July Wrap up

Hi,

I can’t believe we are at the end of July already. I managed to start some bigger books and would like to continue this for the rest of the year. This may mean smaller wrapup posts or they may become bimonthly I haven’t decided yet.

Physical-1

Audiobook-1

Ebooks-1

Total-3

Total pages-1,236

The first book I finished was The Runaway Jury by John Grisham. This is usually an author I enjoy however, this specific book was not one I enjoyed this is partly due to the law case being around tobacco companies and smoking. There was a sub plot that made no sense to me. I will still read his works as I usually enjoy them.

The second book finished was Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by JK Rowling. This is one of the two I enjoy the most within the series. The time turner is really cool. Sometimes I wish they were real so I can go back and change things, but I know this will mess things up.

The final book was Scarlet by Marissa Meyers. Another book within a series complete. I am really enenjoying these. I might look at what else is similar. It was really cool how it linked to the previous book.

Take care,

Dolphin xx

June Wrapup

Hi, I hope you are ok. This month I took part in Whaterveryouwantathon. This was hosted by Book Browsing Blog on You Tube. I loved that it was about taking time for you and had self care prompts too. I chose to be part of TBR Travellers which was great fun. Of the 24 prompts I completed 13 prompts this is more than I had expected.

Physical-4

Audio book-3

Ebook-0

Total-7

Total pages-2,092

The first book I finished was The Child Bride by Cathy Glass. This was difficult to read at times due to the nature of the content. A couple of parts I was able to guess but not the full extent. I took my time reading this as it got intense and hard to read. I am very glad she was able to recover from her experience.

The next book to be completed was The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman. This took a while to get into as the first hour and a half was setting up the story. Once I got to know the characters it was really interesting to see how it all weaved together. At times it felt like too many characters to keep track of so I ended up rewinding quite a lot.

Next was Speechless by Kate Darbishire. I enjoyed this book as it is great to see a disabled main character. I was able to relate to some of her troubles.

I went on to finish Harley Hitch And The Iron Forest by Vashti Hardy. This was a super short audio book. It was centred around friendship and saving the environment. The vibes this book gave are not like anything I have read before. It makes me want to read more of her work.

Then I completed my reread of The Chamber of Secrets by JK Rowling. This is a comfort series for me so I enjoyed being back at Hogwarts. The howler sent to Ron by his mum is still my favourite part.

The next book of the month was The Peculiar Tales Of The Tentacle Boy By Richard Pickard. This is my first experience with reading along with the audio book playing which was really cool as I felt it made it different. The part that I felt didn’t make as much sense was the characters saying “said” this then made it feel a little jarring.

The last book I was able to finish was Long way to Mercy by David Baldacci. This is a new author and I really enjoyed this audio book. It will be awesome to pick up some more of his books.

I am super happy with how the month went. What are you reading?

Take care,

Dolphin xx

May Reading Wrapup

Hi,

How are you doing? I have been very tired this month and therefore been taking my reading quite slow.

Physical- 4

Audio books-0

Ebooks-0

Total Pages- 1,240

Total- 4

Reached by Ally Condie. This is the final book in the Matched trilogy. There were lots of things I hadn’t picked up on in previous books that made me re think. The element of the big question being who is the pilot took far to long to be revealed. Some elements I felt were irrelevant which ended up in me being frustrated. I know this review is vague but I don’t want to include any spoilers.

Heartstopper volume 4 by Alice Oseman. This is another series I am now up to date with until the fifth book is released. This handled the topic of eating disorders really well. It is a difficult topic in general. The information given is accurate to my knowledge. Nick is so gentle with Charlie and understanding. Once again with it being a graphic novel the illistrations were adorable.

Big Panda Tiny Dragon by James Norbury. This was a very small book but was really sweet. It’s a little spirit lifter. The drawings on each page were really effective. The small amount of colours used worked really well.

Harry Potter and the Phillosopher’s Stone by J K Rowling. This is a re-read. My plan is to read one of these books each month to complete the series by December, however if it takes longer I don’t mind. This is a series that feels very comforting to me.

I hope you have been able to get some reading done too.

Take care,

Dolphin xx

April Wrapup

Hiya,

Hope you are doing well. I can’t believe we are at the end of April already. I spent a lot of the month finishing my college courrse making my reading a bit sporadic until we went away.

