5 Films I Watched in March and April

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Today, I’m going to be talking about the films I watched during March and April! Spoiler: one is a new fave, and Paddington 2 is up there on that list too tbh. Onto the post!

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Inception– this isn’t the sort of film I’d ever choose for myself, but in the main I really enjoyed it (I watched it in school, as my 2nd media text). Once I (more or less) got to grips with the mindbending chopping and changing of worlds, I thought the worldbuilding was incredibly clever, and I also really liked the well-acted characters. Also, it’s a lot more enjoyable and easy to write essays on than Blade Runner, this winning my gratitude.

Paddington 2- everything that made me love Paddington 1 beyond words is only improved upon here. Paddington himself is so, so precious and I just adore him as a character, and I also really like the ensemble of the Brown family, the neighbours and Hugh Grant as a nefarious villain with lots of disguises (I love it when disguises feature in books or films or TV). The humour was on point, and my heart was both in my mouth with fear and on my sleeve with tears flowing as I was so worried for Paddington. I need the 3rd film immediately.

Love, Simon– this is, if you don’t already know, is the film adaptation of Simon Vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda (one of my absolute favourite books). Though there were some changes made, the gorgeously feelgood atmosphere and the storyline remains the same, and I love it almost as much. It’s romantic and funny, with a superb cast (Nick Robinson and Alexandra Shipp were exactly the way I imagined their characters, especially) and one of the best endings I’ve ever seen. I cannot WAIT to own a DVD of this, because it’s the sort of film that could cheer you up after any bad day, and I know already that I’ll watch it over and over again.

Hidden Figures– this told the story of Katherine Johnson, Mary Jackson and Dorothy Vaughan, three incredible African American women who worked for NASA and were instrumental in aiding John Glenn’s journey into orbit. I had never heard of these women before, but I thought they were incredibly inspiring and the racial injustice they faced was appalling. Though it wasn’t fully historically accurate it did prompt me to research a bit more and I’m really glad I do now know who these women are. As a final point, I thought this was phenomenally acted, particularly Taraji P Henson as Katherine.

The Aristocats– I buddy watched this via Twitter DM with my friend Louise, and we had the BEST time (well, I did, anyway). We talked about the story structure, because Louise teaches me new things about that basically every day, but also realised how truly evil the villain is (which we’d kind of forgotten), agreed Ev’rybody Wants to be a Cat is awesome and cooed tons over those precious little kittens. And moaned about the irritating geese…


What films did you see during March or April? What are your thoughts on the ones I’ve seen? I’d love to hear from you in the comments or on Twitter @GoldenBooksGirl!

Amy xxx

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The I Love Spring Book Tag

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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,

Amy xxx

Guest Post: Books About New Beginnings

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Today, I’m really excited to welcome Jo to my blog for a guest post, all about books with themes of new beginnings. Over to Jo!


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The Easter Book Tag

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Today, since now it’s Easter weekend, I thought it’d be fun to do the Easter Book Tag, despite not being tagged (or celebrating Easter as a religious holiday) . Onto the post!

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Rabbits – A book that you wish would multiply – So a book you want a sequel to (that doesn’t have one)-

This is VERY hard, as my favourite standalone works so perfectly I don’t think it needs one. I think I’ll go for the Eye of the North, as unlike the other book I was considering (Brightstorm) I don’t believe one is in the works. I’d love to see Emmeline and Thing on another adventure!

Egg – A book that surprised you

At time of writing, I’m halfway through the Buried Crown by Ally Sherrick, which I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about, and I’m thoroughly enjoying it, so this was a very pleasant surprise. I was absolutely blown away by Under Rose Tainted Skies a few months ago too, as I had no expectations going in and it was incredible.

Hunt – A book that was hard for you to get your hands on

This one’s a bit harder, so I’ll go for the Disappearances, which I was sent last summer. The reason it was hard to get my hands on was that it went missing in the post, and Pushkin very kindly sent me another!

Lambs – A children’s book that you still enjoy-

I still enjoy LOADS of children’s books, as you’ll can tell by other answers/my other posts!

Spring – A book with a cover that makes you think of spring

The two colours I most associate with spring are yellow and light green, so I’ll go for Battle of the Beetles, which fits the latter. It’s an absolutely brilliant ending to a phenomenal trilogy, which I highly recommend to fellow fans of MG.

Rising from the dead – A book from a deceased author

One of my favourite authors who is no longer with us is Enid Blyton, as I adored her school stories (especially Malory Towers) and the Five Find-Outers are brilliant.

Baskets – A book that is in your amazon cart or wish list right now

Ooh. There are many, many things on my bookish wishlist, both upcoming and backlist! I’m more likely to buy backlist from Amazon (so I’ll go for Boys Don’t Knit, which I’ve meant to pick up for years and have just never got to.

Thank you so much for reading! What are your favourite types of Easter eggs? Are you a fan of the books I’ve mentioned? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @GoldenBooksGirl, and have a lovely Easter!

Amy xxx

The Spring Has Sprung Book Tag

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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!

Amy xxx