Tips for Audiobook N00bs
thoughts / June 9, 2011

June is Audiobook Month, and for the second year, Jen over at Devourer of Books has decided to celebrate with her very own Audiobook Week! All of this week, I’m going to be joining in and posting about audiobooks, including reviews, daily topic discussions, and my own ideas about how we can use audiobooks in different ways throughout our daily lives. Today’s topic is: Audiobooks for the Uninitiated Over the past year, I’ve really gotten far more into reading audiobooks than I had ever been before that. And you know what? I never really thought that I would like them enough to read them regularly. I figured, hey, maybe I can listen to an audiobook once in a while, for maybe an hour a few days a week while I’m at the gym. Maybe. And that “one hour a few days a week at the gym” turned into multiple hours every day. It means that, on average, I finish at least an audiobook a week – which is very close to how many paper books I read in a week, depending on the time of year and what else is going on in my life. (For example, I’ve finished more audiobooks in the…

Audiobook Week: Humpday
events , thoughts / June 8, 2011

June is Audiobook Month, and for the second year, Jen over at Devourer of Books has decided to celebrate with her very own Audiobook Week! All of this week, I’m going to be joining in and posting about audiobooks, including reviews, daily topic discussions, and my own ideas about how we can use audiobooks in different ways throughout our daily lives. Today’s topic is: Mid-Week Meme Current/most recent audiobook: The last audiobook that I finished was The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo; I’m currently listening to (and almost finished) The Girl Who Played With Fire, and; the next audiobook I’ll be listening to will be, predictably, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest. I like to read/listen to full series back-to-back when possible. Impressions: I was kind of lukewarm on The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo at first, but once they stopped talking so much about the business things and the investigation and real action kicked in, I found it rather entertaining. I’m finding The Girl Who Played With Fire much more interesting, probably because I really enjoy the character of Salander. She just seems like my kind of girl. There’s a lot more sex in these books than I realized before, though….

Sunday Salon: Blogging is life. The rest is details.
blogging , events , the sunday salon , thoughts / May 29, 2011

(This post was originally supposed to go up on Friday as part of Armchair BEA. I didn’t get it finished on time, and have been away from my computer since then, so here it is!) Since I – ever so sadly – cannot attend Book Expo America and the Book Blogger Convention in New York City this week, I’ve decided to join in on Armchair BEA again! Those of us who are participating in Armchair BEA are essentially putting together our own book blogger convention from the comfort of our own homes (or workplaces or wherever else we’ll be). You can read more about Armchair BEA here. Since today Friday is was the Book Blogger Convention, the topic for Armchair BEA is also putting the focus on the “blog” portion of “book blog”. There’s a wide range of prompts for today’s posts, so I’m going to sort of mix and match to create my own topic. Let’s start with the inspiration for this post’s title, and how I figured out what I was going to write about. I don’t know if I’ve mentioned this here before or not, but I was a figure skater when I was younger. I spent a lot…

Mid-Year Statistics: 2010
thoughts / July 15, 2010

This week’s task for the Blog Improvement Project is to do a visual post. I figure that since the 6-month mark has just gone by for 2010, it’s about time for me to put up some fun statistics and even funner graphics. (Yes, I do know that “funner” is not a word, but I want to use it anyways … so … there!) I built a fantastically fun spreadsheet a few weeks ago that keeps track of everything I read, and automatically comes up with some really fun statistics. What it doesn’t do on its own, though, is turn them into anything other than tables of boring rows and columns. So today, I decided to turn those boring little tables into great little charts of statistical awesomeness. Some of the results were predictable, others not quite as much. Let’s start with something simple – what’s the fiction versus non-fiction ratio of what I read in the first half of 2010? I’m actually a tiny bit surprised by this one. Over the past few years – pretty much since I finished my undergraduate degree – most of my reading has been non-fiction. It looks like I’ve started reading more fiction now…

Time to listen
thoughts / June 24, 2010

June is Audiobook Month, and Jen over at Devourer of Books has decided to celebrate with her very own Audiobook Week! All of this week, I’m going to be joining in and posting about audiobooks, including reviews, daily topic discussions, and my own ideas about how we can use audiobooks in different ways throughout our daily lives. Today’s topic is: When do you listen to audiobooks? I listen to audiobooks pretty much any time that I’m not doing anything that requires my full attention, but where it’s not possible or convenient for me to pull out a print book. This includes situations like riding my bike, going grocery shopping, cooking, cleaning, walking, checking emails, and talking to people on instant messengers. I also listen to audiobooks for a few minutes before I go to sleep each night, but this is a new habit; it’s very reminiscent of being read to as a child. I avoid listening to audiobooks in obvious situations – like while spending face time with people, or working – as well as in certain other situations where I find it hard to follow to story, like when I’m reading blogs or writing posts. I particularly love to listen to audiobooks…