Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Audio books vs. actually reading a book


Audio books vs. reading a book....

Recently due to my job I have been listening to a lot of audio books... I started off with a serious one "Man's Search for Meaning" by Viktor Frankl then to mix things up I went with a Stephen King novel. A really, really long one which I will admit after 30 hours of time I found myself turned off from being read to. For some reason I can sit for hours and read and read and read but you give me a 30 hour Stephen King novel and I find myself skipping parts, rolling my eyes at others, and nit picking. So needless to say for a short while I was completely turned off by the whole audio book thing.

Then I had a brilliant thought. Why not try a book I had already read so I can see what is the real difference of audio books is verses reading. So since I am a big big fan of Jim Butcher I thought why not listen to one of his books to see what the difference is. Well frankly my friends it all depends on how you view being read to. I personally hate it. I enjoyed Changes by Jim Butcher mainly due to the fact that the person reading it made it sound really good (It's Spike from Buffy). And I know the story and yet there were times I found myself going "OH MY GOD PICK IT UP ALREADY"

I think the main problem I have is the speed at which I read. Normally I read very fast and I tend to skim as I read unless I feel it is something to really pay attention to (i.e school books, test, instruction manuals) but normally I am a speed reader. With audio I am forced to listen to EVERY SINGLE WORD and let me be honest I get bored very easily. So with audio books I find myself especially towards the end wanting to rush ahead. That's not to say the book was bad or that the reader of the book is bad it just shows me 2 things.
1) The book is really that good and I am dying to get to the end or 2) the book has way way way too many descriptors in it and I just can't take knowing how many lamps, beds, chairs, the color paint or how the apartment is laid out.
I DON'T CARE for that much description I don't need it and to be quite frank it is the part of books that I skip over and skim anyway so having to listen to it word by word was harder.

Alright sorry I am done with this rant moving on. So I guess in conclusion I am still on the fence when it comes to audio books. So I checked out one more from the library and am trying audible.com to see if I enjoy it enough to "buy" books on there (thus far I am thinking no.) So I am in an attempt to find books for free to listen to online which my library doesn't do yet so if you know of any place that allows a person to "check" out audio the way a library should I would appreciate the heads up. That being said I am still going to keep trying to enjoy audio until I am completely fed up. My thoughts are there are books I don't enjoy reading so the same surely has to be for audio right?

Anyway what are your thoughts on audio books? Do you love them? Hate them? If you love them then which are some of your favorites for me to try?

Monday, November 17, 2014

Currently Listening To


Title: Storm Front
Author: Jim Butcher
Copyright: 2000


Summary:
Lost items found. Paranormal Investigations.
Consulting. Advice. Reasonable Rates.
No Love Potions, Endless Purses, or
Other Entertainment.

Harry Dresden is the best at what he does. Well, technically, he’s the only at what he does. So when the Chicago P.D. has a case that transcends mortal creativity or capability, they come to him for answers. For the “everyday” world is actually full of strange and magical things — and most of them don’t play well with humans. That’s where Harry comes in. Takes a wizard to catch a — well, whatever.

There’s just one problem. Business, to put it mildly, stinks. So when the police bring him in to consult on a grisly double murder committed with black magic, Harry’s seeing dollar signs. But where there’s black magic, there’s a black mage behind it. And now that mage knows Harry’s name. And that’s when things start to get… interesting.

Magic. It can get a guy killed.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Currently Listening To


Title: Changes #12
Author: Jim Butcher
Copyright: 2010

SUMMARY:
Long ago, Susan Rodriguez was Harry Dresden's lover—until she was attacked by his enemies, leaving her torn between her own humanity and the blood-lust of the vampiric  Red Court. Susan then disappeared to South America, where she could fight both her savage gift and those who cursed her with it.

Now Arianna  Ortega, Duchess of the Red Court, has discovered a secret Susan has long kept, and she plans to use it—against Harry. To prevail this time, he may have no choice but to embrace the raging fury of his own untapped dark power. Because Harry's not fighting to save the world...

He's fighting to save his child

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Attention all JIM BUTCHER FANS

I am currently seeking some of the Harry Dresden books in hard cover to complete my collection. As I joined this bandwagon late I was unable to purchase a few of the books when they were released. If you happen to be in a book store or are willing to sell one of the following in hard cover I would be willing to talk...

   

Those are the only 3 I am missing so if you find them, run across, or are willing to sell them I would be eternally grateful.  Also if you are my future soul mate or current one finding one of these 3 books is the test that should you pass and find for me I will forever be yours (hence the soul mate talk) but I will be forever yours HAPPY... see there's a catch.


