The Birthday Book Tag 

Hello everybody!

As you may know if you follow me on Twitter, yesterday was my birthday! Therefore, today I thought it would be fun to do the Birthday Book Tag, which was created a few years ago by Brunette Bibliophile.

 1. Count your birthday along your bookshelf and then subtract your birth month. What book does it land on?

I counted along my storage boxes instead, and the book I came to was the Smoking Hourglass by Jennifer Bell, which is the 2nd of the Uncommoners trilogy. While I didn’t love it quite as much as the 1st book, I still enjoyed it and I can’t wait for book 3!

2. If you could spend your birthday with any fictional character who would it be and why?

Nick from the Geek Girl series, hands down. Even though things went quite wrong on Harriet’s birthday in Picture Perfect, I feel like Nick would plan something really special.

3. Find a book that takes place in the season you were born in.

A book that takes place in Autumn is The Mystery of the Vanishing Skeleton by Helen Moss, which is one of my favourite Adventure Island books (the others are The Mystery of the Hidden Gold and The Mystery of the Secret Room, if you’re interested!). Another one I love is Jolly Foul Play by Robin Stevens, in which Hazel and Daisy solve a murder that takes place on Bonfire Night.

 4. Find a book that is the colour of your birthstone

My birthstone is a topaz, which is basically my least favourite gemstone ever, but I digress. It’s orange, and an orange book cover I love is Running on the Roof of the World! Please read it if you haven’t already!

5. Is there a series with the same number of books as your age? If so what is it?

There are 16 Ally’s world books, if you count the Christmas book and the summery follow up!

6. Pick a book set in a time period, world or country you would like to have been born in.

This one is hard! I think we’d all love to live in the Wizarding World though, and I’d also love to be an Uncommoner/see Nevermoor. I have one main one though, but as it’s a question in my upcoming Q&A post in the next month or so I’m staying schtum about it. *looks mysterious* 😉

Thank you for reading! I’m not going to tag anyone, but if you feel like it, I’d love to read your post! 

Amy xxx

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The Fall Book Tag

Hello everybody!

Today, I’m taking part in the Fall Book Tag, for which I was tagged by Justine. Onto the post! 

The Rules

  • Please link back to me, Bionic Book Worm, as the creator of this tag!! I want to see your answers!!
  • Use the graphics – if you want 🙂
  • Have fun!

Crisp Fall Air: A book that felt fresh and new- I think I have to go for the Secret series by Pseudonymus Bosch here. I’ve read some books that were similar in plot/tone, but the style of these is utterly unique (and very hard to explain, as it turns out! You’ll understand what I mean if you’ve read these). If not, it’s essentially a narrator watching the events of the book, but not giving any real details about setting /real names of characters as it is ‘too dangerous’ and it’s very quirky. It didn’t akwqys succeed for me, but when it did it was fabulous.

Howling Winds: An ending that blew you away – This one has to be The Lost and the Found by Cat Clarke for me; I still don’t fully understand it but it most certainly left my jaw hanging open in shock. I can remember literally gasping as I read the last line 😂

Pumpkin Spice: Your most anticipated read- I’m going to presume this means of the autumn, of which I had two; the Empty Grave by Jonathan Stroud, and Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend. I have already devoured both, and they were just as amazing as I expected!

Comfy Sweater: A book that gives you the warm fuzzies- The first thing that sprang to mind for this was Geek Girl, but as I talk about that loads I’m going to say Simon Vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli, which is a lovely, gentle, funny LGBT contemporary about Simon as he faces problems at school, comes out to his friends and family and falls in love with the mysterious ‘Blue’.

Bright Colours: A cover with either red, orange or yellow- I can think of loads, but I’m going to say Beetle Boy by M.G Leonard!

Not going to tag anyone as autumn is almost over now, but if you feel like doing this, please do send me your link! 

Thank you for reading! What do you think of these books? Are any on your TBR? Let me know down in the comments or on Twitter @GoldenBooksGirl

Amy xxx

#sixforsunday: War Books

Hello everybody!

Today, I’m taking part once again in #sixforsunday, hosted by wonderful Steph. Today’s theme is war books, of which I’ve read some amazing, heatbreaking stories.

Onto the books! 


War Horse by Michael Morpurgo- this is one of the first things I remember ever crying over. It’s a gorgeous book about how World War One rips apart the life pf a boy called Albert and his horse Joey, and their journey to find each other again.

Pax by Sara Pennypacker- shamefully, I haven’t yet read this one, but it’s so similar in synopsis to War Horse I couldn’t resist including it. It’s a very similar story, except it’s about a boy and his fox. I can’t wait to finally devour it (though I am certain it’ll make me cry!)

