Saturday, July 22, 2017

Audiobook Review: One Plus One

One Plus One By Jojo Moyes
Publisher: Recorded Books
Release Date: 2014
Format: Audiobook narrated by Elizabeth Bower, Ben Eliot, Nicola Stanton & Steven France
Summary via Goodreads
My Rating: ★★

Goodreads ★ Amazon  B&N  TBD
One single mom. One chaotic family. One quirky stranger. One irresistible love story from the New York Times bestselling author of Me Before You

Suppose your life sucks. A lot. Your husband has done a vanishing act, your teenage stepson is being bullied and your math whiz daughter has a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that you can’t afford to pay for. That’s Jess’s life in a nutshell—until an unexpected knight-in-shining-armor offers to rescue them. Only Jess’s knight turns out to be Geeky Ed, the obnoxious tech millionaire whose vacation home she happens to clean. But Ed has big problems of his own, and driving the dysfunctional family to the Math Olympiad feels like his first unselfish act in ages... maybe ever.

I wasn't sure if I was going to like this book at first, mostly because Jess's life is so depressing. This woman has to take care of everyone and she constantly worries about money and how she is going to keep her life together. This book really opened my eyes to my own privilege because I've never really had to worry about living paycheck to paycheck, but a lot of people do and may have a situation like Jess. What I loved about Jess is that no matter how bad things get, she tried to stay positive and keep everyone together.

Jojo Moyes has a way of putting her characters in difficult situations, but she makes them pretty relatable that I just love to read through their journey to find out what happens. This was a short sweet book, that was a fun read.

I kind of love when Jess and Ed first meet, because he's such a jerk to her, and I loved that when they meet again she lets him have it. Go, Jess! When they get entangled with each other when Ed agrees to take her and her kids to Scotland, it just became such a fun adventure! Especially with the added mix of her big slobbering dog, Norman! I love that Ed tries to help out Nicky, and basically tells him that one day things will get better for him, and that he'll find his tribe.

The narration for this audiobook was really interesting, because there are four narrators (Jess, Ed, Nicky & Tanzie). It mostly bounces back and forth between the narrators for Ed and Jess, but occasionally there was narration for Nicky and Tanzie, which I really liked! It gave a little insight in how the children were thinking, and how as kids you might not really understand the financial struggles your parents are going through. You see that a little more with Tanzie, but with Nicky you get a little bit more insight on his lost boy status. When Jess is depressed towards the end of the book we see how he really takes on responsibilities and tries to help out. I really liked that we got to see a "goth kid" being a truly good kid and not demonized as a bad person. Just because he wears eyeliner doesn't mean he is a heathen! I really enjoyed that Moyes subverted this misconception with Nicky's character. I actually sped up this audio a little and the narrator for Jess was super fast paced compared to the others, but I actually really enjoyed that because it seemed like it matched Jess' personality.

This book is set in the UK, so if you are not familiar with the culture there might be some things that are confusing. Like what the heck is a Council House?  But it's nothing a quick google search can't solve. Otherwise it's a sweet story with a happy ending, even though it might not seem like it as you get close to the end! My only complaint is that I want to know what type of dog Norman was!

Have you read this novel, what are you thoughts? Any recommendations for what to read next by Jojo Moyes? Do you have a favorite of her novels? What type of dog do you think Norman was??

Happy Reads Everyone!

Friday, July 21, 2017

Mid-Year Book Freakout TAG!

I've seen this tag around different blogs, but last on The Bookavid, and I think it's time I finally do it! YAY more book tags!

Best Book You Read All Year

This one was tough, but I think I HAVE to say City of Miracles By Robert Jackson Bennett, because I'm always trying to promote this wonderful urban fantasy series. This was a final book in the Divine Cities series, but man it's so good and unlike anything I've read before, I really loved it!

Best Sequel This Year

Maybe I should have saved my first answer for this one! But I haven't read a lot of sequels so far this year, so I'm going to go with the third book in the Cormoran Strike series, Career of Evil. This one surprised me a lot, and I literally had NO IDEA who dunnit the entire time. I kind of wish we didn't know this was JK. Rowling, because I always have that in the back of my mind. I like this a lot, and I think the guy that does the audio is Cormoran to me, so I don't know if I could do these in regular print. 

