Weekend Reads 2 | Blogmas 2018

I have been working on planning out the rest of my blogmas posts and post for the wrap up of 2018 along with 2019 preplanning. I have been a little busy and reading has taken a back seat. I am still about 13 books short of my reading goal on goodreads but I have a 24 hour readathon coming up and the hope of flying through some short books! Have you seen my blogmas posts for the first two week of blogmas? Well don’t worry you can check them out here!

Blogmas Day 1 : End of Year Reading | TBR 
Blogmas Day 2: Holiday Blog/Vlog Happenings
Blogmas Day 3: Holiday Season | Quotes
Blogmas Day 4: Book Lover Christmas Gift List  
Blogmas Day 5: Reading Audiobooks | How To…
Blogmas Day 6: Christmas Character Tag

Blogmas Day 7: Weekend Reads 
Blogmas Day 8: 12 Days of Books Tag
Blogmas Day 9: #Uppercase Mystery Bookish Swag 
Blogmas Day 10: The Holiday Drinks Book Tag
Blogmas Day 11: Shatter The Sun by Caitlin Sangster | Author Interview
Blogmas Day 12: 9th Annual #TBTBSanta
Blogmas Day 13: Bookish Naughty List 

I am currently still continuing with my binge read of the Fablehaven series by Brandon Mull. I am a little bit into the 4th book, Secrets of the Dragon Sanctuary by Brandon Mull. I am so enjoying this series and recommend it to anyone who wants a fun and adventure filled fantasy story that is packed full of danger and magical creatures. I am also listening to The Beast Is An Animal by Peternelle van Arsdale. This is such an interesting book so far and is almost like a dark fairy tale. I am interested to see how the rest of the book is and I have heard it is going to be made into a movie. As for the other book I might be picking up this weekend its still undecided. I am not sure if I want to start a new series or continue with another book in a series I have already started. Make sure to follow me on twitter @downthebookhole to get more details of my weekend adventures and reading progress!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What are your weekend reading plans ?

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Bookish Naughty List | 2018 Blogmas Book Tag

I saw this over at Emily’s blog Tumbling into Wonderland Books and was originally created by Jenniely @ A Page of Jenniely

I also did this tag last year and you can see my post here!

So this tag, you are supposed to check off the bookish things that you are guilty of.


Received an ARC and not reviewed it √
I was a lot better at it this year then previous, but I received so many all at once and unfortunately was not able to get to them all.

  • Have less than 60% feedback rating on Netgalley √
    My netgalley feedback rating is sooo bad that I am not even going to say what it is.
  • Rated a book on goodreads and promised a full review was to come on your blog (and never did) 
    I never promise a review on goodreads.
  • Folded down the page of a book 
    This makes me cringe. I have been borrowing some library books lately and my heart breaks a little when I see the pages folded down.
  • Accidentally spilled on a book √
    I blame my cats for this because they like to knock over everything especially coffee.
  • DNF a book this year 
    This has happened officially once this year but there are also a few books I started and just havent fully decided if I am going to continue or not.
  • Bought a book purely because it was pretty with no intention of reading it
    I have bought books because they are pretty, but never with no intention of reading them.
  • Read whilst you were meant to be doing something else (like homework) 
    All of the time! Lately I have been choosing reading over chores, cleaning, showering, cooking etc
  • Skim read a book  
    Not since college and that was just with textbooks
  • Completely missed your Goodreads goal √
    I am making a valiant effort to reach my goal, but I am a little ridiculous far off from my goal and setting unrealistic expectations for Dec. reading goals.
  • Borrowed a book and not returned it 
    I am sure this has happened. I know people have borrowed books from me and never returned them ( one was a personalized signed arc copy )
  • Broke a book buying ban 
    I have stopped putting myself on book buying bans because they will not work
  • Started a review, left it for ages then forgot what the book was about 
    ugh… yes and I need to get better at this. I have so many drafts started on both wordpress and my phone.
  • Wrote in a book you were reading √
    I am participating in a traveling book club and we are annotating books, so I have been writing in the margins!
  • Finished a book and not added it to your Goodreads  
    I am so good about adding them on goodreads!