Goodnight Mr Tom by Michelle Magorian- Speaking of books which make me cry, this absolutely destroyed me. It’s about shy, strange Willie Beech as he is evacuated to the countryside and is sent to live with Mr Tom Oakley, and how it changes his life forever. While this is an amazing book, I definetely wouldn’t allow anyone under about 10 to read it as some parts really preyed on my mind aged 14.

Letters from the Lighthouse by Emma Carroll- Another evacuee story, although this one has much more of a focus on Jewish refugees! It’s a fabulous read, as is everything by Emma Carroll, and I highly recommend it. It focuses on Olive and her little brother Clive as they move to the seaside, and are taken in by the mysterious lighthouse keeper. 

Carries War by Nina Bawden- I can’t remember a great deal about this one, but it was my first time really learning about the war and what it was, when it was my class book in P5 or P6, and I definetly remember liking it more than most of the stuff (read: drivel) we got forced to study.

A Million Angels by Kate Maryon- This was a really sad story about a girl called Jemima whose dad is away fighting in Afghanistan, and again I found it a reakky upsetting read. It also explores World War Two through the eyes of Jemima’s gran. 

What do you think of these books, if you’ve read them? Are any on your TBR? What books set during wartime would you recommend? I’d really love to hear from you down in the comments or on Twitter @GoldenBooksGirl

Amy xxx

Guest Post: Zoe’s Halloween Horror Recommendations

Happy Halloween everyone!

To celebrate the occasion, I asked my lovely friend Zoe, of the equally fabulous No Safer Place, who is a huge horror fan (unlike me, who is a huge wuss) to write some horror recommendations. Enjoy! 

Amy xxx

Over to Zoe 😊


I have loved horror for as long as I can remember. I believe books started this love. My earliest memory of horror is reading Goosebumps and Shivers books when I was around 7/8 and the love only grew from there. Today I thought I’d share my love of horror over the years, starting with my favourite horror book as a child, to my favourite horror book now.

A Ghostly Playmate (Shivers) by M.D. Spenser

So this book was the first horror book I fell in love with. I must have been around 7 when I read it and it terrified me. The idea of moving into a new house, feeling lonely and finding a friendly ghost who wants to be your friend – only to find out she wants you to be her friend forever and she’ll do whatever it takes to get you onto her side…I mean, that’s pretty terrifying. Shivers books are brilliant and if you haven’t read them, pick them up on Amazon!

Night of the Living Dummy (Goosebumps) by R.L Stine

Once I got the taste for horror, I couldn’t stop. Slappy is one of my all time favourite characters. I went to a Goosebumps Alive adult experience recently and I don’t think I’ve ever been as terrified as when I saw Slappy brought to life. Who doesn’t love a good ventriloquist dummy coming to life and trying to kill you? R.L Stine has been one of my favourite authors since I was about 8, and he still is!

Frozen Charlotte by Alex Bell

Horror in YA is seriously lacking and this breaks my heart. As a lover of YA and horror, nothing made me happier when I found Alex Bell. I read Frozen Charlotte as part of the Zoella Book Club and completely fell in love. Creepy dolls that come to life and torture you and force you to do some truly horrific things. What’s not to love? The prequel Charlotte Says is even better – and even more brutal!

The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty

Adult horror. I hadn’t read this until a few months ago. Obviously I’d seen the film, loved the TV series and I really wanted to read the original material. It was so much better than the film (I expected no less) and honestly, some of the detail and description is so graphic, it made me feel physically sick…but isn’t that the best part about horror?

Dracula by Bram Stoker

Does this really need an explanation? Dracula is one of the most stunning books ever written and when I read Dracula, aged 14, it changed horror for me. I had a new found adoration for the genre, particularly for vampires and I still do. There is something about Dracula that is just so bloody (excuse the pun!) beautiful.

What are your favourite horror books? What are you reading this Halloween? Let me know in the comments below!

#sixforsunday: Thrillers (Scary Books)

Hello everybody!

Today, I’m taking part in Six for Sunday, hosted by the lovely Steph and for today’s theme of Scary Books I decided to talk about some thrillers I really enjoyed

Onto the books!


Looking for JJ by Anne Cassidy-
This is the story of Jennifer Jones, and what happened the day three friends walked out of town and only two come back. I think it’s better to go in blind for this to really enjoy it, but it’s a slow-burning thriller that’s also, in my opinion, incredibly touching.