Alright that is all carry on and thank you in advance!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Review ~ Wanted #PLL #8 by Sara Shepard

TITLE: Wanted 
AUTHOR: Sara Shepard
COPYRIGHT: 2010
TYPE: young adult
PAGES: 261
SERIES:  
1. Pretty Little Liars (PLL #1)
2. Flawless (PLL #2)
3. Perfect (PLL #3)
4. Unbelievable (PLL #4)
5. Wicked (PLL #5)
6.Killer (PLL #6)
7. Heartless (PLL #7)
8. Wanted (PLL #8)

REASON FOR READ:
Because let's be honest I have a problem

SUMMARY (from Goodreads):
In Rosewood, majestic estates sprawl for acres, and Tiffany toggle bracelets dangle from every girl's wrist. But not all that glitters is gold, and the town harbors secrets darker than anyone could imagine—like the truth about what really happened the night Alison DiLaurentis went missing. . . .

Back in middle school, Ali plucked Emily, Hanna, Aria, and Spencer from obscurity and turned them into the beautiful, popular girls everyone wanted to be. Ali was the best friend they ever had. But she also made them do terrible things and taunted them with their worst secrets. Now, three years later, all their questions about Ali have finally been answered and they can put this awful chapter of their lives behind them. Or so they think.

Not every story has a happy ending, especially when four pretty little liars have done so many wicked things. In the dramatic conclusion of Sara Shepard's bestselling Pretty Little Liars series, Emily, Hanna, Aria, and Spencer could get everything they've ever wanted—unless A has one more horrifying twist in store.

THOUGHTS/OPINION:
Shoot me now b/c my freaking mind is blown seriously blown. Alright so the nickname Pretty Little Liars was in the last book which finally made the whole name of the TV show and series make sense cause let's be honest they are pretty, little, and liars according to the public and well themselves, and thanks to A.
This particular book gave us twins! That's right it handed us up twins. Yep you read that right Ali had a twin named Courtney who was crazier than a bag of cats. Everyone is excited b/c Courtney tells them she is Ali and they want to believe it. Turns out both twins were crazier than a bag of cats (fans of the show will appreciate that line cause Hanna says it about Caleb when he is in Ravenswood). Basically Courtney was locked away and when she saw her chance she pretended to be Ali and had the real one locked away instead which is why she picked the 4 liars as her "new best friends out of nowhere". And this whole freaking time that Ali was dead it was really Courtney who was dead. Now Courtney who has decided to come out and play is the real Ali. And now she is really Ali getting revenge on Courtney for taking her life and hanging out with losers. Holy crap I didn't think this story could get any more twisted or deeper well I guess I wouldn't go with deep persay

SPOILER


WTF add to it she killed her twin and Ian and Jenna and then tried to kill Aria, Spencer, Emily, Hanna and Melissa in a fire at her lake house. There went my Melissa is A theory. 


SPOILER OVER

Crap on a stick.

THINGS I LIKED
Well to be honest there was very little that I didn't like. I enjoyed this story a bunch and I liked the twist and turns. Just when I thought I figured it out which I did the author made me wonder if I was going crazy and maybe that was too far fetched. Turned out it wasn't. Go figure.

THINGS I DIDN’T LIKE
 My gosh towards the end keeping Courtney and Ali separate and which was which and who did what and why? That got out of hand but wow.

Favorite part or line from story: The WHOLE DAMN THING

FINAL GRADE: A

Would you recommend this story? Yes, yes I do

Is this a part of a reading challenge? Yearly 

Monday, November 3, 2014

Author Interview Time: Sarah Bromley


Today we have a lovely and rare treat! We have an author stopping by to promote a fantastic book A Murder of Magpies!! Sarah Bromley has stopped by to give us some inside information about her book and her life!

Here's a little bit about the book:
Title: A Murder of Magpies
Author: Sarah Bromley
Publication dateOctober 28, 2014
Publisher: Month9Books, LLC.

Winter in Black Orchard, Wisconsin, is long and dark, and sixteen-year-old Vayda Silver prays the snow will keep the truth and secrecy of the last two years buried. Hiding from the past with her father and twin brother, Vayda knows the rules: never return to the town of her mother’s murder, and never work a Mind Game where someone might see.

