September Reviews 2019

Hello everybody! Today, I`m going to be talking about the books I read in September- which are a rather varied and rather brilliant bunch. My reading slowed down a fair bit in the second half due to starting uni, which is also the reason that I`m posting these MUCH later than intended, but on the whole I`m really happy with what I read and how much. Onto the post!


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The Bookish Boxes and Buzzwords Tag

Hello everybody! Today, I’m going to be doing the Bookish Boxes and Buzzwords tag, which I found on Aoife’s blog. Onto the post!


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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

The Halloween Book Tag

Hello everybody, and happy Halloween! Today, I’m going to be doing the Halloween book tag, which I found on Katie’s blog. Onto the post!


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1. Carving Pumpkins: What Book Would You Carve Up and Light On Fire?

Yerma. Absolutely hated that when I had to read it for school last year.

2. Trick or Treat: Which character is a trick and which is a Treat?

Trick- this is so hard to do without spoiling something! Since Harry Potter is pretty old now, I feel like I can get away with saying I was so shocked about the Moody reveal in book four.

Treat- Wilbur from Geek Girl. What a sweetheart though.

3. Candy Corn: What Book is Always Sweet?

I, Cosmo is the most precious book ever. Read it.

4. Ghosts – Which Character Would You Love to Visit You as a Ghost?

Sirius Black. Love him, always. Would love a chat with him about so many things.

5. Dressing up in Costume – What Character Would You Want to be for a Day?

I did a whole post about this last year! But this year, if I was dressing up I’d want to be Alba from the TV show Cable Girls.

6. Witches & Wizards – What is Your Favourite Harry Potter Moment?

Ooh, this is hard. My favourite comedic moment is the “you don’t have to call me sir, professor” one, my favourite dramatic one is Sirius’s death.

7. Blood & Gore – What Book was So Creepy You Had to Take A Break From it For A While?

Definitely Close Your Pretty Eyes!


What are your Halloween plans? Do you have any thoughts on the books I’ve mentioned? I’d love to hear in the comments!

Amy x

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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The Wonderstruck Book Tag

Hello everybody! Today, I’m going to be doing the Wonderstruck book tag, because I love Taylor Swift so much right now (and always tbh) and I just really fancied it, especially since the lyric in the title comes from one of my ABSOLUTE favourite Taylor Swift songs. I found it on Dora’s blog and it was created by Olivia. Onto the post!


Rules:

  • Link back to the creator (Olivia)
  • Answer as many or as few of the questions as you’d like.
  • Feel free to use any of the graphics in this post
  • Tag however many people you’d like at the end!

You’re Not Sorry – A Book That Un-Apologetically Broke Your Heart

This is unexpectedly tricky. I don’t really read a lot of all out bleak books. Ways to Live Forever, I think. It’s absolutely heartwrenching.

Back to December – A Book You Still Think About Even After You’ve Finished

About 3 or 4 years after finishing it for the first time, I still think about the Lost and the Found at least a few times a week. That ENDING, bloody hell.

If This Was a Movie – A Book You Really Want to Become a Movie

I think the Flatshare would be god tier as a romcom film. It’s the kind I’d watch over and over and over.

Gorgeous – A Book With the Most Beautiful Cover

In Darkling Wood, which was designed by Julian de Narvaez. The book is amazing as well.

Shake It Off – A Book That Gets Hate But You Love

I’ve seen a lot of hate for Geek Girl and its sequels over the years! They’re quite niche to be fair, so I get why they’re not everyone’s thing.

Never Grow Up – A Book That Gives You Childhood Nostalgia

My childhood faves were the Pony Club Secrets series. I have so many memories tied to them and such a deep attachment that even now I could tell you pretty much every plot point of every book. I actually would love to reread them some time soon.

Sparks Fly – A Book You Instantly Clicked With

I knew within a couple of pages of Murder Most Unladylike that I would be a very big fan for years to come. I was right.

Style – A Classic That Will Never Get Old

My faves are always the same: the One Hundred and One Dalmatians and Charlotte’s Web. And I love Style.

End Game – A Book With a Romance You Love

If you’ve ever read this blog before, you know my fave book romance ever is Harriet and Nick from Geek Girk. But more recently, Cara and Hector from the Year After You were a couple I shipped so bloody hard.

I Knew You Were Trouble – A Book You Couldn’t Help But Become Obsessed With

I didn’t expect to enjoy Girl 38 as much as I did, but WOW it blew me away.

Bad Blood – A Book Where You Loved the First One, But Hated the Sequel

Oh, that’s not something I have too often that I can think of. I loved Karen M mCmanus’s first and hated her second but they’re both standalones.


What are your thoughts on the books I’ve mentioned? And which of these songs is your favourite? I think mine has to be Sparks Fly, and I’d love to hear about yours in the comments!

Amy x

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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