Audiobooks
5th October 2017

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My last post on being excited about reading seems to not have changed.  I have been even more obsessed about books and reading and trying to figure out what my niche is in my tastes.  I am drawn to many different styles and stories and have yet to figure out what I really love.

What I have grown to have a liking for though are audiobooks.  Considering my lack of time to read books for a long period of time, I was looking at other options.  I really considered Audible because it was a decent price and I liked the idea of getting free audiobooks every month but I have decided to go with Kobo’s subscription service!  I am a big Kobo fan (partially because I am Canadian and well it being a Canadian company, I wanted to support so I’m biased in that sense) and I figured why not continue with them even in audiobooks?  Plus it was cheaper than Audible so that’s always a plus.

So I listen to my book on the way to and from work and it’s definitely making my commute more enjoyable since I drive about 45 minutes each way.  The downfall though?  I go through the book so quickly because of my long commutes.  I’m pretty much almost done my book and my next round of “free” audiobook doesn’t rest for another 3 weeks and I don’t really want to buy an audiobook because they are ridiculously expensive.  So that’s the only thing that sucks about this subscription.  For my next book, I pretty much have to find a book that’s quite long but hopefully good so I don’t regret my choice.  I have a couple of choices lined up so we’ll see when the 26th comes rolling around.

I still try to read when I can though.  I have a lot of books on my Kobo ereader and I made a deal with myself that I want to finish at least another 3 books before the end of the year.  I eventually want to be able to read at least 50 books a year, maybe even 100!  I think it’s a good goal.

 




Reading Life
20th July 2017

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I used to love reading.  I still do but with the so little time I have nowadays, I’m lucky if I have a few minutes to have some “me time” when my son finally gets to bed before I fall asleep myself.  I really do want to dedicate some of that “me time” to reading because I really do miss it.  I miss immersing myself in a good book and losing myself in a good story.  A way for me to escape the realities of the world, if you will.  That is why I like fiction.  I like a story that is different from my life and at times stories that seem unrealistic because it’s my own sense of adventure for myself and I can escape.  This was why I started reading in the first place when I moved to Canada when I was 9.  I was the new kid, not too many friends yet and not familiar with the environment so I would read.  I used to be able to read a book every couple of days and now not so much.  My husband likes non-fiction because he is a man of facts which I get.  He likes the realities of the world and likes to tell real stories which in turn gives us really good conversations sometimes.

I enjoy some fiction too.  I am actually currently reading “A Life in Parts” by Bryan Cranston (a great actor – Breaking Bad, Malcom in The Middle to name a couple) which is a memoir.  It’s great so far because I like the way he talks about his life – A series of short stories (which makes sense to the title).  It’s like looking into different memories he had throughout his life rather than reading one long boring mesh of thoughts that would sound like ramblings to me.  He has some great stories and he writes in a way that makes them exciting and wanting you to read more and also leaving room to leave room for thought after each story.  It makes me want to do the same with myself sometime in my life.

Expressing to my husband about how much I want to start reading since I have really no other passions right now that I can have the time to actually do , he bought me a KOBO GLO e-reader.  I was soooooo happy!  I love this thing.  I bring it around everywhere with me since it’s so small and compact and it all ALL the books I want in there at a touch of a screen.  I love that the “pages” look like actual book pages because the color and the lighting is not too bright like how a cellphone screen would look it.  It’s easy on the eyes and it feels like I’m reading an actual book.  My husband saw how much I was enjoying it that he was starting to want one now too!  He wants to be able to read one of his book during his downtime at work rather than be on his phone the whole time.  I love it when he reads because he used to HATE reading.  Now he has read more books than I have over the past year and he gets so excited telling about what he has read.  Like I said previously, we have good conversations about this and I love it when we just sit and talk.

Now since he has an affinity for reading too and he needs something to keep him busy during his breaks, I now bought HIM a KOBO e-reader as well!!  He’s pretty excited about it and I am too.  It seems our son likes to “read” too because at night before bed, he will always grab his story books and plays and “reads” them.  It’s the cutest thing.  I’ve always wanted a kid that loved to read.