The Christmas Book Tag 

Hello everybody!

Welcome to day 6 of blogmas! Today, I’m going to be doing the Christmas book tag, which is a few years old but super fun to do, and was created by Kate. Onto the books!


1) A fictional family you would like to spend Christmas dinner with?

I’ve actually written a whole post about this for a guest post during blogmas, so I’ll say one not on there. I’d love to spend Christmas with Kristy’s family from the Babysitters Club (though if Karen could perhaps go elsewhere that would be much appreciated, as I love all her family members except Karen)


2) A bookish item you would like to receive as a gift?

Ooh, this one is hard! I really wanted Primark’s Marauders t-shirt a few months ago and haven’t found one, so I think I’ll go for that.


3) A fictional character you think would make the perfect Christmas elf
?

Wilbur from the Geek Girl series would be an absolutely exceptional elf. He’s quirky, generous, wants the best for everybody and is almost always upbeat and perky.


4) Match a book to its perfect Christmas song

The anthology Winter Magic reminds me of Winter Wonderland as we get to see so many amazing wintry worlds .

5) Bah Hambug. A book or fictional character you’ve been disappointed in and should be put on the naughty list?

I was very disappointed in Things a Bright Girl Can Do by Sally Nicholls (which I DNFed as I couldn’t connect with it at all) as I’ve loved everything she’s written previously and I’ve been waiting on it for years.

6) A book or a fictional character you think deserves more love and appreciation and deserve to be put in the nice list?

Boy in the Tower by Polly Ho-Yen. Barely anyone I know has read it and it’s my favourite standalone middle grade book of all time. (Closely followed by The Girl Who Walked on Air by Emma Carroll, which I feel is also the least loved of her books)


7) Red, Gold and Green. A book cover that has a wonderfully Christmasy feel to it

The cover for the Murder Most Unladylike Mysteries Christmassy book, Mistletoe and Murder, is a gorgeous deep red with lots of little Christmas illustrations by Nina Tara.

8) A book or series you love so much, you want everyone to find under their Christmas tree this year so they can read it and love it too?

Let’s go for my absolute book of the year and say Running on the Roof of the World, shall we? I’ll be blogging about all of my 2017 favourites later in blogmas too, so look out for that! 

Thank you for reading! I’m not going to tag anyone in this as I know lots of people schedule all their blogmas posts in advance, but if you’re in need of a post feel free to say I tagged you to do this! Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @GoldenBooksGirl what you think of my book choices! 
Amy xxx

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The Animals and Books Tag

Hello everybody!


Today I’m going to be doing the Animals and Books tag, which I saw on Jo’s blog and thought really fun. I was planning to do my November reviews, but as I feel my reading’s been slow this month and I’m planning to do mainly rereading in December,  I’m going to combine my reviews and post them in January. 

Now, onto the books!

Koala : a book that makes you feel emotional/ cuddly– the Geek Girl series are my ultimate comfort read, and I got super emotional reading the last book, so them!

Tiger : a book that’s ferocious– Moxie was a ferocious feminist read that made me want to go and start a revolution! It’s phenomenal, and I’m so glad I picked it up as I don’t read a lot of USYA. Fun fact: tigers are my favourite wild animal.

Panda: a book that’s massive– a book I recently read which I thought was preety massive was the Miseducation of Cameron Post, which has around 460 pages and took me ages to get through. This is one of the books I’ll be reviewing come January!

Sparrow: a book that’s light and cheery– this one has to be Vlad the World’s Worst Vampire by Anna Wilson for me. It was such a happy book, and it really got me out of a reading slump. I’m so happy there’s going to be a sequel.

Wolf: a book series you loved– As I love lots of series, I’ve decided to go with the one with my favourite animal, which is Adventure Island by Helen Moss, which features an incredibly clever dog called Drift.

Horse: a standalone book that you loved– my favourite standalone book ever is Boy in the Tower by Polly Ho-Yen, and of this year I’ve loved Running on the Roof of the World by Jess Butterworth and Being Miss Nobody by Tamsin Winter.

What do you think of these books? What are your favourite animals? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @GoldenBooksGirl !

Amy xxx

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

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

The Book Asthethics Tag

Hi everybody!

Today, I’m taking part in the Book Asthethics Tag, which I was tagged for by Laura, whose blog I love! It was created by Michelle from The Reading Hufflepuff.

The rules:  

  • Thank the person who nominated you. Thank you Laura! I had lots of fun wth this!
  • Credit the tag’s creator– Michelle.
  • There’s no limit of how many aesthetics you can make for a question.
  • Make your OWN aesthetics, please don’t steal them from someone else.

Onto the tag!

1. Favourite book of the year- Running on the Roof of the World by Jess Butterworth 

As I’ve probably bored you with by now, I’ve had three total stand out sorts of favourites this year, so for ease I picked the one I thought I could make the best aesthetic of.

