The Joy of Audiobooks – Bookish

Goodreads has an awesome post on their blog about audio books. It got me thinking about how much I love them and the reasons why.

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I didn’t start listening to audiobooks until about 4 years ago when I started my current 8-5 office job. I was staring at a computer screen editing photos for 8 hours a day 40 days a week in utter silence (my co-workers didn’t believe in talking apparently). I got sick of listening to music within 2 weeks. . . so I turned to podcasts but couldn’t find one I liked at the time. So I googled Free Audiobooks and listened to A Little Princess and then The Swiss Family Robinson. Then I visited my library and checked out The Bourne Identity on audio CD. While checking it out my librarian introduced me to Overdrive and the Oklahoma Virtual Library and the rest is history.

I love the Virtual Library because I can checkout and return books from anywhere at anytime, I still visit my library often but I love the convenience of it.

  • I love how I can just put my earphones in and lose myself in my book and my work at the same time.
  • Ever hear of the quote “so many books, so little time”? I have a TBR list miles long, Listening to audiobooks helps me get through a lot of the books on my list.
  • Listening to books while I work actually makes me 10x more productive.
  • I don’t usually listen to book at home, I like to read hard copy books at home, but when I’m having trouble sleeping sometimes a good audiobook can help.
  • Narrators can make a good book great. A great narrator can really grab my attention and pull me into the story. Some of my favorite narrators are Jim Dale – Harry Potter, Rebecca Soler – The Lunar Chronicles, Sarah Drew – Delirium, Will Patton – The Raven Cycle, Jesse Esienburg – The Curse Workers just to name a few.
  • Long boring car ride but you can’t read a book because it makes you sick? Audiobook FTW.

I could go on and on but I think you catch my drift.

Take a look at Goodreads’s blog post and goodreads users comments about aduiobooks!

Goodreads Users Share Their Love Of Aduiobooks

Do you listen to Audiobooks? I would love to hear what you like about them!

 

 

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May Recap

This month I read 13 new books. My favorite by far was A Court of Mist and Fury! I’m already in the process of rereading in, hopefully slower this time.. I finished off two series this month with The Crown – The Selection series and The Last Star – The 5th Wave. Read through The Curse Workers series and started a series I was very surprised to find myself loving!

I only reread 3 books this month, I think that shows some pretty good restraint. I reread A Court of Thorns and Roses in anticipation for A Court of Mist and Fury, The Raven King because I just couldn’t let it go and the Duff because we all need a little fluff now and then!

Currently Reading: Everland by Wendy Spinale

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The Curse Workers- Series Review

The Curse Workers series By Holly Black

White Cat – Red Glove – Black Heart

Author: Holly Black
Publisher:Margaret K. McElderry Books
Genre: Young Adult, Fiction, Fantasy
Rating: ★★★★✰

Cassel Sharp comes from a shady, magical family of con artists and curse workers. But Cassel doesn’t have a bit of magic, so he’s the outsider of the bunch, a straight kid in a crooked family. If you ignore the fact that he killed his best friend and the girl he loved, Lila, three years ago. Since then Cassel has been working hard at blending in, but when he begins to have strange dreams about a white cat that cause him to start sleepwalking his normal status is in jeopardy. He notices other strange things as well, including the strange behavior of his two brothers, they are hiding things from him and people around him are losing their memories. He starts to wonder what really happened to Lila. In his search for answers, he discovers a wicked plot for power that seems certain to succeed. But Cassel has other ideas and a plan to con the conmen.053112curseworkers-525x273

After flying through this series I’m convinced Holly Black was a con artist in a former life. At times I really felt like I was reading How to Successfully Be A Con Artist 101, it was that good!

I was really surprised at how much I loved this series. The summery didn’t quite reel me at first but It intrigued me enough to put it on my TBR and I ended up finding the audiobooks at the Friends of the Library sale earlier this year. The audiobooks are narrated by Jesse Eisenberg and he did an AMAZING job. * side note, audio book narration can really make or break a book. Example: Jim Dale – Harry Potter series = AMAZING! Roy Dotrice – A Song of Ice and Fire = Yawn.* The way he voice Cassel and just the nature of Cassel himself reminded me a lot of Eisenberg’s character J. Daniel Atlas in the movie Now You See Me. Since the first Curse Workers novel White Cat came out in 2010 and Now You See Me came out in 2013 I wonder if Eisenberg used Cassel’s character as inspiration for Daniel Atlas , because they are both con artists, have a way of hatching grand schemes that take a great amount of planning and they both live in a world of magic! Maybe wistful thinking..

