The Vampire Diaries Tag

Hello everybody!

Today, I’m going to be doing the Vampire Diaries tag, which I saw on Zoe’s channel (though I think the questions here are slightly different as I googled blog posts doing it when I decided to do it myself!). Onto the post!


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The 7 Deadly Sins Book Tag

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Today, I’m going to be doing the 7 Deadly Sins Book Tag, which I was tagged for by Lucy-May. Onto the post!


Greed – what is the most expensive book you own? What is the least expensive book you own?

The most expensive would be one of the few the hardbacks I own, so I’ll say Nevermoor as it’s my favourite of them. The least expensive, excluding things I bought second hand or from charity shops. Would be the Case of thee Missing Treasure. It’s a new short story in the Murder Most Unladylike series that I only bought a couple of weeks ago, and I’m super excited to read it.

Gluttony – what book or books have you shamelessly devoured many times?

Of all the books I’ve reread, I’ve probably read the Geek Girl books the most times, and as an exaple of this I’m almost certain I read them 3 times last year alone. And it will always be shameless, because I could never feel shame over choosing to reimmerse myself in a world that has given and still does give me so much joy.

Sloth – what book or book series have you neglected out of sheer laziness?

Up till May, the Northern Lights trilogy. I put off reading them for months because they are intimidating both in size and the sheer volume of people who consider them among their favourite books. I personally did not find that, and only made it through the first before deciding I just wasn’t clicking with them. That said, I did adore Iorek and Pan, and thought the conceptof the world had so much promise.

Pride – what book or books do you bring up when you want to sound like an intellectual reader?

I don’t tend to try to sound like an intellectual reader that I can think of, because I read for pleasure, but if I ever wanted/needed to I’d probably mention the Shakespeare plays I’ve read or To Kill a Mockingbird.

Lust – what attributes do you find most attractive in characters?

I really love characters who make me laugh, someone so likeable I can get 100% behind them, and clever characters.

Envy – what book/s would you most like to receive as a gift?

I love receiving books/book tokens as a gift, but I’m going to give my answer to this in a dream world rather than a book I think anyone will ever actually give me as a gift. I spoke in this post about a book I loved when I was younger, that I have lost and cannot remember the title of at all, so I’dbe thrilled if someone gave me that. Mainly so I could read it and see what I thought now, but also because it’s been driving me bananas for years and it probably will do forever.

Wrath – what author do you have a love/hate relationship with?

I think this has to be Polly Ho-Yen. I love both Boy in the Tower and Fly Me Home a great deal, but I found Where Monsters Lie disappointing.

I tag Charlotte and Kelly.


What are your thoughts on the books I’ve mentioned? Are any on your TBR? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @GoldenBooksGirl!

Amy x

The Mid Year Book Freakout Tag 2018

Hello everybody! Today, I’m going to be doing the Mid Year Book Freakout Tag, which I was tagged for by Cora. Onto the post!


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1. The best book you’ve read this year?

My joint favourites of the year so far are When the Mountains Roared and the Children of Castle Rock, which I adored. The former cemented Jess as one of my favourite writers at the moment as it was even better than her stunning debut and the latter was such a perfect Blyton-esque read that made me laugh so, so much.

2. The best sequel you’ve read this year?

I’ve read lots of excellent new additons to series this year, but the best sequel to a first book by far for me has been Alex Sparrow and the Furry Fury, which I thought was hilarious and exciting and immensely enjoyable, AND it had the added bonus of loads of brilliant animals.

3. New releases you haven’t read yet but want to.

So, so many. I’m very excited to finish off the Uncommoners trilogy, and I think the Storm Keeper’s Island and the Wild Folk look particularly amazing too.

4. Most anticipated releases for the second half of the year.

Emma Carroll’s Secrets of a Sun King, Robin Stevens’s Death in the Spotlight and Anna James’s Pages and Co are probably my top three. There are so many things coming out that I want to read that I’d take forever to list them all though!

5. Biggest disappointment.

I think it has to be the List of Real Things. I absolutely loved the two books I’d read from Sarah Moore Fitzgerald previously (Back to Blackbrick and the Apple Tart of Hope, which were stunningly written and so unique), but I found this one really hard to get into and not what I’d expected from the blurb.

6. Biggest surprise.

I thought I’d enjoy the Children of Castle Rock, but I had no idea I’d love it as much as I do. It feels like a book I’ve been waiting on forever without knowing it, as it combines so many of my favourite ingredients in a book; boarding school, adventure, friendship, beautiful writing and brilliant humour.