2. A character you relate to- Coraline/Snow White and Laura Marlin

I was really struggling with this one, so I asked some blogging buddies who I remind them of. Charlotte picked Coraline/Snow White, and Louise picked Laura Marlin. 

3. A character you look up to- Ade from Boy in the Tower 

I admire Ade so much. He’s strong, brave and brilliant. I love how caring he is; that he never gives up even though things are so bleak.
4. An underrated gem- the 39 Clues series

This series is incredible, but barely anyone’s ever heard of it! Please go and check them out; they’re round the globe adventures featuring a feuding family and an unusual, and often deadly, inheritance task that will have you on the edge of your seat.

5. A character who deserves more love- Valor from Prisoner of Ice and Snow 

I think Valor’s an incredible heroine in this book, but I know others who weren’t as keen, hence why I chose her for this question.

6. An underrated OTP; Nick and Harriet from Geek Girl 

I’m not sure if Lion Boy (😍😍) and Freckles are actually underrated, or if I just think they are because I love them so much, but I’m still choosing them. They’re the best and I genuinely couldn’t love them any more together.

Thank you for reading! I’m tagging Kelly and Rebecca. Which of my asthethics do you like best? Do you agree with my answers? Let me knkw in the comments!

Amy xxx

The Coffee Book Tag

Hello everybody!

Today I’m going to be doing Coffee Book Tag, which I was tagged for by Kelly from Kelly’s Rambles, whose blog I love.

On with the tag!

1. Black Americano: A book that’s hard to get into but has hardcore fans- For me, this is actually probably Harry Potter. I watched the films years ago and really wasn’t a fan, and I think that dislike spilled over into thebooks when I gave them ago. I decided to give them an unbiased try last April and I’ve never looked back (I’m speaking metaphorically here. I’ve reread them 6 times since then, and loved it more every time).

2. Peppermint Mocha: A book that gets more popular in Winter- Even though I’ve never read the book properly, I’m going to go for the Snowman by Raymond Briggs. This book/the films are EVERYWHERE come Christmas, which was much to my chargin when I was younger (I thought it was boring), but is fabulous now as I love it.

3. Hot Chocolate: Your favourite children’s book- I still read a lot of children’s books now (and have no intention of ever stopping, to be quite honest), so this is  hard one.  I prefer series to standalones and a lot of them are equally beloved, but I have a clear favouirte standalone, which you’ll probably all know by now; Boy in the Tower by Polly Ho-Yen. I can’t explain the amount of joy I felt when a fellow blogger told me they got this from the library becuase of me (hey Christina, if you’re reading!). 

4. Double Espresso: A book that kept you on the edge of your seat from start to finish– I very rarely read books in one sitting as I don’t often have the opportunity, but as luck had it I had a full free day when I read Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu, and I sat in my sunlounger and read the full thing in one, uninterrupted go. It was far too glorious to not do so when I had the rare opportunity!

5. Starbucks: A book you see everywhere- A book that I’m seeing everywhere at the minute is Holly Bourne’s new release It Only Happens in the Movies, and it’s such a lovely yellow pop in my timeline. I’ve only seen positive reviews so far too (including mine, which you can read here), and I think it’s just as special as Spinster Club in it’s own way.

6. That Hipster Coffee Shop: Give a book by an indie author a shout out; I don’t read many self-published books 🙈, and I can’t think of any I especially loved. I do, however, have 2 on my TBR pile that I’m excited for, which are the Devil’s Poetry by Louise Cole and Wunderkids by Jacqueline Silvester.

7. Oops, I Accidentally Got Decaf! : A book that left you disappointed- I’m not going to go into why, and as usual I won’t be reviewing this as I hate writing negative reviews and don’t want them on this blog, but I was very disappointed in the Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James at the start of this month. It really didn’t live up to the hype for me.

8. The Perfect Blend: A book/series that was bittersweet, but ultimately satisfying- I think I’ll go for Being Miss Nobody by Tamsin Winter for this one. It was a bittersweet, hugely accomplished debut that had me an utterly emotional wreck who didn’t even think of putting the book down throughout!

9. A Cup of Tea: Your favourite classic- My favourite children’s classics are Charlotte’s Web by E.B White and the One Hundred and One Dalmatians by Didie Smith. I feel there’s a common denominator there! If you forced me to choose between them, I’d probably go for Charlotte’s Web. It’s one if the best things I’ve ever read, full stop, and like the previous answer’s book was a unique mix of joy and fear and sadness.

10. Flat White: A book that isn’t a novel; I’m afraid I can’t think of anything for this question. Sorry :/

Thank you so much for reading! I’m tagging Charlotte and Faye, as I’m pretty certain they both love coffee. Have you read any of the books I’ve chosen? What did you think of them? I’d love to hear from you in the comments 😊

See you soon with a new post, 

Amy xxx

The New Disney Princess Tag

Hello everyone!

Today I’m once again combining my loves of books and Disney in order to do the new Disney Princess Book Tag, for which I was tagged by the LOVELY Rosie from Rosie Freckle Reads (albeit a tad unofficially in the comments, when I mentioned my love for Disney 😂)

Let’s get onto the tag!

