Top 5 Audiobooks

It’s Top 5 Tuesday time! Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the Bionic Bookworm. This week’s topic is top 5 audiobooks.

My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows is a funny book on its own. Add in the narrator, Katherine Kellgren, and it’s laugh out loud, roll on the floor hilarious. This book was so much fun to listen to. I couldn’t stop listening to it. Every character, every part, every nuance was so well done. Kellgren has such a sly style. You could hear the wink and the nudge at the shenanigans, but she never went overboard and made it a parody. It was just perfect, and I loved every moment of this book.

Geekerella by Ashley Poston was the first audiobook I listened to. I didn’t know what to expect going in and was unsure if it was the medium for me, but this book quickly won me over. It has duel narrators, and both Elle and Dairen’s voices were really well done. While not as hilarious as My Lady Jane, this book was solid and entertaining.

Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis is a non-fiction book. Part memoir, part self-help, Hollis herself reads it. She does it with an upbeat enthusiasm that really got my charged. I listened to the last bit after going through a terrible moment at work, and it absolutely washed that terribleness away in a fit of rah-rah-rah. I think she’s an interesting writing and an excellent narrator and found the book engaging.

I read Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Prachett about ten years ago and really enjoyed it. I loved both Aziraphale and Crowley, probably a little too much, but that’s fine. I liked the idea of the Antichrist being misplaced and all the hullabullo that went along with it. I thought the narrator of this did an excellent job. There were a few things I didn’t like–Adam being the main one–but, overall, I thought he was great.

I went back and forth on whether to include Star Trek: Q-in-Law by Peter David on the list, but ultimately decided I had to. The problem with it is, despite the fact it says it’s unabridged, it’s totally abridged. An entire subplot is dropped! I only know that because I’ve read the book 53 million times. However, it’s narrated by John Delancie, who played Q, and Majel Barret, who played Lwaxana Troi, and it’s just so well done. They are perfect together, and it’s a real shame that the characters never interacted on the show. I would have loved for this book to be adapted into the show; it would have been comedy gold. At last I have the audiobook. And, really, who needs a Wesley subplot?

What are some of your favorite audiobooks?

Autumn Tag

I saw this tag on Victorious Pages and thought it looked like fun. Since I’m currently juggling fifteen million books and finishing none, I thought I’d do this instead of my usual Monday review.

Hot Chocolate – what is your comfort book?

I’m sure it will come as no surprise if you’ve been around awhile that my comfort read is Beauty by Robin McKinley. It’s my favorite book and whenever I need a pick-me-up, I always return to it.

Pumpkin Carving – what is your favorite creative outlet?

I love writing, but I also love singing and making costumes. If I had to choose one, I’d say singing, because it’s the easiest to do at the spur of the moment.

Falling Leaves – changes that appear bad but you secretly love?

I actually kind of like it when the time changes. Not in the long run, because I get depressed when it’s dark, but the first few days of waking up to light and getting home when the sun is setting gives me a cozy feeling.

Pumpkin Spiced Latte – something you love that others tend to judge

Hmmm, I’m not sure. I love getting up early, but the trade-off is I have to go to bed early, and I think people judge that. Adults go to bed after a certain time, and I go to bed before that accepted time. Even my mom is like, “You go to bed that early? Why?” Well, I wake up around five. Sometimes four thirty. I need my sleep.

Bonfire Night – what makes you explode with joy?

Going to Disneyland or the beach. I love both those places. In an ideal world, Disneyland would be on the beach.

Fright Night – favorite scary book or film

Is Interview with the Vampire scary? Because that book and probably 28 Days Later for film.

Halloween candy – favorite thing to eat

Anything chocolate.

Scarves – your autumn ‘must-have’ accessory

Gloves. My hands get cold so easily. Of course, the gloves don’t really do anything, but I dare to dream.

Fire – a book or film that burns your soul

A Curse so Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer. OMG, I love that book so much. All the characters are wonderful, the plot is great, and it just makes me so happy.

Toffee apples – a book or film that seems one thing but really has a different inside.

I can’t really think of anything.

