RUSH HOUR READATHON ANNOUNCEMENT

This is more of a readathon for me than anything else but please feel free to join in! I’ve found that towards the end of the year I either feel really inspired to read or I just sort of flop. And since this is my last year of high school I know I won’t have too much energy for readathons in the next month or two so I figured why not just do it at the very start of the term!

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GOAL OF THE READATHON

I feel like all of us have pretty intense tbr piles and I have to admit that my Goodreads to be read shelf is pretty big. So my main goal with this readathon is to try and knock out some of the books that have been on my shelf for way too long.

I have books on my tbr shelf that have been there since I made my account, so I figure this is an easy way to help clean up my shelves.

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You guys don’t have to join in but I would love it if you did! I’m really excited for this readathon and have high hopes t knock some of the older books off of my tbr shelf, that way I can replace them with all the new releases coming out next year!

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DATES

01st – 08th October

THE CHALLENGES

01 Read the book that’s been on your Goodreads or physical TBR the longest.

02 Read a book by an author you’ve been meaning to read more of.

03 Read a book from a series you’ve been meaning to continue/ finish.

04 Use a different format (audio, ebook…etc.) 

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Are you guys doing any readathons in October? Please let me know if you join in with the readathon and link me to your blog post!

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WHY I KEEP MY GOODREADS TBR SHELF SMALL // BOOK CHATS

Hey guys, today I’m coming at you with a new Book Chats post. I thought today I would talk about why I like to keep my Goodreads tbr shelf small. I touched on this in my How To: Manage A Big TBR post and I thought I might go a bit more into depth about it today because I know a lot of you guys have massive tbrs and probably think mine is a bit weird.

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I know it’s weird but I generally try to keep my tbr under 90 books, obviously, my physical tbr is a completely different story, but in terms of my GoodReads tbr, I like to keep it short and tidy. I know that 90 is a funky number, but for whatever reason 100 just feels like too much for me. I can’t handle that pressure.

I find that when my tbr has 90 books it often feels really cluttered and gives me a lot of anxiety, I know, anxiety from a tbr what the hell. Also, I often don’t put my e-arcs on my GR tbr unless I am really excited about it. Usually, I just add it to my currently reading when I start it because I already have them all in a word doc and on my NetGalley shelves.

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ARCS ON MY GOODREADS TBR SHELF

I prefer it to be small because it is more beneficial/ realistic for me to be able to go to my shelf and organise my tbr that way. I generally prefer to have a small tbr because I know think it also gives a pretty good idea for the books that I typically enjoy. Whereas I know when I look at my friends’ tbrs on GR they seem to just have 500/600 books and I honestly cannot understand it. It all just seems too confusing to me to have so many books on my tbr that I will probably never read.

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I don’t see the point of having 500 books on my tbr shelf if I’m not actually going to read 400 of them – which is part of the reason I really enjoy the Down The TBR Hole meme, it’s really cool to see why people no longer want to read a book and the evolution of a tbr.

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Honestly, I really just prefer to be able to go to my tbr, pick my next read and not stress about it. I like that it isn’t a long process for me to put together a tbr, I know what I want to read and that’s that. I get that having such a small tbr may seem completely limiting but I actually quite enjoy it.

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How big is your GR tbr? How big do you prefer your tbr to be?

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COMIC RECOMMENDATIONS FOR YOUNG ADULT READERS

Hey guys today I’m coming at you with a YA comic recommendations post. Depending on how new you are to my blog you probably know that I love comics. Though, for some reason I don’t actually talk about comics as much as I would like to.

I know that a bunch of you don’t read comics, or just don’t know where to start, so I’m hoping I can help you out with that!

By the way, if the words are blue, they’re links to the Goodreads pages. 

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Non-Superhero Comics

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Paper Girls – I know I’m starting out a recommendations post with a comic I didn’t actually enjoy but hear me out. I know I really didn’t like this at all but I know this series is still really popular, it was created by one of the dudes that makes Saga.

