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 Signs I’m a Book Lover

Hello everybody! Today, I’m going to be taking part in Top Ten Tuesday, and the theme today is things that are signs we’re book lovers. I struggled a bit with this as a topic but hopefully it’s not too boring a list, onto the post!



1. The fact I have over 5 boxes of unread books in my house

2. The fact I have a quote from one tattooed across my collarbone

3. The fact I usually read 100+ books in a year

4. The fact I go to the library almost every weekend

5. The fact I didn’t shut up about meeting a bookseller I’d been dying to meet for ages for like a full two days afterwards and fully freaked out when she followed me on Twitter to the point where my friend STILL teases me about it (I’m sure you’re not, but hi Clara if you’re reading, and thank you for that excellent bookish chat!)

6. If you ask me for a book recommendation, I’ll send you a full list and then send another message with more later!

7. My first response to almost any personal crisis is to work out which book(s) will help. I’m pretty sure I started drafting my spine surgery reading list the day I found out I needed to have it.

8. I read almost every day.

9. Reading is one of the most calming things I can do for myself when I get stressed or sad or need to escape the world for a bit.

10. I’ve been reading since I can remember, and I never, ever want to stop



What do you think some signs you’re a book lover are? Do we have any in common? I’d love to hear in the comments!

Amy x

Five Authors I Love Following on Social Media

Hello everybody! So, I know Tuesday’s almost over now, but I had most of this prewrritten and I really like today’s Top Ten Tuesday theme, so I thought I’d post it anyway now I’ve remembered to finish it! So without further ado, here are five authors I love following on social media, which was very hard to narrow down because there are SO MANY I adore!!


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Five Characters I’d Love to Follow on Social Media

Hello everybody! Today, I’m taking part in my first Top Ten Tuesday of 2020, and today’s theme is characters we’d like to follow on social media, which I had SO much fun thinking about. Onto the post!


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Nick Hidaka– otherwise known as Lion Boy, Nick remains one of my ultimate fictional crushes and will be until I’m old enough that it’s creepy. We all have those people we follow because we fancy them, and if he was real he’d absolutely be mine! Also, he’s hilarious and I think he’d be a blast on Twitter.

Lara-Jean Song-Covey– I don’t actually really like eating any baked goods, but I bloody LOVE looking at pretty photos of them. Therefore, LJ is 100% someone I want to be following. I’m also super into looking at pretty clothes, so she really would be a dream Insta follow for me.

Daisy Wells– I don’t know how Daisy would feel about social media given she is from the 1930s but I feel like she’d enjoy sharing her observations with the world and letting everyone know what an amazing detective she is. I have a feeling I’d really like her Twitter, if she had one! Also, I can’t just do a list of MMU characters

Cosmo Walker– I, Cosmo was my absolute favourite book last year, and if Cosmo had an Instagram I’d follow it in a HEARTBEAT. Like, I can’t tell you how much less I’d scroll social media if I didn’t follow so many animals. I’d just love to see his little golden face pop up on my screen all the time! And hopefully he’d have videos of him dancing as well?!

Izzy O’ Neill– Izzy is feminist and hilarious. She’d be a very on brand follow for me, and I think I’d absolutely love hearing what she had to say about current affairs, but also just getting to keep up with her life would be great given her series is now over.


Which characters would you most like to follow on social media, and which social media specifically do you want to follow them on? I’d love to hear in the comments!

Amy x

Five Wintry Books I’ve Accquired in 2019

Hello everybody!

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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