5 Hyped Books That Lived Up to My Expectations

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Today, I’m taking part in Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by Jana, and the theme is books that lived up to the hype. My list is only 5 books long because I found this topic SO hard. Onto the post!


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Nevermoor– this is the only MG book on the list, amd I was excited for it from pretty much the day it was announced. I read it almost as soon as I had my hands on it, and if anything it exceeded my expectations. The worldbuilding was incredible and I loved the magic of Nevermoor, the characters were all amazing (my favourites were Fenestra and Morrigan herself) and the plot was so exciting with some interesting twists. I’m super excited to read the sequel later this year.

Simon Vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda– I wasn’t even part of the book community when this came out, and I only knew of a couple ofbloggers/booktubers, and yet I STILL somehow heard of it and decided to reserve it at the library and have it sent to my local branch. I absolutely loved it; Simon is such a great narrator and his romance with Blue remains a favourite of mine years on.

I Was Born For This- this book popped up on my Twitter feed absolutely all the time just before and after it’s release, and I still see it mentioned regularly now. I was so nervous to read it after Radio Silence (which was one of my absolute favourite YA books that I read last year), but it was phenomenal. Alice Oseman is one of the greatest writers of more character-driven YA at the moment, and I adored the cast of this book so much and was so wrapped up in this book as I read it because I wanted things to turn out well for them all.

When Dimple Met Rishi– when I first joined the bookish community, I heard so much about this book and I’m glad I did pick it up. It was a lovely romance with some very funny moments involving iced coffee, and I really enjoyed it when I read it.

Floored– as hyped as I Was Born For This was, I think Floored was THE most hyped book of 2018. I’ve been excited for it since I read the sampler someone very kindly sent me from YALC last year, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. It was told in such a unique way, with 7 authors each writing a different perspective, and that made it even more engrossing as I couldn’t tell how things would turn out at all. The characters were all brilliant and easy to distunguish between too.


What books did you think lived up to the hype surrounding them? What are your thoughts on the books I’ve mentioned? Did anyone else find this topic tricky? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @GoldenBooksGirl!

Amy x

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5 Books Set in Summer Camps

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Today, since it’s a setting I find really fun in books (despite knowing 100% I’d HATE going to one, and that we don’t really have them in the UK), I’m going to be talking about 5 books I’ve really enjoyed that are set in summer camps. Onto the post!


How Hard Can Love Be?- This is the 2nd of the Spinster Club trilogy, which I adore. This one is narrated from Amber’s point of view, and sees her travel to America to stay at her mum and stepdad’s summer camp for the summer. I loved all the different activities and customs of the camp was , Amber was a fun narrator who made me laugh and the scenes we get between the 3 Spinsters were as excellent as ever, Amber’s relationship with her mum (who’s a recovering alchoholic) was really interesting but pretty heartbreaking and I absolutely loved the love interest Kyle and their romance.

Spells and Sleeping Bags– this is the 3rd book inthe All About Rachel series, which I read when I was younger and really loved. They’re about Miri and Rachel, who are teenage witches, and this one sees them head off to summer camp and Rachel face off against Liana, who seems to hate her for no apparent reason. I remember being really shocked when who Liana is was revealed and not much else, but if you like funny books blending magic and contemporary you’d probably enjoy this series.

Babysitters’ Summer Vacation– this is the 2nd Super Special, which means we get chapters from the perspective of each member of the club (and sometimes other characters who are only minor characters in other books) and also that it’s a bit longer than the main series/mysteries. This one takes place as they become summer camp counsellors, and while it’s not one of my favourites, I still enjoyed it. There’s always lots going on as each club member has a different storyline, and so much is packed in. An easy and enjoyable read, just like all the other Babysitters Club books!

Comet and the Champion’s Cup– this isn’t a typical summer camp, but it fits the definition and I love it so I couldn’t resist including it. It’s the 5th in the Pony Club Secrets series and follows Issie and her best friends Stella and Kate as they go to stay at Issie’s aunt’s farm to help run her new riding school. They also compete in a contest, and Issie bonds withthe titular Comet, a cheeky skwebald who instantly became my favourite horse of the series (joint with Angel anyway) when I read this. It also features some lovely romantic moments between Issie and Aidan, and the riding school is really fun.

The Names They Gave Us– first of all, this book has one of THE most beautiful covers I’ve ever seen and I bought it without even reading the description, so learning it featured a summer camp was a nice surprise. It’s about Lucy, who’s sent to be a counsellor at a summer camp for troubled children and teens, mainly due to not wanting to disappoint her mum, who’s just been diagnosed with cancer for a 2nd time. I loved the friendships she forms there, the supporting cast, how positive and lovely the camp was and how much it helped everyone attending, and of course the romance between
Lucy and Jones.


If you’d like to see more of my summery posts, you can read the Summer Book Tag here!


What are your favourite books set in summer camps? Do you agree you’d hate to go to one, or would you enjoy it? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @GoldenBooksGirl!

