A Controversial Book Unhaul! 

I know you guys were probably expecting a review round-up post yesterday and today but after the events that happened on Monday evening which were horrific and devastating, I have postponed those posts and will now be uploading them tomorrow and Friday instead. So, you will still get to see them but just a little bit later on this week.

I was watching a YouTube video with CeCe (Problems of Being A Book Nerd) and her recent Unhaul videos and reasons why she didn’t want to hang onto particular books and realised after the video ended and looking at my bookshelves that there were some literally staring back at me that I knew I simply wasn’t going to read them or have tried in the past but didn’t get very far.

The reason why this unhaul is controversial is because there are some popular books that I am taking away from my book collection and donating to the charity shop where I volunteer at, I sort through the book donations so I know these books will go to other good homes. 

I took a picture of them all in a big stack that was so close to tumbling over so here it is. Brace yourself:

Most of the books in this unhaul I have honestly tried to read, others I’ve lost interest in. Taking the two Sarah J Maas books for example, her writing style just isn’t for me. Some of the mass market paperbacks I rescued from the bin but realising that I’ve grown out of them somewhat.

It’s nearly the end of Spring, it’s nice to have a Spring clean right? See you all soon for my Part 2 of Massive Review round-up! 

Alice x

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A Massive Review Round-Up! (Part 1)

Hello everyone, it’s Alice and I have some serious news to share with you… I read 12 books when I was away! Most of them I will admit are quite short novellas but my digital TBR is way more out of control than my physical TBR so I decided to get through some books on my iBooks library for the ten days I was travelling and it paid off! I’ve split my reviews up into three groups of four books each so today will be the first four, tomorrow the next four and finally Wednesday with the last four. As always, my reviews are spoiler-free and I hope you enjoy them. I would like to credit Instafreebie for the free book deals they run all the time resulting in a lot of choice with what to read, so let’s go!

I will also in addition be adding the Goodreads links to all of the reviews so if you like a review posted here, it would mean the world to me if you head over to Goodreads and like the review there. One like means promotion to all of your Goodreads followers, spreading the word about my love of books. I don’t get paid to do this but it’s a huge part of my life and would love to keep it that way!

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The Crystal Cage

 2.5 out of 5 stars

This is a book that came up on an Instafreebie deal, set in the present day and 1851, the story follows the quest to track down missing designs from an architect who worked at the Great Exhibition in London in the process, unlocking secrets and a love affair shattered. I loved the Historical element of the story set in 1851, however I didn’t enjoy reading the present day perspective as much. Grace the main character I found to be quite unenjoyable at times since she preferred to date other guys rather than see her estranged sister. Overall, I was left feeling disappointed.

Goodreads link: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2007011505?book_show_action=false&from_review_page=1

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3 out of 5 stars

This is a prequel to the series called the Alora Chronicles about a girl called Ash whose mum passes away and is left to come to terms with the loss. The events that take place in this prequel are meeting a guy named Bentley, he is a bit of a bad boy but Ash has a deep secret that could either signal a further downfall or bring happiness. Her choice will change everything for her and for Bentley. This was a really quick read, it took around 15 minutes to read the prequel from start to finish. I feel events did move quite quickly throughout so my advice would be not to throw everything at the reader in one go. Other than that, this did interest me enough to get hold of the 1st book in the series with a review to follow in due course.

Goodreads link: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2007012419?book_show_action=false&from_review_page=1

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4 out of 5 stars

Words cannot describe how much this book touched me, on so many levels. I’m a Christian and always am on the lookout for good Christian Fiction and in particular Romance. The story follows a woman called Summer who finishes her course at College but has no idea what she wants to do with her life. Her Aunt contacts her about looking after the flower shop that she runs and Summer agrees to do it. Arriving in Sweet Grove, Summer is hoping by having her aunt’s shop to run, her answers to finding her goals in life are easy to come. In Sweet Grove lives a man called Ben, his family has been torn apart after his brother ends his own life, the Dad walking out on them and the Mum struggling with alcohol addiction. Ben decides he wants to take his own life until a mix-up of delivery from Summer with a bunch of flowers changes everything.

