

A book that takes place in Autumn is The Mystery of the Vanishing Skeleton by Helen Moss, which is one of my favourite Adventure Island books (the others are The Mystery of the Hidden Gold and The Mystery of the Secret Room, if you’re interested!). Another one I love is Jolly Foul Play by Robin Stevens, in which Hazel and Daisy solve a murder that takes place on Bonfire Night.

 4. Find a book that is the colour of your birthstone

My birthstone is a topaz, which is basically my least favourite gemstone ever, but I digress. It’s orange, and an orange book cover I love is Running on the Roof of the World! Please read it if you haven’t already!

5. Is there a series with the same number of books as your age? If so what is it?

There are 16 Ally’s world books, if you count the Christmas book and the summery follow up!

6. Pick a book set in a time period, world or country you would like to have been born in.

This one is hard! I think we’d all love to live in the Wizarding World though, and I’d also love to be an Uncommoner/see Nevermoor. I have one main one though, but as it’s a question in my upcoming Q&A post in the next month or so I’m staying schtum about it. *looks mysterious* 😉

Thank you for reading! I’m not going to tag anyone, but if you feel like it, I’d love to read your post! 

Amy xxx

#sixforsunday: Books With Colours in the Title 

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Today I’m taking part in Steph’s amazing #sixforsunday meme, where today’s prompt is to think of books with colours in the title. I’ll admit I found this quite hard, so I’ve decided to use some books where it’s a shade of the colour. Onto the books!

Scarlet Ibis– I have a very hit and miss relationship with Gill Lewis, but I do love Scarlet Ibis. It’s about a girl called Scarlet, who is put into foster care seperately from her autistic brother, and their journey back to each other. It’s a really lovely book.
Indigo Blue– this is my 2nd favourite Cathy Cassidy standalone. It’s about Indie, as she and her mum and little sister leave mum’s boyfriend, and her trying to work out why. It’s incredibly sad in places, and I worried a lot about Indie as I read, but it also has that classic Cathy Cassidy feel of happiness in tough times and glimmers of hope especially at the end.

Scarlett– were you wondering what my very favourite Cathy Cassidy standalone was? Wonder no more, it’s Scarlett! It’s about rebel Scarlett who has been going down a bad path since her parent’s divorce as she is expelled from school and is sent to stay with her dad. There, she meets Kian and his gorgeous horse Midnight, and her life soons starts to change. I want toread it again just from thinking about it!

The Mystery of the Black Salamander – this is part of one of my favourite ever series; Adventure Island by Helen Moss, and this book sees Emily, Jack, Scott and Drift the dog investigate the theft of the world’s new biggest supercar.

Ketchup Clouds– This book is so unique. It’s told in the form of letters to a murderer on Death Row from a girl called Zoe Collins who has a dark secret. I’m very fuzzy on the plot now, so I may have tk dig it out for a reread.

The Rainbow Beauty series– this doesn’t just have one colour in the title, it has a full rainbow! (Yes, I’m thinking outside of the box here. This was MUCH harder than I’d thought it would be!). This is a lovely series about following dreams when you thought your life was over and family and friendship (and romance, in the form of main character Abbie’s relationship with Marco). The perfect summer read!

The Black Circle– to finish off, another book with black from an all time favouirte series; the 39 Clues. This isn’t one of my favourite instalments, I’ll admit, but I do love the investigation into who NRR is and also how much information about Rasputin/The Russian Royal Family there was in it.

So there’s my list of books with colours in the title! Can you think of any? Have you read any of my list? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @GoldenBooksGirl!

Amy xxx

Meet My Bookmarks!

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Today, I thought it might be fun to introduce you to my bookmark collection, seeing how much I love having a nosy at what other people use!


Onto the bookmarks…

First of all, these are my booktails, which I have recently completed my collection of properly. I was given my 1st one, the slightly bedraggled looking (now) jaguar, by my aunt and uncle a few years ago for my birthday. With the exception of my jaguars who are named after my uncle (Walter) and then to alliterate with him, Wanda, all of ny booktails are named in alliteration with their animal: Bertie and Bella the bears, Poppy the pig (who Saffy takes great delight in chewing, far more so than all the others, for some reason. Saffy is my younger golden retriever, if you’re new around here), Daisy the dog, Clover the cow (not pictured) and Sasha the sheep.

Next, my Alex Clark magnetic collection. These were only a recent addition, but I’m obsessed with them already. Fun fact: one of these was intended as a Christmas gift for my gran, but I just couldn’t say goodbye when it arrived. I’ll be placing another order soon to replace it, and if a few other I have my eye on slip in, who am I to stop them…? (And maybe a mug too 😉)

I also have these gorgeous ones which I bought from the Grace Darling Museum. I barely ever use them as they get crushed and crinkled very easily in bags or moving about, but they’re very pretty to look at it, and I believe at least part of the money I paid for them goes to the RNLI, who do such amazing work.