Amy x

The 7 Deadly Sins Book Tag

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Today, I’m going to be doing the 7 Deadly Sins Book Tag, which I was tagged for by Lucy-May. Onto the post!


Greed – what is the most expensive book you own? What is the least expensive book you own?

The most expensive would be one of the few the hardbacks I own, so I’ll say Nevermoor as it’s my favourite of them. The least expensive, excluding things I bought second hand or from charity shops. Would be the Case of thee Missing Treasure. It’s a new short story in the Murder Most Unladylike series that I only bought a couple of weeks ago, and I’m super excited to read it.

Gluttony – what book or books have you shamelessly devoured many times?

Of all the books I’ve reread, I’ve probably read the Geek Girl books the most times, and as an exaple of this I’m almost certain I read them 3 times last year alone. And it will always be shameless, because I could never feel shame over choosing to reimmerse myself in a world that has given and still does give me so much joy.

Sloth – what book or book series have you neglected out of sheer laziness?

Up till May, the Northern Lights trilogy. I put off reading them for months because they are intimidating both in size and the sheer volume of people who consider them among their favourite books. I personally did not find that, and only made it through the first before deciding I just wasn’t clicking with them. That said, I did adore Iorek and Pan, and thought the conceptof the world had so much promise.

Pride – what book or books do you bring up when you want to sound like an intellectual reader?

I don’t tend to try to sound like an intellectual reader that I can think of, because I read for pleasure, but if I ever wanted/needed to I’d probably mention the Shakespeare plays I’ve read or To Kill a Mockingbird.

Lust – what attributes do you find most attractive in characters?

I really love characters who make me laugh, someone so likeable I can get 100% behind them, and clever characters.

Envy – what book/s would you most like to receive as a gift?

I love receiving books/book tokens as a gift, but I’m going to give my answer to this in a dream world rather than a book I think anyone will ever actually give me as a gift. I spoke in this post about a book I loved when I was younger, that I have lost and cannot remember the title of at all, so I’dbe thrilled if someone gave me that. Mainly so I could read it and see what I thought now, but also because it’s been driving me bananas for years and it probably will do forever.

Wrath – what author do you have a love/hate relationship with?

I think this has to be Polly Ho-Yen. I love both Boy in the Tower and Fly Me Home a great deal, but I found Where Monsters Lie disappointing.

I tag Charlotte and Kelly.


What are your thoughts on the books I’ve mentioned? Are any on your TBR? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @GoldenBooksGirl!

Amy x

The Mid Year Book Freakout Tag 2018

Hello everybody! Today, I’m going to be doing the Mid Year Book Freakout Tag, which I was tagged for by Cora. Onto the post!


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1. The best book you’ve read this year?

My joint favourites of the year so far are When the Mountains Roared and the Children of Castle Rock, which I adored. The former cemented Jess as one of my favourite writers at the moment as it was even better than her stunning debut and the latter was such a perfect Blyton-esque read that made me laugh so, so much.

2. The best sequel you’ve read this year?

I’ve read lots of excellent new additons to series this year, but the best sequel to a first book by far for me has been Alex Sparrow and the Furry Fury, which I thought was hilarious and exciting and immensely enjoyable, AND it had the added bonus of loads of brilliant animals.

3. New releases you haven’t read yet but want to.

So, so many. I’m very excited to finish off the Uncommoners trilogy, and I think the Storm Keeper’s Island and the Wild Folk look particularly amazing too.

4. Most anticipated releases for the second half of the year.

Emma Carroll’s Secrets of a Sun King, Robin Stevens’s Death in the Spotlight and Anna James’s Pages and Co are probably my top three. There are so many things coming out that I want to read that I’d take forever to list them all though!

5. Biggest disappointment.

I think it has to be the List of Real Things. I absolutely loved the two books I’d read from Sarah Moore Fitzgerald previously (Back to Blackbrick and the Apple Tart of Hope, which were stunningly written and so unique), but I found this one really hard to get into and not what I’d expected from the blurb.

6. Biggest surprise.

I thought I’d enjoy the Children of Castle Rock, but I had no idea I’d love it as much as I do. It feels like a book I’ve been waiting on forever without knowing it, as it combines so many of my favourite ingredients in a book; boarding school, adventure, friendship, beautiful writing and brilliant humour.

7. Favourite new to you, or debut, author.

I don’t feel like I’ve read as many debuts this year (though that could be my imagination!), but I’d say my favourite would be the House with Chicken Legs, which was a retelling of the Baba Yaga folk tale with lovely characters, some brilliant twists I did not see coming at all and a phenomenal setting/character in the house itself.

8. Newest fictional crush.

1000% Matt Finch from Open Road Summer. I love him. Unlike Reagan (the main character, who he is the love interest for), I am exactly the sort of person who’d love to have a song written for them.

