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May. 15th, 2011

[heaving bosoms]


Mid-month progress!

How is your May reading going?

May. 2nd, 2011

[team sony]


Do audiobooks count?

I never really listened to audiobooks until recently. I tried it a few times, when I worked as a parking lot attendant and there was an old cassette player in my booth. I would check out books on tape from the library and read along with the paper copies at work. I stopped after a while because listening to romance novels as audiobooks is kind of awkward, and I had a lot of trouble focusing on the audio, when I want to be looking at something.

Lately I've been bored with the TV shows and movies I own, and music doesn't really keep my attention while I'm knitting. I've been hoarding audiobooks for the last week, because when I visited crickettekirton last weekend, she expressed interest in them (reading a book in Braille is incredibly time-consuming, I've discovered), and so I started listening to some of them myself. I started listening to The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy last night, and Artemis Fowl this morning, as part of my things-to-hear-while-knitting routine. It's a completely different experience compared to reading a paper copy.

I was always torn on whether to include them in my reading list. I felt like I was cheating by including them before, because I didn't read them. I'm a visual learner, so I love seeing the words on the page. I can focus better on them, and they feel more real, like I deserve the story because visually reading seems more like I'm actively reading it, as opposed to hearing someone else read it to me. I don't give it my full attention if I just listen to it. When I read, I'm singularly focused on the story, but if I sit and listen to it, I can't just sit still; I have to be doing something else at the same time, otherwise I lose focus altogether.

There are threads on Goodreads about whether people count audiobooks on their 50 Books lists, that bring up great points about how many old stories were originally just oral histories that have only recently become printed books, and how auditory learning requires a completely different skill set. I, apparently, do not have this skill set, so forcing myself to listen to audiobooks is probably a good idea for me.

It all comes down to whether you feel it counts for you. There are people who don't even count ebooks as reading ~a real book~

Do you count audiobooks in the list of things that you've read? If you do, what's your favorite audiobook?

Great threads on reading audiobooks:
  • Does listening to audiobooks count as reading?
  • Can you Count an Audio Book on your Reading List?
  • 50 Books: Audio books...Do they count as reading?
  • hiding in yarn


    May 2011!

    My long weekend last week kinda threw me off of everything. Sorry, bbs!

    So, the long read-along is Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer, which I am super excited about. I have an ebook linkie here, and I actually have the audiobook for it and will upload it if anyone's interested.

    I never got around to posting the short read-along for this month because I am terrible and forgetful, but I just discovered that a fic I read a few months ago was finally completed, and it's really cute, so I dub Whitelaw Books by littleboycalico the short read-along for this month. It's Pinto, once again. I think maybe next month should be a different fandom -- multiple people have recommended fic from The Fast and the Furious, a movie I've never even seen, but apparently the fandom is amazeballs, so.

    What are your goals for this month, guys?

    Apr. 16th, 2011

    Soot sprite


    [Long Read-Along] May 2011: Artemis Fowl, by Eoin Colfer

    I hope everyone is enjoying their April!  I'm here to announce the read-along for May.

    Title: Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
    Genre: A heist story masquerading as Young Adult fantasy
    Suggested By: magicalmartha 

    daffodelias  is going to provide the proper ebook links, because she's an ebook ninja the likes of which I can't compete with.  Look for them soon!

    Summary, provided by Amazon: Twelve-year-old Artemis Fowl is the most ingenious criminal mastermind in history. With two trusty sidekicks in tow, he hatches a cunning plot to divest the fairyfolk of their pot of gold. Of course, he isn't foolish enough to believe in all that "gold at the end of the rainbow" nonsense. Rather, he knows that the only way to separate the little people from their stash is to kidnap one of them and wait for the ransom to arrive. But when the time comes to put his plan into action, he doesn't count on the appearance of the extrasmall, pointy-eared Captain Holly Short of the LEPrecon (Lower Elements Police Reconnaisance) Unit--and her senior officer, Commander Root, a man (sorry, elf) who will stop at nothing to get her back.