New Release I Haven't Read Yet, But Want To

After hearing about all the crazy drama on twitter about this When Dimple Met Rishi, I decided to just go out and buy it so I could support the author! I'm excited to read this one, I just have two books in my queue ahead of it. 

Most Anticipated Release For Second Half of Year

I'm really terrible at reading new releases. Like so bad, my blog slogan should just be "Backlog 'R US". So this was hard, because I only have a few, but I have to go with the video game centric Warcross. Is this also a bad time to admit that I STILL haven't read a single book by Marie Lu?? 😅

Biggest Disappointment 

Now this question was easy! Has to be The Roanoke Girls. YUCK!! The topic of this book was so gross to me. Not a fan at all. 

Biggest Surprise

Maybe, Arena? I was just unsure if it was going to get gamer culture correct or if it was going to try to do too much. I ended up really liking it!

Favorite New Author (Debut or New To Me)

This one was hard!! But I am going to say Robert Jackson Bennett (Divine Cities)

Newest Fictional Crush

Geralt of Rivia from The Witcher books! I love me some Geralt, but maybe that's because I played the video games before I read any of the books. 

Newest Favorite Character

Oh definitely Pasha from The Crown's Game! He was such a mischievous character. 

Book That Made Me Cry

NONE! I'm kind of a robot.

Book That Made Me Happy

Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda! That book gave me all the teenage nostalgia feels!

Favorite Book To Movie Adaptation

Hmmm...maybe just the Netflix series for A Series of Unfortunate Events? I think the show is better than the actual books. Ooops...I didn't say that!

Favorite Post I've Done This Year

My three year blogiversary! Even though it made me still feel like this blog is getting nowhere. My blog isn't that popular, so sometimes it's hard when you think you are just shouting into the void and nobody gives a shit. It was a huge milestone, so I was proud of that at least.

Most Beautiful Book I Bought Or Received 

Okay, it might not be actually "pretty", but to me the fact that LucasFilm's storyboard cannon team is letting Thrawn be a part of the new canon and letting Timothy Zahn write about him again is so beautiful to this little Star Wars Nerd. 

Books I Need to Read By The End of The Year



I'm actually going to not be lazy and tag some fellow bloggers, IF you haven't done it yet:

Feel free to do this tag too, and link me to your post in the comments below!

Happy Reads Everyone!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Review: The Blood of Elves

Blood Of Elves By Andrzej Sapkowski
Publisher: Hachette
Release Date: April 22nd, 2009
Format: Kindle version, 324 pages
Summary via Goodreads
My Rating: ★★

Goodreads ★ Amazon  B&N  TBD
For more than a hundred years humans, dwarves, gnomes and elves lived together in relative peace. But times have changed, the uneasy peace is over and now the races once again fight each other - and themselves: Dwarves are killing their kinsmen, and elves are murdering humans and elves, at least those elves who are friendly to humans... Into this tumultuous time is born a child for whom the witchers of the world have been waiting.

Ciri, the granddaughter of Queen Calanthe, the Lioness of Cintra, has strange powers and a stranger destiny, for prophecy names her the Flame, one with the power to change the world - for good, or for evil... Geralt, the witcher of Rivia, has taken Ciri to the relative safety of the Witchers' Settlement, but it soon becomes clear that Ciri isn't like the other witchers. As the political situation grows ever dimmer and the threat of war hangs almost palpably over the land, Geralt searches for someone to train Ciri's unique powers.

But someone else has an eye on the young girl, someone who understand exactly what the prophecy means - and exactly what Ciri's power can do. This time Geralt may have met his match.
I think I have to preface this review by saying that I love The Witcher games, so I might be a little biased when I say I like the books. Especially since I've already fallen in love with these characters. That being said, I think the developers did a pretty decent job at being loyal to the source material.

