What are You Reading?

What are you reading

Hello Friends! Happy Monday! I know you just don’t like Monday’s, who does? Monday is truck day for me so it is a long and exhausting day of moving boxes and trying not to kill myself on the metal rollers that we used to unload trucks. But! We have something awesome to look forward to, books!

This week I will start listening to Finders Keepers by Stephen King.

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I can’t wait to dig into this one. It’s the second book in the Bill Hodges series. Last month I listened to Mr. Mercedes and that book was…crazy.

I am reading Dead Set by Richard Kadrey.

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This book so far is fantastic. I find it hard to put down at night.

Minutes Before Sunset by Shannon A. Thompson

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This book has been interesting so far, but I am not sure that I am really into it. I will finish it. I like it enough to finish the book, but I am not sure I will continue on with the series…We will see.

I have another book that I am supposed to be reading, but I just can’t bring myself to actually read it. I also have a few books that I need to read for the Author of the month. Hopefully on my days off this week I can really dig into them.

So, tell me, what are you reading?

 

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Audio Books

I have been trying out audio books to see how I like it. I have always snarled my nose up at them, thinking that there was no way I would ever listen to a book as opposed to reading one. I didn’t think it would carry the same magic. Then all the YouTube people I follow started talking about it. People on other blogs were talking about it. They were all saying how awesome it was to listen to a book while driving or working out.

Of course, to this I said “bah!” and continued listening to my music while driving and working out. Then in December I decided to give it a try because I was tired of listening to music and I had to have some kind of noise. I thought it would be awesome to “read” while I was at work.

I fell in love with audio books. Since then I haven’t had the radio on in my car. I would even listen to the book for the 30 minutes I am alone at work on days that I open. It was amazing. Then something terrible happened…

I finished the fourth book in the Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa. Sure, I could buy another audio book, but I have no more credits for this month and they are actually pretty expensive. I finished the book yesterday morning while getting the store ready to open. It was so quiet that I had to turn on Pandora to get me through the rest of the opening process.

But it just wasn’t the same. I felt like something was missing. Someone was missing. And the someone was the person reading the book to me. I was suddenly alone, when all this time I had a nice voice in my ear telling me an awesome story.

My drive home yesterday was just as bad as that morning…maybe a little worse. I had to turn on my car radio and you know what, music on the radio sucks so bad!

This morning was a quiet drive to work and it was a quiet ride home. Luckily, on the way home I was able to listen to a few older songs that I enjoy, so it wasn’t as bad…but I miss my stories! I may be addicted to audio books, but only while driving.

Now I have to wait until next month so I can acquire another credit to continue on with the series. I never would have thought I would love audio books so much.

What is your opinion of audio books? Love? Hate?

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Does It Count?

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I have never listened to an audio book before. I have always dismissed it as pointless and useless. I would scoff at people who said they listened to books all the time. I felt like the magic of a book was lost in translation if you didn’t see and read the words yourself.

Last night I was going into work and I decided I needed to give it a try. My mom used to always tell me “don’t knock it until you’ve tried it” any time she wanted me to try something new. I don’t know why, but those words have always stuck with me and I realized that I was knocking something I had never given a chance.

I downloaded audible, signed up for my 30 day free trial and downloaded a book called The Iron King.

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I have been wanting to read this book for a while now. I fell in love with the artwork of the covers, so it was the perfect time and the perfect way to try out audio books. I was a little skeptical going into this. I thought I would hear the words and never remember the story. I thought I would miss things because I would stop paying attention. I thought I would get bored and turn it off before the night was over.

I am here to say, I was 100% wrong. So far, this book is amazing and I am in love. Not just with the book but audio books. I was reading a book while working and I wasn’t missing a thing. I heard every word, saw every detail, and caught every flaw of the characters. It was almost better than reading. I say almost because there were a few times I wanted to look down at the words but I couldn’t.

I missed reading the words, but it made my night at work go so much faster and it was so much more enjoyable. Instead of putting up gift boxes I was dancing with fairies and running through the woods. I was going to magical portals and dealing with changelings. It was amazing. A regular boring night turned into a fantastical night full of mystery and fights.

As some of you know, at the beginning of the year I set a goal to read 50 books. I didn’t quite make it. I found myself in moments where I was just too depressed to read, or had my nose in the TV. Or sleeping, because I did a lot of sleeping this year. I was short by about 10 books, if that much. But I am setting the same goal for 2015 and I am going to add audio books to my list.

Now, I debated over this all last night. Does an audio book count as a book I read? I think it does. I am still exploring a new world, hearing new words, going on a new adventure. My mind is still creating images before my eyes of the things in the book. I think it is all the same, I have read a book.

Don’t worry though, I will still read books the old fashioned way. Book in hand, laying in bed and forgetting that I should be getting sleep. I will never be able to stop the habit of enjoying the sound of a turning page or watching the words turn into the characters. But if I can “read” a book while I am at work and making money…can life get any better?

What is your opinion? Do you consider audio books as reading a book, or just another form of entertainment?