September and October wrap ups

Hi, let’s start with September. I am at college now which means less time to read what I want.

Physical-1

Audio- 3

Ebook-

Total-4

Total pages-1,565

Throne of Glass by Sarah J Mass. This was such a great book lots of action but the love story was also really good. I can’t wait to read the rest of the series. This was my first experience with an assassin and it has made me want more.

Cress By Marissa Meyer. This has been really good so far as a series. I love the way that previous books are intertwined. This took me a little bit longer to work out which retelling this was.

Missing You by Harlan Coben. This had so many layers making me constantly guess what was going to happen next.

Through The Woods by Emily Caroll. Horror is not something that usually catches my eye. With this being a graphic novel however, I thought it was worth a try. The colours added to the overall effect. It was very odd the separate stories did run into each other a bit.

October was a really good month.

Physical-2

Audio-4

Ebook-0

Total-7

Total pages -2,694

The first book to be finished was Piranesi by Susanna Clark. It took me a long time to read this considering it was a small book. I didn’t enjoy endless descriptions of hallways and statues. I had guessed the ending from about half way through. Most of the time I was really confused.

Next was Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J K Rowling . This was much more enjoyable and there were quite a few details I had forgotten. It is great fun to get emerged in this world.

I was also able to finish The Griffin Gate by Vasti Hardy. This was a sweet story for children, the feel of the books are very different from other things I have read. (Steam punk possibly.) It is a really unique setting and concept of warders being able to help and fix issues.

Winter by Marissa Meyers was my next book to be finished. I have really enjoyed this book as a lot of things have slotted into place it was very interesting. I was often listening late into the night. The depth of this world gets better with each book.

The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley was the next thing I was able to listen to. I really enjoyed this. I was shocked by the ending and didn’t see it coming. There were so many details that added to the feeling of the book.

Then came The Puffin Portal by Vasti Hardy. Again, sweet story. It was a nice single sitting audio book.

The final book of this month was another quick listen. Millions by Frank Cotterell. I enjoyed how the two brothers were so different. I think one of the boys has Autism and it was shown really well. It was really cool that his passion is Saints from around the world. It was also good at addressing the feelings that can come up after losing a parent whilst staying positive.

That’s all for now.

Take care,

Dolphin xx

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August Wrapup

Hello I hope you are doing well and , have had a great month. I enjoyed taking part in JadeyRaeReads Polarthon readathon. This was a month long event.

Physical books-3

Audio books-0

Ebooks-1

Total- 4

Total Pages-1,492

The first book I finished in August was Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J K Rowling. This is my second favourite book in the series. The trials are really cool and very cleverly thought out. Ron and Hermione’s arguments are just really funny to me.

The second book I finished was a graphic novel All Time Low Presents: Young Renegades by Tres Dean. This is one that was saved so I could read it on my birthday as the release date was changed a few times. It was really cool the way the different songs were relevant to the story. The style of artwork was also really colourful making the whole experience even better.

Then I was able to finish the next book in a series that I have been reading for a long time. Crocodile Tears by Anthony Horowitz. This is the eighth book in the Stormbreaker series. At times it was hard to keep track of the characters, this might be because book seven was read about a year ago. This felt like it had heigher stakes than previous books. During one particular setion I really was worried what the outcome might be. One thing that doesn’t make sense it it feels as though Alex is fourteen throughout the entire series but it has been set over multiple years.

The final book was The Guest List by Lucy Foley. As this was on my E-reader I have been slowly making my way through this book. It was really enjoyable to read even if I got a couple of the characters muddled up. It has been a while since I read a thriller. I had my prediction of who the killer was and really didn’t see the ending coming.

I am looking forward to taking part in Becca’s bookoplathon in September. What have you been reading?

Take care,

Dolphin xx

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