Anyway, so I know that I wasn’t a massive fan of this but I know that a whole bunch of people do love this, and the premise, while vaguely confusing, is really interesting. It’s a weird sci-fi comic based in the late 1980s surrounded by a group of girls who deliver newspapers around their suburbs…until something goes wrong.

Lumberjanes – I’m currently a volume behind in this series because my library hasn’t got the new volume in (even though the latest volume came out in April), and I am fuming. This is a comic series for all ages, I read it with both of my younger brothers and we always look forward to getting the series out from the library.

This is a fantastic series about a group of girls at a summer scouts camp. It’s got amazing artwork with bright colours, friendship and it’s LGBT, I reallllllly recommend that you guys pick it up.

Zodiac Starforce – Much like Lumberjanes, Zodiac Starforce, is a really fun and bright comic centered around friendship (also lgbt characters), but also badass female superheroes (who really remind me of Power Rangers, but like, efficient ones). The girls in this comic are really fun and I know this is a recommendations post, and I keep saying this but…  you should definitely read this (okay I’ll stop now).

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I Hate Fairyland – PLEASE READ THIS. I love this comic, so you guys need to get on this. If you like the character Deadpool then you will love this. The main character, Gertrud (yes, that is actually her name) has basically been trapped in this really bright, fantastical world and is trying to get out. It’s ridiculously violent, and really funny, also it’s written and drawn by my favourite comic guy: Skottie Young.

Alex + Ada – I read this the same day I read I Hate Fairyland, and what a great day it was. Along with I Hate Fairyland, I had been meaning to pick up this for years (they’ve been on my Goodreads tbr pretty much since I joined the site) so to read both of these in one day felt SOO GOOD.

Alex + Ada pretty much talks about whether or not robots and/or cyborgs should be allowed to have emotions, which is a topic I find really interesting so reading this was amazing, for me at least.

Bitch Planet – I loved this one so much that I actually reviewed it, and I think that speaks volumes about how much I enjoyed it. I really love this comic, and I also really appreciate how the comic has gotten readers who never touch comics to give the format a go! Also, this is a feminist comic and it gave me life!

Superhero Comics

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Young Avengers – I know guys, I recommend this comic trilogy constantly, but I promise you it’s worth it. This is a really fun trilogy with fantastic characters, and honestly if you really try you could probably read the entire trilogy in a few hours. I have read each volume multiple times and I have loved it each time. Also, this has an m/m couple who love each other and fight crime while surrounded by their awesome friends (and Loki).

Rocket Raccoon & Groot – THIS. THIS COMIC. YOU GUYS. I. AM. DYING.

Okay, so I don’t know if you noticed but I love this comic series. This is basically a buddy cop series, it’s just Rocket and Groot going around the Galaxy and getting into a load of trouble and I love it.

Amazing Spider-Man (World Wide) – I started this series early this year, and I really enjoy it. I don’t think it’s the best place to start out if you know nothing about the Spider-Verse, or Spider-Man in general, but if you do, then this is the comic for you.

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Silver Surfer – This, along with Nova (below) is one of my favourite comic series and I absolutely love it. It’s a great spot to start at if you know nothing about the comic-verse, or even know nothing about Silver Surfer. This is pretty much his origin story, also the power cosmic is where it’s at, and Dawn (the chick with the ladybug dress) is an amazing character!

Nova – Okay guys, I read this entire series last year and it is one of my favourites. I love it with all of my heart, and like Silver Surfer it is also a great place to start if you know nothing about the character or are new to comics. Basically, this kid is teen Spider-Man in space, and it’s kind of brilliant?

The Flash – I feel like all those Marvel recommendations I really should recommend you guys some DC (granted, I really do read a lot more Marvel). This comic series is based around The Flash (duh, Ellyn) and I really enjoy it. I actually don’t watch the show anymore, but I feel like everything I don’t like about the show is turned around in this series and so I enjoy this a lot more. That being said, my brother is obsessed with the show and absolutely LOVES this series and is constantly re-reading it.

I would also recommend The Flash Rebirth if you want to explore Wally West a bit more, or even if you just want to learn about the character.