Even though this is the 1st book in a series, I do believe all the books have an ending which isn’t a cliffhanger and can be read in any order. The story plot wasn’t predictable, there were moments that broke my heart including Ben and Summer helping Ben’s Mum into rehab to help her with her alcohol addiction. I really needed this since I am having a rough patch at the moment, it isn’t a preachy book, it’s a story that will stick with you. Thanks to an Instafreebie deal for offering this book for free, I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and will definitely read Melissa’s other books!

Goodreads link: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2007013389?book_show_action=false&from_review_page=1

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2 out of 5 stars

This was from an Instafreebie deal a few months ago and because I was in a mood for space books (I love books that are set in space!) I decided to give this a try. It’s a very short novella about a ship called Pax that is sent off to the Virgo Cluster to make some form of contact. On board the ship are engineers that are well equipped and can deal with just about anything until something bad happens and the Captain Jack and his crew seven days to reach the Virgo Cluster. Sadly, this story was not for me. It ended on a cliffhanger, the length was extremely short for what it was and there was a lot of dialogue throughout. I don’t mind dialogue but it started to get too distracting for me. I will not be continuing on with the series.

Goodreads link: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2007014022?book_show_action=false&from_review_page=1

That’s all for part 1 in my reviews round-up! Come back tomorrow for part 2! As always, thanks for reading and have a good day/night. Alice x

 

What Blog Posts Do You Want To See? (Asking for your input!)

Hello everyone!

Between the 10th and 20th of May, I was away on holiday (that totally rhymes what?!) and the Internet wasn’t the best so I had to take a break from blogging on here until I got back. Now that I am home, I’ve realised that I don’t really engage with you readers a lot, IE not really creating any discussions or being up to changes and suggestions. So what I am proposing today is asking you guys if you have any ideas for blog posts that you would like me to write. They can be book/creative writing/mental health related and you’re more than welcome to send a list of ideas in the comments section for this post. What do you want to see?

Thanks so much! And I’m pleased to be back here blogging, I know that my blogging hasn’t been frequent but with your help, I would like to change that altogether.

Alice x

I reached 500, first reactions! 😱😱😱

 OK guys, really late posting since it happened just before I went to bed last night but after just one month of restarting on Instagram creating a Bookstagram feed, I hit 500 followers! It feels absolutely amazing and would like to thank everyone who has followed me there and liked my posts when a new one goes up. My next goal is before my 19th birthday which is in just over two months from now is to get 1,000 followers. 

If you haven’t followed me on Instagram yet and would like to support me, here’s the link to my profile: Bookstagram

It would be amazing if you promote my Bookstagram feed to your followers so the bookish love can be shared across the world! 

Thanks so much everyone and have a really good day/night. 

Alice x  

Trying To Prove To My Haters That They’re Wrong. 

It’s the first day of May and I can’t remember when I last uploaded a post here. But this is going to be short, sweet but very important. But if you have followed me and my reviewing from the start, you will know that not everyone close to me supports what I do. It hurts but I have to learn to accept it. When people tell you to your face that you read books because you’re boring and don’t live in the 21st century, it’s hard to take. I do respect people who don’t read but when they don’t respect me, I try to have nothing to do with them.

I re-started my Bookstagram account with one thing in mind: To prove to my haters that whatever they say about me and my love of books, they’re wrong. In such a short amount of time, I’ve met on Instagram some really lovely people that if I ever met publicly in the future, I think we would get along well as good friends. But I’m determined not to let the story end there.

I have a goal and that is to achieve 500 followers on my account. We are pretty much 60% there already, authors, bloggers, readers and complete strangers from around the world have all given my photography and bookish love a try. And honestly, it’s the best thing to witness. 

I wake up every morning and the first thing I do is log onto Instagram and check my messages, the last thing every night is talking books with you guys. It’s actually helping me to sleep better.

So people, if you could help me achieve this dream, my experiences and opportunities with publishers and authors could expand tremendously. As someone once said, “The sky is the limit.”

Here is my account link, it would mean the world to me if you shared it with your friends, followers, family, authors, whoever you know and help spread the word about it. Instagram 

The link above if it doesn’t work, let me know and I’ll will re-send it.

But if you have Instagram, Twitter, Facebook page, website, Goodreads group etc, let the world know that I’m just a girl with big dreams to have my own publishing company and become a well-known Bookstagrammar. 

Thanks so much for reading, have a great day and if you do help, please let me know. 🙂 

Alice x