9/15


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9th Annual #TBTBSanta | Blogmas 2018

This was my fifth year  participating  in Broke & Bookish Secret Santa! I had a total blast participating and I mean who doesn’t love giving and receiving presents! It was so much fun stalking the twitter feed following #TBTBSanta and seeing all the updates and sneak peeks of people presents. It is such a great thing for the book community and its crazy how many people participate. If you have never heard of this before I highly recommend you check out some of the blogs/twitter feed and make sure to keep your eyes open around this time next year! I cannot wait for my person to receive their gifts! I had so much fun shopping for her and really hope she enjoys everything I got her!

I was absolutely spoiled this year by Emmah @ohloveyourflaws  She did a beyond amazing job and I adored all of my gifts, and could not even wait to open the gifts, I have no will power.  There were some amazing books that I have been dying to read and a ton of goodies! Now on to all of the pictures!

The Goodies! 

♠ Reese’s, Sour Patch Kids, Lindor Chocolate

♠ Fuzzy Socks

♠ Alice In Wonderland Stickers

♠ Mouse- Cat Toy

♠ Cute Little Animal Phone Cord Protecter

♠ Mug & Coffee

 

♠ Mixed CD

♠ Mermaid Bookmarks

♠ Tea Bags

♠ Arrow Wall Stickers

♠ Planner Stickers

The Books! 

Hunted by Meagan Spooner

The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw

Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu

Incarnate by Jodi Meadows

Did anyone else participate in #tbtbsanta? How did it go? I would love to see other people gifts! 

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Shatter The Sun by Caitlin Sangster | Author Interview

SHATTER THE SUN BY CAITLIN SANGSTER

Synopsis:

No one is safe, not with a horrifying new strain of Sleeping Sickness tearing through the population. After fleeing the City with her friends, Sev has one goal: to find the cure her mother developed and put an end to the epidemic once and for all. But decoding her mother’s last words—to seek out “Port North”—is easier said than done.Nobody she talks to has heard of Port North, and with only Tai-ge and June on her side, Sev fears Dr. Yang will find the cure first, and that he’ll use it to start a new world order under his rule.
With no leads, Sev is running out of options—until she discovers someone hiding in the cargo hold of her heli plane. Someone she thought was dead. Someone with maps that could point the way to Port North, if only she could read them.
Unfortunately, the one person Sev never wants to see again might be the one person who can help her find the cure.

Release Date: December 4th 2018

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If you haven’t already read and check out the first book in the series before getting to Shatter the Sun by Caitlin Sangster!

LAST STAR BURNING BY CAITLIN SANGSTER 

Synopsis:
Sev is branded with the mark of a criminal—a star burned into her hand. That’s the penalty for being the daughter of the woman who betrayed their entire nation.
Now her mother’s body is displayed above Traitor’s Arch, kept in a paralyzed half sleep by the same plague that destroyed the rest of the world. And as further punishment, Sev is forced to do hard labor to prove that she’s more valuable alive than dead.
When the government blames Sev for a horrific bombing, she must escape the city or face the chopping block. Unimaginable dangers lurk outside the city walls, and Sev’s only hope of survival lies with the most unlikely person—Howl, the chairman’s son. Though he promises to lead her to safety, Howl has secrets, and Sev can’t help but wonder if he knows more about her past—and her mother’s crimes—than he lets on.
But in a hostile world, trust is a luxury. Even when Sev’s life and the lives of everyone she loves may hang in the balance.-

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INTERVIEW WITH CAITLIN

 Top 5 Things readers need to know about the Last Star Burning Series

It’s set in Post-Apocolyptic China, there’s a pretty epic cast of snarky characters, and lots of twists. The sickness in this book is based on a real one, so be scared.

Who/What was your inspiration for becoming a writer? How long have you been writing?

I’ve been writing off and on since middle school, but didn’t take it seriously until I had already graduated from college. I used to sit and write almost compulsively thinking it was a waste of time. As for the transition between writing guiltily when no one was looking to becoming a writer, my sister was a huge inspiration. After years and years of writing, she got a book published and it suddenly clicked in my mind that books didn’t appear out of nowhere. People wrote them. That could write books if I wanted. (Her name is Sarah Dunster and you should probably read her books.)

