Trying Out Audiobooks

There’s an argument between readers and non-readers alike over whether listening to an audiobook qualifies as reading. My opinion is that though listening does not involve the physical act of looking at words, listening to a book involves the same mental interpretation and imagination as reading a book in your hands. So, yes, I consider audiobook listening to be real reading.

Despite this opinion, I never listened to an audiobook until now. I enjoy the visual aspect of reading, so I never considered doing otherwise. Many have told me to listen to one while driving, but I like listening to music. I did not consider audiobooks until a few weeks ago. Continue reading “Trying Out Audiobooks”

Rule Breaker : Ready Player One

It’s a fight to the death as millions of players in the OASIS, a virtual uptopia, duke it out to find three keys that will unlock a fortune.  Wade finds the first key and his life changes dramatically.  As he continues his quest, using clues from the pop culture of the 80’s to unlock puzzles and find OASIS creator James Halliday’s Easter Egg, he faces virtual and real enemies.

I loved it!  I smiled at every 80’s reference I knew and even the ones I didn’t, mostly because I could just imagine it based on my own childhood.  If you come across this book READ IT!  No seriously, you should just go to the library right now and check it out… sit back… smile… and enjoy!

Read & Reel Rumble – The Giver

The Movie adaptation of Lois Lowry’s book “The Giver” opens in theaters today.  This book is a must read for everyone!  Like mysteries – you’ll love it.  Like teen angst stories – you’ll love it.  Like dystopian novels – you will absolutely love it.  The Giver is the Grandfather to the modern dystopian novels like The Hunger Games and Divergent.  I am cautiously optimistic about the movie but I am sure it will not compare to the wonder that is the book.

Get it.  Read it.  Watch it.

 

Landry Park by Bethany Hagen

 

Being a Landry means something. To Madeline’s parents it means nearly unimaginable power over the most powerful caste, the gentry. To Madeline it means a life of luxury dampened by responsibility. To the Rootless being a Landry means supporting a system of oppression that will kill their neighbors, friends and children.

Welcome to Landry Park, the regal estate of the Landry family. On the grounds of Landry Park you’ll see glittering oppulence, lavish luncheons, balls, banquets and everything in excess. But if you look beyond the shimmering surface you might see a tattered shadow carting off the nuclear waste that fuels the Landry’s lifestyle.

This is such a cool setting. It is dystopian without copying every other dystopia on the shelves. It has elements of historic propriety set in the future. If you like Downton Abbey you’ll fall in love with Landry Park… I know I have!!

WIN!!!

This book is scheduled to hit shelves on February 4th. Mark your calendar- you’ll thank me later!

Special thanks to Bethany Hagen, Dial and Edelweiss for the free e-ARC.