My Most Anticipated September-October Releases

Hello everybody! Today, I’m going to be talking about the books I’m most excited for in September and October, even though I’ve made a little bit of a mess of my scheduling and the September releases will all be out already 🙈. Onto the books!

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Tilly and the Bookwanderers Blog Tour: Author Interview with Anna James

Hello everybody! Today, I’m really excited to be taking part in the blog tour for Tilly and the Bookwanderers, which I read last month and loved, by interviewing its author Anna James. Onto the post!


August Reviews 2018

Hello everybody! Today, I`m going to be sharing my reviews for all of the books I read in August, which was a pretty great reading month even though it was my worst of the year so far in terms of quantity. Onto the post!

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The Panic! At the Disco Book Tag

Hello everybody! In the last few months, I’ve become a big fan of Panic! at the Disco and today, I’m going to be doing a book tag themed around some of their songs, which I was tagged for by its creator Jess. Onto the post!


The Shawn Mendes Book Tag

Hello everybody! Today, I’m going to be taking part in the Shawn Mendes Book Tag, which has prompts related to songs from his recent self titled album, and I was tagged for by its creator Janay. Onto the post!

In My Blood – A book that deals with anxiety

Evie from Am I Normal Yet is in recovery for OCD and generalised anxiety disorder when we meet her, and it’s heartbreaking watching her relapse throughout the book. It’s amazing, and I also really love the humour within it and the friendship between Evie, Anber and Lottie. And the awesome, feminist club they create too, of course. The whole Spinster Club trilogy is brilliant!

Nervous – A book you were nervous to read because it might not live up to your expectations

I get really nervous when I start lots of books I’ve been really excited for in case they aren’t as good as I want them to be, but I waited nearly a full year before reading the Secret of Supernatural Creek and really liking it.

Lost In Japan – A book set in Japan or that references Japanese culture

Model Misfit, which is probably be my favourite of the Geek Girl series, takes place in Tokyo when Harriet travels there for a major modelling job, and I really like the atmosphere of the setting. Seven Days of You is also a really good read that’s set in Tokyo.

Where Were You In The Morning? – A book you were still thinking about the morning after you finished it

Oh, so many. The main one I can think of is Cat Clarke’s the Lost and the Found, the ending of which I think about at least once a week.

Like To Be You (feat. Julia Michaels) – A character that’s very different to you that you would be interested in swapping places with for a day

I’d love to swap places with Ruby from When the Mountains Roared (which is one of my absolute favourites of this year so far; it’s by Jess Butterworth and sees Ruby move from Australia to India, cope with the grief of losing her mother to a car crash and bring down a poaching plot with a friend). Other than loving animals we’re not that similar, and I’d really love the chance to meet her animals for the day.

Fallin’ All In You – A book character that you could see yourself falling in love with

Nick from Geek Girl because he makes me laugh and I love him, and also Matt from Open Road Summer because he’s brilliant, a musician and has the sort of tattoo (song lyrics you find meaningful) I want to get once I can.

Particular Taste – Your favourite genre and one of your favourite book from that genre

One of my favourite genres is mystery, and my favourite mysteries by far are the books the Murder Most Unladylike series, which are about schoolgirl sleuths Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong. I absolutely adore everything about them!

Why – A book that makes you wonder why it took so long for you to finally read it

I read the first book of the Blood for Blood trilogy at the very start of 2017, and it took me till this March to read books 2 and 3. I enjoyed Vendetta but wasn’t blown away, but I was kicking myself for waiting so long when I read Inferno and Mafiosa because they were INCREDIBLE.

Because I Had You – A book you love so much that it makes you feel like you don’t need any other book in your life

I love far too many books to answer this 😂. Since I’ve referenced the main other favourites I can think of, I’ll say Boy in the Tower, which is an MG book that I always struggle to pinpoint a genre for. If you’ve read basically any tag I’ve ever done, you’ll know all about it, but if you’ve not, it’s about a boy called Ade who cannot leave his tower even though mysterious blue plants are causing them all to fall down.

Queen- A character who thinks they’re superior or in charge and acts like a queen

Vivienne from Becoming Betty, which I read in 2017 and really liked, acts like she’s superior and so much cooler and better than main character Lizzie. The book is fantastic, andI wish I heard more people talking about it.

Youth (feat. Khalid) – A book that reminds you of your childhood

Pony Club Secrets was my very favourite series when I was younger; they’re about a girl called Issie as she attends pony club in New Zealand, goes to different places and meets new horses and eventually starts off on the path to becoming a professional three day eventer. Getting a new one of these was the most exciting thing EVER.

Mutual – A book both you and a friend agree is amazing

I recommended the Nowhere Emporium to Amy, and I was SO happy when she loved it as much as I do! It’s such a magical book, about a shop powered by imagination that produces wonders for the public to see when an orphan called Daniel goes to live there and then the shop’s owner Mr Silver goes missing.

Perfectly Wrong – A character that you love but probably shouldn’t

The only thing I can think of is Hugo from Floored, because after some chinks in his armour of bravado and being a bit of a twit are revealed I started to feel quite sorry for him, and I liked his character development towards the end.

When You’re Ready – An author that you are waiting on to release their next book

There are SO many, but the next thing I’m absolutely DYING to get my hands on is Death inthe Spotlight by Robin Stevens, which is the 7th book in the series and will be taking place in a theatre.

I tag Aimee, because I know she loves Shawn Mendes

If you’d like to read my thoughts about this album, you can do that here.

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

Amy x

Top Ten Tuesday: Books Set in Boarding Schools

Hello everybody!

Today, I’m taking part in Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by Jana, and for the back to school freebie post today, I’ve decided to talk about books set in boarding schools as I usually love that as a setting! Onto the post!


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!


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