#sixforsunday: My Halloween TBR

Hello everybody!

Today, I’m once again taking oart in the Six for Sunday meme hosted by Steph from A Little But a Lot. Today’s theme was books from your TBR, but as my TBR has considerably more than 6 books (closer to 600, I think πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚*), I decided to write about some of the books I’m hoping to read in the next few weeks, inspired by Halloween. 

Let’s get started!

The Witch’s Kiss/The Witch’s Tears by Katharine and Elizabeth CorrI’ve wanted to read these books since I heard of them but I’ve still not got round to reading them. I love both the authors on Twitter, I finally have copies (thanks to Zoe’s giveaway of them, during her readathon) and they seem perfect for this time of the year seeing they’re about witches and magic.

Gobbolino the Witch’s Cat by Ursula Moray-Williams- I picked this up on a whim a few months ago in Waterstones, and from the pages I’ve looked at it, will be adorable. I’ve been seriously slacking in the children’s classics department recently, so I’m excited to get into this one.

Evies Ghost by Helen Peters- I bought this months ago, having heard one of my favourite authors (Emma Carroll) sing it’s praises, and ghost stories are a perfect read for Halloween. I’m pretty sure Louise loved this too, and I really trust her recommendations!

A Place Called Perfect by Helena Duggan– I’m not 100% sure what the plot of thos book is, but it sounds quite creepy and menacing, and I’ve seen some fabulous reviews for it. I’m hoping it’ll be similar to Trenton Lee Stewart’s the Secret Keepers, but better paced.

The Curse of the Werewolf Boy by Chris Priestly –I’m on the blog tour for this book next month, so I need to read it soon anyway, but it fits perfectly into my Halloween plans. Boarding schools with mysterious elements are one of my favourite bookish things, so I’m looking forward to this one,

What books are you planning to read in the run up to Halloween? What do you think of my TBR plans? Let me know in the comments below, or on Twitter @GoldenBooksGirl!

Amy xxx

it’s not that bad yet πŸ’œ. It’s probably around 200 I think, but I’ve never counted so I’m not sure.*

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#sixforsunday : My Favourite Genres

Hello everybody!

Today, I’m once again taking part in Steph’s Six For Sunday meme. Today, the theme is our favourite genres. Let’s get started on mine, along with some of my favourite books/authors within them!

In no particular order…

Romance- I always enjoy a swoony romance. There’s just something about watching two characters falling in love that hooks me in to a book. Some recent favourites include A Quiet Kind of ThunderAnna and the French Kiss and the Start of Me and You. 

Contemporary- I also love contemporary novels without romance, such as Beautiful Broken Things and Wing Jones (I know this does have some fabulous romance, but it also has quite a separate storyline so I regard it more as contemporary than romance). Even though I barely ever see it, I also love contemporary MGs. Being Miss Nobody, which fits that description, has been one of my top three reads this year, and another great example of contemporary MG is Susie Day.

Mystery- Even though I said this was in no particular order, mystery may well be my favourite genre of all. It got me back into reading at a time when I fell out of love with it (I’m forever indebted to Laura Marlin and Adventure Island, which I still reread often) and I think the quality of MG mystery being released at the minute, for example Robin Stevens’s Murder Most Unladylike Mysteries, is absolutely sublime. 

Adventure- Recently, I’ve started to read some more middle grade adventure stories. I fell head over heels for the lyrical contemporary adventure Running on the Roof of the World, as you’ll probably already know if you’ve read some of my posts before, and I also loved the more action packed Defender of the Realm. 

Fantasy- WhileI don’t enjoy some more epic fantasies, I do love some more understated ones. Prisoner of Ice and Snow is a wonderful MG fantasy and I can’t wait for the next in the series! Polly Ho-Yen’s stunning books also have some fantasy elements, along with contemporary and magical realism.

Historical- It’s absolutely fascinating to read about other times and places, and these books are often based on real facts and sometimes even events. Emma Carroll really is ‘The Queen of Historical Fiction’ and Karen McCombie’s recent historical/timeslip offerings are also excellent.

Thank you so much for reading! I’d love to hear about your favourite genres in the comments down below or on my Twitter @GoldenBooksGirl

See you soon with a new post,

Amy xxx

#sixforsunday : Some of My Favourite Fictional Worlds

Hello everybody!

Today, I’m taking part in the #sixforsunday meme, which is hosted by Steph. I took part in lots of these in my first weeks of blogging but haven’t really since I started scheduling my posts in advance, until Steph announced all of the topics last week! So today, I’m going to be writing about some of my favourite fictional worlds 😊

Let’s get on with the post!

1. Demidova in Prisoner of Ice and Snow by Ruth Lauren- This is an icy, snowy, Russian-inspired setting that felt phenomenally developed. I cannot WAIT to discover even more of it in the sequel next year! 

2. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter- I feel like this is going to be on every list this week, as it should be. I was very late to Harry Potter (aged 14) and I still wished with every chapter that I could just jump in and live in this world. Going back for rereads (which I’ve done about 5 or 6 times in a year and a half), it really is like going home.

3. Zavania from the Worlds of Wishes series by Carol Barton– This series is so, so amazing and it makes me sad how few people have heard of it! Zavania is a beautiful kingdom and the adventures the characters go on show this wonderfully, and are also just perfect middle grade fantasy adventures. I really must reread these again soon!

