BOOK REVIEW| The Two Lives of Lydia Bird by Josie Silver

19 April 2020

There are some authors out there that I discover and fall in love with. One of those that I discovered last year was Josie Silver, who released her first book One Day in December in 2018. I read and loved that book last year when I read it so much so that when I saw at the end of the book that you could pre-order Josie's next book which was released on e-book in January of this year.When the day came, the book was downloaded and The Two Lives of Lydia Bird was begun.

The book centres around the main character of Lydia Bird herself, a twenty something with her whole life sorted, a man Freddie who she loves and is engaged to, a loving family and a job she enjoys. But unfortunately on her 27th Birthday, Freddie passes away after a terrible accident. Lydia has to learn to start again, with the help of her mum, sister Elle and Freddie's best friend Jonah, all of which have their own issues to drive through too. But miraculously, Lydia discovers a new way of  gaining a chance at her old life with Freddie. and she needs to find her way through essentially living a double life and what if there's someone in her new life who wants her to stay?

This book was completely different in feel to Josie's first book and it actually took me a while to engage with the characters and the story itself but overall, I grew to love Lydia and her two lives. I became super attached and sat crying at midnight in bed when I finished the book #selfisolationfeels, am I right? I'm not going to give any spoilers but I will only say that I loved the direction of the story and how the book took it's form, showing Lydia's two lives and how things differed in them.

I would recommend this book to all, especially if you were a fan of One Day in December. I already can't wait for Josie's next book, which was hinted at at the end of the e-book, titled Forty-Three Love Letters. I'm now off to fan girl a little more over Josie and her books, especially as I have recently discovered that she is a midlands girl just like me. 

Rating (out of 5)


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Currently I'm...

12 April 2020

I'm always one to jump on a bandwagon I thought I'd have a go at something that I saw on a video on YouTube by Carrie Hope Fletcher. Essentially, it's a chance to discuss what I'm currently doing. Let's be honest right now I'm mostly sat in very comfy clothes sat on a laptop, whilst eating everything in sight but luckily for me Carrie has got some categories to go through. So are you ready and comfortable, currently I'm...

READING... I've literally finished my current book, which was The Two Lives of Lydia Bird by Josie Silver. It is a book I was desperate to read after reading her first book One Day in December. I shall review the book soon and I'm now going to sit and decide my next book.
WATCHING...With nothing else to do, I'm watching a lot. I have watched a lot of old favourites on Amazon Prime, Netflix and Disney + because I'm crazy and have everything. The other things I have enjoyed watching are live theatre shows that have been released during this lock down period, which definitely helps tie me over until the theatres re open. I am also part of a theatre Whatsapp group, where we all watch the same show at the same time and chat about it which is really nice.
LISTENING TO...Again a lot of musical theatre songs are being listened to. Musical theatre for me is a safe place, a haven and therefore if anything is going to get me through this time it shall be musicals. Current favourites have been You Will Be Found from Dear Evan Hansen and the entire Prince of Egypt London Cast Recording.

COOKING... At home I have helped with the cooking even helping with the Sunday lunches which is my favourite thing to do. Right now though I want to do some baking but I just don't know what to bake and I also don't know if we have the ingredients too.
TRYING...To keep some normality. In this weird situation where nothing is as it should be, I have definitely found it difficult at times to keep my brain healthy. For me finding normality is key. Keeping up with my uploading schedule on YouTube is helpful especially as the editing portion gives my mind something to concentrate. I think writing this blog will also help so definitely keep up to date with everything on here.

OBSESSED WITH...Television shows. I'm one for terrible reality american television. I have recently got back into the Real Housewives franchise and the most recent find has been the newest series of Real Housewives of New York City. As well as that I have also fallen back in love with The Good Karma Hospital and Our Girl, both of which have got new series currently on television, which gives me something to watch every week and something to countdown to as well.

What have you been enjoying recently?

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The New Normal

4 April 2020

What a time to be alive eh?

We are all currently going through something that nobody has ever been through before. A global pandemic definitely forces you to look at things a new. I've never spent so much time in my house in so long and with that obviously it gives everyone more time to think about things but also to reevaluate other aspects of yourself. For me,it's giving me chance to  break certain habits and gain new ones change from one normal to a new normal.

I've fallen back in love with reading. It is definitely something tat I do in waves, one minute I can't put a book down the next I can't pick one up. I have put myself back onto the book reading path recently and I'm currently reading each evening before I go to sleep for a little escapism before bed because let's be honest in the current climate we all need a little escape.

I am also exercising more than I did, in a one way or another. Due to our current restriction of one piece of exercise a day, our family have a rota for walking the dog. I'm currently part of the evening team which means after a day of work I can switch off, get some fresh air and take a picture of a sunset or two.

The one thing I truly miss is the knowledge that theatres are there for the hard times. For me, theatre is an escape something that is there for me at all times. If I'm down it is there to lift me up and if I'm up then it'll make my mood even better. Obviously every theatre is shut with no returning opening dates set in stone and that is the worst bit for me. Luckily we have the internet, with so many places to watch something. I will write a completely separate blog post on the shows available to watch and where to watch them and I might even review a few on here too as I am currently part of a whatsapp group of fellow theatre lovers where we are watching shows together and talking about them. It's getting us all through this very weird theatre free world.

The strangest thing though out of everything is that there is really no real routine in life right now. I've heard many people say that it is an extended version of that time in between Christmas and New Years Day where nobody knows what day it is and what we should be doing. I myself currently has the weirdest sleeping pattern, I'm eating at all sorts of times of the day and my motivation comes very much in waves.

Through this time I think the best way to think is to just take it day by day, if you achieve everything great, if you just make it through the day that's also good. Me, I think I'm going to keep going, I'd like to type my feelings out and use my platforms for good. If you want to escape from your world for a bit come to mine. I'm still publishing YouTube content on all three of my channels and I'm going to be here typing my feelings and thoughts and just keeping everyone up to date.

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