Finally, my odds and ends; a few slogan bookmarks, one with my name on it and also this stunning one someone once drew for me based on a photo of Shimmer and Saffy .  I tend to use these on the rare occasions when I’m reading more than one book to keep my place in the one I start second. The slogan ones do make me laugh! I used to have an amazing tiger one too, which had a super true statement about mornings on it: “I love mornings… I just wish they came later in the day ”

So those are just about all of my bookmarks! Do ypu have any favourites in my collection? Do you use bookmarks? What are your favourites? Tell me about them in the comments or even send a photo on Twitter @GoldenBooksGirl!

Amy xxx

The Fall Book Tag

Hello everybody!

Today, I’m taking part in the Fall Book Tag, for which I was tagged by Justine. Onto the post! 

The Rules

  • Please link back to me, Bionic Book Worm, as the creator of this tag!! I want to see your answers!!
  • Use the graphics – if you want 🙂
  • Have fun!

Crisp Fall Air: A book that felt fresh and new- I think I have to go for the Secret series by Pseudonymus Bosch here. I’ve read some books that were similar in plot/tone, but the style of these is utterly unique (and very hard to explain, as it turns out! You’ll understand what I mean if you’ve read these). If not, it’s essentially a narrator watching the events of the book, but not giving any real details about setting /real names of characters as it is ‘too dangerous’ and it’s very quirky. It didn’t akwqys succeed for me, but when it did it was fabulous.

Howling Winds: An ending that blew you away – This one has to be The Lost and the Found by Cat Clarke for me; I still don’t fully understand it but it most certainly left my jaw hanging open in shock. I can remember literally gasping as I read the last line 😂

Pumpkin Spice: Your most anticipated read- I’m going to presume this means of the autumn, of which I had two; the Empty Grave by Jonathan Stroud, and Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend. I have already devoured both, and they were just as amazing as I expected!

Comfy Sweater: A book that gives you the warm fuzzies- The first thing that sprang to mind for this was Geek Girl, but as I talk about that loads I’m going to say Simon Vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli, which is a lovely, gentle, funny LGBT contemporary about Simon as he faces problems at school, comes out to his friends and family and falls in love with the mysterious ‘Blue’.

Bright Colours: A cover with either red, orange or yellow- I can think of loads, but I’m going to say Beetle Boy by M.G Leonard!

Not going to tag anyone as autumn is almost over now, but if you feel like doing this, please do send me your link! 

Thank you for reading! What do you think of these books? Are any on your TBR? Let me know down in the comments or on Twitter @GoldenBooksGirl

Amy xxx

Guest Post: The Cake Flavoured Book Tag 

Hello everybody! 

Today, I have a guest post for you from Liv, the fab Cake Flavoured Book Tag, which originated on #bookstagram and was adapted by Paper Fury.

Over to Liv! 


Hi, I’m Liv and I blog at livswonderfulescape.wordpress.com I would like to thank Amy for allowing me to do this post on her blog! This was really fun!

CHOCOLATE CAKE (A DARK BOOK YOU ABSOLUTELY LOVE) 

The Sin Eater’s Daughter is amazing to be honest the whole trilogy is great. Say that though I need to polish off the last one.😬

VANILLA CAKE (A LIGHT READ) 

The Lovely Reckless by Kami Garcia is such a lovely book that you could polish off in a couple of hours. I highly recommend it!

RED VELVET (A BOOK THAT GAVE YOU MIXED EMOTIONS) 

This is a hard one but I think it’s going to go to Off the Ice by Julie Cross. After reading it I thought I really enjoyed it but the more i think about it the more I’m conflicted and this really makes me sad because I love Julie Cross.

CHEESECAKE (A BOOK YOU’D RECOMMEND TO ANYONE) 

DEAR MARTIN! DEAR MARTIN! DEAR MARTIN! I don’t think I need to say anymore.❤️

COFFEE CAKE (A BOOK YOU STARTED BUT DIDN’T FINISH) 

I honestly can’t remember the last book I did not finish… actually it might have been Kings Cage ( I know,I know don’t hate me)

CARROT CAKE (A BOOK WITH GREAT WRITING)

 Wing Jones by Katherine Webber her writing is incredible and if you haven’t picked it up yet, I highly advise it.

TIRAMISU (A BOOK THAT LEFT YOU WANTING MORE) 

Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier one of my favourite books ever written, I could talk about it all day!

CUPCAKES (A SERIES WITH 4+ BOOKS)

The Mortal Instrument series that I have not finished 

FRUIT CAKE (A BOOK THAT WASN’T WHAT YOU ANTICIPATED) 

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater  I enjoyed it but not as much as I wanted to. I’m not sure if that makes any sense but I had heard so many great things that I expected it to be incredible.

LAMINGTON (YOUR FAVOURITE AUSTRALIAN BOOKS) 

Um Paige Toon always incorporates Australia in here books which I love. She’s also one of my favourite authors!


Huge thanks to Liv for her wonderful post! What are your favourite cakes? Do you feel the same way about any of these books ? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @GoldenBooksGirl!

Amy xxx