    Reading Schedule: The read-along begins Sunday, May 1st. There will be a progress post on Sunday, May 15th, which will be the same day we'll announce next month's read-along(s), and the party post celebrating the end of the month will be on Tuesday, May 31st.

    Apr. 15th, 2011

    [team sony]


    April Progress Post

    So! How's it going? What have you read? What have you liked?

    Apr. 14th, 2011

    Pudding cup


    Follow-up on that urban fantasy

    So, the Melissa Marr I was reading, Wicked Lovely, ended with a fizzle.  I kinda wish I'd waited until after I finished it to talk about it, since I don't think I'd recommend it knowing how weak the climax and ending were.


    After expressing my disappointment on Twitter (as I am wont to do), my dear friend emily_bennett suggested I try Holly Black's Tithe - and omg, it was SO MUCH BETTER.  The two books are fairly similar in terms of theme and structure, but Tithe is grittier, more exciting, better written, and man, does it end with a BANG.  So yeah!  Read Holly Black, for all your gritty urban fantasy faery romance needs.

    Apr. 6th, 2011

    Counting stars


    Wicked Pretty Things and reading Melissa Marr

    In case y'all don't follow YA wank, here's a background brief:  Wicked Pretty Things was supposed to be a YA anthology of thirteen supernatural-themed romances published by Running Press and edited by Trisha Telep.  One of the authors approached for a submission, Jessica Verday, wrote a story involving two boys.  Her story was accepted, but in the editor's notes, Telep requested she change one of the male characters to a girl.  Verday refused and pulled her story from the anthology.  A total recap of the subsequent events can be found here, as cleolinda does a much better and more thorough job of presenting the situation than I can.

    The reason I'm bringing this to this comm is because the anthology was originally supposed to sport the description "Stories with a Melissa Marr-ish slant," until Marr requested they remove that from the cover.  (Also, it is interesting to note here that Marr was not actually invited to be in the anthology described as being like her writing, with a title suspiciously close to her first novel.  WTF, Running Press.)  At this point, I went "I like YA supernatural romances!  And lookee here, Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr is B&N's featured .99 cent book this month!  DON'T MIND IF I DO."

    It's awesome, you guys.  I'm about halfway through and it is SO FUN.  Sum up: Aislinn is a girl that can see fairies, and Keenan, the Summer King, wants to hit that.  Shenanigans ensue.  There's a love triangle, and an evil stepmother, and a hot pierced boyfriend.  AND FAIRIES. 

    I'm also now incredibly interested in reading Verday's work.  I hear she wrote a romance about a GHOST.  Based on the Sleepy Hollow story.  I'm SO in.

    Apr. 3rd, 2011

    hiding in yarn


    [Goals] April 2011

    What are your reading goals for April?

    Apr. 1st, 2011

    hiding in yarn


    April 2011 Read-Along Begins Today!

    Charlie All Night, by Jennifer Crusie, is this month's Long Read-Along.

    A Passage That Sings, by dorkorific, is this month's Short Read-Along.

    (This post is a safe space for those who wish to escape from April Fool's jokes. Anyone up for a gif party?)

    hiding in yarn


    [Short Read-Along] April 2011: A Passage That Sings, by dorkorific

    Title: A Passage That Sings
    Author: dorkorific
    Word Count: ~17,000
    Rating: R
    Fandom: Pinto (Chris Pine/Zachary Quinto)
    Suggested By: magicalmartha
    Link: http://dorkorific.livejournal.com/77392.html
    Summary: The one where Chris has stupid glasses and a lot of paperbacks, Zach knows too much for his own good, there are at least two lap dances, and everybody wants to sleep with Dorothy Parker.
    "Quinto Mad Libs," Cho says. "My date was: mean adjective, meaner adjective, devastating five-syllable mean adjective."
    Note: The original kink meme story was posted here. It is shorter, and made of parts of this story, but it's different.
    Note #2: I have an ereader formatted copy of this, but I'm (once again) on my work computer. Link to be added later.

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