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

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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

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Loved But Will Never Reread

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Today, I’m going to be taking part in Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by Jana of That Artsy Reader Girl, for which the theme today is books I loved but (probably) won’t re-read (leaving that nice and open for myself, because there are a couple I would consider rereading in the future šŸ˜‰). Like last week, I ound this quite a tricky topic to come up with books for, so I’ve only managed to come up with eight. Onto the post!

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Characters I Loved from Books That Weren’t Favourites

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Today, I’m taking part in Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by Jana of That Artsy Reader Girl, for which the theme today is characters you liked in books that aren’t favourites. For me, I’m choosing to interpret non-favourite as 4 stars and lower, and my list only has 5 on it as I was struggling to think of 10. Onto the post!

Tippytoe from Squirrel Girl– aside from the hearing aid representation, Tippytoe was hands down my favourite part of this book, which didn’t really live up to my high expectations. She was super cool, I loved the way she led the squirrels and the squirrellanguage used is brilliant. I think I’d have liked this book a lot more if Tippytoe narrated the entire thing instead of just a couple of chapters.

Cameron from the Miseducation of Cameron Post– I had a few problems with Cameron Post as a book, but I thought the character was incredibly brave, and all round wonderful in the way she tackles all of the horrible things she needs to deal with.

Sammy from Alice Jones– this series might not be an all time favourite favourite, but it is very underrated! Sammy was a lovely character in book one, and I missed him an awful lot in book two. I’d like a couple more of these books, as I think the mysteries are clever and I’d like to get know the colourful cast of characters better (and see Sammy again ofc!)

Squeezjoos from Wizards of Once– right, don’t anyone do what happened last time and be horrid about me not loving this, please! I found the book very slow paced and difficult to get through, but the character of Squeezjoos was so cute I couldn’t possibly dislike them! They were one of the only reasons I didn’t DNF in fact, as I was deeply concerned over their fate…

The Creakers from the Creakers– I definetly enjoyed this book, but it’s not a favourite (and I didn’t think it was of the rather high standard set by the Christmasaurus, which I REALLY enjoyed). Though I didn’t expect to going in, I thought the Creakers were really sweet in general. I think was mainly due to Shane Devries’s fab illustrations, but I also just liked uncovering their nicer side as I progressed through the book.

A pattern of this seems to be cute sidekick characters save books I’m not so keen on for me… (except Cameron, who was a brilliant protagonist.)

Thank you so much for reading! Do you like any of these characters too? Who would be on your list? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @GoldenBooksGirl!

Amy xxx

Books Set in Other Countries

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Today I’m taking part in Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, which the theme of today is books set in other countries. I absolutely love travelling elsewhere via books since I don’t do it in real life, so I had lots of fun with this prompt! As I wrote a guest post on this last year, I’ve mainly included books I’ve read recently, but there are also a few I never shut up about! Technically, I could have chosen almost every book I read for this since I don’t live in England, but I’ve not cheated…

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10 Books I Could Reread Forever

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Today, I’m going to be taking part in Top Ten Tuesday, which is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Today’s theme is basically perfect for me as I absolutely love rereading and the fact that I barely do any more since starting blogging is so annoying. Onto the books!

Chocolate Box Girls series by Cathy Cassidy– it seems only fitting to kick this post off with this series, which I’m pretty sure first released in 2010, aka when I wasn’t even double digits in terms of age. If they can withstand that length of time, I’m fairly sure I’ll be rereading them forever. They’re lovely teen contemporaries about a blended family creating a chocolate business, and the lives of the 5 daughters in particular.

Geek Girl series by Holly Smale- these books are like a cosy comfort blanket for me. They’re my go to in the middle of any especially tough time, and this world and these characters just never ever fail to lift my mood, though I always find it super tough to leave again as I get near the end.

Murder Most Unladylike series by Robin Stevens- these are, like what I know of Agatha Christie’s books (which I should probably read, as I somehow never have), the perfect mix of cosy and crime. They’re intricately plotted, have a nostalgic feel that’s like a more murderous Malory Towers vibe, and a really phenomenal friendship between two incredible female characters. They’re also very funny (or, I think so anyway), and they’re continuing to be of top notch quality 6 books in. It’s also super cool to pick up on foreshadowing when I reread them, as I am unobservant and never notice on my first reading.

The 39 Clues series by various authors- this series is criminally underrated and I cannot fathom why. They’re like an addictive TV series, and about the feuding superpower Cahill family as they undertake an unusual battle for an even more unusual inheritance. Discovering these books again is amazing, and I’d love to fit in a reread of this in 2018.

Adventure Island series by Helen Moss– another series I’d love to reread this year, time permitting, is this. It was my saviour at a time when I couldn’t find any books I loved and wasn’t sure reading was for me. Castle Key is a fantastic setting, I adore the characters, and as a lover of MG mysteries I’m yet to stumble upon a series with such consistently complex mysteries. Each of the 14 are of such a high standard, and I very much recommend them.

The Babysitters Club by Ann M Martin– it would take years to reread this series (in truth, I don’t think I’ve read them all anyway), but they’re perfect low concentration reads for when I’m especially I’ll. I found solace in a few mysteries when I had an especially bad chest infection last spring, for example. I’d like to rediscover some super specials this year.

