In Defense of Audiobooks

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Audiobooks. 

They have become increasingly more popular in the last couple of years, and for some reason, people keep making ridiculous comments that when listening to an audiobook you’re not a real reader.

One: I am tired of the gatekeeper bullshit in the book community. Every day there seems to be a new stupid rule that means you’re somehow not a real reader.

Two: Audiobooks still mean you’re reading a book, even if it’s not what we always see as reading. It’s in the name, audioBOOKS.

Our Brains Process it the Same Way

YUP! You’re reading that correctly.

Whether you listen to an audiobook or sit down and read a physical copy, your brain is soaking it up in the same way.

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A psychologist by the name Daniel Willingham, who wrote a book about the science of reading says, “The mental processes involved–there is no real difference listening to a book and reading it.” 

There you have it. Stick it in your juice box, and suck it!

Now you can stop saying that listening to an audiobook isn’t really reading because it’s total nonsense.

Also, you’re completely stomping all over people who need audiobooks because they physically can’t hold a book or possibly even see the words. I’ve heard the argument of “Yea, but I am not talking about people that need it.”

In my very humble opinion, the option to say nothing at all is also available, and dismissing people who need audiobooks, and honestly dismissing people who like audiobooks is just idiotic. It has no impact on your life, so just let people do what they want to do.

I was never a huge audiobook listener, but lately, that’s changed.

Mainly because I joined Scribd and that’s been a wonderful experience. I gave myself the challenge of reading War and Peace this year and I have been going back and forth between the audiobook and the physical book.

Now that science has clearly debunked the bullshit that listening to an audiobook is somehow not considered reading.

Can we stop being pretentious dicks to one another?

Cool.

 

 

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Using SCRIBD

Why I Started Using SCRIBD

I read A LOT. I don’t think this comes as a surprise, but also last year I really got into listening to Audiobooks. I first did the Audible thing, and that was good, but I wanted to try something new this year.

That’s when I came across Scribd.

I signed up and received one month free, and I am loving it!

The way it works is every month you will get billed $8.99. And now you can listen to an unlimited amount of audiobooks and read an unlimited amount of ebooks!! It’s basically like Netflix for BOOKS!!! 

They used to have a credit system where you received 3 ebook credits and 1 audiobook credit. Then there were the unlimited library choices that didn’t require any credits. Usually, many new releases though required credits. NOT ANYMORE!! IT’S ALL UNLIMITED!! They got rid of the credit system and I am so excited!

I’ve found that this is really working out better for me than Audible. At least here I can also grab some ebooks.

It’s also been helping on my journey to read War and Peace. I’ve been going back and forth between my physical copy and the audiobook on Scribd. Which is great! I typically like using audiobooks for dense classics or Non-Fiction, and there are A LOT of options for both on Scribd.

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I highly recommend you check Scribd out! If you use my link you can get up to 2 months for free, and in the interest of full disclosure, if you sign up I get one free month! Right now as I am in the midst of launching my own business that would really help me, and I would be forever grateful! I also just think it’s a great service. Their library has grown quite a lot, and they get new stuff all the time! Check it out! You can cancel at any time!

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January 2018 Reading Wrap Up

January 2018

Hello! New Year, New Blog!! Well sort of. I will be posting soon about the changes that are coming to this blog, but you’re here to learn about what I read in the month of January. I read 14 books in total in the month of January. It was a pretty good mix of genres and categories. This is not the norm for me though. I typically read half of that. This is a new way of doing my wrap-ups. I am not going to talk about each book. You will see my rating, and I hope to start writing up more reviews on here, but follow me on Goodreads to know my thoughts. I had a really good reading month both with quality and quantity.

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A Break Down of What I Read

14 books in total = 5,041 Pages read

6 – Fantasy

1 – Science Fiction

1- Contemporary

2 – Comics

3 – Non-Fiction

1 – Classic

What I Read and Their Ratings

DC Bombshells Vol.1 

25982692

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The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner

448873

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The Wizards of Once by Cressida Cowell

34455798

ratefour

Saga Vol.1 

15704307

ratefour

Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

23848145

ratethree

Scythe by Neal Shusterman

28954189

ratefive

Feminist Fightclub by Jessica Bennett

26198213

ratefour

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

24496334

ratethree

How to be a Bawse by Lilly Singh

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ratefour

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling

22842001

ratefive

Nevermoor By Jessica Townsend

34219873

ratefive

Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda

19547856

ratefour

Traitor’s Blade by Sebastian De Castell

23209670

ratefive

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

12913540

ratefour

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Batman: ​Nightwalker – Book Review

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Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu

ISBN: 9780399549786

Published: January 2, 2018, from Penguin Random House 

Length: 252 Pages 

Thank you to Penguin Random House International for sending me this copy in exchange for an honest review. This in no way impacts my opinion. 


