5 Hyped Books That Lived Up to My Expectations

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Today, I’m taking part in Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by Jana, and the theme is books that lived up to the hype. My list is only 5 books long because I found this topic SO hard. Onto the post!


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Nevermoor– this is the only MG book on the list, amd I was excited for it from pretty much the day it was announced. I read it almost as soon as I had my hands on it, and if anything it exceeded my expectations. The worldbuilding was incredible and I loved the magic of Nevermoor, the characters were all amazing (my favourites were Fenestra and Morrigan herself) and the plot was so exciting with some interesting twists. I’m super excited to read the sequel later this year.

Simon Vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda– I wasn’t even part of the book community when this came out, and I only knew of a couple ofbloggers/booktubers, and yet I STILL somehow heard of it and decided to reserve it at the library and have it sent to my local branch. I absolutely loved it; Simon is such a great narrator and his romance with Blue remains a favourite of mine years on.

I Was Born For This- this book popped up on my Twitter feed absolutely all the time just before and after it’s release, and I still see it mentioned regularly now. I was so nervous to read it after Radio Silence (which was one of my absolute favourite YA books that I read last year), but it was phenomenal. Alice Oseman is one of the greatest writers of more character-driven YA at the moment, and I adored the cast of this book so much and was so wrapped up in this book as I read it because I wanted things to turn out well for them all.

When Dimple Met Rishi– when I first joined the bookish community, I heard so much about this book and I’m glad I did pick it up. It was a lovely romance with some very funny moments involving iced coffee, and I really enjoyed it when I read it.

Floored– as hyped as I Was Born For This was, I think Floored was THE most hyped book of 2018. I’ve been excited for it since I read the sampler someone very kindly sent me from YALC last year, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. It was told in such a unique way, with 7 authors each writing a different perspective, and that made it even more engrossing as I couldn’t tell how things would turn out at all. The characters were all brilliant and easy to distunguish between too.


What books did you think lived up to the hype surrounding them? What are your thoughts on the books I’ve mentioned? Did anyone else find this topic tricky? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @GoldenBooksGirl!

Amy x

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Q and A: Books, Dynasty, Game Shows and More…

Hello everybody! Today, I’m going to be be answering some Q and A questions that I collected on Twitter a few months ago! Onto the post!


If you could put yourself into a Disney film, which would it be and why?

If my balance wasn’t so poor that stepping outside in icy/snowy conditions is really difficult, it’d be Frozen so Olaf could be my bestie. But as it is, my second choice would be Tangled because I love all those characters a lot and their palace is STUNNING. Yes please to putple and gold colour schemes 😍

Favourite underrated book / book you don’t see enough people talking about?

Boy in the Tower. It is sublime, and nowhere near as popular as it deserves to be.

Maybe not a question but a challenge. What hogwarts houses do you think your favourite book’s characters would belong in and why?

I’ll do this for Geek Girl:

Harriet: Ravenclaw (loves learning new things and is super intelligent)

Toby: Ravenclaw (same reasons as Harriet)

Nick: Gryffindor (he fits the profile in my eyes, and is literally nicknamed Lion Boy)

Richard: Hufflepuff

Annabel: Slytherin (I was torn for Annabel! I think she’s a Slytherpuff- she has attributes of both houses)

Nat: Slytherin (this is the one I’m most certain of- Nat feels like SUCH a Slytherin)

Wilbur: Hufflepuff

How does it feel to be an award winning blogger and what are your plans next? (World domination?)/ How did it feel being nominated for and winning a blogger award?

Being nominated was a huge surprise, and I was very pleased, while also reminding myself that the chances of me winning were slim to none. I was out for dinner the night it was announced, and I was absolutely baffled as to why my Twitter had went so mad while I was out. Again, it was a huge shock, and I was so overcome I burst into tears. I half expected a message telling me there’d been a miscount for days (I still am even now, to be honest.

What book inspired your love of reading?

One of the first books I remember really loving was Princess Mirror-Belle, so I think I’ll say that.

Are there any books you’re excited for the release of?

Other than the ones mentioned in my Anticipated Releases for July and August, I’m super excited for the 7th Murder Most Unladylike mystery, and the seuqel to Nevermoor, which both come out in October I think.

What were some of your favourite books to read growing up?

