Review Catch Up: Magical Middle Grade

Hello everybody! So, despite my good intentions back in March, I haven’t done very well with posting reviews since then, but I’ve finally got my act together and written some up for some of the magical middle grades I’ve read in the last few months, because I feel like magical worlds are excellent escapism at the moment and I really enjoyed all of these. And hopefully this time I’ll actually get better at this and start posting reviews again, because I’ve read so many AMAZING books recently and I really want to talk about them more. Onto the post!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Characters I Want to Dress Up As

Hello everybody! Today, as part of Top Ten Tuesday‘s Halloween freebie week, I’m talking about a few characters (from books, TV and film, because I was struggling to think of more than a couple, which is also why my list is five instead of ten! Some fit into a couple of categories though). Onto the post!

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The Bookshelf Scavenger Hunt Tag

Hello everybody!

Today, I’m going to be doing the Bookshelf Scanner Hunt Tag (even though I actually keep my books in storage boxes…), which I was tagged for by Lucy-May. Onto the questions!


01. Find An Author Name Or Title With A Z In It:

The only thing I can think of is the Bone Sparrow by Zana Fraillon, which has been languishing on my TBR for years and never been read. Something always stops me when I go to unhaul it though…

02. Find A Classic:

My absolute favourite classic has to be Charlotte’s Web. It’s such simple, yet spectacular, storytelling and I cannot imagine why you wouldn’t love Wilbur and Charlotte with every little bit of your heart.

03. Find A Book With A Key On It:

I came SO close to giving up on this question, and then Ithought of something! Sunflowers in February is on my TBR, and it’s published by Hot Key it has a key on the spine. I’m hoping to get to it soon!

04. Find Something On Your Bookshelves That Isn’t A Book:

In one of my boxes, I have a little box of bookish merchy things various people were lovely enough to send me from events/other things I’ve acquired. I particularly treasure my badges, which include a Moxie one (‘Feminist AF’) and a SUPER adorable Mr Prickles one the author of Alex Sparrow sent me recently.

05. Find The Oldest Book On Your Shelves:

If this means in terms of publication date, I think it’s something by Enid Blyton, though I’m not sure which of her books I own came first.

06. Find A Book With A Girl On It:

The Pony Club Secrets books all have a photo of a girl on them, who represents Issie, and then the horse that’s the focus of that book (each book has a new horse Issie meets who adds to her skill in some way, except for the last one and the Christmas special). I am getting beyond excited for my reread of these books, which I think I’ll do at the end of either June or July.

07. Find A Book That Has An Animal On It:

Well, Pony Club Secrets does, as I mention above, but I won’t repeat that! I’ll say another fabourite series instead, and that’s that all of the Laura Marlin Mysteries have an animal on them, mainly Laura’s (awesome) husky Skye but on Kentucky Thriller there’s a horse. I think the equally awesome Drift features on most if not all the Adventure Island covers too!

08. Find A Book With A Male Protagonist:

My favourite standalone MG, Boy in the Tower, has an absolutely LOVELY male protagonist called Ade. I adore him.

09. Find A Book With Only Words On The Cover:

This took me a while to think of, but my copy of Men Should Weep (which I’m studying in English, and will be writing about in my exam which is TOMORROW) only has words on it.

10. Find A Book With Illustrations On It:

My absolute favourite covers ever are Julian de Narvaez’s on Emma Carroll’s books for Faber, so I’ll say them. They’re drop dead levels of stunning and every time one is revealed I scream with joy. I CANNOT WAIT to see what he’ll do for Secret of a Sun King.

11. Find A Book With Gold Lettering:

The wonderful MG fantasy Nevermoor has absolutely gorgeous, embossed gold letter on the cover and spine. I’m so excited for the 2nd in the series, not least to see how pretty the cover will be!

12. Find A Diary, True or Fictional:

The only thing currently popping into my head that’s in proper diary format is the Raspberry Rules, which is by Karen McCombie. It was the first book of hers I ever read ad it hooked me completely on her writing.

13. Find A Book Written By An Author With A Common Name:

This question stumped me absolutely, so I decided to see if I’d read any books by authors who share a name in my 2018 reading so far. I’ve read books by several Sophies!

14. Find A Book With A Close Up Of Something On It:

I’m not sure how close something would need to be to be considered a close up, but I think the titular crown of The Buried Crown would fit the bill!

15. Find A Book On Your Shelves That Takes Place In The Earliest Time Period:

I think it would have to be Eliza Rose, which is set at the court of Henry the 8th during his marriages to Anne of Cleves and Katherine Howard.

16. Find A Hardcover Book Without A Jacket:

The wonderful Winter Magic anthology doesn’t have a jacket, and I have to admit it does feel a bit odd.