Which of your characters would you say you are most like?

That’s a hard question. I feel like I write characters to be more than I am. They’re braver and smarter and more competent and do the things that I feel like most of us probably couldn’t in real life. From this book . . . I wish I could be more confident like Howl, or more optimistic like Sev.

Did you have to research anything for your book?

I have a whole bachelor’s degree that went into these books! They’re set in a sort of Maoist society with guerrilla warfare and bombs and legends that are an imagining of what could happen in China if chemical warfare killed off most of the rest of the world. Not to mention the fact that I knew nothing about guns or tracking or fighting of any kind before I started writing.

Did you always know this story was going to be more than one book?

Yes. There was definitely too much for one book. I planned three books from the start.

If your characters were in the hunger games who’d win? Which Hogwarts house would your main character be in?

It’s a toss up between Howl and June. Probably June. Howl’s too cocky. As for Hogwarts…I think Sev is a Ravenclaw. She’s analytical and thinks things through.

What’s on your playlist? Does the music go with your book?

I have the most eclectic taste in music ever. Bollywood Soundtracks. Strauss. Don Omar and old bubblegum pop. I used to be a choir nerd and spend months at a time only listening to Chanticleer. I’ll listen to just about anything except for really progressive rock, and super country country. I brainstorm when I run though, so that’s the music I associate with my books. Let’s see . . . Muse is a constant, which a friend of mine described as “the music that will be playing during the apocalypse”. Lately it’s been Grandson, Alt-J, Imagine Dragons, and My Chemical Romance. But also stuff like The Glitch Mob. I love anything epic with a huge build-up. You can probably get a feel for how slow I run just by listening to these groups!

Meet the Author:

Caitlin Sangster grew up in the back woods of California and would rather go hiking, running, swimming, or general outdoorsing than just about anything else. If there aren’t any mountains, it doesn’t count as a real place. At eighteen, she moved to XinJiang, and at twenty-one it was Taiwan. She did eventually buckle down and graduate from Brigham Young University with a BA in Asian Studies and is now that person you avoid at parties because she’ll probably start talking about Shang dynasty oracle bones.

Caitlin has been writing since middle school. She always thought of it as a silly sort of compulsive habit until she realized that people like reading stories and she liked writing them and there wasn’t much silly about that.

She currently lives in Utah with her husband and four children.

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Giveaway Details:

3 winners will receive a finished copy of SHATTER THE SUNS, US Only

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Check out the rest of the Blog Tour for Shatter the Sun by Caitlin Sangster

Tour Schedule:

Week One:

12/3/2018- The Pages In-Between– Spotlight

12/4/2018- Here’s to Happy Endings– Review

12/5/2018-My Books-My World Spotlight

12/6/2018- Lifestyle of Me– Review

12/7/2018- BookHounds YA– Excerpt

 

Week Two:

12/10/2018- Confessions of a YA Reader– Excerpt

12/11/2018- Falling Down the Book Hole- Interview

12/12/2018- Wishful Endings– Review

12/13/2018- Two Chicks on Books– Excerpt

12/14/2018- A Dream Within A Dream– Excerpt

 

The Holiday Drinks Book Tag | Blogmas 2018

I saw this post over on Emma’s Chapter and it was orignally posted on Browsing for Books by Cerys and thought it would make a great addition to my blogmas posts! 

Ò Hot Chocolate – Recommend a Book That’s Sweet Through and Through

I struggled with this. I do not read cutsie books , I am more of a darker reader. I think the closest one would have to be To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han.

Ò Peppermint Mocha – Recommend a Book With a Lot of Strong Emotions

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas put me on an emotional rollercoaster and has such strong and important topics.

Ò Apple Cider – Recommend a Book Full of Characters with Questionable Morals

Bring Me Their Hearts by Sara Wolf is filled with characters that each have their own motives and although you like some more than others the ones you may like don’t have the best of intention or very good morals.

Ò Eggnog – Recommend a Book That’s Mostly Fun, With Just a Hint of Danger

Light Years by Kass Morgan was a surprising read for me this year. It definitely was full of fun, and adventure but had that impending danger feel throughout the book.