There’s another similar-but-different question later on, so I’ll answer this with Pony Club Secrets. Waiting on the new books releasing was so exciting, and I always read them the day I got my hands on them. I’ve reread them so many times I could tell you the plots by heart, even now.

If you could only read one book for the rest of your life, which would it be and why?

I think it would have to be Geek Girl. It makes me laugh, it makes me cry, the characters bring me so much joy and I can always find something new to love even though I’ve read it like a thousand times and know it like the back of my hand (I can genuinely quote chunks of dialogue from the first one)

What other hobbies do you have apart from reading and blogging/ What do you enjoy doing when you aren’t reading?

Watching TV or films, spending too much time on Twitter and listening to music. And eating, if eating counts?

Top 10 all time favourite George Ezra and Into The Ark songs?

I’m doing this as two top 5s, because mixing the two hurts my heart.

George Ezra- Shotgun, Drawing Board, Breakaway, Sugarcoat, Get Lonely With Me

Into the Ark- Money or the Girl, Not a One, My Heart Goes, Caroline, Underneath the Sun.

Top 10 fave Disney/Disney Pixar characters?

Basically this list, if I’m honest. Some humans I love are Elsa, Rapunzel and Flynn Ryder (sorry Aimee, I couldn’t order them because this was SO HARD and I just couldn’t). I can do a top 3 of all time though: Olaf, Stitch and Nick Wilde.

Which book character do you most relate to?

I have a post planned on this theme soon (I was tagged in a tag entirely on this theme!) so as a taster, someone I mentioned in that post was Frances from Radio Silence.

Who’s your fave character on Dynasty?

I love almost everyone (unless they’re villains, obvs) but if you were to make me choose between my top 3 (Fallon, Steven, Sammy Jo), I’d have to go for Steven. He says ALL my absolute favourite lines, his relationships with Fallon and Sammy Jo are the absolute LOVELIEST, and I adore him. He does make me very frustrated with him sometimes to the point where I scream at him as I watch it. Still my fave though, and I think I love James Mackay the most of the cast too (though again, I also absolutely adore Rafael and Liz). I think I knew Steven would be my favourite from the moment we first meet him in the pilot.

Have you reread any books?

Yes, tons! I love rereading, and miss doing it often from before I blogged. The only thing I’ve reread so far this year is the Apprentice Witch, because I wanted to remind myself what happened before I read A Witch Alone, especially given the rather large gap between them.

What YA releases are you looking forward to this year?

Since I wrote my July-August anticipated at the start of July and it’ll be live before this post, I will mention one I’m excited for in September, which is Dramas of a Teenage Heiress. And Then We Collided (which my friend Rosie co-wrote) is also out that month, and if I’m getting the right inference from the synopsis I think I’ll enjoy it immensely. There’s a lot more MG I’m excited for than YA in the next few months though.

Which series did you binge-read under the age of 12?

I binged loads of Enid Blyton, the Babysitters Club, Karen McCombie books and Cathy Hopkins’s series, as well as things like the Laura Marlin Mysteries, Adventure Island and My Sister the Vampire, though I did have to wait on the last few releasing I think.

What’s your favourite dinosaur?

The really honest answer is that I don’t have one πŸ™ˆ. I learnt about dinosaurs when I was in P1 or 2, which I can’t really remember as it was quite a few years ago. Let’s go for the fictional Driftosaurus from the Adventure Island series!

If one character could come to life for the day who would you pick and what would you do?

Either Nick from Geek Girl because I love himand he makes me laugh, or Ade fromBoy in the Tower so I could hug him and tell him how much of a star he is.

If you could have written any book, which would it be?

I’d LOVE to be able to plot mysteries as well as Robin Stevens, so one of her books.

Which game show would you most like to play for real?

Pointless, because it’s the one I’m best at!

Any books that inspired you to read even more/be more passionate about books?

I once fell into a rut of only rereading, and thought I’d never read something new I loved ever again. Adventure Island and the Laura Marlin Mysteries changed that.

Favourite and least favourite book cover?

My favourite book covers are Julian de Narvaez’s covers for Emma Carroll’s books, my overall favourite of which is probably In Darkling Wood. There aren’t many covers I don’t like, and those that I do are just my personal taste. I think the Babysitters Club covers are quite creepy.

If you could be any book character, who would you be and why?