Total Pages-1,937

Physical books-4

Ebooks-0

Audiobooks-2

Total-6

The first book I finished was Rosie Loves Jack by Mel Dabon. This was a lovely (for most of it) story and it was great to see a disabled character being independent. The love felt so real and true. There was a big twist that I really didn’t see coming. The twist made me feel very uncomfortable but it was designed to.

The second book was Shopaholic and Sister by Sophie Kinsella. This is a very old series but I still want to make progress on this. It was really easy to get invested in.This was as great as the other books. There are some parts of the main charater that I can relate to. The situations she finds herself in are outragous and seem ridiculous but that’s what makes it funny. It is a comfort series for me as it is so absorbing.

Next I finished Sad Perfect by Stephanie Eliot. This was about Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder. (ARFID) It was really interesting to find out about the thoughts and feelings behind this disorder. Alongside how much it takes over a persons life. This is a newer mental health issue so I didn’t know much about it. It was nice to have a book with short chapters.

The next book of the month was A Mindfulness Guide For The Frazzled by Ruby Wax. It was funny but serious at the same time. I listened to this whilst we were away. I loved the personal stories being woven in and how it felt like she was getting side tracked. This made it feel like a conversation.

Then it was Brightstorm by Vashti Hardy. This was a great adventure story about a race to a far away place using sky ships which I thought was really cool. I also loved the found family element. It did take a little while to fully understand the world but I think that was more down to me having to rewind the audiobook a lot.

The final book was Heartstopper volume 3 by Alice Oseman. Once again I loved this. Absolutely adorable it was great to learn a lot about not only the main characters but also the friends.

Can’t wait to know what you have been reading.

Take care,

Dolphin xx

March wrap up

Hi everyone,

I hope you are all ok. I started quite a few books in March but got very busy with coursework so this month is short and sweet.

Total pages- 667

Ebooks-1

Audio books-

Physical books-1

Total- 2

The first book I read in March was Girl Crush by Rori Pierce. This was a great book with female female romance. I was rooting for the relationship to work out. It felt real as the arguments and misunderstandings happen like that in real life. Can’t wait for the sequel.

The other book I finished was I’m Still Here by Clelie Avit. This was translated from French. This reminded me of If I Stay by Gayle Foreman. It kept me gripped and rooting for her to wake up. The love interest was great. The dual timeline did confuse me sometimes.

That’s all for this month. Fingers crossed with my course finishing soon I can get back to reading more.

Take care,

Dolphin xx

February wrapup

Hi,

Hope you are all well.

Total Pages-2,184

Ebooks-

Audio books-2

Physical books- 5

I started the month by reading a couple of short stories the first was Paris for one by Jojo Moyes. It was sweet but not enough to entice me in to any of her other short stories.

My next short book was The Perfect Murder by Peter James. This w brilliant from start to finish. Had me guessing the entire time! It was short but definitely took me by surprise.

The third book of the month was Heartstopper Volume 2 by Alice Oseman. This was adorable and I loved it. It was superfast as it was a graphic novel! I’m now half way through the series. (Until the next book comes out.)

The fourth book was The Panda the Cat and the Dreadful Teddy by Paul Manger. This was very funny! It had a lot of swearing in. It was a great read one evening. As it wasn’t long and the drawings were really sweet too.

The next book to be completed was The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S Lewis. This is one I started early in 2020 and have been reading on and off ever since. It is a collection of all seven books in one volume. My favourite was The Lion The Witch And the Wardrobe as my favourite character is Aslan. The world building was amazing it was really fun to imagine all the scenes and characters in my head.

The next book I finished was Into the Water by Paula Hawkins. After listening to one of her other books a month or so ago I was super excited for this. It kept me hooked all the way through. The way new information was discovered was awesome.

I then finished The Boy From The Woods by Harlan Coben. Once again a great book the intrigue was high as it was fast pace and something new was always coming up. I can’t wait to see what’s next.

I hope you have all had a good month.

Take care,

Dolphin xx

January Book Wrap Up

Hi everyone,

I hope you had a good Christmas and New Year. It’s crazy to think we are in 2022!

My New year has been good I have started a new course at college for the next three months so here comes mountains of essay writing!

One of my focuses this year is to finish and continue some series. At the end of last year a spreadsheet was created so I know which book is next in each series, its made me eager to read some series that I was putting off.

Here are my stats for the month.

