5 Books With the Word Heart in the Title

Hello everybody! Today, since all my other posts over the past week have been related to Valentine’s Day somehow, I thought I may as well make this one that theme too and talk about books with the word heart in the title (though only one of them is actually a romance book!). Onto the list!


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Instructions for a Second Hand Heart– I read this book around the time of my birthday in 2016 (which feels like FOREVER ago) and so my memory of this isn’t great but I do remember liking it a lot and devouring it under a blanket in just one afternoon because it was SO wonderful. It’s about Johnny, who has just received a heart transplant and Niamh, whose brother has just died and had his organ donated, as they meet and fall in love. I remembering thinking they were a great couple, and I found the concept super interesting.

The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart/The Girl with the Dragon Heart– as you may have guessed from the very similar titles, these two books are part of the same series and I really like both. They are set in the world of Drachenburg and focus on Aventurine (a dragon who is tricked by a food mage and transformed into a human) and Silke, a gifted storyteller who investigates fairies on the orders of the royal family respectively. Both are such good fun, and feel a little like Disney films in book form. I’m looking forward to To the 3rd later this year, which will not have heart in the title.

Fierce Fragile Hearts– this is Sara Barnard’s latest book, and is a follow up to Beautiful Broken Things, focusing on Suzanne from that book as she leaves the care system and returns to Brighton. It’s so beautifully written, the pacing is exceptional and I couldn’t love these characters any more. I want a book about Rosie immediately (even though I know it probably won’t happen, I will never stop hoping)

Cogheart– this is a super fun MG fantasy adventure about a girl named Lily and boy named Robert teaming up to work out who the sinister men stalking Lily are. This is another one I read quite a while ago and my memory is definitely shaky but I remember being super gripped by the mystery for sure, and I LOVE Malkin the mechanical fox- he’s one of the best animal sidekicks ever. I actually really must read the last book of this series, because I’m pretty sure it’s going to be great given that Moonlocket (the second) improved on this.

Only Love Can Break Your Heart– this is another one I read more recently (last month, actually) and really enjoyed. It’s Katherine Webber’s second YA book, and while I have to admit that I didn’t love it quite as much as Wing Jones, I did still like it a LOT. It’s the story of Reiko and Seth, who fall in love and then realise that they aren’t really right for each other. It was a really unusual concept (I def can’t recall reading about a doomed relationship before, anyway?) and it was very well executed. While there are faults on bith sides, I definitely supported Reiko way more (I loved her) and I loved to hate Seth a great deal because he’s kind of the worst! It also has super beautiful writing and an amazing setting, if you needed to be sold on it anymore.

Bonus pick– I haven’t read this yet as it isn’t out so didn’t want to include it on my main list, but I’m very much looking forward to reading the Paper and Hearts Society by Lucy Powrie when it gets released later in the year! I think it’s going to be AMAZING.


What are your favourite books with the word heart in the title? I’d love to hear in the comments!

Amy x

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The Valentine’s Day Book Tag| 2019 Edition

Hello everybody! Today, given what day it is, I decidèed to do the Valentine’s Day Book Tag that Amy tagged me for last year, which was created by Taiwo at Stuffed Shelves. Onto the post!


1. What book(s) have you been given as a gift that you loved?

There’s been quite a few over the years, but one I especially rememeber is Stardust and the Daredevil Ponies. I got it for Christmas, and it sparked my love of the Pony Club Secrets series, which was my favourite as a child.

2. What book(s) would you like to give as a gift to someone else?

Ooh I’m not sure; it would really depend on the person! If it was just a random pass on a book thing, I think it’d probably be Boy in the Tower, because I can’t imagine anyone who wouldn’t enjoy at least one thing about it regardless of their taste. Some of my other favourites are more subjective and perfect for my tastes, but Boy in the Tower isn’t something in a genre I typically favour and I LOVED it.

3. If you could gift a random person any bookish item, what would it be?

I’d probably go for a Hogwarts house mug (depending on which they were in/I thought they’d be in!). There aren’t many people who don’t like Harry Potter!