I’d love to be Harriet Manners, as we’re pretty similar and I love the people around her so much. I’d also love to be Hazel Wong or Daisy Wells so I could solve mysteries! I don’t think I’m as brave or clever as them though…


What would your answers to some of these have been? Do we have any answers in common? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @GoldenBooksGirl!

Amy x

5 Books Set in Summer Camps

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Today, since it’s a setting I find really fun in books (despite knowing 100% I’d HATE going to one, and that we don’t really have them in the UK), I’m going to be talking about 5 books I’ve really enjoyed that are set in summer camps. Onto the post!


How Hard Can Love Be?- This is the 2nd of the Spinster Club trilogy, which I adore. This one is narrated from Amber’s point of view, and sees her travel to America to stay at her mum and stepdad’s summer camp for the summer. I loved all the different activities and customs of the camp was , Amber was a fun narrator who made me laugh and the scenes we get between the 3 Spinsters were as excellent as ever, Amber’s relationship with her mum (who’s a recovering alchoholic) was really interesting but pretty heartbreaking and I absolutely loved the love interest Kyle and their romance.

Spells and Sleeping Bags– this is the 3rd book inthe All About Rachel series, which I read when I was younger and really loved. They’re about Miri and Rachel, who are teenage witches, and this one sees them head off to summer camp and Rachel face off against Liana, who seems to hate her for no apparent reason. I remember being really shocked when who Liana is was revealed and not much else, but if you like funny books blending magic and contemporary you’d probably enjoy this series.

Babysitters’ Summer Vacation– this is the 2nd Super Special, which means we get chapters from the perspective of each member of the club (and sometimes other characters who are only minor characters in other books) and also that it’s a bit longer than the main series/mysteries. This one takes place as they become summer camp counsellors, and while it’s not one of my favourites, I still enjoyed it. There’s always lots going on as each club member has a different storyline, and so much is packed in. An easy and enjoyable read, just like all the other Babysitters Club books!

Comet and the Champion’s Cup– this isn’t a typical summer camp, but it fits the definition and I love it so I couldn’t resist including it. It’s the 5th in the Pony Club Secrets series and follows Issie and her best friends Stella and Kate as they go to stay at Issie’s aunt’s farm to help run her new riding school. They also compete in a contest, and Issie bonds withthe titular Comet, a cheeky skwebald who instantly became my favourite horse of the series (joint with Angel anyway) when I read this. It also features some lovely romantic moments between Issie and Aidan, and the riding school is really fun.

The Names They Gave Us– first of all, this book has one of THE most beautiful covers I’ve ever seen and I bought it without even reading the description, so learning it featured a summer camp was a nice surprise. It’s about Lucy, who’s sent to be a counsellor at a summer camp for troubled children and teens, mainly due to not wanting to disappoint her mum, who’s just been diagnosed with cancer for a 2nd time. I loved the friendships she forms there, the supporting cast, how positive and lovely the camp was and how much it helped everyone attending, and of course the romance between
Lucy and Jones.


If you’d like to see more of my summery posts, you can read the Summer Book Tag here!


What are your favourite books set in summer camps? Do you agree you’d hate to go to one, or would you enjoy it? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @GoldenBooksGirl!

Amy x

The 7 Deadly Sins Book Tag

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Today, I’m going to be doing the 7 Deadly Sins Book Tag, which I was tagged for by Lucy-May. Onto the post!


Greed – what is the most expensive book you own? What is the least expensive book you own?

The most expensive would be one of the few the hardbacks I own, so I’ll say Nevermoor as it’s my favourite of them. The least expensive, excluding things I bought second hand or from charity shops. Would be the Case of thee Missing Treasure. It’s a new short story in the Murder Most Unladylike series that I only bought a couple of weeks ago, and I’m super excited to read it.

Gluttony – what book or books have you shamelessly devoured many times?

Of all the books I’ve reread, I’ve probably read the Geek Girl books the most times, and as an exaple of this I’m almost certain I read them 3 times last year alone. And it will always be shameless, because I could never feel shame over choosing to reimmerse myself in a world that has given and still does give me so much joy.

Sloth – what book or book series have you neglected out of sheer laziness?

Up till May, the Northern Lights trilogy. I put off reading them for months because they are intimidating both in size and the sheer volume of people who consider them among their favourite books. I personally did not find that, and only made it through the first before deciding I just wasn’t clicking with them. That said, I did adore Iorek and Pan, and thought the conceptof the world had so much promise.

