The Real Neat Blog Award

Hello everybody!

Today, I’m going to be completing the Real Neat Blog Award tag, which I was tagged for by Bex. Onto the post!


The Rules:

Display the award logo on your blog

Thank the folks who nominated you and provide links to their blogs

Answer the 7 questions asked by your nominator(s)

Nominate any number of other bloggers to share the award and give them some linky love

Notify the nominated folk

Ask the nominees 7 questions of your own


1. Which 2018 release are you most looking forward to?

I have lots! I’m excited the 2nd James Nicol is finally coming next month, and I can’t wait for Jess Butterworth’s new book.

2. Do you prefer watching Booktube or reading blogs?

I really like both, but think blogs have the edge for me. They’re quicker to read so I comment/engage more, and I definetely enjoy a lot more blogs whereas I’m much more more fussy wuth booktube. There are only 5 people I regularly watch, I think.

3. What is the best debut you have read this year?

Jess Butterworth’s Running on the Roof of the World in 2017, when I was tagged for this. It was an all enveloping middle grade adventure, and I adored it.

4. Be honest – how many unread books do you own at the moment?

Over 100, less than 150 at last count.

5. What is your favourite non-fiction novel?

I don’t actually read non fiction. 🙈

6. If you were to write a book, what would it be about?

I’d write a mystery, most likely for middle grade. Write what you know and all that jazz! (to clarify, I am not the real life Nancy Drew. I’ve just read so many I’m quite confident I could come up with one)

7. Name one thing you have done in 2017 that you’re really proud of.

I started my blog, and I’m really proud of what I achieved with it. I also passed my exams and I was very happy with my results.

I am not very good at coming up with questions, so not all of these are bookish! No one I tag is obligated to answer them. I tag Jo, Hannah and Rebecca, as I just recently did a tag where I tagged some others I know so don’t want to bombard them with another one!

1. If you were to get a tattoo, what would it be and why?

2. Do you use bookmarks? Do you have a favourite type/one?

3. What is your favourite thing about blogging?

4. Who is your favourite book character of all time? (Top 3 if you can’t choose)

5. Favourite book to film adaptation?

6. Who are your favourite singers?

7. If you were a teacher at Hogwarts, which subject would you teach?

Thank you so much for reading! I’d love to hear your answers to these questions below or on Twitter @GoldenBooksGirl!

Amy xxx

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My 5 Favourite Love Songs

Hello everybody!

Today, I have something quite different for you. I’m going to be talking about music, specifically love songs seeing it’s Valentine’s Day this month. I’m not a music blogger and don’t really know what I’m talking about, but I do love music and these songs, and hope you enjoy the post!

Money or the Girl (Into the Ark)- this is quite potentially my favourite song of all time, and Into the Ark my joint favourite musician of all time (you’ll see the other one in a minute). I love the lyrics, the story I think it tells and Taylor and Dane’s voices are as beautiful as ever. Their covers of Burning Love/Not a One are also GORGEOUS, and their original Better than Never at All (which I’m pretty sure Dane has said he wrote for his girlfriend when he was in Australia on a trip ) is super lovely too. Basically, I really love Into the Ark, and all their songs so I can’t pick just one.

Budapest (George Ezra)– I’m pretty sure everyone has heard this song, considering how often it was l the radio when Wanted on Voyage was released back in 2014, and it’s well deserved. The lyrics are fab, George Ezra’s voice is forever flawless (he’s that other joint favourite I was talking about) and it’s insanely catchy but never gets on my nerves no matter how many days in a row it’s stuck in my head. Other bits of romantic loveliness from George Ezra I recommend are Listen to the Man, Barcelona and Hold My Girl.

Something Just Like This (Coldplay)- I really, REALLY dislike the version of this including the Chainsmokers, but the One Love Manchester performance made me fall in love with it. I just love the concept of the song in general, and the chorus is so, so catchy and lovely. My absolute favourite Coldplay song.

Can’t Help Falling in Love with You (Elvis Presley)– a classic, and rightly so. This song is so sweet and pretty and lovely. Fun fact: when Saffy was a very small puppy and slept downstairs, this was one of my favourite things to sing to her to soothe her to sleep.

