About Me

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Hey There! My name is Stuart. Thank you for coming to this page to learn a bit more about me and what this blog is all about πŸ˜€

I created this blog for two reasons. My own crazy passion for books and for other reader’s crazy passion for books. I grew up addicted to books, I have always loved the idea of knowledge and art, two things everyone can get from books. I only discovered the blogging community this year really, a late bloomer at 26. Everyone I meet here has one thing in common and that is an unbreakable love for books.

After a whole yearΒ of having a blog I feel like I am part of the online book community, it is a tough place sometimes, you have to give a lot in order to get anything back, but once people start seeing you as one of their own then the rewards are endless. I am constantly learning, refining and changing my blogging style so it may take me a few more years to feel satisfied with my work…

I discovered a love for books in primary school when the much loved Harry Potter books had just started beingΒ released. Since then I have pretty much read as much as possible, I have to break for eating (well sort of…), sleeping (I cannot read in my sleep) :(, Work etc.Β 

My love for books is only matched by my love for (in order of most importance):

1.My wife Georgina and my two awesome sons Freddie and Tobias

2. Book Shopping!

2+. Talking with other book lovers!

2++. Video Games…(I know I was meant to grow out of them but…whoops)

3. Baked Goods/Mexican Food

4. Scrubs, Black Books and I.T Crowd

5. Heavy Metal

6. Some forms of exercise…

7. Learning other languages

Though I read a wide variety of books, it is mainly science-fiction, historical -fiction and non-fiction that provides me with wordy sustenance. I always wanted to learn as much as I can about everything, and these genres definitely help me achieve this. If I ever want to escape this planet, I usually reach for the fantasy books. Or if I want to pretend I am more adventurous or smart, I will gather up the Action/Thriller/Mystery novels.

There are many reasons why I started this blog. I LOVE to talk books πŸ˜€ but unfortunately the people I spend my time with are more interested in other avenues of fun and/or culture. Luckily for me, I have you and everyone else who populates the world of books. So I decided to starting talking at people about books until they caved and started listening πŸ˜….

Always Trust In Books is a name I came up with after a lot of thought and consideration, I felt it summed up how I feel about books in general, they are one of the main consistencies in my life. I can always count on books to inspire me, entertain me and make me smile. Yes people say to me that not all books are great, but I believe that all books areΒ somethingΒ special to someone and that to me is the essence of my blog.

I am in no way a professional…I am a guy who loves books, talking about books to people who might listen. I do take my reviewing incredibly seriously though and I am lucky enough to have publishers like Gollancz, Titan Books, Hodder & Stoughton, Little Brown, Simon & Schuster and Penguin Random House whoΒ regularly send me awesome books to share here on ATIB. My main goal here is to have a website that any reader can come to, have a good time and leave with some great books in mind.

After all, it is you and other readers that make the world of books spin, you are the main influence in this exciting world and I need your help to keep getting the word out about stupendous, top notch andΒ fantasticΒ material that people need to read!

Thank you for taking the time to read this little piece. I always have time for readers, authors and publishers. You are always welcome to talk to me here, even if it is just to chat away about your favourite books.

See you around πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒ.

Stuart

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53 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Oh, my gosh, I love The IT Crowd. “I’ll just put the fire over here with the rest of the fire…”
    I see you followed my blog today. Hooray! I’m going to follow you back and look forward to talking books with you on both of our blogs πŸ™‚

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    1. It is really amazing πŸ˜€ the humour is brilliant, ”In the time I have been talking, over 80 million people have died from stress..!” It is a shame it finished so soon 😦 Thank you for the follow back and I definitely look forward to chatting books. It is nice to meet you and I look forward to reading your posts.

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  2. Hi! Just dropped by to say hi from here in the PH. πŸ™‹πŸ˜‚ Thanks for the follow by the way. I’m so glad to discover a male book blogger because I only know quite a few. Hoping to interact here on blogosphere with you!

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  3. Thanks for dropping by and liking/following! It means a world to me πŸ™‚
    By the way, I LOVE book shopping too! I just can’t stop buying books despite the fact that my TBR is getting longer… lol

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  4. I notice your TBR is getting longer. However, I agree that books are sensational at raising awareness and equipping us for reality. If you might squeeze another read in then you can have a free PDF.

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  5. Hey there! I respect you and what you have been able to create on your blog! Any tips and tricks that you’ve learned that you wouldn’t mind passing along, I’d love to hear! I’m exploring what my niche is and what I can do to have a more consistent presence! Thanks for what you do πŸ™‚

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    1. Hello! I recommend heading over to The Tattooed Book Geek’s page as he has just done a huge post about how to set up a book blog, find your style and get noticed. It is a really great post and you will find everything you need to know. Book blogging is a lot of work and reading is only about 20% of the whole job. Networking and supporting other bloggers will quickly get you on the radar and then you will start to receive plenty of review copies.

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  6. Hi, Stuart!
    Thanks for checking out my blog! I’m happy to find another avid male book blogger. It is undeniable that we are outnumbered by females in the book community. Hahaha. Not that I’m being sexist. :3 #JustSayin Anyways, although our literary preferences seem different, I look forward to reading your posts. πŸ™‚ Have a great week! ^^

    Sincerely,
    Josh

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    1. Hey Joshua, there definitely seems to be more female book bloggers but we all pitch in and make it as fun as possible. If you are looking for more male bloggers there are plenty around. The Tattooed Book Geek and Breathing Through Pages are two great ones. I have quite a wide range of genres I review so there maybe a few that will catch your eye!

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    1. A mixture. Iron Maiden, Metallica, Volbeat, Five Finger Death Punch, Parkway Drive (more metalcore), Black Label Society, Trivium, Killer Be Killed and Steel Panther to name a few πŸ˜€ thanks for the comment.

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  7. I always get so hung up on the ‘about me’ sections on social media – this has definitely inspired me! I love the passion and the fearless way you express your personality. Good job πŸ™‚ Also thanks for the follow! I look forward to reading your posts!

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