Pride – what book or books do you bring up when you want to sound like an intellectual reader?

I don’t tend to try to sound like an intellectual reader that I can think of, because I read for pleasure, but if I ever wanted/needed to I’d probably mention the Shakespeare plays I’ve read or To Kill a Mockingbird.

Lust – what attributes do you find most attractive in characters?

I really love characters who make me laugh, someone so likeable I can get 100% behind them, and clever characters.

Envy – what book/s would you most like to receive as a gift?

I love receiving books/book tokens as a gift, but I’m going to give my answer to this in a dream world rather than a book I think anyone will ever actually give me as a gift. I spoke in this post about a book I loved when I was younger, that I have lost and cannot remember the title of at all, so I’dbe thrilled if someone gave me that. Mainly so I could read it and see what I thought now, but also because it’s been driving me bananas for years and it probably will do forever.

Wrath – what author do you have a love/hate relationship with?

I think this has to be Polly Ho-Yen. I love both Boy in the Tower and Fly Me Home a great deal, but I found Where Monsters Lie disappointing.

I tag Charlotte and Kelly.


What are your thoughts on the books I’ve mentioned? Are any on your TBR? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @GoldenBooksGirl!

Amy x

Top Ten Tuesday: My Favourite Short Stories

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Today, I’m taking part in Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, which the theme for today is our favourite short stories/novellas. Onto the post!


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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’ve Picked Up Because of Blogger Recommendations

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Today, I’m taking part in Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, and today’s prompt was to pick a past topic. I’ve decided to go for books I’ve picked up because other bloggers have recommended to me; some of which I’ve read and others that are still on my TBR (and I haven’t got a full ten, which I just want to point out in case anyone thought I couldn’t count 😜). Onto the post!


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The Chocolate Book Tag

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Today, to celebrate World Chocolate Day, I’m going to be doing the Chocolate Book Tag, which was created by Faye. Onto the post!


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1. Dark Chocolate β€” A book that covers a dark topic (abuse, domestic violence, rape, lonlieness, bullying, death, etc)

The Summer of Telling Tales, which sees two sisters, their mum and their dog escaping a horrifically abusive household and attempting to start a new life, was one of my favourite reads of last year. It was heartbreaking, and I cried all the way through.

2. White Chocolate β€” Your favourite light-hearted/humourous read

I think everyone who’s read this blog before knows the answer, and I’ll be talking about it in a few questions time anyway, so instead I’ll mention some recent favourite funny reads: Noah Could Never, It’s a Wrap and Theatrical.

3. Milk Chocolate β€” A book that has a lot of hype that you’re dying to read.

I’ve heard lots of amazing things about Catherine Doyle’s the Storm Keeper’s Island, and I’m really looking forward to reading it at some point. It sounds like something I’ll probably enjoy quite a bit!

4. Chocolate with a caramel centre- Name a book that made you feel all gooey in the middle while you were reading it

The One Hundred and Dalmatians, because aogs trying to save their pups from death at the hands of a horrid villain is an adorable concept, and while it’s suspenseful in places, it’s quite relaxing at the same time. It also features a charming golden retriever, and my heart melts every time I read that bit.

5. Snickers β€” A book that you are going nuts about

I just read the Elsewhere Emporium, and I thought it was amazing. I’ll be reviewing it in my July reviews post next month, and I’m super excited to write it already. I thought it was even better than the first book; a perfect follow up that would also be an engrossing, exciting read for someone who’d never heard of the Nowhere Emporium before.

6. Hot Chocolate with cream and marshmallows- What book would you turn to for a comfort read?

Geek Girl, always. No matter how down I am, no matter whether I read the full series or a couple of pages, it always lifts my mood.

7. Box of chocolates β€” What series have you read that you feel has a wide variety and a little something for everyone?

I had to think REALLY hard on what I could pick for this one, but I’ve decided on the 39 Clues books. I really wish more people would read them because they’re brilliant and they do pack a lot in. There’s intriguing mystery, exciting action, well developed characters with interesting backstories and the opportunity to learn about some historical figures.


What are your favourite types of chocolate? What are your thoughts on the books I’ve mentioned? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @GoldenBooksGirl!

Amy x