Let Me Love the Lonely (James Arthur)- this song is about falling in love when you aren’t comfortable with people, and it’s stunning. My absolute highlight of Back from the Edge, this is hugely underrated as no one EVER seems to have heard of it.

Thank you so much for reading! What love songs do you love? Have you ever listened to any of mine? Are there any other music posts you’d especially like me to do? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @GoldenBooksGirl!

Amy xxx

The Bedtime Tag 

Hello everybody!

Today, I’m going to do the Bedtime Tag, which I wasn’t tagged for but saw on Jenny in Neverland and thought it would be fun. Onto my answers!

1. Describe your usual bedtime routine

Go to bed, loiter on Twitter/finish a blog post till too late, read, be unable to sleep, read some more, finally get to sleep usually just before midnight.

2. What are your favourite pyjamas?

If you know me/how many pyjamas I own, you’d know this was an impossible question. My favourite type to buy are usually either animals, Tatty Teddy, Snoopy or Disney. I have one Harry Potter set, and a few other random pairs, but they’re my main weaknesses that I can’t leave in a shop.

3. What is your current bedtime reading?

I’m writing this quite a bit in the past (hello future!), so I have no idea what book I’ll be on when this goes live!

4. What would I find on your bedside table?

A few photos of my dogs, a bottle of water, my tablet on its charger and my lamp.

5. What scent makes you sleepy?

Lavender, because I am a cliche.

6.  What is your usual bedtime and wake up time?

I like to be asleep for half 11 when I’m at school (and usually fail), and I get up at 7 for school. On weekends holidays, I like to sleep in till 8 or 9.

7. What are your top three bedtime products?

I only ever use micellar water to take off makeup if I’ve worn any, and sometimes don’t even do that.

8. What is your most common sleeping position?

On my side, facing my wall.

9. Do you have anything you like to take to bed with you?

Like Jenny, I always have my teddy (albeit mine is a tiger called Liam) with me in bed.

10. What’s your worst bedtime habit?

Staying on my tablet too long, I really must stop this habit!

Thank you so much for reading! I won’t tag anyone, as I don’t know who’d like to do this, but  if you feel like it feel free! I’d love to hear if we have anything in common at bedtime down below or on Twitter @GoldenBooksGirl!

Amy xxx

5 Films I Watched in November/December

Hello everybody!


Today, I’m doing a post about the films I watched and very much enjoyed in late November/December. As you go through this post, you’ll realise how obsessed with Disney I am, if you haven’t already! 😂


Olaf’s Frozen Adventure
– I  went to see this in the cinema at the very end of November, and it was worth every stare for being the only people there unaccompianed by a child. I’ll preface this by saying I LOVE OLAF. He’s the sweetest of all sweet things, and this film is basically all him. It’s about him trying to find a new holiday tradition for himself, Anna and Elsa. He’s as adorable as ever, and I essentially sat in tears throughout because I loved this so much, and I am not ashamed.


Oliver and Company
– this film was so, so cute. It’s Oliver Twist with animals (which made me like it a whole lot more). I loved Oliver, his friends and thought hostile dog Georgette, who is annoyed when Oliver invades her home, was hilarious. I sobbed through certain scenes and got very worried about all the characters during the climax, and I adored the happy ending that ticked every box I wanted it to. I definetly think I’ll be watching this again!

A Christmas Prince
– this was cheesy, predictable and an AWFUL lot of fun! I really liked main character Amber, and her love interest Prince Richard. I thought the supporting cast were excellent too, and I wouldn’t be surprised if I end up watching this over Christmases to come. If you’re one of the (seemingly) few people who haven’t watched this, it’s about a journalist as she journeys to Aldovia in order to dig up dirt on the royal family, and especially the Prince, of the country.


Winnie the Pooh: Springtime with Roo-
yes, I watched a film about Easter at Christmas. And it felt very odd, but my goodness was it glorious. I have shamefully never seen any Winnie the Pooh films despite thinking the characters are lovely. It’s about the Easter when Rabbit mysteriously refused to organise anything, and the rest of the gang trying to convince him otherwise for little Room’s sake. It was so sweet, the animation was whimsical, classic and picturesque, and the friendship and sheer joy throughout really made me smile. Also, my older dog is a mixture of Rabbit and Eeyore, so I burst out laughing quite a lot!


