May Wrap up

Hello,

I can’t believe we are already at the end of May!

This month I read

Books completed-3

Audiobooks-5

Total pages 2,708

Total 8

I began the month with The Flat Share by Beth O’Leary. My favourite character was Tiffy because she was true to herself. Her line of work was also really cool to find out about. The part that I found really interesting was the controlling relationship between her and Justin. It was written so well that as the reader you are able to sympathise with her and understand some of her actions. The Post-it notes between her and her flatmate were brilliant. I did see the ending coming but I didn’t mind,

The Second book of May was Madam Doubtfire by Anne Fine this is a book I have owned for many years. One of my reading aims is to read all the books I own so that’s another off the list. I remember the film from when I was younger and it was exactly the same there wasn’t anything different between the two making it predictable,

Next up was The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. The discription of the nature coming to life was absolutely the best part. The way Mary acted to begin with was so horrible, she never did apologise even if she lashed out physically. I understand this was written many years ago but don’t feel like I would recomend it for this reason. My other main issue with it is Colin. As a charachter to begin with again like Mary, he isn’t nice he does change in some ways. I found it difficult to read at times this is because to me it felt as though the message of the book in regards to disability is just keep practising which yes, can be good advice but also can set a young childs asperations to high eaither causing a lot of disapointment or potentially injury.

Usually I love work by Harlan Coben it grips me from the beginning and I can’t get through it fast enough. Unfortunately, this was not the case with Don’t Let Go. The story was good but I didn’t feel any attatchment to the charaters which did surprise me. This will not put me off him as an author as I have really enjoyed everything else he has written. I am unable to say anymore as I don’t remember anything that happened.

Both of the next books were much more enjoyable. The first being Running Wild by Michael Morpurgo. This again came from my shelves from when I was much younger however, I really enjoyed this story and on several occassions was still reading at midnight. The concept was brilliant, a child being lost on an elephant after a tsunami. The relationship between the two felt so real. The other animals that were met along the way made the story even better. The compromise at the end was a really clever way to finish it. Throughout there were some brilliant illistrations too.

A Pinch of Magic by Michelle Harrison. This was brilliant I was able to relate to the charaters. The feeling of adventure was great. The energy and adventure felt so uplifting. I am glad this is the first in a trilogy can’t wait to read the next one.

Cross fire by Malorie Blackman was my next completed audio book. It was not the ending to the series I expected at all. It was a bit darker. I still enjoyed it but don’t want to ruin it for anyone.

My final book was Ali Cross by James Patterson. This was an awesome book to end the month on. It was about a child wanting to follow in his dad’s footsteps of being a detective. The son’s friend goes missing so this is the perfect chance for him to put his skills into practise. I loved the father son relationship.

Which of these books have you read? Which have caught your attention? Let me know in the comments below.

Take care,

Dolphin xx

Little clip

Hello,

I hope you are well.

I volunteer on a course with a local charity called Safe New Futures online. It helps young people to look at their barriers and work out how to deal with things going on in their life.

This is a clip from last week. I found it so powerful that I had to share.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=157&v=BOksW_NabEk&feature=emb_logo

Take care,

Dolphin x

A few pictures

Hi,

So yesterday I went out for a little bit and just wanted to share some pictures.

It was so lovely to see different plants.

I hope you are well.

Take care,

Dolphin xx

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