Ò Gingerbread Latte – Recommend a Book With a Lot of Action

For this one I have a couple or Middle Grade books I read this year that were fun reads, filled with mythical/magical creatures and lots of action!

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan, Fablehaven by Brandon Mull and Wild Magic by Tamora Pierce

Spread the Holiday Spirit!

I tag everyone who reads this post on my blog to participate in this tag post! 

#Uppercasebox Mystery Bookish Swag

I cannot remember if this was a Black Friday deal or a Cyber Monday deal, but when I saw the awesome deal of a mystery bookish swag box for a steal of a price I could not pass it up! I love mysteries/surprises and Uppercase always has adorable bookish goodies. Sometimes I am so hesitant to get book boxes because what if I do not like the book, but the bookish goodies are always where it is at so I took the plunge and was completely surprised. The purchase was so worth it! I will link the shop (if I know it with each product so that you can get your own!)

♣ Reading is the Ultimate Adventure! Tote Bag 

This adorable tote has a cute little cat reading a book in the hot air balloon. This will be the perfect bag to take to the library and the bookstore!

♣ Harry Potter Themed Cookie Cutters by Frosted Cookies

I love baking so these will be such a nice addition to my baking collection!

♣ Once Upon A Time Necklace 

♣ Cassette Tape Bookmarks by Studio Ding Dong 

These are so adorable and the packaging is just too cute. I cannot wait to use these bookmarks!

♣ Alice in Wonderland Patches

I have no idea what I am going to do with these yet, but if you know anything about me its that I am obsessed with Alice in Wonderland and I am so excited to add these to my collection!

♣ Book Stack Art Print by Bella Adele Co 

I cant wait to add this on my wall with my other bookish prints!

♣ Vintage Stickies by Galison 

I do love stickies, but I think these might make the perfect gift for my #otspsecretsister!

♣ Medium Roast Coffee by Book Lovers Coffee 

I absolutely adore the coffee from this adorable bookish coffee shop. I have tried a variety of different flavors from them and fine the flavors so bold and fresh! Plus the packaging is on point!

 

Have you ever gotten a subscription box from Uppercase? What are your thoughts on bookish swag? What is your favorite kind of bookish swag? I would love to hear your thoughts! 

 

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12 Days of Books Tag| Blogmas 2018

I created this post a few years ago, you can check out the embarrassing 1st post here! I had done many tags since I have started book blogging and wanted to add to the fun of the season by creating my own! I thought this song was very fitting for a tag and hope everyone enjoys it! I worked really hard trying to come up with categories that fit into each section of the song, its corny and some of it is a stretch, but whatever!  If you decide to participate and do this tag I would love for you to leave your link so that I may see the choices you made. I have done this the past few years and I think this year was the easiest to come up with answers!


 

On the first day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
A Partridge in a Pear Tree  : The Partridge Stood Alone In The Pear Tree? What is Your Favorite Stand Alone of 2017?

I feel like I did not read a lot of Stand alone books this year and its hard because the book I want to say could totally be turned into another book, but I am going to use it anyways because as of right now I believe it is a stand alone.

Uncharted by Erin Cashman

On the second day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
Two Turtle Doves : Love Is In The Air, Who Is You OTP?

OTPs are always hard for me because I end up shipping characters with myself. I have to say that there were a few this year though that I was rooting for from the beginning. This was a big one for me (this could be seen as a spoiler I guess so stop reading if you havent read Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan

 

 

 

Lei & Wren

 

On the third day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
Three French Hens :  In The Spirit Of Threes, What Is The Best Trilogy Your Have Read?

Going off the books I read this year I finished 2 trilogies and out of those 2 the better one was A Wicked Trilogy by Jennifer L. Armentrout!

On the fourth day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
Four Calling Birds : Since Series Usually Consist of Four or More Books What Is Your Favorite Series?

I finally finished the Marked Men Series by Jay Crownover this year and I adored it! I love all those men so much and wish I knew them all in real life.

On the fifth day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
Five Golden Rings : One Ring To Rule Them All! Who is Your Favorite Villain/Antagonist?

