April Reading wrap up

Hi,

I would like to try doing wrap ups for each reading month so here is April’s.

Pages read- 3,609 (Audio books included)

Book’s completed-7

Audio books completed-3

Total-10

This was a lot more than I expected to read. My aim is two books a week.

Over the last couple of months, it has been found I am able to read more and for longer, it has been noticed my reading speed has also increased which is not something I set out to do. But am happy with this result. It turns out that all you really need to do is read every day. When I first started, I could read between 5-10 pages in a few hours. Now I can read around 18 pages in half an hour this is a huge improvement. I know there are a few factors that need to be considered such as text size, my energy level, how interesting the book is amount of distractions around.

April was a really good reading month as I tried a few self-published authors and finished a series I had been enjoying.

I have really got back into reading before bed although I am happy to pick up a book any time of day.

There is still five days of this month left I plan to have my current thriller finished to which is Her Every Fear by Peter Swanson. So far, its super compelling and we are starting to see how some of the characters are linked within the storyline.

There are a few reviews already up some of the books are continuations of series so it’s hard to talk about them. All books read this month have been four or five stars. I use CAWPILE rating system. I will leave a link to the original creator’s video.

This is the updated version to mine.

Take care,

Dolphin xx

Week away book reviews

Hello,

I hope you are all well and enjoying the sunshine we have at the moment. Well, there is at least in the UK.

Last week, my family and I went on holiday to Devon to stay in some beautiful cottages. This is something that we have been doing with our family friends for the last six years. Sadly, we were unable to in 2020 making this trip all the more exciting.

During the week there were lots of books read by myself which was super relaxing. It was lovely to read by the lake on the grounds whilst listening to the birds around us. Putsbourgh beach was also a lovely place to relax and read. Especially with the sun warming me from outside and books from inside.

The first book I finished was Connected by Rori Pierce. This was a young adult book. It follows Bethany and her journey through an abusive relationship, following how Trevor has such a hold on her. As a topic this is not spoken about in ya as a genre despite it being something many young people experience. I found it very compelling despite the dark subject matter. Books are a great way to learn but at your own pace, pick up and put down as and when required.

I fell in love with Bethany very quickly, seeing some of myself in her. Throughout I found myself getting annoyed at some of her actions although I was able to understand where it came from. As a characher I don’t think you are supposed to like Trevor and I don’t. However, he is such a powerful character. My absolute favourite character has to be Xion949. Through her internet friend Bethany learns what she really wants and how to be happy. I now can’t wait for the sequel to see where this goes.

The second book I finished was an audiobook from the library. This being the third book in the Noughts and Crosses series by Malorie Blackman. Each book in the series is so powerful this was no different. I am going to be deliberately very vague about it as there are so many details that you would need to know. I have been buddy reading this series with a friend. The character growth is amazing, how everything ties together is superbly done. It does also show how there is still so much racism within society today. I am super excited to dive into the next one.

The third book that I completed was Second Chances by Hattie Wells. Hattie is a self published author who I found. As soon as I read the blurb, I was excited to dive in. Imogen, our main character is very cautious. As she becomes more confident with her new boyfriend who happens to be a hugely famous actor who works alongside her, she slowly reveals the past she is running from. Until, something goes wrong ,once again she is feeling lost and alone but this time it is so much worse. I absolutely loved all the characters. It was such a compelling read I had to know what was happening being instantly drawn in. The emotions of each character is portrayed so well that when they were sad, so was I same for happy, angry and other feelings. I am eagerly awaiting the sequal!

I hope that you pick up one or all of these books as I really enjoyed them.

Let me know what you are reading.

Take care,

Dolphin xx

Book review The Midnight Library

Hiya,

Today I’m back with a book review of The Midnight Library by Matt Haig.

This is the first of the two book club selections this month, its been on my radar since it came out in Summer 2020.

It is about the main character Nora who is about to take her own life, she ends up in a library surrounded by rows and rows of books. Each book a version of her life she could have had. This concept was really clever, showing how each decision she makes gives her a completly different life. From mother to Olympian or Glaciologist.

As a charcter she is really relatable with her feelings of loss, depression and anxiety due to the death of her pet. These are feelings that have been a part of my life. I loved how she leart from each life, took something new, and how you can see her thought patterns change from, I want to die to maybe I want to live by the end it becomes I want to live.

For me this was so inspiring because no matter how low I feel, useless or unneeded, this reminded me that I have a huge impact on everyone aroundd me. Even when I don’t feel like I’m making a difference. Helping others has always been important to me, this could be through Girl Guiding, volunteering or just being a listening ear.

Lockdown in the UK is tough we are all struggling, I’m working on myself, changing anti depresants, weekly talking thererpy. I’m not perfect nor will I ever be, but that’s ok. This book was a reminder of that I’m glad it was chosen I can’t wait to chat about it at book club.

Have you read it? Let me know in the comments below.

