Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’m Hoping to Find Under my Tree 

Hello everybody, and welcome to day 19 of blogmas!

Today, I’m taking part in the Top Ten Tuesday meme, hosted by the Broke and the Bookish, for which the theme today is books we’re hoping to get for Christmas. 

Onto the post! 

 The Last Duchess by Laura Powell– I’ve heard this is similar to a few books I love (such as the Murder Most Unladylike Mysteries), and I’d really like to give it a go for that reason. I love historical mysteries and I also really like Upstairs, Downstairs sorts of things focusing on servants (such as Frost Hollow Hall by Emma Carroll) as it’s an area of history you don’t see that often.

Queens of Geeks by Jen Wilde
– this one’s had very mixed reviews, so I’m interested to see what I’ll think of it. It sounds like a fun read though, and I’m willing to try it.

Gabriel’s Clock by Hilton Pashley
– I’ve had this recommended to me by a few bloggers I really trust, and the concept is intriguing. I also loved Hilton Pashley’s guest posts during the blog tour for Michael’s Spear (the final book of this trilogy) so I want to see if I enjoy the first book.

Troublemakers by Catherine Barton
– I’ve only seen good reviews of this, and I’m interested by it as it touches on political issues, which is something I don’t see directly in books often.

This Careless Life by Rachel McIntyre
– I was a huge fan of Rachel McIntyre’s previous releases, and though I know this is quite different sounding in tone/subject matter I’d still very much like to unwrap it on Christmas day. I love a good mystery, and I’m hoping this might be similar to One of Us Is Lying.

Della Says OMG by Keris Stainton
– even though this is a few years old now, I saw a hugely positive review of it recently and I’m very much hoping to recieve this. It sounds like the mix of serious and fun I always enjoy when done well too.

Jessie Hearts NYC by Keris Stainton- 
I read and liked One Italian Summer by this author earlier this year and thought the worldbuilding of the Italian settting was exceptional, so I’m looking forward to  to seeing her take on New York (which I adore as a setting in general). 

Frostblood by Elly Blake
– I’m pretty fussy with YA fantasy (I vastly prefer the MG variety) but this sounds like something I’m likely to enjoy.

Here We Are Now by Jasmine Warga
– I love stories with long lost family members reuiniting, I’ve heard brilliant things about this one and I’m adding it to my Christmas wishlist as I’ve had my eye on it since before it’s release.

Rubies and Runaways by Janine Beacham
– I really enjoyed Janine Beacham’s debut Black Cats and Butlers earlier this year, and I really want to read Rose’s second adventure soon. It’s set at Christmas too, so it seems like the perfect book to read soon after if I get it. I think this is quite different to other MG mysteries out at the moment, mainly due to the AMAZING, super cool secret society of butlers.
What books are you hoping to recieve this Christmas? Have you read any of my list? What did you think of them? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @GoldenBooksGirl!

Amy xxx


Top Ten Tuesday: Characters You Can’t Help but Root For

Hello everybody!

Today, I’m once again taking part in the Top Ten Tuesday meme hosted over at the Broke and the Bookish. Todays theme was quite broad (characters who share a trait) so I decided to talk about books which feature characters I can’t help but root for. These books also tend to be some of my favourites, so these sorts of characters seem to be the ones I love most.

Let’s get started! 

*no order* (and I’ve only included humans, as I’m yet to find an animal prontagonist I’m not completely behind all the way!)

1. Darkus from the Battle of the Beetles trilogy- in Beetle Boy, Darkus is trying to track down his missing dad, and in book 2 he’s facing off against scientist supervillain Lucretia Cutter yet again. Despite all of this, he’s still an amazing friend to Bertholt and Virginia, and truly cares for all of the beetles, especially his own beetle Baxter. 

2. Elliot from the Who Let the Gods Out series– Elliot has a lot to worry about in these books, which have been some of my favourites of 2017. His mum has early-onset dementia, he learns some upsetting information about his dad in book 2, and that’s not even to mention the fact that the Greek gods have moved in with him! I really adore Elliot as he’s got a lot going on and is a fairly realistic hero in the way he reacts to the situations he faces.