Pretty in Pink
– as you may know, this is basically my favourite film of all time, and if I included it in one of these posts every time I watched it then it’d probably be in them all. It’s about Andie as she navigates high school drama and chooses between rich boy Blaine and best friend Duckie romantically (I like Blaine, but I’m Team Duckie ALL THE WAY). It makes me laugh, it makes me cry and I love each of the main trio with all my heart, and hate their enemies on a similar level. The soundtrack is also fab. If you love this too, please come fangirl with me about it!


What films did you love in November and December? Do we share any? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @GoldenBooksGirl


Amy xxx

A Q&A : Books, Music and TV

Hello everybody!

A little (a long), while ago on Twitter, I asked for some questions for a Q&A post, so today I’m going to answer them all. I was so pleased with all the questions, and I already can’t wait to do another one of these (especially if anyone enjoyed it; please let me know what you think in the comments!)

Onto the post!  

First and last crush on a fictional character?

The first was Aiden from Pony Club Secrets, last was probably Étienne from Anna and the French Kiss. The two biggest are Nick from Geek Girl and Sirius Black.


Favourite show/musical? And favourite character from it?

My favourite musical is Sunshine on Leith, which is based on the music of the Proclaimers, and I also loved Joseph and the Technicolour Dreamcoat


If you were a Disney character, which one would you be and why?

This is SO hard. I asked my mum who she thought I’d be, and she said Belle as I’m almost always reading! I’d say Rapunzel, but I don’t think I’m optimistic enough in all honesty. In a dream world, I’d like to be Olaf.


How do you plan/write your reviews?

Badly 😂. I try and write notes on as many as possible throughout the month, then sit down at the end and write them all up (and usually put it off till the night before I want the post to go up).  If I forget to write notes, I wing it.

 If you could be any animal, what would you be and why?

I’d love to be a dog (probably either a cocker spaniel or a golden retriever, though really any breed as I adore them all).


Peter Pan or Tinkerbell?

Tinkerbell. Peter Pan is FAR too whiny for my taste.


What’s your favourite guilty pleasure snack?

I try not to be guilty about treats, but I do indulge in quite a bit of chocolate…

 Do you think words have the power to change us and if so do you think this is a good thing?

Absolutely, and yes. Words shape who I am, and my knowledge.


What book have you had on your TBR forever, that you still haven’t read yet?

Loads! Based on the person who asked me this (hey Aimee, if you’re reading) I’ll say Abi Ephinstone’s books. I read the Dreamsnatcher and enjoyed it, but have still never got round to books 2 or 3.


If you could only read one author or genre for the rest of your life who/what would you choose?

I’d read mysteries, because you can find a mystery in most books and could therefore read almost everything!

 What was your first favourite book?

A picture book called Second Best.
What are your pet bookish peeves/things you can’t stand?

I’m not keen on selfish or whiny main characters (or those I perceive to be those things, anyway), unless it’s clear it’s been done on purpose. For example, I really rooted for Olivia in Close Your Pretty Eyes by Sally Nicholls as she’s not conventionally likeable but we can see why. I’m 50/50 with animal deaths, and I detest any poor treatment of animals. 

 What do you really love to see in a book?

I personally quite like instalove if done well, but I also like slow-burn romances. I love characters who are so brave but don’t really know it, if that makes sense. I love seeing a foreign country, or fantasy worldbuilding. I love a good mystery, of course. And a really nice friendship!.

Three elements for a perfect story?

A middle grade mystery, with fab friendships and an exciting, excellent plot.

What’s your fave mythical creature?

I love a good dragon, and also unicorns.

If you could live in one bookish world, which one would you choose?

Stoneybrook in the Babysitters Club. I’ll be nice and safe, be able to look after lovely children and go on fun adventures to places like New York.

What got you started with blogging?

I had wanted to for ages, and decided in June that I might as well give it a shot.

Most underrated book?

Boy in the Tower by Polly Ho-Yen, which will most likely not come as a surprise. I’m planning a whole new feature this year about other books I love which are underrated and why I think everyone should read them. The first will be my favourite Enid Blyton series…

Most underrated Disney film?

I think I’ll go for Oliver and Company! I also bareky ever see love for Zootropolis, which I adore SO much.


Favourite t.v. show?