Total Pages-1,288

Ebook-0

Audio book- 2

Physical book- 2

Total Books-4

The very first thing finished this month was Win by Harlan Coben. Each time I have listened or read his books they have been brilliant however, this one took me a lot longer before I got into it. I’m still unsure if my attention wasn’t on it quite as much or it wasn’t as interesting as I had hoped. This is nowhere near enough to put me off his work. It would be great to read a few of his backlist titles.

The second book of 2022 was Quiddich Through The Ages by J K Rowling. It was really fun to find out more about this wizarding sport and how it came about. It was also just over 100 pages so super speedy read.

Thirdly, I finished A Slow Fire Burning by Paula Hawkins. This is one borrowed from the library via audio. So much action and suspense has been created that I sped through it. Every little detail had been thought about. As soon as it was finished, I looked for some of her other work. This has made me really excited for any future release.

The fourth book that was finished was a romance, titled One Day In December by Josie Silver. Apart from one author it isn’t very often that I read romance, this year I would like to read some more. This was predictable a little towards the last 60 pages (roughly) but, this did not reduce the enjoyment of it though.

Take Care,

Dolphin xx

November/December Reading Wrap up

My November reading went really well and I’m super happy with the results.

Total pages- 2,624

Audio-3

Physical – 5

Total-8

The first book I started and finished in November was Rainbow Grey by Laura Ellen Anderson. This was a lovely super speedy light weight middle grade. Just what I needed at the time. The illustrations were brilliant and made me really happy. The story’s hidden message was really cool about accepting who you are even if you are different, as well as your idol may not be what you expect. This is such a positive book. can’t wait for the sequel to come out early next year.

The second book I finished was one I started last month. This was 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher. The subject was taboo (suicide). I’m aware there is a show and film but I’m yet to watch it. I wasn’t as impressed with it overall. Several times it didn’t feel believeable. Along-side this, she was doing this as revenge which isn’t right. There would be more people than she realised who do love her and will miss her.

The third book I finished was an audio book called The Outrage by William Hussey. This was really good, it made me realise I really like dystopian young adult. It was super informative to me. LGBT is a topic I know very little about so was great to see their thoughts and feelings. I really enjoyed it. The fear felt is so scary and how they fear for their lives at times.

I then finished What Katy Did Next by Susan Coolidge. The copy I own was very old so looks really pretty, along-side this the illustrations that had been inserted throughout were really good. It was so wholesome and sweet. The book was also super short so didn’t take long at all.

After that my next book was the sequel to a book I listened to last month. Jane Doe and The Key of all Souls by Jeremy Lachlan. I loved the continuation of the book. It was just as good.

The buddy read of Crossed by Ally Condie was the next book I finished. The character growth was really good and was very interesting. The ending had us both very frustrated. This made us eager to get to the last book. Due to the hectic of Christmas and time away we both agreed to start the final book next year.

Show Us Who You Are by Elle McNicol was a great book. I LOVED the representation of Autism and ADHD which is something I don’t know much about. The way the two children bonded was lovely. The concept of digitally creating a person without their perceived flaws was really interesting, it got me thinking about how far is too far? How much does it change the person? Do they become unrecognisable? Everyone should read this they will learn a lot. Elle has another book which I would love to read.

Freckles by Cecelia Ahern was a really fun and uplifting audiobook. The accent by the narrator made it even better. It was super relatable which did surprise me. It also made me laugh a lot. This is my first by her and I’m super excited to try the others.

In December I finished two books, the first physical the second audio.

The Christmasaurus by Tom Fletcher was a really enjoyable read making me feel really festive. I do want to go on adventures like that now though. It was really cool that the main character is in a wheelchair. The illustrations definately added to the story. It really did feel magial.

I also We Are Totally Normal by Rahul Kanakia. This was a good story and gave a lot of informaation about what it is like to be LGBTQIA+, before starting this I was super excited but by the end I was disapointed. It didn’t engage me as much as expected which does make me sad.

My initial goal for 2021 was 55 books which is one more than the year before. Later in the year this increased to 75. By the end of 2021 I had completed 70 books!

I hope everyone has had a good Christmas and New Year.

Take Care,

Dolphin xx

October Wrap up

Hiya,

In October my reading started realy well with a handful of books I almost finished in September.

Total Pages- 2,781

Audio- 4

Physical-3

Ebook-1

Total-8

The first audio book I finished within October was a reread (or is it relisten?) of The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak. I originally borrowed my friend’s physical copy but now request the audiobook from my library. This book is set during the war and focuses on the life of a young girl. The imagary created is amazing and so beautiful. One of the reasons I love this book is that it is written from the perspective of death which is really unusual.