3. Evie from the Spinster Club trilogy- Evie suffers from OCD, and suffers a relapse during the first book in the trilogy (Am I Normal Yet?). I always read this book incredibly quickly (especially by my usual standards) as I become so worried about Evie and after her relapse and throughout books 2 and 3 I definetely root for her to continue on the good path she’s forged for herself.

4. Sam from Ways to Live Forever- Sam has leukaemia and this book tells the story of him achieving the list of things he wants to do before he dies and also tackles his fear of dying and just his day to day life. He’s a truly brave and inspiring character to me.

5. Rosalind from Being Miss Nobody- this is a much more recent read than everything else on this list so far (I only read it last month) but Rosalind is a character who I immediately fell in love with and I read the book in a matter of hours as I was so desperate to make sure she would be okay in the end. I was an emotional wreck throughout; I laughed, I cried, and at the times when things went well, smiled. I can’t recommend this enough. 

6. Alfie from the Defender of the Realm series- Alfie is another recent favourite character. He’s the new king who also has to negotiate his role as the ‘Defender’, a superhero who protects the United Kindgdom from mythical monsters responsible for the REAL historical events. I really cheer Alfie on in his weaker moments and throughout his many action scenes as he’s such a loveky prontagonist and deserves to do well in his roles. On another note, these books are just generally fabulous and I’m often practically glued to the pages to find out what’ll happen next!

7. Harriet from the Geek Girl series- Even though I’m different to Harriet in a lot of ways (e.g. I’m absolutely awful at maths, and she’s a genius with it) I also really identify with her in some ways. I’d be a bit mean if I didn’t root for someone so like me, then, would I not?! Thankfully, I think Harriet’s a BRILLIANT character, and I’m always on her side, no matter who she’s having an argument with or what she’s supposedly done. #teamgeek

8. Hazel from the Murder Most Unladylike Mysteries– Hazel has really changed and grown from who she was in the first book, but I’ve loved her the whole way through and can’t imagine ever not loving her. She’s kind and clever and is becoming stronger and more able to stand up for herself against her very forceful best friend Daisy (who I also love lots, but I think I’d be a bit afraid of her if were to meet in real life, whereas I’d absolutely love to be be friends witj Hazel or have her as a sister). I can’t wait to see her again soon.

9. Summer from the Chocolate Box Girls series– Summer is my favouirte of the Tanberry-Costello sisters, particularly after the book she narrates in the series, Summer’s Dream, in which she starts to crumble under the pressure of achieving her dream to be a ballerina and begins to suffer from an eating disorder. It’s a very hard book to read (it’s as wondeful as all the others,  possibly even better, but watching Summer spiral and hate herself and her body is really upsetting in places). As the series moved on, I was definetly willing Summer on to get healthier and it made me really happy every time she made a step towards that goal (even though she took some steps backwards as well 😔)

10. Ade from Boy in the Tower– last but most certainly not least is Ade, who if I was really, REALLY forced to answer who my favourite character is in a book.  (I massively struggle to choose favourites of anything, but characters are all like my best friends). I can’t read the opening pages of Boy in the Tower without bursting into tears, as I’m so sad about all of the difficult things I know he’s about to face and he’s such a kind, caring character and he just doesn’t deserve any of it. I’ll be honest. I’m welling up just thinking about Ade. I’m of the opinion that this book is a masterpiece, and Ade is a huge reason why I love it so much. 

Thank you so much for reading! Are there any characters you can’t help but root for? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @GoldenBooksGirl!

See you soon with a new post,

Amy xxx

Top Ten Tuesday: My Favourite Reads of 2017 So Far


Hi everybody!


Hope you`ve all had a great weekend.


Today I`m taking part in the Top Ten Tuesday meme which is hosted at The Broke and the Bookish .Today`s prompt is to write about your favourite books of 2017 so far.


Disclaimers: Even though I`ve absolutely loved some of the books I`ve read this month, I haven`t got around to writing reviews for them yet, so these books will be from January- May. Also, since I gave quite a few books 5 stars last month, I`ll only be choosing my very favourites as I don’t want to simply republish all of those reviews (which, if you`re interested you can read here)


Let`s get started!

