Reviewing Books BUT With A New Style!

Hello everyone!

Another Friday has come around and I’ve really made it my aim to cut down the number of books on my TBR list which currently stands at over 1,000 books by finding the best time of the day to sit back and read which is between 7-8PM at night. I’ve posted some new reviews up on my Goodreads so I’m going to copy+paste the links here.

I have 4 new reviews up! Here they are:

Darkmere: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2036710192?book_show_action=false

The Little Prince: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2036716767?book_show_action=false

Star Flight: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2037779411?book_show_action=false

Falling For The Rebel Princess: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2037782350?book_show_action=false

The reason I’m posting this here is because I truly feel that the way I was reviewing books was quite confusing. I would throw everything in one long piece of text that I am pretty sure readers were finding it a pain to deal with. So, I’ve split my review up into how I acquired the book, basic info such as characters and plotline and then bullet point lists on the things I liked in the book and things I wasn’t keen on. Ending things up is two questions: Would I recommend the book? Would I read more books by this author?

Let me know your thoughts on this new change of style, whether it works better for you or if you don’t like it as much. If you don’t follow me on Goodreads then here’s the link: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/45911840-alice-marriedtobooks

Remember! If you found my review helpful, don’t forget to hit the Like button at the side of each review. What this does is it promotes to your Goodreads followers that you’ve enjoyed the review and then, they see it as a notification on their home page and that means more people will see that I review books for authors/publishers! I am currently 66th in the UK for the month of June under Best Reviewers, all thanks to the users who hit the like button on my reviews.

Thanks so much for reading, have a great weekend!

Alice x

Finding My Happy Place, Well, I’m Halfway There…

Salisbury book haul Feb 2016

June 20th 2017-

As I sit down at the family computer to type this, the weather outside is hot and sunny at 32*C. The UK currently is experiencing one of the hottest heatwaves in over a decade, and for me, no sign of dark clouds means no signs of depression. Or does it? Lately, I’ve been witnessing some friends learn how to drive or go to festivals. They are LIVING their lives. I am LIVING my life too, just not the way that people expect me to live my life. I really don’t have time for arguing over who is going out with who on Love Island or clubbing till three in the morning in a dress that barely covers my butt. UH UH *shakes head*.

I believe that my happy place will always be with books, bookstores, book events, my bedroom surrounded with growing piles of unread books. My happy place is almost complete. What is missing though is my attraction and desire to feel loved by a member of the opposite sex. I know that some people who have followed my book reviewing since the beginning will know that I have dated a few people but things never worked out and books was always to blame. Me being the booknerd and them not liking it. I’m up for finding someone that I can truly call my own. On Instagram for example, I have a few people that I’m friendly with who are guys. And trust me, that has put my faith back into humanity. Guys do read and love books, it does happen. So no more searching for a guy who doesn’t read books!

I do consider myself to be awkward at times, sometimes feeling like an utter nuisance when all I want is just to raise a smile after a long, difficult day. When I met some guys through Instagram, I felt extremely pleased. The ones I talk to are all friendly and like me, have a passion for sharing what their latest favourite read is.

However, by being part of an online social community like Instagram, this has made me realise that my followers all have their own lives. Jobs, somewhere they call home, other hobbies. Most of them live abroad in countries like the US, Japan and Australia. One day, I would love to travel and meet the people that are my online pen friends as I will put it causally.

My other plans for now are just to be friendly but also to keep hoping and wishing for that special moment to pop and my happy place is truly 100% there to witness.

Let me know what your dream happy place is and whether you have found it!

Alice x

Dream Job: Becoming An Audiobook Actress.

Let’s face it, we all live busy lives. Commuting to work, picking up kids from school, studying a degree at University. Lots of us love to read but due to packed schedules, it can take days, weeks and even months to finish reading a book.

To distract ourselves from the daily grind, headphones are a distraction. One plug-in to a iPhone or Laptop on a busy train, we forget about why we’re even travelling because of this. Services such as Audible have really taken off due to the thousands of audiobooks that are downloaded and listened to every second of the day. The voice of us, the people, reading stories that are bestsellers and the greatest classics transport us to worlds and settings far beyond the ones we know.

I’ve known for a few years now that if I was one of those voices helping to transport a listener on a journey, then that would be make me happy. Being “The Voice” that sticks with you. Since this vision, I have gone away and perfected a number of accents, read hundreds of books and studied how to pronounce words correctly. Also with the advice of others, controlling my breathing and letting the words flow to me naturally as if I was the listener myself.

For years, a lot of people have told me that I read aloud well to others but I was never one for performing arts. My old secondary school here in England specialised in the performing arts and science. But I never liked wearing costumes or learning new dance routines, music was fine but not the other two subjects. Yet somehow, I found that speaking into a microphone in a booth didn’t faze me at all.   

One person suggested to me that I start a YouTube channel where I could record myself reading chapters from books but not showing my face since I prefer my appearance to be anonymous. Two things stopped this: One, no recording equipment and two, problems with copyright. Would Audible complain about it? That idea comes back to me a lot and if the support was there, then I would do it.

If I ever got the chance to record an audiobook of me reading a book that everyone knows well and loves or even one that needs more attention, then I would feel on top of the world. Living one of my dreams out like a scene from a movie.

One thing I did notice a few months after stalking (well, probably not the right word there) but anyway, Audible reviews from users. There was one audiobook I won’t name here but people were complaining about it since the person reading the story was American and the main character in the book concerned was British yet the person reading it spoke with an American accent. For me, I would have felt extremely annoyed by that.

I’ve discovered that to be a successful audiobook actress, you first need to read the book concerned, familiarise yourself with the characters and their voices and then make notes on this. Then, picture them in your mind as you read out pieces of dialogue spoken by the character. 

If any of my readers have acted and recorded for audiobooks then I would love to hear from you.

Again regarding the idea, should it ever come into fruition then I would be looking for authors (trad or self-published) who need someone to read/record an audiobook edition of a story they have written.

Signing off for now.

Alice x

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

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