9. Newest favourite character.

I’ve loved SO many new characters, but I think my absolute favourite is Finch, the narrator of Flying Tips for Flightless Birds. He took a little while to get to know, but he was such a joy to read despite being simeltaneously frustrating some of the time.

10. Book that made you cry?

When the Mountains Roared made weep at multiple points. Most books ehuch heavily feature animals do, to be honest.

11. Book that made you happy?

ALL OF THEM. But one in particular would be A Sky Painted Gold, which I read on the couch one day when I felt really unwell. It was so romantic, funny and well written that it made for perfect escapism.

12. Favourite book to film adaption?

I think I’ve only seen Love, Simon, but it’d still be Love, Simon if I’d seen fifty. I loved that film so much, and I didn’t really expect to since the book is one of my favourites and they changed quite a few things.

13. Favourite post you have done this year?

I think it would have to be this one because writing an entire post about why I love Geek Girl was such a joy.

14. Most beautiful book you have bought this year?

Easily Open Road Summer- I think all of the UK covers for Emery Lord are ridiculously pretty.

15. What books do you need to read by the end of the year?

I want to get to so many things by the end of the year, but the main one I’ll mention is the Secret of Supernatural Creek because I bought it the day it came out, and have put off reading it for almost an entire year in case it doesn’t live up to the original Laura Marlin Mysteries quartet (which hold a very special place in my heart). There are lots of others I hope I can get to too.

If you’d like to read my 2017 version of this tag, you can do that here.


I tag Christina and Laura.


Have you read any of these books? What did you think? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @GoldenBooksGirl!

Amy x

Top Ten Tuesday: Red, White and Blue Covers

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Today, I’m taking part in Top Ten Tuesday, which is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Today, in honour of 4th July celebrations in America, the theme is books with red, white and blue covers, which I’ve decided to do a mixture of (3 for each, so 9 instead of 10). Onto the post!


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RED:

Mistletoe and Murder– this is the 5th of the Murder Most Unladylike series, and I love it just as much as all the others. It’s set in Cambridge over the Christmas holidays, features a secret climbing society and an appearance from the Junior Pinkertons, and is an absolutely brilliant mystery. As an aside, the chapter headers are fantastic!

Picture Perfect- given this post is in honour of 4th July, it seemed fitting to include the 3rd of the Geek Girl series, which is set in America and has stars and stripes on its cover. It’s not my favourite of the series, but I still love it a lot, and there are of course plenty of hilarious moments. Also, Annabel gets a moment where she really shines, and Annabel being a full on badass is brilliant.

It’s a Wrap– this is another comedy YA, and it’s a great ending to a great trilogy. It’s about Elektra, a young actress, and in this book she’s navigating the trials and tribulations that come with publicising a film. There are so many scenes that had me giggling, and I really enjoyed this.

BLUE:

The Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow– this is the first of the Sinclair’s Mysteries, and it has an excellent self-contained mystery while also introducing the characters and superb setting of Sinclair’s department store, and setting up plot points for the series arc.

Marshmallow Skye– this is the 2nd in the Chocolate Box Girls series, and it focuses on Skye. Its blue cover is beautiful, with gorgeous little bird illustrations, and I love it. Skye is such a lovely character, the chocolate business is brilliant to read about, and the plot of Skye trying to uncover the secrets of her ancestor Clara Travers is so interesting.

State of Sorrow– I read this very recently, and really liked it. It’s about a girl called Sorrow, who lives in a country called Rhylla which has been forced into perpetual mourning by her drug addict father, who is the chancellor of Rhylla, for her brother Mael and mother Cerena, both of whom died 18 years ago, and what happens when the political landscape changes very suddenly, and she must compete to become the new chancellor. The worldbuilding is phenomenal, I found Sorrow really interesting as a character, the secondary cast are all well developed and interesting also and the twists and turns are incredibly shocking.

WHITE:

Open Road Summer– this was one of my last reads, and I’m still a bit breathless from how much I loved it. Composing my thoughts into a review will be both difficult and exciting, but my main thoughts are the narrator Reagan is complex and clever and I want her to be happy, her love interest Matt is incredible and basically perfect, her friend Dee is so sweet and I want to wrap her in a hug, and the landscape relationships between the three of them are a delight, and they fit together so well.

Did I Mention I Love You?- this is with me on holiday, and I’m hoping to get to it. It sounds like a really enjoyable YA romance, and I’ve heard incredibly good things about the whole trilogy.

George– this is another book I brought on holiday. It’s a contemporary middle grade about George, a trans girl, as it’s announced her class is putting on a play of Charlotte’s Web and she decides she desperately wants to be Charlotte, but isn’t allowed because everyone thinks she’s a boy. It sounds like a lovely story, and I’m hoping for lots of Charlotte’s Web references because it’s my favourite classic.


What are your favourite books with covers of these colours? Are you a fan of any of the books I’ve mentioned? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @GoldenBooksGirl!

Amy xxx