Some Films I Watched Over the Festive Season!

Hello everybody! Today, I’m going to be chatting about some films I’ve watched in the last couple of months, just because I fancy sharing some thoughts on them and I like doing film/TV posts even though they’re much more sporadic than book or music ones. These are only films that I’ve not seen/talked about before, as I did also rewatch some of my fave seasonal films. Onto the post!


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The End of Year Reading Survey | 2021 Edition

Hello everybody! So, I decided that it would work better for me to wait a few days into the New Year before writing this and I’m really glad I did, so I think it’ll be a little later than I used to do it every year from now on, around the 5th kind of time.

I have written answers to this tag (originally by Perpetual Page Turner) every year since I’ve had my blog and it takes AGES, but it’s great to have them to look back on, so I hope people enjoy reading them as well. Onto the post!


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Quarterly Wrap Up: October-December 2021

Hello everybody! I’m aware my posting schedule is a bit haywire at the moment, but it’s just because I’m trying to squeeze in end of year content with other things I’m planning for January. Onto the post!

Number of books I read … overall: 70

Number of books I read… in October: 25

Number of books I read… in November: 20

Number of books I read… in December: 25


Average number of pages read (according to Goodreads at time of writing): 300 pages (this is up from last time, which I wasn’t expecting but it’s a nice surprise!!)

Longest book: I’m almost certain it was a Single Thread of Moonlight! I think it was like 500 pages? I loved it so much.

Shortest book: I’m pretty sure it was Blossom by Laura Dockrill, which is a lovely little novella from Barrington Stoke.


MG: 46

YA: 12

Adult: 12


Most-read genre: oddly, as I wasn’t expecting this, I think it might be contemporary! I suppose this is probably because I did an adult/YA review post and one focused solely on MG contemporary as well. As I always say though, I don’t work this out with any scientific method so really it could be anything 😂

Average star rating: 4.2 stars


DNFs: 1

2 stars: 1

3 stars: 1

4 stars: 54

5 stars: 13

Authors I had read from previously vs authors I hadn’t read from before?

42 vs 27 (I feel like this number may not be quite right but I have recounted so many times and still come up with the same ones, so I feel like it may be because I read about 4 books by the one author this quarter and only counted her once? I’ve also fallen quite a lot in the past few days and I’m not feeling great, so my brain is too fuzzy to keep doing maths past this point. So, basically, please forgive me if it seems off!)


Thank you so much for reading! Do you find these posts interesting? Is there anything you think I should add to them going forward in 2022? I’d love to hear in the comments!

Amy x

Reviews: Last Review Post of 2021

Hello everybody! Today, I’m sharing my last review post of 2021 with you, and they’re all middle grade fantasy/speculative books, although by absolute coincidence, several of them are also Christmassy or wintry. I was delighted by how many of these I adored, since it means we’re ending my review year on a real high (although I’ll be sharing reviews of some other 2021 reads in January too, of other things I read over the festive period). Onto the post!


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Guest Post: Christmas in Merlington by Richard Pickard

Hello everybody! Today, it is the final (official) day of a Golden Christmas, and we have 2021 debut author Richard Pickard here to tell us what Christmas is like in the setting of The Peculiar Tale of the Tentacle Boy. Onto the post!

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Ten Books on My Winter 2021 TBR

Hello everybody! Today, I’m taking part in Top Ten Tuesday, so I can share ten books on my winter TBR, although technically I’m hoping to read all these in December. Onto the post!


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Merry Kissmas to You Blog Tour: A Festive Peppermint Cream Recipe from Jenni Jennings

Hello everybody, and welcome to another day of blogmas, but also part of a blog tour! Today, we have Jenni Jennings here to share a festive recipe in celebration of her new book Merry Kissmas to You, which I have not yet read but definitely want to over the holidays because I ADORE her adult romance (written as Jenny Bayliss) and her middle grade is also fantastic so I just know it’s going to be a good time. Anyway, enough of me rambling about how talented she is, over to Jenni!


