Revamping Alice Reads Classics

It’s been a while…

A very, long time…

It’s now March 2019 and after reading through my old posts here earlier, I really want to kickstart this blog again. Me being me, I’m very nervous since last year, I struggled to promote this blog due to the content (only reading+posting about classics) and therefore, I lost the passion to continue uploading here.

I really want to return. I have read some classics since I last posted (Moby Dick, A Tale Of Two Cities, Beowulf) and have so many more on my TBR. I’m still avidly collecting the Penguin green crime classics and earlier today, I got an offer accepted for two of them!

I am now twenty years old (nearly twenty-one) and reading/writing more than ever. I still love books and as my main blogging handle displays (aka Married To Books), I think my life love has truly been decided!

Regarding the posts, I hope to upload reviews, hauls, discussion posts. All the old classics, editions purchased etc. That’s if, I can try to take this blog off. I really need your help!

If you know anyone close to you who loves reading classics, loves books, loves reading blogs or someone who ticks all of those boxes, then share this blog link with them. My main aim is to bring the past back to the present, but with a no-nonsense modern approach. I am someone who actively encourages discussion across my Goodreads and my blogs. I love to talk to readers and authors!

Thank you to those who have stuck by this blog, even though it went dead for over a year. My social media accounts are still active with Twitter being MarriedToBooks3 and Instagram being alicetiedthebookishknot.

I hope that you all have a lovely weekend!

Alice x

Owner and creator of Alice Reads Classics

Listening To Classics on LibriVox!

Hello readers!

So, what do you do when you really just have to read something? Like anything? A classic book? So many questions, so little time…

If you have a computer or mobile phone handy, you can access a website called LibriVox which is a volunteer-run website where you can sign up to volunteer and read chapters from classic books or a couple of poems from a poetry collection. The books must be published before 1924 in order to qualify for recording. There is so much choice on there from genres to authors to screenplays to different versions of well-loved classics like Little Women by Louisa May Alcott for example. I very recently signed-up to join but am currently waiting for a recording set and something to record on before I look for parts. One of my life ambitions is to get into radio and audiobook narration or acting along those lines. I was inspired to do this by my Great-Aunt (now sadly deceased) who was blind but loved it whenever I read things out-loud to her.

Today, I will be sharing with you the classics that I am currently listening to on LibriVox and my general thoughts so far. This is in US Public Domain so before you download anything and listen, please check Copyright laws in your own country before proceeding. Just a quick heads-up ūüôā

Audiobook #1- The Mystery At Dark Cedars by Edith Lavell and recorded by Cari Shorrock


Length- 4 hours, 14 minutes long

This first book in a series follows two girls, best friends Mary Louise and Jane who like to solve mysteries. Both of them embark on a thrilling adventure after some dark twisty secrets emerge from a Hall close to where they live and threaten the world of one¬†young girl. Cari’s voice is clear, easy to follow and understand with the suspense and mystery elements of the plot making my listening experience very enjoyable. I could be wrong but Cari is planning to keep recording the series so stay tuned for updates!

Audiobook #2- Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon and recorded by¬†Elizabeth Klett


Length- 14 hours, 16 minutes long

This standalone novel from the 1860s¬†follows Lucy Graham who becomes Lady Audley and tries to hide away a dark secret from her family and husband that she has just married. I have a physical copy of the book that I will read at some point but for now, listening to Elizabeth’s narration which is spoken with a clear tone and easy to relax to. According to the LibriVox description, this novel contains attempted murder and seduction. How interesting…


Audiobook #3- How To Write A Novel by Anonymous and recorded by Brett W. Downey


Length- 2 hours, 40 minutes long

This book is simply a mystery to me but it follows a guide about how to write a novel. Obviously this was written over 100 years ago so some of the facts shared are most likely going to be dated but for length and just general interest in creative writing, the chapters break up into How to Begin and How Authors Work for example.

I have the LibriVox app on my mobile phone which I use to listen to audiobooks on the go and it does come with an option to speed up or slow down the narration as well as skipping to the next part or going back to a previous one. There is honestly something for everyone to enjoy and new projects are being completed all the time.

Thanks so much for reading, I will let you guys know my full thoughts on my audiobook LibriVox experiences. Stay tuned for some new posts to come soon!


Favourite Videos That Talk About Classics!

Hello readers!

I am just one subscriber away from reaching one hundred here, oh my gosh. I started back at College last week and have been extremely busy with work and also, I fell unwell again with a heavy cold which sadly prevented me from attending one day of lessons last week because I felt terrible. Today’s post is going to be sharing just some simple YouTube videos with you that I have watched and talk about classic books. I don’t know about you but YouTube¬†is my bookie addiction as well as fun to subscribe to channels and¬†watch fun content.¬†I will be including all of the links as well as titles for the videos and just a quick statement about what each video is actually about. Excited? Keep reading!

