October 2020 Releases I Can’t Wait to Read!

Hello everybody! Today, I’m going to be chatting about some of my most anticipated releases for next month, of which there are LOADS, so I’ve not went into massive detail about any. Onto the post!


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The Castle of Tangled Magic– this will make me sound extremely shallow possibly, but I really know nothing about the plot about this, just that it’s a fantasy adventure about a girl called Olia! It’s by Sophie Anderson and the cover is stunning, so it was an auto buy just based on that to be honest.

Shadowspring– the first book in the International Yeti Collective series was so sweet and funny, and while I have to admit I don’t know what the sequel is actually about I was so excited when Stripes offered to send me one! I’m sure it’ll be another lovely, comforting read.

Malice in Underland– mostly giving this a go because it sounds like a fun debut and the title caught my attention! It seems like it combines fantasy and mystery which I usually like as well, so I’m definitely looking forward to giving it a go.

The Ghost of Gosswater– I REALLY liked Lucy Strange’s last book, and I usually enjoy historical ghost stories so I’m pretty sure this one will be up my alley- it’s about a girl who goes to stay with a stranger claiming to be her father in a creepy cottage, and her encountering a ghost! My fingers are very tightly crossed that my review copy will arrive soon!

The Slightly Alarming Tale of the Whispering Wars– I was SUCH a huge fan of the Extremely Inconvenient Adventures of Bronte Mettlestone, so I’m looking forward to visiting her world again and learning more about the Whispering Wars, which are a historical event that heavily influences the plot of that book.

Jungledrop– I thoroughly enjoyed the first in the Unmapped Kingdoms anthology series, Rumblestar, so I’m very excited to pay a visit to the kingdom that controls rain in this one! They’re so magical and fantastical and it’ll be a very welcome escape from reality.

A Snowfall of Silver– I’m a big fan of Laura Wood in general, but my favourite by far of her books is definitely A Sky Painted Gold, which this is a kind of companion to. It takes place 2 years later and sees Lou’s little sister Freya trying to achieve her dream of becoming an actress in London, and of course falling in love. It’s going to be GLORIOUS.

All I Want for Christmas is You– I haven’t read her other standalone yet, but I really enjoyed Beth Garrod’s Awkward trilogy so this YA version of the Holiday will hopefully be good! All her other books have quite a summery feel to them I think, so it’ll be nice to curl up with a wintry one to have some giggles.

Love Songs for Sceptics– this has been delayed SO many times and I can’t wait to finally get my hands on it! The extract I read a few months ago was hilarious, and I love books that have some kind of music theme running through them so I’m very, very excited about this romcom, especially as that’s one of my favourite genres anyway.

Hollowpox– I’m a huge Nevermoor fan and I’m so excited the third one is finally here, it’s been 2 years since Wundersmith which has felt like forever!! It’s about a sinister magical pandemic, and I’ll be very surprised if it’s not incredible.

Owl and the Lost Boy– I adored the world in A Girl Called Owl when I read it years ago, and I was so excited to hear that a sequel is finally coming out! Amy Wilson just keeps getting better with every book and I can’t wait to revisit the world of her debut.

Someday at Christmas– this is Tanya Byrne’s debut adult book (written under a pen name!) And I’ve been meaning to read a full book from her for an embarrassing length of time so I’m hoping this one happens quite soon! It’s a Christmas romcom set in a department store, and I reckon I’ll love it.

The Miracle of Ebeneezer Street– I really enjoy Catherine Doyle’s books usually, so I’m mostly picking this up for that! I know it’s a Christmas Carol retelling but other than that I’m not very sure, knowing the Storm Keeper’s Island books I’ve no doubt I’ll end up crying at some point!

Tinsel– I’m not a million per cent sure what this is about to be honest, but it seems to be some kind of a twist on the Santa Claus story and I just feel like it’ll be really fun to read in the run up to Christmas!


What books out next month are you most excited for? Do you have any thoughts on the ones I’ve mentioned? I’d really love to hear in the comments!

Amy x

September Releases I’m Excited For

Hello everybody! Today, I’m going to be talking about the September releases I’m looking forward to reading, of which there are quite a few! Onto the post!


