Audiobook Collection

Over the past few months, I’ve been getting into audiobooks and I’ve gathered a little collection of audiobooks. I’ve never included any of them in my book hauls, so I thought I’d make a separate post to share my collection with you. Some of these, I also own physical copies of.


The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins | Ships and Strings and Wedding Rings by Jodi Taylor | The Very First Damned Thing by Jodi Taylor | Roman Holiday by Jodi Taylor | Christmas Present by Jodi Taylor

When a Child is Born by Jodi Taylor | Red Sister by Mark Lawrence | Grey Sister by Mark Lawrence | Golden Son by Pierce Brown | The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden by Jonas Jonasson

I Am Watching You by Teresa Driscoll | The Obelisk Gate by N. K. Jemisin | The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris | Life of Pi by Yann Martel | The Power by Naomi Alderman

Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman | The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton | Uprooted by Naomi Novik | A Breach of Security by Susan Hill

The Sunshine Blogger Award 2.0

The Sunshine Blogger Award 2.0

I have been nominated for this award once again by both Meghan @ Meghan’s Whimsical Explorations and Marta @ The Book Mermaid Blog. Thank you so much! You can find my first post here.

Rules:

  • Answer the 11 questions
  • Nominate 11 other blogs and ask them 11 questions

Meghan’s Questions:

1. How do you read? While listening to music, etc? Or do you prefer to read in silence?

Usually in silence.

2. If you listen to music, what do you listen to? If you listen in silence, why?

If I listen to music, I have the tendency to sing along and then I wouldn’t be able to concentrate on reading. I do listen to classical music when I study, though.

3. If you could pick a book or series and turn it into a TV show, which would it be?

I would love to see either of Sarah J. Maas’ series as TV shows. But like,  Game of Thrones level TV shows, not Shadowhunters level TV shows.

4. What’s your favourite TV show, and why?

I don’t really have one, but I’m gonna go with Stranger Things because it’s the best show I’ve seen in a while.

5. Favourite cuisine?

Italian? My favourite cuisine is pizza. lol

6. How long does it take to write a blog post?

Depends on the post, but usually between 20 minutes and one hour.

7. Do you schedule your posts or post on a whim?

A bit of both.

8. What’s the best audiobook you’ve listened to?

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. To be fair, I’ve listened to very few audiobooks, but I really loved this one. I have a review of it here.

9. Have you ever lived outside of the place you were born?

Yep. In fact, I live outside the place I was born right now.

10. Is there a place you would rather live?

Not really, I like it here.

11. Money not being an option, what is the first thing you would do? 

I think you meant if money wasn’t an issue? I would rent an apartment that had sufficient rooms for me and my friends plus a room for my books. Then I would order my entire Amazon wishlist, then I’d start organising trips around the world.

Marta’s Questions

1.What was your favorite book when you were a kid?

Depends how much of a kid. When I was really little (3 or 4), I had this Tarzan book based off the Disney film and that was my favourite.

2. Paperback, Hardback or ebook?

Paperback of hardback. I like hardbacks because they’re pretty, but paperbacks are more practical.

3. Favorite bookish quote?

This is difficult. A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one. – G.R.R. Martin (A Dance with Dragons)

4. For how long have you been blogging?

About a year, if you count the vlogging I did before this blog.

5. Have you met any of your favorite authors?

I met Cassandra Clare earlier this year and I’m meeting Sarah J. Maas on Thursday!!

6. How many books do you have in your tbr (to-be-read)?

333 currently on my Goodreads TBR shelf.

7. Do you eat / drink while reading?

Sometimes, though I try not to because I don’t want to stain my books. Usually when I read ebooks.

8. Favorite book-movie / book-tv show adaptation?

The Lord of the Rings.

9. What objects do you keep in your bookshelf besides books?

On my shelves back home I have some toys and picture frames. Here at uni, I have a few toys, a TARDIS mug and a couple of jewelry boxes.

10. Favorite memory of your childhood?

I don’t think I can pick an absolute favourite, but one of my fondest memories is of waking up early on a weekend, while my brother was still sleeping and make jigsaw puzzles with my dad.

11. If you could change your name, what would you choose?

I quite like my name, but if I had to change it, I’m kind of obsessed with the name Raven at the moment. So probably that. Cool question, by the way.

