The Mid Year Book Freakout Tag 2019

Hello everybody! Today, it’s time for the Mid Year Freakout Tag, which I’ve done every year since I started blogging and always really enjoy. Onto the post!

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The Hamilton Book Tag

Hello everybody! Today, I’m going to be doing the Hamilton Book Tag, which I found on Pretty Purple Polka Dots and really wanted to do despite only having heard a few songs from the show, since I really liked the question. Onto the post!

The Room Where It Happens: Book world you would put yourself in

Probably Geek Girl’s. Which is our world, but I want to specifically meet the people Harriet knows and see the places she sees etc. What can I say? I’m absolute trash for Geek Girl.

The Schuyler Sisters: Underrated Female Character

I can think of loads just off the top of my head, but I think Storm from Storm Witch is really underappreciated. The book is very underrated too; I barely know anyone else who’s read it and it’s fabulous.

My Shot: A character that goes after what they want and doesn’t let anything stop them

I don’t approve of her methods, but you could never say Lucretia Cutter wasn’t ambitious. I think she did genuinely thought she was doing the right thing, too, although it definitely doesn’t excuse the whole being evil thing.

Stay Alive: A character you wish was still alive

There are loads, but the one that’s least likely to actually spoil anyone for anything is Sirius Black. I was devestated at the end of Order of the Phoenix.

Burn: The most heartbreaking end to a relationship you’ve ever read

Honestly, Harriet and Nick at the end of Picture Perfect, but I suppose I’d better think of something else so you don’t think I’m completely obsessed with Geek Girl. There is one that doesn’t work out in Fierce Fragile Hearts that I found heartbreaking. And this may sound odd, but the parents in I, Cosmo.

You’ll Be Back: Sassiest villain

Thanatos and Hypnos from the Who Let the Gods Out series are pretty sassy. Maz Evans writes AMAZING villains.

The Reynolds Pamphlet – A book with a twist that you didn’t see coming

The Unicorn Quest/Secret in the Stone have absolutely incredible twists!

Non-stop: A series you marathoned

I don’t do that all that often. I read the Spellchasers trilogy back to back though, and enjoyed that so much. I think I may have done the same with the First Aid for Fairies books by the same author actually.

Satisfied: Favorite book with multiple POVs

It’s not a conventional dual narrative but Mo, Lottie and the Junkers gives both their perspectives and it’s brilliant.

Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story: A book/series you feel like will be remembered throughout history

I don’t know if they will be, because my crystal ball isn’t working today, but I really hope that the Murder Most Unladylike series are regarded the way things like Agatha Christie and Enid Blyton books are today, in the future.

Helpless: A relationship you were pulling for from the start

God, so many. Nick and Harriet goes without saying, right? I was dying for Finch and Hector from Flying Tips for Flightless Birds to just hurry up and get together from the very beginning because it was obvious they liked each other!

Ten Duel Commandments: Favorite fight scene

I can’t really think of one, to be honest. I find reading/watching fight scenes pretty boring most of the time, unless they’re as iconic as the Dynasty pool fight in Enter Alexis…

Say No To This: Guilty pleasure read

If I want to read it, I’m not going to waste time feeling guilty about it!

What Comes Next: A series you wish had more books

The Adventure Island books! There are loads, but I just wanted them to go on forever and ever.

Right Hand Man – Favorite BROTP

I’m really struggling with this; I can’t read many books with two male besties in it…! I don’t want to steal Aoife’s answer but I think I have to because I’m struggling to think of a male duo I like as much as Harry Potter and Ron Weasley. Unless I can count Nick and Wilbur’s hilarious interactions in, you guessed it, the Geek Girl books?

What’d I Miss: A book or series you were late to reading

I am late to reading so many things! I didn’t start liking Harry Potter till I was 14 (I read them when I was like 10 and didn’t really like them, so I’m so glad I gave them another chance because I love them now and I’d feel like a total fish out of blogging water if I hated them now…)

What would your answers to some of these be? I’d love to hear in the comments!

Amy x

The Bedtime Book Tag

Hello everybody! Today, I’m going to be doing the Bedtime Book Tag, which I saw ages ago on Writing with Wolves and have been meaning to do ever since. Onto the post!

01. What book kept you up all night reading?

Loads, but one particularly vivid memory of this is with How Not to Disappear by Clare Furniss. It’s so utterly engrossing I meant to read A chapter and devoured the whole thing.

02. What book made you scared to go to sleep?

Close Your Pretty Eyes by Sally Nicholls. I didn’t much fancy closing my eyes after reading that, let me tell you.

