Ten Books on My Summer 2020 TBR

Hello everybody! So, I never do that well with TBRs, but I thought I might as well set myself some to work through during the summer, even though I’ll inevitably stray off this list and hopefully read a lot more than just ten books. This is part of Top Ten Tuesday. Onto the list!



Review Copies

The House on Hoarder Hill– I’ve had this for absolutely ages, and it genuinely sounds brilliant so I should definitely have read it by now. It’s about children who go and stay in their grandfather’s creepy house, and them trying to work out why he went missing when they start receiving strange messages. I suspect I might love it…

Fig Swims the World– this sounds SO good- it’s a teen/young YA about a girl who decides she wants to swim across the world in a bid to impress her perfectionist mother. The fact that it’s being compared to Geek Girl is the main thing that makes me feel very bad for not having read it already!!

Fin and Rye and Fireflies– technically I won this in a giveaway but it’s a proof so I’d really like to read it before it comes out! It’s about a boy called Fin, who gets outed, which causes major problems with his conservative parents (in that they move him to a new town and threaten him with conversion therapy) as he falls in love with a boy called Rye and they hatch a plan to try and save him from this fate. I’m so looking forward to it!

Umbrella Mouse to the Rescue– the first book in this duology was so lovely, so I’m sure this will be just as good. It’s set towards the end of the second world war and focuses on a mouse called Pip, who loses her parents in a bombing and joins the animal resistance group Noah’s Ark, who carry out vital work for the war effort at the feet of human soldiers and spies. I think this one sees her trying to get to the umbrella museum in Italy, where she still has some family members.

The Key to Finding Jack– Ewa Jozefkowicz wrote Girl 38, which was one of my favourite books last year, so this was on my TBR by default before I even heard the brilliant premise- it’s about a girl whose brother goes missing while he’s on his gap year, and the mysterious key she finds in his room with the initials SF on it afterwards, and her quest to find out what it is.

Some Upcoming Releases (there are SO many I’m looking forward to but these are some very exciting ones!)

You Should See Me in a Crown– just about everyone is raving about this right now, and it sounds AMAZING so I’m not surprised! I chose this as my prize for winning #QueerQuiz the other night, which is apt given that it’s a female/female romance, which sees the main character Liz trying to become prom queen in a bid to win a scholarship, even though she REALLY doesn’t want to do the competition.

The Unadoptables– this is another debut I’m really excited for in 2020, and I feel like I’ve been waiting on it forever since it got postponed from the the original May 14th release date. It sounds like one of those future classic kind of middle grades- it’s about five children who were all left at an orphanage in very unusual ways, and what happens when a mysterious stranger tries to separate them years later.

Death Set Sail– this is my most anticipated release of the entire year, and if I possibly can I’ll be reading it the minute I get hold of it in August! It’s the finale to my beloved Murder Most Unladylike series, and I’m already a wreck at the thought of saying goodbye to the Detective Society.

Backlist

Front Desk– I’ve owned this for ages, I’ve wanted to read it since Robin Stevens included it in one to her (fabulous) recommendations videos! It’s about a girl called Mia, who lives in a motel, and whose parents hide immigrants. It sounds so good, and the sequel is out soon as well!

The Pearl Thief– so, I have a bit of a funny relationship with Elizabeth Wein- I DNF her most famous book Code Name Verity (it was my birthday, and it’s not the cheeriest in my defense…) but I’ve loved her recent Barrington Stoke novellas Firebird and White Eagles, so I’ve been meaning to give her longer books another try for ages. I know this is the prequel to CNV so I may miss some foreshadowing, but I want to start here because this is a mystery (love a good mystery!) And also Lou loved it.



What books are you planning to read over the summer? Do we have any in common? I’d love to hear in the comments!

Amy x

The Summer Bucketlist Tag

Hello everybody! Today, I’m going to be doing the Summer Bucketlist tag, which I was tagged for by Rosie. Onto the post!