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Dragon Mountain– I am SO EXCITED for this book! It’s about a group of children bonding with dragons whilst at summer camp in China, and I have such high hopes for it. I watched an amazing interview with the authors the other day that’s made me even more excited as well!

Tamarind and the Star of Ishta– Jasbinder Bilan’s first book was so good, and it made me cry loads, so I think I’ll probably enjoy this one too. It’s about a girl called Tamarind who isn’t very familiar with her Indian heritage due to her mum dying when she was very young, as she visits her ancestral home and learns more about that part of her family and herself.

The Midnight Howl– I quite enjoyed the first book in this trilogy, so I’m definitely hoping to get to the second installment soon! I have to admit my memory of the Midnight Hour is pretty fuzzy as I read a proof back in late 2018 so it’s been almost 2 years, but hopefully it’ll come back to me once I get going with this! It’s about a girl called Emily with a connection to the world of the Midnight Hour, which is basically Victorian London with magic.

My Life as a Cat– Carlie Sorosiak’s MG debut I, Cosmo was my favourite book of 2019 so I’m really excited to see what this one is like! It’s about an alien who is sent to earth to live as a cat, and I’m sure it’ll be gorgeous and heartwarming and funny, and if it doesn’t make me cry at some point I’ll be astounded. I wept solidly through Cosmo just because of the sheer loveliness of it.

Beginners’ Luck– I absolutely love Simon James Green and I absolutely love MG, so I suspect I will love his first MG book, which is about a boy named Riley who believes he’s cursed with bad luck. It also has the seal of approval from my darling Ross, whose opinion I trust massively, so I honestly can’t wait to get stuck into this soon!

The Otherwhere Emporium– I’m a massive fan of this trilogy, and I can’t wait to read this one. I didn’t actually know there was going to be another one after Elsewhere Emporium till a couple of months ago so it was a very pleasant surprise! I don’t think Daniel is going to be in this one which I’m sad about, but I’m very excited nonetheless and I’m sure it’ll still be incredible. Ross Mackenzie’s writing is just beyond amazing.

Into the Spotlight– I’ll be honest, I wasn’t the biggest fan of the only other Carrie Hope Fletcher I’ve read so I may well wait to read this till the paperback is out, but it’s a kind of Ballet Shoes retelling which is why I’m interested.

Tilly and the Map of Stories- I really loved the first Pages and Co book, so while the second didn’t blow me away quite as much I’m definitely still planning to pick up this one to see how things end for Tilly! The concept of bookwandering is just incredible, and I can’t wait to see which worlds and characters Tilly and Oscar visit in this one.

I Kissed Alice– this is a US release so it might take me a while to get round to buying a copy, but I think this female/female romance sounds SO amazing. It’s about two girls who are competing against each other by day, and unknowingly falling in love online at the same time.

The Thursday Murder Club– I’m generally pretty wary of celebrity authors, but I’m a massive fan of Pointless and this (which is by Richard Osman, a co-presenter of Pointless) sounds right up my street anyway, so I kind of have to. It’s about a group of senior citizens who enjoy solving cold cases together, as they get to investigate their very own murder that’s just happened.



Which September releases are you excited for? Do you have any thoughts on the ones I’ve mentioned? I’d love to hear in the comments!

Amy x

Ten Books on My Summer 2020 TBR

Hello everybody! So, I never do that well with TBRs, but I thought I might as well set myself some to work through during the summer, even though I’ll inevitably stray off this list and hopefully read a lot more than just ten books. This is part of Top Ten Tuesday. Onto the list!



Review Copies

The House on Hoarder Hill– I’ve had this for absolutely ages, and it genuinely sounds brilliant so I should definitely have read it by now. It’s about children who go and stay in their grandfather’s creepy house, and them trying to work out why he went missing when they start receiving strange messages. I suspect I might love it…

Fig Swims the World– this sounds SO good- it’s a teen/young YA about a girl who decides she wants to swim across the world in a bid to impress her perfectionist mother. The fact that it’s being compared to Geek Girl is the main thing that makes me feel very bad for not having read it already!!

