Ten Wintry Book Recommendations

Hello everybody! Today, I’m going to be giving you some wintry book recommendations, given winter is almost upon us and there’s almost nothing better than cosying up under a blanket with a book when it’s cold, in my opinion. Onto the post!


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10 Spooky Books to Read this Halloween Season

Hello everybody! Today, I’m going to be recommending some books with spooky vibes, in honour of it being October and therefore almost Halloween. I’ll try not to just repeat books that I’ve used for similar lists, but no doubt some of my faves will still pop up!


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If You Like This Book, You’ll Enjoy This One Too #3

Hello everybody! Today, I’m doing another installment of recommending books based on another, which I always really enjoy writing. Onto the post!

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If you Like This TV Show, You Might Love This Book!

Hello everybody! Today, I’m going to be comparing books to TV shows, and I’m so excited for it, and I really hope one of these recommendations work for you. Onto the post!


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Recommending Books to Lion King Characters | Disney Recommendations

Hello everybody! So, it’s been at least a year (and possibly two) since I last wrote a post for this series where I recommend books to Disney characters, but ages and ages ago someone suggested I did the characters from the Lion King for one, so here we finally are. TLK is one of my absolute favourite Disney films, and I rewatched it the other week, so it’s pretty fresh in my memory. Onto the post!


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If you Liked This Book… Why Not Try This One? | Part 2

Hello everybody! Today, I’m bringing you the second installment of my efforts to do really specific book recommendations for if you enjoyed a certain book, which I loved doing the first time after having enjoyed other people’s versions for ages, and really want to make a regular feature here I think. Onto the post!


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If You Liked This Book… Try This One Next

Hello everybody! Today, I’m doing a post I’ve kind of wanted to do for years but somehow never have even though I see it done loads on Booktube, which is to recommend a book based on one certain other book/series. I’m a bit nervous in case people don’t like my version of it and my choices, but anyway, onto the post!


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If you liked COUNTING BY SEVENS, then try OCTOBER, OCTOBER

These probably don’t sound that similar on paper, particularly as one takes place in Britain while the other is in America, but something about the writing just really strongly reminded me of reading Counting by 7s years ago when I picked up October, October earlier this month, after Rach recommended it to me. They’re both very special, powerful contemporaries with beautiful messages.

If you liked the SORROW DUOLOGY, then try the STORM WITCH books

If I’m ever reading YA fantasy, it’s generally because it’s political fantasy in some way, and hearing Sorrow was like the West Wing in a different world is definitely what convinced me to give it a chance. Storm Witch is middle grade, but it too has a formidable main character who I love a great deal, and it has similar vibes in terms of the power struggle, even though Storm Witch has a bit more magic.

If you liked LETTERS TO THE LIGHTHOUSE, then try ANNA AT WAR

These are both set in a similar time period, and Letters explores the story of British evacuees in World War Two, but Anna at War focuses on a Jewish German girl who has come to Britain on the Kindertransport. I love both of them desperately.

If you liked A GIRL CALLED OWL/SHADOWS OF WINTERSPELL, try THE MIDNIGHT GUARDIANS

These aren’t exactly the same because Amy Wilson’s work is contemporary and the Midnight Guardians is historical, but if you enjoy reading about fae and adventures and friendship, I think you’d probably enjoy one if you liked the other.

If you like SOPHIE ANDERSON’S WRITING, try THE WILD MAGIC TRILOGY

The fairytale/folk tale, slightly ethereal vibe that Sophie’s work has, particularly in the Castle of Tangled Magic, is why I’ve paired them with this trilogy, which begins with Begone the Raggedy Witches. They’re really interesting fantasies that are a bit different to the majority of MG fantasy, the writing is beautiful and I think the stories they have to tell are so wonderful.



Would you be interested in seeing more posts like this? Are there any specific books you’d want to be included if I did do any? I’d love to hear in the comments!

