5 Hyped Books That Lived Up to My Expectations

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Today, I’m taking part in Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by Jana, and the theme is books that lived up to the hype. My list is only 5 books long because I found this topic SO hard. Onto the post!


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Nevermoor– this is the only MG book on the list, amd I was excited for it from pretty much the day it was announced. I read it almost as soon as I had my hands on it, and if anything it exceeded my expectations. The worldbuilding was incredible and I loved the magic of Nevermoor, the characters were all amazing (my favourites were Fenestra and Morrigan herself) and the plot was so exciting with some interesting twists. I’m super excited to read the sequel later this year.

Simon Vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda– I wasn’t even part of the book community when this came out, and I only knew of a couple ofbloggers/booktubers, and yet I STILL somehow heard of it and decided to reserve it at the library and have it sent to my local branch. I absolutely loved it; Simon is such a great narrator and his romance with Blue remains a favourite of mine years on.

I Was Born For This- this book popped up on my Twitter feed absolutely all the time just before and after it’s release, and I still see it mentioned regularly now. I was so nervous to read it after Radio Silence (which was one of my absolute favourite YA books that I read last year), but it was phenomenal. Alice Oseman is one of the greatest writers of more character-driven YA at the moment, and I adored the cast of this book so much and was so wrapped up in this book as I read it because I wanted things to turn out well for them all.

When Dimple Met Rishi– when I first joined the bookish community, I heard so much about this book and I’m glad I did pick it up. It was a lovely romance with some very funny moments involving iced coffee, and I really enjoyed it when I read it.

Floored– as hyped as I Was Born For This was, I think Floored was THE most hyped book of 2018. I’ve been excited for it since I read the sampler someone very kindly sent me from YALC last year, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. It was told in such a unique way, with 7 authors each writing a different perspective, and that made it even more engrossing as I couldn’t tell how things would turn out at all. The characters were all brilliant and easy to distunguish between too.


What books did you think lived up to the hype surrounding them? What are your thoughts on the books I’ve mentioned? Did anyone else find this topic tricky? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @GoldenBooksGirl!

Amy x

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Top Ten Tuesday: My Favourite Short Stories

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Today, I’m taking part in Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, which the theme for today is our favourite short stories/novellas. Onto the post!


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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’ve Picked Up Because of Blogger Recommendations

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Today, I’m taking part in Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, and today’s prompt was to pick a past topic. I’ve decided to go for books I’ve picked up because other bloggers have recommended to me; some of which I’ve read and others that are still on my TBR (and I haven’t got a full ten, which I just want to point out in case anyone thought I couldn’t count 😜). 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

Top Ten Tuesday; Series I Don’t Plan to Continue

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Today, I’m taking part in Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl), amd I’ll be sharing a list of five series I don’t think I’ll be reading any more of.

The Huntress– I wanted to love this so much; it had huge hype, it was book ofthe month at Waterstones and so many of those are gems, the cover designs are stunning. Sadly, I found them too slow paced and I didn’t mesh well with the writing style (I even DNFed it the first time I picked it up, and struggled to get to the end on my next try) so I have resisted the sequels despite the covers screaming at my inner magpie every time I see them.

The 39 Clues series– this one may be a tad confusing for people who’ve heard me speak about this series before, given I frequently mention it as one of my absolute favourites. However, I’m only referring to the first arc of 10 books about the original clue hunt; there are numerous other arcs focusing on new missions. I read the first of these and was incredibly disappointed, so I decided to just leave it there so I never tainted my opinion of it as I love the first arc SO much.

Squirrel Girl– I read the first book of this series at the beginning of this year, and I was so diappointed. I’m not super into superheroes, I will admit, but I had enjoyed another superhero book shortly before so I went in looking forward to reading another. Other than Tippytoe, who I adored, and some hearing aid rep, I didn’t enjoy this; I was not at all a fan of the main character, the writing style or how predicatable it was.

The Wizards of Once– despite never having read the How to Train Your Dragon books, I’d heardso many wonderful things I was really excited about trying this. Other than the mystery of the narrator, a sweet side character and the illustrations, I found this pretty lacklustre, and I don’t have any interest in picking up the 2nd when it comesout later this year.

His Dark Materials-there were some elements of the first book I really liked, but I couldn’t click at all with the writing style and I struggled with the pacing too, so despite the incredible world and some characters I was a huge fan of (most of whom I’ve been reliably informed don’t appear in the 2nd or 3rd book), I don’t see me ever reading the rest of the trilogy.

Which series have you decided to give up on? What are your thoughts on the series I’ve mentioned? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @GoldenBooksGirl!

Amy xxx

Top Ten Tuesday- Bookish Worlds I Never Want to Live In

Hello everybody! Today, I’m taking part in Top Ten Tuesday, for which the theme today is bookish worlds I don’t want to live in. I’ve come up with 5, so onto the post!


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Top Ten Tuesday: Best Character Names

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Today, I’m going to be talking about my favourite names, which is the theme for today’s Top Ten Tuesday. I couldn’t find characters with a couple of my favourite names, but I did succeed in finding most! Onto the post!

Boys’ Names (I found this one so much harder, mainly because I couldn’t find two of my favourite boys’ names in books, which are Caleb and Jude)

Micah– this is my absolute favourite boys’ name, and so I had to track it down even though I’ve never read a character with this name. I do want to read MG circus story Circus Mirandus, whose main character is called this, at some point. I think Micah is a beautiful name and it’s just my favourite name in the world, and has been for years. It’s unusual (I’ve certainly never met anyone called Micah) and I love names that aren’t that popular!

James– I’m not a big fan of Jamie, but I think James is quite elegant and classic, and it fits James Kirkwood in the Pony Club Rivals series perfectly (even though he’s sort of evil).

Aidan– Aidan was Issie’s first love interest in the PonyClub Secrets series, which I love, and he was such a great character I’ve always loved the name!

Sam– the main Sam I can think of in a book is Kristy’s brother in the Babysitters’ Club and I think it’s a really nice name.

Girls’ Names

Francesca– the only book character I can think of with this name is Francesca the Football Fairy (Rainbow Magic), and I think it’s so pretty. My absolute favourite girl’s name. I also love Cesca as a nickname for it.

Aoife– this is an Irish name, and I think it’s beautiful. I have (to the best of my knowledge) not read a book with a character of this name yet, but like Micah, I do have a book I want to read which does feature one (the Changeling by Helen Falconer)

Hazel– The narrator of the Murder Most Unladylike series is called Hazel, and my adoration of her makes this an immediate favourite. I also like it because it’s quite unusal, and I think it’s just pretty in general

Poppy– I loved the Princess Poppy books when I was young, and I love the name Poppy, though I can’t quite explain why. I think it just rolls off the tongue really well!

Juliet– I adore the name Juliet, I think it’s gorgeous; so dreamy and romantic. I’ve not read Romeo and Juliet yet, though I do hope to at some point this year, and I think the name sounds like it suits Juliet as a character quite well.

Lottie– this is short for Charlotte most of the time, including the Lottie in the Spinster Club, but though I really like Charlotte as a name too, I think it stands well as a name on its own.

What are your favourite names that appear in books? Do you like any of my choices? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @GoldenBooksGirl!

Amy xxx