03. What book almost put you to sleep?

I’ve said this a few times for similar questions but Two Can Keep a Secret. It was genuinely hard to read it at night because sleep was so much more appealing than trudging through that metaphorical snoozefest.

04. Which book had you tossing & turning in anticipation of its release?

The biggest one this year is probably Wildspark. I read it almost immediately after I finally got gold of it and loved it even more than I thought I would.

05. What book has your dream boyfriend?

Still Nick from Geek Girl. I love him, and if any real boy ever lives up I’ll be surprised.

06. What book would be a nightmare to live in?

Anything remotely dystopian. One of the reasons I don’t like consuming dystopian media most of the time is that imagining living in those worlds really freaks me out.

07. What book reminds you of nighttime?

I was really struggling with this one, and then it struck me that I literally read a book called the Longest Night of Charlie Noon not that long ago, so I’ll say that. It’s extremely difficult to explain in any kind of detail without spoiling it, so all I’ll tell you is that it’s about three children who get unexpectedly lost in the woods when night falls early. Trust me, you want to go in knowing next to nothing.

08. What book has a nightmarish cliffhanger?

Secret in the Stone, no question. There’s about 5 twists in very quick succession at the very end. Also Spies in St Petersburg’s is an absolute doozy.

09. What book have you actually dreamt about?

I don’t think I’ve had dreams about any? At least not ones I can remember. I have however had very vivid dreams about TV shows, such as the one where I was Alba in Cable Girls in this very specific part of the show I won’t spoil because it’s SO brilliant and underrated and you should go and watch it immediately if you like soapy drama with lots of romance and intrigue.

10. What fictional monster would you not like to find hiding under your bed?

I honestly don’t know- maybe the Malamander from the book of the same name? I’d love to find Owsin the kobold from Starfell hiding under there though, because he’s AMAZING.

What would your answers to some of these be? Do you agree with any of mine? I’d love to hear in the comments!

Amy x

The Things Cats Do Book Tag

Hello everybody! Today, I’m going to be doing the Things Cats Do tag, which I’ve been meaning to do since I first saw it on Aoife’s blog almost 2 years ago. Onto the post!

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The Bank Holiday Tag

Hello everybody! Today, I’m going to be doing the Bank Holiday Book Tag, which was created by Cora, in honour of it being a bank holiday at the moment! Onto the post!

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The Reading Your Country Tag

Hello everybody! Today, I’m going to be doing the Reading Your Country Tag, which I found on Pretty Purple Polka Dots. Onto the post!

What country are you going to talk about?


What is your favourite childhood book from your country? (If you don’t have a favourite, name a popular children’s book from your country.)

I don’t have one. The only thing I can think of is Katie Morag, which I read a few of in primary school.

What is a book from your country that you read in school? (Primary school or high school, your choice!)

In Scotland, it is compulsory to study a Scottish text of some sort for both National 5 and Higher. My favourite of the two plays I studied for those was Tally’s Blood, which is about an Italian immigrant family and love and family. It’s incredibly funny and moving, and I actually really want to reread it one day because it’s quite possibly my favourite thing I’ve ever read for school.

What is a book set in your favourite area of your country? And/or what’s a book set in a place you’d like to visit in your country?

My favourite part of Scotland is the Borders, and I can’t think of anything set there? It would make for a lovely setting though, so if any authors fancy setting a book there I’d be super grateful!

What is a historical fiction book set in your country?

Little Bird Flies by Karen McCombie is about the Highland Clearances and how that impacted people , so I highly recommend that! I’m so excited for the second in the series.

What is a classic book from your country?

Harry Potter counts as a modern classic, right? I googled Scottish classics and I haven’t read any of them (nor do I want to for the vast majority!), so a modern classic that I adore seems like a good compromise.

What is a book from your country that you haven’t read but would like to read?

I’m fairly sure Juliette Forrest, who wrote Twister, lives somewhere reasonably close by me and I’m yet to have read that despite having owned it since publication day. I must get to it at some point.

What are some of your favourite authors or books from your country?

Definitely Karen McCombie and Lari Don, and I really enjoyed Sophie Cameron’s debut last year! The Fox Girl and the White Gazelle and Guardians of the Wild Unicorns are both fantastic books too. I’ve also recently loved a few things set in Scotland written by authors from England: Lightning Chase Me Home, We Won an Island and my beloved Children of Castle Rock.

Which books would you have used to answer these questions, based on your country? What are your thoughts on the books I’ve mentioned? I’d love to hear in the comments!

Amy x