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

Dialysis Poem

Hello all,

I have recently joined a group of fellow people with kidney issues, several of us have had dialasis. This poem was shared in the group and I wanted to share it with you all. As a four year old I had this three times a week I am glad I don’t remeber a lot of it otherwise I think I would have nightmares. So here it is.

Dialysis by Kait

If life is for the living then why am I spending it dying?

I live my life day to day wondering will it ever go away?

As I’m hooked to a machine for a chance at another day, cleaning, filtering away any chance I have of living normally again.

I wake up in pain as I run to the bathroom, the sickness in my stomach taking hold, hugging the toilet who at times seems my only friend for the ones I have would never understand the comfort I seek in the porcelain touch.

Hundreds of pills I take that were promised but failed to work, but the hardest pill to swallow is that I am a remnant.

A remnant of the girl I used to be, that happy, carefree girl who didn’t have to watch the clock for medication.

The girl who could walk around a supermarket without almost collapsing because years of steroid treatment has destroyed her legs.

The girl who once woke up loving life.

Now she wakes wondering will the marks that destroyed her body ever leave, the damage done by the drugs be repaired. Will she ever be able to walk unsupported down the isle to the one who promised no matter what he’d never leave the fragile shell she’s become.

Every day I wake should be a blessing but instead it’s a cursed reminder that my body is no temple, it is battered and bruised beyond the promised repair. 

The sickness and the pain I feel is nothing compared to the ache my family feels as they try to understand and I try to explain what I feel but I cannot.

This pill I take.

This pill cannot be washed down with a glass of water.

It cannot be cleaned, filtered by a machine.

If life is spent dying, then why am I so desperately trying to spend it living?
Did you learn something new today? Let me know in the comments.

Take care,

Dolphin xx

Eco Bricking

Hello,

Earlier this week I learnt how to eco brick it was amazing. It’s one way we can all save the planet. 

This is the 500ml bottle it took three people two hours of working on it! 

These can be used for tables, chairs, furnature and so much more. 

I hope you join in and become an eco bricker. 

http://ecobricks.org/

Please do sign up, you could create a community project and not only socialise but save the planet.

Take care,

Dolphin xx

Ps if you have a go please do let me know.