Introducing My Self-Imposed Reading Plan: Project YA

November 6th 2017

Hello readers, the first week of Nanowrimo is almost over and today after a few days break from writing my novel, I’m planning to write for the majority of the day since it’s my day off from classes. It’s freezing temperatures outside and I have started the day with a nice hot health tea that’s definitely become one of my new favourites. Yesterday on Bonfire Night, I spent over two hours going through all of the YA books I own and making a list of all the books I haven’t read yet. And you guessed it friends, there are a lot of them. Over 200 of them in fact.

So this is the plan, by the January of 2019, I hope to get all of the books that are on this list that need to be read down to 0. Obviously I will be getting more books in the coming months but if I do reach as close to 0 as possible, then I’ll be extremely satisfied! My reading has somewhat taken a back-burner because of my Nanowrimo participation but currently, I’m just loving the book world right now and having a fun time chatting to other bloggers and writers like myself.

Here’s the Goodreads list that I made of all of the books yesterday, any that I should prioritise for definite? https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/45911840?shelf=ya-i-own-tbr-list

Have a lovely day, see you all soon!

Alice x

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Mental Health- How I Self-Manage My Depression.

Hello readers!

It’s been a while since I’ve last posted here and during that time, I have realised and witnessed new people subscribing to this blog or my other one (Alice Reads Classics) which is awesome and thanks for the support! But a few new readers have asked about my mental health and how I try to live with Depression on a regular basis so this post will explain all.

So, I was 18 when diagnosed with mild Depression but just because it’s mild doesn’t mean I don’t have really rough, dark patches. It’s like a storm cloud just stuck to your head which won’t fade away. I don’t take any medication for it nor have I had CBT or any sort of therapy.

My moods literally do come and go like the click of a finger and it’s the times when I’m in front of my loved ones such as my family or boyfriend that when it does hit, it hits the hardest since I don’t want others to witness my sudden change in behaviour.

Going back to education with Depression is not going to be an easy battle but it’s educating so that the other students/teachers/parents understand more about when the Depression comes and what to do when it does come.

What really helps me is writing, keeping your mind active either through baking or doing a crossword or listening to loud music through my headphones to block out surrounding noise.

If anyone has any further questions that you would like to ask me about my mental health journey, please comment below in the comments section of this post or tweet me @MarriedToBooks3 on my Twitter. 

Thanks for reading.

Alice x

Life Update Post- My Family, College and Love Life!

Guys…. I went AWOL on you for an entire month. I honestly didn’t realise until I checked the date I last posted a blog post and discovered it was the 28th of July. Wow… I think everyone has forgotten about me XD

Honestly, I am ever so sorry for just pulling a disappearing act on all of you on this blog (to be perfectly honest, my other blog Alice Reads Classics has been inactive for a while as well). You know in life, you go through those phases where you simply fall out of love with things? Well, I simply had a phase where I fell out of love with this blog. To be perfectly honest, I’m not sure I should keep this blog running anymore. I was 17 when I first started blogging here and honestly, I’ve changed A LOT since then.

But, I do have some life updates for you guys that I haven’t announced to all who follow me so here I go!

First, one of my cats has been really poorly. She lost a lot of weight and had to go to the Vets twice. Luckily her blood tests came back negative but she is still acting a little bit strange (trying to jump onto the oven and lick oil out the frying pan!) My cats mean a lot to me and they help with my Anxiety so I would be devastated if anything happened to either of them.

In just over a week’s time, I start back at FE College as a full-time student doing an Access to HE course. My timetable I actually do like but please bare in mind that I will be having to do 3,000 word assignments nearly every week and that does take priority.

My family are well, most live in a different part of the country but I have a little 2nd cousin (my cousin’s son) who is now five months old and has moved to solid food eating. He’s utterly adorable and I hope that I get to meet him properly before the end of the year.

Now, the biggest part of the life update is… I have a new boyfriend! If you guys have followed me from the start, you will know that I’ve had a few relationships that simply didn’t work out and the excuse was always that I read books (yawns) but my new boyfriend is simply the happiness that I’ve wanted for months. I used to go to School with him and he does read books! He has joined the book community on Twitter so please follow him here: http://www.Twitter.com/FarmerReviews It would be amazing if you could go and support him because he is totally new to the social media side of the book world and would love to chat books!

Final thing: I am currently participating in my first ever readathon attempt! It’s on Twitter over at #SundayYAthon and runs from August 28th- September 1st. Just about to finish reading my first book for it today. I will do a wrap-up post at the weekend as well as posting updates to my book Twitter (Please follow: Getting close to 700 followers!) over at http://www.Twitter.com/MarriedToBooks3 as well as posting my spoiler-free thoughts on all of the books over on my Goodreads!
That is it for this post, once again, I’m so sorry for running off. I do miss you all, I am taking part in some blog tours October/November time so make sure you stay tuned to that and support the authors!