I'm not 100% sure which order you are supposed to read these books. It's also harder because these books were originally written in Sapkowski's native language of Polish and are translated to English, so sometimes I think it takes a lot longer to be translated. Some Polish speaking fans have even just taken to translating the books themselves! But, I think you are supposed to read the two short story collections The Last Wish and Sword of Destiny before reading this novel. I think it gives you more background before reading this one.

What I really like about this novel is that we get to see more of Geralt and Ciri. YAY! I love getting to see this crotchety old man really care for this strange girl that basically gets dropped into his lap. Ciri doesn't have a good relationship with her real parents, but I love the bond that she forms with Geralt. I also love when the Sorceress Triss comes to visit The Witchers at Kaer Morhen she has to explain to them that they have no idea how to raise girls!

I like that we get to see Ciri spend a lot time with Yennefer. It gave me more insight in Yenn as a character. In the short story collections she's really cold and unfeeling and she messes with Geralt's feelings a lot. Although, I think she also thinks Geralt has no feelings so she treats him like this as a way to protect herself. When Yenn is teaching Ciri about magic, there's a really strong bond between them. I loved the teasing relationship between them.

Although I loved how Sapkowski builds the foundation for this found family, there were a few things about this novel that I just couldn't get into. First of all, I'm not a fan of really long chapters, and this book had very long chapters! Maybe this was just because it's a translation, but I would have liked it to be broken up a little more. Another thing that bothered me was a chapter when all the Kings get together to talk about if Ciri is still alive. Like Geralt, I don't care about politics so I found this chapter SUPER boring!

Have you read any of The Witcher books? What do you think? Is there a certain order you need to read these in?

Happy Reads Everyone!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Harry Potter Spells Tag

I saw that Cass over at Words on Paper did this tag, and it looked like a lot of fun! I'm always up for things to do with Harry Potter. It also looks like this tag originated on BookTube, which is pretty interesting. I'd love to give the person who actually created this credit, so let me know if you know who it is!

A childhood book connected to good memories

I think I have to go with The lion, the witch, and the wardrobe by C.S. Lewis (and the rest of the Chronicles of Narnia). I loved these books as a kid! I read them all in like the 5th grade. I think a lot of it might have gone over my head, so I think i might want to reread these. Maybe I'll do it on audio.

A book that took you by surprise

This was one of my first forays in the weird mind that is Chuck Palahniuk. This book was written weird and out of order, and there is a huge twist in it that I DID NOT see coming. Definitely a surprising, but weird AF book. 
The last book you read

As of this writing of this post, I just finished Blood of Elves by Andrzej Sapkowski. I love the games that were made based off of this series, so I have made love for this series.

A book that introduced you to a genre you had not considered before

I hadn't really read any steampunk before I read Scott Westerfeld's Leviathan series. I highly recommend it. However, I just haven't read another steampunk novel that I've actually liked. I tried Leigh Statham's novels, but I just really could not get into them since I didn't care for the main character. I would love any suggestions!

A funny book you've read

I don't usually seek out funny books specifically, but I did find Meg Cabot's The Boy Next Door to be really fun. I thought the friendship between the main character and her best friend was so funny!

A book you think everyone should know about

Don't let the cover fool you, this is a really cool book about stranded beauty queens figuring out how to survive. The author narrated the audiobooks, and I really enjoyed it.

A book or spoiler you would like to forget having read

Ugh, this book made me regret reading this entire series. I haven't picked up a book by Roth since. I'm just not interested anymore. Especially after reading how problematic Carve the Mark is. No thanks!

A book you had to read in school

I had to read this book in school, and the author actually came to my middle school. I got to meet her which was cool. 

A book that was painful to read

I could not stand this book, at all! The topic of this novel just grossed me out so much. Ugh, did not like at all!

A book that could kill

This book is so creepy! I thought the narrator was going to reach through my phone and kill me!

A book you always want to have with you

Basically any Meg Cabot book. I love her books, they are so light and fun. I seriously picked up one of her adult novels when I was reading a book I hated just to give myself a break from it!

Feel free to do this tag, yourselves. I always feel awkward and annoying tagging other bloggers. Also, I'm super lazy. 