Before he was Batman, he was Bruce Wayne. A reckless boy willing to break the rules for a girl who may be his worst enemy.

The Nightwalkers are terrorizing Gotham City, and Bruce Wayne is next on their list.

One by one, the city’s elites are being executed as their mansions’ security systems turn against them, trapping them like prey. Meanwhile, Bruce is turning eighteen and about to inherit his family’s fortune, not to mention the keys to Wayne Enterprises and all the tech gadgetry his heart could ever desire. But after a run-in with the police, he’s forced to do community service at Arkham Asylum, the infamous prison that holds the city’s most brutal criminals.

Madeleine Wallace is a brilliant killer . . . and Bruce’s only hope.

In Arkham, Bruce meets Madeleine, a brilliant girl with ties to the Nightwalkers. What is she hiding? And why will she speak only to Bruce? Madeleine is the mystery Bruce must unravel. But is he getting her to divulge her secrets, or is he feeding her the information she needs to bring Gotham City to its knees? Bruce will walk the dark line between trust and betrayal as the Nightwalkers circle closer.


My thoughts:  This was one of my most anticipated reads for 2018, and I jumped for joy when I was asked to join the Nightwalker Blog Tour. This book follows Bruce Wayne as a teenager, we get to see the beginnings of Batman. Bruce Wayne is just like any other teenager in the world, except for the fact that he’s filthy rich and gets away with pretty much anything if he wants to. That is until one night. One night is the catalyst for this entire story. 

Without going into too many details, Bruce gets community service, and he has to go to Arkham Asylum to complete his hours. This is where we meet Madeleine Wallace. She’s in a cell at Arkham, but why is she there? And why is it that she only seems to talk to Bruce? The plot is well thought out. This is merely my second Marie Lu book, and I do believe I am officially a fan. She gets the characters right. We get to know Dianne and Harvey his two best friends ( YES, it’s Harvey Dent). I found their friendship to be genuine and refreshing to see in a young adult novel.

Going in knowing that you’re reading a story about a beloved character like Batman can be nerve-wracking. I mean I honestly have no idea how Marie Lu didn’t dig a hole and hide in there when asked to write this novel, but I am glad she didn’t. She took this story to new heights. You get a glimpse into what could have been Batman’s teen years. Yes, I realize how many stories and shows are out there that touch this subject, but Marie Lu does it justice. You see just how vulnerable Bruce is, and just how much he can be like any other teen.

This was well written and entertaining. There is wonderfully written action, and so much raw emotion that pours from these pages. The pacing is terrific as well. I was expecting this book to be much bigger but at 252 pages, this is definitely on the smaller side, and still, the plot and characterization pack a punch. I love Batman, and I was nervous going into this, but I read it quickly and fell in love with it. Almost wish there would be another one.

This book is part of the DC Icons series. The next book will follow Catwoman. Looking forward to it!

I gave this five out of five Metalhorns! I highly recommend it!

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10 Disappointing Books of 2017

Disappointing Books

I read about 72 books this year, some were amazing, a couple were awful, and some were just plain disappointing. So let’s just jump right into the ten most disappointing books of 2017. These books weren’t all released in 2017, I just read them all this year. No disclaimer going in here. We are all adults, deal with people having different opinions than your own.

The Fate of the Tearling

FateoftheTearlingThis trilogy started off so strong. I fell instantly in love with it. I was really excited about the conclusion. Then I finished the book and yelled a chain of curse words I would rather not repeat here. It was the laziest ending and cop out I have ever experienced in a series. It’s like the writer made her own story so convoluted that she had no idea where and how to end it. I HATED this book, and it ruined the entire trilogy for me.

 

 

 

 

Everything Everything

everything everythingLet’s make it understood that I did not hate this book, but the hype around it made it seem like the best contemporary novel out there. It was a quick read, but it was incredibly predictable, and that is basically what made it so disappointing. I think before I even hit the halfway mark on the book, I knew how it was going to end. What’s the fun in that?

 

 

 

 

 

The Sun is Also a Star

Yoon_9780553496680_jkt_all_r1.inddThere’s a chance here that I am not a huge fan of Nicola Yoon’s Writing. I am not always a lover of contemporaries, but when they’re done right, I get into them. For me, there is nothing extraordinary about her stories. This one once again was an instant love story, but it was also predictable. That is where Yoon seems to lose me.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Iron Trial

The Iron TrialAll I am going to say about this book is that I should have known better than to read a book from well-known hack and copycat Cassandra Clare. I mean how many ways can she rip other writers off? Let’s find out in the future.

This was a poor man’s, Harry Potter. No escaping that comparison.