4. Alternate London from the Lockwood and Co series by Jonathan Stroud- This series is one of my favourites in general, and the remaining of London is so spooky and imaginative. I wouldn’t want to live there, but by goodness it’s good fun to read about it!

And now for a few non fantasy worlds to finish off…

5. Castle Key from the Adventure Island series by Helen Moss- I can’t tell you how much I’d love to live on Castle Key. It’s filled with brilliant characters and gorgeous beaches and yummy places to eat, and plenty of mysteries to solve. It’s right up my street (how I wish I meant this literally! 😭).

6. Stoneybrook from the Babysitters Club series by Ann M Martin- Even though the BSC books are filled with plot holes/dodgy timelines, I love them. They’re basically my ultimate comfort books, and I’ve devoured them so many times I really do feel like I’m a resident of Stoneybrook and I’m right there with the characters. 
Thank you so much for reading! I’d love to hear your favourite fictional settings in the comments below or on Twitter @GoldenBooksGirl 

See you soon with a new post 

Amy xxx

#sixforsunday: Favourite Book Covers

Hello everyone!

Today I’m participating in the #sixforsunday meme hosted by Steph atΒ A Little But A Lot. Today’s prompt is six types of book covers that I love, so let’s get started!

1. Bright colours- I really love a book which stands out on a shelf e.g the Murder Most Unladylike mysteries (designed by Nina Tara) or the covers of the Geek Girl series by Holly Smale.

2. Books which just look beautiful somehow, such as Unboxed by Non Pratt, the cover of which is designed by Kate Alizadeh, ( which I actually wasn’t going to read till I saw how amazing the cover was) and the cover of Stargazing for Beginners by Jenny Mclachlan.

3. Pretty sprayed edges- I’m not a big fan of these in most books, but there have been 3 this year that I think nailed sprayed edges as in these cases they really added to my love for their covers/the books in general ; Wing Jones by Katherine Webber (which goes from pink to purple), Who Let the Gods Out? by Maz Evans Β (which has orange with a lightning bolt) and Beetle Queen by M. G Leonard, which is yellow with black polka dots)

4. Julian de Narvaez covers- I only know of one author whose covers this illustrator works on, but they’re probably my favourite covers ever; Emma Carroll’s. I’m a huge Emma Carroll fan in general, and her covers fit her books perfectly. They’re pretty, and intricately detailed, and they always show some of the key points of the book. The cover reveal for an Emma Carroll book never fails to get me even more excited for it’s release date, and there’s never been one yet that isn’t totally gorgeous.

5. Unique covers – I really like covers which just look a little bit different to others at the moment and my best example of this are the Spinster Club trilogy by Holly Bourne. They’re black with brightly coloured lettering and spines instead of the opposite way around, and I just love them, as they stand out straight away in bookshops.

6. I’m struggling to come up with another type of cover for these books, other than they have the main character on the front, so I’m just going to mention a few that I love- I adore the covers of the Laura Marlin Mysteries by Lauren St John (designed by David Dean) and also the covers for the Uncommoners series by Jennifer Bell, which I probably wouldn’t have took a chance on had I not really liked the cover (designed by Karl J. Mountford)

Do you agree with my favourite types of cover? What are yours? Let me know what you think in the comments/on Twitter.

Hope you enjoyed the post, and have a great Sunday!

Amy x

#sixforsunday- Six Things I Love In a Book

Hello everyone!

Today’s post is for the new feature #sixforsunday , which is hosted by Steph at A Little But A Lot. Today’s prompt is six plot lines/types of characters you love in books, so let’s begin 😊

1. Dogs – one of my very favourite things to find in a book is a faithful dog that the main character can always depend on no matter what. Emma Carroll has fantastic dogs in all but one of her books, and they’re also gorgeously illustrated on the cover by Julian de Narvaez. Another dog I adore in books is Drift in Helen Moss’s Adventure Island series, who is so clever and cute.

2. A foreign setting – I adore books which transport me to another country, such as Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins, Β One Italian Summer by Keris Stainton and every book in the Geek Girl series by Holly Smale.

3. A gorgeous romance that isn’t the whole plot of the book – I really like books where the main character has a really nice romance plot as well as another plot. Examples of this would be all 3 books in Holly Bourne’s Spinster Club trilogy (which are all round incredible in general) and This Raging Light by Estelle Laure.

4. An awesome villain – I love books which have a super sinister villain, such as Moonlocket by Peter Bunzl (which I talked about in my May Reviews post on Thursday) which has an escaped prisoner called Jack Door who is super creepy or the downright chilling Lucretia Cutter from M.G Leonard’s Battle of the Beetles trilogy.

5. Books which are told through letters/other media forms e.g text messages such as Ketchup Clouds by Annabel Pitcher and the Next Together by Lauren James.

6. A brave, likable prontagonist- this one’s quite simple, but I really like when I find a book with a main character I fall in love with because they’re just so brave and brilliant, such as Sam in Sally Nicholls’s Ways to Live Forever or Ade in Polly Ho-Yen stunning Boy in the Tower.

So there you have it: my #sixforsunday about things I love to find in books. Hope you enjoyed the post; would be very grateful if you could let me know in the comments or on Twitter @GoldenBooksGirl .

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday

Amy x