Anyways, I love this world that Holly Black has carved out for us. Cassel Sharp comes from a family of curse workers, people who are born “Hyperbathygammic”with an ability to “work” others with just a touch of their bare hand. There are seven types of Workers-luck, dreams, physical, emotion, memory, death and transformation. These abilities don’t come cheap, each time a work works they experience blowback, a side effect that’s different for each working type. All a worker needs to manipulate these things is contact between hand and bare skin, that is why people must all wear leather gloves. Not wearing gloves outside your home is seen as an attempt at working, which is illegal, and punishable by law. I loved how we are introduced to this world. We meet Cassel as he is sleepwalking on the roof of his dorm. Since sleepwalking is not a typical past time for him he assumes someone has dream worked him. That is a normal thing to assume because that is how this world functions and has always functioned, there have always been people who have worked. There is even an alternate history with worker camps similar to the Japanese American internment camps of WWII. While in these camps mob families were formed and many workers chose to ally with them. Cassel’s family worked for one of these Mob families, the Zacharovs. It just fascinated me. I wonder what kind of worker I would be?

The characters were fantastic and well rounded. You’re give an in to a crime family and despite their manipulating, conning shadiness you find yourself actually caring at least a little for each character. Cassel was a refreshing main character. It tends to be very female heavy in the YA genre. Not that I’m complaining, I usually tend to gravitate towards female leads, but Cassel’s unique story make it worth stepping out of my comfort zone. Growing up in a family of mobster con artists really reflects on his personality, without even meaning to he is always thinking of the con, he even works as a bookie at his richy private school and skews the odds in his favor. I loved seeing his relationship with his roommate Sam and new friend Danaca evolve throughout the series. Cassel doesn’t believe he needs firends, he starts off White Cat barely on speaking terms with Sam and avoiding Danaca and by the end they are helping him set up someone for murder. No joke, you will just have to read it. His relationship with Baron was also a highlight. As screwed up as his family is Cassel can still count on them in one way or another.

I loved the ending.! You could kind of see the very end coming but the rest of the storyline kept you guessing up until the last minutes so no complaints here. For some reason it makes me feel accomplished when things are all wrapped up at the end, like I was the one doing all the work. Ha!

Book Haul 2.20.16

So every year in Oklahoma the Metropolitan Library System puts on a massive book sale called the Friends of the Library Sale. Libraries across the state contribute old books, duplicates and donations to this sale to raise money for the libraries. This sale is AWESOME! Hundreds of thousands of books, magazines, comics, audiobooks and videos on sale, most for $1 or less!!

I look forward to this sale every year! It’s always in February and it is crazy, it’s like black Friday for books! Your in a huge building filled with used (or as I like to think, loved) books, packed full of people who love books and your just (nice and politely, cause this is Oklahoma) fighting to grab a title you recognize. This year I made out like a bandit, I got 9 audiobooks and 13 books, 6 of those hardback, for like $25 bucks. *happy dance*

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I got several books that are on my TBR like Jellicoe Road, 2 of the Chaos Walking books, Pivot Point, Blackout and Bar Code Tattoo, and then a few favorites like Watership Down, Fahrenheit 451, The Great Gastby (sans movie cover, there is nothing I hate more then movie covers on book covers. A rant for another time..) and The Host , Delirium and Harry Potter on audiobook.

I love listing to audiobooks while I work during the day. I’m a photographer and photo editor so I spend A LOT of time on the computer. Listening to audiobooks while I edit is somewhat soothing in a way. I can lose myself in the story and by doing so I lose myself in my editing, blocking everything else out and increasing my productivity. There are a lot of people who would argue that listing to an audiobook isn’t really reading…

Don’t listen to them, you don’t need that kind of negativity in your life.

If you can hear the words being spoken to you, create an intricate visualization in your mind, comprehend what is being spoken and follow along while maintaining said created intricate visualization then YES. It is reading. You are just swapping out one sense for another. Sight for Sound. Are you going to tell a blind person he’s not really reading because he is using his fingertips instead of his eyeballs. No. If you can enjoy and process the words of a story it is reading.

*mike drop*

Now the question is. What will I read first?