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Top Ten Tuesday: My Favourite Fathers/Father Figures in Books

Hello everybody!

Today I’m taking part in another Top Ten Tuesday (created by and hosted at The Broke and the Bookish ). Today’s theme is anything connected with Father’s Day, so I’ve decided to write about my favourite fathers and father figures ( the latter mainly because so many parents are killed off/disappear in children’s and YA fiction, and I couldn’t find 10 fathers I genuinely love).

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Mystery Books on my TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme hosted at The Broke and the Bookish .This week’s prompt was to create a list of the top ten books from any genre which you’ve added to your TBR, so as it’s one of my favourite genres I decided to base mine around the mystery genre. These are a mix of books I already own/have copies of and books that aren’t released yet that I’m looking forward to.


The first mystery I have on my TBR is The Ghost Light by Sarah Rubin. I read the 1st book in this series a few months ago and really liked it as it felt very different to other mysteries out just now as it’s set in America and was really well plotted, so I can’t wait to read Alice’s second adventure in this.


Even though I’ve really enjoyed the previous novels about Scarlet and Ivy, I haven’t managed to read this one as none of my local bookshops seem to stock this series. I’m not sure when I’ll get to read this,  but I hope to before the fifth book is released in the autumn.


After sidelining Poppy Pym and the Pharoah’s Curses for ages after I bought it and not getting round to it for ages after I bought it, I finally got to it in February and really liked it. I think this is going to be the last Poppy Pym book, and I’m really looking forward to finally learning more about Poppy’s family.


As you’ll know if you read my first post about the books I read in May, you’ll know that I really enjoyed my proof of the first in the series.This one sounds just as good, if not better, so I can’t wait to dive back into Rose’s world and have another adventure with the secret society of butlers.


This is the final book of one of my favourite mystery series of recent years (the Marsh Road Mysteries); they manage to be sweet, funny and tightly plotted mysteries all at the same time, and they’re so much fun to read. The characters are also tremendous, and if you haven’t read them I can’t recommend them highly enough.


I picked this up on buy 1, get 1 half price in Waterstones almost a year ago and still haven’t got round to it. The synopsis sounds really intriguing, and I’m looking forward to it, especially as it seems like it will be a series.


As a huge fan of both Robin Stevens and the London Eye Mystery, this is without doubt one of my most anticipated reads of the 2nd half of 2017. If I hadn’t been super excited about it already after the announcement, David Dean’s superb cover alone would have made it an instant must read. (Bonus book: I’m also super excited for another book illustrated by David Dean, the Secret of Supernatural Creek by Lauren St. John, the long-awaited fifth Laura Marlin Mysteries book)


Another book which I’m excited about in the 2nd half of the year is the The Midnight Peacock by Katherine Woodfine, which is the final book in the Sinclair’s Mysteries series. I can’t wait to  (hopefully!) discover the identity of the series’ main villain the Baron and also just enjoy another adventure with these characters, in the all-consuming world of Sinclair’s Department Store in the era of Edwardian London. Also, how pretty is this cover?!-


While I normally don’t enjoy YA mysteries as much as middle grade, I absolutely have to make an exception for this, which is described as Pretty Little Liars meets the Breakfast Club. I can’t wait to pick it up on my next trip to Waterstones!


As I couldn’t pick between these two for my final pick, which are fantasies/mysteries, I’ve decided on them both! The Smoking Hourglass is the 2nd in the Uncommoners trilogy, the first of which was probably my favourite debut of 2016, and it comes out a week on Thursday. I’m absolutely desperate to get hold of it and will probably end up reading it in a few sittings because I love the world of Lundinor so much.

The Empty Grave is the final book of one of my favourite series, Lockwood and Co, which are about ghosts now haunting Britain for an unknown reason. They’re hilarious and clever and have incredible characters, and I am beyond excited to read this when it comes out in September.

Are there any books in the mystery genre you’re looking forward to on your TBR? Do you like the sound of my choices? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @GoldenBooksGirl

Amy ❤