This is a tough one, I feel like I didnt read a book with a real stand out villain, but I think I am going to have to go with Gwen from Phoenix Fire by SD Grimm

On the sixth day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
Six Geese a Laying : Creation Is A Beautiful Thing! What is Your Favorite World/World-Building?

I absolutely adored the world in both Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan and Fablehaven by Brandon Mull. I cant pick just one and this is my post so I can do what I want 🙂

On the seventh day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
Seven Swans a Swimming: Who Needs Seven Swans When All It Takes Is One Good Animal Sidekick To Make A Hero Rock! Who Is Your Favorite Animal Sidekick?

All of the animals in Wild Magic by Tamora Pierce were the best (also really the only book I read that had animal sidekicks)

On the eighth day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
Eight Maids a Milking: Milk Is So 18th Century! Which Book or Series Takes Beverages/Food To A Whole New Level?

The food in The Crowns of Croswald by D.E Night really sounded delicious, mostly all the pies!

On the ninth day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
Nine Ladies Dancing : Dancing is Just One Skill of a Lady! Who is Your Favorite Kickass Female Lead?

I read so many books with great female leads and could list a whole bunch but I will pick just one- Bring Me Their Hearts by Sara Wolf

On the tenth day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
Ten Lords a Leaping: Leaping Lords? How About Who Is Your Favorite Leading Lad?

I feel like the majority of the books I read this year focused mostly on females unless they were romance/new adult books. I loved the Royal Boys from The Royal series by Erin Watt!

On the eleventh day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
Eleven Pipers Piping: Where Would We Be Without Music? What Is Your Favorite Book or Bookish Thing That Deals With Music? (It can be about music, reference music a lot etc.)

This is the only one I do not really have an answer for this year. Leah on the Offbeat by Beck Albertalli is the only one I remember referencing music.

On the twelfth day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
12 Drummers Drumming: Drum Roll Please…………………….What Is Your Favorite Read of This Year?

Like any true book lover could pick just one. I will be posting my top reads of 2018 soon! I am going to be splitting it into top 2018 releases and top backlist reads!

 

I hope you participate in this tag and leave me links to your answers! Happy Holidays! 

Weekend Reads | Blogmas 2018

I cannot believe we are almost to the end of 2018. With the approaching new year there are a lot of things to be done and books to be read. Other than my #tbtbsanta and #otspsecretsister December/Christmas gifts I still have so many Christmas presents to get for family. I also need to keep working on writing the rest of my blogmas post to get scheduled and all of the end of the year type blog posts. I might integrate them into blogmas because I do not have enough holiday themed topics to write on. As a sneak peek I believe a christmas baking will be coming in the near future! Have you seen my blogmas posts for the first week of blogmas? Well don’t worry you can check them out here!

Blogmas Day 1 : End of Year Reading | TBR 
Blogmas Day 2: Holiday Blog/Vlog Happenings
Blogmas Day 3: Holiday Season | Quotes
Blogmas Day 4: Book Lover Christmas Gift List  
Blogmas Day 5: Reading Audiobooks | How To…
Blogmas Day 6: Christmas Character Tag

Now you are probably wondering when is she going to talk about the reading. Do not worry for now I will discuss the reading I plan on doing this weekend in between all of these other errands and plans! So I am in between two books right now, both a physical and audiobook. I am thinking about adding another one into the mix because I have been craving a paranormal romance type read. I have been making my way through the Fablehaven series by Brandon Mull and I am currently on the third book in the five book series, Grip of the Shadow Plague. I am really enjoying this fun middle grade fantasy adventure! I have also been listening to What If It’s Us by Adam Silvera and Becky Albertalli. This will be my first book by Adam Silvera, but I have read all of Becky Albertalli’s and really enjoyed them. So far this book is cute and funny! As for the other book I might be picking up this weekend its still undecided. I am not sure if I want to start a new series or continue with another book in a series I have already started. Make sure to follow me on twitter @downthebookhole to get more details of my weekend adventures and reading progress!

What are your weekend reading and plans ?

