The Christmas Book Tag 

Hello everybody!

Welcome to day 6 of blogmas! Today, I’m going to be doing the Christmas book tag, which is a few years old but super fun to do, and was created by Kate. Onto the books!


1) A fictional family you would like to spend Christmas dinner with?

I’ve actually written a whole post about this for a guest post during blogmas, so I’ll say one not on there. I’d love to spend Christmas with Kristy’s family from the Babysitters Club (though if Karen could perhaps go elsewhere that would be much appreciated, as I love all her family members except Karen)


2) A bookish item you would like to receive as a gift?

Ooh, this one is hard! I really wanted Primark’s Marauders t-shirt a few months ago and haven’t found one, so I think I’ll go for that.


3) A fictional character you think would make the perfect Christmas elf
?

Wilbur from the Geek Girl series would be an absolutely exceptional elf. He’s quirky, generous, wants the best for everybody and is almost always upbeat and perky.


4) Match a book to its perfect Christmas song

The anthology Winter Magic reminds me of Winter Wonderland as we get to see so many amazing wintry worlds .

5) Bah Hambug. A book or fictional character you’ve been disappointed in and should be put on the naughty list?

I was very disappointed in Things a Bright Girl Can Do by Sally Nicholls (which I DNFed as I couldn’t connect with it at all) as I’ve loved everything she’s written previously and I’ve been waiting on it for years.

6) A book or a fictional character you think deserves more love and appreciation and deserve to be put in the nice list?

Boy in the Tower by Polly Ho-Yen. Barely anyone I know has read it and it’s my favourite standalone middle grade book of all time. (Closely followed by The Girl Who Walked on Air by Emma Carroll, which I feel is also the least loved of her books)


7) Red, Gold and Green. A book cover that has a wonderfully Christmasy feel to it

The cover for the Murder Most Unladylike Mysteries Christmassy book, Mistletoe and Murder, is a gorgeous deep red with lots of little Christmas illustrations by Nina Tara.

8) A book or series you love so much, you want everyone to find under their Christmas tree this year so they can read it and love it too?

Let’s go for my absolute book of the year and say Running on the Roof of the World, shall we? I’ll be blogging about all of my 2017 favourites later in blogmas too, so look out for that! 

Thank you for reading! I’m not going to tag anyone in this as I know lots of people schedule all their blogmas posts in advance, but if you’re in need of a post feel free to say I tagged you to do this! Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @GoldenBooksGirl what you think of my book choices! 
Amy xxx

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The Fall Book Tag

Hello everybody!

Today, I’m taking part in the Fall Book Tag, for which I was tagged by Justine. Onto the post! 

The Rules

  • Please link back to me, Bionic Book Worm, as the creator of this tag!! I want to see your answers!!
  • Use the graphics – if you want 🙂
  • Have fun!

Crisp Fall Air: A book that felt fresh and new- I think I have to go for the Secret series by Pseudonymus Bosch here. I’ve read some books that were similar in plot/tone, but the style of these is utterly unique (and very hard to explain, as it turns out! You’ll understand what I mean if you’ve read these). If not, it’s essentially a narrator watching the events of the book, but not giving any real details about setting /real names of characters as it is ‘too dangerous’ and it’s very quirky. It didn’t akwqys succeed for me, but when it did it was fabulous.

Howling Winds: An ending that blew you away – This one has to be The Lost and the Found by Cat Clarke for me; I still don’t fully understand it but it most certainly left my jaw hanging open in shock. I can remember literally gasping as I read the last line 😂

Pumpkin Spice: Your most anticipated read- I’m going to presume this means of the autumn, of which I had two; the Empty Grave by Jonathan Stroud, and Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend. I have already devoured both, and they were just as amazing as I expected!

Comfy Sweater: A book that gives you the warm fuzzies- The first thing that sprang to mind for this was Geek Girl, but as I talk about that loads I’m going to say Simon Vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli, which is a lovely, gentle, funny LGBT contemporary about Simon as he faces problems at school, comes out to his friends and family and falls in love with the mysterious ‘Blue’.

Bright Colours: A cover with either red, orange or yellow- I can think of loads, but I’m going to say Beetle Boy by M.G Leonard!

Not going to tag anyone as autumn is almost over now, but if you feel like doing this, please do send me your link! 

Thank you for reading! What do you think of these books? Are any on your TBR? Let me know down in the comments or on Twitter @GoldenBooksGirl

Amy xxx

Guest Post: The Cake Flavoured Book Tag 

Hello everybody! 

Today, I have a guest post for you from Liv, the fab Cake Flavoured Book Tag, which originated on #bookstagram and was adapted by Paper Fury.

Over to Liv! 


Hi, I’m Liv and I blog at livswonderfulescape.wordpress.com I would like to thank Amy for allowing me to do this post on her blog! This was really fun!