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The Rules

  • Link back to the original creator in your post.
  • Feel free to use any of my graphics in your post, or create your own!
  • Tag 5 other people at the end of your post, and let them know you’ve tagged them

Hit the Beach- a book set by the water

Perhaps unsurprisingly, given it’s about mermaids, a lot of And Then I Turned Into A Mermaid takes place in the sea and the rest in a seaside village. If you want a book full of sarky mermaids and sisterhood, I think you’ll like this.

Watch Fireworks- a book with a fiery romance

I very recently read Tell Me How You Really Feel and it does hate to love so well; lots of sparks fly! It also references several 80s films I love (including my all time fave), which won it lots of points for me.

Go for a Roadtrip- a book that involves a journey

As Rosie mentioned the brilliant Paper and Hearts Society in her post, I’ll mention another wonderful book with a different type of journey altogether, which is the Last Spell Breather. I was very lucky to read an early copy- it has an absolutely amazing world and magic system, great characters and a truly delightful talking fox called Frank.

Camp Under the Stars- a book that left you starstruck

Going off the same assumption Rosie did that this means a books with celebrities, but again I don’t want to say the samye book so I’ll go for Happy Girl Lucky by Holly Smale, which is about a very famous family called the Valentines.

Marathon Some Movies- a book you couldn’t put down

I’m currently devouring Top Marks for Murder on the day I’m writing this, so I’ll say that! It’s just as incredible as every book in the series that’s come before it and I am so happy to be back at Deepdean with my faves.

Go Out for Ice Cream- a book with a sweet romance

The romance in Cathy Cassidy’s latest Sasha’s Secret was precious. I loved it.

Go for a Hike- a character who conquered an obstacle

Jemima Small in Jemima Small Versus the Universe had a really a amazing journey of conquering her issues around body positivity, so I’ll say her. I loved both her and the book in general.

Grill some BBQ- a book with delicious food

I have never wanted to eat food from a book as much as I want to taste chocolates from the Chocolate Box in the series of the same name. They sound amazing.

Watch the Sunrise- a book that inspired you

I’m really struggling with this one. There’s a very specific quote from No Ballet Shoes in Syria that I found really inspiring on the subject of scars, so I’ll mention that. It’s an absolutely wonderful book all round and I highly recommend it.


I’m just going to tag anyone who fancies giving this a go!


What are your thoughts on the books I’ve mentioned? Are you planning to do any of these things this summer? I’d love to hear in the comments!

Amy x

My Most Anticipated July Releases

Hello everybody! Today, I’m going to be talking about my most anticipated releases of July, which is a pretty short list (for me) because I’ve been INCREDIBLY lucky and received quite a few I was excited for already (namely the Last Spell Breather, Anna at War, Jemima Small Vs the Universe, Eagle Warrior, the Bad Luck Lighthouse and Peril en Pointe!). Onto the post!


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Ten Books from My Summer TBR

Hello everybody! Today, I’m taking part in Top Ten Tuesday, for which the theme today is your summer TBR. Onto the post!


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5 Books Set in Summer Camps

Hello everybody!

Today, since it’s a setting I find really fun in books (despite knowing 100% I’d HATE going to one, and that we don’t really have them in the UK), I’m going to be talking about 5 books I’ve really enjoyed that are set in summer camps. Onto the post!


How Hard Can Love Be?- This is the 2nd of the Spinster Club trilogy, which I adore. This one is narrated from Amber’s point of view, and sees her travel to America to stay at her mum and stepdad’s summer camp for the summer. I loved all the different activities and customs of the camp was , Amber was a fun narrator who made me laugh and the scenes we get between the 3 Spinsters were as excellent as ever, Amber’s relationship with her mum (who’s a recovering alchoholic) was really interesting but pretty heartbreaking and I absolutely loved the love interest Kyle and their romance.