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If You Liked This Book, You’ll Enjoy This One Too! | Winter Edition

Hello everybody! Today, I’m going to be doing another if you like x book, read y type post, which I always love writing, and this time it’s a winter edition. Onto the post!


Disclaimer: there are LOADS of books I could have used in this post, and I really hope no one is offended if their book or a book they’ve loved isn’t in here,, they’re just the first things that popped into my head and I’ll almost definitely do a similar post next year!


If you liked THE SECRET STARLING, try THE HOUSE ON HOARDER HILL

One of these is middle grade historical mystery set in the 1970s, and the other is a present day magical mystery, and although they have a lot of differences, I think at the core of both is a family mystery that needs to be unravelled which is why I’ve put them together. Hoarder Hill is definitely set during the Christmas holidays, and while I can’t remember exact dates for Secret Starling, I’m assuming it might be similar because I read it on New Year’s Day the year it came out.

If you liked MISTLETOE AND MURDER, try TROUBLE IN A TUTU!

So, I love the Murder Most Unladylike books, and no matter how hard I try, I’ve never quite managed to find a Christmas mystery that hit the spot for me just as much as Mistletoe and Murder, BUT Helen Lipscombe’s second Swan House book did a very good job filling the void for me last year; it isn’t technically set at Christmas, but it’s still very Christmassy as there are a lot of references to the Nutcracker, a ballet which plays a big part in the plot. It’s a properly exciting mystery with lots of intrigue and excitement and spies and ballet! And I’m cheating a tiny bit here, but you should also check out MURDER IN MIDWINTER by Fleur Hitchcock, the master of MG thrillers.

Did ONE CHRISTMAS NIGHT warm your heart? Try THE VANDERBEEKERS ON 141ST STREET for similar feel good vibes!

The order of these was determined by the fact that One Christmas Night is very much an adult book, so this only really applies to adult readers who like middle grade, but these have very similar themes of community and appearances being deceiving sometimes, and they’re both very heartwarming and lovely.

Just finished THE GOOD BEAR and looking for another wintry animal story? SNOW FOAL is perfect for you!

Both of these are heartwarming stories about the bond between children and animals, which is the most obvious link between them, but they also have themes of family not always being linear and uncomplicated, and I loved both.

Looking for a funny festive read like THE MIRACLE ON EBENEEZER STREET? 2021 debut THE CHRISTMAS CARROLLS is exactly what you need in your life!

I read and really enjoyed Catherine Doyle’s Christmas Carol retelling last year, as it’s such a magical, fun story, and while the Christmas Carrolls is more of a contemporary, I feel like they have quite similar vibes and they gave me the absolute warm fuzzies. Both are perfect for getting into the Christmas spirit.

Need another polar fantasy like THE EYE OF THE NORTH to devour under a cosy blanket? Helenka Stachera has you covered with THE ICE WHISPERERS!

I usually only do five books for each of these posts but I’ve already cheated a bit, and I really wanted to mention these two because reading the Ice Whisperers just reminded me somehow of the Eye of the North. Emmeline and Thing aren’t biological siblings but they very much feel like brother and sister to me, and the relationship between the sisters in the Ice Whisperers melted my heart completely. They both have great worldbuilding as well. I’d also recommend 2018 release FROSTFIRE if you’ve enjoyed these too.


Thank you so much for reading! Do you have any thoughts on the books I’ve mentioned, if you’ve read them? Are you planning to add any to your TBR? I’d love to hear in the comments!

Amy x

November/December 2021 Releases I Can’t Wait to Read

Hello everybody! Today, I’m going to be sharing my list of the books coming out in November/December that I’m really looking forward to reading, which I’m combining because I was only able to find one for the whole month of December that I’m interested in. Onto the post!


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Reviews: Mystery, Murder, the Macabre

Hello everybody! Today, I’m super excited to be sharing a new review post, in which all the books are part of the mystery genre in some way. Mysteries are one of my favourite things to read and I’m THRILLED with myself for working out the solutions to some of these before the characters did (although there were still plenty of shocking twists and reveals!!).

Also, as ever, massive points if you catch the title reference. It’s from the pilot of one of my fave murder mystery shows. Anyway, onto the post!

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