CHOCOLATE CAKE (A DARK BOOK YOU ABSOLUTELY LOVE) 

The Sin Eater’s Daughter is amazing to be honest the whole trilogy is great. Say that though I need to polish off the last one.😬

VANILLA CAKE (A LIGHT READ) 

The Lovely Reckless by Kami Garcia is such a lovely book that you could polish off in a couple of hours. I highly recommend it!

RED VELVET (A BOOK THAT GAVE YOU MIXED EMOTIONS) 

This is a hard one but I think it’s going to go to Off the Ice by Julie Cross. After reading it I thought I really enjoyed it but the more i think about it the more I’m conflicted and this really makes me sad because I love Julie Cross.

CHEESECAKE (A BOOK YOU’D RECOMMEND TO ANYONE) 

DEAR MARTIN! DEAR MARTIN! DEAR MARTIN! I don’t think I need to say anymore.❤️

COFFEE CAKE (A BOOK YOU STARTED BUT DIDN’T FINISH) 

I honestly can’t remember the last book I did not finish… actually it might have been Kings Cage ( I know,I know don’t hate me)

CARROT CAKE (A BOOK WITH GREAT WRITING)

 Wing Jones by Katherine Webber her writing is incredible and if you haven’t picked it up yet, I highly advise it.

TIRAMISU (A BOOK THAT LEFT YOU WANTING MORE) 

Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier one of my favourite books ever written, I could talk about it all day!

CUPCAKES (A SERIES WITH 4+ BOOKS)

The Mortal Instrument series that I have not finished 

FRUIT CAKE (A BOOK THAT WASN’T WHAT YOU ANTICIPATED) 

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater  I enjoyed it but not as much as I wanted to. I’m not sure if that makes any sense but I had heard so many great things that I expected it to be incredible.

LAMINGTON (YOUR FAVOURITE AUSTRALIAN BOOKS) 

Um Paige Toon always incorporates Australia in here books which I love. She’s also one of my favourite authors!


Huge thanks to Liv for her wonderful post! What are your favourite cakes? Do you feel the same way about any of these books ? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @GoldenBooksGirl!

Amy xxx

The Book Asthethics Tag

Hi everybody!

Today, I’m taking part in the Book Asthethics Tag, which I was tagged for by Laura, whose blog I love! It was created by Michelle from The Reading Hufflepuff.

The rules:  

  • Thank the person who nominated you. Thank you Laura! I had lots of fun wth this!
  • Credit the tag’s creator– Michelle.
  • There’s no limit of how many aesthetics you can make for a question.
  • Make your OWN aesthetics, please don’t steal them from someone else.

Onto the tag!

1. Favourite book of the year- Running on the Roof of the World by Jess Butterworth 

As I’ve probably bored you with by now, I’ve had three total stand out sorts of favourites this year, so for ease I picked the one I thought I could make the best aesthetic of.

2. A character you relate to- Coraline/Snow White and Laura Marlin

I was really struggling with this one, so I asked some blogging buddies who I remind them of. Charlotte picked Coraline/Snow White, and Louise picked Laura Marlin. 

3. A character you look up to- Ade from Boy in the Tower 

I admire Ade so much. He’s strong, brave and brilliant. I love how caring he is; that he never gives up even though things are so bleak.
4. An underrated gem- the 39 Clues series

This series is incredible, but barely anyone’s ever heard of it! Please go and check them out; they’re round the globe adventures featuring a feuding family and an unusual, and often deadly, inheritance task that will have you on the edge of your seat.

5. A character who deserves more love- Valor from Prisoner of Ice and Snow 

I think Valor’s an incredible heroine in this book, but I know others who weren’t as keen, hence why I chose her for this question.

6. An underrated OTP; Nick and Harriet from Geek Girl 

I’m not sure if Lion Boy (😍😍) and Freckles are actually underrated, or if I just think they are because I love them so much, but I’m still choosing them. They’re the best and I genuinely couldn’t love them any more together.

Thank you for reading! I’m tagging Kelly and Rebecca. Which of my asthethics do you like best? Do you agree with my answers? Let me knkw in the comments!

Amy xxx

The Rapid Fire Book Tag

Hello everybody!

Today, I’m taking part in the Rapid Fire Book Tag, which I was tagged for by the absolutely lovely Bex, of My Shelf and Myself

Onto the questions!


1. Ebook or physical books?

DEFINETELY physical books. I like the feeling of a book in my hamds, and ebooks really hurt and strain my eyes too much to read them.

2. Paperback or hardback?

While I think hardbacks can be pretty, they’re just too cumbersome to get properly comfy with and they’re also very expensive. Paperbacks.

3. Online or in-store book shopping?

I go to actual shops more often, and prefer that as an experience (e.g getting to browse), but I also order online and can see the benefits of that.

