The Power of Habit
Among the things my dyslexia affects is my ability to stay organised, remember things, and keep on schedule. One of the best methods I have found so far to cope with these issues is forming the right habits, so when I came across this book I was intrigued. It turns out I’m not the only person who uses habit to compensate for the less competent parts of their brains, especially in the case of memory…and then there are always bad habits, which can derail people’s lives. This book explains through fascinating case studies how habits form and affect real people, and how habits can be altered. I found it absolutely fascinating, and I’m sure it will inspire people with difficulties similar to my own to test ways of using habit to give them an advantage.
Etiquette and Espionage
This is one of my favourite books to recommend for teenage girls, and the start of a fabulous series. The best way I have found to describe it is Pride and Prejudice with the supernatural, and the sort of action you’d expect of a James Bond novel. Set in an alternate Victorian London, where deadly apparitions are quite real, poor young Sophronia is sent off to finishing school to cure her unladylike ways. Certainly there are lessons on range of sophisticated and feminine subjects, but that’s not all the girls are being taught. Mademoiselle Geraldine’s finishing school produces young ladies who are just as deadly as they are charming. I don’t think you can help but be enchanted by the playful wit, daring ladies, and the descriptions of their beautiful outfits. Did I say it was just for teenage girls? I’m sure there are plenty of people who left their teens behind some time ago who would fall just as in love with this book as I did.
Fortunately, the Milk
This is my children’s pick for the month, but adults are also sure to enjoy this out of this world story of one father’s quest to bring home milk for his children. It has everything; aliens, vampires, pirates, a time traveling dinosaur professor, and of course, milk. It’s brilliant to see a dad being a hero for once, and involved in his children’s lives. The family interactions, especially the relationship between the brother and sister, are also wonderfully observed. Full of adventure and humour, this is sure to help foster a love of stories. If you like the sound of any of these audiobooks why not download one for free at: http://www.audibletrial.com/thecodpast This promo code gets you a free 30 day trail of Audible including one free audiobook.
Sarah Fearn is a Bookseller and dyslexic writer. She graduated from the University of Kent with a degree in English, American Studies and Creative Writing in 2010. She began developing Dysbooks shortly afterwards. Dsybooks is an online resource for dyslexic adults with an interest in literature, and for those supporting younger dyslexics to develop a love of reading and writing for pleasure.
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