Top Ten Tuesday: Red, White and Blue Covers

Hello everybody!

Today, I’m taking part in Top Ten Tuesday, which is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Today, in honour of 4th July celebrations in America, the theme is books with red, white and blue covers, which I’ve decided to do a mixture of (3 for each, so 9 instead of 10). Onto the post!


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RED:

Mistletoe and Murder– this is the 5th of the Murder Most Unladylike series, and I love it just as much as all the others. It’s set in Cambridge over the Christmas holidays, features a secret climbing society and an appearance from the Junior Pinkertons, and is an absolutely brilliant mystery. As an aside, the chapter headers are fantastic!

Picture Perfect- given this post is in honour of 4th July, it seemed fitting to include the 3rd of the Geek Girl series, which is set in America and has stars and stripes on its cover. It’s not my favourite of the series, but I still love it a lot, and there are of course plenty of hilarious moments. Also, Annabel gets a moment where she really shines, and Annabel being a full on badass is brilliant.

It’s a Wrap– this is another comedy YA, and it’s a great ending to a great trilogy. It’s about Elektra, a young actress, and in this book she’s navigating the trials and tribulations that come with publicising a film. There are so many scenes that had me giggling, and I really enjoyed this.

BLUE:

The Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow– this is the first of the Sinclair’s Mysteries, and it has an excellent self-contained mystery while also introducing the characters and superb setting of Sinclair’s department store, and setting up plot points for the series arc.

Marshmallow Skye– this is the 2nd in the Chocolate Box Girls series, and it focuses on Skye. Its blue cover is beautiful, with gorgeous little bird illustrations, and I love it. Skye is such a lovely character, the chocolate business is brilliant to read about, and the plot of Skye trying to uncover the secrets of her ancestor Clara Travers is so interesting.

State of Sorrow– I read this very recently, and really liked it. It’s about a girl called Sorrow, who lives in a country called Rhylla which has been forced into perpetual mourning by her drug addict father, who is the chancellor of Rhylla, for her brother Mael and mother Cerena, both of whom died 18 years ago, and what happens when the political landscape changes very suddenly, and she must compete to become the new chancellor. The worldbuilding is phenomenal, I found Sorrow really interesting as a character, the secondary cast are all well developed and interesting also and the twists and turns are incredibly shocking.

WHITE:

Open Road Summer– this was one of my last reads, and I’m still a bit breathless from how much I loved it. Composing my thoughts into a review will be both difficult and exciting, but my main thoughts are the narrator Reagan is complex and clever and I want her to be happy, her love interest Matt is incredible and basically perfect, her friend Dee is so sweet and I want to wrap her in a hug, and the landscape relationships between the three of them are a delight, and they fit together so well.

Did I Mention I Love You?- this is with me on holiday, and I’m hoping to get to it. It sounds like a really enjoyable YA romance, and I’ve heard incredibly good things about the whole trilogy.

George– this is another book I brought on holiday. It’s a contemporary middle grade about George, a trans girl, as it’s announced her class is putting on a play of Charlotte’s Web and she decides she desperately wants to be Charlotte, but isn’t allowed because everyone thinks she’s a boy. It sounds like a lovely story, and I’m hoping for lots of Charlotte’s Web references because it’s my favourite classic.


What are your favourite books with covers of these colours? Are you a fan of any of the books I’ve mentioned? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @GoldenBooksGirl!

Amy xxx

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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

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’ve Had for Ages but Still not Read

Hello everybody!

As today’s Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by Jana of That Artsy Reader Girl) is a freebie, I decided to use a topic from before I started participating: books I’ve had for a while but still haven’t read! I have a lot more than 10 books on my TBR (over ten times that… oops), so these are mainly things I boughtat some point in the last few months or years. I’ve had to select these quite carefully, as there are other books fitting this description I have a different post planned for! Onto the post!

Anne of Green Gables– I’ve owned this in various editions since I was 6, yet I’ve never picked it up. I didn’t really enjoy the TV adaptation I saw, which has put me off a bit, but it’s one of my mum’s favourite classics so I will need to give it a chance at some point!

The Starman and Me- I was mainly attracted to this because of the cover, but the plot, of a boy meeting a prehistoric human, also sounds great so I really should give it a go soon! It looks like the sort of lovely MG I’m sure to enjoy at least a bit, if not love.

The Secret of Supernatural Creek– I’m actually quite ashamed I’m still to read this, because it was one of my most anticipated releases of 2017. I’m terrified to read it, as Laura Marlin is one of my favourite series ever, but I’m almost certain it’ll be as fantastic as the others so I will most certainly be slotting in a reread of the original quartet and this at some point this year.

The His Dark Materials trilogy– another one that I can’t believe I’m yet to get to. I feel like everyone has read these, and I’ve had them out of the library for ages, but part of the reason I haven’t read them yet is that I don’t know how on earthI’ll review them, as it somehow feels bizarre to do it in my usual way. I may just not review so that pressure is gone and jump in when i have a chance to read them all one after the other, as I do think I’ll quite like them.

