My Connection With Tobias: Writing An Essay On My Writer Ancestor.

Hello readers!

Welcome back to my blog for today’s new upload about my ancestor Tobias. On my old classics blog, I wrote a post about my relation to him and some of the works he had written in the 1700s and his travel inspirations. During my pre-University course (Access To Higher Education) earlier in the year, I was given the opportunity to conduct my own research project on a literary topic/author of my choice. From the start, I was determined to pick my ancestor.

I was nine years old when I first found out that I was related to a famous writer. At the time, I merely shrugged my shoulders and didn’t really show an interest. But by age nineteen, that attitude had all since evaporated away. Never would I realise about the incredible adventures Tobias ventured on and how his life story was exactly like an adventure. He was born in Scotland and went into medicine as a surgeon’s mate in the navy. During one of his sailing trips, he meet his future wife who was a wealthy heiress in Jamaica. They had one daughter Elizabeth who died at age fifteen from the nasty disease tuberculosis.

He lived in Bath and London, two famous British cities but both he hated in great detail. London had everything there he needed however but his other travel passions lay in France and Italy. He would die in Italy ages fifty and is buried there. One of my life goals is to make the journey to his grave and leave a bunch of flowers at his side as a way of saying thank you to never stopping writing.

Tobias was not quite a model citizen. He was accused of writing a bad review on an essay that was published by another admiral in the navy and ended up in court. Other times in London, he would argue with drinkers in bars. His visual writing however, was what inspired my piece for my final English Literature assignment. Due to copyright, I am unable to post my full essay online. I do feel that the 3,000 word count was not high enough for me to formally analyse everything my ancestor wrote and his writing styles of visual and epistolary (letters).

Tobias wrote a number of novels such as Roderick Random and Peregrine Pickle. But his most well-known work is Humphry Clinker that was published the same year as his death. In this novel, a group of characters make their way on a journey (road trip) around the UK with multiple POVs and written in epistolary form. When I read it for my essay, I was shocked by just how similar his writing style and my writing style are. Does his ghost live within me? That sounds like a Buzzfeed Unsolved Mystery!

Both of us with our writing like using multiple POVs, letter writing as a style and using lots of visual descriptions when it comes to exploring surroundings. I hadn’t read any of my ancestor’s writing until this course, so it was very new for me. I personally feel that Tobias’s books should be more readily available in libraries and bookstores for everyone to enjoy going on a journey without leaving the comfort of your own home.

One of the most incredible facts that I discovered about Tobias during my research was that one of the biggest-selling authors of Victorian Literature was heavily influenced by my ancestor’s works. That author was Charles Dickens. He spoke very highly of my ancestor and often would recommend Tobias’s books to others. For a piece of Scottish Literature, look no further than my ancestor.

Tobias’s works are available on Amazon Kindle for free as well as ordering physical copies online and in stores across the globe. If you’ve read any books written by him, let me know in the comments section below! If I ever had the opportunity to write a longer research project on Tobias, I would definitely rise to the challenge!

Thanks for reading this post, see you soon!

Alice x


Catching Up On Old Reviews: NetGalley Reviews!

Hello readers! It’s Alice here with a book review post, the NetGalley catch-up edition! Last month on holiday for my 20th birthday, I decided to take my kindle e-reader with me and tackle some ARCs and full copies that had just been sitting there and waiting for me to dive into them. I read a variety of both YA and Adult Fiction, ticked off a book from my #LoveOzYA list that I wanted to get to this year and thanks to the Buzz Books collection, added a bunch more YA reads to my ever-growing TBR. Full reviews for all of these books have been posted to my Goodreads which you can access here:

I would like to thank the publishers and agents for inviting me to review the above titles (Buzz Books was a read-now edition). From this collection, there were a couple of books that I really enjoyed and others that sadly were not for me. I’m going to list all of the titles in the order that I rated them on Goodreads, as well as some brief reasons why I left it that rating!

Believe Me by JP Delaney- 1 out of 5 stars

This was an author that popped up one day onto my Twitter feed after one of my Twitter friends read her writing. Sadly, the writing style wasn’t for me and I also wasn’t a fan of the adult content and BDSM which were heavily mentioned throughout.