17. Find A Teal/Turquoise Coloured Book:

The fabulous Mystery and Mayhem anthology, which features some of my absolute favourite writers such as Helen Moss and Robin Stevens, has a gorgeous cover this colour.

18. Find A Book With Stars On It:

The Starman and Me, which looks wonderful and is something I absolutely must bet to soonish, does. The cover is what made me want to read it initially…

19. Find A Non-YA Book:

I own tons of MG! And a couple of adult books I’m interested in.

I tag: Bex, Kelly and Rosie!

Thank you so much for reading! What do you think of the books I’ve mentioned? Can you think of a book with a key on it?! Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @GoldenBooksGirl!

Amy xxx

Guest Post: My Favourite MG Books by @aimee_louise_l

Hello everybody

Today, I have a brilliant guest post from my amazing friend Aimee, all about her favourite MG books! Enjoy!

Amy xxx

Thank you so much Amy for having me on your wonderful blog. I am so excited to be sharing my favourite MG books with your readers. I’ve had a fab time writing this. So without further ado, onto the books!!

The Dream Snatcher trilogy by Abi Elphinstone

Obviously this is on my list. I’d need my head examining if I was to miss out this feisty, bold spirited trilogy. With Old Magic, the wilderness and a wild spirited heroine, this MG trilogy stole my heart when it burst onto the bookish scene back in 2015.

Winter Magic curated by Abi Elphinstone

With 11 short stories celebrating the magic of Winter, these stories are perfect for sitting by a fire with a cup of hot chocolate. I absolutely love these stories and how they add that extra magic to some of the most wonderful aspects of Winter.

Sky Song by Abi Elphinstone

Are you surprised? Really? If this didn’t make it onto my favourite MG books list then I’d have been shouting about this book for absolutely NO reason. Hope. Friendship. Courage. Loyalty. A sprinkling of love. This book really does have it all. I’ve never been on a more atmospheric adventure that literally has magic spilling out of it’s pages.

Eren by Simon Clark

A tale of a gargoyle that feeds on stories. Erm yes please. Seriously, feed me with ALL of the stories and I’d be happy too. Dark, eerie and filled with glorious story-telling, this MG book has the right dose of dark magic sprinkled amongst its pages.

The Great Chocoplot by Chris Callaghan

Imagine a world without chocolate? Nope. Neither could I until I read this book. There’s some serious work to be done to save chocolate, and that is not because Chris is going to eat it all himself (though I’m sure he’d LOVE to).

Matilda by Roald Dahl

Oh how I love this book. Oh how I love to read. Matilda for me captures the very essence of why books are so important. Without books, we’d not be able to escape reality. Without books, we’d not be able to become more educated and knowledgable. Without books, we wouldn’t know the hidden stories and wonders of the world and universe.

Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

Hogwarts is my home. The Harry Potter books found their way into my heart at the age of 11 years old, Hogwarts letter recipient age to be precise, and have been with me ever since. These books have literally helped me to deal with so much in life and have always been the light in the darkest of times. I am so proud to be a part of the Harry Potter fandom and a Gryffindor at heart.

A Girl of Ink and Stars by Kiran Milwood-Hargrave

I truly fell in love with Kiran’s story about a cartographer’s daughter who goes on an adventure to save her best friend. Maps. Ink. Stars. That is all this girl needs. Extra bonus if you get to discover the hidden secrets at the heart of the island.

Boy X by Dan Smith

An adventure that follows a boy called Ash who wakes up on a remote tropical island after being kidnapped and drugged. WOW. Hard-hitting stuff right? Well…there’s more. Ash has to trek through the jungle in order to find his mum, who has been imprisoned and infected with a deadly virus. IS THIS NOT ENOUGH FOR THE POOR LAD? Seriously though, a pretty action-packed adventure that tests Ash’s strength and stamina whilst the animals watch on as he crosses the jungle in a bid to save his mum.

The Giraffe And The Pelly And Me by Roald Dahl

Possibly one of the most underrated Roald Dahl books out there. I loved reading this as a child and I still love it now. Basically a small boy who dreams of owning a candy shop (watch out Willy Wonka, I think you’ve got competition on your hands) meets a giraffe, a pelican and a monkey. What’s so special about that I hear you ask. Well, the giraffe, pelican and money are window cleaners. So if you think that the people who clean your windows do a terrible job, then maybe you should consider these guys. They not half do a decent job. Just saying.

Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes

You have not lived, if you haven’t read these absolute delightful and revolting poems which put a twist on the fairy tales that you know so well. So if you wanna find out why you shouldn’t mess with Red Riding Hood and how your other favourite fairytale characters are getting on, then seriously please give these a read.

I have so many more MG books which I love, but I’d be here all day if I was to continue talking about them all. So if you’d like to recommend some MG books that I should look out for then please do tell me, even if my TBR won’t forgive me,

Aimee Louise

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 πŸ™ˆ, 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

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