5 Books That Feature Witches

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Today, I’m going to be talking about some of the books I really like that feature witches, was an idea I got from Jenn’s fab list of October-themed prompts. Onto the post!


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The Graces- I read this when it was rainy and stormy outside, and it was the perfect choice of book for that weather. It’s about “River” (which isn’t her real name, hence the quotation) as she becomes involved with the enigmatic Grace siblings, who are rumoured to be witches. It’s so atmospheric and tense and thrilling, and I loved it so much; the narration style of us knowing nothing about River somehow adds even more to the quietly spooky vibe. The last line sent shivers down my spine, and I’m very excited for the sequel the Curses next year. I feel like I’ve been waiting on it forever!

The Apprentice Witch/A Witch Alone- these books are about Arianwyn as she’s sent to be the resident witch on the small island of Lull after failing her exam that would allow her to become a fully fledged witch rather than an apprentice who must continually prove herself in her job, and I adore these books. There are so many amazing magical creatures and I love the magic system and old-fashioned feel of the worldbuilding, and Arianwyn is a fantastic character who shows that even incredibly talented and capable people make mistakes. They’re both full of adventure and excitement and a very cosy feeling, and I’m so sad that A Witch Come True will (probably) be the last time I get to see this world. I’m so excited to see what it’s like at Christmas time in this world though!

The Witch’s Kiss trilogy- these are about teenage Merry as she must use her newly discovered powers to stop Jack, who is possessed by a wizard’s curse, from killing people, while also falling in love with him. The later books see her face different magical enemies, and I really enjoyed them all. They’re full of excellent plots with great villains and interesting mysteries that kept me reading on, the second book has a killer cliffhanger, and there’s a lovely sibling relationship between Merry and her older brother. I’m also a big fan of Finn in books 2 and 3 as he really makes me laugh!

The Witches- this, along with Matilda, is my favourite Roald Dahl book. The witches were pretty terrifying to young me, mainly due to their varied ingenious ways of murdering children, especially the Grand High Witch, and I really enjoyed how brave and adventurous the main character was too. I hate the film version with a passion though.

Witch Girl- this was a very recent read, and I liked it a lot. It’s about a girl called Evangeline, who is the apprentice of her haunt huntress grandmother, and together they defeat malevolent spirits. During the book, they must leave their swamp home and go to New Orleans for an unusual case, and it was so interesting watching it unfold in the rather creepy manor they’re staying in, and I loved how all these little clues I hadn’t picked up on were linked together at the end to explain the mystery throughout. The worldbuilding was great too.


Which witchy books would you recommend to me? Are you a fan of any that I’ve mentioned? I’d love to to hear in the comments below!

Amy x

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The Currently Reading Book Tag

Hello everybody! Today, I’m going to do the Currently Reading Book Tag, which I saw on Writing with Wolves a few months ago and have fancied doing since. Onto the post!


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The Fall Time, Cosy Time Tag

Hello everybody! Today, since it’s starting to feel really autumnal to me now it’s October, I’ve decided to do the Fall Time, Cosy Time Tag, which I’ve wanted to do ever since I first saw it on Laura’s booktube. Onto the post!


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The Superlatives Book Tag

Hello everybody! Today, I’m going to be doing the Superlatives Book Tag, which I was tagged for by Cora. Onto the post!


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Most Likely To Be In The Movies: The Book That Would Make The Best Movie

The Defender of the Realm books are super cinematic (which isn’t that surprising as they’re written by screenwriters), so I think they’d make fantastic films.

Biggest Drama Queen/King: The Most (Overly) Dramatic Book Or Character

As I said in my post the other day about characters I’m not keen on, I find Hagrid to be overdramatic a lot of the time.

Best Dressed: The Book With The Best Cover

My favourite cover ever is probably Julian de Narvaez’s for In Darkling Wood by Emma Carroll, but as I’ve mentioned that in other tags I’ll alao say the Wild Folk’s cover, because I’d totally have bought it just for the cover if I hadn’t already been excited for it.

Most Creative: The Book With The Most Unique Plot, Characters, & Structure

As anyone I’ve seen do this has said Floored, which would probably have been my answer otherwise, I’ll go for Ketchup Clouds. It’s written in the form of letters to a prisoner on death row from a girl who has a dark secret that she can’t tell anyone.