I love lots, but Suits is probably my all time favourite. There is literally nothing I dislike about it.


Best thing to binge watch on Netflix?

I have only ever binged the Good Wife on Netflix, which I adored. On DVD, I got through Suits, Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal and the Mentalist VERY quickly.


Your ideal cosy night in?

A nice film or boxset, Maltesers and Counters, mint choc chip ice cream, crisps, a blanket, pillows and dog cuddles please.


Favourite genre to read
?

Mysteries!


Who are your top 5 singers?

George Ezra and Into the Ark are my joint absolute favourites then Tom Odell, Taylor Swift, Shawn Mendes and Coldplay.


Who are your top 3 favourite Grey’s Anatomy characters?

Meredith, Christina and Alex.

 What underrated book do you wish everyone would read?

Boy in the Tower by Polly Ho-Yen, or the 39 Clues series.


What classics do you plan to read in 2018?

I have a few I want to read, but I’d especially love to get to Anne of Green Gables, A Little Princess and the Wolves of Willoughby Chase.  I’d also like to give some Jane Austen a go!

What is your daemon? 

Ive never read Northern Lights, so I’m not really sure. According to the quiz I just took, a terrier. 

What was the last book you DNF?

I think it was Things a Bright Girl Can Do. 

What’s your favourite and least favourite genre?

MG- Mystery and fantasy, YA- contemporary for favourites. Not big on horror or dystopia at all, and I’m not that into sci-fi.

If you were a book character, what type of book would you be most likely to end up in? (Mystery, adventure, etc)?

I’d like to feature in a mystery, seeing they’re my favourites. Realistically it’d probably be very dull! My life would not make a good book.


Which characteristics in a protagonist really make you connect with them?

I love really brave characters that have to work hard to be so, e.g. Hazel from Murder Most Unladylike or Ade from Boy in the Tower. And those who love animals are always lovely too!
 Which fictional character would you most like to marry?

In what may come as no shock whatsoever at this stage, Nick from Geek Girl. Or maybe Airen from Pony Club Secrets. Outwith books, it’s even harder. Patrick Jane from the Mentalist, Harvey Spectre from Suits and Caleb Rivers from Pretty Little Liars (and also Jackson or Derek or Mark from Grey’s Anatomy). And film wise, Duckie from my all time favourite Pretty in Pink or Andrew from the Proposal, a new fave from this year.Thank you so much for reading! Do we share any answers? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @GoldenBooksGirl

Amy xxx 

My Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Traditions

Hello everybody!

Can you believe it’s Christmas Eve?! Today, to finish off blogmas, I’m going to be speaking about my Christmas Eve and Christmas Day traditions

Onto the post! 

• A fish supper- Every Christmas Eve we have a fish supper takeaway and even though I eat fish suppers at plenty of other times throughout the year (a lot, actually. Fish suppers are marvellous 😉 ) this one always signifies that Christmas is almost here.

• Watching films- Whether I stay downstairs with my family or go upstairs myself, I always watch films on Christmas Eve and at Christmas night (not usually Christmassy; we watch those in the weeks leading up to Christmas) I`m not QUITE sure what I`ll be watching this year yet (although I do know Pretty in Pink and The Proposal are strong contenders), but last year I snuggled up with Pretty Woman and Marley and Me.

• Eating Twilights- I don`t think I`ve done this for the past couple of years, but when I was a bit younger I always used to eat Twilights (chocolate sweets with crunchy mint inside, if you don`t know them) when I was opening my presents. In recent years I`ve opted for some Celebrations or Thorntons Smiles instead.

• We lose a giftcard/money- This tradition is not intentional but almost every year it happens. A giftcard stays in the envelope and ends up in the bin, it goes under the couch or down the back or it gets sat somewhere no one would think to look till next Christmas. Many a year has been spent hunting for a book token and similar, and it is a SCARY couple of minutes of hunting, let me tell you.

• Strictly Come Dancing/Mrs Brown`s Boys- These are the only Christmas TV show specials that I think we watch every year. They`re always a fab end to the day though, especially Strictly (I adore Strictly in general, and the Christmas show is always super festive and fun.)

Thank you so much for reading! Do you have any Christmas traditions? Do we have any in common? What Christmas TV do you tune into? Let me know in the comments below!

Amy xxx