Diamonds and Deception– this has been on my TBR for ages, and it sounds so up my street (a historica mystery), I really have no clue why I’ve not yet read it.

Operation Rhino– I’ve owned this book since the week it came out, and yet I’ve never read it. I think it’s because it had been so long since I’d read the series I wanted to reread, but I kept not doing so as I remember they made me really emotional the first time. I definitely need to read it soon, and potentially just skip the reread.

Little White Lies– I was given this book a couple of years ago for Christmas and it looks perfect for my very specific taste in thrillers, but I’m yet to read it. I only pick up thrillers on occasion, but I have a few on my TBR I love the look of so I plan to try and read a few in the next few months.

The Boy Who Went Magic– this sounds like a fabulous MG, and I was intrigued by the extract, so I must give this a try soon. I love MG fantasy as a genre, so I’m hoping it’ll be a good read.

The Wolves of Willoughby Chase– I keep getting this out of thelibrary thenforgetting about it till it nas to go back, but it sounds fabulous. I’ve heard amazing things about Joan Aiken and I do really want to read this at some point. Hopefully 3rd time will be the charm…

The Boy With One Name– I was really excited about this debut before it came out, but I’ve still not got to it. Like The Boy Who Went Magic, it sounds like a super interesting MG fantasy, so I’m looking forward to trying it to see what I think. I saw it highly recommended the other week by an author whose book I really liked as well, which makes it even more of a priority.

What books have you had on your TBR for ages? What do you think of the ones I’ve mentioned, if you’ve read them? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @GoldenBooksGirl!

Amy xxx

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’m Hoping to Find Under my Tree 

Hello everybody, and welcome to day 19 of blogmas!

Today, I’m taking part in the Top Ten Tuesday meme, hosted by the Broke and the Bookish, for which the theme today is books we’re hoping to get for Christmas. 

Onto the post! 

 The Last Duchess by Laura Powell– I’ve heard this is similar to a few books I love (such as the Murder Most Unladylike Mysteries), and I’d really like to give it a go for that reason. I love historical mysteries and I also really like Upstairs, Downstairs sorts of things focusing on servants (such as Frost Hollow Hall by Emma Carroll) as it’s an area of history you don’t see that often.


Queens of Geeks by Jen Wilde
– this one’s had very mixed reviews, so I’m interested to see what I’ll think of it. It sounds like a fun read though, and I’m willing to try it.


Gabriel’s Clock by Hilton Pashley
– I’ve had this recommended to me by a few bloggers I really trust, and the concept is intriguing. I also loved Hilton Pashley’s guest posts during the blog tour for Michael’s Spear (the final book of this trilogy) so I want to see if I enjoy the first book.


Troublemakers by Catherine Barton
– I’ve only seen good reviews of this, and I’m interested by it as it touches on political issues, which is something I don’t see directly in books often.


This Careless Life by Rachel McIntyre
– I was a huge fan of Rachel McIntyre’s previous releases, and though I know this is quite different sounding in tone/subject matter I’d still very much like to unwrap it on Christmas day. I love a good mystery, and I’m hoping this might be similar to One of Us Is Lying.


Della Says OMG by Keris Stainton
– even though this is a few years old now, I saw a hugely positive review of it recently and I’m very much hoping to recieve this. It sounds like the mix of serious and fun I always enjoy when done well too.


Jessie Hearts NYC by Keris Stainton- 
I read and liked One Italian Summer by this author earlier this year and thought the worldbuilding of the Italian settting was exceptional, so I’m looking forward to  to seeing her take on New York (which I adore as a setting in general). 
 

Frostblood by Elly Blake
– I’m pretty fussy with YA fantasy (I vastly prefer the MG variety) but this sounds like something I’m likely to enjoy.

Here We Are Now by Jasmine Warga
– I love stories with long lost family members reuiniting, I’ve heard brilliant things about this one and I’m adding it to my Christmas wishlist as I’ve had my eye on it since before it’s release.


Rubies and Runaways by Janine Beacham
– I really enjoyed Janine Beacham’s debut Black Cats and Butlers earlier this year, and I really want to read Rose’s second adventure soon. It’s set at Christmas too, so it seems like the perfect book to read soon after if I get it. I think this is quite different to other MG mysteries out at the moment, mainly due to the AMAZING, super cool secret society of butlers.
What books are you hoping to recieve this Christmas? Have you read any of my list? What did you think of them? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @GoldenBooksGirl!

Amy xxx

My Most Anticipated Releases of 2018 (January to April)

Hello everybody!

Welcome to day 2 of blogmas! Today, since we’ve kicked off the countdown to Christmas (related/unrelated point: I am in LOVE with my Thorntons Gruffalo advent calender this year), I thought it’d be fun to talk about some of the books I’m counting down to in the first few months of 2018. (There are a lot more, but these are my top ten! Of which 90% are MG, which isn’t really that surprising seeing I tend to love them most)

Onto the books!


