Big Surprise!: Now Writing on Goodreads.

Creating True Love

Yes, the title says it all but after going back and forth on the idea for a while now, I have decided to start posting fiction stories up on Goodreads! The first project is titled: Creating True Love. It’s about a seventeen year old girl Anna who has always been single but thinking about looking for a boy. To help find the answers to her questions, she decides to write her own fictional love story based off people she knows and the world around her. But will this method help her find the answers to finding love?

You will need a Goodreads account to read my writing. Setting an account up is totally free and take some just five minutes of your time. Here is the story link: https://www.goodreads.com/story/show/518132-creating-true-love and I hope you guys all enjoy reading it. It feels good to be writing stories again, I’ve missed writing so much. 😦

Alice x

A Fun Facts Post.

Hey everyone, it’s Alice! 2016 is almost over so i thought as a fun treat to share with you all a post about some facts regarding myself and this blog. So, enjoy reading. These facts are in no particular order:

1, This blog was almost called The Booknerd Chronicles.

2, If I wasn’t a book reviewer then I would either be a dancer or basketball player.

3, I am dual-handed so right hand for writing, left hand for sports.

4, I once managed to reach the top shelf of a book unit in Waterstones without help after someone started making fun over my height.

5, I love dragons.

6, Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire is my favourite book and film in the series of Harry Potter.

7, My favourite vloggers are Zoella and Sasha @ abookutopia.

8, Started blogging here nearly a year ago!

Let me know in the comments section your fun facts. I will see you all soon with some new posts. Alice x

2017 NetGalley/Edelweiss Reading Challenge: I’m A Participant!

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Hello everyone! I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and are enjoying the festivities. This is a post to announce that I will be taking part in a 2nd 2017 reading challenge alongside the first one I signed up for which was the 2017 NA Reading Challenge. This is a challenge created by Emily over at Falling for YA but this year will be run by Katrina over at Bookish Things and More! The rules are pretty simple, you don’t have to be a book blogger, the challenge lasts all of 2017 and all books are welcome just as long they came from either NetGalley or Edelweiss!
At the start of each month, there will be a post opportunity for you to tally up the number of books read from the previous month. So say for example I read 15 books in January then on the first day of February, I will do a round-up post talking about those 15 books and so on. Due to my 100 book goal for the NA Reading Challenge, this one will be 25 books read by the end of 2017 aka the Silver Level. Because I have a lot to catch up on reading wise and seeing my review ratio currently on NetGalley (still relatively low) this is great for me to not only catch up with my reviews but also have fun at the same time.
There is a post for signing up that you can go and check out, let me know any good books on NetGalley for reading since I currently don’t use Edelweiss but that’s all for this post. Thanks for reading and enjoy the holidays!
Alice x

 

Back To Bookstagram.

I think the title of this post says it all but after much consideration, after a two month absence, I have decided to re-launch my Instagram account for my book reviewing and book pictures. Funnily enough, this was not an easy decision to make. After experiencing a turbulent period of time feeling frustrated that no-one was really understanding my love of books plus feeling lonely after the comments stopped on my posts, I chose to leave at the time and think through things, coming back at a later date.

I am back underneath a new username and with a new aim, to create a long-standing fanbase just like the one that I have achieved on Goodreads. My bookstagram profile has just over 150 people following which is good. Please note that I DON’T do follow for follow, I have zero things against it but I prefer to show my support to other instagrammers in different ways such as liking and commenting on a post.

So! You can help me by promoting my account, creating/reposting bookish posts that i make to your followers would be amazing, my new name is iam_marriedtobooks44.

https://www.instagram.com/iam_marriedtobooks44/

Thanks so much, have a good day!

Alice x

Up For The Challenge: NA Reading Challenge 2017 Participant and My First Six Picks!

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Like the above banner? I made it myself on this handy little website called Canva. Canva is really easy to use to create photo grids and banners for blog posts just like this one. Using one of their free banner templates, I created the text to go with today’s post!

If you really don’t know what I’m talking about, here’s the blog post regarding the challenge with full announcement and details on how to sign up: https://thegirlwhoreadtoomuch.wordpress.com/2016/12/10/2017-new-adult-reading-challenge/

This isn’t a challenge I created guys but I love the whole concept, I am totally new to reading NA books. I only started reading them around six months ago when I started doing blog tour posts with Xpresso. So everytime you see the above banner, you will know that post will be an update on how the challenge is progressing for me as well as my thoughts on the books themselves. Reviews will also be posted on my Goodreads profile Alice (Married To Books). Please follow me there for updates!

