My year in books (2018)

Can you believe its the middle of January and here I am with no new year resolutions in sight (I’m working on it)!

The one resolution I do have, similar to that of last year – is to read more. Last year I discovered a gem of an app called ‘Goodreads’, it’s an absolute must for bookworms like myself.

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Goodreads helps you to discover new books as well as add books to a virtual library, compartmentalising them into 3 sections: Want to read, currently reading and read. You can also see as a percentage how much you’ve completed & update your progress, throwing away the need for bookmarks (if you’re brave).

Goodreads have so many amazing features that can be explored both through their app and desktop site.  My favourite is their reading challenge which runs throughout the year. I started mid-year in 2018 and managed to read 12 books. This may not seem like a lot, but balancing a full-time job amongst other responsibilities/activities, makes it hard to sometimes even fit in 20mins of reading a day. This year I have challenged myself to read 15 books, starting off with ‘It’ by Stephen King.

Anyway, that’s enough of me rambling on. Below is a recap of the books I’ve read in 2018, and my thoughts as to whether or not I would recommend them.

Please, if you have any suggestions on books to read, both fiction & non-fiction, then leave a comment in the comment section. 🙂

My year in books

The introvert entrepreneur: Amplify your own strengths and create success on your own terms

This book is a must for both introverts and extroverts alike! It is a great tool to understand how to use our energy source in a way that will enable us to succeed in the world of entrepreneurship.

4/5

A feast for crows

All my GOT fans make some noise!! This book is a very hefty one, so you need time and patience to get through this. The details and plot twists outlined in these pages ties up everything we’ve learnt in the TV series so far.

4.5/5

The memory illusion: remembering, forgetting, and the science of false memories

If like me, you have trouble sometimes establishing what’s real & what’s not, or even confusing someone else’s memories with your own, then you need to read this! Forensic psychologist Dr Julia Shaw, explains in layman’s terms just how our brains function and why we cannot rely on it too much.

3.5/5

He said/ she said

A pretty average thriller with some confusing plot twists towards the end

3/5

The girl on the train 

I had to wait for the whole hype surrounding this book to die down, so in true typical Adina fashion, it took me years to finally get around to reading this. If you haven’t already then don’t bother.

2/5

The couple next door


This was the first ‘E-book’ I ever read, which at the time was only 0.99p. In relation to the price, this is a pretty good book with an interesting storyline. It’s not a must read but rather a book that will help to pass the time.

3/5

The power

One word: Amazing!! I have a review up on this which you can find here.

4.5/5

You let me in

THIS BOOK HAS THE BIGGEST PLOT TWIST EVER!! Will leave you never wanting to put your home on Airbnb.

4/5

Why we sleep: The new science of sleep and dreams

Honestly, everyone needs to read this. Matthew Walker explains exactly why we need 8 hours of sleep and the dangers that lay ahead if we don’t.

4/5

The hate u give

Right, so everyone ranted and raved about this film, I purposely didn’t watch it as I wanted to read it first… You guys will probably hate me for saying this but omg (sorry)… Too many pop culture references in a bid to be relevant. The storyline had so much potential but I think this book will age pretty quickly.

0/4

Into the water

This is the second book by Paula Hawkins that’s made it onto this list. A tad confusing in some sections but miles better than her first book ‘Girl on the train’.

4/5

Slay in your lane

Stop what you’re doing and order this right now! There are so many gems in this book, so many I wish I knew back when I was 15. I won’t say too much as I really want to do a separate post about it (yes it was that good).

I know this is a pretty lengthy post, so if you’ve reached this far then thank you so much for reading 🙂 Hope everyone is having an amazing new year so far.

The Memory Illusion

For as long as I can remember I have loved to read, so much so that my childhood basically revolved around trips to the library and my local bookstore.

Once I had reached to University, reading for fun was non-existent. Long gone were the days where I would curl up next to the heater with a hot chocolate in one hand, and my favourite novel in the other. Instead, this was replaced by a structured reading list featuring massive hardbacks about epistemology, Corporate governance and operations & quality management.