Take care,

Dolphin xx

Readathon results

Hiya,

I hope you all had a nice Easter, with lots of treats.

So, as you know I decided to be insane and read for 24 hours.

So I began with Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds. It was quick, written in verse, and tackled a heavy topic of death and guns. However, throughout reading this I didn’t want to put it down. This took around two hours to complete.

My second read was Alex Rider Scorpia (book 5) by Anthony Horowitz. This is a great series if you want something quick and light but still action packed. I read the majority of it only having 100 pages left by the end of the challenge. My reading rate was decreasing as the time went on the more tired I became.

To break up the reads between the above two, I read 12 pages of the subtle knife by Phillip Pullman. This is the second in His Dark Materials series. I’m very new to fantasy and have only read a few. This is also the current book club pick. I need to have it finished by 24th April. I think I can get it done.

In total I read 596 pages in 24 hours! I slept for 4 hours in total, did a weekly games session for 2 hours as well.

This was so much fun and I absolutely want to do it again. Next time I will have snacks and drinks ready. (I didn’t intend to even participate in this one.)

What are you reading? Let me know down below.

Take care,

Dolphin xx

Review of Long Way Down

Hello,

It is twenty past one in the afternoon of the readathon.

I finished my first book at 2am.

It was so compelling, the conversions within the lift were so real and true. It was written by a person of colour this made it feel like it had the understanding behind it.

I’m so glad I have read it. I don’t want to give anything away.

Take care,

Dolphin xx

Readathon 2021

Hi,

At midnight I started a 24 hour read a thon it’s something I have wanted to do so this year I’m giving it a go. It’s from midnight 3rd April- midnight 4th April.

This is the book I started with it’s written in verse so should be quite short.

I’m super excited to start it and will let you know my thoughts later on.

At this point all I know is the characters brother gets shot, he spends the lift ride deciding if he is going to kill the shooter as revenge.

Speak soon,

Take care,

Dolphin x

Hello Everyone

Hiya,

It has been a very long time since I last posted. I would love to be posting regularly again.

I feel a quick reintroduction is needed.

Hi,

I’m Aaliyah I’m twenty two. I have several physical and mental health issues. Books are and always have been a huge part of my life.

Here are 10 random facts about me:

  1. My favourite food is prawn cocktail crisps, this is the first food that I ate after my kidney transpant in 2003.
  2. I have never watched a Star Wars film! It has never interested me.
  3. Eeyore is my favourite charachter from Winnie the Pooh this is purely because he is purple which is one of my two favourite colours.
  4. I have my own small business with the Body Shop at Home- This started about 18 months ago. https://www.facebook.com/groups/2618814748128838/?ref=share please do come and join its great fun.
  5. During lockdown I started doing jigsaws, I have completed about 3 possibly four.
  6. At this point I’m in the middle of my 6th bullet journal and still love it.
  7. My favourite band is ALL TIME LOW I have been lucky enough to see them in concert.
  8. I don’t like tomatoes but like ketchup.
  9. Unicorns and dragons are tied as my favourite mythical creatures.
  10. I love Harry Potter and have been twice to the studios in London,

I hope you enjoyed and I cant’t wait to keep this up. See you all next time.

Dolphin xx

Book review 


Hello everyone,

I hope everyone is doing well. I have recently finished the above book. I wanted to share my view on it. This book is about a young boy and his mother learning to cope with  his diagnosis of Autism.

I really enjoyed reading it and was impressed by  the sheer dedication that Jenny shows no matter what situation arrives she keeps her head up and continues to fight for her son Evan. The pain and victories I found myself reacting too just as much as she does. I learnt a lot about the condition which is great because several friends have the condition.

This has come at the right time as I needed something to show me that so long as I keep fighting I can get through. There will always be obstacles in life and you just have to remember  that no matter how hard things are you are strong.

Life is a big big challenge we are all fighting lots of battles some physical some mental and some are situational but nothing is permeant.

Sometimes we need to step back and assess the situation from the bigger picture. As well as celebraing the little sucessess everyday.

Take care,

Dolphin xx

Vision eco bricks

Hello,

I am aware I have been very quiet and I apologise life has been hectic.

Back in March I began something called eco bricking. I was completely new to the whole concept. It has now been a few months and I thought I would let you know how this is going.

Eco bricks are a partial solution to our huge plastic problem.

Over the last few months, I have been part of a small group of people who have been cutting, stuffing and weighing plastic into bottles. In order for these bottles to become building blocks they must be a specific weight based on their capacity.

Today our first creation was formed.

The picture above is a stool. Made of twelve two litre bottles. Its completely stable and I have sat on it. Despite the look it is comfortable to sit on. As a community we are hoping to make a bench out side the Church centre but this needs 1,000 bricks (bottles). This is a long term solution but the amazing thing is these can be re used as many times as we would like.

Ecobricks: Plastic, Solved.

Please follow the above link to find out more.

I can’t wait to keep you all updated on our progress.

Take care,

Dolphin xx