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TheAliceEvers

Joined January 2017

History with Creative Writing student London 🇬🇧 insta: @thealiceevers
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It Ends With Us | Colleen Hoover
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I‘m a bit torn with this one. I can see why it‘s so popular; it is a good story and I appreciate the originality to not tell a typical love story. However some aspects I felt were slightly simple or juvenile, like the writing style and the weird names? Some of the things the characters said and did didn‘t ring true for me. Some of them also felt underdeveloped for me. It left me feeling icky but maybe that means it was effective? I don‘t know.

BriannaT I felt the same way after reading it! 2w
TheAliceEvers @BriannaT Glad it‘s not just me! 😅 1w
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Another book for my uni course. This was very useful, includes great exercises and lots of inspiration. Naturally engagingly written with entertaining anecdotes. A useful, quick read.

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Medieval Europe | Chris Wickham
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This was a book for my uni course. It was really impressive, very useful for my essays and really informative. To start with I found it quite jargon heavy with very long, complicated sentences which made it difficult for me to understand. I ended up getting 1/3 through and starting again making notes on everything to make sure it went in 😂 that helped massively and by the end I was used to the heavily academic writing style. Impressive book!

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The Foundling | Stacey Halls
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The second book by Stacey Halls and I enjoyed this even more than The Familiars which is saying something! The structure and point of view change work really well to keep you guessing at the characters‘ next moves. The whole storyline of a woman giving up a baby and then going back years later to collect her and she‘s already been collected, is brilliant. Easy to empathise with all the characters despite their being morally grey. Recommend!

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I love visiting the Institute of Historical Research 🥰 the books are so beautiful and the atmosphere is magical 🥰

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A murder mystery taking place at a drama school. It was slightly predictable but I enjoyed the premise, the characters and the details and having been to drama school myself certain bits were very funny! A fun, easy read!

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Girl, Woman, Other | Bernardine Evaristo
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This book follows the lives of several black, British women over different generations. I loved it! It felt so unique and candid. I could instantly see and understand the characters, they were so nuanced and detailed and flawed and relatable. A beautiful book and I‘m really glad I read it!

SamAnne Reading right now and loving it, esp. the humor and snarkiness! 12mo
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This book was really fascinating! It started with a brief overview of some impressive female rulers before 1300 and then went chronologically, showing how their powers evolved and grew and how they interacted with each other. Some really fascinating women I‘d never even heard of too! Brilliant book!

TheAliceEvers The author chose to refer to these rulers as female kings because the definition of queen is wife of a king and these women were more than that, they ruled themselves, with it without husbands, as kings. 13mo
DivineDiana Female Kings does seem right. 👑 13mo
Lcsmcat Beautiful globe! 13mo
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Medieval Europe | Chris Wickham
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Jury service isn‘t too bad when you get to catch up on your reading 🥰😂

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This was a brilliant book about a lesser known suffragette called Kitty Marion. She was one of the most violent suffragettes; blowing up buildings, trains and homes. She was force fed in prison more than any other suffragette; 232 times in 4 months. And after having to leave the UK at the start of WWI because she was born in Germany, in America she became a key campaigner for sex education and contraception. This book also goes into why 👇🏻

TheAliceEvers We haven‘t heard much about Kitty Marion and the cover up after the suffragette movement to not portray these women as violent or sex positive. It‘s so nice her story is now being told. Apart from a few grammatical errors I really loved reading this! Highly recommend reading her story! 1y
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Now I‘ve finished reading the books it‘s time for another marathon of the movies 😂👑

JazzFeathers I need another marathon too 😏 1y
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The final Lord of the Rings! The ending makes me cry so much 😂 the goodbyes are so pure and heartbreaking 💔

JazzFeathers How does it do it. Every. Single. Time? 1y
TheAliceEvers @JazzFeathers so glad it‘s not just me! (edited) 1y
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I really enjoyed this! I don‘t know why I‘d never before considered why or how or when Rome began. Beard is very thorough and covers all aspects like myths, politics, relationships and analyses why sources are or aren‘t reliable and what archeological discoveries can tell us. Obviously some answers we‘ll never know but she paints an intriguing and detailed picture!

