The Summer Book Tag

Hello everybody!

Since I’m going on holiday today, it seemed only right to do the Summer Book Tag, which I found on A Book Lover’s Playlist. Onto the post!


1. What book cover makes you think of summer?

I think the covers of Morgan Matson’s books are really summery. I didn’t enjoy Since You’ve Been Gone much, but I’m hoping to finally read the Unexpected Everything over the summer/at some point this year, along with my newly purchased copy of Save the Date which I have heard fantastic things about. I love the concepts of both so much, along with Morgan Matson’s other books, so I’m really hoping I enjoy them.

2. What book has brightened your day?

Most recently, Sam Wu is Not Afraid of Ghosts; it made me giggle and was just lovely. It’s a Wrap and Theatrical also brought humour and heart to some rubbish days recently.

3. Name a book with yellow on it

The 4th Murder Most Unladylike book (which is set in autumn and is probably the darkest of the books, and therefore not very summery) Jolly Foul Play is yellow. It’s a very gripping, fast paced read, and and the plotting and character develepment are as on point as always.

4. What is your favorite summer beach read?

I don’t think I’ve ever read a book on the beach and my reading tastes remain much the same in summer, I think. I really enjoyed some of Emery Lord’s books last summer, and even though it was rainy when I read them, they’d probably be lovely to read in the sunshine. They’re so beautifully written, emotional and above all, romantic and hopeful and lovely.

5. What action book had you running for the ice cream man?

The action in the Defender of the Realm books, particularly the 2nd, is very tense and feels very cinematic! I’m looking forward to picking up the 3rd soon.

6. What book has left you with a bad ending?

I can’t even remember what happened now, but I remember being annoyed by the ending of Every Day when I read it last year.

7. What book gave you the happiest feeling when it ended?

The ending of each and every one of the Geek Girl books, even though some are incredibly bittersweet (looking at you, Picture Perfect, you destroyed me a bit). That world and those characters and the stories make me so happy every time I read them.

8. What book cover reminds you of a sunset?

I’ll go for No Filter, which I bought last summer and is still languishing on my TBR. I think the cover depicts a sunset, and I look forward to finally reading the book one day as it sounds like something I’ll probably enjoy.

9. What is one book series you hope to read this summer?

I don’t think I have any series on my TBR I’m 100% planning to read, though I hope to start the Improper Magick series at some point and may continue on with those if I like them. I’m definitely going to be reading some sequels, such as Noah Could Never and The Secret Ruby.


Do you have any of your summer TBR sorted yet? What are your favourite things about summer? Are you a fan of any of the books I’ve mentioned? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @GoldenBooksGirl!

Amy xxx

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Ten Books Set in Winter/at Christmas 

Hello everybody, and welcome to day 4 of blogmas!

Today, I’m planning to chat about some books I enjoyed set in Winter or at Christmas itself. 

Onto the books! 


Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone– this is my favourite Harry Potter Christmas. It’s so lovely to get to see Harry experience Christmas properly for the first time, and I just really love it.

In the Fifth at Malory Towers
– this book in the series sees Darrell and ger friends put on a panto that sounds brilliant. It’s Cinderella, which is my favourite panto, and I’d really love to see this version with original songs and stunning costumes. There’s also an intersting msytery ober who’s sending poison pen letters to the director…

Winter Term at Malory Towers
– this is my very favourite Malory Towers book, despite it being written by by Pamela Cox and about Darrell’s sister Felicity and her friends. It’s about the girls planning/performing a winter play, battling with malicious new mistress Miss Tallant and also two unusual new girls. June and Freddie’s prank is quite possibly the best of the series, too.


Frost Hollow Hall
– this has one of the most beautiful, wintry covers I’ve ever seen and it feautyres tons of wintry goodness inside too, such as a dramatic ice skating scene. Emma Carroll’s writing is just beautiful, and I HIGHLY recommend everything by her, but especially this for the season.

Issie and the Christmas Pony-
in the festive prequel to Pony Club Secrets, we get to see how Issie and her beloved first horse Mystic meet. It’s so nice to see their relationship as we don’t see huge amounts of Mystic in the usual series, and also Issie’s other horses in a flash forward sort of thinh st the end. This’ll make you cry if you’re anything like me, but it’s well worth a read (particularly if you’re a horse lover)


Mistletoe and Murder
– the 5th in the Murder Most Unladylike Mysteries series sees Daisy and Hazel head to Cambridge for Christmas, and become emroiled in solving yet another murder. I love how cosy yet slightly creepy this is, and the Christmas scene at the end is brilliant. The festive section headers are so fun too!