Have a great day/night, see ya!

Alice x 

New Blog Is Live!!

Hello readers!

Just a quick update for you regarding the post I uploaded a few days ago. After an evening of brainstorming and a few vents of frustration, my 2nd blog is now live *cues party*

I am really excited to see where this next journey will take me. This blog will STILL be active, it’s not being deleted rest assured but it would mean the world to me if you could subscribe to my new blog and let me know your thoughts on it.

Link- http://www.alicereadsclassics.wordpress.com

Thanks so much everyone ❤

Alice x

Creating a 2nd blog?!

Hello everyone! I had a really enjoyable birthday celebrating my love of books and writing with my parents as well as the bookshops that surround the streets of Hay-On-Wye. It’s during this short break that I’ve had a really big think about things to do with my writing and my blogging.

Since I am returning to education as a Mature student with plans to study Creative Writing and hopefully English Literature, my goal has been to create a blog that will provide a stepping stone to University. 

So, my 2nd blog will be focusing on… The classics! So, think Jane Austen, the Brontës, Charles Dickens, George Orwell and a bunch of other authors. It will still contain the normal type of posts like book reviews and book hauls but there will be new posts such as analysis and discussions!
It’s a new and exciting venture for me and I do hope that if enough people are interested in supporting me, then that would be an exciting bonus!

To add, this blog will NOT be deleted! I do have plans to update this blog with posts related to Mental Health and YA as well as Adult Fiction blog tours but for anything classics related, that will now be on my new blog. I will keep you guys posted as to when the new blog will be 100% live and ready to go. I’m currently designing the blog as we speak.

I have a massive book haul from Hay-On-Wye but it will be posted on my new blog since it is classics related since all I bought were classics 😛

Thanks for understanding, let me know if you are interested in promoting and supporting my new blog!

Alice x

EXCLUSIVE: The Books I Want To Buy In Hay-On-Wye!

Tomorrow is my birthday! And I am heading back to the town I first went to on my 18th last year Hay-On-Wye which is literally my favourite place in the whole world. There, the small town has the largest number of bookshops in the UK. You can see why I want to move there 😉

So, I’m going to be sharing with you guys the book list I’ve made of books to find over the few days I’m there and hopefully, find the majority of them and possibly more. Please note, there is no YA fiction on this list, I have a separate list for that because the YA books I would like are all new releases and wouldn’t be easy to get when I’m away in Hay. Hope you enjoy the list!

  1. Flowers in the Attic by Virginia Andrews
  2. The Color Purple by Alice Walker
  3. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  4. Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty
  5. American Gods by Neil Gaiman
  6. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
  7. Shift by Hugh Howey
  8. Dust by Hugh Howey
  9. Autumn Term by Antonia Forest
  10. The Bees by Laline Paull
  11. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
  12. The Princess Bride by William Goldman
  13. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
  14. Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
  15. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
  16. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  17. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
  18. A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams
  19. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
  20. Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
  21. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D Salinger
  22. The Power by Naomi Alderman
  23. Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  24. Hot Milk by Deborah Levy
  25. The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

Do you like the list? Any there if I do find them that I should prioritize reading?

Other news, I hit 1,000 followers on my Instagram a few days ago so a big thank you to those who have followed me and support me on my journey, I love you all a lot. ❤

Alice x

 

Promotional Post: A Gathering of Ravens.

Hello all! Today’s post is for a spoiler-free quick review of the adult fantasy novel A Gathering of Ravens by Scott Oden. I included my Instagram post from the other day showing everyone what my ARC edition looked like, so without further ado, here are my thoughts!

For anyone who likes historical fantasy or mythology, this is the book to go to! I would like to thank Tom over at Bantem Press for the opportunity to read A Gathering of Ravens for review and taking part in a promotional tour for it. This is an adult fantasy that was pitched as a “Beowulf meets Lord of The Rings.” Having not read either of those books/series, I was going into reading this not knowing much about what to expect or how the ending was going to turn out.

This is set across the years 999AD and 1014AD with settings in Denmark, England and Ireland. The story follows Grimnir who is trying to travel across the oceans to Ireland to face his nemesis. He finds and kidnaps a woman called Étain who he holds hostage and also kills her companion Njall but whose presence still lingers in the story. Since I am not an expert on this genre, I don’t want to ramble on about historical fantasy but for potential readers, there are a few gory scenes throughout and tons of battles but also great worldbuilding and in my ARC edition were two maps, the part of England where the novel was set is where I’m actually from so it was nice seeing some references to Glastonbury (don’t live there but know it very well).

This book is available for purchase!

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Have a great day/night and see you all soon with a new post!

Alice x