What’s New Harper Drew? Talent Show Takeover Blog: Guest Post from Kathy Weeks

Hello everybody! Today, I’m so thrilled to be welcoming Kathy Weeks- author of the wonderful, hilarious Harper Drew books, the second of which I’m very excited to read soon- to share a post about writing diary-style books. Onto the post!


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Ten Bookish Characters I Love

Hello everybody! Today, I’m taking part in top ten Tuesday, and the theme today is bookish characters- as in characters who have some kind of connection to reading or writing. Onto the post!


Matilda Wormwood– I mean, she’s just the OG bookworm, isn’t she? I know there is a lot of problematic stuff surrounding the author, and I’m not going to bat for him, but I think every bookish kid related to Matilda (although hopefully NOT the abuse parts…) and I also love how much this book celebrates libraries!!

Tilly from Pages and Co– Tilly’s family own the most incredible bookshop and have the ability to bookwander, so she obviously had to be on here. Can you imagine how fun it would be to visit your favourite books and have characters come visit you?!

Poppy from the Bookshop of Dust and Dreams– Poppy’s family also owns a bookshop, which in this case is sentient and has feelings and it’s just so magical and amazing.

Mia Tang from Front Desk– Mia really wants to be a writer and that is a huge part of her arc across the trilogy, so she just had to be on here. I love her passion for writing about her life and experiences very much, and I defy you to read these books and not want all her dreams to come true.

Daisy Wells from Murder Most Unladylike– I mean, she’s not the most bookish of all time, but she loves a good mystery and that qualifies her enough for this list imo.

Literally everyone in the Paper and Hearts Society (but especially Ed, because he is my beloved)- I love this series so much! They absolute do tackle important stuff like bullying and burnout, but at their core they’re just about people coming together because they love books and I think that’s so special.

Paige from the Yearbook– I mean Paige has a whole love story in the pages of books with the mysterious Red Pen. This book is a tough read at times due to the bullying and abuse, but the romance subplot is so wholesome and pure and precious.

Kara from Talk Bookish to Me- Kara is another writer, who also writes romance in fact, and her book is about her finding inspiration for a new book in her very own second chance romance romcom story.

January and Gus from Beach Read– the main characters in this book are both authors, who decide to write a manuscript in the other’s genre over the summer for a bet, and then they end up falling in love.

June from the Last Library– I read this book on a day when I was really ill and I think stuck in my house because it was snowing (the weather sadly greatly affects whether or not I can leave the house!). Anyway, June is a library assistant who defies her bosses to join a campaign to save the library she works in, and I just loved her so much. It was beautiful to see how her fighting for the library ended up changing her life in every way.


Thank you so much for reading! Which bookish characters did you love that I’ve shamefully forgotten? Do you have any thoughts on the ones I’ve chosen? I’d love to chat with you in the comments!!

Amy xx

The Bear Who Sailed the Ocean in an Iceberg Blog Tour: Guest Post and Review

Hello everybody! Today, I’m delighted to be part of the blog tour for Emily Critchley’s new book the Bear Who Sailed the Ocean in an Iceberg, with both my review and a guest post from the author. Onto the post!


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YA Shot Blog Tour: Travel and Writing

Hello everybody!

Today, I’m really excited to welcome the absolutely lovely Jess Butterworth to the blog for a guest post, as part of the YA Shot Blog Tour. Onto the post!


As a child I often imagined I was on adventures in the wilderness without my parents in tow. My grandparents were avid David Attenborough fans and I used to watch wildlife documentaries with them before acting the scenes out: pretending I was climbing to the top of a rainforest; rescuing a pelican from a cliff or swimming with pink dolphins in an alpine lake. I wanted to inhabit an outside world: interacting with nature and experiencing my environment.
The literature I surrounded myself with reflected this desire and books such as Michael Morpurgo’s Kensuke’s Kingdom; The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett and Jamila Gavin’s Wheel of Surya trilogy, swept me away to faraway lands or on adventures in new settings. My other favourites included Louis Sachar’s Holes and The Incredible Journey by Sheila Burnford. As I got older I turned to narrative nonfiction and travel writing. All of these stories allowed me to experience being in the wilderness from the safety of my home. These are also the things I consider in my own stories: what are the places I want to spend time in when I write and the type of landscapes I want to create for my characters to interact with? I also soon realised that the stories I loved writing were ones that were fictional but grounded in real places and events.
My reading journey planted the seeds for a desire to go on my own adventures and as soon as I was old enough, I worked as much as I could and saved up for train, bus or plane tickets before setting off, armed with a notebook and a pen. And as I travelled, I noticed that my strongest story ideas developed when I was on buses or trains. There’s nothing better than being tucked into a corner of a train, knees up or legs crossed, with nothing to do but think, people watch and ponder for hours as the scenery whizzes past. In my head I’d ask questions about characters’ motivations: why are they doing this and what will they do next? Sometimes, the passing view outside or the events around me were enough to spark whole book ideas.
I’ve wondered if I find writing on public transport inspiring because in a world where we’re surrounded by the buzz of social media distractions, epic to-do lists, and long working days, it offers the freedom to think and be present without the pressure of sitting at a desk and having to come up with an idea; your only goal is to reach the destination.
But there’s also something magical in writing about a setting as you’re in it. I’ve learnt the hard way that it’s all too easy to forget the little details, the tastes, sounds and smells of a place, when you’re far away from it. Now each idea gets its own notebook filled with photos, notes, maps and clippings from its setting that almost acts as a portal back to the place, when I flick through it. This also gives me something tangible to show students during school visits.


About Jess- Having spent her childhood between the UK and India, Jess’ debut novel ‘Running On The Roof Of The World’ was inspired by the stories she heard about the Himalayas from her grandmother. She begun writing it in 2013 when she was living in the Indian Himalayas and trekked into the mountains as part of her research. You can follow her on Twitter @J_T_Butterworth.


What settings do you enjoy creating/reading about? Are you a fan of Jess’s books? I’d love to hear from you in the comments or on Twitter @GoldenBooksGirl!

Amy xxx

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