7. Favourite new to you, or debut, author.

I don’t feel like I’ve read as many debuts this year (though that could be my imagination!), but I’d say my favourite would be the House with Chicken Legs, which was a retelling of the Baba Yaga folk tale with lovely characters, some brilliant twists I did not see coming at all and a phenomenal setting/character in the house itself.

8. Newest fictional crush.

1000% Matt Finch from Open Road Summer. I love him. Unlike Reagan (the main character, who he is the love interest for), I am exactly the sort of person who’d love to have a song written for them.

9. Newest favourite character.

I’ve loved SO many new characters, but I think my absolute favourite is Finch, the narrator of Flying Tips for Flightless Birds. He took a little while to get to know, but he was such a joy to read despite being simeltaneously frustrating some of the time.

10. Book that made you cry?

When the Mountains Roared made weep at multiple points. Most books ehuch heavily feature animals do, to be honest.

11. Book that made you happy?

ALL OF THEM. But one in particular would be A Sky Painted Gold, which I read on the couch one day when I felt really unwell. It was so romantic, funny and well written that it made for perfect escapism.

12. Favourite book to film adaption?

I think I’ve only seen Love, Simon, but it’d still be Love, Simon if I’d seen fifty. I loved that film so much, and I didn’t really expect to since the book is one of my favourites and they changed quite a few things.

13. Favourite post you have done this year?

I think it would have to be this one because writing an entire post about why I love Geek Girl was such a joy.

14. Most beautiful book you have bought this year?

Easily Open Road Summer- I think all of the UK covers for Emery Lord are ridiculously pretty.

15. What books do you need to read by the end of the year?

I want to get to so many things by the end of the year, but the main one I’ll mention is the Secret of Supernatural Creek because I bought it the day it came out, and have put off reading it for almost an entire year in case it doesn’t live up to the original Laura Marlin Mysteries quartet (which hold a very special place in my heart). There are lots of others I hope I can get to too.

If you’d like to read my 2017 version of this tag, you can do that here.


I tag Christina and Laura.


Have you read any of these books? What did you think? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @GoldenBooksGirl!

Amy x

The Cliché Book Tag

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Today, I’m going to be doing the Cliché Book Tag, which I was tagged for by Jenn! Onto the post!

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1. ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS: A Book That Wasn’t or Couldn’t Be Better Than The Movie

I really didn’t enjoy Paper Towns or the Fault in Our Stars by John Green, but I adore the film versions of both. I don’t feel like the philosophical quotes as everyday speech thing works in text, but it’s much more bearable when actors are saying them.

2. THE GRASS IS ALWAYS GREENER ON THE OTHER SIDE: A Rags to Riches or Riches to Rags Story

Typically, I can think of a ton of films for this but barely any books. The only thing coming to mind is Helen Bailey’s Running in Heels, which is one of her standalones after the Electra Brown series, which I thought was less good but still enjoyable. It’s about Daisy, as her dad is sent to prison and her having to adjust to a far less priveleged lifestyle.

3. THE APPLE DOES NOT FALL FAR FROM THE TREE: A Parent/Child Relationship That You Love

The relationship between Harriet and her parents in Geek Girl is the absolute best, and I adore Richard and Annabel. I think Felix and Stella in The Polar Bear Explorers Club had a really special bond too.

4. YOU CAN’T JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS COVER: A Good Book That Needs a Better Cover

I adore the series so much, but the 39 Clues books have such dull covers. They’re pretty colours, but the design is boring, bland and pretty generic.

5. YOU CAN’T PLEASE EVERYONE: A Book You Hate That Everyone loves

This has to be the Loneliest Girl in the Universe I think. I really, really didn’t enjoy it, and it was easily one of the most hyped books of last year.

6. WHAT DOESN’T KILL YOU MAKES YOU STRONGER: What’s a Book That Made You a Better Person For Having Read It

I don’t think there’s any one book for me; I think reading widely and experiencing so many diffferent experiences and worldviews has though. A recent read that fits this is the fantastic Fox Girl and the White Gazelle.

7. IGNORANCE IS BLISS: A Book That Is Bad But You Just Don’t Want to Admit It

I don’t say I enjoyed things I didn’t, so like Jenn, I’m skipping this question.

8. THERE IS NO TIME LIKE THE PRESENT: What is Your Favourite Contemporary Book?

Geek Girl. You probably all know that by now, but it’s not even a choice of books. I love loads of contemporary, but those books hold such a special place in my heart and are just so wonderful I can’t ever envisage a time in the future where I wouldn’t love them.