Christmas Character Tag | Blogmas 2018

I found this tag as part of the Book ending winter event and thought it sounded like fun and would make a great Blogmas post! 

Rules:

  • Answer all prompts.
  • Answer honestly.
  • Tag 1-12 people.
  • Link back to this post.
  • Remember to credit the creator. (Anthony @ Keep Reading Forward)
  • Have fun!

Santa Clause
A Gift You Received or Want This Year

I really want a KitchenAid so I can start doing more baking! 

Mrs. Clause
A Favorite Holiday Treat to Have Every Year

I absolutely love the gourmet popcorn from target that only comes around this time of the year. Along with peppermint mochas and reeses christmas trees! 

Ghost of Christmas Past
A Holiday Memory from Your Past

The thing I remember most about growing  up around Christmas time was going to the Christmas Eve service at church. 

Buddy the Elf
“The best way to spread Christmas Cheer, is singing loud for all to hear.”
A Holiday Song You like to Sing Each Holiday Season

Baby Its Cold Outside is my favorite Christmas song ! 

Misfit Toys
An Unpopular Toy You Really Wanted to Get One Year

I cant even remember, I know we really wanted a furby growing up.

Grinch
A Moment When Your Heart Grew Three Sizes

Always when I watch the solider coming home videos 

Jack Frost
A Tradition You Like to Do Every Winter

Hiding from the cold is a must! Also reading a ton! 

Hero Boy
A Moment You Believed in a Holiday Wish/Miracle

I do not think I have ever had one of these moments. (Birthday wishes thats a totally different situation)

Cindy Lou Who
A Favorite Holiday Tradition

Watching Elf on the night of Thanksgiving 

Frosty the Snowman
A Memory Involving Snow or A Memory You Would Like to Have Involving Snow

In college we had the first ever snow day in many many years. Someone had organized a snowball fight that everyone was invited to. It was the craziest and biggest snowball fight I have ever been a part of. 

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
A Holiday Activity You Like Doing

Watching Christmas Movies and baking cookies! 

Ebenezer Scrooge
“Bah, Humbug!”
A Favorite Holiday Saying or Quote

“MAX. HELP ME… I’m FEELING.”- The Grinch

Spread the Holiday Spirit!
Tag 1-12 People!

I tag everyone who reads this post on my blog to participate in this tag post! 

Reading Audiobooks | How To…

There has been a lot of things going around lately about audiobooks and whether its considered real reading. I am not going to go into a rant about those who claim it is not, but I am going to tell you how to get the most out of reading/listening to audiobooks.

Now I am not going to lie, it does take some getting use to and there are still times I find myself not paying attention and having to rewind it some or re-listen to parts and a lot of times when this happens I will slow the reading speed down a little depending on the task I am doing. But I have been able to complete 28 audiobooks this year, which is about half of the total number of books I read this year.

Before I get into the all the full details I will give a short look at the pros and cons of audiobooks (because they are not for everyone)

Pros:                                                                       Cons:

  • Multitasking                       •  Can’t tell how far in you are/long you have until the end
  • Hands free                         •  Cant see illustrations
  • Easy to take everywhere    •  Cant take insta pics with an audiobook

Now that we got that out of the way, below will be some qualities of audiobooks and the how to make to most out of listening to audiobooks!

Speed

I use to be a person who do not listen to audiobook and had a real hard time paying attention while I was doing other things and there is some skill and learning to it. When I was starting out I had to listen to them at 1.0x speed and could only listen to them as I was laying in bed before falling asleep. Now I listen to them at 1.75x speed and do a variety of different tasks while listening. I would recommend when you are first starting out to play around with the speed, but to probably start at 1.0x and work your way up. Sometimes it depends on the narrator and their voice as well. 

Narrator 

I have also found that the narrator can make or break an audiobook for me. For me personally I cant stand it when a male narrator is trying to make a female voice and visa versa. I seem to pay attention to their voice more than what they are actually saying. I have also found that I cannot stand full cast narrations, but I know that is what tons of people prefer because it helps them follow the characters. I like the option to sample the audiobook so I can see if the narrator is someone I can stand to listen to. Some of my favorite narrators are Phobe Strole, Claire Danes and Jim Dale!