Happy Reads Everyone!

Monday, July 17, 2017

Audiobook Review: An Ember In The Ashes

An Ember in the Ashes By Sabaa Tahir
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Release Date: April 28th, 2015
Format: Audiobook narrated by Fiona Hardingham & Steve West
Summary via Goodreads
My Rating: ★★ 

Goodreads ★ Amazon  B&N  TBD
Laia, 17, is a coward and so far, it’s kept her alive. As a Scholar living under the brutal rule of the Martial Empire, Laia knows that courage will only get her killed. Then the Martials imprison Laia’s brother for treason. To save him from execution, Laia must step out of the shadows and embark on a quest that will take her from the haunted catacombs of her city to the halls of Blackcliff Academy, where the Empire trains its most feared soldiers. She must find the courage to defy everything the Martials stand for in a place where defiance has one outcome: death.

Elias, 20, is Blackcliff’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Sickened by the prospect of hunting and killing Scholars who oppose the Empire, Elias decides to desert the military. But before he can run, he’s ordered to participate in the Trials, a ruthless contest to choose the next Martial emperor. Elias must wage war in the Trials with skill and ferocity while struggling with a deep inner ambivalence. For while losing the Trials might cost him his life, winning them could cost him his soul.

When Laia and Elias’s paths cross at Blackcliff, they find that their destinies are more intertwined than either could have imagined and that their choices will change the future of the Empire itself.
I love when a good audiobook can completely change my thought on a book. I have to hand it to dual narrators Fiona Hardingham and Steve West because they really sold this book for me. (They also narrated the Scorpio Races, which I really enjoyed). I chose to do this on audio because when this book first came out and I read the summary, I just had no interest in reading it. Since this book is so popular it was kind of hard to stay away, so I finally wanted to try it, and boy was I wrong! I love when audiobooks can do that, and it's one of the reasons I love doing books on audio. Fiona & Steve's dual narrations bounce off each other so well, and I think they do a good job respectively as Laia and Elias. Although, I didn't care for Fiona's voice for Cook, but otherwise I thought all her other voices were great.

The world in this novel is pretty grim, but since I'm currently replaying Skyrim I couldn't help but to compare the politics in this world to the politics in that game. They both are based on Roman Imperial Society, with an evil Empire that is basically taking over everything, so I think that definitely helps!

I wasn't really expecting the slight fantasy elements in this novel, but I think for this story it works so well. I definitely want to know more about the Masks. Why do they bond with their wearer at a certain point? Also what exactly are the Augurs? I don't know if these questions will be answered in the next book, but I definitely want to see where Laia and Elias's story go next.

I've read some reviews that think Laia is super boring and all she does is walk around and be a slave, but I didn't really feel that way about her. Maybe Fiona's narration of her brought he character more to life for me, but I really enjoyed listening to her. At times her situation was really depressing, but I kept holding out hope that she would find a way out of this. Laia is doing all of this for the only family she has left, so it's not like she has a lot of options or anything more she could possibly lose. So I understood why she was doing what she was doing.

I loved Elias, and I really felt for him. He was a kind soul that was thrust into this life that he definitely did not want. I'm really interested to see where he goes from this story, and I want to know more about his background living with the tribes. I loved that he was kind to Laia when no one else was. I also really liked his relationship with Helene, even though he mucked it up a little bit. I liked Helene in the end of this novel, but I had some issues with her. I think she thinks she is doing the right thing by being apart of the Empire. She believes in order and The Empire gives her that, but I also can't reconcile that she is just okay with slavery. That really bothered me!

Oh, and I haven't even talked about The Commandant yet! I have a lot of swear words to describe her that I won't write on this blog, but...she's straight up evil! I really don't understand how this woman can be this diabolic and just mean! I like that Tahir wrote her as a woman and not a man, because woman can be evil characters too. She is definitely a villain I love to hate.

So I'm kind of mad at myself for not starting this one sooner, but I'm glad the second book is already out so I can start it soon. This was a book I gave a second chance to, and I'm really glad I did.