I have decided to break up the challenge reading goal of 100 NA books read in a single year to how the reward badges are, I’ve picked the first six books that I will be reading in 2017 for the challenge to gain the first badge. Once I’ve read those six, I will then go and pick another six to read and so on. I created a grid on Canva with the book covers of the six selected books for phase one of my attempts to be a NA Reading Queen, I am not a professional designer in anyway but here’s my grid!:

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Yeah, it ain’t perfect ahahaha but here’s the grid!

I’ve decided to try and include as many indie books as possible (self-published) novels/novellas that fall under the New Adult category because I love to discover new favourite authors and promote those who have written books but aren’t generally well known and need that marketing boost! 🙂

Please feel free to follow my challenge attempt. If you are an author/publisher and would like to contribute towards my goal of 100 books, I would love to hear from you! I will be considering NA books for review and promotion to nearly 2,000 followers on my Goodreads profile. I don’t want to do this challenge attempt alone, I would feel rather lonely. If you are also doing the challenge or are planning to, let me know so we could swap reading recommendations.

Thanks so much for reading this post, have a great day!

Alice x

Discussion Post: If You’re A Speed Reader, You Don’t Read Properly.

I’m hoping to post more discussion posts on my blog so let’s start with one about something I saw online last week.

Browsing through the internet and trying really hard to distract myself since I was unwell, I went looking at other people’s blogs and author blogs just to see what everyone was up to reading-wise and what books were standing out from the crowd. Then, I ended up stumbling onto one author’s post which I read. She stated that if you are a fast reader (speed reader) which is me, you don’t interpret what the plot is, who the characters are and when it comes the time to write a review on it, it will be nonsense because you haven’t taken the time to read the novel from start to finish. In other words, if you speed read, you aren’t a reader at all.

This post made my blood boil. Literally boil.

I do read slowly but that’s different. In times conditions such as exams, there’s an incredible amount of pressure to pick up things quickly. Being honest at age 15 and say to my school that I couldn’t handle that allowed myself to have concessions in exams known as extra time. An extra 20 minutes added onto an exam could mean the difference between a pass grade or a fail grade. When it comes to reading books however, I feel no pressure. Blocking myself out away from the distractions of the everyday world, reading a book from start to finish for me is a breeze. In a few hours, I put the book down either with a smile on my face or tears trickling out because it had a sad ending to it.

My point is readers that all book reviewers and casual readers read and interpret books differently. In my view, we should be allowed to read as much as we would like to whether it would be 1 page or over 1000 pages. Speed reading may look like skimming but it really isn’t. It can help or hinder you, for me both are the case. But to hear that from an author?… I really don’t know how else to react other than writing this post and starting a discussion on it.

If you are a speed reader, feel free to share your experiences in the comments section below!

Alice x

My NetGalley Library Tour: December 2016!

Hello everyone, I have a book post for today and it is something I’ve wanted to post about for a long time but didn’t get round to it until now. NetGalley is a website where you can sign up to if you are over the age of eighteen and request digital ARCs of books from publishers. Your request could get approved or declined for a variety of reasons including a high number of requests for one particular book or you don’t have a high review ratio. Mine is… currently not very high but that is because I am all new to NetGalley and after taking a book break, I hope to boost that ratio number up by reading tons of books over the Christmas break! So currently, here are the books I got approved for on NetGalley and a little bit of information about them!:

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Welcome to a city where wishes are everywhere

For Megan, a winter escape to Prague with her friend Ollie is a chance to find some inspiration for her upcoming photography exhibition. But she’s determined to keep their friendship from becoming anything more. Because if Megan lets Ollie find out about her past, she risks losing everything – and she won’t let that happen again . . .

For Hope, the trip is a surprise treat from Charlie, her new partner. But she’s struggling to enjoy the beauty of the city when she knows how angry her daughter is back home. And that it’s all her fault . . .

For Sophie, the city has always been a magical place. This time she can’t stop counting down the moments until her boyfriend Robin joins her. But in historic Prague you can never escape the past . . .

Three different women.

Three intertwining love stories.

One unforgettable, timeless city.