Crazeedi I've have this on my shelf for a few years, I really need to read 1y
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When you trip and spill your tea ☕️🤦🏼‍♀️

*instant heart-break*

maich 😥😥 1y
TrishB Oh no 😞 1y
Lmstraubie 😔 1y
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A present from my mum 😍 a book on key statistics through history; the tallest building in the ancient world, the average wage in the Mughal empire, the bloodiest-ever ritual human sacrifice etc. Can‘t wait to dig into this and annoy people later by spewing cool facts 😏

RachelAmphlett I love Schotts Miscellany for this reason, so I‘ve stacked your recommendation! 1y
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The second Lord of the Rings book and they just get better and better! 😍 so action packed and filled with such beautiful language and imagery!

JazzFeathers I'm about to start It 😍 2y
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The Gifts of Reading | Robert Macfarlane
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This was a lovely little read exploring the gifts of books given to this author that changed his life and the book gifts he‘s given that have gone on to influence others and how the benefits of a gift of reading or a gift of a book just carry on giving. I have to admit I was a little teary at the end!

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My first time reading LotR (though I adore the films). As I expected, I loved it! The descriptions of the landscapes and the details of the world 🤤

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Cilka's Journey | Heather Morris
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Before I start reading I decided to keep in mind the controversies and protests of Cilka‘s family but to keep an open mind to the story.

I found I didn‘t enjoy it as much as her first one unfortunately. I think the story in itself is incredible and these are the types of stories we should hear about but I thought the writing was very flat and that each character spoke in the same voice, no one had a unique voice. I was disappointed.

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Nancy Wake | Russell Braddon
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Nancy Wake was one of the most notorious spies of WWII and #1 most wanted by the Gestapo. She was smuggled out of France to London and then parachuted back in to fight right in the heart of the French resistance.

There‘s lots of different books about Nancy. This one was written in 1956 and Braddon interviewed Nancy and her colleagues extensively. I thought he sometimes dragged out details about her clothes and beauty regimes but glossed over 👇🏻

TheAliceEvers some major battles. Perhaps that‘s the way Nancy told her story. Despite this it was still incredible to read her story and he managed to get across her fantastic and funny and cheeky character which was lovely. I‘ll definitely read another about her story though to see what other details other writer focused on. 2y
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I‘ve never learnt about the crusades and this was recommended to me by a history professor and it did not disappoint!

A fascinating subject with twists and turns I‘d never heard of! Asbridge tells the tale very well, citing sources and inaccuracies and offering plausible explanations.

The event as a whole is strange to process, the way the crusade grew and moved is incredible to comprehend. I‘d definitely like to do more reading on the subject.

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One Day | David Nicholls
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This was a fantastic palette cleanser! I loved the detail and related a lot to the characters! I‘m glad I read this one!

Ncostell I read this one this year as well and really enjoyed it too. 2y
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This book was a fantastic look at all aspects of life in medieval England! Everything possible was covered from what to wear, what roads to take, etiquette, keeping time, and politics and courts. It went from the lowest peasant to the king.
Mortimer has a deep respect for the medieval people and doesn‘t patronise or imply stupidly but looks at them in their own time as we would look at ourselves in our time.

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Speaking Volumes | Gordon Griffin
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Another present from my dad is this memoir from a British actor going from starting his career, voice overs, theatre, film all the way up to being awarded an OBE. Should be interesting!

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Beautiful poems and songs at the end of this book! One of my favourite parts:

She had strongholds on her headlands
And brave galleys on the sea
And no warlike chief or Viking
E‘er had bolder heart than she
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The armies of Elizabeth
Invaded her on land
Her warships followed on her track
And watched by many a stand
But she swept her foes before her
On the land and on the sea
And the flag of Grace O‘Malley
Waved defiant, proud and free

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Another Grace O‘Malley read also by Anne Chambers but this one is more substantial than her other, shorter one.
Whilst this did have some grammatical errors, I loved the detail and honesty of sources and it was nice to be able to delve deeper into Grace‘s story.