Have you read this book? What do you think? Does the sequel give the first justice?

Happy Reads Everyone!

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Review: The Crown's Game

The Crown's Game By Evelyn Skye
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Release Date: May 17, 2016
Format: Kindle version, 416 pages
Summary Via GoodReads

My Rating: ★★★ 1/2

Goodreads  Amazon  B&N  TBD
Vika Andreyev can summon the snow and turn ash into gold. Nikolai Karimov can see through walls and conjure bridges out of thin air. They are enchanters—the only two in Russia—and with the Ottoman Empire and the Kazakhs threatening, the Tsar needs a powerful enchanter by his side.

And so he initiates the Crown’s Game, an ancient duel of magical skill—the greatest test an enchanter will ever know. The victor becomes the Imperial Enchanter and the Tsar’s most respected adviser. The defeated is sentenced to death.

Raised on tiny Ovchinin Island her whole life, Vika is eager for the chance to show off her talent in the grand capital of Saint Petersburg. But can she kill another enchanter—even when his magic calls to her like nothing else ever has?

For Nikolai, an orphan, the Crown’s Game is the chance of a lifetime. But his deadly opponent is a force to be reckoned with—beautiful, whip smart, imaginative—and he can’t stop thinking about her.

And when Pasha, Nikolai’s best friend and heir to the throne, also starts to fall for the mysterious enchantress, Nikolai must defeat the girl they both love . . . or be killed himself.

As long-buried secrets emerge, threatening the future of the empire, it becomes dangerously clear . . . the Crown’s Game is not one to lose.
I feel like this book was written for me in mind! I got really obsessed with The Romanov family and Russian history when I was younger. I think maybe it was because of the movie Anastasia that came out when I was a kid? But in college I actually took a 300-level lit & film class and a 300-level Imperial Russian History class FOR MY ELECTIVES! I'm a crazy person. So since I have such an interest in this time period, this book was so for me!

I know a lot of people think this book is too similar to The Night Circus, in the basis that there are two magical people fighting to the death (and they happen to fall in love.) I totally understand that, but...I kinda of liked this one better. Maybe I'm biased because I like Russian history, but I could just picture the setting in this book so much. I really loved reading about Vika and Nikolai! I loved that they both had a hard time coming to terms with what they would have to do in order to win The Crown's Game.

I think the whole concept of the Tsar needing an Imperial Enchanter is so interesting. I think it's definitely trying to loop in the weird theories about the mystic Grigori Rasputin, which I so totally loved! I loved the descriptions in this novel, especially once the game starts and Viki and Nikolai start changing everything in St. Petersburg. I could really see it all in my head, and I just wanted to find out what was going to happen! I also really loved how they were supposed to take their "turns", that part of the novel really fascinated me.

There's kind of a love square going on in this novel, so I didn't really care for that. I just didn't think it was necessary to include Renata into this, it just didn't make sense to me. I think it made sense for Pasha to fall in love with Vika, because he seems like a person that falls in love with everyone. He's quite the mischievous character, and I did enjoy reading about him and seeing how his friendship with Nikolai developed.

The ending of this book is not a happy one, and I'm not giving it away, but I think I kind of like how it turns out. I like how Skye leaves the world. It gave me a sense of closure, although I'm not entirely sure if it gave closure to the other characters in this novel. I think that's the point though, they have to live with what has happened to them and figure out how to move on with their lives.

I'm not sure if I want to read the sequel to this book, because I liked where this book left off. Has anyone read both novels? It is worth reading the sequel?

Happy Reads Everyone!

Friday, July 14, 2017

The "Who I Am" Tag

I saw Destiny from Howling Libraries post this tag, and I thought it would be a lot of fun!

What is the meaning behind my name:

According to it is probably a variant of Diana or a feminine Dean. WHAT?? No, it means I'm named after Deanna Troi! I'm not kidding. But I've also heard it means Divine, which brings in the Diana variation again as in the Roman Goddesses. 

My blog name is pretty self explanatory. My name is Deanna and I read books! Every time my boyfriend sees me working on my blog he always yells, "DEANNA READS BOOOKS!!!"