One of my friends and I have decided to read the Matched Trilogy by Ally Condie so we read the first one. It has been a while since I physically read a dystopian. I really enjoyed learning about a new world and different way of functioning. Parts of it felt a little futuristic with the way they are controlled. It was super intreging.

I had the privilage of having an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) of Love at First Fright by Rori Pierce. Usually. spooky books don’t interest me but thought I would try something new because it also has romance in it. This was read in the space of foty eight hours in a car on my kindle. There was definitely spooky vibes, reading late at night in the dark car was honestly the best atmosphere! There were some really tense moments and I was physically shaking. Such a great reading experience. Another brilliant story.

Next up I finished Love Frankie by Jacqueline Wilson. As a child I read almost all the available books. Now she has around 100 published books. A couple of my favourites are Lola Rose and Lily Alone. There is something about the way she writes and how real each story feels that means at 23 I still love her work. She started my love for reading and I will be forever grateful. So back to Love Frankie, once again everytthing felt so real, each book tackles a real life topic and this was no different. In her early teens the main character Frankie is unsure if she is in love with a girl at school or if she is being used. Some aspecs reminded me of my own time at school.

The fifth book I completed was an An Angel Healed Me by Theresa Cheung. The idea of this book was sweet, a compilation of encounters with those who have passed away. – few stories may stay with me for a short time but I can’t see any lasting impact. This might just be that I’m not the right audience for it. Even as I type, I’m unsure if this was fiction or non fiction as it has people’s stories in it. There are no plans to read any of her other work in the future.

Cinder by Marissa Meyer was the next completed audiobook. Sci-fi isn’t something that I gravitate towards very often so yes, a quick search was done for what is a cyborg? (For those of you who like me, don’t know its part human part machine.) This was one that surprised me. It was great fun and a really cool twist on Cinderella. My favourite character was Iko her assistant. I didn’t realise it was part of a series but my plan is to continue. It was odd that it was around a virus as usually that’s something I avoid.

The seventh book was another audio book this time Jane Doe Cradle of All World by Jeremy Lachlan. I managed to listen to this one alongside my friend who lives on the other side of the world!! It was a really cool middle grade adventure story. It was full of friendship, betrayal, travelling and keys. I fell in love with it super fast. A few times as I took my powered chair to collect my medications I was listening to it on the way. It isn’t something I would have picked up on my own but it was great fun.

The last book I finished was The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd. This one I borrowed from a friend. It was really interesting to see the world when there was a big divide due to a person’s skin colour. I thought it was really cool that it was written from the young white girl’s perspective and how innocent she is to begin with. There was one character I instantly fell in love with and got very upset by her ending.

Take care,

Dolphin xx

September reading

Hi everyone,

The month of September was a full month readathon by one of the handful of booktubers (youtube for books) that I love to watch. Becca plays a spin on the game Monopoly to decide the books. I got a copy of the board. If a double number on the die is thrown an extra book is added. In total I had a stack of twelve books. Overall four of those were completed.

Total Pages-1,315

Audio-2

Physical-2

Ebook-0

Total-4

The first book I finished in September was The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith. This was borrowed off a friend and I am super glad to have read it. The setting of Botswana was interesting to learn about. On a couple of occasions, I did lose track of what was happening. (Probably should have put it down before midnight). The plot was better than the way it was written in some places due to the repetitiveness at times. If possible, I would continue the series.

The second book of September was Becoming by Michelle Obama. As an audiobook this was over nineteen hours long!! Despite that it was worth it. Throughout I was taking some notes as it was just so interesting. I especially liked that the lives of her children being in there as one is the same age as me.

Educated by Tara Westover caught my eye many years ago so when the audio book became available, I got really excited and reserved it instantly. This was her experience living in a very strict Morman household which is something I know nothing about. Some of what she has been through was difficult to listen to so I had to pause ever now and then. The whole experience was really interesting to me. She was so brave to actually even write it despite some of the painful memories that was have surfaced.

The final book I finished was Wishful Thinking by Ali Sparkes. The beginning of this book was really intriguing to me. But although I do really enjoy adventure stories this one just didn’t click with me which I am sad about. Even as I’m typing this, I can’t place why that is. Maybe it was too young for me, maybe a couple of events felt to close to my current situation and was just bad timing.

I hope your reading is going well. Are you reading spooky books this month? I might read one.

Take care,

Dolphin xx