My Questions

  1. How do you decide what to read next?
  2. Do you prefer lazy summer afternoons reading in the sun, or rainy autumn evenings with a cozy blanket and a book?
  3. If you were to write a book, what would it be about?
  4. Do you collect anything?
  5. How often do you go to the book store?
  6. Do you prefer reading books in a series as they come out, or wait to read them all at once?
  7. What is a book that had a powerful impact on you?
  8. What genre do you read most of?
  9. Do your friends/ family know about your blog?
  10. How do you organise your bookshelves?
  11. Marvel or DC?

Nominees

I will nominate 11 of my most recent followers

Closet Readers

Drew @ The Tattooed Book Geek

Lia @ Lost in a Story

Lauren @ Gossamer Pages

Birdie BookwormBirdie Bookworm

Louise @ Genie Reads

Devouring Books and Latte

Megan @ Book Slayer Reads

Madeline @ The SFF Bookshelf

Kayla @ Kdrewk The Bookworm

A Wishful of Books

Top 10 Tuesday – Top 10 Standalone Fiction Books

Top 10 Tuesday – Top 10 Standalone Fiction Books

I finally return to Top 10 Tuesday after a few weeks of absence. Because I didn’t like the topics. Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is “Top 10 all time favourite books from X genre”. What? What do you mean “standalone” is not a genre. Of course it’s a genre.

The truth is, I read a lot of series and I read a lot of fantasy. So I’m obviously not going to be able to pick my favourite from those genres. But I also don’t know if I read enough of other genres that I can pick 10 all time favourites from any individual one. So this is my workaround. I added in “fiction” as a genre. Are you pacified? Okay, let’s begin, then.


1. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

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I love this book for so many reasons. It’s so beautiful and also unique. You should read it. Everyone should read it. I have a review of it here.

2. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

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I love WWII books. Both fiction and nonfiction. Because I think that it’s a part of history that everyone should be familiar with. And it’s also a very recent part of history. In any case, The Nightingale is a beautiful WWII book and even though it is fiction, it’s inspired by real events. I recommend this book to everyone.

3. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

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This is one of my favourite classics. If you love stories of revenge and daring prison escapes and love and swashbuckling adventures (but mostly revenge), then this is the book for you. I think I’ve read it 3 times,even though it’s a fairly large book, but I just love it.

4. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

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One of my favourite mysteries and certainly my favourite Agatha Christie mystery. It just always kept me guessing and it was so neat. Great book.

5. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

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One of my favourite romances. I am obsessed with this story like so many people, for some unfathomable reason. I honestly couldn’t tell you exactly what it is that appeals to me so much about it, but I just love it.

6. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

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Another great mystery. I listened to this on audiobook and I really loved it. It created so much suspense and the narration was great and I think that’s why I enjoyed it as much as I did. I have a review of it here.

7.  The Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Dissapeared by Jonas Jonasson

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If you enjoy Nordic humour, this book is amazing. I honestly laughed out loud on so many occasions. The absurdity of some of the things that happen is genius. I have a review of this one as well.

8. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

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Among my favourite contemporary books that I’ve read. I loved the characters and the story and the slap of reality that this book was. Also, it was really funny. John Green has a talent for that.

9. The Schwarzschild Radius by Gustavo Florentin

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This book freaked me out. It was a really good thriller, but it was messed up. Seriously messed up. I couldn’t put it down.

10. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

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I love Charles Dickens. And this is my favourite of his books that I’ve read. If you don’t know this story, then I don’t know what you’ve been doing all your life.

So, this is my list of top 10 fiction standalones. To be honest, if you asked me next week, I’d probably give a different answer. But I’m just really terrible at picking favourites.

 

 

June Wrap-Up

June Wrap-Up

I can’t believe June is over. That’s half the year gone. Wtf, time? So, anyway here are the books I read this past month. I only read 5 books, which is unusual for me.

eldest_book_coverFirst book I read was Eldest by Christopher Paolini and I blame this book for only reading 5 books this month! I really did not like it. It took me 2 weeks to finish it and I only finished it out of ambition because I don’t like not finishing books. I gave it 2/5 stars and you can read my thoughts on it here.

