Hello everybody! Today, I’m mixing up my posting schedule for the week, as I really wanted to do this post (which I found on Scorpio Book Dreams) in honour of it being Halloween today. Onto the post!
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!
Since we’re now in the last month of spring, and I do indeed rather like spring, I thought it would be fun to do the I Love Spring Book Tag, which I found on A Book Universe! Onto the post!
1) How is Spring where you live?
As wildly unpredictable as every season in Scotland. This year, it ran the gamut from heavy snow to sunshine. There’s been lots of rain too, of course. That’s a near constant feature of the part of Scotland I live in…
2) Most anticipated book release this Spring?
It was When the Mountains Roared by Jess Butterworth, a favourite author of mine I never shut up about, which I was actually lucky enough to read at the end of winter. But there have been loads of books I’ve been excited for/still am excited for during spring.
3) Show us a book cover that makes you think of Spring:
The colour of Battle of the Beetles is the exaxt colour I most associate with spring, so I’ll go for that. It’s an incredible conclusion to an incredible trilogy.
4) Where are you going to read this Spring?
I’ve mainly read in my house, I think. I also read sometimes on breaks/at lunch at school. We’ve just out our furniture back in our summerhouse, so I’ll be reading out there on nicer days/nights too now I imagine.
5) Find a cover with the sun on it!
I’m not 100% sure if it’s the sun or a moon, but I think the sun is on the cover of The Last Wild. It’s a dystopian MG adventure set in a world where all animals are becoming extinct, and I loved it (alongside the other books in the trilogy, even though I found it incredibly upsetting in places). The characters are so loveable and brave and wonderful, and they’re total page-turners.
6) What are your favorite Spring reads?
I don’t really change my reading preferences based on the season much, especially in Spring. I have certain books I’m saving for summer/autumn/winter, but didn’t have anything like that for Spring.
7) Find a book with many different colors on it?
I love how colourful the Exact Opposite of Okay’ s cover is! It’s super fun to spot all the different aspects that relate to the story on it too. Plus, the book is fabulous and you should definetely read it!
Thank you so much for reading! Has your weather been more akin to Spring than mine? What are your favourite things about Spring? Do any books have covers that remind you of Spring?
Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @GoldenBooksGirl,
Today, since it is now March and therefore in my head spring, today I will be doing the Spring Has Sprung Book Tag, which I found on Tiny Obsessions.
. FLOWERS: LOOK ON YOUR BOOKSHELVES. WHAT IS THE MOST BEAUTIFUL BOOK BOTH INSIDE AND OUT?
The most beautiful books I own has to be Emma Carroll’s, specifically those with Julian de Narvaez covers. They are absolutely beautiful, and if Emma’s enchanting stories and stunning prose hadn’t already made me a huge fan, I’d almost definetely be lured in by these covers to try her work when browsing in a bookshop.
2. GRASS: WHAT IS A BOOK THAT YOU FIND THAT OTHERS LIKE WAY MORE THAN YOU DO?
Given the phrasing of this, I’ll go for Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer. I didn’t hate it, but I’d heard a lot of hype from reviewers I tend to agree with on books so I was disappointed it didn’t have quite such a profound effect on me.
3. RAIN: WHAT’S A GREAT BOOK THAT LIFTS YOUR SPIRITS WHEN YOU’RE DOWN?
This has to be the Geek Girl series by Holly Smale. It never, ever fails to cheer me up, and it’s my go to for any especially dark time.
4. DEW: WHAT’S A BOOK THAT MADE YOU FEEL ALIVE?
I’m a bit unsure as to what this one means, but something is telling me to choose Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu. It made me feel inspired and angry and like I wanted to start a revolution all at once when I finished it, so I think it’s a fitting choice.
5. STORMS: WHAT’S A BOOK THAT YOU FOUND UNPREDICTABLE?
Even though I accidentally spoiled myself for it, the climax of Lorali was incredibly unpredictable!
6. RAINBOW: WHAT WAS A BOOK THAT YOU STRUGGLED WITH, ONLY TO BE HAPPY THAT YOU READ IT IN THE END?
For this, I think I’ll go for Harry Potter. I didn’t get the hype at all when I first read them aged 10 or 11, and I’m so glad I gave them a second chance when I was 14. I LOVED them that time, and every time I’ve reread since. In general though, I trust my DNF instincts almost absolutely.
7. CHILLY WEATHER: WHAT’S A BOOK THAT YOU COULDN’T FINISH OR DIDN’T ENJOY?
I gave up on Dragon’s Green very early on this year. It just didn’t grab me, and I didn’t gel with the writing.
8. WARM WEATHER: WHAT’S A BOOK THAT YOU LOVED AND WANTED MORE OF?
A series I don’t think I’d EVER have tired of is Adventure Island by Helen Moss, which is the series I credit fully for making me love reading again when I went through a period of not being sure it was for me. I was devestated when I found out book 14 was the last, and there’s very little I’d love more than to go on new adventures with Emily, Jack, Scott and Drift. I’m welling up at the thought!