Video Number 1: How To Read Classics: Tips and Tricks by Lucy from LucyTheReader

This video length is just under 5 minutes long so if you have a busy day planned and want to find out more about how to approach classics quickly, this is the video to watch. Lucy has lots of other videos on her channel talking about reading and reviewing classics including a video on Easy Classics for Beginners and the Penguin English Library Bookshelf tour. Highly recommend watching, go subscribe!

Video Number 2: Recommended Reads: Children’s Classics by Hailey from Hailey in Bookland

If you fancy watching a video and swooning over how beautiful most of these editions of children’s classic book are then Hailey’s video is a must-see. She is currently collecting all of the editions of Alice¬†Adventure’s in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll which fun fact, book I was named after!¬†Also does have other classics videos posted but this one is my favourite because colourful covers.

Video Number 3: Classics Wrap-Up 2016 by April from Aprilius Maximus

I love April’s channel and I can highly recommend this video. I love when bloggers/booktubers do wrap-ups for the year and having one dedicated just to classics was a breath of fresh air to watch. In this video, April discusses the classics she read in 2016 starting with the ones she DNF’d (Did Not Finish) to the ones she gave 5 stars to. Plus that edition of Jane Eyre in the thumbnail is just gorgeous OK ūüėČ

Video Number 4: Book Recommendations: Classics by Jacob from Jacob Wilkins

This quick video really gets to the point. Jacob recommends his favourite classic books and talks about the storyline as well as showing editions of them which you guys can see a pattern here right? I don’t just watch book videos for the covers I swear ūüėõ but anyway, if you are looking to add books to your Classics TBR while out and about, then watch this!

And finally,

Video Number 5: Alana Recommends|Classics! by Alana from King Books

I found Alana’s channel over the summer break and I love that she works in a bookstore (I mean, who doesn’t love working and reading with books all day long?) but this video talks about classics that she read and enjoyed, some during High School. There are Fantasy recommendations, Mystery recommendations etc. So, if you like variety, then you’ll like this video!

That’s all for this post, I really hope that you enjoyed reading it. It’s definitely something new that I would like to start on my blogging adventures and recommending videos seemed like a great way to start! Let me know in the comments section below if you have made classics videos for YouTube or know any others that I should watch. Don’t forget to subscribe to all of these channels and show the love!

Have a great week, see you all soon!


Classics On My Kindle That I Need To Read!

Hello everyone!

So, I finally managed to finish reading a book except it wasn’t a classic XD Nooooooooooo. But don’t worry, I, your booknerd has come up with a master plan that can change everything. And that involves Bookie.

Who’s Bookie?

My kindle e-reader!

Bookie was a 13th birthday present from my parents in July 2011 on the condition that I saved some money towards it which I did and I’ve realised that instead of panicking over packing a physical book whilst travelling, take Bookie instead and get the free classics in advance!

This photo list will show all of the classics on my kindle that I’ve either started reading but haven’t finished or haven’t started at all. I do actually own a few of these in physical formats but instead of leaving them any longer to gather up dust, Bookie is now going to get involved.

So, without further ado, here’s the photo list thanks to Bookie!


The photos are a little jumbled but I do hope everyone can see them OK. Let me know if there are any that I should prioritise!

Have a great day/night, see you all soon!


My August Classics TBR! 

It’s the first of August today! I don’t know about you but I feel that this year has gone by soooooooo quickly, one minute it was my birthday now it’s just over a month till I start my new course at FE College! Obviously, at the start of every month, a lot of book bloggers and readers like to grab some books together and call it their TBR list. That’s what I’ve done with these classic book selections today.

I was really lucky at taking a photo of the books altogether stacked on my hand because it started raining a few hours ago which could have been disastrous had I left taking an outdoors photo until the afternoon so have some sunshine.

For my August TBR, I’ve gone with six books. I do have other books to read for publishers that aren’t classics (I read practically anything) so I keep everything¬†else separate from this blog. The lengths of all of these range from 90 pages up to 250 pages. Delighted that four Penguin books are on this list with four out of the six books also came from my birthday bash in Hay-On-Wye last month. So, the six books are:

The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan.

As You Like It by William Shakespeare.

The Darling Buds of May by H.E Bates.

Cider With Rosie by Laurie Lee.

Peter Pan by J.M Barrie.

Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote.

I have a thriller, a play, a book from the series I grew up watching with my parents, a book I’ve talked about previously on this blog, a book which ended up becoming one of my favourite Disney films and a book which inspired the film starring Audrey Hepburn. Overall, a real mix of genres and writing styles.

My reviews for these books will be posted here on this blog as well as my Goodreads where you can join over 2,500 people that currently follow my book reviews! I only write spoiler-free reviews.

Thanks so much for reading this quick TBR post, let me know what classics are on your August TBR list. Which book off of my TBR are you most excited to see a review for? Let me know in the comments section of this post!


The Liebster Award- I Was Nominated!


Hello readers!

Today’s post is going to be slightly un-classics related but I was overjoyed to receive this award nomination: The Liebster Award for bloggers. I would like to thank Bear over at TravelBear92 on Twitter and her blog here:¬†for nominating me. Bear blogs about mental health, travel and self-care!¬†This award is a way of discovering bloggers who have 200 or under subscribers and also as a get to know me more kind of post. For this nomination, I was set a task of answering eleven questions that were posted by Bear in her Liebster Award post so here are my answers to those questions!