Having read and reviewed for Penguin Books Isabelle’s novel My Map of You earlier in the year, I was thrilled to be approved for her latest novel! I really enjoyed My Map of You set in gorgeous Greece so going to Prague during winter is the icing on the cake. I love travelling in books. 🙂

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When Mata Hari arrived in Paris she was penniless.

Soon she was feted as the most elegant woman in the city.

A dancer who shocked and delighted audiences, as a confidante and courtesan she bewitched the era’s richest and most powerful men.

But as paranoia consumed a country at war, Mata Hari’s lifestyle brought her under suspicion. In 1917 she was arrested in her hotel room on the Champs Elysees and accused of espionage.

Told in Mata Hari’s voice through her final letter, The Spy is the unforgettable story of a woman who dared to break the conventions of her time, and paid the price.

I was one of 200 lucky people to get an automatic approval to The Spy and boy was I absolutely thrilled about it!

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Anna’s always idolized her older sister, Storm. So when Storm dies in a tragic car accident on the night of her high school graduation, Anna is completely lost and her family is torn apart. That is, until she finds Storm’s summer bucket list and decides to honor her sister by having the best summer ever—which includes taking an epic road trip to the coast from her sleepy Iowa town. Setting out to do everything on Storm’s list along with her sisters best friend Cameron—the boy next door—who knew that Storm’s dream summer would eventually lead to Anna’s own self-discovery?

This book isn’t coming out until May next year so to get an ARC of this already was amazing!

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This fifth edition of Buzz Books: Young Adult includes substantial pre-publication excerpts from 20 forthcoming young adult and middle grade books. Now everyone can share the same access to the newest YA voices the publishing industry is broadcasting for the fall/winter season.
You will find a full range of YA titles previewed here—fantasy, humor, romance, and dystopian—and you will find works for tweens and middle-grade readers. As always, many Buzz Books are sure to make bestseller and “best of” lists.
Two New York Times bestselling authors share innovative new work. Melissa de la Cruz’s Something in Between launches Seventeen Fiction from Harlequin Teen, a collaboration with Seventeen magazine, while Lauren Oliver’s Replica is a “flip book” that contains two narratives in one.
Several titles will be featured at this year’s Book Expo America convention on their YA or Middle Grade Editors Buzz Panels. In addition, half of our 20 Buzz Books: Young Adult authors will be in attendance at BEA.
Fans of series will be delighted to read excerpts from the first title in four new debut series by authors such as Jeff Giles, editor of Entertainment Weekly. Standalone titles by award-winners David Arnold, Kendare Blake, and Sharon Cameron are here, along with YA books by memoirist Josh Sundquist and Nadia Hashimi, who previously wrote for adults.

I am trying to work out a good way to review this anthology at the moment, either story by story or just one general opinion about the collection.

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Falling for the man of her dreams…

Ruby Wood is perfectly happy playing the dating game – until she has a red-hot dream about her very attractive flatmate, Nick. He might spend every day saving lives as a junior doctor, but he’s absolutely the last man on earth that fun-loving Ruby would ever date!

The solution? Focus on all of Nick’s bad points. And if that fails, up her dating antics and find herself a man! So what if she manages to make disapproving, goody two-shoes Nick jealous in the process…

Only, after a series of nightmare first dates, there’s still just one man on Ruby’s mind. Maybe it’s time to admit the truth and dare to ask Nick to be her next date?

I was given an invitation to review this by the author!

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What if every life-altering choice you made could split your world into infinite worlds?

Almost fifteen, Alicia is smart and funny with a deep connection to the poet Sylvia Plath, but she’s ultimately failing at life. With a laundry list of diagnoses, she hallucinates different worlds—strange, decaying, otherworldly yet undeniably real worlds that are completely unlike her own with her single mom and one true friend. In one particularly vivid hallucination, Alicia is drawn to a boy her own age named Jax who’s trapped in a dying universe. Days later, her long-lost father shows up at her birthday party, telling her that the hallucinations aren’t hallucinations, but real worlds; she and Jax are bound by a strange past and intertwining present. This leads her on a journey to find out who she is while trying to save the people and worlds she loves. J.Q. Coyle’s The Infinity of You & Me is a wild ride through unruly hearts and vivid worlds guaranteed to captivate.

I was approved to review this from the publishers!

So, those are all of the books from my NetGalley that I need to review and read for the publishers, authors plus all of you who follow my blog and my Goodreads profile. Thanks so much for reading!

Alice x