Genre

Another thing that can make it or break it for you with an audiobook is the genre. I have found I cannot listen to fantasy books because they usually have so much going on that they are hard to follow along with unless I am solely focusing on the audiobook. I have found listening to non-fiction books as an audiobook helps me get through non-fiction because I normally can only read it for so long. I was also never a big contemporary fan, but have found I enjoy listening to them as audiobooks. They are books I do not like spending money on and with audiobooks they are free! So the main genres I listen to as audiobooks are contemporary, romance, new adult, mystery/thrillers, and nonfiction.

Sources

Now I know there are many places you can get audiobooks, but I think the best way is the free way! Many libraries are partnered up with digital/audio lending apps that all you need is your library number and password! I have both Overdrive and Hoopla. Each one has different books available and different stipulations for borrowing books. With Hoopla there is no wait for a book, but you can only borrow 4 a month and get to keep each for 30 days. Overdrive is like a library where you have to wait for the book to be available before you can borrow it and only for 14 days, but there is a much larger limit to wait you can check out. There are also sites like Amazon Unlimited, Audible and Scribd, if you would like to explore those options.

Where To Read

The main reason I started listening to audiobooks is because I struggle with insomnia and having something to focus on as I go to bed was helping me fall asleep. I was able to put aside all the things that happened that day and things I needed to do the rest of the week as I listened to the narrator tell a story! This is still how I fall asleep many nights, but my use of audiobooks grew when I realized I was having to choose more and more between reading, work, chores, the gym etc. So I figured there was so much empty and wasted time that I could fit an audiobook in, instead of listening to music (now dont get me wrong I love music but its nice to switch it up!)

  • Gym – I find it harder and harder to convince myself to go to the gym, especially when there are other things I need to and want to do. For awhile when I was going to the gym I would watch Netflix, but when lifting weights that is not something that can happen. So I have started listening to audiobooks while at the gym. It helps the time go by fast and I feel so much more productive when I leave!
  • Household Chores– This is another activity I could do without. Dishes, laundry, picking up etc. I was not made for this kind of life. But I hook my phone up to my blue tooth speakers and listen to a book as I complete my chores. Again another way to feel doubly productive.
  • Baking/Cooking– Now dont get me wrong I love to cook and bake, but after a long day going to work and gym, coming home to make food and clean up the mess for myself/by myself is not ideal. So listening to an audiobook allows me to unwind and focus my thoughts on something else to distance myself from the day and office. A lot of times when I am baking it is for fun and because I want to with some extra time, but it is always hard when I have to choose whether to bake or read. Audiobooks make that an easy decision!
  • Long Drives/Commuting– I am one that has to make some long drives for work and within the past year or two have made quite a few super long drives especially by myself. The radio only works so long because it starts to play the same music over and over again and playlist are only so long. It is nice to switch it up and get some reading in while driving! For me I also get car sick if I try reading as a passenger, so audiobooks are perfect for that as well. This past summer I went to South Dakota with my parents, it was a 9 hour drive and I was stuck in the back seat the whole time. I was able to listen to a full audiobook the drive there and a whole other one on the drive back! I am sure if I had a lot of commuting for work or had to ride public transit I would be listening to even more audiobooks!
  • Crafting/Blogging– Now as far as blogging goes it sometimes depends on the book I am listening to, the narrator and pace because trying to write and listen at the same time can get messy. But if I watch tv/movies while doing either blogging or crafting I sometimes find myself just staring at the television and not getting far with what I was working on.
  • Getting Ready In The Morning– As previously mentioned the tv tends to distract me a lot. Especially in the morning when I am getting ready for work, I find myself stopping and watching the tv as I am walking around the apartment, getting dressed, making breakfast etc. I will end up sitting down on the couch and forgetting I need to go to work. I have found I have much more luck if I listen to an audiobook instead. If you haven’t noticed I do not do well with the quiet, especially since I live alone, I always have to have other noise going.

If you aren’t an audiobook user and looking to get into it I hope this provided some help!

I would love to hear from others on their thoughts on audiobooks, who their fav narrators are, what they do while listening to audiobooks!