Fin and Rye and Fireflies– technically I won this in a giveaway but it’s a proof so I’d really like to read it before it comes out! It’s about a boy called Fin, who gets outed, which causes major problems with his conservative parents (in that they move him to a new town and threaten him with conversion therapy) as he falls in love with a boy called Rye and they hatch a plan to try and save him from this fate. I’m so looking forward to it!

Umbrella Mouse to the Rescue– the first book in this duology was so lovely, so I’m sure this will be just as good. It’s set towards the end of the second world war and focuses on a mouse called Pip, who loses her parents in a bombing and joins the animal resistance group Noah’s Ark, who carry out vital work for the war effort at the feet of human soldiers and spies. I think this one sees her trying to get to the umbrella museum in Italy, where she still has some family members.

The Key to Finding Jack– Ewa Jozefkowicz wrote Girl 38, which was one of my favourite books last year, so this was on my TBR by default before I even heard the brilliant premise- it’s about a girl whose brother goes missing while he’s on his gap year, and the mysterious key she finds in his room with the initials SF on it afterwards, and her quest to find out what it is.

Some Upcoming Releases (there are SO many I’m looking forward to but these are some very exciting ones!)

You Should See Me in a Crown– just about everyone is raving about this right now, and it sounds AMAZING so I’m not surprised! I chose this as my prize for winning #QueerQuiz the other night, which is apt given that it’s a female/female romance, which sees the main character Liz trying to become prom queen in a bid to win a scholarship, even though she REALLY doesn’t want to do the competition.

The Unadoptables– this is another debut I’m really excited for in 2020, and I feel like I’ve been waiting on it forever since it got postponed from the the original May 14th release date. It sounds like one of those future classic kind of middle grades- it’s about five children who were all left at an orphanage in very unusual ways, and what happens when a mysterious stranger tries to separate them years later.

Death Set Sail– this is my most anticipated release of the entire year, and if I possibly can I’ll be reading it the minute I get hold of it in August! It’s the finale to my beloved Murder Most Unladylike series, and I’m already a wreck at the thought of saying goodbye to the Detective Society.

Backlist

Front Desk– I’ve owned this for ages, I’ve wanted to read it since Robin Stevens included it in one to her (fabulous) recommendations videos! It’s about a girl called Mia, who lives in a motel, and whose parents hide immigrants. It sounds so good, and the sequel is out soon as well!

The Pearl Thief– so, I have a bit of a funny relationship with Elizabeth Wein- I DNF her most famous book Code Name Verity (it was my birthday, and it’s not the cheeriest in my defense…) but I’ve loved her recent Barrington Stoke novellas Firebird and White Eagles, so I’ve been meaning to give her longer books another try for ages. I know this is the prequel to CNV so I may miss some foreshadowing, but I want to start here because this is a mystery (love a good mystery!) And also Lou loved it.



What books are you planning to read over the summer? Do we have any in common? I’d love to hear in the comments!

Amy x

My Most Anticipated June 2020 Releases

Hello everybody! Today, I’m going to be chatting about my most anticipated June releases- none of these have been postponed yet at the time of writing this, so I’m hoping these will actually still be coming out on time. Onto the post!


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My Most Anticipated April Releases

Hello everybody! Today, I’m very excited to be sharing my most anticipated list for the month of April- there are so many books I’m excited for, and I seriously can’t wait to lose myself in their pages for a bit. There are loads of really exciting releases this month so onto the post!


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My Most Anticipated March Releases

Hello everybody, happy Saturday! Today, since it’s the last day of Feburary, I’m going to be sharing my most anticipated releases for the month of March, which I’m SO looking forward to! Onto the post!


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February Releases I’m Excited to Read

Hello everybody! It’s been a while, but today I’m going to be talking about some of the Feburary releases I’m very excited to read, that I haven’t yet, even though I’m very aware I’m quite late in the month to do a post like this. Onto the post!


 

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My Most Anticipated Releases- January 2020

Hello everybody! Today, I’m going to be talking about my most anticipated releases for next month, which are a pretty brilliant bunch that are getting the decade off to a great start! Onto the post!


