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Wtf is audiate?

I read a post by Never Not Reading called I didn’t know I was reading wrong, awhile ago. I had never heard of the term audiate. According to Wikipedia, Audiation is a term Gordon coined in 1975 to refer to comprehension and internal realization of music, or the sensation of an individual hearing or feeling sound when it is not physically present. So to apply this theory to reading, audiate is when you ‘hear’ yourself speaking, in your mind, when you read to yourself. Wait, people don’t do this? Never Not Reading said that speed-readers don’t audiate, that’s how they read so fast. How is that possible? I can always hear myself when I read. I’m doing it right now as I type this. Even if someone is texting me, I will read their message and automatically ‘hear’ it in their voice and accent, in my head. Or if I’m reading fiction, I will give each character an accent or voice, in my mind. For example I read Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman (I reviewed it here) in January. I had originally started this story by listening to it on an audio book. It was an audio book read by Neil Gaiman himself, who would give each character their own accent as he read their dialogue. So when I continued to read this story as an ebook, I would read it and ‘hear’ Neil Gaiman’s voice and accents in my mind.

Do you audiate when you read? If so, do you feel it’s slowing down your reading? Do you only read and ‘hear’ in your ‘voice’ or do you have a plethora of accents and voices?

Well that’s all from me today. Don’t forget to, Read You Fools 😉
Charlie

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5 ways to buy books on a budget – book blogging

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I started this blog to allow myself to get back into reading again. But books are expensive! Especially if you are after those brand new releases that all the bookish community are talking about (or that keeps popping up on Instagram). And with a rapidly growing to be read list, the total price is rising pretty rapidly too. So today, I’m going to tell you 5 ways in which I buy books on a tight budget.

The first way is by reading free books. Ok I know that sounds silly. but both Kindle and Google Play Books carry lots of free ebooks. Kindle is great for the classics and I have downloaded a good few free ebooks on Google Play Books. Now I know what you’re thinking, because I thought the very same thing, if they are free, does that not mean they are rubbish? My answer to that is, sure download it and give it a chance. It is free after all. If you don’t like it, then you haven’t lost any money. If you did like it, then that’s great, you’ve probably just found a new author you can look out for. And anyways, I’ve paid for books before and ended up not looking them, so just because you’ve spent money on something, doesn’t automatically make it good.

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I’ve come to really like reading ebooks, either on my kindle(mine is so old now) or on my phone. It’s so handy, I can have a load of great tales at my fingertips and I can read them anywhere. As a mother of two kid’s, I can stop reading at the drop of a hat, when I need to and I won’t lose my page. Then I can pick up where I left off, super simple. Google Play Books is my choice for ebooks on my android phone. My way of buying books on a budget with Google Play Books is by using up my leftover credit. Ok, clearly I’m very anti-social, but I don’t usually need to make many phone calls during the month. So instead of letting my credit get eaten up at the end of the month (I’m on a pre-pay plan), I treat myself to a new ebook. So depending on how much credit I have left over, I get to pick a new book from my wishlist (or sometimes even two!).

Another way is to just re-read books on your shelves. If your like me, you’ve been collecting books for years and years. You probably have quite a substantial collection growing. And if your like me, if you dig through your collection, you will probably find a hidden gem that you have forgotten about. I love re-reading my old books, especially ones that I have fond memories of. Books can be so nostalgic and personal. And guess what? These books are free! You already own them!

Reading borrowed books is another great way of getting free books. In a time before all the craziness happened, I would be promoting going to your local library. But due to all the different lockdowns going on all over the world, you mightn’t have access to your local library at the moment. That’s where your family amd friends come in! (Please practice safe and practice social distancing.) Did you notice your niece has a little stack of graphic novels in her room? Maybe your brother secretly/not so secretly, loves a cheesy romamce novel? Oh and that little old lady at the end of your street is really into her murder mysteries. Ok, maybe they aren’t the genres that you would normally pick, but beggers can’t be choosers. Maybe it will broaden your horizons and you might discover something new. A genre or author, that you previously wouldn’t have given any attention to, could be your new favourite. Don’t forget to lend them something from your collection (I’m sure that little old lady would love an epic sci-fi saga…) #ShareTheBookishLove

So that’s how I get books on a tight budget. Have you any tips for books on a budget?

Well that’s all from me today. Don’t forget to, Read You Fools 😉
Charlie

Book review

Heartstone by Elle Katherine White – book review

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So I’ve been away from blogging land and social media for awhile and now it’s time I caught up on some reviews. Starting with, Heartstone by Elle Katherine White. This was introduced to me as a buddy read hosted by @litetally.ruth.mitchell on Instagram (way back in February, oops). She said, “If you like Lord of the Rings and Jane Austen this book is for you” and boy was she right. This book is a Pride and Prejudice retelling in a fantasy/ medieval-ish setting, with talking dragons, little hobgoblins and other fantastical creatures. So it basically its P&P in a LotR’s world and I’m here for it! It really feels like it’s own story and I don’t feel it is immediately recognisable as a Pride and Prejudice retelling (although it’s been a long time since I read P&P).

The world building in this is quite good. There is a bit of name droping and info dumping at the beginning but it’s not entirely complicated. It’s full of action, talking dragon’s and of course some romance.

The relationships and the dialogue are strong in this. Daired and Aliza really worked towards getting their happy ending. However while the relationships were strong, there were a few small things that I feel were missed out on. One of these were Daired’s sister, Julienna, and her dragon, Mar’esh. I loved this character. A strong young woman, who’s a little bit sassy and her equally strong dragon that she took an oath for and who she continued to stand beside, even after he was injured. Loved her.

Another character I would have loved to have read more about was Tobble and the other hobgoblins. He’s so much fun. There is a good few funny parts in this book.

All in all, I love this book. And although the following two books in this series have mixed review’s, I will certainly be picking up the next one soon.

Well that’s all from me today. Don’t forget to, Read You Fools 😉
Charlie