Can I admit something? This is actually my first time taking the Myer-Briggs personality quiz, like ever! So apparently I am the INFJ, or the Advocate. Which, I thought was pretty weird because I don't know if I see myself as an advocate, but I have to admit in my working life I am pretty diplomatic when dealing with clients. I had two coworkers tell me I'm too nice. Egos can be a big deal and when you have "junior" in your title you try to come off as professionally as possible, at least I do. So maybe I am a diplomat. I thought it was funny in this quiz that it gives you a list of other people that fall into this, and Jon Snow from Games of Thrones was on there!

What is my Zodiac Sign?

I am a gemini, for sure. I know there are supposed to be different zodiac signs now and I'm supposed to be Taurus now, but I REFUSE to believe that. I actually did a term paper on zodiac signs and personalities when I was in college. 

What is my Hogwarts House?

So according to Pottermore, I am a Ravenclaw. I actually took the Pottermore quiz twice (I lost my password and had to re-sign up when they redesigned the site) and I got Ravenclaw both times. Although, I do think I was trying to get Ravenclaw the first time around, but the second time I answered honestly! I actually love taking every quiz about this because I'm fascinated by how different quiz show such varied results. I've been also getting Hufflepuff a few times, so sometimes I think maybe I'm just Huffleclaw? I mean I am a particularly good finder. Plus, I think I would end up sleeping in the library because I couldn't figure out the riddle to get in Ravenclaw's common room!

What are my learning styles?

Visual 3
Aural 4
Read/Write 5
Kinesthetic 4

I've never actually had this tested before, and I always thought I was a visual learner but apparently I am a Multimodal learner. Basically I need things explained in several different mediums in order to learn it effectively. 

Am I Right or Left Brain Dominant?

I was actually surprised to find out that I am 80% right brain dominant, which is the side that dominates logic and reason. Also rules, I'm really good at sticking to rules so I guess this was accurate.

What is my blood type?

Um...this is bad but I don't actually know! I've asked my parents before too and they have no idea. I never give blood so I guess I could find out then, but I haven't had blood work done in awhile. 

What career am I meant to have?

Which Divergent faction do you belong to?

You deviate from the norm. The aptitude test is inconclusive. It cannot determine just one faction for you, Divergent. Your mind is ceaselessly changing. You’re creative, with a strong sense of self, and you have a clear picture of who you are and what you want. You stand out from the crowd. You may pose a threat to the norms of society, but you are unwilling to give into them.

So, I totally thought I was going to get Dauntless for this, but I actually ended up getting Divergent! 

What does my birth order say about me?

The Baby

Why it’s true: Parents are less cautious. (Hey, the older ones ate the dog’s food and lived!) And they also probably have more resources than they did when starting out. “Parents are more lenient, so youngest kids tend to be less rules-oriented, and yet they still get lots of attention,” says Salmon.
When it’s not: “Some babies resent not being taken seriously,” says Linda Campbell, a professor of counseling and human development at the University of Georgia, in Athens. “They might become very responsible, like the oldest, or social, like the middle.”

Stereotype: Free spirit, risk taker, charming.
This tag was a lot of fun, definitely different from just doing a normal bookish tag. I tag anyone that feels compelled to do this!!

Happy Reads Everyone!

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Audiobook Review: The Rosie Project

The Rosie Project By Graeme Simsion
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Release Date: Oct. 1, 2013
Format: Audiobook narrated by Dan O'Grady
Summary Via GoodReads

My Rating: ★★

Goodreads  Amazon  B&N  TBD
An international sensation, this hilarious, feel-good novel is narrated by an oddly charming and socially challenged genetics professor on an unusual quest: to find out if he is capable of true love.

Don Tillman, professor of genetics, has never been on a second date. He is a man who can count all his friends on the fingers of one hand, whose lifelong difficulty with social rituals has convinced him that he is simply not wired for romance. So when an acquaintance informs him that he would make a "wonderful" husband, his first reaction is shock. 
Yet he must concede to the statistical probability that there is someone for everyone, and he embarks upon The Wife Project. In the orderly, evidence-based manner with which he approaches all things, Don sets out to find the perfect partner. She will be punctual and logical - most definitely not a barmaid, a smoker, a drinker, or a late-arriver.