9. GREEN: WHAT’S A BOOK THAT YOU HAVEN’T READ YET, BUT REALLY WANT TO?
The Secret of Supernatural Creek by Lauren St John. I love the Laura Marlin books so much, and was overjoyed to hear news of a fifth, yet haven’t read it. I must, and soon.
10. PINK: WHAT’S A BOOK IN WHICH YOU FELT A STRONG CONNECTION TO THE CHARACTERS?
A character that I thought was really quite similar to me (which is how I’m interpreting this question as I’m unsure of what it means) was Emmeline from the Eye of the North, as we share quite a few traits.
11. PURPLE: WHAT’S A BOOK THAT WHEN YOU READ IT, YOU FEEL SAFE?
I’m not actually entirely sure what this means, but if it’s in terms of something comforting I’d have to say Geek Girl, but also things like Boy in the Tower and the Chocolate Box Girls are really familiar and soothing.
12. ORANGE: WHAT BOOK DO YOU FEEL IS INTELLIGENTLY WRITTEN?
I think Robin Stevens’s books are clever in the way they’re written. Hazel and Daisy are incredibly intelligent heroines, and I love that Robin drops enough clues to let you work out some of the mystery, but there’s always a few surprises you don’t spot reading the first time too.
13. YELLOW: WHAT BOOK PUTS A SMILE ON YOUR FACE?
Geek Girl, of course, but for a different answer I’ll say the Lockwood and Co series by Jonathan Stroud, which is full of witty banter and a delightfully sardonic Skull, both of which are sure fire ways to make me smile.
Thank you so much for reading! I tag Layla, Charlotte and Laura (and you readingthis, if you fancy giving it a go!). I’d love to hear your thoughts on the books I’ve mentioned here down in the comments or on Twitter @GoldenBooksGirl!
Since it’s Valentine’s Day tomorrow, I thought it would be fun to do the Valentine’s Day Book Tag, which was created by CC’s Books. Onto the post!
1.) Stand Alone Book You Love
I won’t mention my favourite MG standalone ever as I want to use it for another question! Other MG I love Are Running on and Being Miss Nobody, and a YA standalone I thought was especially impressive is the Art of Being Normal. I love others too, such as Lobsters or Unboxed or Simon Vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda.
2.) Dystopian Book You Love
I’m not really a fan of this genre if I’m honest, and I tend to steer clear of it nowadays. That said, Boy in the Tower, my favourite MG standalone ever, does have some dystopian elements. I don’t really class it as that as it’s so hopeful and optimistic and Ade is a darling, but it answers this.
3.) A Book That You Love But No One Else Talks About
Um, Boy in the Tower is my go to for this, and Polly Ho Yen’s other book Fly Me Home also receives nowhere near the amount of love it deserves. I also love the 39 Clues series, and Adventure Island, which are now a bit older and also aren’t talked about often! I’ve actually been considering starting a series of posts about underrated books; would you read that?
4.) Favorite Book Couple
I wrote a full post about my top 5 a few weeks ago, but my ultimate favourite is of course Harriet and Nick from Geek Girl.
5.) Book That Other People Love But You Haven’t Read Yet
I think I have to go for the Northern Lights trilogy for this one, mainly for the sheer AMOUNT of people who adore them. I feel so scared to dive into them 🙈
6.) A Book With Red on the Cover
The first that springs to mind is Cherry Crush by Cathy Cassidy, which even has a shade of red in the title! It’s the first in the Chocolate Box Girls series and it’s narrated by Cherry as she moves in with the Tanberry family and her life totally changes.
7.) A Book With Pink on the Cover
I feel as though there are hardly any pink covers now. I’ll say Being Miss Nobody, and another I recently read was the Lights Under the Lake.
8.) You were given a box of chocolate what fictional boyfriend/ or girlfriend would given them to you.
Nick from Geek Girl or Sirius Black.
9.) You are Single on Valentines Day. What Book would you read? What TV show would you watch? What Movie would you watch?
I have no idea what I’ll be reading (though it coincides with my half term break so I should hopefully swallow a book in the day) or watching (again, I would like to watch at least one film as I’m off! Maybe Pretty in Pink for cosy romance vibes?)
10.) You are in the Book Store. All of a Sudden you get shot with an arrow by Cupid. What New Release will you love?
A book released just before this is due to go up (I am writing this in the past!) that I am 99.99% sure I will love is A Spoonful of Murder by Robin Stevens. I am a HUGE Wells and Wong fan and it has been too long since Mistletoe and Murder 😭
Thank you so much for reading! I won’t tag anyone as this is somewhat seasonal, but if you feel like having a go please send me a link as I’d love to read it! Let me know what you think of my answers down below or on Twitter @GoldenBooksGirl, and if the underrated books I love series of posts would be of interest.