The Christmas in July Book Tag

Hello everybody! Today, I’m going to be doing the Christmas in July Book Tag, which I saw on Morgan’s blog last year and have been saving ever since. Onto the post!

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The Sunshine Blogger Award

Hello everybody! Today, I’m back with another post (two in one week, my goodness I’m getting back on track, touch wood!) And this time I’m answering the questions Lily set me in the Sunshine Blogger Award. Onto the post!


1. Do you judge a book by it’s cover?

I’ve been trying to do this less, but from time to time, absolutely I do. I’m such a magpie; shiny things are like catnip for me!

2. What marginalized rep would you most strongly like to see more of in books?

More disability rep would be fantastic, because currently there is PRECIOUS little. I’d particularly appreciate it if I could see some characters who use walking sticks that aren’t either villains or elderly. Like even just one person would be an improvement!!

3. Which trope can you not live without and which trope needs to get in the sea?

The trope of people with walking sticks being evil has popped up far too much recently, and that can most definitely get in the sea. I also hate the whole boy comes along and cures a girl who is ill thing. It’s irritating and inaccurate and frankly unnecessary. Judge me all you like, but I bloody love a love triangle. They’re so fun!!

4. Would you rather read a great plot with mediocre characters, or a boring plot with amazing characters?

The boring plot with amazing characters! If I don’t like the characters, I almost certainly won’t enjoy a book. Which is why I don’t generally get on great with things that have unlikable narrators!

5. Contemporary, Historical, Dystopian or Fantasy you can only read one setting for a year what would you pick?

This is IMPOSSIBLE. Dystopian is obvs discounted, but I really love the other three. I’d probably go for fantasy.

6. Which actor (or literary character) would play you in a film of your life and why?

Oh God, I don’t know. I don’t really think I look like any actors? And they’d need to be Scottish, which narrows things down even further. Anyone got any suggestions…?

7. Which writer/author would you want to adapt the screenplay of your life story?

Holly Smale, hands down. She’s got a dead similar sense of humour and to be honest I’m so like Harriet Manners, it’d be a breeze for her!

8. Inspired by the old movie The Day After Tomorrow, An apocalyptic event has occurred and you are taking shelter in a vast public library. If you don’t burn books you will die, what will you burn whilst waiting for rescue and what would you fight to the death to preserve for the future of mankind?

I’d burn all the thick ones, because occasionally I’m actually sensible and I’d rather not die. Inkheart would be quite a good choice maybe given it’s quite long and I didn’t really like it? I don’t really know what I’d want to preserve. If I’m honest, I’d be selfish and preserve as many of my favourites as possible probably.

9. Gilmore Girls- Team Dean, Jess, Logan or otherwise?

Team Jess ALL the way. I watched Gilmore Girls primarily because I already fancied Milo Ventimiglia so it was kind of inevitable really!

10. Which book/series do you think would make the best screen adaptation?

If they didn’t make an utter mess of it, I’d honestly die for an adaptation of the MMU books. I think I’d genuinely lose my mind if I ever got one!

11. What book would you recommend to me to read most of all?

I’m assuming this means you personally Lily? And if that’s the case Polar Bear Explorers’ Club because I’ve wanted you to read it for AGES and I’m so sure you’ll like it.

I’m not going to write any questions, but if anyone fancies doing these ones please feel free, and I’d love to hear what you think of my answers in the comments!

Amy x


The Harry Potter Christmas Tag

Hello everybody! Today, I’m going to be doing the Harry Potter Christmas tag, which was created by Charleigh Writes, and which I found on Fantastic Book Dragon. Onto the post!

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The Library Loves Tag

Hello everybody! Today, I’m going to be doing the Library Loves tag, which I was tagged for by its creator Jess. If you’d like to learn more about Library Loves, you can watch her video about it here. Onto the post!

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The Wonderstruck Book Tag

Hello everybody! Today, I’m going to be doing the Wonderstruck book tag, because I love Taylor Swift so much right now (and always tbh) and I just really fancied it, especially since the lyric in the title comes from one of my ABSOLUTE favourite Taylor Swift songs. I found it on Dora’s blog and it was created by Olivia. Onto the post!


  • Link back to the creator (Olivia)
  • Answer as many or as few of the questions as you’d like.
  • Feel free to use any of the graphics in this post
  • Tag however many people you’d like at the end!

You’re Not Sorry – A Book That Un-Apologetically Broke Your Heart

This is unexpectedly tricky. I don’t really read a lot of all out bleak books. Ways to Live Forever, I think. It’s absolutely heartwrenching.

Back to December – A Book You Still Think About Even After You’ve Finished

About 3 or 4 years after finishing it for the first time, I still think about the Lost and the Found at least a few times a week. That ENDING, bloody hell.

If This Was a Movie – A Book You Really Want to Become a Movie

I think the Flatshare would be god tier as a romcom film. It’s the kind I’d watch over and over and over.

Gorgeous – A Book With the Most Beautiful Cover

In Darkling Wood, which was designed by Julian de Narvaez. The book is amazing as well.

Shake It Off – A Book That Gets Hate But You Love

I’ve seen a lot of hate for Geek Girl and its sequels over the years! They’re quite niche to be fair, so I get why they’re not everyone’s thing.

Never Grow Up – A Book That Gives You Childhood Nostalgia

My childhood faves were the Pony Club Secrets series. I have so many memories tied to them and such a deep attachment that even now I could tell you pretty much every plot point of every book. I actually would love to reread them some time soon.

Sparks Fly – A Book You Instantly Clicked With

I knew within a couple of pages of Murder Most Unladylike that I would be a very big fan for years to come. I was right.

Style – A Classic That Will Never Get Old

My faves are always the same: the One Hundred and One Dalmatians and Charlotte’s Web. And I love Style.

End Game – A Book With a Romance You Love

If you’ve ever read this blog before, you know my fave book romance ever is Harriet and Nick from Geek Girk. But more recently, Cara and Hector from the Year After You were a couple I shipped so bloody hard.

I Knew You Were Trouble – A Book You Couldn’t Help But Become Obsessed With

I didn’t expect to enjoy Girl 38 as much as I did, but WOW it blew me away.

Bad Blood – A Book Where You Loved the First One, But Hated the Sequel

Oh, that’s not something I have too often that I can think of. I loved Karen M mCmanus’s first and hated her second but they’re both standalones.

What are your thoughts on the books I’ve mentioned? And which of these songs is your favourite? I think mine has to be Sparks Fly, and I’d love to hear about yours in the comments!

Amy x

The Back to School Book Tag

Hello everybody! Today, in honour of it being back to school week in most of the UK (ironically, everwhere except where I live!), I’m doing the Back to School Book Tag, which I found on As Told by Tina. Onto the post!

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The Addicted to Books Tag

Hello everybody! Today, I’m going to be doing the Addicted to Books tag, which I’ve not been tagged for but have fancied giving a go since I saw Aoife’s post. 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

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