The Lost and the Found by Cat Clarke-
This is another slow-burner, but trust me, the shocking ending (I gasped, genuinely and audibly) makes it so worth it. It tells the story of Faith, whose sister Laurel was kidnapped when they were children, and how her life changes dramatically when Laurel very unexpectedly reappears. Faith is such a witty, complex character who I really enjoyed spending time, the flawed family dynamics are fascinating and as the subject matter would imply, is completley chilling in places.


Girlhood by Cat Clarke –
Yes, I’m including another Cat Clarke book. #sorrynotsorry. This was part of the Zoella Book Club earlier this year but I read it just before that was announced, and I loved it. It takes pkace in a very twisted boarding school called Duncraggan, and it focuses on toxic female friendships after new girl Kirsty arrives and starts behaving strangely. It’s not a conventional thriller in terms of it being about crime, and I’m not a huge fan of the ending, but it most definetely kept me on the edge of my seat.


The Day I Met Suzie by Chris Higgins –
this is about Indie’s life and how it unravels as Suzie arrives at college and turns everything upside down. It’s such a chilling story, as it feels like something that could happen in real life. Details are revealed at exactly the right moments, at the perfect pace and I genuinely felt awful for Indie when I was reading. I highly recommend this one!


One of Us is Lying by Karen McManus
– Described as Pretty Little Liar meets the Breakfast Club, this tells the story of what happens when 5 teenagers walk into detention, and only 4 come back out. It’s fast paced, with characters I fell in love with, and I highly recommend it.


Girl, Missing by Sophie McKenzie-
This was the first thriller I read, and as that was quite a long time ago I can’t remember a huge deal about the plot. It’s about Lauren as she discovers her adoption possibly wasn’t totally legit, and her journey to discover what happened to her. It all got a bit nuts (even more so in the other books of the trilogy) but it was totally gripping and I loved side character Jam.


Thank you so much for reading! What are your favourite thrillers? What did you think of my choices, if you’ve read them? I’d love to hear from you in the comments or on Twitter @GoldenBooksGirl 😊


Amy xxx 

The Rapid Fire Book Tag

Hello everybody!

Today, I’m taking part in the Rapid Fire Book Tag, which I was tagged for by the absolutely lovely Bex, of My Shelf and Myself

Onto the questions!


1. Ebook or physical books?

DEFINETELY physical books. I like the feeling of a book in my hamds, and ebooks really hurt and strain my eyes too much to read them.

2. Paperback or hardback?

While I think hardbacks can be pretty, they’re just too cumbersome to get properly comfy with and they’re also very expensive. Paperbacks.

3. Online or in-store book shopping?

I go to actual shops more often, and prefer that as an experience (e.g getting to browse), but I also order online and can see the benefits of that.

4. Trilogies or series?

Series! I love nothing than getting to know characters over a long series, and some of my favourite books are series.

5. Heroes or villains?

Heroes, for me. I’m a fan of a good villain, but I adore rooting for a hero (hoewever flawed) and getting behind them.

6. A book you want everyone to read?

I think I’ll go for Boy in the Tower for this one. I barely ever hear it being mentioned, and it’s so underrated!

7. Recommend an underrated book?

See the above answer, oops!

8. The last book you finished?

Editing Emma by Chloe Seager (scheculing this in advance!). Spoiler: I loved it quite a bit.

9. The last book you bought?

(Again, scheduling this in advance): the 2nd It Girl book by Katy Birchall. I realky enjoyed the 1st one and have been meaning to track this one down since it came out.

10. Weirdest thing you’ve ever used as a bookmark?

When I was younger, I used other books 🙈🙈🙈. Hence why all my childhood faves are basically falling apart.

11. Used books: yes or no?

I quite like used books! I’m not mega fussy about how my books look, as long as the contents are good.

12. Three favourite genres?

Why not read my post on this very subject, to find out? 😜😉

13. Borrow or buy?

I do both pretty much equally. I love owning books so I canreread the ones I really love, but I also really enjoy being able to support my local library.

14. Characters or plot?

Both are really important for a brilliant read, but I’m more drawn to character.

15. Long or short books?

I like between 300-400 pages usually.

16. Long or short chapters?

Short chapters! Makes me feel like I’m accomplishing so much more when I only have a short time to read. It also makes it easier to set targets.

17. Name the first 3 books you think of.

Spellchasers, Nevermoor, Wizards of Once. 

18. Books that made you laugh or cry?

Laugh- Lobsters, Holly Smale, Holly Bourne, Editing Emma

Cry- Boy in the Tower always makes me emotional, partially because I love it so much now, I think

19. Our world or fictional worlds?

I’d like to visit some fictional worlds, but I think I’ll stay living in ours at the monent.

