Books Set in Other Countries

Hello everybody!

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

Hello everybody!

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 Remember 

Hello everbody!


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

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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