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

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Four Book Quotes I Find Inspiring

Hello everybody! Today, I’m taking part in Top Ten Tuesday, and I have a list of four book quotes I find inspiring in some way. Onto the post!


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The Chocolate Book Tag

Hello everybody!

Today, to celebrate World Chocolate Day, I’m going to be doing the Chocolate Book Tag, which was created by Faye. Onto the post!


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1. Dark Chocolate — A book that covers a dark topic (abuse, domestic violence, rape, lonlieness, bullying, death, etc)

The Summer of Telling Tales, which sees two sisters, their mum and their dog escaping a horrifically abusive household and attempting to start a new life, was one of my favourite reads of last year. It was heartbreaking, and I cried all the way through.

2. White Chocolate — Your favourite light-hearted/humourous read

I think everyone who’s read this blog before knows the answer, and I’ll be talking about it in a few questions time anyway, so instead I’ll mention some recent favourite funny reads: Noah Could Never, It’s a Wrap and Theatrical.

3. Milk Chocolate — A book that has a lot of hype that you’re dying to read.

I’ve heard lots of amazing things about Catherine Doyle’s the Storm Keeper’s Island, and I’m really looking forward to reading it at some point. It sounds like something I’ll probably enjoy quite a bit!

4. Chocolate with a caramel centre- Name a book that made you feel all gooey in the middle while you were reading it

The One Hundred and Dalmatians, because aogs trying to save their pups from death at the hands of a horrid villain is an adorable concept, and while it’s suspenseful in places, it’s quite relaxing at the same time. It also features a charming golden retriever, and my heart melts every time I read that bit.

5. Snickers — A book that you are going nuts about

I just read the Elsewhere Emporium, and I thought it was amazing. I’ll be reviewing it in my July reviews post next month, and I’m super excited to write it already. I thought it was even better than the first book; a perfect follow up that would also be an engrossing, exciting read for someone who’d never heard of the Nowhere Emporium before.

6. Hot Chocolate with cream and marshmallows- What book would you turn to for a comfort read?

Geek Girl, always. No matter how down I am, no matter whether I read the full series or a couple of pages, it always lifts my mood.

7. Box of chocolates — What series have you read that you feel has a wide variety and a little something for everyone?

I had to think REALLY hard on what I could pick for this one, but I’ve decided on the 39 Clues books. I really wish more people would read them because they’re brilliant and they do pack a lot in. There’s intriguing mystery, exciting action, well developed characters with interesting backstories and the opportunity to learn about some historical figures.


What are your favourite types of chocolate? What are your thoughts on the books I’ve mentioned? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @GoldenBooksGirl!

Amy x

Why I Love Geek Girl

Hello everybody!

Today’s post is a tiny bit different to usual (more in format than anything else), so onto the post! I hope you enjoy it 💜

Of all the books that I count as favourites, the Geek Girl series is one of the very closest to my heart. There are so, so many reasons why I love this series and I decided, since it’s now almost a year since the final book came out that I wanted to write about it.
It fits my taste perfectly.

Harriet’s voice is incredibly unique, and her dry sense of humour throughout never, ever fails to make me laugh at least once a chapter. We’re very different in a lot of ways, though I see similarities too. I don’t rattle off facts or love maths and Science, but I adore history, and books, and I’m the first to admit I’m not all that into fashion. There is a passage in the first book about that very topic that speaks hugely to me, and I’m often heard saying ‘they’re just clothes!’

That’s something Geek Girl has given me. There are whole sections of this book I can rhyme off by heart; Harriet’s vocabulary has seeped into mine. Ostensibly, which features in one of the most uncomfortable bullying scenes throughout all 6 books is one of my go to phrases in an essay, and it’s one of my favourite words ever. I also try and learn some of the glorious facts sprinkled throughout that always fit just right with the narrative, which never feel jarring as they could be in other hands.

The rest of the cast are just as special. Eccentric agent Wilbur; so bizarre I can’t help but giggle when he’s on the page. Her parents; clever and caring, and undoubtedly my favourite book parents of all time. Toby; initially an irritation, but someone I came to care about by the end of Forever Geek. Best friend Nat; ferociously protective of Harriet, hilarious, a true ‘girl bomb’. Scary fashion designer Yuka Ito, whose terrifying manner provokes Harriet into some of the best moments of the series for me. And Nick. Lion Boy. A character I’m unashamedly in love with. He’s funny, charming, gorgeous and I can picture him so vividly throughout. He’s perfect for Harriet, to me, and she’s perfect for him.

Watching them grow over the course of the series is a pleasure, and letting them go in Forever Geek was difficult (I spent the entire sitting in which I read it in tears, even as I inevitably laughed). I don’t think I’ll ever stop rereading them though. At the end of any especially tough week, or in preparation for something I’m dreading, I go to the drawer in which I keep these (the most easily accessible I have), pull them out and start reading. And it feels like going home.

Why do you love Geek Girl? I’d love to hear from you in the comments or on Twitter @GoldenBooksGirl

Amy xxx