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Do you read comics?
Do you have any comic recommendations?

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MORE HAPPY THAN NOT | SPOILER-FREE BOOK REVIEW

More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera 

my rating: ★★★★★

tags: lgbt, contemporary, young adult

goodreads rating: 4.11

More Happy Than Not

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In the months after his father’s suicide, it’s been tough for sixteen-year-old Aaron Soto to find happiness again—but he’s still gunning for it. With the support of his girlfriend Genevieve and his overworked mom, he’s slowly remembering what that might feel like. But grief and the smile-shaped scar on his wrist prevent him from forgetting completely.

When Genevieve leaves for a couple of weeks, Aaron spends all his time hanging out with this new guy, Thomas. Aaron’s crew notices, and they’re not exactly thrilled. But Aaron can’t deny the happiness Thomas brings or how Thomas makes him feel safe from himself, despite the tensions their friendship is stirring with his girlfriend and friends. Since Aaron can’t stay away from Thomas or turn off his newfound feelings for him, he considers turning to the Leteo Institute’s revolutionary memory-alteration procedure to straighten himself out, even if it means forgetting who he truly is.

Why does happiness have to be so hard?

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Trigger Warnings:

Suicide, Attempted Suicide, Depression, Homophobia, Domestic Abuse

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I think I’m in love with Adam Silvera’s writing? Seriously, his books are so good and so thought-provoking. Like They Both Die At The End, I really had to sleep this one off, there was a lot of pacing involved.

This is also a really great friendship book. I really enjoyed the relationship between Aaron and Thomas, they had a really lovely storyline.

I feel like I have been hearing about this book for half of my life so I am honestly so glad I have finally read it. Adam Silvera seems like such a cool guy, that he is mostly the reason I picked up his books in the first place. I think this guy might even be getting me into contemporary books, I am slightly more excited to pick them up now!

His books are completely depressing but for some reason, I keep picking them up. This was also such an interesting read because I live such a different life to Aaron, the main character. Aaron is gay and he lives in the Bronx, the complete opposite to myself. While I am on the lgbt scale, I am still straight, and while I am by no means loaded and ready to burn some cash, I do have a much better living situation. I will say though, while this book didn’t have as big an impact on me as it did many others, it did give me an appreciation what I have.

While I’m on it I actually wanted to talk about the “impact” the novel has had on other readers. For me, it wasn’t a big shock and I had seen pretty much everything coming from a mile off, but I was still left crying by the final page. You would think that was all though, right? Well, no I don’t think it is.

Like I said before, I am straight, so the way I see it, this book can only have so much of an effect on me, compared to someone who is gay or bisexual. I know from watching her review, that Cece from ProblemsOfaBookNerd struggled a lot with reading this book. She has suffered homophobia and so from what I can remember, that contributed a lot to her enjoyment of the book and how well she coped with it.

One thing I will say for anyone who hasn’t read a Silvera novel is this:

His books are hard-hitting and unrelenting. Nothing is sugarcoated so if you don’t think you can handle any of the trigger warnings than maybe don’t pick it up. I had, of course, heard that this book was sad, and even after hearing people talk about this book for 3 years, I didn’t understand the effect Adam Silvera’s words would have on me.
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My one issue with the book: SPOILERS

Isn’t trying to make someone gay the same as trying to make someone straight? Please tell me if I’m completely wrong but this was something that irritated me throughout the entire book. While  I was reading this book the main character keeps trying to pressure Thomas into coming out even though he’s straight. Even in the last ten or so pages Aaron was finally accepting that Thomas was straight but then he was all like “Nah he’s in denial” and I lost my shit, Even if Thomas wasn’t straight Aaron should know not to pressure Thomas into coming out.

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Quotes I enjoyed:

  • “Some stories leave off without an ending. Life doesn’t always deliver the one you would expect.” 
  • “I would do my damn best to be more happy than not.” 
  • “You don’t get to keep ignoring the past because you don’t like it.”