Spells and Sleeping Bags– this is the 3rd book inthe All About Rachel series, which I read when I was younger and really loved. They’re about Miri and Rachel, who are teenage witches, and this one sees them head off to summer camp and Rachel face off against Liana, who seems to hate her for no apparent reason. I remember being really shocked when who Liana is was revealed and not much else, but if you like funny books blending magic and contemporary you’d probably enjoy this series.

Babysitters’ Summer Vacation– this is the 2nd Super Special, which means we get chapters from the perspective of each member of the club (and sometimes other characters who are only minor characters in other books) and also that it’s a bit longer than the main series/mysteries. This one takes place as they become summer camp counsellors, and while it’s not one of my favourites, I still enjoyed it. There’s always lots going on as each club member has a different storyline, and so much is packed in. An easy and enjoyable read, just like all the other Babysitters Club books!

Comet and the Champion’s Cup– this isn’t a typical summer camp, but it fits the definition and I love it so I couldn’t resist including it. It’s the 5th in the Pony Club Secrets series and follows Issie and her best friends Stella and Kate as they go to stay at Issie’s aunt’s farm to help run her new riding school. They also compete in a contest, and Issie bonds withthe titular Comet, a cheeky skwebald who instantly became my favourite horse of the series (joint with Angel anyway) when I read this. It also features some lovely romantic moments between Issie and Aidan, and the riding school is really fun.

The Names They Gave Us– first of all, this book has one of THE most beautiful covers I’ve ever seen and I bought it without even reading the description, so learning it featured a summer camp was a nice surprise. It’s about Lucy, who’s sent to be a counsellor at a summer camp for troubled children and teens, mainly due to not wanting to disappoint her mum, who’s just been diagnosed with cancer for a 2nd time. I loved the friendships she forms there, the supporting cast, how positive and lovely the camp was and how much it helped everyone attending, and of course the romance between
Lucy and Jones.


If you’d like to see more of my summery posts, you can read the Summer Book Tag here!


What are your favourite books set in summer camps? Do you agree you’d hate to go to one, or would you enjoy it? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @GoldenBooksGirl!

Amy x

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

My Belated Summer TBR

Hello everybody!

Today, I’m going to be talking about a few books I bought last year that I ended up not reading, and I’d really like to read during this summer if I can (though I’m atrocious at sticking to a TBR so who knows if I actually will?!). Onto the post!


Love and Gelato – a book with an Italian setting and ice cream in the title seems like the dream summer book for me. I heard some less positive things about it last year just after it came out and it sort of put me off reading after I bought it, but now I’ve forgotten the criticisms I definetly want to get to it.

Eden Summer– this sounds a little darker than everything else on this list, as it’s about a girl dealing with the disappearance of her best friend, but I enjoy a good thriller from time to time so I think this should be a great, gripping read with some summery vibes.

When Birds Fly Back– this sounds like a lovely book, and I can’t believe I didn’t get to it last year. I was considering reading it after summer, but ended up deciding to leave it till this summer instead. As a sidenote, I am ridiculously excited to read this author’s upcoming MG book I, Cosmo, though I fear it may break me. It’s about a golden retriever who sounds so sweet, and I think we all know I love a golden retriever!

Piglettes– my friend Louise absolutely raves about this book, AND set me the challenge of reading it in the book swap challenge we decided to do together, so I kinda have to read it. It’s set in France and looks to tackle a really interesting topic (of judging others based on beauty), so I’m thrilled about finally getting to it

When We Collided– I read Emery Lord’s other books that are published in UK when I was on holiday last year, and it seemed only fitting to save this one for 2018. I’ve heard mixed things, but I’m hoping I enjoy it. I also found out another of Emery Lord’s backlist (Open Road Summer) is getting published in the UK this year and I’m so excited!


Are there any books you’d really like to get to this summer? What do you think of the books I’ve chosen? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @GoldenBooksGirl!