4. If you could gift a random person any non-bookish item, what would it be?

DVDs are a go to gift for me! I base which one on the person’s taste, of course, but they’re fairly easy to get hold of and you can find something for just about anyone!

5. What do you say when a person gives you a gift you don’t like?

Thank you, I guess, and try and be grateful. Then I’d either donate it to charity or regift it to someone I think would like it.

6. Mention a book based around Valentine’s Day.

I don’t actually think I’ve ever read one? I do quite enjoy reading romance though, so please do recommend me one if you’ve heard of any!

7. Mention any two tips for blogging as a gift to other bloggers and to those who may want to start a blog.

Despite the fact I have been blogging for almost two years, I still feel very underqualified to answer this, but I’ll try!

-Don’t do things you don’t want to do, or feel pressure to write certain kinds of posts. Be selfish. Cater your content to yourself, and hopefully others will enjoy it too. For example, I used to despise writing book hauls, and so I stopped doing them. I used to feel really guilty for it but now I really don’t!

-Scheduling is your friend, and I highly recommend planning out all of your posts and trying to get them written and scheduled in before the day you want the post to go up. Even if you only hit schedule the night before you want the post to publish, it makes it much easier to have regular posts on your blog (which can be helpful for building a following)

But also, disregard these completely if they don’t fit with what you want to do! My absolute best advice is just to be yourself and do whatever you want, basically!

8. Link to some posts by other bloggers that you loved or were very helpful

I won’t link to any specific posts/people as I would be sure to forget someine and then feel like a crumb for doing So! I really enjoy reading all of the blogs I follow, but if you’d like to see some specific people who I have read books because of, you can have a look at this post. A type of post I particularly like is anticipated books posts for each month, as things often come onto my radar because of them!


What are your thoughts on these books? Are any on your TBR/wishlist? I’d love to hear in the comments!

Amy x

Top Ten Tuesday: Favourite Couples of 2018

Hello everybody! Today, I’m going to be sharing my favourite book couples from titles I read in 2018, alongside a short reason for why, as part of Top Ten Tuesday. There are a few quite strange patterns, which it was interesting to notice for me writing this. Onto the post!


Norah and Luke from Under Rose Tainted Skies– this was the first one of these I read, and as such this was the first time I was rooting for a couple in 2018. I’m glad it was these two, because their relationship is so special. Norah has agoraphobia, and I loved how this was dealt with in every way- it develops very organically and in such a lovely way, and Luke doesn’t magically cure her, as happens in some books.

Sophie and Luca from the Blood for Blood trilogy– I think I was team Nico in book one (which I read in early 2017), but only because Luca wasn’t that prominent. From book 2 onwards I couldn’t have shipped him and Sophie together more, because they had way better chemistry and much more memorable moments.

Finch and Hector from Flying Tips for Flightless Birds– these characters are both utterly precious and wonderful, and their romance is so, so lovely. Watching them open up to each other and bond after a rocky start was such a joyful read (though admittedly sineltaenously stressful because I was hissing “GET TOGETHER, YOU PAIR OF ABSOLUTE MUPPETS, YOU ARE MADE FOR EACH OTHER”) Flying Tips is super underrated and I’d highly recommend reading it.

Lou and Robert from a Sky Painted Gold– I read this when I was feeling really ill one day and was struggling to move from the couch and it transported me to the 1920s setting in which these two characters fall in love. Their relationship is phenomenal both in the build up to them being a couple and after, and I was so invested in them.

Reagan and Matt from Open Road Summer– this romance was EVERYTHING. I loved both of these characters so much as individuals and they were perfect for each other. Their flirty pre getting together banter was on point and they’re even better as a couple and just so much yes to these two.

Hope and Luke from Theatrical– Theatrical was SUCH a great romance book- it’s Set in a theatre and the main couple are lovely. There were some absolutely GORGEOUS moments in this, and I was rooting for these guys the whole way.