The Mystery of the Dinosaur Discovery
– in the 7th Adventure Island book, Jack, Emily, Scott and Drift the dog discover a dinosaur skeleton, and have to work out whether it truly is a fake or if someone has sabotaged the tests. I love this series, and Dinosaur Discovery is no exception. The way Emily works out the culprit is so clever especially and you’ll kick yourself for not working it out! I know I did.


The Ghost Light
– this isn’t set at Christmas, but it feautures several scenes with snow and I’ve decided to include it for that. I really like the Alice Jones mysteries, and I wish more people would pick them up! The Ghost Light is a creepy theatre mystery, and it’s so fun to see the mystery unravel.

The Mystery of the Midnight Peacock
– this book is an excellent conclusion to the Sinclair’s Nysteries in general, and to make it even better it’s set in Winter! There’s a winter ball, a dramatic New Year’s countdown, and we get to see the luxurious Sinclair’s Department Store just before Christmas.


Snowbound
– the events of this book (a massive snowstorm ) are basically my worst nightmare. However, it’s good fun to read! It’s about the different situations the BSC members find themselves in during a snowstorm, and how they make the best of them.
Thank you for reading! What books set in winter or at Christmas would you recommend? What do you think of my choices? I’d love to hear from you in the comments or on Twitter @GoldenBooksGirl!

Amy xxx

Guest Post: Katie of Exploration of Creation’s Cosy Christmas Reads

Hello everybody!

Today, on the 3rd day of blogmas, I’m thrilled to welcome my lovely friend Katie to chat about some of her favourite cosy Christmas reads.

Over to Katie! 

The ‘My True Love Gave to Me’ anthology –This anthology has a ton of really festive, cosy stories, by a really wide variety of amazing YA authors. My personal favourite is Stephanie Perkins’s story (she’s also the editor, which is really cool – there’s also an awesome summertime anthology) but honestly a large majority of the stories were really, really enjoyable – I found this pretty unusual, because usually in an anthology, a good few are bound to not be my type of read. There are some other amazing YA authors in this book who I adore, too, like Rainbow Rowell & Jenny Han. I will definitely be re-reading this one during December. If you want to feel all cosy and happy and sappy this Christmas, give this one a go. It’s also super easy to pick up and put down whenever you like, because each individual story is so short (yet so well-rounded!!).

Let It Snow -This is a collection of three stories, written by Maureen Johnson, Lauren Myracle and the exceptionally talented John Green. I enjoyed the reading experience of this book SO MUCH. Not only was it super festive, but it was also so incredibly funny. I had never read anything from Maureen or Lauren before, so discovering their amazing writing styles was a great surprise, and I already knew and loved John Green, so this simply exemplified that adoration. If you want something really cheerful, but beautifully written, this Christmas, this is definitely the one for you!! 

Harry Potter & the Philosopher’s Stone– Actually, I’d like to recommend the entire Harry Potter series because, a) I’ll do that every chance I get, with any possible excuse but also, b) all of the Harry Potter books have wonderfully cosy Christmas moments. The only exception is Deathly Hallows, where Christmas becomes this forgotten, hazy memory for Harry and Hermione, and it’s so eerie and sad to see how far they’ve come from their first Christmas at Hogwarts. I always love reading about what Harry got sent for Christmas, from the lovely treats he receives from Mrs & Mr Weasley, the hilariously weird things from Dobby and the ridiculously stingy “gifts” sent from the Dursleys. Ultimately, though, the Harry Potter books are so cosy and fun to read all year around, not just at Christmas.

Little Women– This is one of my ultimate favourite classic novels and it’s also one of the first books I read and fell in love with. It has some really festive, wonderful, nostalgic moments in it and the setting of the March house just leaps off of the page – it’s somewhere that sounds pretty magical at Christmas. If you’ve never read this book before, either because you haven’t come across it, or you’ve been too intimidated, I couldn’t possibly recommend it more. It’s really magical and beautifully written – also, I think it would be a great way to start getting into “classic” texts. The March sisters have some really complex, gorgeous relationships. I think I might re-read this one this Christmas.

Have you read any of the books Katie recommends? What did you think? What are your favourite cosy reads? (Both festive and not!). Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @GoldenBooksGirl

Amy xxx