Amy xxx

My Most Anticipated May-June Books

Hello everybody!

Today, I’m going to be sharing a list of my most anticipated May-June releases. Though there are (rather a few) more I’m desperate to get my hands on in both months, I’ve narrowed it down to a list of eleven I’m desperate for, that I know are definetly coming out (which are, unusually for me, mainly YA 😱, though there are MGs I’m still excited for). Onto the books!


Note- I have been lucky enough to read some anticipated releases for these months already, so those haven’t been included, and at time of writing I’ve not read any of these (though I have a couple of review copies and I am VERY excited to get to those, hopefully soon).


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Kat Wolfe Investigates– Lauren St John’s other mystery series is one of my favourite series, full stop. It’s one of two I credit with keeping me a reader whenI thought I didn’t love it any more. If I love this new series half as much you’ll probably be hearing me rave lots about them.

Gangster School– A friend of mine has already read this and has told me she thinks I’ll love it, so I’m so excited to read it! It sounds like very classic MG with a bit of a new twist and I can’t wait to try it out.

I Was Born For This– Radio Silence was one of my absolute favourites of my favourite books last year, and I’m so looking forward to diving into Alice’s next novel. I think they strike the perfect balance between being dramatic and funny, and I am very hopeful I love it just as much as Radio Silence! I also need to get to her debut Solitaire at some point because I have heard so many amazing things about it.

Alex Sparrow and the Furry Fury– the first book in this series was super sweet and fun, plus I’ve heard this contains a rather adorable hedgehog called Mr Prickles. I’m excited to have more fun with Alex, Jess and their animal friends (very hopeful for a return of Bob the goldfish especially…)

It’s a Wrap– this comes out at the end of May, and though I’m sad the series is ending, it’ll be great to be back in the slightly bonkers world aspiring actress Elektra inhabits, and I’m excited to see the bizarre, brilliant situations that are sure to befall her…

Leah on the Offbeat– as you might know, I’m a MASSIVE fan of Simon Vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda, and I’m so excited to have a sort of sequel from the POV of his best friend Leah, who is bi but scared to come out, despite Simon being openly gay. I love Simon Vs, I love Upside of Unrequited, and I’m pretty sure I’ll love this book too. It’ll be interesting to see things through Leah’s eyes, not to mention seeing more of Simon and Blue as a couple! I’m unbelievably excited about seeing the Creekwood gang again, can you tell?!

The Last Chance Hotel– This was the winner of the competition the Times/Chicken House run every year, and I’ve really enjoyed some past winners so I’m pretty sure this will be great. It sounds like a blend of fantasy and mystery, both of which I totally love, AND if all this wasn’t enough to make me want to read it a faithful animal companion is mentioned in the blurb and the cover is so pretty.

Bookshop Girl– I love bookshops, I love funny books and I love rallying behind a cause as I read. I’m pretty sure I’ll love this, and I’ve been unbelievably excited to get my hands on it since the very day it was announced!

Boy Meets Hamster– I’ve heard brilliant things so far about this funny romance about two boys and their summer holiday romance, so it sounds like the perfect thing to read one sunny afternoon over the summer if possible!

Lou Out of Luck– Girl Out of Water was such a funny, fantastic debut and it’s been so long since I read it I’m totally dying to get my hands on the sequel.

Noah Could Never- I thoroughly enjoyed Noah Can’t Even last year, and I’m so excited to jump back into Noah’s world and see what will happen next in his relationship with Harry, not to mention seeing what hilarious hijinks he’ll get up to this time.


Thank you so much for reading! What books are you most excited for in these months? Do you agree that the amount of amazing stuff coming out in them is bananas, or is it just me who’ll be buying/borrowing tons? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @GoldenBooksGirl!

Amy xxx

My Awesome August Book Haul

Hello everyone!