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  •  SO SAD WHAT THE HELL ADAM
  • A great read, be prepared

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 Have you read MHTN? Are you a fan of Silvera’s novels?

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OMG THIS SONG BOOK TAG!

Hey guys, today I’m coming at you with annother book tag. I’ve been doin a bunch more tags lately, one because they’re fun and two, because I think they help you guys to get to know me. For this one, I was actually tagged by Emma at Readingthroughthenight (thank you! 😍😍), so without further a do, let’s get into the tag!

MY JAM – A song you MUST listen to every time it comes on, no matter how old or how many times you’ve listened to it / a book you’ll never get sick of

ESCAPE (THE PINA COLADA SONG) // HOOKED ON A FEELING

Yep, I have the GOTG  Vols 1 & 2 soundtracks in my car stereo so you can count on me full on singing (screeching more like) the lyrics and pissing off anyone on the car with me.

THE GOLDEN DOOR

The Golden Door (The Three Doors Trilogy #1)

You guys know by now that I absolutely love this trilogy so of course this was going to be my answer. The Golden Door is an awesome book and strongly believe that I will never get sick of it, IT’S JUST TOO GOOD!

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THROWBACK – A song that reminds you of the cringest time of your life / a book that also reminds you of this time (or just something you wouldn’t like as much if you picked it up for the first time now)

WAKE ME UP BEFORE YOU GO GO

This song really does remind me of one the absolute cringiest music times of my life, all I listned to was bad 80s and 90s music and I really feel sorry for anyone who had to listen to it with me (because I hated headphones, and kind of still do). That being said I kind of still love this song.

TWILIGHT

Twilight (Twilight, #1)

Do I even need to say anything? This reminds me of the time when I thought the main relationship in this book was actually healthy.

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REPLAY – A recent song you have on repeat right now / a recent favorite book

WAY DOWN WE GO

I am slightly obsessed with this song at the moment, it’s just really nice to listen to because it isn’t pop or rock it’s just exactly what I want to listen to.

THE GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO VICE AND VIRTUE

The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue

Back in July I read and finished The Gentleman’s Guide during the BookTube-A-Thon, and I loved it so much I was tempted to pick it up and start it again a as soon as I finished it!

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GETS ME – This song IS ME / this book is me in book form

SHE USED TO BE MINE

This was literally the only song that came to mind so… there you go!

I feel like the answer that most people would give is Fangirl but I hated that book so I honestly don’t know. Actually, yeah I never actually identify with a character or book so no answer, sorry!

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WUT – Weird but I like it? – a unique book that stuck out to you for whatever reason

VOLATILE TIMES

Yep. I first heard this song on How To Get Away With Murder, way back in season 1 and I still love it. You guys should give it a listen!

GRASSHOPPER JUNGLE

Grasshopper Jungle

Do I even need to explain? This book is weird as shit, but I read it really quickly and loved every second of it. I really need to re-read it!

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LET’S GO – Best pump up song (for workouts or just life) – a book that inspired you

THIS IS WAR

I mean, come on, who doesn’t get excited when this song comes on?

EATING ANIMALS

Eating Animals

I don’t know if this book inspires me as much, but I literally think about it every day so I think that’s close enough.

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CHILL – Fav chill, relaxing song / a book you’d curl up with and read on a rainy day

BETWEEN THE BARS // VEINS

These two songs are probably some of my favourites ever so please listen to them?

THE GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO VICE AND VIRTUE

The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue

No question, this is such a good book for any time, but in general, it is such a great book to read if you just need to relax.

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ADDICTING – Guilty pleasure song – one that’s catchy and addicting but not a whole lot of substance / guilty pleasure/trashy/fast/light read

SHINY

Fight me, the Moana soundtrack has taken over my life.

OBSIDIAN

Obsidian (Lux, #1)

This is definiely a guilty pleasure read. I honestly go through this book so quichkly that it feels like I barely spent any time reading.

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NOSTALGIA – Throwback you look back on fondly / a book you read forever ago that you look back on fondly or reminds you of a happy childhood time

SPIRIT IN THE SKY

This song is life!