No one can know the toll emotions take on Vayda, how emotion becomes energy in her hands, or how she can’t control the destruction she causes. But it’s not long before her powers can no longer be contained. The truth is dangerously close to being exposed, placing Vayda and her family at risk.
Until someone quiets the chaos inside her.

Unwanted. That’s all Ward Ravenscroft has ever been. To cope, he numbs the pain of rejection by denying himself emotions of any kind. Yet Vayda stirs something in him. He can’t explain the hold she has on him–inspiring him with both hope and fear. He claims not to scare easily, except he doesn’t know what her powers can do. Yet.

Just as Vadya and Ward draw closer, she finds the past isn’t so easily buried. And when it follows the Silvers to Black Orchard, it has murder in mind.



And now onto Sarah! So please help me welcome Ms. Bromley to the site and help me spread the love of A Murder of Magpies! (My personal responses are in italics for your enjoyment)

Tell us about yourself? Where are you from? Do you have any pets? What was your first book?  Those kind of things.

I’m a mom of three young children and a displaced northerner. I grew up in the northern Midwest, but my husband and I came to the St. Louis area right after we were married. I have three dogs—a pug, a chug (Chihuahua/pug), and a puggle—as well as some betta fish and a guinea pig. The first book I ever wrote was a really, really bad issue book back when I was thirteen, but it got the writing bug in me enough that A MURDER OF MAGPIES is my debut novel.

OMG St. Louis is down the street and 4 hours from me that's so cool that you are so close! Congrats on A Murder of Magpies as your first novel!!!

When would you say you first considered yourself an author?
It’s a hard question because it means navigating the distinction between author and writer. However, when I signed with my current agent I really began to own being an author.

How did you come up with the title A MURDER OF MAGPIES?
Birds, and Vayda’s nickname of Magpie, were a theme in the book, so when I was asked about re-titling the book, I looked to magpies and knew that a colony of them had several names: a tiding, a charm, a murder … A MURDER OF MAGPIES had the right rhythm and tone that matched the book.

The title is an awesome one at that and I have to say the very thing that interested me in the book. Great choice!

What did you base your ideas off of when writing A MURDER OF MAGPIES?
Coming from a superstitious family with Romani heritage, a lot of that fed into the story. And I’ve always been fascinated by psychic abilities, particularly abilities tied to energy and emotion, and it seemed like a natural place to go when developing this story.

I have to admit the psychic talents are a love hate relationship with me. I want them so bad I hate that there maybe others out there that have them. Then again I realize that it would be cool and yet a hard burden on anyone who has those abilities. 

Did you get inspiration from a song or pictures? If so can you share that with us?
I’m quite visual and artistic and I’m also a musician from a musical family, and music and pictures do play a huge inspiration when I’m worldbuilding. I have a Pinterest board for A MURDER OF MAGPIES (http://www.pinterest.com/saery/a-murder-of-magpies/ ) and I’m on Spotify as SarahBromleyAuthor and have a playlist for the book there.

That is so awesome music is huge in my house. We have playlist for every emotion and event that occurs so it's pretty cool to find others who think along the same lines!

How do you keep track of your world? Do you have spread sheets, post its, or just tables and tables of stuff?
I wrote this book back in 2008, so I’ve had the story and world in my head for years. In keeping track of it, I have family trees I’ve drawn and notes I’ve taken on the various story threads. It’s kind of a messy jumble, but I know exactly where everything is!

This is the part of writing that has always fascinated me especially with the sheer amount of world building that a lot of authors do. I would love to see the family trees at some point.

Can we expect a series from this world? If so, will it be same characters or different characters same world?
I anticipate this to be a three book series that follows the Silvers with some new character who further complicate their lives.

Who is your favorite author to read?
I love Shirley Jackson. Her works are haunting and creepy, and they are so full of meaning.

I always hate asking this question b/c there are so many favorite authors out there! I will admit that I have never read Shirley Jackson so she just went onto the must check out list! Thanks for the suggestion!

How do you pick a book online or in a store? Do you look at covers or actual book blurbs?
I usually check out the cover copy and see if the story interests me, and if so, then I’ll read a few pages before deciding whether to buy it.

I am a cover whore I totally admit and I will be honest and say your cover would have me reading the back blurb as well!

What was the hardest part about writing your book?
I dislike first drafts. They’re messy and slow, and it’s far too easy for me to procrastinate because I just want to get the story out in one go and can’t. It was also hard because Vayda’s a girl dealing with the loss of her mother, and so was I.