Amy x

My Middle Grade Favourites of 2020

Hello everybody! Today, I’m finally starting to share my favourites lists of 2020 with my middle grade picks, and then my YA/adult list will hopefully follow in the next few days. I loved all of these a lot, and I’m sure their authors aren’t reading, but if any are then I want to say thank you for making a difficult year a bit brighter. Onto the post!


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Top Ten Tuesday: Favourite Tropes

Hello everybody! Today, I’m taking part in Top Ten Tuesday, for which today’s theme is our favourite tropes. I always get very mixed up about what’s a trope and what’s a cliché, so fair warning that there’s a good chance some of these aren’t actually tropes. Onto the post!


Fake dating– I LOVE fake dating. It is easily my favourite romance trope ever, and I know it’s unrealistic but I do not care. It is SO fun. I love watching the couple catch feels, even though they’re trying to pretend they don’t *actually* care. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is an amazing one for this!

Love triangles– judge me if you like, but I LOVE a good love triangle. Love them. Especially if both options are viable and wonderful, because then I will be agonising over who I’m rooting for. My favourite recently is in TV, not books, and it was in Cable Girls (I am Team Carlos, but only just). My favourite bookish one is probably the Blood for Blood trilogy (and I am Team Luca by a MILE)

Pen pals– this is one I especially love in romance, but I’ll take it in really any genre- the Princess who Flew with Dragons (which I’ve just finished) had some letters in it which I really liked. Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda obviously takes the crown for this one, but both the Flatshare and Our Stop do it in a very cute way too. And if you want something darker that uses epistolary format, Ketchup Clouds is the one for you.

Mythology is part of the real world– think Percy Jackson, Aru Shah, the Who Let the Gods Out quartet etc. I love stories where mythological characters are real and part of our world, largely because it’s often a great source of humour. I really must read Oh My Gods soon, because I think it’ll be RIGHT up my alley.

The murder victim isn’t really dead– I don’t know if this technically counts as a trope, but give me a mystery where they’ve been solving the wrong person’s murder and I will be delighted. I obviously can’t give examples of this one, or I’ll spoil the books for you massively, but I really do love this reveal.

We’re all trapped in *insert secluded location here* and someone’s dead/creepy stuff is going down– I think this may be known as a country house mystery, but I’m not 100% sure. I much prefer this to a locked room murder (I do like locked room a LOT too, but they really confuse me at the same time so I never quite grasp how they were done, no matter how hard I try). Robin Stevens’ Arsenic for Tea does this one BRILLIANTLY. I very much want to read a few Ruth Wares that sound like they’ll do this too (the Death of Mrs Westaway/the Turn of Key)

Talking/human-like animals– if you know me, this one will be no surprise to you. I LOVE animal companions in books almost always, and talking ones are SO fun. Some recent talking faves include Nicki Thornton’s Nightshade, Everdark’s Bartholomew and Willow Moss and the Lost Day’s Oswin.

Human/animal friendships– following on from this, give me all of the human and animal friendships please. They make me cry, but I love them all the same. Charlotte’s Web is wonderful for this, as are the Elephant Thief/The Great Animal Escapade and my favourite book of 2019 so far I, Cosmo.

Politics in books– I love it when characters are political, especially campaigns. Nothing dystopian, I’m not one for “let’s overthrow the oppressive government” plots like Hunger Games, but give me West Wing-esque stuff and I’ll be delighted. The Sorrow duology and Vote for Effie are my mosy common recommendations to people who also enjoy this in their fiction!

Film references– I don’t know if this is a trope, but it’s something I love to see in books! Tell Me How You Really Feel is a really fun recent example, and I love how many Disney references there are in the Alex Sparrow books. Beth Garrod does it really well too, and there are so many others that it’d take me all day to list them! I also love music references, but I see them less often which is why films got this spot on the list.


What are your favourite tropes? Do we share any? Do you have any recommendations for me? I’d love to hear in the comments!

Amy x

Five Books That Remind Me of The Killers Songs

Hello everybody! Today, I’m going to be doing another books that remind me of songs post, and this time it’s the turn of the Killers, who I’ve been VERY into lately, as you’ve probably guessed from the posts I’ve been doing about them! Onto the post!


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