The Folklore Book Tag

Hello everyone! Today, I’m going to be doing the Folklore book Tag, which has prompts related to the Taylor Swift album, and I found on Sprinkled with Words. I haven’t written up my thoughts on the actual songs from this or Evermore yet, but I’m definitely hoping to at some point soon because there are some I really love. Anyway, onto the post!

The 1: A Book You Grew Out Of

I’m trying to think of some kind of nice answer for this, but I’m really struggling, particularly as I still read and love a lot of middle grade and young adult. The only thing I can think of is a book I loved as a child called My Life Starring Mum, which I HATED the last time I reread it a few years ago.

Cardigan: A Book You Keep Coming Back To

I have reread Murder Most Unladylike/Arsenic for Tea countless times.

The Last Great American Dynasty: A Book Where Everything Goes Wrong (in the Best Way)

The best answer I can think of is Secrets of the Stone by Kamilla Benko, because everything goes spectacularly wrong at the end and just when you think it can’t get any worse, it does.

Exile: An Ending you Didn’t Like (Or a Ship that Sank)

I’ve been finding this one kind of hard to answer because I’m pretty good at picking romances I’ll enjoy most of the time. However, I really wasn’t keen on the ending of the Unhoneymooners, it just didn’t feel right to me at all.

My Tears Ricochet: A Book That Broke Your Heart

The Good Bear broke my heart a little bit, with the ending. But it’s very uplifting and beautiful overall.

Mirrorball: A Book that Speaks to Your Soul

I don’t feel like I talk about the impact Radio Silence had on me when I read it, as I sat my National 5 exams. I put a lot of pressure on myself at both school and university to do well, and it was so difficult at that time, and the things this book had to say about academia were so relatable and helpful to me.

Seven: Characters You Want to Take Home and Protect

My standard answer for this kind of question is Ade from Boy in the Tower, but some more recent ones are Col and Esther from the Midnight Guardians, and Jake and Meg from Otters’ Moon.

August: Summer Love

Heartbreak Boys! It’s hilarious and the romance between Jack and Nate is FABULOUS. Plus it gets bonus points for having a really summery, sunshiney cover.

This is Me Trying: Mental Illness Rep

One of my favourite books that deals with mental health is Am I Normal Yet? by Holly Bourne. It follows Evie, who has anxiety and OCD.

Illicit Affairs: Forbidden Romance

I read tons of romance, but I’ve realised I don’t actually read very many things with forbidden romance. I really don’t like it when cheating is a plot point, which is probably one of the main reasons why. I guess Bryson and Kai from Date Me, Bryson Keller would technically count for the reason that people don’t think they should be together for other ( deplorable, homophobic) reasons and they have to be very secretive

Invisible String: Soulmates

I’m becoming less and less convinced that soulmates actually exist, but I think Georgia and Lucas from Mhairi Mcfarlane’s Don’t You Forget About Me might just be. They find their way back to each other despite a huge number of obstacles being in the way.

Mad Woman: Vengeful Woman

This one is HARD. The best I can do is Emma from the Dark Artifices, who is determined to find out how her parents died. Epiphany: A Loss You’re Not Over One of my favourite Shadowhunters characters died in City of Fallen Angels and I’m still furious about it to be honest.

Betty: Love Triangle, F/F Romance

I can’t think of anything that combines these, so I’m going to do one for each! My favourite love triangle recently was in Love Songs for Sceptics, and an f/f romance I really enjoyed last year was the Falling in Love Montage.

Peace: Found Family

I think my favourite found family is Morrigan’s in the Nevermoor books, between the Hotel Deucalion lot and Unit 919.

Hoax: A Character that Fooled You

I obviously can’t say who it is because it’s a huge spoiler, but I did NOT expect the murderer in Arsenic for Tea to be who it was.

What’s your favourite song from Folklore? Do you have any thoughts on the books or characters I’ve mentioned? I’d love to hear in the comments!

Amy x

Author Interview: Sarah Lean

Hello everybody! Today, I’m really excited to be sharing my interview with Sarah Lean, to celebrate today being her incredible new book the Good Bear’s publication day. Onto the post!

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Ten Books from My Summer TBR

Hello everybody! Today, I’m taking part in Top Ten Tuesday, for which the theme today is your summer TBR. Onto the post!

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My Thoughts on Finding It Hard to Smile

Hello everybody! Today, I’m going to be talking about lovelytheband’s debut album Finding It Hard to Smile. I discovered the band because they performed with my favourite from this year’s American Idol, and immediately wanted to hear more of their stuff. Onto the post!

Note- I’ve left out the intro and interlude because I find them unbearably annoying on literally any album and I wish artists would just bloody stop including them. THEY ADD NOTHING. They do not make you seem edgier or artier or clever. They waste my time. And also skips on Spotify.

