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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The Mid Year Book Freakout Tag 2018

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


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1. The best book you’ve read this year?

My joint favourites of the year so far are When the Mountains Roared and the Children of Castle Rock, which I adored. The former cemented Jess as one of my favourite writers at the moment as it was even better than her stunning debut and the latter was such a perfect Blyton-esque read that made me laugh so, so much.

2. The best sequel you’ve read this year?

I’ve read lots of excellent new additons to series this year, but the best sequel to a first book by far for me has been Alex Sparrow and the Furry Fury, which I thought was hilarious and exciting and immensely enjoyable, AND it had the added bonus of loads of brilliant animals.

3. New releases you haven’t read yet but want to.

So, so many. I’m very excited to finish off the Uncommoners trilogy, and I think the Storm Keeper’s Island and the Wild Folk look particularly amazing too.

4. Most anticipated releases for the second half of the year.

Emma Carroll’s Secrets of a Sun King, Robin Stevens’s Death in the Spotlight and Anna James’s Pages and Co are probably my top three. There are so many things coming out that I want to read that I’d take forever to list them all though!

5. Biggest disappointment.

I think it has to be the List of Real Things. I absolutely loved the two books I’d read from Sarah Moore Fitzgerald previously (Back to Blackbrick and the Apple Tart of Hope, which were stunningly written and so unique), but I found this one really hard to get into and not what I’d expected from the blurb.

6. Biggest surprise.

I thought I’d enjoy the Children of Castle Rock, but I had no idea I’d love it as much as I do. It feels like a book I’ve been waiting on forever without knowing it, as it combines so many of my favourite ingredients in a book; boarding school, adventure, friendship, beautiful writing and brilliant humour.

7. Favourite new to you, or debut, author.

I don’t feel like I’ve read as many debuts this year (though that could be my imagination!), but I’d say my favourite would be the House with Chicken Legs, which was a retelling of the Baba Yaga folk tale with lovely characters, some brilliant twists I did not see coming at all and a phenomenal setting/character in the house itself.

8. Newest fictional crush.

1000% Matt Finch from Open Road Summer. I love him. Unlike Reagan (the main character, who he is the love interest for), I am exactly the sort of person who’d love to have a song written for them.

9. Newest favourite character.

I’ve loved SO many new characters, but I think my absolute favourite is Finch, the narrator of Flying Tips for Flightless Birds. He took a little while to get to know, but he was such a joy to read despite being simeltaneously frustrating some of the time.

10. Book that made you cry?

When the Mountains Roared made weep at multiple points. Most books ehuch heavily feature animals do, to be honest.

11. Book that made you happy?

ALL OF THEM. But one in particular would be A Sky Painted Gold, which I read on the couch one day when I felt really unwell. It was so romantic, funny and well written that it made for perfect escapism.

12. Favourite book to film adaption?

I think I’ve only seen Love, Simon, but it’d still be Love, Simon if I’d seen fifty. I loved that film so much, and I didn’t really expect to since the book is one of my favourites and they changed quite a few things.

13. Favourite post you have done this year?

I think it would have to be this one because writing an entire post about why I love Geek Girl was such a joy.

14. Most beautiful book you have bought this year?

Easily Open Road Summer- I think all of the UK covers for Emery Lord are ridiculously pretty.

15. What books do you need to read by the end of the year?

I want to get to so many things by the end of the year, but the main one I’ll mention is the Secret of Supernatural Creek because I bought it the day it came out, and have put off reading it for almost an entire year in case it doesn’t live up to the original Laura Marlin Mysteries quartet (which hold a very special place in my heart). There are lots of others I hope I can get to too.

If you’d like to read my 2017 version of this tag, you can do that here.


I tag Christina and Laura.


Have you read any of these books? What did you think? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @GoldenBooksGirl!

Amy x

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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Top Ten Tuesday: Red, White and Blue Covers

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Today, I’m taking part in Top Ten Tuesday, which is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Today, in honour of 4th July celebrations in America, the theme is books with red, white and blue covers, which I’ve decided to do a mixture of (3 for each, so 9 instead of 10). Onto the post!


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RED:

Mistletoe and Murder– this is the 5th of the Murder Most Unladylike series, and I love it just as much as all the others. It’s set in Cambridge over the Christmas holidays, features a secret climbing society and an appearance from the Junior Pinkertons, and is an absolutely brilliant mystery. As an aside, the chapter headers are fantastic!

Picture Perfect- given this post is in honour of 4th July, it seemed fitting to include the 3rd of the Geek Girl series, which is set in America and has stars and stripes on its cover. It’s not my favourite of the series, but I still love it a lot, and there are of course plenty of hilarious moments. Also, Annabel gets a moment where she really shines, and Annabel being a full on badass is brilliant.

It’s a Wrap– this is another comedy YA, and it’s a great ending to a great trilogy. It’s about Elektra, a young actress, and in this book she’s navigating the trials and tribulations that come with publicising a film. There are so many scenes that had me giggling, and I really enjoyed this.

BLUE:

The Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow– this is the first of the Sinclair’s Mysteries, and it has an excellent self-contained mystery while also introducing the characters and superb setting of Sinclair’s department store, and setting up plot points for the series arc.

Marshmallow Skye– this is the 2nd in the Chocolate Box Girls series, and it focuses on Skye. Its blue cover is beautiful, with gorgeous little bird illustrations, and I love it. Skye is such a lovely character, the chocolate business is brilliant to read about, and the plot of Skye trying to uncover the secrets of her ancestor Clara Travers is so interesting.

State of Sorrow– I read this very recently, and really liked it. It’s about a girl called Sorrow, who lives in a country called Rhylla which has been forced into perpetual mourning by her drug addict father, who is the chancellor of Rhylla, for her brother Mael and mother Cerena, both of whom died 18 years ago, and what happens when the political landscape changes very suddenly, and she must compete to become the new chancellor. The worldbuilding is phenomenal, I found Sorrow really interesting as a character, the secondary cast are all well developed and interesting also and the twists and turns are incredibly shocking.

WHITE:

Open Road Summer– this was one of my last reads, and I’m still a bit breathless from how much I loved it. Composing my thoughts into a review will be both difficult and exciting, but my main thoughts are the narrator Reagan is complex and clever and I want her to be happy, her love interest Matt is incredible and basically perfect, her friend Dee is so sweet and I want to wrap her in a hug, and the landscape relationships between the three of them are a delight, and they fit together so well.

Did I Mention I Love You?- this is with me on holiday, and I’m hoping to get to it. It sounds like a really enjoyable YA romance, and I’ve heard incredibly good things about the whole trilogy.

George– this is another book I brought on holiday. It’s a contemporary middle grade about George, a trans girl, as it’s announced her class is putting on a play of Charlotte’s Web and she decides she desperately wants to be Charlotte, but isn’t allowed because everyone thinks she’s a boy. It sounds like a lovely story, and I’m hoping for lots of Charlotte’s Web references because it’s my favourite classic.


What are your favourite books with covers of these colours? Are you a fan of any of the books I’ve mentioned? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @GoldenBooksGirl!

Amy xxx

Mirror Magic Blog Tour Guest Post from Claire Fayers: What Would the 17th Century Have Looked Like with Magic?

Hello everybody!

Today, I’m really excited to be hosting a guest post from Claire Fayers, about what the 17th century newspapers may have looked like had magic existed as part of her blog tour for Mirror Magic (which I really enjoyed earlier this month, and shall be reviewing come my June Reviews post!)

Over to Claire!


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