And since we are a nerd blog… do you nerd out about anything (i.e. starwars, comics, amine, tv?)
I nerd out on a lot of things. Hemlock Grove, American Horror Story, and old horror movies are big ones. I’m a Gothic lit nerd, too. And indie folk rock, the more obscure the better.

We being me is a nerd and this blog has become more of a reading site verses the nerd site that it use to be. That being said I love to find fellow nerds around every corner! I have not gotten into Hemlock Grove it is on the Netflix Queue just waiting for me. May have to bump it  up!

How do you define a nerd?
I define nerds as people who are passionate in their fandoms and are driven to know as much about it as they can, and it’s a wonderful, wonderful thing.

I agree!!

Thank you so much for joining us today I can’t wait to read A MURDER OF MAGPIES! 
Anything extras you want to share with the readers or feel that we should know?
I’m just very grateful for the opportunity to share my dark little book with all of you! Thank you for having me!

I appreciate you stopping by and can't wait to read A Murder of Magpies!!

And if you can't wait to read it either you have a fantastic chance of winning a copy (see below for details!)

Winner will be drawn November 28, 2014
·         Five (5) winners will receive a digital copy of A Murder of Magpies by Sarah Bromley (INT)



Direct Link: 

If you can't wait to win it on November 28th then you can go pick up your very own copy ASAP at one of the following locations! (Which is what I am doing now review to follow!)

Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | Chapters Indigo! | TBD | IndieBound

Thank you Ms. Bromley for joining us we had a blast talking to you! Congrats on becoming an author and I am sure this book will do so well that we will be talking about your first interviews in a few years reminiscing on how fantastic it was with yours truly ;)

About Sarah Bromley
Sarah Bromley lives near St. Louis with her husband, three children, and two dogs. She likes the quiet hours of morning when she can drink coffee in peace, stare into the woods behind her house, and wonder what monsters live there. When she’s not writing or wrangling small children, she can be found volunteering at a stable for disabled riders.

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Saturday, November 1, 2014

Review ~ Heartless #PLL #7 by Sara Shepard

TITLE: Heartless 
AUTHOR: Sara Shepard
COPYRIGHT: 2010
TYPE: young adult
PAGES:  274
SERIES:  
1. Pretty Little Liars (PLL #1)
2. Flawless (PLL #2)
3. Perfect (PLL #3)
4. Unbelievable (PLL #4)
5. Wicked (PLL #5)
6.Killer
7. Heartless
8. Wanted

REASON FOR READ:
Seriously b/c I have read 6 and I am slightly addicted

SUMMARY (from Goodreads):
First Emily, Aria, Hanna, and Spencer claimed they found a dead body in the woods behind Spencer's house, only to have it vanish without a trace. Then, when the same woods went up in flames, they swore they saw someone who's supposed to be dead rise from the ashes. And even after all that, the pretty little liars are still playing with fire. Call me heartless, but it's about time someone shut these liars up for good. After all, nobody likes a girl who cries wolf—least of all me 

THOUGHTS/OPINION:
Turns out that Ian may not be the one who killed Ali. And Kate is a freaking psycho witch seriously?!?! And here's why:
So Hanna goes to the mental ward due to what Kate tells her family and apparently A told Hanna's dad that PTSD is what Hanna had. Spence is mom’s little angel telling Spence exactly what she wants to hear about how Spence was the one they wanted and planned for but Melissa was not. Then Spence goes and breaks up the happy family with a secret that Ali was her freaking sister due to an affair her dad had with Mrs. D. Emily is back on being in love with a ghost AKA Ali b/c she just can't stop (PLEASE SHOOT HER WHY CAN'T SHE DIE ALREADY) she and Caleb from the show should talk about how well that goes. Aria tries to channel a ghost and falls for a Khan instead. Take a wild guess on whose behind all those thoughts. And the story goes on and on and on. MAN shoot me in the foot with these books and maybe take away my brain cells so they die and yet HOLY CRAP I can’t stop.
As if that wasn’t enough JENNA is DEAD just like that OMG what the what the what. I can’t wait until the next one. And the guy who killed her is some no name construction worker who apparently stalked the girls and yet doesn't fit nor fill right in this situation. Jason is still weird and omg poor freaking blind Jenna you have got to be kidding me. Add to it what is going on with Wilden?!

I just can't do the like and not like parts due to how twisted and interwoven this story is...

Favorite part or line from story: I have to say I enjoyed the mental ward scene with Hanna and how she grew from it. 

FINAL GRADE: B

Would you recommend this story? Duh don't even ask any more

Is this a part of a reading challenge? yearly