 

 

 

 

 

 

You Are A Badass

15843166I was looking for a book to get me into the fighting spirit. To get me motivated and get me out of the significant funk that 2017 put me in. At first, I felt this book was it, then I realized she just kept repeating herself over and over. Then she talked about how to deal with depression and said that “acting like someone without depression” was the cure. Girl, Shut up.

 

 

 

 

 

Snotgirl

snotgirlThis wasn’t just disappointing, it was annoying as hell. The main character is an idiot and vapid as fuck. I spent the entire time reading it, thinking “What the fuck are you saying and doing?” I have a feeling that maybe that’s the idea behind the story, but she was just too irritating for me to deal with.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Into the Water

into the waterI loved The Girl on the Train. When I realized that there was a new book coming from the same author I was excited. The excitement lasted through the first chapter because then I was bored out of my mind. Seriously, NOTHING HAPPENS for pages and pages. If you’re going to give me a mystery or a thriller, then let there be some mystery and some thrill.

 

 

 

 

A Wrinkle in Time

a wrinkle in timeWell, say hello to another convoluted mess of a book. This had all that flowery writing and the annoying feeling that you are meant to be confused for the entire story. I was just bored. This has become really hyped because there’s a movie going to be released in 2018, but even with that fantastic cast, this book bored me, and I am not sure the movie will save the story. Who knows though?

 

 

 

 

 

A Forest of a Thousand Lanterns

forest of a thousand lanternsThe hype for this book was STRONG. I actually received an ARC from the publisher. Was pretty excited to read it, but then the story fell flat on its face for me. I thought with a story about the evil queen that there would be more action. Maybe in the sequel, we will see more happening, but this was boring to me.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nevernight

nevernightYUP! and honestly it’s possibly the most disappointing read of all. I follow the author on twitter, and I think he’s great! By the synopsis alone I should have loved this story, but we spend 100 or more pages where nothing happens, and then you have world building happening in really obnoxious footnotes. I started to skip a lot of the notes. Dude I don’t want to feel like I am reading a textbook. I might still continue on because I liked the main character, but I am still not sure.

 

 

 

 

I think the hype around a lot of these books is what ends up killing the story for me. People always make them seem like so much more than what they turn out to be, and I miss the days of just being clueless of the hype, and just picking up a book and reading it because it seems cool TO ME. Oh Well. Here’s to better reading in 2018!

SigJoana

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Setting Goals for 2018

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Yes I realize that December to January is just another month that has gone by, but there’s something about New Years that sort of tricks the mind into thinking that you have a clean slate and I am totally down for that at the moment.

I don’t particularly like resolutions, so I want to focus on the things I want to accomplish in 2018.

Writing. I want to continue writing. This year my short story was published and I had some good feedback from Lit Agents to steer me in the right direction. I want to venture into all the new worlds I keep coming up with and finally getting them down on paper. By the end of 2018, I would like to have an Agent for my contemporary novel, and if not, then I will focus my energies on self-publishing. I have no qualms about self publishing my book. I think it’s a legit choice to be an indie author in this day and age. I had a moment recently where a friend who I don’t see quite often asked me about my writing. I post about it on social media of course, but I don’t always believe that anyone pays attention. To have him mention it to me was a very strange and wonderful moment.

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Career. I have come to the realization that I like being my own boss. I don’t like working for people who can’t take criticism or men who think because they’re in a position of power that they can talk to me any way they please. When many German bosses say “we are just straight forward.” and I keep thinking “Sir that doesn’t mean what you think it means.” Usually they’re actually excessively rude and passive aggressive and I know plenty of women who have the same experiences here. To be honest I like having control of my livelihood and my sanity. Having my own freelance business is the best choice for my Mental Health, and there’s no turning back now. My site will launch soon, and I am already working on some freelance projects without my site even being up. It feels good.

Mental Health. The past 12 months while having some ups and downs, have been some of the best ones I have had with my mental health believe it or not. 2018 is the year I want to focus more and more on bettering myself. Gone are the days where my anxiety stopped me from talking more and meeting people. Yea I still have days where it’s a struggle, but that will NEVER stop me from getting to where I need to go.

Physical Health. Well in general I want to eat better. This past year I stress ate…A LOT. I have a thyroid condition that has drastically changed my metabolism and I gained weight quickly, and I lose it slowly. Still there’s no more excuses. I no longer love the way I feel, and that’s an important aspect of mental health as well. So here’s to changes and finding an exercise I don’t hate with every fiber of my being.

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Personal. I don’t like sharing too many personal details of my relationship or certain aspects of my life. I think the most I can say is I would like to get my stuff a little more organized, and for us to take some more trips.

I think in general my goals will update as the year moves along. What are some of your goals for 2018?

SigJoana

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November TBR

Above you will find what I plan to read in November!!

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