I love it I love it I love it I love it I love it I love it

PERCY JACKSON

The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1)

I wanted to say HP, but HP is more of a fond life series, whereas I doubt I’ll still be reading PJO when I’m 70 (which is not to say that I don’t love this series).

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 What’s your latest favourite read? Do you have a song that is totally “you”?

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Book Haul #6 – I Think I’m Finally Slowing Down (*cross fingers and toes*)

Hey guys, today I’m coming at you with ANOTHER book haul, I seriously don’t know what’s happening, they just keep appearing. Anyway, so this ones pretty short (thank god) which I’m thankful for because I am running out of shelf space. 

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Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows, #2) Bream Gives Me Hiccups 1,227 QI Facts to Blow Your Socks Off

Crooked Kingdom // Bream Gives Me Hiccups // 1227 Facts

last month I went shoe shopping for my brother because apparently, you can’t ply sport unless your runners are completely black. Primary school has changed so much since I was there, wow I sound old now. Anywayyy, so they had a pop-up book store in the shopping centre we went to and of course we had to go. The three books above are the ones I bought.

I bought Crooked Kindom because it was like $5 and I couldn’t pass it up, even though I haven’t bought or read Six of Cros yet. But I know I will definitely read the duology this year or next so I thought it was okay to purchase it.

And then we have Jesse Eisenberg’s book, which has been on my tbr for months and I love him SO I HAD TO GET IT DUH. I also got a book of facts because I have an addiction and can’t be stopped.

Did you know: the term karaoke means “empty orchestra”?

The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue 

Genteman’s Guide // Eliza & Her Monsters

The first two in this line of books were actually Owlcrate books – I forgot to include Eliza in one of my past hauls, and I received The Gentleman’s Guide in my July box and I absolutely loved it.

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What books have you bought lately? Do you buy multiple copies of books?

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How To: Audiobooks

Hey guys, I haven’t written a guide blog post in a while and I love audiobooks so I figured why not combine the two! I know that a  bunch of you guys don’t listen to audiobooks or have never tried it, so I’m here to give you guys some advice on how to listen to audiobooks!

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If you are just now starting to listen to audiobooks then you might want to start off slowly. You should start off with something familiar, as for me, when I first started listening to audiobooks I started off with the Harry Potter audio and then moved onto the Cormoran Strike audiobooks because i was familiar with the writing.

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Though you may not always feel like re-reading an old favourite and instead want to try something new. I suggest choosing something with a film or tv adaptation attached to it. By that I mean choose a book that has been adapted on to a screen. If you’re going to give Anne of Green Gables a try why not watch the show as you read, every few chapters you could put the audio down and watch an episode. or multitask, put the film on as you make dinner, or have them in the background as you study or do your chores. My point is, if you’re new to audiobooks you may not be used to the concentration levels necessary for the task, and your brain won’t be used to having to listen to the story instead of reading it.

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When I first started delving into books I hadn’t read before that I wanted to listen to I started by using that technique. I started by re-watching Pride and Prejudice and then listening to the audiobook, which is a technique I encourage for pretty much any type of reading, it’s just plain fun!

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This is also a big point I want to make in this post, listening to audiobooks isn’t going to break the bank. Yes, there are sites you can subscribe to like Audible and Audiobooks.com (this isn’t sponsered by the way!) but often you can find audiobooks without having to pay anything!

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I personally use Audible, but because I live in Australia I only have the one audiobook per month option available to me (which I am low key super annoyed about) so throughout the month, because I am primarily an audiobook reader I often use YouTube and my library to access my audiobooks.

Also, I would like to point out that depending on your location Audible doesn’t always have all the books, for example I know that a lot of books that are available in the US are not available to me on Audible, like the Shades of London trilogy.

So, if you’re looking to save some money on books, sites like YouTube and Overdrive (your library) can be super helpful. Especially, if you really don’t like classics but have to read one for a class, because the chances are that you’ll find it one one of the two sites.

when do I listen to audiobooks?