Lobsters by Tom Ellen and Lucy Ivison- I haven’t reread this in a while I’ve realised, but most of the time when I do I want to turn straight back to the start when I finish (and yes, I have done this before, multiple times). I adore the characters, the story is a lot of fun and it’s the laugh out loud type of funny.

Boy in the Tower by Polly Ho-Yen- after raving about it on this blog an awful lot, my reread of this at New Year was daunting to say the least. But it more than lived up to my stratospheric recollection, and I weeped my way into 2018, unable to leave Ade’s world again before I finished.

Lockwood and Co series by Jonathan Stroud- I got into this series when there were only 3 of 5 books, and I must have read them at least 3 or 4 times in three months. I’ve not done a full reread yet, but I’d very much like to soon.

Pony Club Secrets by Stacy Gregg- this is the only longer series I’ve vowed I MUST reread this year, and I’m ridiculously excited, but also nervous, to reread them. I hope they’ll retain this status after I do, though I have a feeling they’re timeless in the same vein as the Chocolate Box Girls.

Thank you so much for reading! What books could you reread forever? Do we share any? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @GoldenBooksGirl!

Amy xxx

Top Ten Tuesday- 5 Books I Barely RememberĀ 

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Today I’m taking part in Top Ten Tuesday hosted by 
That Artsy Reader Girl. Like last week, I couldn’t come up with 10, so have decided to go for 5 Books I struggle to remember. This is in no way a reflection of the quality of the books- just that I read them YEARS ago. Onto the books!

 

Trouble by Non Pratt
– I remember a few things about this book (two parts of the plot), the names of the two lead characters and one side one, and that’s about it. In my defense, I think I was a bit young to fully grasp it at 12/13 and I think I’d probably remember much more if I read it agiam (now just to track down a copy…)


Ketchup Clouds by Annabel Pitcher
– I loved this book. I thought the narrative style was so, so clever and I’ve never read anything like it. But I’m so fuzzy with the events of this book. I remember the set up, and the fact the main character’s called Zoe. I’d really like to reread it to see how I feel about it now!

Where Monsters Lie by Polly Ho-Yen
– if you know my love for Boy in the Tower/Fly Me Home, you’ll be surprised by this. But I really did not like this,  and I was so upset I think I’ve just blocked it from my memory. I know it’s about slugs, I recall the name of the main character and the fsct I detested it, other than that, not a squeak.


Wonder by R.J Palacio
– I enjoyed this, even though it didn’t quite live up to the hype for me. I genuinely don’t remember a single event in this now.


The Secret Seven by Enid Blyton
– I think these are my least favourite Blyton books. They’re massively overrated, if you ask me (JUSTICE FOR THE FIVE FIND OUTERS, THEY ARE THE BEST AND NO ONE KNOWS WHO THEY ARE!) And I only really remember the name of the dog, and something about secret passwords to enter their clubhouse?


Thank you so much for reading! Are you a little foggy on the events of some books? Do we share any? Let me know in the comments below or on Twitter @GoldenBooksGirl!

Amy xxx

Top Ten Tuesday- My 5 Bookish Resolutions for 2018

Hello everybody! Today I’m taking part in Top Ten Tuesday, which is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Given the title, this may be slightly confusing, but for today’s list I’ve decided I only wanted to have 5 I actually intend to attempt rather than 10 I’m writing just for the sake of it . Onto my resolutions!


1) Read 100 books
– I know I’ve said I’m not making myself a goal for how many books I want to read, but I’ve decided to have this very loose and unofficial one. I think I’m just going to write down the name of a book each time I finish it, and then count them all at the end of the year


2) Reread more
– I’ve always been a big rereader, but I did it very little after my blog began. At the end of 2017, I did a few rereads and it was such a joy. Three I’m especially determined to achieve (as they’re lengthier) are the My Sister the Vampire series, the Adventure Island series and the Pony Club Secrets books.


3) Feel even less guilt over DNFing
– I’m admittedly pretty good at this one already, so next year I’d like to just wipe the guilt altogether. I hate the feeling of not enjoying something lots of people did, and feel so guilty about not finishing them/what people will think of that decision, but next year I’m going to attempt to stop worrying about it quite so much.


4) Read some Shakespeare
– since we started doing exams, I no longer get the chance to read Shakespeare at school. Before, we read two (A Midsummer Night’s Dream and the Merchant of Venice, the latter of which I fell in love with) and I thought they were fab. I want to read at least 2 or 3  this year, if I can hunt down good editions.


5) KEEP BLOGGING
– is this bookish? My blog has the word books in the title, so I’m counting it, and I have lots of bookish content evem though I’ve branched out to a few other things too (and intend to do so even more in 2018). No matter what happens over the next year, I’d like to remain as a blogger. I honestly love doing it and I’ve met so many amazing people through it too.


Thank you so much for reading! Do you have any resolutions for 2018? I’d love to hear about them in the comments or on Twitter @GoldenBooksGirl!


Amy xxx