Kiss Me, Kill Me by J.S Carol- 1 out of 5 stars

This thriller was one I entered into a giveaway for but then was approved for the NetGalley copy. Again as it was for Believe Me, the writing style for Kiss Me, Kill Me didn’t hook me as a reader. The pacing was also choppy and hard to follow at times.

Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian- 3/3.5 out of 5 stars

I’ll be honest and say that I’m still on the fence about continuing on with the series. The world-building at times was hard to get into but the storyline moved well and was plot-twisting. The next book won’t be released until next year, so I will still have some time to think about it.

Ballad For A Mad Girl by Vikki Wakefield (My #LoveOzYA TBR Pick!)- 3/3.5 out of 5 stars

This had an interesting premise to it but I just felt there was a little something missing. The main character at times behaved in a way that I wasn’t much of a fan of. I personally love thrillers though, it just needed to be a little bit more scary and fast-paced as this is my favourite style of reading.

Buzz Books Fall/Winter 2017 YA Sampler- 4 out of 5 stars

Buzz Books samplers are simply the best, it’s like choosing a surprise candy out of a candy box at Christmas! There were some genuine ones that caught my attention straight away (Girls Made of Snow and Glass) but others that failed to capture my attention.

Wrong In All The Right Ways by Tiffany Brownlee- 4 out of 5 stars

I was invited to review this by the author and the publishers, I’m so glad that I read it around the bookish release date! It’s a YA retelling set in the modern day of Wuthering Heights. Even though I ended up DNF’ing the original Emily Bronte novel, I was pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed this one. The only thing was some of the characters I did find to be quite unlikeable and couldn’t connect to them as much.

One Thousand Stars and You by Isabelle Broom- 4.5 out of 5 stars


When you call the main character in your novel Alice, you know me (called Alice) will most likely love it. And she sure did love it. Isabelle’s debut novel My Map of You was one of the first books I ever reviewed over two years ago and still sits on my bookshelf proudly. I adored the Sri Lanka setting and the stories behind all the characters. The pacing was a little slow for me but the ending was heartwarming!

My NetGalley stats I will admit are not the highest, however I am very determined to catch up with all of the unread books off of my NG TBR so that I can request some new ones to read! Thank you for reading this post! Do you review books on NetGalley? I’d love to know what books are on your NG TBRs!

Alice x



A #BookishWish From Me To You!

Hello readers!

Today is the first of August and so kickstarts the final month of summer before the leaves fall down from the trees. I was predicting all to be rather quiet across social media like book Twitter but at 5am this morning, it was active and buzzing, thanks to this hashtag: #BookishWish

In this hashtag, users were tweeting about the books they were searching for whether it be ARCs or finished copies. Part of me really wanted to do it and part of me didn’t. I listened to the do it part! Throughout the day, I’ve been sharing my own bookish wishlist and hoping that copies (physical or digital) would be available.

As of right now, here is an image of my current #BookishWish list!

I am a twenty year old UK based blogger and soon to be a full-time University student on a tight budget. My anxiety does flair up sometimes, meaning going out for a while isn’t an option for me. Books are that comfort and my first loves in life. If you have any of the books listed above whether physical or digital and would like to be part of the #BookishWish hashtag, let me know either in the comments section here or though Twitter DMs!

Thanks so much for reading and see you all soon.

Alice x

Confession Post: Popular YA Series I Haven’t Read 😱

Hello friends! Today is the day that I bring some serious news that I have to share… Here are some popular YA book series that I haven’t read yet! There are lots I could have mentioned in this post but a few in particular are quite well-known but yet, still remain unread with no idea when I will get round to them. So without further ado, here are the series listed!

1, The Darkest Minds

I tried reading Passenger by the same author last year and couldn’t get into the writing style. However, the film of The Darkest Minds is releasing soon as well as a new book in this series. Recommended to me by lots of you however as of July 2018, I haven’t read them.

2, The Testing Trilogy 

I own a physical copy of books one and two but can never seem to find a copy of the final book? It sounds like a really lame excuse for not picking this trilogy up sooner but maybe by the end of this year it will happen!