I’ve had quite a few new followers in the last few weeks, so if you just started following my blog, consider yourself tagged. I also tag anyone who wants to do this.

Weekly Wrap-up

It’s been a busy week! Most of my week was taken up with drama with my phone. To save money, I decided to switch carriers, then went about it all wrong and lost phone service for two days. I spent most of Wednesday and Thursday night trying to get it all resolved. I didn’t get much writing or reading done, but I did manage to do some.

The best part of the week was Thursday, when I got home to find a package in my mailbox. I was confused because I didn’t remember ordering anything. Then, I saw it was from a publisher. I tore it open and found that I’d won Rage by Jonathan Maberry in a Goodreads giveaway. Y’all, I was so excited I began jumping up and down. I love Jonathan Maberry’s books and have been so looking forward to reading this one. I’m so thrilled I won.

In other news, I’ve decided to try and submit some non-fiction, personal essays to various locations. I’m always on the lookout for beta readers, so if you’re interested in reading some short essays about my life, let me know. I’m confident in my fiction writing, but have no idea if my non-fiction writing is any good, so I need more help.

This week looks to be shaping up well. On Monday, I’m taking my class to the symphony, which I hope will be fun for them. I’m excited. Tuesday, I get to give a presentation at a staff meeting. In between all that, I’m trying to get back to the gym more consistently and am toying with the idea of running a 5K, which means I need to start running.

Reading wise, I’m currently reading about four books. How do you tackle reading multiple books at once? I read a chapter or two from one, then switch and read the next, but maybe there’s a better system. Any ideas?

Monday: The Wellness Project by Phoebe Lapine (review)

Tuesday: Top 10 Extraordinary Book Titles

Wednesday: WWW Wednesday

Friday: Let’s Talk Bookish – Under represented Tropes or Characters

Saturday: Snippet Saturday – Dark Goddess

Monday: Autumn Tag

Tuesday: Top 5 Audiobooks

Wednesday: WWW Wednesday

Thursday: Girl, Stop Apologizing by Rachel Hollis (review)

Friday: Are TBRs necessary to be a book blogger or reader?

How was your week?

Let’s Talk Bookish

Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly meme created by Rukky at Eternity Books. This week’s discussion question is, “What are some tropes/characters that you think are poorly or under represented in books? “

So this is going to seem weird after my passionate defense of sexual content in YA last week, but I think that asexuality and teenage characters who aren’t ready to have sex are under represented in books. And, of course, those are two totally separate situations.

The way I define asexuality is a lack of sexual desire. I know there are many degrees of asexuality and asexual people who have sex, but my basic definition is someone who doesn’t have the desire to have sex. I like the way it was defined in Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann, where the main character said something to the effect of, “You know how some people don’t care about running? Well, that’s me. I don’t care about sex.” While that’s not how I personally define asexuality for me, it’s pretty damn close.

There are some books out there about people who are asexual. I’ve read three: Let’s Talk About Love, The Girls Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzie Lee, and All the Wrong Places by Anne Gallagher. I also know there are more books coming out or that are out. But it’s not a widespread thing and I would like to see it more normalized.

The second under represented trope is teenagers who aren’t ready to have sex. It seems like any romance with teenagers ends up, at some point, with the teenagers choosing to have sex. And, like I said last week, having sex and exploring sexuality is perfectly natural and many teenagers do it, there are also many teenagers who choose not to have sex for a whole host of reasons. I’d like to see more books where someone tries and realizes, no, it’s not for them. Not yet, not now. Or doesn’t try and just knows that they’re not ready. Where are all the books about late bloomers? I’d like to see more.

What are some tropes or characters you think need better representation? Let me know in the comments!

WWW Wednesday October 16

Oh, boy, has it been a week. Especially last night when ALL THE THINGS went wrong. But I’m not here to talk about all the things. I’m here to talk about books. It’s Wednesday, and that means it’s WWW Wednesday, a weekly meme hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words. Each week, participants answer three questions:

What are you currently reading?

What did you just finish reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

I’m currently listening to 13 Things Mentally Strong Women Don’t Do by Amy Morin, which is a companion to her book 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do, which I read earlier this year. I find myself relating to a lot of the things she says and recognize myself in a lot of the “Do any of these sound like you?” section. I hope that changes.