It’s almost the weekend-yay! Today I’m going to share my book haul (I don’t know why, but I seem to prefer writing these midway through the month instead of at the end 😂❤). If I get any post during the rest of month, it’ll pop up in my September haul 😊

My book haul is, as usual, quite big, so let’s dive in!

 BOOKS I’VE READ ALREADY

I won’t go into too much detail about these ones, as I’ll be speaking about them in my August Reviews in a few weeks 😊

  • THE EXACT OPPOSITE OF OKAY- I won a copy of this on Twitter, in a giveaway ran by Laura. I’ve been desperate to read it since I saw the announcement for it and I dropped everything to read it as soon as it arrived! It was definitely worth it too, it was fabulous…
  • GASLIGHT- I received a copy of this from Firefly Press, and I read it right at the beginning of the month and enjoyed it.
  • SIMPLY THE QUEST- I bought this at my trip to Waterstones last week and I read it last weekend as it’s been one of my most anticipated reads of the summer. It was even better than the first book, and I’m excited for the 3rd already.
  • QUEST- I’ve not read all of this, but I’ve read quite a few stories for an exciting guest post with my friend Louise.
  • THE GUGGENHEIM MYSTERY and FRESHERS I’ve read in the past few days, and I loved both of them a huge amount! (Huge thanks to the lovely Jess for sending me Freshers!)

WATERSTONES HAUL

As well as Simply the Quest, I ordered in a few other books I really wanted; The Secret of Supernatural Creek (it has been a LONG 4 years since the last Laura Marlin Mystery, but I want to wait and reread the White Giraffe series and previous Laura Marlins before I read this), A Change is Gonna Come anthology (made up of BAME authors, published by Stripes) and The Starman and Me, which I’ll admit I wanted because of the beautiful cover. 

My next choices, History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera and Another Place by Matthew Crow, are books I mainly bought as I’ve hear a lot of positive comments about them on other blogs. I’m really hoping I’ll enjoy them as much as others have 🙂

I picked up a classic this month too as I really want to get back into reading them. This looks utterly adorable from the bit I read in the shop, and I’m very excited to get to it!

Lastly, I picked up the Children’s Book of the Month: A Place Called Perfect by Helena Duggan. It looks really interesting and I’ve heard it has mystery elements, so it’s super high on my TBR!

LIBRARY 

I’ve had a few visits to the library this month, and I’ve came home with lots of books each time (hence why I have more books than I’m actually meant to on my card, oopsies 🙈)

These are the books that I had to order in from other branches, and I’m super pleased I was able to get these from the library. I love these authors’ other books, and I’m particularly excited about the Starlight Barking as I totally adore of the One Hundred and One Dalmatians and I only just learned this existed a few weeks ago 😍 

I also picked up a few books based on blurbs, and in one case, a cover so stunning I couldn’t leave it on the shelf (I’m looking at you Chasing the Stars!). I’m hoping these end up being as good as they sound.

RECIEVED

I was lucky enough to receive a few books this month, both from publishers, giveaways and one from a friend.

Along with Gaslight, Firefly also sent me a few of their other titles, which I’m really grateful for.  All of these sound fantastic; I’m hoping (pun intended) to get round to all of them soon, particularly Hope, as it has a hospital setting and it’s had amazing reviews so far.

I also recieved a copy of The Disappearences from Pushkin Press. This sounds really interesting, and I’m excited to read it!

I was super excited when I won a giveaway for the Witch’s Kiss and the Witch’s Tears on Twitter. I’ve wanted to read them for ages and just never got round to buying them, but now I have copies I really want to read them as soon as I possibly can. I also won a proof of Eloise Undercover from Catnip Books!

Finally, my friend Louise sent me a copy of When We Collided by Emery Lord as I loved her other books so much!

Thank you so much for reading! I’d love to hear what books you’ve added to your TBR this month or which of mine you think I should start with in the comments or on Twitter @GoldenBooksGirl 

See you soon with a new post 

Amy xxx