AvidReader25 I‘ve always been fascinated by her story but haven‘t read a full biography of her. I may have to check this out! 2y
TheAliceEvers @AvidReader25 it‘s very good! There‘s not a lot recorded about her because she was kept out of history for so long as someone who didn‘t quite fit a narrative and only survived in folklore and songs so it‘s nice that someone has connected the dots and told her story because it is incredible and unbelievable ❤️ 2y
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A present from my parents came in the post this morning!
This book was first published in 1949 and it is often regarded as the starting point for second-wave feminism. In the book, Simone discusses the treatment of women throughout history. It‘s split into two parts: Facts & Myths and Woman‘s Life Today.
It‘s quite a hefty one at well over 200K words but sounds like it‘s going to be worth it 💪🏻🥰

MayJasper What a lovely gift 2y
batsy Yes, lovely gift! I need to read the whole of this one day 😅 2y
zezeki Would you be interested in a buddy read? 😅 It's been on my TBR for a while, and it feels like a good book to buddy read. 2y
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Another reread of a very quick book I haven‘t read for a few years! I love Grace O‘Malley‘s story so much and it was lovely to read again some of the incredible things she did which I had forgotten!

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Heir of Fire | Sarah J. Maas
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Reread and still loving it 🥰

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Cocktails | James L. Butler
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A lovely evening flicking through a present from my sister, marking cocktails I want to make, whilst sipping on a baileys espresso martini 🥰

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The New Book | Allie Cresswell
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The charity shops post-lockdown are LIT!!! Q9 each ? I am so happy and excited!!

Tanisha_A Wow 😮 2y
AmyG Wow is right! 2y
KarouBlue I second @AmyG! 2y
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I Think We Are Alone | SALLY. ABBOT
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This play is nothing groundbreaking or too original but is still a really good exploration of complex issues, the main ones being death and family. The play and characters are also linked together really nicely. There‘s some funny moments which break up the heavy 😊

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Crown of Midnight | Sarah J. Maas
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#reread

Enjoying this just as much the second time around 😍

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Throne of Glass | Sarah J. Maas
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#reread Rereading this series because I still haven‘t read the last book and want to built the momentum up again - I don‘t want to have forgotten anything and not be able to enjoy the last book as much as possible!

I remember not being blown away with this first book but I think I enjoyed it more the second time - maybe because I knew what was going on I could enjoy the subtle hints?

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Normal People | Sally Rooney
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Everyone has been going crazy for the series so thought I‘d read the book first 😂 LOVED IT! I understand the hype! Amazing writing style, stunning attention to detail and just a totally engrossing, truthful story!
The only thing I wasn‘t sure on was the ending... but I‘m not sure why... I‘m not sure what I wanted...
And now I‘ve finished I‘ve just started the series and looks like they‘ve done the book justice 😍

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Emperor: The Gods of War | Conn Iggulden
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The fourth book in Conn Iggulden‘s Julius Caesar series 😊
This is the book where it all comes to a head! Really fascinating, there was so much I didn‘t know that happened! I will definitely be reading the next one to learn about the aftermath and the start of the empire

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At the Speed of Dark | Gabriel kmọ́
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A wonderful friend of mine has had some of his poems published and they are incredible! He covers so much from race, identity, body image, ambition and more and these poems are so original and clever and concise! It might be a short collection but I actually think it‘s some of the best poetry I‘ve read!

https://badbettypress.com/product/at-the-speed-of-dark-gabriel-akamo/

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Oops... 😬 I was leaning on the book highlighting and then *crack*!
My mum said if I put a strip of cello tape down it it‘ll stop the pages coming loose?

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This was really well structured and I think a good introduction, not too bogged down in detail and terminology and figures but painted a good picture and even humourous in places! It covers everybody from peasants to monks to knights to kings and everybody in between!