20. Audiobooks; yes or no?

No for me, as I don’t read them, but I have nothing at all against them and they help a lot of people to read.

21. Do you ever judge a book by it’s cover?

Yes! A nice cover can definetely influence me into reading something.

22. Book to movie or TV adaptations?

Dont have a preference!

23. Movie/TV show you preferred to its book? 

Easily the John Green adaptations to date. Hated the books, totalky love the movies.

24. Series or standalones?

Series for sure! As I said, I love getting to see characters develop over a period of time and go on more than one adventure with them.

I really hope you enjoyed reading my answers! I tag Layla and Amy-Louise if they’d  like to do this.

See you soon with a new post,

Amy xxx


Blog Tour: Lari Don’s Favourite Myths

Hello everybody!

Today, I’m incredibly excited to welcome Lari Don as part of her blog tour for the phenomenal Spellchasers trilogy. I hope you’ll enjoy reading her post as much as I did!


I love the old stories. I love myths, legends, fairy tales and folktales. I love them so much I want to rub them with my sleeve and make them shiny and new (just like Aladdin’s lamp…) 

I try to make them new in two ways:

I retell them, out loud to audiences and in books. When I retell traditional tales, I quite openly tweak or change or rip them apart (because oral stories have always been changed by storytellers, that’s how they evolve.) 

I also make the old stories new by taking little snippets of magic and monsters and bouncing off them to create fictional adventures of my own. 

As a child, I loved dragon stories. Dragons are the perfect magical monster. The size! The fire! The teeth! The wings! And there are dragon stories from all over the world, so you can travel round the globe from dragon tale to dragon tale. 

Favourite dragon story: The Laidly Wyrm (from North of England, about a girl who is cursed to turn into a dragon) 

The first connected series of stories I discovered were the Greek myths, with all that family drama, and all those wonderful creatures like centaurs and minotaurs, which made me want to create my own mix and match monsters with scissors and glue…

Favourite Greek myth: Theseus and the Minotaur (how to defeat the monster in the maze)

I also grew up loving shapeshifter stories, because Scottish folklore is filled with shapeshifters, like the kelpie (an underwater monster who can become human or horse to lure children to the water) and the selkie (who can be human or seal, and is often forced to stay on land when an unscrupulous fisherman hides her sealskin) 

Favourite shapeshifter story: The Tale of Tam Linn (from the Scottish Borders, about a boy stolen by the Fairy Queen) 

As I read more widely, I fell in love with the Viking myths. These are the myths that speak to me most clearly, possibly because they’re set in harsh rocky winter, rather than Mediterranean sunlight. I love the stories of Fenrir the wolf, Kara the Swan Warrior, and Ragnar Shaggy-Breeks. 

Favourite Viking myth: The Death of Baldur (the story I tell most often to 11 year olds…) 

I’m always searching for my favourite stories of all: stories with strong female protagonists. My quest for girls who defeat their own monsters has so far led me to Inanna the Sumerian goddess of love and war, to Nana Miriam the Nigerian girl who defeated a fire-breathing hippo, to Chi the Chinese girl who defeated a seven-headed dragon, and to many more… 

Favourite heroine story: Tale of Tam Linn again! (Because the Scottish boy who was stolen by the fairy queen, was saved by a girl called Janet)

All these traditional tales inspire my adventure novels. For example, there are dragons, centaurs and minotaurs in the Fabled Beast Chronicles. 

And my new Spellchasers trilogy is filled with shapeshifters, with characters who relish their power to change into horses and crows, and characters who are trapped as toads and hares. The biggest villain in the trilogy is inspired by a mix of Sumerian and Egyptian mythology, and the curse-lifting workshop at the heart of the book has a sphinx as a pupil.

And all my adventure books contain strong girls (as well as strong boys, and intermittently useful magical animals…) 

I love the old stories. I love writing new stories inspired by the magic of the old tales. And when the new stories are written, I settle back down and lose myself in the old stories again. I wonder what story I will rub with my ragged sleeve next… 

About the Author


Lari Don is a full-time children’s writer and storyteller. She grew up in the North East of Scotland and now lives in Edinburgh. She writes in her garden shed, helped by purring cats and hindered by lurking spiders. Lari has written more than 20 books, including adventure novels, picture books and retellings of traditional tales.  She can be found on Twitter @LariDonWriter or at http://www.laridon.co.uk

The Spellchasers trilogy is available and out now.

Thank you so much for reading! What are your favourite myths? Do you love retellings of them? What are your favourites? I’d love to hear about them in the comments!

Amy xxx