What made you start blogging?

I started blogging for three reasons: To improve my written English, find others with similar interests to myself (books, mental health, music) and to keep on track with my writing projects and book challenge goals. I first read an article about blogging back in 2011 aged thirteen but at the time decided that I wanted to wait until I was older before I committed to a blog.

What have you found most helpful since starting your blog?

Hearing feedback from those who visit my blog either through the comments section in a blog post or through other social medias like Twitter and Instagram for example. Having a blog has also enabled me to create business connections with authors, agents and publishers which has opened up a lot of doors for me.

What inspires you everyday?

Waking up each morning and the first thing I see is a pile of books on my bedside table or if I wake up facing the side where my IKEA Billy Bookcases are. It reminds me that I love books and sharing my passions for them with other people.

If you could go back and tell your younger self one thing, what would it be?

I would tell myself not to be afraid of making mistakes on your first attempt at trying something new. Nobody’s perfect and trying desperately to be a perfectionist can hold you back and turn yourself into a person that simply doesn’t represent you for who you are.

What’s your biggest dream and do you think it will ever become reality?

My biggest dream is to get married to a book loving guy who writes stories and is supportive of what I do as a blogger. To be honest, I 100% believe that this won’t happen to me because I’m weird and awkward… ūüėõ

When do you find time to blog & do you struggle?

For me, I find the time in the day or night that I feel most motivated to write and upload a blog post. It’s easier for me to type up a blog post on my mobile phone through the WordPress app than using a computer. Because I’m a mood reader and mood writer, I do struggle to feel the confidence of committing to blogging but I’ve always had self-esteem issues growing up.

How important is mental health to you and what is your experience of it?

I do believe that mental health is extremely important to me, my experiences of it was having my first panic attack at fourteen and being diagnosed with GAD (Generalized Anxiety Disorder) and Depression which I self-manage¬†and not take any meds for.¬†As of right now, I’m slowly trying to write a book about it but right now,¬†I hate my writing XD

Do you like yourself & do you think you have Self Love?

Short answer: No. I find myself to be too awkward and boring. I’ve tried various ways of self-love in the past such as having my make-up done in a department store but ultimately that made me feel worse.

What do you gain from blogging?

Friends, real people from all around the world who come together like one big family and discuss books and writing stories. It feel great to not be lonely when I chat to them on the internet. I also gain interest in books recommended by other bloggers. Might be blaming them once my pocket money runs out due to a ton of book buying…

What is your favourite blog post of yours so far and why?

The one where I talked about my Bookbarn experience from last Saturday (Saturday 22nd July). It was super fun to share a picture of my book haul and hear thoughts on the books I selected from other bloggers who were interested in them too. Since this blog is relatively new, I felt extremely welcome just by being open about the books I selected and why.

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be?

Australia! I have met online some really cool bookish friends and recently took part in a Twitter chat with The YA Room Melbourne based in Melbourne, Australia. The¬†time difference of¬†eight hours though was crazy plus it’s summer here and winter there. I fancy a change of pace from England plus to¬†meet¬†people like the author Fleur¬†Ferris and my best bookie Aussie friend Brett and¬†go to Lifeline Book Fest and all the writers¬†festivals. AND HUG A KOALA AND FEED IT! Can’t you tell I’m just a tad bit excited just thinking about it? ūüėÄ

OK, that concludes the questions/answers part,¬†now as part of the nomination post,¬†I have to pass on this Liebster award nomination to eleven other bloggers who all have under 200 subscribers. I will be¬†including their names and clickable links to their blogs as well as eleven questions that I will be asking them to answer for their posts! Bloggers, if you are nominated and have already done¬†a Liebster post, then¬†I’m not forcing you to do another one. So, here are the nominations I’m making!

Catherine (

Bethan May (

Brett (

Amy (

Matt (

Squidbee (

Monika (

Bicted (

Ann (

Phantom of Literature (

The Ceaseless Reader Writes (


Here are the set of questions for you!:

1, Who/what inspired you to start blogging?

2, What have you learnt as a blogger?

3, If you ever got the chance to do a sponsored post on your blog, which brand/artist/company would that be with and why?

4, Do you listen to music when you blog and if you do, what do you listen to?

5, In your life so far, what has been your most memorable experience and why?

6, What is your favourite animal?

7, How often do you upload blog posts?

8, Do your close friends and family know you have a blog and if so, are they supportive?

9, On the scale of 1-10 (10 being extremely happy) how are you liking your blogging journey so far?

10, When applying for schools/colleges/universities/jobs, do you mention your blog during the application stage?

11, Which blogger do you look up to the most?


Nominated bloggers, please credit me for nominating you in your blog post should you choose to take part. ūüôā

That’s all for this¬†post, thanks so much for reading and¬†have a great day/night wherever¬†you are. ‚̧







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