Five Wintry Books I’ve Accquired in 2019

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Today, I’m doing another Top Ten Tuesday where I only have five on my list, and I’ve twisted today’s theme a bit to narrow it down for myself and make sure I’m not repeating the books I always mention when I talk about festive reads. Onto the post!


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Five Books I’m Thankful For

Hello everybody! Today, I’m going to be doing Top Ten Tuesday, for which the theme today is a Thanksgiving freebie- I’m going for books I’m thankful for. I’m only doing 5, because even though I can think of loads I have about 10 assessments plus pre-assessments for grammar in the space of the next 2 weeks (possibly more, I’m a languages geek and can’t do maths!) so I’ve had to fit this into a spare few minutes! Onto the post!


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Pony Club Secrets- I don’t necessarily think I wouldn’t like books if I hadn’t read these, but I don’t think I’d love them as much if I hadn’t. They taught me what it was like to love a series very young, and I still think I’d love them now. They shaped pretty much my entire reading taste- I still love books with friendship and romance and adventure and animals and magic and lots of humour, which this series has all of in abundance.

Adventure Island– definitely don’t think I’d still be reading if it wasn’t for this series ( and the Laura Marlin Mysteries). I’ve told this story before but I kind of fell out of love with trying new things with books at the end of primary school (I still reread a lot, eg Pony Ckub Secrets) but when I found these it made me realise I was REALLY missing out and I started seeking out new things much more. Also thankful because my review of this series was the first I ever wrote, and without that chances are this blog wouldn’t be here today.

The Wells and Wong series- you know how everyone has that book or series that shaped them as a human? This is mine. I’ve been reading these since the year they came out and I’m one of it’s most devoted fans, not only because they’re incredible books but because I’ve genuinely taken on character traits of almost everyone in them and try to live my life based on how they do, in some ways. It sounds really strange, maybe, but I don’t think I’d be the same person without these books.

Open Road Summer/When We Collided- I read some Emery Lord in summer 2017 and I loved it. By chance, when having a really bad day (of which there were many last year) in summer 2018 I picked up Open Road Summer and I don’t think I put it down till I finished. What a transporting, captivating book it is. So when it came to choosing the book for the day before my surgery (when I was convinced I’d die of some freak complication), the one book I hadn’t read by her was the natural choice and it had the same effect. I love Emery Lord with my whole heart and I wish she knew how much her books meant to me last year.

The Secret of Platform 13- as you might have guessed from that intro, I’m feeling a bit stressed at the moment. I’ve not read anything in a few days, but I bought this the other day and I’ve loved almost everything else I’ve read by Eva Ibbotson so I decided to pick it up and it was immensely soothing. I’m really looking forward to reading a bit more over the next few days, hopefully.


I could genuinely ramble on forever here, because I’m so thankful to so, so many books and I’m having so much fun talking about them but alas some Spanish grammar tests are waiting on me. Wish me luck!


What books are you thankful for just now? Do we have any in common? I’d love to hear in the comments!

Amy x

Ten Books That Give Me Autumnal Vibes

Hello everybody! Today, I’m going to be talking about books that make think of autumn as part of Top Ten Tuesday– fair warning that they’re a super eclectic bunch and some of my reasons are pretty random!


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Harry Potter– I know Harry Potter ends up on a lot of these lists, but sorry not sorry. They always begin at back to school time, which is a quintessential part of autumn, and there are usually scenes for Halloween as well. Plenty of autumhal vibes in there to justify its place.

Soulmates– there’s a lot of bad weather in this book on account of the whole finding your soulmate can end the world idea it explores (which is so interesting!) and I think we can all agree that autumn usually brings worsening weather, much as I adore it.

City of Ghosts/Tunnel of Bones– Victoria Schwab’s MG books are about ghost hunting in different citues, and they’re pretty spooky. I ran out of room on last week’s list so it seems only fair to put them as my spooky autumnal vibes spot on this one!

A Pinch of Magic– I didn’t want to include too many witchy books on this because I’ve got tentative plans for next year’s Halloween freebie but I figured one wouldn’t hurt. This is witchy and mysterious and brilliant. Actually, all Michelle Harrison’s books are pretty autumnal in feel. My personal fave is the Other Alice, but I like all of them a lot.

Strange Star– this has rain on the cover and it’s got a ghostly element AND it’s about Frankenstein. Absolute autumnal vibes.

In Darkling Wood– yes, I am putting two Emma Carroll books on here, because it’s my list and I just want to. This is a dual narrative timeline between two intersecting girls in 2015 and 1918, and it’s kind of amazing- there’s this magical element to do with the possible discovery of fairies but also the tackling of some very real issues. The vast majority is set in November, which is a month I am fond of for obvious reasons (if you don’t know me, my birthday is in November).

Jolly Foul Play– yes, I will take any excuse to talk about Murder Most Unladylike, but this is set at Guy Fawkes night, so I’m not even cheating for once!! In this one, the (rather horrid) head girl is murdered and the Detective Society must investigate.

Nevermoor/Wundersmith– I think these mostly remind me of autumn because I read them both in autumn. I’m so sad the 3rd one isn’t out till February, I love my annual visit to Nevermoor to see Morrigan and friends a lot!

The Secret Starling– okay, I know I’m at 11 now but just wanted to give this a quick mention! The cover is pretty autumnal and it’s a mystery set in the 1970s with very creepy villains. Highly recommend!


I’m sure there are loads of others I’ll kick myself later for forgetting, but I’m pretty chuffed with that this list! What books give you autumnal vibes? Do you have any thoughts on the ones I’ve mentioned? I’d love to hear in the comments!

Amy x

Ten Books That Feature Ghosts

Hello everybody! Today, I’m taking part in Top Ten Tuesday, and for my Halloween freebie post I’ve decided to do books that feature ghosts. Some of these are cheating slightly, but I had a lot of fun writing this list so I hope you’ll enjoy hearing about the books too. Onto the post!


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Ten Books with Amazing Titles

Hello everybody! Today, I’m going to be taking part in Top Ten Tuesday, but I’m doing next week’s theme rather than the one I’m supposed to be because I have a blog tour next Tuesday and I really wanted to answer that prompt. Onto the post!


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Ten Books With Numbers in the Title

Hello everybody! How is October please?! Today, I’m once again taking part in Top Ten Tuesday and the theme today is books with numbers in the title- some of which I’ve read and some which I have not yet. Onto the post!


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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