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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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5 Books I Want to Get to Before 2019 (A Tentative TBR…?)

Hello everybody! Recently, I’ve seen quite a few posts where people have listed books they really want to get to before the end of the year (‘HOW is there almost only a month left of this year by the way?!?), so even though I’m rubbisg at doing TBRs I thought I’d share some of mine. Onto the post!

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#Frostfire Blog Tour: Jamie Smith on Worldbuilding

Hello everybody!

Today, I’m really excited to share a guest post from author Jamie Smith on the theme of worldbuilding, as part of the blog tour for his book Frostfire. Onto the post!

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5 2018 Films I Haven’t Seen Yet but Want To

Hello everybody! Today, I’ve decided to talk about some of the films that came out this year that I really want to see, but didn’t manage to see in the cinema for a few different reasons, and that I’m hoping to get hold of DVDs of soon/when they come out. Onto the post!


I, Tonya– this wasn’t on my radar until Allison Janney won her Oscar, but I absolutely LOVE Allison in the West Wing and really want to watch her killing it in a totally different role to CJ. I also like bipoic films in general (some recent favourites are Race and Hidden Figures), so I’m looking forward to learning about Tonya Harding when I watch it.

Lady Bird– Saoirse Ronan stars in Brooklyn, aka one of my favourite films of all time, so I’m so looking forward to watching this. It sounds so funny, and I’ve heard that the mother/daughter relationship is brilliant. I’m slightly worried about it not getting great consumer reviews, but I’m really hoping I enjoy it when I manage to see it.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society– the main reason I want to see this film is because I had no idea Guernsey was occupied during the second world war until I learnt more about this, and I want to learn more about that. It sounds like such a lovely film too, despite it exploring this, and I loved Lily James in the live action Cinderella and Mamma Mia 2so want to see it for that reason too.

Christopher Robin– of all the films on this list, this is the one I’m saddest I couldn’t see. If you’ve ever read this blog before, you’ll probably know I’m a big fan of Disney, and also that I adore the Winnie the Pooh characters. I burst into tears when I saw the trailer before Incredibles 2, and I know I’ll probably weep solidly through the whole thing (Winnie the Pooh has that effect on me). It’s about Christopher Robin when he’s grown up and is a rather unhappy adult and what happens when the gang venture into the real world to help him.

Crazy Rich Asians– while this is just out, I don’t think I’m going to make it to see it, and it sounds like a film I’ll love. I’m a huge rom-com fan, and this one sounds fantastic. From what I’ve heard, it’s about a woman discovering her boyfriend is from an incredibly rich family, and them going to a wedding where the family are and their interactions with his girlfriend that they disapprove of because she’s not rich.

What films released this year have you not seen that you wanted to? Do we have any in common? Let me know in the comments!

Amy x

Two Films I Watched in August

Hello everybody!

Today, I’m going to be talking about the films I watched in August, of which there were only 2 rather than the usual 5 of these posts, which means it’s quite a bit shorter than usual, but I wanted to write about them here as I loved both and want to share my thoughts, and then go back to these being bi-monthly. Onto the post!

Cinderella– this was a Disney buddy watch with Lou, and I loved watching this again, even though I wept quite solidly throughout just like I did the first time I saw it. My love for the mice (especially Jaq and Gus) reached even more ridiculous levels because they are so precious and sweet, Cinderella is so brave and resourceful and clever and the stepmother is such a horrid villain. Watching with Louise made me pay closer attention to Lucifer, and we had some interesting discussions about whether he’s good or evil (I’m sure you can work out which camp I fall into, though I will admit to thinking he has some really funny moments). The animation is so stunning and classic, and this is now cemented as my favourite early Disney (along with my beloved Bambi)

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before- I’ve wanted to read the book for YEARS and have never gotten to it, and while I initially planned to wait until I found time for it to watch the film, the combination of hype and spoilers on my Twitter feed about this made me cave mere days after its release. I LOVED this film; I am a complete sucker for teen romcoms (romcoms in general, but especially teen romcoms) and this one ticked pretty much all the boxes). The chemistry between Lana Condor and Noah Centineo was perfect and they both shone together and in scenes on their own or with other characters, it made me genuinely cry with laughter more than once (mainly due to Peter, who I’m a little bit in love with now, as I think quite a number of people who watched this are, and Lara Jean’s little sister Kitty) and the side characters of Lara Jean’s family and friends added even more to the cosy, feelgood vibes. Also, the visuals are beyond stunning. I’m so excited to dive into the trilogy now, and hope to at least start it before the end of 2018!

What films did you watch in August? What do you think of the ones I saw? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @GoldenBooksGirl!

Amy x

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