4. Trilogies or series?

Series! I love nothing than getting to know characters over a long series, and some of my favourite books are series.

5. Heroes or villains?

Heroes, for me. I’m a fan of a good villain, but I adore rooting for a hero (hoewever flawed) and getting behind them.

6. A book you want everyone to read?

I think I’ll go for Boy in the Tower for this one. I barely ever hear it being mentioned, and it’s so underrated!

7. Recommend an underrated book?

See the above answer, oops!

8. The last book you finished?

Editing Emma by Chloe Seager (scheculing this in advance!). Spoiler: I loved it quite a bit.

9. The last book you bought?

(Again, scheduling this in advance): the 2nd It Girl book by Katy Birchall. I realky enjoyed the 1st one and have been meaning to track this one down since it came out.

10. Weirdest thing you’ve ever used as a bookmark?

When I was younger, I used other books 🙈🙈🙈. Hence why all my childhood faves are basically falling apart.

11. Used books: yes or no?

I quite like used books! I’m not mega fussy about how my books look, as long as the contents are good.

12. Three favourite genres?

Why not read my post on this very subject, to find out? 😜😉

13. Borrow or buy?

I do both pretty much equally. I love owning books so I canreread the ones I really love, but I also really enjoy being able to support my local library.

14. Characters or plot?

Both are really important for a brilliant read, but I’m more drawn to character.

15. Long or short books?

I like between 300-400 pages usually.

16. Long or short chapters?

Short chapters! Makes me feel like I’m accomplishing so much more when I only have a short time to read. It also makes it easier to set targets.

17. Name the first 3 books you think of.

Spellchasers, Nevermoor, Wizards of Once. 

18. Books that made you laugh or cry?

Laugh- Lobsters, Holly Smale, Holly Bourne, Editing Emma

Cry- Boy in the Tower always makes me emotional, partially because I love it so much now, I think

19. Our world or fictional worlds?

I’d like to visit some fictional worlds, but I think I’ll stay living in ours at the monent.

20. Audiobooks; yes or no?

No for me, as I don’t read them, but I have nothing at all against them and they help a lot of people to read.

21. Do you ever judge a book by it’s cover?

Yes! A nice cover can definetely influence me into reading something.

22. Book to movie or TV adaptations?

Dont have a preference!

23. Movie/TV show you preferred to its book? 

Easily the John Green adaptations to date. Hated the books, totalky love the movies.

24. Series or standalones?

Series for sure! As I said, I love getting to see characters develop over a period of time and go on more than one adventure with them.

I really hope you enjoyed reading my answers! I tag Layla and Amy-Louise if they’d  like to do this.

See you soon with a new post,

Amy xxx


Autumn Tag

Hello everybody!

As we’re now a few days into October and I’m starting to feel very autumnal , I thought it would be fun to do the Autumn Tag (which I’ve not actually been tagged for, shhhh) that I saw on Louise’s fabulous blog. 

Let’s get started!

 1. What signifies the start of Autumn for you?

I live in Scotland where sunny summer days aren’t especially common and summer isn’t actually all that different from other seasons. However, it does get considerably colder around the middle of Spetember, so that’s when it starts to properly feel like autumn to me!

2. What is your favourite Fall scent?

I don’t really associate any scents with Autumn, but a quick Google search tells me that vanilla is a scent in lots of Autumn candles, so I’m going to say that! I adore the scent of vanilla (especially if it’s an ice cream 😉🍦)

3. What is you favourite Autumn colour?

I really love the colours the leaves turn; a burnt orange or wine red 😍

4. What is your favourite Autumn drink?

I only drink water most of the time! But I do enjoy curling up with a mug of milk more in autumn and winter. 

5. What TV show, new or old are you looking forward to this Fall?

I’m looking forward to the return of Grey’s Anatomy and Bull this year 😊

6. What is your favorite Autumn fashion trend?

I’m not really into fashion. I do love getting into new, cosy long sleeved pyjamas though! And continuing with Strictly Come Dancing of course!

7. What is your favourite Autumn activity?

Being in comfy pyjamas watching TV/fims or reading a book, often with my golden retrievers and golden retriever blanket for company.

8. Are you a bigger fan of Thanksgiving or Halloween?

I think Thanksgiving sounds like a super lovely holiday, but as I live in the UK I have to say Halloween.

Thank you so much for reading! I’m tagging Louise and Charlotte, if they’d like to do this, as I know they both love Autumn!

What are some of your favourite things about Autumn? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @GoldenBooksGirl!

The New Disney Princess Tag

Hello everyone!

Today I’m once again combining my loves of books and Disney in order to do the new Disney Princess Book Tag, for which I was tagged by the LOVELY Rosie from Rosie Freckle Reads (albeit a tad unofficially in the comments, when I mentioned my love for Disney 😂)

Let’s get onto the tag!

Rules!