However, with my graduation ceremony taking place last year, marking the end of my University journey, I no longer had any excuses. I am only on book 3/10 for the year. Although I have a long way to go I am pleased with my progress so far. I have even started a Bookstagram (an Instagram for books). Sounds weird I know but it’s actually pretty cool.

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The Memory Illusion

The memory illusion by Dr Julia Shaw showcases various facts and examples on why we cannot trust our memories, and how we are tricked into believing events have taken place, when in fact no such thing has occurred. Most of the memories we have are not even ours. They are simply conjured up and based upon the memories of others, evidently going on to create somewhat of a pseudo-timeline.

This book started off quite slow and took a lot of effort for me to keep on reading, hence the reason why it took me around three weeks to finish it. However one example really caught my attention, this was to do with false confessions or what some like to call coerced confessions.

Dr Shaw touches on the judicial system, and how interrogations when conducted in a particular fashion, can manipulate the innocent into believing they are guilty; eventually going so far as describing how they carried out the supposed crime. This is what many believed happened to Brendan Dassey from Netflix’s true-crime documentary: Making a murderer. Brendan’s age and lack of education were two of the apparent reasons that made him susceptible to this type of memory illusion. Research has shown that those aged eighteen and under are four times more likely than adults, to confess to a crime they didn’t commit.

Another thing I have learnt is that multitasking doesn’t exist…Yup, you heard me right there is NO such thing as multitasking. Our brains just do not have the capacity to focus on more than one thing at any one time. Instead, we do a thing called task switching. This means that instead of completing two or more things simultaneously, our brain switches off completely from that task the moment we introduce another.

Although reading this seemed like a chore at times, I did enjoy some chapters of this book and managed to learn a little about myself in the process. If you would like to learn more about memories and their illusions then you can purchase the book here.

Tunes on a Tuesday 11: Still II

This week’s ‘Tune on a Tuesday’ goes to Still II by independent artist, AYLØ.

Honestly the first time I heard this song I would not have guessed that AYLØ is actually based in the UK… Hertfordshire to be precise. His sound is quite refreshing, in a time where we have an abundance of carbon copies disguised as artists.

Produced by Le Mav,  Still II is a tad basic but it actually works really well in allowing us to focus on AYLØ’s captivating vocals and affectionate lyrics. I’m excited to hear more of AYLØ, as I believe he has so much more left to give

Check out Still II below:

Tunes on a Tuesday 10: Album of the year (freestyle)

Hello humans,

As you may or may not have noticed, there was no ‘Tunes on a Tuesday’ post last week. I was away on a training course for work, so when it came to the end of the day, I was absolutely drained & had no energy left to post (sorry).

This return has me feeling like J.Cole on his new track ‘Album of the year (freestyle). So is j.cole back?

By the looks of things yes, but it could just also be a one off for this freestyle.

The flow, the lyrics, the vibes…everything about this track reminds me of old Cole, Friday night lights Cole … the Cole that we all love and miss.

Don’t get me wrong, KOD was great but it was missing that hunger, that drive & determination that cemented Cole on the throne in the first place. I really hope ‘album of the year (freestyle)’ does as well as I think it can & hopefully signifies the return of J.Cole. Check the track out below.

Tunes on a Tuesday 09: Turning Page

Welcome back guys!

This week I haven’t really found any new music that I like enough to post, so I thought it would be best to throw it back, and dedicate this Tuesday’s tune to Turning Page by sleeping at last.

Turning page was featured in Breaking Dawn part 1 (the 4th instalment of the Twilight Saga). It was one of the most memorable tracks from the film, due to the fact that it was used to walk Bella (the protagonist) down the aisle. Naturally 15 year old, Twilight obsessed me, decided that I too would one day walk down the aisle to that song & have my wedding on August 13th, the same day as Edward & Bella. A little overboard I know, but we will wait and see.

” I’ve waited 100 years, and I’d wait a million more for you”

The first line of Turning Page beautifully captures the essence and emotion that is carried throughout the remainder of the song. This song is most definitely the reason to why I am constantly in my feelings. Even at such a young age I loved the idea of love & lived vicariously through music like this . Although I wouldn’t label myself as a romantic, one day I hope I will actually be able to listen back to this song and feel for myself just what Sleeping at last were singing about, and who knows, I may even walk down the aisle to it 😋