9. BETTER SAFE THAN SORRY: A Book You Don’t Want to Read in Case It’s Bad

I’ve told you quite a few times about my nervousness over the Secret of Supernatural Creek, so I’ll talk about another book instead. After hearing incredibly mixed things, I’ve been procrastinating reading Leah on the Offbeat. Simon Vs is a book I really love, and I don’t want to be let diwn my the follow up.


I’m tagging Amy, who is returning from hiatus soon, and Ross.

What are your favourite clichés/tropes? What are your thoughts on the books I’ve mentioned? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @GoldenBooksGirl! A

Amy xxx

The Real Neat Blog Award

Hello everybody!

Today, I’m going to be completing the Real Neat Blog Award tag, which I was tagged for by Bex. Onto the post!


The Rules:

Display the award logo on your blog

Thank the folks who nominated you and provide links to their blogs

Answer the 7 questions asked by your nominator(s)

Nominate any number of other bloggers to share the award and give them some linky love

Notify the nominated folk

Ask the nominees 7 questions of your own


1. Which 2018 release are you most looking forward to?

I have lots! I’m excited the 2nd James Nicol is finally coming next month, and I can’t wait for Jess Butterworth’s new book.

2. Do you prefer watching Booktube or reading blogs?

I really like both, but think blogs have the edge for me. They’re quicker to read so I comment/engage more, and I definetely enjoy a lot more blogs whereas I’m much more more fussy wuth booktube. There are only 5 people I regularly watch, I think.

3. What is the best debut you have read this year?

Jess Butterworth’s Running on the Roof of the World in 2017, when I was tagged for this. It was an all enveloping middle grade adventure, and I adored it.

4. Be honest – how many unread books do you own at the moment?

Over 100, less than 150 at last count.

5. What is your favourite non-fiction novel?

I don’t actually read non fiction. 🙈

6. If you were to write a book, what would it be about?

I’d write a mystery, most likely for middle grade. Write what you know and all that jazz! (to clarify, I am not the real life Nancy Drew. I’ve just read so many I’m quite confident I could come up with one)

7. Name one thing you have done in 2017 that you’re really proud of.

I started my blog, and I’m really proud of what I achieved with it. I also passed my exams and I was very happy with my results.

I am not very good at coming up with questions, so not all of these are bookish! No one I tag is obligated to answer them. I tag Jo, Hannah and Rebecca, as I just recently did a tag where I tagged some others I know so don’t want to bombard them with another one!

1. If you were to get a tattoo, what would it be and why?

2. Do you use bookmarks? Do you have a favourite type/one?

3. What is your favourite thing about blogging?

4. Who is your favourite book character of all time? (Top 3 if you can’t choose)

5. Favourite book to film adaptation?

6. Who are your favourite singers?

7. If you were a teacher at Hogwarts, which subject would you teach?

Thank you so much for reading! I’d love to hear your answers to these questions below or on Twitter @GoldenBooksGirl!

Amy xxx

The Bedtime Tag 

Hello everybody!

Today, I’m going to do the Bedtime Tag, which I wasn’t tagged for but saw on Jenny in Neverland and thought it would be fun. Onto my answers!

1. Describe your usual bedtime routine

Go to bed, loiter on Twitter/finish a blog post till too late, read, be unable to sleep, read some more, finally get to sleep usually just before midnight.

2. What are your favourite pyjamas?

If you know me/how many pyjamas I own, you’d know this was an impossible question. My favourite type to buy are usually either animals, Tatty Teddy, Snoopy or Disney. I have one Harry Potter set, and a few other random pairs, but they’re my main weaknesses that I can’t leave in a shop.

3. What is your current bedtime reading?

I’m writing this quite a bit in the past (hello future!), so I have no idea what book I’ll be on when this goes live!

4. What would I find on your bedside table?

A few photos of my dogs, a bottle of water, my tablet on its charger and my lamp.

5. What scent makes you sleepy?

Lavender, because I am a cliche.

6.  What is your usual bedtime and wake up time?

I like to be asleep for half 11 when I’m at school (and usually fail), and I get up at 7 for school. On weekends holidays, I like to sleep in till 8 or 9.

7. What are your top three bedtime products?

I only ever use micellar water to take off makeup if I’ve worn any, and sometimes don’t even do that.

8. What is your most common sleeping position?

On my side, facing my wall.

9. Do you have anything you like to take to bed with you?

Like Jenny, I always have my teddy (albeit mine is a tiger called Liam) with me in bed.

10. What’s your worst bedtime habit?

Staying on my tablet too long, I really must stop this habit!

Thank you so much for reading! I won’t tag anyone, as I don’t know who’d like to do this, but  if you feel like it feel free! I’d love to hear if we have anything in common at bedtime down below or on Twitter @GoldenBooksGirl!

Amy xxx