The Light Jar by Lisa Thompson– I enjoyed Lisa’s debut The Goldfish Boy last year, ans I’m VERY excited for this one. If anything, it sounds even better, andif the synopsis is anything to go by I have a feeling I’ll adore Nate.


Sky Chasers by Emma Carroll
– the Queen of Historical Fiction is a fitting description of Emma Carroll. I’m head over heels with each and every one of Emma’s books (particularly the Girl Who Walked on Air, with a brave, feisty yet relatable heroine, a darling little dog and also the dreamy Gabriel Swift). This is set in France and it’s about the first hot air balloon flight, and I have no reason to believe I won’t be raving about this to anyone who’ll listen to me too.

Sky Song by Abi Elphinstone
– Confession: I have only read one book by Abi Elphinstone before, The Dream Snatcher, and while I liked it (and her short story from Winter Magic) very much, I’ve just never got round to the others. I will get round to them eventually! Sky Song sounds like too good an adventure to put off though, and everyone I know who’s read it thinks it’s exceptional.


A Spoonful of Murder by Robin Stevens
– as a longtime Murder Most Unladylike fan, I feel like I’ve been waiting FOREVER for this book! As good as the Guggenheim Mystery was, I’m in desperate need of some Wells and Wong goodness. Also, I’m intrigued to see how Daisy and Hazel’s friendship may change when this book is set at Hazel’s home in Hong Kong (not to mention Hong Kong itself!)

Brighstorm by Vashti Hardy
– this is a debut novel, and it’s an MG adventure with a skyship and twins, which are very relevant to my interests/tastes, and I’ve heard praise from a couple of authors who’ve already received proofs. I’m really looking forward to getting my hands on it!

Battle of the Beetles by M.G Leonard
– I’m unbelievably excited for the conclusion to this trilogy, which I’ve been in love with since soon after Beetle Boy’s release. I adore the charcaters and the beetles, the plot and the writing style, and the villain Lucretia Cutter is so evil! These feel like modern classics, and I’m desperate to find out what the ending will be.

A Witch Alone by James Nicol
– I really liked the Apprentice Witch last year, and I’ve been waiting for ages on the sequel. I’m planning to reread to remind myself of the characters too, and I can’t wait to see what happens to Arianwyn next.

Out of the Blue by Sophie Cameron
– this is Sophie Cameron’s debut novel and I’m looking forward to it for a number of reasons. It’s set in Edinburgh, some friends I really trust with book recommendations loved it and I’m a pretty big fan of some good magical realism.

Beyond the Odyssey by Maz Evans-
I have adored the first two installments of this series this year, and I can’t wait to find out what happens to Elliot next, to see more crazy antics from the gods and to experience another rollercoaster of emotions; going from laughter to tears in very short spaces.

When the Mountains Roared by Jess Butterworth
– if you’ve read basically a single other post on this blog, you will know I love Running on the Roof of the World by this author a huge amount. I cannot wait for her 2nd novel, which is set to feature a leopard!!

Thank you for reading! What’s your advent calender this year? What books are top of your wish list next year? I’d love to hear from you in the comments or on Twitter @GoldenBooksGirl
Amy xxx

My A Very Merry Readathon TBR (@merryreadathon)

Hello everybody!

Today I’m going to  be talking about my TBR for the Very Merry Readathon hosted by Hannah, and co-hosted by VanessaStacyCristina, and Hannah , which will take place from the 4th- 8th December.

Onto the books!

Challenge 1: Read a book set during the holidays

For this challenge, I decided to read a book which has been on my TBR for ages; The Twelve Days of Dash and Lily by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan. Even though I haven’t read the first Dash and Lily book I’m hoping I’ll still enjoy this, and based on the blurb it sounds very Christmassy.

Challenge 2: Read a book with Christmas colours on the cover

For this challenge, I’m going to choose two books, mainly just in case of the unlikely event that I finish my first three. The one I definetely want to get to is Ally Kennen’s the Everything Machine, which looks like lots of fun and has sparkly silver lettering for the title. My backup book is the Never-ending Birthday by Katie Dale, which has a glittery gold cover and seems like a quick, fun read.

Challenge 3: Read a book you want to

The state of my TBR is best left unmentioned, and there are a LOT of books I want to read on there. The one I’ve chosen for this challenge, though, is Radio Boy by Christian O’ Connell, as the the story sounds fabulous. I’m hoping that even though main character Spike has been sacked from the hospital radio station that there may still be some hospital scenes or a link to hospitals, as that’s something I LOVE to see done well in books.

Are you taking part in this readathon? What’s on your TBR? What do you think of my choice of books, if you’ve read them?

See you soon with a new post,

Amy xxx

#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 😂😂*), 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 💜. It’s probably around 200 I think, but I’ve never counted so I’m not sure.*