  1. Mention who tagged you or where you saw it
  2. Tag the creators – The New Disney Princess Tag was created by Mandy and Zuky
  3. Play a game of tag at the end!

Snow White
The Book (Like the Movie) That Started it All
Favourite Debut Book from an Author 

I’m making this my favourite debuts from 2017 for fairness, and some of those have been Prisoner of Ice and Snow by Ruth Lauren, Running on the Roof of the World by Jess Butterworth, Being Miss Nobody by Tamsin Winter and Noah Can’t Even by Simon James Green.

Cinderella
A Diamond in the Rough
Just Like Cinderella, You Didn’t Expect Much Out of This Character in the Beginning But Turned Out to be a Total Gem

As I was recently discussing this with someone, I’m going to say Jennifer Jones from Looking for JJ by Anne Cassidy, who I expected to loathe but actually felt incredibly sorry for as I was reading.

Aurora
Sleeping Beauty
A Book That Makes You Sleepy Or Could Not Hold Your Attention 

Some recent disappointing reads in this sense have been Sea by Sarah Driver and Freshers by Tom Ellen and Lucy Ivison.

Ariel
Under the Sea
A Book With a Water/Ocean setting 

I can’t think of many books with a water/ocean setting, but two I love are Mermaid Magic by Gwyneth Rees and Mermaid Wishes by Carol Barton. I read both of these when I was young and I was captivated. I highly recommend them both to anyone looking for funny, sweet lower middle grade (Mermaid Wishes is absolutely hilarious in places, and I STILL enjoy rereads of that series just as much now.)

Belle
Beauty and the Books
Name a Book With the Best Bookworm/Book Lover 

I think I have to go for Harriet Manners here, don’t I?! What kind of obsessed Geek Girl fan would I be otherwise? 😂

Jasmine
The Thief and the Princess

Name a Book With an Unlikely Love Story (Either in Terms of Romance or a Book You Didn’t Expect to Love So Much)

A book I didn’t expect to love as much as I did is Fly Me Home by Polly Ho-Yen. If you’ve heard me speak about her debut Boy in the tower (which, for the record, I think is a masterpiece of middle grade and deserves every award imaginable and should be read everywhere) you’ll possibly be a bit shocked by this answer. However, I wasn’t at all a fan if her 2nd novel so I was hugely apprehensive going into this, and I honestly couldn’t have been more thrilled that it was very nearly on a par with Boy in the Tower and will possibly end up being as special to me as that book is after a couple of rereads.

Pocahontas
The Real Life Princess
Name a Book That is Based on a Real Life Person You Want to Read/Have Read

One of my favourite series ever, the 39 Clues, contains real historical figures and although it fictionalises some things there is a lot of real information in there too which I found fascinating and has introduced me to some amazing periods of history and people from history. 

Mulan
The Princess That Saves Her Country

Name the Fiercest Heroine You Know

Daisy from the Murder Most Unladylike Mysteries! She has many faults, but she’s feisty, fierce and a totally fabulous detective. Another awesome female detective I love is Emily Wild from Adventure Island by Helen Moss, and a YA heroine ho would fit this too is Lottie from Holly Bourne’s superb Spinster Club trilogy!

Tiana
The Princess with the Coolest and Most Diverse Crew

Name a Diverse Book Whether it is a Diverse Set of Characters or Just Diverse in General 

I’m going to go for Radio Silence by Alice Oseman for this question. It’s a wonderful book that I was totally gripped by (it was an utter pain having to stop for a few hours so I could do last minute revision for and sit my Modern Studies exam, let me tell you)

Rapunzel
Let Your Long Hair Down
Name the Longest Book You’ve Read


I’m pretty sure the longest book I’ve ever read is Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix! My copy is 800 pages long, but I read it in a day the first I read them as it’s so phenomenally written and paced.

Merida
I Determine my Own Fate
A Book Where There is No Love Story/Interest or Isn’t Needed

I think I have to shout out to Beautiful Broken Thungs by Sara Barnard here. It’s an absolutely anazing book that tackles how messy female friendships can be and shows a character recovering from childhood abuse in her new home. 

Anna and Elsa
Frozen Hearts
A Book in a Winter/Cold Setting 
I’m going to cheat a bit and say Prisoner of Ice and Snow again. It’s world building of snowy, icy Demidova is too incredible not to.

Moana
How Far I’ll Go
A Character That Goes on a Journey 

Alfie from Defender of the Realm (and Dark Age) by Nick Ostler and Mark Huckerby goes on some epic actual and emotional journeys in these books. I’m both excited and terrified to see what the 3rd book will hold for him next year!

Thank you so much for reading! I hope you’ve enjoyed the post. I’m taggimg Hannah and Rebecca, as I’m pretty certain they’re both Disney fans too!

See you soon with a new post 

Amy xxx