 

 

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Next book I read was Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken. This also took me about a week to read, which is a long time for me. But to be fair, I did read it in the middle of moving from uni back home. I did enjoy this book, although not as much as I liked The Darkest Minds. I gave it 4/5 stars and you can read my thoughts on it here.

 

 

me-before-you-book-coverThe third book I read was Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. I have talked a lot about this book lately, but I just loved it so much! You can read my full review of it here. 5/5 stars.

 

 

 

the-girl-on-the-trainThe fourth book I read in June was The Girl On the Train by Paula Hawkins. I actually listened to this on Audible and it was amazing. I definitely recommend audiobooking it if you can. You can read my full review of it here. 5/5 stars.

 

 

 

harry_potter_and_the_philosophers_stone_book_coverAnd last, but definitely not least, I re-read Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J. K. Rowling. I had really been craving some Harry Potter for a while and I finally got back home to my HP books, so I was really happy to read it. I gave it 5/5 stars, of course.

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins – Book Review

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This is the first full-length novel I’ve listened to as an audiobook. It was a very interesting experience. It really enhanced my experience of this book. I feel like I would not have enjoyed it as much if I had read it, which is odd.

I’ve heard The Girl on the Train compared to Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl and I can see why. It has the same sort of build-up and the same sort of construct. I think fans of Gone Girl will enjoy this. I think I even enjoyed it more than I did Gone Girl. It might be because I listened to it while I read Gone Girl. Which I think gave me less time to think about what was happening and to figure out what was happening. When you read, you can just stop and think about it, re-read paragraphs, go back a couple of chapters and re-read something which makes it a lot easier to pick up clues and work it out. I suppose you can do that with an audiobook as well, but it’s more difficult and too much trouble.

When I read Gone Girl, I had more or less figured it out halfway through the book. I mean, the book was still a major mindfuck, but I did figure it out. With this, it was only very close to the reveal that I began to suspect what was happening. I was just as disoriented as Rachel, which was kind of trippy and really created tension. My suspicions shifted alongside hers and one moment, I’d be sure I knew who’d done it and the next, I would think it was someone else. It was great!

I’ve reached the conclusion that thrillers work really well as audiobooks. Especially if they’re well narrated. Louise Brealey narrated Megan, which is something I hadn’t bothered to read before starting it, and for like half the book I kept trying to figure out why her voice was so familiar. All the narrators did a really good job though. They really captured the voice and personality of each of the three characters.

I’ve always loved stories that deal with messed up people, of people being driven to insanity. Dark, gritty stories about how low humanity can sink to. I’m not sure why, but judging by the amount of films and books that deal with things like this, I’m not the only one. The Girl on the Train did it very well. It’s a story about lies, about vice and deception, about anger and mental instability. About people who are flawed and they know they are, they realize how messed up they are, but they lack the willpower to do anything about it. It’s about complacency in one’s own depravity.

**SPOILER ALERT – MINOR SPOILERS FROM HERE ON. NOTHING THAT GIVES AWAY THE PLOT, BUT MINOR SPOILERS ABOUT THE CHARACTERS

I think Megan was my favourite (could be partially because of Lou). She was so messed up. Well, they were all messed up, but in different ways. Rachel was an alcoholic, Anna was low-key a psychopath, but Megan was paranoid and panicky and damaged and just the right amount of crazy that she was the most interesting for me to get into her mind.

Rachel was interesting too, I have to say. I’ve never personally drunk so much that I blacked out and it’s an interesting mindset to be thrust into. Not being able to remember what you’ve done, what happened, having to piece everything together from small scraps. I love puzzles. I always have, and while I have no interest in ever experiencing a blackout, sifting through Rachel’s was fascinating.

Anna, I didn’t like at all. The tone of her voice, the way she thought. I didn’t like her at all. She just felt so vicious and vindictive, which is why I said she’s low-key a psychopath. I think “total bitch” is a better term. Still, she added a valuable perspective to the story. One that just made everything more confusing, which was great.

**SPOILERS END.

All in all, The Girl on the Train is a compelling thriller that you’ll just want to keep reading. It really did make me a bit jittery and paranoid, which is what I want from a thriller. I do recommend listening to it as an audiobook if you can, I really believe it enhances the experience.