How to Write a Love Story Blog Tour: Katy Cannon’s Top 5 Romance Book

Hello everybody!

Today, I’m super excited to be on the blog tour for Katy Cannons new book How to Write a Love Story, which I really enjoyed, as you’ll know already if you read my latest monthly reviews post a few days ago! Onto Katy’s post, all about her top 5 romance books!

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I love reading romance every bit as much as I love writing it. Narrowing down my favourites to just five is almost impossible, but here a few titles that always pop into my head when someone says ‘romance’.

1. Pride and Prejudice: Jane Austen was one of the first great romance writers (if you ignore the Greeks) and for my money, P&P is one of the best romances ever written. It has everything I love – a hero and heroine working towards understanding each other, a great supporting cast, and a blissfully happy ending. (Plus some fantastic one-liners!) That’s why it actually features in How To Write A Love Story at quite a pivotal moment!

2. Fangirl: Rainbow Rowell has that uncanny ability to make me feel eighteen again, exactly as it felt the first time around. I loved this book so much, mostly because I felt like I might have lived it, rather than just read it.

3. In The Hand of the Goddess: Tamora Pierce is famous for her fantasy YA novels, of which this is one of the best. I couldn’t begin to claim that romance is the main focus of this book, but there’s definitely enough romantic scenes for me to count it! More importantly, this was the first book I read as a teenager where I realized that however great the plot, what interested me most in books was the characters, and the friendships, relationships and romances they experienced with others. (Plus I had a total book crush on Prince Jon.)

4. Saint Anything: Sarah Dessen is a writer who draws me into the worlds and families she creates, until by the last page I’m devastated to have to leave them. She also writes incredible teen romances – true and heartbreaking and hopeful. I love all her books, but I think this is my favourite.

5. Shadow of the Moon: M M Kaye wrote sweeping historical fiction with romance at its heart, set in India and Zanzibar. She also wrote fantastic short crime novels (with a romantic subplot) set in many of the countries she’d lived in or visited, set during the forties and fifties. What I love about her books is the period details and political background she includes – as well as the drama and the romance! I was hard pressed to pick a favourite, and almost went for her most famous novel, The Far Pavilions, but Captain Alex Randall from Shadow of the Moon will always hold my bookish heart.

Thank you so much for reading! What are your favourite romance books? Do you agree with any of Katy’s choices? I’d love to hear from you in the comments or on Twitter @GoldenBooksGirl!

Amy xxx

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Five Fave Romance Films

Hello everybody! Today, for another love themed post, I’m going to be writing about my top 5 romance films, which are undoubtedly my favourite type! Onto the post!

The Proposal- I only watched this for the first time this year, and I’ve only seen it once, but I adored it. Sandra Bullock is hilarious and Ryan Reynolds is fabulous too, I love hate to love done well and the whole plot of them going away to his parents and faking an engagement is delightful. I can’t wait to see it again!

Brooklyn- the best way I can think of to describe this is beautiful. So much of the scenery and how it’s shot is simply stunning. It’s set in the 1950s as Eliis moves to New York in search of a better life. I adore her main love interest Tony and I was desperately rooting for them when Eilis returns to Ireland. It made me cry more than once, but also laugh, and it’s a really fantastic film.

Pretty Woman- A romcom classic, this is easily my favourite Julia Roberts film (I’m generally not bowled over…), and Richard Gere is also wonderful. I’m pretty sure everyone knows this story, but if you don’t, it’s about a business relationship of rather an unusual sort becoming not so professional after all.

Pretty in Pink- I’m sure you’ll all drop dead in shock this is on my list, if you know the way I feel about this film. Every time I watch it, I’m instantly sucked into the world and I always, always love every minute. The soundtrack is phenomenal, Molly Ringwald is awesome as Andie and I love love LOVE the romantic elements. If you’re interested, I’m Team Duckie forever, much as Blane is handsome and sweet.

Bridget Jones’s Baby- another all time favourite, this is very much my favourite Bridget Jones film. My mum and I saw it 3 times in the cinema, and have watched it many more on DVD now. There’s lots of romantic moments, both with Mr Darcy and new addition Jack, and of course plenty of laugh out loud moments.

Thank you so much for reading! What do you think of these films? What are your favourite romance films? I’d love to hear down in the comments or on Twitter @GoldenBooksGirl

Amy xxx

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