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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2019 End of Year Book Survey

Happy new year everybody! Today, for my first post of the year I’m going to be doing the End of Year Book Survey for 2019, and it’s been such a joy writing this. Thank you so much to all the authors who wrote the books in here and all the others I’ve read this year because you’re all amazing and I feel so lucky that I get to read your words. Now, onto the post!


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My Favourite Young Adult and Adult Reads in 2019

Hello everybody! Today, I’m going to be talking about my YA/adult favourites of 2019, and they’re a pretty brilliant bunch, so onto the post!


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The Curses– this is the sequel to the Graces, which was one of my favourite books in 2017, and somehow this managed to be even better. It takes place a year later and is from the point of view of Summer Grace, and I can’t tell you anything about it without spoiling it, pretty much. If you like your books dark but funny and with loads of intrigue, get on these two. There’s a scene in this that legit made me laugh like a hyena.

Song of Sorrow– I really enjoyed the first in this duology, don’t get me wrong, but I didn’t expect to be anywhere NEAR as blown away as I actually was by this. It made me gasp and shriek and laugh and cry, I had multiple meltdowns in various contexts over Luvian (if you’ve read them, you KNOW what I mean, that man is magnificent!) And it’s just really bloody brilliant political fantasy.

A Girl Called Shameless– I loved the Exact Opposite of Okay, but again this sequel was even better. It follows Izzy as she attempts to get the law on revenge porn changed, and it’s just spectacular. It’s funny and clever and says so many crucial things, and I loved it. Also, Carson is an excellent book boyfriend and I love him.

Paper Avalanche– this book is so wonderful, and I’m VERY excited to be part of the blog tour next month. It’s about a girl named Ro, whose mum is a hoarder, as her life changes when she meets a girl called Tanvi and it kind of broke my heart, but it also put it back together again so Lisa is forgiven for that. The friendship between Ro and Tanvi is one of my faves ever, and Ro and her mum’s relationship was so complex and interesting and nuanced. If UKYA contemporary is your thing, you need Lisa in your life.

A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder– this is a YA mystery, which I don’t tend to read that many of, and it’s easily my absolute fave YA of this year. It’s about a girl called Pip (who I think I’m very like, although she’s a much better version) who solves the cold case murder of Andie Bell, who is from her town. I devoured it in a couple of hours, even though it’s pretty lengthy, and I was very proud of myself for partially guessing what happened! And Ravi is everything.

Jemima Small Versus the Universe– this is Tamsin Winter’s second book, and it is wonderful. She wrote the incredible Being Miss Nobody, if you’ve not heard of her, and this one focuses on a super clever girl named Jemima who is forced to join her school’s new “Fat Club”. It says some very important things, and it made me cry, and it’s just brilliant. Tamsin is just brilliant all round, to be quite honest.

The Paper and Hearts Society– this is Lucy Powrie’s debut, which I feel like I’ve been waiting on FOREVER. It’s about a girl called Tabby who becomes part of the titular book club when she moves to a new town, and the ensuing literary adventures they share. It is SO much fun, I’m in love with all the characters (if I don’t get an Ed book I’m going to be very upset) and the literary references brought me a lot of joy.

Sasha’s Secret– I wasn’t very sure whether this should go on the MG or YA list because it’s very much a teen book, really, but there’s less on here so that’s why it ended up on this one! It’s the latest in the brilliant the Lost and the Found series, which is about a literal band of misfits. This one specifically focuses on Sasha, the lead singer, and her issues with anxiety and absence seizures. I loved her so much, I adore the rest of the band too, I really enjoy reading about famous people and the romance is gorgeous. And the Pretty in Pink reference 🥰🥰🥰

Sealed with A Kiss– this is the story of a woman named Kate who moves to a remote Scottish island after getting dumped and falls in love with the rather handsome young Laird. It’s romantic and funny and has an absolutely evil cow of an antagonist in Fiona (and believe me, I want to use a stronger word there because that’s insulting to cows. She’s an absolute SNAKE, and I despised her with a passion). I loved spending time in Auchenmor, and it’s just joyful all round.