I’m reading Happier at Home by Gretchen Rubin. I read her The Happiness Project a few years ago, and this is a companion where she concentrates on how she can be happier at home (duh). It’s a nice, easy read.

I also started Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik, and I’m already hooked. I was so sad last night when my exhausted brain stopped understanding what was going on and I had to put it down.

I’m also sort of rereading Girl, Stop Apologizing, which I had listened to earlier this year. I’m just going through my copy and making notes.

What did you just finish?

What do you think you’ll read next?

I have no idea. I have a huge stack of books and I’m barely remembering to pull from it. Instead, I keep checking out books from the library. I might read My Own Words by Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Mary Hartnett and Wendy W. Williams, since that’s on top of the pile.

What are you reading this week?

Top 10 Extraordinary Book Titles

Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is top 10 extraordinary book titles.

A Curse so Dark and Lonely is a fantastic title. It captures the essence of not only Rhen’s curse, but Harper and Grey’s isolation and situations as well.

Daisy Jones and the Six is a great title because it sounds exactly what is it: a book about a rock band. It brings to life that era of seventies music and is just very evocative.

Muse of Nightmares is such a wonderful title, it’s a shame I didn’t enjoy the book. I love the idea of a figure that inspires nightmares. Not gives nightmares, but help the dreamer to weave them. And it’s such a perfect companion title to Strange the Dreamer.

The Gentlemen’s Guide to Vice and Virtue is just… I love it. It sounds like a self-help book or one of those books for kids that tells them how to seek adventure. It’s wonderful.

The Ladies Guide to Petticoats and Piracy. See above.

I, Iago is another fantastic title that’s attached to another book that disappointed me. I just love the simplicity of it, they way it’s slightly sinister (maybe just because it’s attached to one of the greatest villains of all time). It’s just a strong title.

The Hate U Give is a great title that I didn’t realize was a pop culture reference until I read it. It’s strong and powerful.

The Misadventures of Maude March. It’s alliterative and I love alliteration. The title alone made me want to read this.

Under the Never Sky is a fantastic title. Right away, I need to read the book just to find out what a never sky is. Are they in space? Underground? Where are they? And it’s just poetic.

The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle. I love this title because you know it’s about a girl who’s done something she needs to confess. It intrigued me right away.

What are some of your favorite titles? Let me know in the comments!

Review: The Wellness Project by Phoebe Lapine

Title: The Wellness Project – How I Learned to Do Right by My Body Without Giving Up My Life

Author: Phoebe Lapine

Publisher: Pam Krauss/Avery

Publication Date: May 16, 2017

Genre: Non-fiction/Memoir/self-helpish

Length: 374 pages

Phoebe was diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder and gluten insensitivity in her twenties. Feeling that taking care of herself and doing her job as a chef were incompatible, she took a haphazard approach to her health until she finally realized she needed to get serious. She decided to spend a year getting her health under control by setting goals for each month, such as eliminating sugar, exercising, skin care, and becoming more mindful. This book is her memoir of that year, along with tips for launching your own wellness project and recipes that go with each goal.

I saw this book reviewed on another blog a few months ago (and I’m so sorry I can’t remember who reviewed it) and thought it sounded interesting. I love reading books about people who set a year project for themselves and have read several. This was interesting, but in terms of writing style, I wasn’t as engaged as I was in some others. There was just a spark missing that made me want to read and go on this journey along with Lapine. It took me a lot longer than it should have to read this.

However, I did get enjoyment out of it. I bookmarked several of the recipes. I also found the section on mindfulness and meditation interesting. I’d never heard of Vedic meditation before and found it appealing. I actually tried it a few times last week, but found it to be one too many things to add to my schedule right now. I’ve already added getting up early to write and now journaling, and since both those are new, throwing meditation on top of it made me crash and burn. I’ll try it again once I’m in the groove.

Overall, I found this to be an interesting book in content, if not style. I recommend it to anyone looking for tips to improve their health and/or enjoy reading memoirs of one-year projects.