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

Ten Books on My Winter TBR

Hello everybody! Today, I’m taking part in Top Ten Tuesday, for which the theme is ten books on our winter TBRs. I find of failed at my autumn one a bit because uni deadlines were manic but I’ll hopefully get to all of these! Onto the post!


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REVIEW COPIES

Little Bird Lands– this will probably be my next read, because I really liked the first in this duology. This one follows Scottish girl Bridie, who lives in the time of the Highland Clearances, as she and her family attempt to start a new life in America. I think it’s going to be WONDERFUL.

Orion Lost– this is about a spaceship getting lost in deepest space, and a girl called Beth who must subsequently save her friends. I don’t read a huge amount of sci-fi but this definitely sounds intriguing, plus I know Lily enjoyed it and we have REALLY similar taste.

Demelza and the Spectre Inspectors– this is one of Chicken House’s biggest releases for 2020, and it sounds so great- very classic MG adventure in tone, I think, based on the blurb. It’s about a girl called Demelza who can see the dead, who must use her unusual ability to save her grandmother when she’s kidnapped, alongside her best friend Percy. I think it’ll be great!

The Mask of Aribella– this is about Aribella, who is the daughter of a lace-maker in historical Venice, as she joins a group of magical warriors. I think the setting will be brilliant and I’m intrigued to learn more of the plot, because the blurb is fairly vague!

Queen of Coins and Whispers– this is an f/f court fantasy romance about a queen falling for her new spymaster. I’m hoping for lots of political intrigue and a couple I can absolutely get behind.

OTHERS

Unleashed– this is one of the things on my bought TBR I’m most excited for. It’s the sequel to 2018’s Jinxed, which ended on an absolutely BRUTAL cliffhanger and I really need to know what happens next, I’ve just never quite got round to picking it up.

The Star Outside My Window– this is the new Onjali Q Raúf, which focuses on two children who have just lost their mum to domestic violence as they try and get a star named in her honour. I think it’s going to break my heart, but it sounds incredible and incredibly important so it’ll be worth it.

Frostheart– I honestly don’t know very much about the actual specifics about the plot of this, other than that it’s a wintry adventure with cool illustrations. I think it has something to do with like, a sleigh? I’m excited to read it anyway!

Forest of Shadows– this is a prequel to Frozen 2 by Kamilla Benko, who writes the brilliant Unicorn Quest books, I went to see the film over the weekend and LOVED it, so can’t wait to spend more time in Arendelle soon.

Coming up Roses– I’ve read a LOT of Rachael Lucas in 2019 and this is the only one I wont get to before 2020, so I’m hoping to read it in the first half few months of the year if I can. This one is about a woman named Daisy who moves to a small village when her parents go off travelling during their midlife crisis, and her falling for an Irishman named George, whilst making new friends and saving her new home from developers.


What books are on your winter TBR? Have you read any that are on mine? I’d love to hear in the comments!

Amy x

Ten Books on my Autumn 2019 TBR

Hello everybody! Today, as part of Top Ten Tuesday, I’m going to be sharing ten books that I hope to read during autumn. Let’s just ignore the fact I didn’t actually read all the ones on the summer version of this post… shall we? Onto the post!


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REVIEW COPIES

Invisible in a Bright Light– I have only read one Sally Gardner before and it was maybe 8 years ago or so, so I can’t really remember it, but I’m looking forward to her newest release, which sounds really unusual and interesting.

White Eagles– I loved Elizabeth Wein’s last release from Barrington Stoke, Firebird, and I’m very excited to start this one- by the time you read this, I’m hoping I’ll be partway through at the very least. Like most of her books, this is about female pilots, this time in Poland. Louise has told me I should read the Pearl Thief, so that should also hopefully happen at some point.

The Conspiracy of Magic– this hasn’t actually arrived yet but I have been informed that I am getting one, so I thought I’d pop it on this list anyway. I read the first one in the series at the beginning of 2018 and ADORED it, so I’m very much looking forward to returning to this really cool world with characters and storylines that I love. Also, the cover is stunning, which is always a bonus.

OTHERS

The Somerset Tsuanami– if you know me even remotely, this isn’t going to come as a huge shock. I am OBSESSED with Emma Carroll’s books; I think she is an absolute queen of her genre and just in general, and I am DYING to read this one. It’s about a girl pretending to be a boy who gets accused of witchcraft when a tsuanami hits and I think it could well become one of my favourites from her, although it will have to be truly exceptional to manage that. But this is Emma, so it’s obviously going to be AMAZING.

Sealed with a Kiss– I’m currently reading Wildflower Bay whilst I’m writing this, and so far I’m really enjoying it. Therefore, I really want to read another Rachael Lucas and as this is set in the same place, it seems the best choice. That said, her others sound excellent too and I am fickle, so could well change my mind and go for one of the others. I am VERY glad I took Aimee’s recommendation on Rachael’s books!

Tunnel of Bones– I feel like this has to be read during autumn. I read the first one in November last year, and it was a brilliant time to read about the ghosts of Edinburgh and Cassidy, who can see “beyond the veil” after a near death experience. This one is set in Paris, which is very exciting for me since I’m kind of obsessed with all things French, and I have heard it’s even better, which is promising.

The Turn of the Key– this feels like another one that is just calling out to be read in autumn- it’s a creepy reimagining of the Turn of the Screw and is about a nanny in a high-tech house in Scotland who is writing her story from prison in letters to a lawyer who she hopes will represent her, because she has been (allegedly) falsely accused of murdering one of her charges.

Shadows of Winterspell– this is the new Amy Wilson, and I am a big Amy Wilson fan. I think her books just keep improving too, so it’s always nice to get hold of a new one. Her writing is so lyrical and beautiful that I always get totally swept away in her worlds and stories.

The Switching Hour– everyone I know who has read this says it’s really special, so I’m excited to give it a chance despite it sounding a bit more dystopian than fantasies I tend to love. The promise of an excellent animal companion didn’t hurt either, I’ll not lie.

Skycircus– I’ve been putting this off for nearly a year because I thought it was the last book in the series and I am not yet ready to say goodbye to Malkin, but it’s now been announced that the fourth is due in January and therefore I ideally want to get to this before then. Aother third book in a series I’d quite like to get to in autumn is the Frozen Telescope, because I am fairly sure it’s set at Thanksgiving.


Which books are you hoping to read during autumn? Do we have any in common, or do you have any suggestions about which I should read first? I’d love to hear in the comments!

Amy x

Ten Books I’ve Been Avoiding Reading and Why

Hello everybody! Today, I’m taking part in Top Ten Tuesday again, for which the theme this week is books on our TBRs we’ve been avoiding. 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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Top Ten Tuesday: My Spring TBR

Hello everybody! Today, I’m taking part in Top Ten Tuesday and I’m going to be telling you about some books I hope/plan to read during Spring. Now, if you know me you know I’m not the best with TBRs and I think one reason for that is that I don’t tend to put review copies on them, so this time I’ve listed my current review pile which I will almost certainly read and then a few I’d like to read from other sources e.g. I bought them or have them on loan from library. Onto the post!


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5 Books I Want to Get to Before 2019 (A Tentative TBR…?)

Hello everybody! Recently, I’ve seen quite a few posts where people have listed books they really want to get to before the end of the year (‘HOW is there almost only a month left of this year by the way?!?), so even though I’m rubbisg at doing TBRs I thought I’d share some of mine. Onto the post!


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Top Ten Tuesday: Red, White and Blue Covers

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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

My Belated Summer TBR

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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