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A Throne of Swans– this is the new book from Kate and Liz Corr, who wrote the brilliant Witch’s Kiss trilogy, and I’m so excited for it. I’ve heard only good things from people who’ve read it already, and it sounds super interesting- it’s about a girl who must take on the role of Protector early when her father dies, and her struggles in doing so.

Sunny– this is the 3rd of Jason Reynolds’ Track series and I’m pretty confident it’ll be great, because everything I’ve read from the author so far has been. Each book in the series focuses on a different member of the team, and this one is Sunny’s story. I can’t wait to meet him properly.

Shadowsea– this is the fourth (and apparently final) Cogheart Adventure. I took forever to read Skycircus, which ended up being pretty great, because I thought that was the last one, but I’m going to try not to be a wuss about saying goodbye to this world this time and get to it soon. I have predictions about what will happen and I’m EXCITED. Although I hope Malkin features a bit more heavily this time round!

The Telephone Box Library– I read a lot of Rachael Lucas last year, and her 2020 release sounds SO good. It’s about a woman named Lucy who moves to the Cotswolds, who despite her best intentions to only research the nearby Bletchley Park while she’s on sabbatical from teaching, becomes involved in turning the local telephone box into a makeshift library. I assume there’s a romance somewhere too, given that there is in all other Rachael books to date.

The Boy Who Fooled the World– this made it on my TBR automatically because Lisa Thompson is consistently excellent, but the premise itself is really interesting as well- it’s the story of a boy who becomes a massive celebrity when one of his paintings gets spotted, but he has a guilty secret that threatens to ruin everything if discovered. My library copy is in early so I’m hoping to read it very soon!

The Kid Who Came from Space– I did not fulfill my promise to read more of Ross’s back catalogue in 2019 (they are still languishing on my TBR, even though I really do want to read them!!), but I’m still excited for his new release all the same. It’s about a girl going missing, and her brother going to extraordinary lengths to get her back, given he is the only one who knows the strange truth of where she is.

The Ice Bear Miracle– I didn’t get on with Cerrie Burnell’s the Girl with the Shark’s Teeth at ALL, but this title has intrigued me enough that I want to give it a go! I don’t really know much about it, other than thinking the title is gorgeous.


Which books are you looking forward to in January? Do we have any in common? I’d love to hear in the comments!

Amy x

Five Backlist Books I Want to Read in 2020

Hello everybody! I’m not really sure why I’ve decided to write this post because it’s by no means an extensive list and technically all my 2019 books I’ve not read will be backlist too in a few days, but I wanted to share some of the books that aren’t 2020 releases that I hope to read. Onto the post!


The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo/Taylor Jenkins Reid’s entire back catalogue- I’ve heard a LOT about Taylor Jenkins Reid in 2019 (mostly from Jess, whose opinions are generally pretty aligned with mine) and at this point the curiosity is killing me to be honest. Evelyn Hugo is apparently the best one to start with, but so many other concepts sound so interesting as well and if I like one I’ll probably read the whole lot!

Podkin One Ear– the amount of times I’ve said I’ll read this book and haven’t done so is really embarrassing at this point, seriously. If I read nothing else off this list, please can someone shout at me and remind me I need to read Podkin?

The Frozen Telescope– I really, really liked the Crooked Sixpence back in 2016 and enjoyed the second in the trilogy, so it’s a disgrace I’ve not read the 3rd yet. I’ve missed the chance to read it at the right time of year AGAIN so my only goal this time is to read it at some point.

The Tale of Time City– funny story, I heard about this book one day and was seconds off of buying it when I did an unhaul and discovered a copy was sitting on my TBR the whole time. Literally no idea where it came from, but the book sounds brilliant (I think it was Robin Stevens who I saw recommending it, and we all know how I feel about Robin Stevens!).

Shadowsmith– I’ve adored both of Ross Mackenzie’s books I’ve read so far, and while I’m scared to read this since it’s about a different world, I think I’ll very likely still love it!


Which backlist books are you most hoping to get to in 2020? What are your thoughts on the ones I’ve mentioned? I’d love to hear in the comments!

Amy x