3, The Young Elites Trilogy 

I read and loved Legend in 2016 by the same author. Even though I own the complete trilogy set of the Young Elites, it still sits on my always growing rapidly TBR list. I’ve also heard mixed thoughts from some of my friends regarding the plot line which has also put me off reading it for a while. 

4, Rebel Belle series 

This is a book series that I’ve heard SO MANY MIXED THOUGHTS about. I recently ordered her latest book Royals from Book Depository as it was on sale. Maybe I’ll start with that one first before trying this series?

5, Percy Jackson series


This series is so well known and loved… But I haven’t read it yet! I own a physical copy of the first book which I purchased in Oxford two years ago but sits alone on my shelf. I don’t have the rest of the series currently in my collection.

That concludes this confession post, what popular YA series have you not read? Any of the ones mentioned here that you’ve read and loved/hated? Let me know in the comments section! Thanks for reading and see you all soon!

Alice x


Hello friends!

I’m typing this post in block capitals because I’m so excited to make this ANNOUCEMENT to all of you. For the first time ever, I’m holding a giveaway that is open to international entries! Here is the official tweet with details on how to enter!

It would mean a lot to me if you could spread the word and encourage all of your friends, cats and dogs to enter. What book would you choose if you were a winner? I’d love to know!

Here’s a quick link to my Twitter account:

Thanks so much for reading, see you all soon!

Alice x

In A Blogging Slump?!

Hello readers!

It’s been a while since I last posted here. I’ve been away for a week for my birthday (finally 20!) and am bracing myself for one of the hottest July days ever here in the UK on record. Part of me is excited, part of me is very scared! There’s also a lunar eclipse happening and being someone who loves astronomy, if the weather holds out then I’ll definitely be watching!

A few people have asked me what has happened to the constant blog tour posts. The answer is that for the time being, I’ve decided to step down from blog tour commitments for personal reasons. The decision wasn’t the easiest to make at all and I have loved working with authors and publishers promoting some hot new releases. My next tour here will be in September after the summer break. Since making this decision, I’ve also resumed my reviewing on NetGalley and trying to catch up on my overflowing TBR. I have a review post with all of the NetGalley books I read while I was away, so stay tuned!

I will be honest and say that my motivation to blog within the last month or so hasn’t been the strongest. Finding an audience has started to become quite a challenge and when you feel uninspired, you then realise this might not be working for you. I’ve had this blog now for over two years and have wanted to quit on multiple occasions. Each time, trying to give it a little longer and see what happens. Anyone have this issue?

Hope you’ve had a good few weeks. I’ll check back in soon with some updates!

Alice x

Blog Tour: A Bad Boy Stole My Bra

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Hello friends! Welcome back to my blog, for today’s tour post on new YA release: A Bad Boy Stole My Bra by Lauren Price. This post will contain more information about the novel as well as a review that is spoiler-free. Enjoy reading!


Imagine waking up in the dead of night to find your hot new neighbour dangling out of your window. What’s more, he’s clutching your tattiest bra in his hand.

What. The. Actual. Fudge.

When bad boy Alec Wilde moves in next door to Riley, sparks fly. After their ‘unconventional’ introduction, Riley is determined to get her own back. A nemesis is just the distraction she needs: inside, she’s barely holding it together. It’s game on.

But behind the banter, there’s a side to Alec that Riley actually likes. How can she get through to the real him when she can’t even take herself seriously?

Release Date: July 12th 2018 (UK)

Add this book to your Goodreads reading lists!:

REVIEW: I remember reading the original novel on Wattpad a few years ago and really liking it. A good girl meets bad boy story, with lots of humor, pranks and also some heartfelt moments to do with family and high school life. I can see young teenagers relating to topics such as falling in love for the first time and also with first heartbreak. Riley meets Alec after he moves in next door to her family. What follows is a awkward friendship and possible love story, until Riley’s ex shows back up in their hometown. It was a nice quick read at under 300 pages long, good for a quick contemporary fix. I found the storyline with the stealing of the bra to be funny and a good set-up for the further events to come. I would read more books by this author, recommended for those who like a fast-paced read!

That concludes this tour post, a massive thank you to Ink Road and Lauren for sending me an ARC copy for review. Stay tuned for new posts soon!

Alice x