Most Popular: The Book With The Most Ratings On Goodreads

From this year, it’s Northern Lights by Philip Pullman. I did like some aspects of it a lot, but I struggled with the writing style and pacing so only gave it 3 stars.

Most Likely To Succeed: The Book That Is Going To Be Appreciated For Many Years To Come

I always find questions like this really hard, so I’ll answer this with a series I hope are seen as classics in a hundred years time, which is the Murder Most Unladylike series. I’d love for those to be seen as books you have to read if you love mysteries, like I did with Enid Blyton when I was younger.

Class Clown: The Book That Made You Laugh Out Loud

Most recently, Friendship Fails of Emma Nash. I really enjoyed seeing Emma and her friends again.

Most Improved: The Book That Started Off Slow, But Really Picked Up

Again, a recent one that fits this for me is the Missing Barbegazi. I found it slightly slow until the main characters meet and team up to save the barbegazis from the threat facing them.

Cutest Couple: Cutest Couple In A Book

Harriet and Nick from Geek Girl, which I say in every tag because they just are.

Biggest Heartbreaker: The Book That Broke Your Heart

Ways to Live Forever made me more emotional than anything I’ve ever read, though Boy in the Tower is a close second.


I tag Charlotte and Laura.


What are your thoughts on the books books I’ve mentioned? Are you planning to pick any of them up? Let me know in the comments!

Amy x

Would You Rather? (Bookworm Edition)

Hello everybody! Today, I’m going to be playing the bookworm edition of Would You Rather, which I found on Chrikaru. Onto the post!


1. Would you rather have a friend who loses your books, or one who dog-ears them?

One who dog ears them. A slightly scruffy book is a hell of a lot better than no book at all.

2. Would you rather secretly love a book everyone else hates, or secretly hate a book everyone else loves?

I’ve done the second (I really didn’t enjoy what was one of the most hyped books of 2017) and it’s not that hard to keep quiet about because I don’t like talking about hating books much anyway so I’d definitely say that.

3. Would you rather be stuck on a very long plane or train ride without a book?

I don’t really take a lot of either. Probably a train journey because I struggle to read on those anyway due to motion sickness, plus they’re usually shorter.

4. Would you rather have dinner with your favorite author or your favorite character?

I don’t really have just one of either, but I think I’d say author as I could learn all about their worlds from the people who created them and learn so much. Also, I know one of the people I’d consider a favourite author (Holly Smale) is absolutely hilarious and has amazing anecdotes after seeing her at Edinburgh Book Festival so she’d be a brilliant dinner companion!

5. Would you rather date a character you have a crush on or your crush from real life?

A book crush, because no real human could ever be as wonderful and romantic as Nick (aka Liom Boy) from the Geek Girl series.

6. Would you rather have your favorite book turned into a movie, or your favorite movie turned into a book?

I really don’t think Pretty in Pink would work in book format (you’d be robbed of the utter joy that is the Try a Little Tenderness scene, for a start), so I’d much rather see a book I consider a favourite adapted to screen. Very, very carefully, obviously, because my preciouses deserve only the best.

7. Would you rather read a book with an annoying cliffhanger, or one where your favorite character is killed off?

I do often cry when characters die, but I’d rather that than a cliffhanger. Cliffhangers irk me till the next book arrives (or worse still, forever, in the case of standalones with abrupt endings).

8. Would you rather lose the ability to read any new books, or the ability to reread books you’ve already read?

While I’d hate to not be able to reread favourites, I’d go for reading new releases because amazing books are released pretty much every week and I’d hate not to be able to read the ones that interest me.

9. Would you rather live in a library or a bookstore?

Probably a library, because I know that between my local library and nearest bookshop, the library comes out much better when you compare the comfy seating options.

10. Would you rather lose your place or get a paper cut every time you read a book?

Lose my place. I drop books a lot so I’m quite used to needing to find it and keeping track of roughly where I am.

11. Would you rather have to always read in the dark, or always read books with tiny text?

I’d really struggle with either because I have atrocious eyesight, but I suppose tiny text.

12. Would you rather read by a fireplace, or on the beach?

By a fireplace, on a nice comfy couch with a blanket and golden retriever for company.


Would you agree with my choices, or go for the other option? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @GoldenBooksGirl!

Amy x

My Most Anticipated September-October Releases

Hello everybody! Today, I’m going to be talking about the books I’m most excited for in September and October, even though I’ve made a little bit of a mess of my scheduling and the September releases will all be out already 🙈. Onto the books!


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