So, the question of the hour: When do I listen to audiobooks? Honestly, I listen to them all the time. I pretty much always have a book with me whether it be ebook or audio, I am prepared.

Audiobooks are my main source of reading but I usually only listen to 1 or 2 a month, depending on how much school is kicking my butt. I prefer to listen to audiobooks when I’m travelling which is why I get so much reading done in the car and on public transport. If you take the bus or the train to school audiobooks are your new best friend, not only can you have headphones in so you can look like you don’t give a sh** about anything but you’re also getting an extra half hour of reading done and that’s awesome!

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My Favourite Narrators

Will Patton – I know his voice from The Raven Cycle audiobooks, but I know that he has also done a bunch of Stephen King’s audiobooks so yay for variety!

Rebecca Soler – Soler is the voice of the characters from The Lunar Chronicles but she has also done quite a few other YA audiobooks like Nimona, Caraval and Empress of a Thousand Skies.

Robert Glenister – This guy! This is the guy that does the voices for the Cormoran Strike series by Robert Galbraith. His voice is completely spot on for the main character, Cormoran and I really can’t imagine reading the series any other way.

My Favourite Audioseries

Cormoran Strike – Well, like I said before, I really enjoy the way Robert Glenister does the voice of Cormoran and it’s really made the series for me.

The Raven Cycle – Last year the final book in this quartet came out and I actually couldn’t bring myself to read it visually and so I bought the audiobook. And now I am completely sold on these audiobooks. I have since listened to the first two on audiobook and know they will be the source of many re-reads in the future!

Lockwood & Co. – This a series that I have only recently become acquainted with but so far I am having a tonne of fun! The books are really inventive and fun and the audiobooks seem to really capture the essence of the characters.

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So the best thing about audiobooks, in my opinion is the fact that you can do other things while you’re listening to them! I personally listen to them on my phone or on my computer (if I’m using YouTube), I generally listen to them during dinner, because there is no way I am stopping in the middle of a chapter. I also tend to find them most helpful when I’m doing chores or cooking, two things I find the most vexing in my life.

I know also, that a lot of people like to listen while walking their dog, I personally don’t do this because I tend to just talk to my dog when we go for walks, because I am not weird at all.

multitasking – tips & tricks! 

I find what most helps me when I’m listening to audiobooks is that I have something to do as I listen. I usually like to have something to do as I listen, whether that be making a list of everything I need to do for the day or maybe I have a really pressing game of Solitaire to get to. So basically, I need to have something in my hands as I listen, though that may just be because I am a massive fidgeter. I find that I tend to need something else to distract the part of my brain that gets bored by audiobooks, usually that’s just by organising my blog posts or planning my schedule for the week, but occasionally it may also include me playing Angry Birds Transformers for an hour and regretting my life afterwards.

I also suggest that, if you’re new or lacking motivation, you give yourself a reason to listen to the audiobook. If you’re like me you’ll tell yourself that you have to listen to at least 3 chapters by the end of the day and that because it’s on the list, it’ll get done.

Though if you’re not like me, you could also use travel as an excuse. I know that when I’m on the bus or in the car I get really bored. If you’re on the bus it might seem a bit weird to be jamming to the Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack so listening to an audiobook on your journey can totally help you out.

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Ah yes, big books, I am currently listening to American Gods, a nearly 20 hour audiobook, and while I’ve listened to longer, it’s still pretty darn lengthy. For the longer audiobooks my main piece of advice that I can give you is to take your time, and this really applies to all audiobooks. If you rush it or put the speed too high, you’ll find yourself zoning out and missing great chunks of the book. This can especially be a problem as the bigger books generally end to be the more complex ones.

With longer audiobooks, all you can really do is take your time and just remain calm. It may seem daunting but if you just chill out and really enjoy the book it’ll be over in no time.howto_otherguides

 

Howto

How To: Manage Your TBR // How To: Get Out Of A Reading Slump // How To: Readathon

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Do you listen to audiobooks? Do you have any recommendations?

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