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Errr thanks, Snowy 🙄😂

erzascarletbookgasm It‘s a fury bookmark! 😄 2y
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Another book has arrived for my stack of medieval books I‘m looking into at the moment 😊 I‘m very excited for this one because it is from the perspective of if you found yourself in medieval England, what exactly would you see in terms of landscape and people and what you would need to know to navigate it, I.e. clothes, travel, etc. Sounds amazing! 😍

jesseastin Ooh, I thought this looked familiar. I have “Time Travelers Guide to Elizabethan England” on my bookshelf 😊 2y
TheAliceEvers @jesseastin I think I‘m going to have to read more after this one too! I love Elizabethan England too! 😩😂 2y
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My new delivery of books! I find the Middle Ages fascinating and am craving some good non-fiction! Looking forward to getting into these!

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Stalking Jack the Ripper | Kerri Maniscalco
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This just wasn‘t doing it for me 😔 maybe I‘ll come back to it another time? Maybe it‘s just these weird times we‘re living through right now but I feel like nothing is holding my attention or interesting me 😔

JenlovesJT47 I really hated this book! I don‘t get the hype 🤷🏻‍♀️ 2y
TheAliceEvers @JenlovesJT47 glad it‘s not just me 😂 it seemed everyone loved it! 😂 2y
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Shadow and Bone | Leigh Bardugo
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I wanted to read this series before the Netflix series comes out and it seemed like it would be right up my street but for some reason I just didn‘t get into it 😔 I found it really confusing to start with and never really grew to like any of the characters and it just all seemed a bit forced? I don‘t know if I‘m just in a funny mood because of lockdown because I‘m not enjoying my next read either 🤷🏼‍♀️

CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian I loved Six of Crows but I couldn't get into this one either. I found it to be very average YA fantasy. 2y
xicanti I also wasn‘t wild about this one, but I did enjoy the Six of Crows books. 2y
TracyReadsBooks I definitely agree Bardugo‘s Six of Crows duology is better than this first trilogy. 2y
TheAliceEvers @CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian @xicanti @TracyReadsBooks Ah thank you so much for letting me know! Glad I‘m not the only one who felt this one was a bit flat but maybe I‘ll give Six of Crows a go at some point instead ❤️ thank you ❤️ 2y
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I am so glad this book exists! I‘ve never known anything about Jack the Ripper‘s victims, not even their names and they had such complex and nuanced lives! Victorian England was brutal and unforgiving to these women and its fascinating to learn how they ended up on the streets! I feel like this book really does them and their lives and who they truly were justice! Highly recommend!

Verity I loved this book when I read it last year. It‘s so great - centres the women not the conspiracies. I can‘t believe (well I can) that Hallie Rubenhold is (still) getting so much grief from the “ripperologists” over it. 2y
TheAliceEvers @Verity staggering! 🙄 I really appreciated how she was barely even touched upon, it was purely about these women and their lives! (edited) 2y
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Reading in the garden with Snowy 🐾❤️

Really enjoying The Five so far! The lives of these women are so complex and detailed

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I‘m so sad it‘s all over 😭 I don‘t know what to do with myself now 😩

WomanistBibliophile I know the feeling! 2y
Blueberry Oh yeah. Take awhile to absorb. 2y
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This is Snowy modelling for me 😍

I always tend to forget about the half blood prince and then remember how good it is! I love learning about Voldemort‘s past!

Texreader What a cutie pie posing for you!! 2y
night_shift 😱😍🐕 2y
Mitch Snowy has a future in modelling! 2y
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Crazeedi Snowy is just the sweetest fur friend!🐶❤🐶 2y
erzascarletbookgasm 👋 Snowy 2y
xicanti Snowy was born to pose with books. 2y
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I know this part of the book happens after a very serious incident and Harry is in a lot of trouble but I was wetting myself reading this on the tube 😂

“That‘s my nickname.” 😂😂😂😂😂😂

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I cried for a day

Suet624 💕💕 2y
Laughterhp 💚💚 2y
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