The Places I’ve Cried in Public– this is the latest Holly Bourne book, and it’s definitely my favourite of her standalones. It’s about a girl called Amelie retracing the steps of her abusive relationship to try and work out exactly where things went wrong, by going back to all the memories of the times Rhys made him cry in public. It was so cleverly written, Amelie is an amazing character and this book DEFINITELY made me cry in public, multiple times.

The Turn of the Key– this is, I’m fairly sure anyway, the first adult thriller I have ever read, and honestly I will be surprised if I ever find one that I love as much as I loved this. I picked it up because I was in the mood for something dark, which is not very like me, and I devoured it- I started late on Monday and finished on the Tuesday morning. It’s about a nanny with plenty of secrets to hide who goes to work for a family who live in a smart home in the Highlands. It’s the creepiest, most chilling thing I’ve ever read, hands down and it’s so cleverly written with the epistolary format of letters from prison recounting the events leading up to the death of one of her charges.


Which books from these age categories were your favourites this year? Do we have any in common, or are you planning to read any? I’d love to hear in the comments!

Amy x

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

Ten Books on My Winter TBR

Hello everybody! Today, I’m taking part in Top Ten Tuesday, for which the theme is ten books on our winter TBRs. I find of failed at my autumn one a bit because uni deadlines were manic but I’ll hopefully get to all of these! Onto the post!


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REVIEW COPIES

Little Bird Lands– this will probably be my next read, because I really liked the first in this duology. This one follows Scottish girl Bridie, who lives in the time of the Highland Clearances, as she and her family attempt to start a new life in America. I think it’s going to be WONDERFUL.

Orion Lost– this is about a spaceship getting lost in deepest space, and a girl called Beth who must subsequently save her friends. I don’t read a huge amount of sci-fi but this definitely sounds intriguing, plus I know Lily enjoyed it and we have REALLY similar taste.

Demelza and the Spectre Inspectors– this is one of Chicken House’s biggest releases for 2020, and it sounds so great- very classic MG adventure in tone, I think, based on the blurb. It’s about a girl called Demelza who can see the dead, who must use her unusual ability to save her grandmother when she’s kidnapped, alongside her best friend Percy. I think it’ll be great!

The Mask of Aribella– this is about Aribella, who is the daughter of a lace-maker in historical Venice, as she joins a group of magical warriors. I think the setting will be brilliant and I’m intrigued to learn more of the plot, because the blurb is fairly vague!

Queen of Coins and Whispers– this is an f/f court fantasy romance about a queen falling for her new spymaster. I’m hoping for lots of political intrigue and a couple I can absolutely get behind.

OTHERS

Unleashed– this is one of the things on my bought TBR I’m most excited for. It’s the sequel to 2018’s Jinxed, which ended on an absolutely BRUTAL cliffhanger and I really need to know what happens next, I’ve just never quite got round to picking it up.

The Star Outside My Window– this is the new Onjali Q Raúf, which focuses on two children who have just lost their mum to domestic violence as they try and get a star named in her honour. I think it’s going to break my heart, but it sounds incredible and incredibly important so it’ll be worth it.

Frostheart– I honestly don’t know very much about the actual specifics about the plot of this, other than that it’s a wintry adventure with cool illustrations. I think it has something to do with like, a sleigh? I’m excited to read it anyway!

Forest of Shadows– this is a prequel to Frozen 2 by Kamilla Benko, who writes the brilliant Unicorn Quest books, I went to see the film over the weekend and LOVED it, so can’t wait to spend more time in Arendelle soon.

Coming up Roses– I’ve read a LOT of Rachael Lucas in 2019 and this is the only one I wont get to before 2020, so I’m hoping to read it in the first half few months of the year if I can. This one is about a woman named Daisy who moves to a small village when her parents go off travelling during their midlife crisis, and her falling for an Irishman named George, whilst making new friends and saving her new home from developers.


What books are on your winter TBR? Have you read any that are on mine? I’d love to hear in the comments!

Amy x