Saturday 27 January 2018

Spotlight Saturday - me and reading

I have always had a HUGE appetite for books. I love to read. I also love to listen to audiobooks. I have bought or borrowed stories on CD from the library in the past. I have thought of subscribing to Audible however I have found BorrowBox which is actually linked to my local library. It does however seem to be Australian based and a high proportion of the books available to listen to seem to be from Australian authors. Having said that, I have found plenty for me to download and listen to and the best thing is that it is free! I can download the story to my iphone and then listen either through my phone or through my car audio system.

So what have I listened to? Well, I have found that when I am driving to and from work I really enjoy listening to Young Adult fiction. Last year my favourite duology was Dreamhunter and Dreamquake by Elizabeth Knox. These stories are set in 1906 in a world very similar to ours except for a special place where only a select group of people can go - they are called Dreamhunters. The story follows the family of Laura and Rose and their involvement in this place and how the government is using it to control the popluation. I really enjoyed this duology.

My favourite series was The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. This series is a 'sci-fi' retelling of old fairytales. The characters are based on Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood and Rapunzel. They are extremely fun stories to listen to and this year I have also listened to two stand-alones based on the series.

I like to listen to all the stories at 1.5 speed. Penny can't understand how I can listen to it and get what the narrator is saying! I find it really easy and it means I get through the books faster!

I am currently listening to Midnight is a Lonely Place by Barbara Erskine. This is an adult historical fiction book I actually own but I am loving listening to it being read by Rula Lenska. I also like to listen when I am working out in the gym (I must go back, haven't been for ages!) and also when I am doing the cleaning and cooking.

I do also read paperbacks and books on my Kindle. I have a paperback on the go downstairs to read in the evenings or any other time I am at home downstairs, a paperback at work to read in my lunchtime and a book on my Kindle which I read before I go to sleep.

And THAT is how I manage to read so many books in a year! I know that some people would get the stories muddled reading like that, but I am not one of them! Let me know, do you like audiobooks? Do you have more than one book on the go at any one time?


Ruth said...

Listening at 1.5 times the usual speed of speech - I didn't even know that was a doable thing! Our audio CDs in the car tend to led by The Boy Child ... Harry Potter, anyone?

Melissa said...

I always have several books going! 😀 We typically listen to audio books on road trips. I know I can check out audio books from our library & listen on my phone, but I haven’t tried that yet. I’ve been listening to podcasts while I walk, but maybe a good book would keep me walking longer.