Dylan and… someone from Boy Meets Hamster- I can’t tell you who the 2nd person in this couple is because it’s a bit of a spoiler but oh my GOD is this relationship adorable. My heart was literally melting every single time they interact. They really reminded me of Simon and Blue, and I can’t give much more of a compliment than that. The whole book actually feels a bit like a British Simon Vs actually!

Lara Jean and Peter Kavinsky from To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before– what can I say, I’m a sucker for a fake relationship! This is one of the best, in my opinion. Their fake relationship is so fun and I love their real one too, and their relationship is such a wonderful part of this trilogy. It’s amazing in the film too, even though they do things quite differently! I did like John Ambrose McLaren too though, to be fair.

Suzanne and Matt from Fierce Fragile Hearts– if this list proves anything, it’s that a bunch of my fave couple feature musicians. This romance is a brilliant part of an exceptional book, and I loved the way this developed a great deal, even if I wanted a different end for them a bit.

Cara and Hector from the Year After You– so, I’ve went on about this book a lot since I’ve read it, and basically don’t expect that to ever stop because it’s AMAZING and I loved it so much. Cara and Hector were a big part of that. I loved the ways in which they help each other heal. I loved their interactions, whether they were hilarious or heartbreaking or somewhere in between. I loved the fact that they aren’t perfect and make mistakes, but want to make it work. I just love them. I definitely saved the best for last.


Who were your favourite couples in books you read last year? Do we have any in common? I’d love to hear in the comments!

Amy x

The Totally Should Have Book Tag

Hello everybody! Today, I’m going to be doing the Totally Should Have tag, which I found on Charlotte’s blog. Onto the post!


1. Totally should have gotten a sequel

I would really like a sequel to the Eye of the North by Sinéad O’ Hart, and I really wish Brightstorm had been a series too! I’m very excited to read their respective authors’ new standalones though.

2. Totally should have had a spin-off series

Ooh this is hard. I’d quite like a spin off series about the Junior Pinkertons from Murder Most Unladylike, I think.

3. An author who totally should write more books

I desperately need more upper MG from Lari Don and Polly Ho-Yen!

4. A character who totally should have ended up with someone else

I honestly can’t think of anyone. I guess I’m pretty lucky with ships…

5. Totally should have ended differently

The only thing I can think of is How to Bee. I didn’t hate the ending, but I found it very confusing and it didn’t fit the book, in my opinion.

6. Totally should have had a movie franchise

I would love for Nevermoor/Wundersmith to be adapted! But only if they were done faithfully and fantastically, obvs.

7. Totally should have had a TV Show

The Murder Most Unladylike books would work really well as TV shows. You could have a mini series of 3 or 4 for each book!

8. Totally should have only had one point of view

I’d keep two viewpoints of this (Blanca and Roja’s), but it could have done without Yearling and Page’s to be honest. They were really confusing at the beginning!

9. Totally should have a cover change

The Summer of Telling Tales has a horrible cover that definitely doesn’t fit the tone of the book, and it really deserves a better cover design!

10. Totally should’ve kept the original covers

Ooh this is hard! It was never actually printed because it got changed pre-release, but I much preferred the original cover of Paper Avalanche. I’m still very much looking forward to reading it, but I don’t like the new one very much at all!

11. Totally should’ve stopped at book one

While I did like Lou Out of Luck, it wasn’t a patch on Girl Out of Water and so I kind of wish it had just been left as a standalone…


Do you have any thoughts on the books I’ve mentioned? Are any on your TBR, or do you want to read any now? I’d love to hear in the comments!

Amy x

The Year After You Blog Tour: Author Interview with Nina de Pass

Hello everybody! Today, I’m really excited to welcome Nina de Pass, author of the phenomenal the Year After You for an interview as part of her blog tour for the book. Onto the post!


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Our Castle By the Sea Blog Tour: Lucy Strange’s Lighthouse Quest

Hello everybody! Today, I’m really excited to share a guest post from Lucy Strange, the author of Our Castle By the Sea, which I read and really enjoyed in December (as you’ll know if you read my December reviews post yesterday!). Onto the post!

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