Rules!

  1. Mention who tagged you or where you saw it
  2. Tag the creators – The New Disney Princess Tag was created by Mandy and Zuky
  3. Play a game of tag at the end!

Snow White
The Book (Like the Movie) That Started it All
Favourite Debut Book from an Author 

I’m making this my favourite debuts from 2017 for fairness, and some of those have been Prisoner of Ice and Snow by Ruth Lauren, Running on the Roof of the World by Jess Butterworth, Being Miss Nobody by Tamsin Winter and Noah Can’t Even by Simon James Green.

Cinderella
A Diamond in the Rough
Just Like Cinderella, You Didn’t Expect Much Out of This Character in the Beginning But Turned Out to be a Total Gem

As I was recently discussing this with someone, I’m going to say Jennifer Jones from Looking for JJ by Anne Cassidy, who I expected to loathe but actually felt incredibly sorry for as I was reading.

Aurora
Sleeping Beauty
A Book That Makes You Sleepy Or Could Not Hold Your Attention 

Some recent disappointing reads in this sense have been Sea by Sarah Driver and Freshers by Tom Ellen and Lucy Ivison.

Ariel
Under the Sea
A Book With a Water/Ocean setting 

I can’t think of many books with a water/ocean setting, but two I love are Mermaid Magic by Gwyneth Rees and Mermaid Wishes by Carol Barton. I read both of these when I was young and I was captivated. I highly recommend them both to anyone looking for funny, sweet lower middle grade (Mermaid Wishes is absolutely hilarious in places, and I STILL enjoy rereads of that series just as much now.)

Belle
Beauty and the Books
Name a Book With the Best Bookworm/Book Lover 

I think I have to go for Harriet Manners here, don’t I?! What kind of obsessed Geek Girl fan would I be otherwise? 😂

Jasmine
The Thief and the Princess

Name a Book With an Unlikely Love Story (Either in Terms of Romance or a Book You Didn’t Expect to Love So Much)

A book I didn’t expect to love as much as I did is Fly Me Home by Polly Ho-Yen. If you’ve heard me speak about her debut Boy in the tower (which, for the record, I think is a masterpiece of middle grade and deserves every award imaginable and should be read everywhere) you’ll possibly be a bit shocked by this answer. However, I wasn’t at all a fan if her 2nd novel so I was hugely apprehensive going into this, and I honestly couldn’t have been more thrilled that it was very nearly on a par with Boy in the Tower and will possibly end up being as special to me as that book is after a couple of rereads.

Pocahontas
The Real Life Princess
Name a Book That is Based on a Real Life Person You Want to Read/Have Read

One of my favourite series ever, the 39 Clues, contains real historical figures and although it fictionalises some things there is a lot of real information in there too which I found fascinating and has introduced me to some amazing periods of history and people from history. 

Mulan
The Princess That Saves Her Country

Name the Fiercest Heroine You Know

Daisy from the Murder Most Unladylike Mysteries! She has many faults, but she’s feisty, fierce and a totally fabulous detective. Another awesome female detective I love is Emily Wild from Adventure Island by Helen Moss, and a YA heroine ho would fit this too is Lottie from Holly Bourne’s superb Spinster Club trilogy!

Tiana
The Princess with the Coolest and Most Diverse Crew

Name a Diverse Book Whether it is a Diverse Set of Characters or Just Diverse in General 

I’m going to go for Radio Silence by Alice Oseman for this question. It’s a wonderful book that I was totally gripped by (it was an utter pain having to stop for a few hours so I could do last minute revision for and sit my Modern Studies exam, let me tell you)

Rapunzel
Let Your Long Hair Down
Name the Longest Book You’ve Read


I’m pretty sure the longest book I’ve ever read is Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix! My copy is 800 pages long, but I read it in a day the first I read them as it’s so phenomenally written and paced.

Merida
I Determine my Own Fate
A Book Where There is No Love Story/Interest or Isn’t Needed

I think I have to shout out to Beautiful Broken Thungs by Sara Barnard here. It’s an absolutely anazing book that tackles how messy female friendships can be and shows a character recovering from childhood abuse in her new home. 

Anna and Elsa
Frozen Hearts
A Book in a Winter/Cold Setting 
I’m going to cheat a bit and say Prisoner of Ice and Snow again. It’s world building of snowy, icy Demidova is too incredible not to.

Moana
How Far I’ll Go
A Character That Goes on a Journey 

Alfie from Defender of the Realm (and Dark Age) by Nick Ostler and Mark Huckerby goes on some epic actual and emotional journeys in these books. I’m both excited and terrified to see what the 3rd book will hold for him next year!

Thank you so much for reading! I hope you’ve enjoyed the post. I’m taggimg Hannah and Rebecca, as I’m pretty certain they’re both Disney fans too!

See you soon with a new post 

Amy xxx