Yet Rosie Jarman is all these things. She is also beguiling, fiery, intelligent - and on a quest of her own. She is looking for her biological father, a search that a certain DNA expert might be able to help her with. Don's Wife Project takes a back burner to the Father Project and an unlikely relationship blooms, forcing the scientifically minded geneticist to confront the spontaneous whirlwind that is Rosie - and the realization that love is not always what looks good on paper.

The Rosie Project is a moving and hilarious novel for anyone who has ever tenaciously gone after life or love in the face of overwhelming challenges.
This is one of those books that I like, but I just don't have a lot of feelings about. I just feel kind of "meh" about it. It's a quick enjoyable read, just not my favorite.

I loved all the banter between Don and Rosie and how they go on this adventure together to figure out who her father is. I loved when they were sneaking around stealing DNA from people. Even going as far as posing as waiters to collect DNA off glasses. I loved these scenes, and you could really see where they were starting to connect. I think these scenes were my favorite part of the book. I also liked the budding romance between them. Don is a little odd, but Rosie kind of likes him the way he is, and I think they balanced each other out well.

I honestly thought Don's friend Gene was going to be Rosie's father, so when we do find out the truth towards the end of the novel I just felt it was a little anticlimactic. It just felt really rushed and it wasn't like either of the characters cared all that much about it anymore, even though that was the main premise of this novel. Maybe that was the point, for them to experience this journey, maybe the end result was not that important.

I did the audio for this, and while I thought the narrator did a good job I was not expecting him to be Australian. Not that it was a bad thing, it was just unexpected. I was curious why an Australian was cast to do the narration, so I looked it up and the author is also an Aussie, so it kind of made sense. I also feel like it gave me a better feel for who Don was and the setting of this story.

I think if you are looking for a nice carefree book with a romance subplot this is a good one to try.

Have you read the Rosie Project, what do you think?

Happy Reads Everyone!

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Bookish Thoughts: Why Do You Choose Audiobooks?

So last month I introduced a new feature to my blog that I am calling Bookish Thoughts and then I never wrote anything under the feature! So today, I finally have a topic for you all. Last month was audio month so I've been thinking a lot about audiobooks, how I use them and more importantly what makes me what to listen to a certain book over consuming it in a traditional manner. 

So why audiobooks?

I'm not the interested in the book

So one way that I get out of my comfort zone with reading is choosing to listen to audiobooks that I wouldn't necessarily pickup otherwise. Sometimes I'll listen to the audiobook version of books that are super hyped that I'm not sure I would like. A lot of times this has actually changed my opinion about some books that I just wasn't that interested in. For instance when An Ember in the Ashes first came out I have to admit I just wasn't that interested in it when I read the summary. I know a lot of people love it, and I want to support the author since she is a woman of color, but it just didn't interest me. Well, I was wrong! I'm currently listening to the audiobook version, and I loved it! The dual narrators also did the narration for The Scorpio Races, which I really liked on audio, so I think that definitely helped make its case. 


I always feel guilty about rereading books when I have SO many books to actually read. So doing books on audio that I have read before always makes me feel less guilty! I did it with The Mediator series before the new book came out, and I'm currently doing it with The Harry Potter series. Jim Dale's narration gives me so much joy. I'm trying to see if I can get the audio for A Game of Thrones, because I forget what happens in those books already. I just need the next one!!

My library has it on overdrive

Sometimes my reason for choosing to do a book on audio, is just simply that my library catalogue has it on the overdrive app. Sometimes it's just a simple, I felt like doing the audio instead. I have even put audios on my wish list just because they have it, even though I know I have a physical copy on my bookshelf. 😆

Do you do audiobooks? Do you have particular reasons for why you choose certain books to listen to? Has an audiobook ever changed you mind about a book you didn't like?

Happy Reads Everyone!