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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

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Dnf – Rise of the Dragons by Morgan Rice – audiobook

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Rise of the Dragons (Kings and Sorcerers–Book 1)

From #1 Bestselling author Morgan Rice comes a sweeping new epic fantasy series: RISE OF THE DRAGONS (KINGS AND SORCERERS—Book 1).

Kyra, 15, dreams of becoming a famed warrior, like her father, even though she is the only girl in a fort of boys. As she struggles to understand her special skills, her mysterious inner power, she realizes she is different than the others. But a secret is being kept from her about her birth and the prophecy surrounding her, leaving her to wonder who she really is.

Just as Kyra is coming of age, the local lord comes to take her away. Her father wants to wed her off to save her. Kyra, though, refuses, and she quests on her own, into a dangerous wood, where she encounters a wounded dragon—and ignites a series of events that will change the kingdom forever.

15 year old Alec, meanwhile, sacrifices for his brother, taking his place in the draft, and is carted off to The Flames, a wall of flames a hundred feet high that wards off the army of Trolls to the east. On the far side of the kingdom, Merk, a mercenary striving to leave behind his dark past, quests through the wood to become a Watcher of the Towers and help guard the Sword of Fire, the paranormal source of the kingdom’s power. But the Trolls want the Sword, too—and they prepare for a massive invasion that could destroy the kingdoms forever.

With its strong atmosphere and complex characters, RISE OF THE DRAGONS is a sweeping, romantic saga of knights and warriors, of kings and lords, of honor and valor, of magic, action, adventure, destiny, sorcery, monsters and dragons. It is a story of love and broken hearts, of deception, of ambition and betrayal. It is fantasy at its finest, inviting us into a world that will live with us forever, one that will appeal to all ages and genders.

Synopsis from Google Books.

Dnf stands for did not finish and I most certainly did not finish this book. I tried. I tried so hard to listen to this but I just couldn’t. I got through a few chapters at the start but that was it. Maybe I’m just not an audio book type of person. It can be kind of hard to listen to an audio book when there are kids shouting and making a tonne of noise, the t.v. is on full blast and other general ‘home’ noises (my washing machine seems to be on constantly lately). So it could be that I just prefer the more traditional aspect of going off to a quite(ish) corner to read by myself. Atleast then I can just drop and run if there’s any disasters (usually spilled milk-sigh). Or maybe it’s because I can block out the noise better when I’m reading.

I feel bad about not being able to give this story a fair go but it wasn’t for the lack of trying. From the few chapters I got through, the story was alright but I can’t tell if it was because it was an audio book or if I actually just didn’t like the story. Maybe I’ll try it again if my house ever gets quieter (or is that wishful thinking).

Did you listen to this book? What did you think? Or what do you think of audio books in general?

You can get it for free (currently) on Amazon, here: Rise of the Dragons (Kings and Sorcerers–Book 1).

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

Charlie

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Bookish Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Bookish Mother’s Day Gift Guide

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This Sunday, March 14th is Mother’s Day in the UK and Ireland. So I have put together a list of thing’s I think would be great for any book loving Mummy’s out there (and this totally isn’t a personal wishlist of thing’s I want…wink wink!)

The Bibliophile Ceramic Vase: Collected Curiosities illustrated by Jane Mount and the Bibliophile Vase: The Writer’s Companion are so pretty! Can you imagine puting those beautiful bunch of Mother’s Day flowers (or a tiny hand picked bunch of daisies) into these pretty vases? What lovely pieces of decor to add to your bookshelves. You could have even put fake flowers in them and swap them out whenever you want something new. Or if your green fingered (which I definitely am not) maybe you could actually plant some small succulents in them.

How cool is this Led book lamp?! A literal ‘book’ lamp? And it has different coloured lights, a remote control and USB charging? So cool!

I couldn’t stop laughing at this metal sign That’S What I Do I Read Books I Drink Coffee And I Know Things Cat Vintage Look Metal Wall Decor

And to go with that sign, how about a cup of coffee (or tea) in this mug Book Lover Mug Gift, Bookish Gifts, Librarian Mug, Bookworm Mug, Yes I Really Do Need All These Books

What about a diy kit to make a magical book nook? Another piece of decor for your bookshelves Wizard Alley Themed Book Nook Shelf Insert – DIY Alley Book Nook Kit – Book Shelf Decor – Home Decor – Diorama. This would look so cool in amongst your favourite magical books.

I hope you liked my picks for bookish Mother’s Day gifts.

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

Charlie

Book review

Frostborn: The Gray Knight by Jonathan Moeller – book review

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Frostborn: The Gray Knight (Frostborn 1), is the first book in a series of 15 books by Jonathan Moeller.

From the author of DEMONSOULED and THE GHOSTS, here is a new epic fantasy of high adventure, heroism, and daring deeds.

A thousand years ago, the last grandson of Arthur Pendragon led the survivors of Britain through a magical gate to a new world, a world of magic and high elves, of orcs and kobolds and stranger, darker creatures. Now the descendants of the exiles rule a mighty kingdom, peaceful and prosperous under the rule of the High King. 

But a shadow threatens to devour the kingdom. 

RIDMARK ARBAN was once a Swordbearer, a knight of renown. Now he is a branded outcast, stripped of his sword, and despised as a traitor. 

But he alone sees the danger to come.

CALLIANDE awakens in the darkness, her memories gone, and creatures of terrible power hunting her. 

For she alone holds the secret that can save the world…or destroy it utterly. 

The secret of the Frostborn.

Synopsis from Google Books.

Spoilers ahead, ye be warned.

I really wanted to love this book. It has everything I look for in a story; a fantasy land that’s full of a variety of creatures, a witchy or magical female character, a group setting out on an adventure/ quest/ mystery. However, everything seemed to fall short. There were parts of the story that I was really hooked into. The village/camp of the kobolds for instance. But there were other parts I felt were just full and anti-climactic. When defeating Qazzarl, it felt too easy or straight forward. Then there were parts that felt like they were heavily ‘influenced’ by other stories. Going underground into dwarf mines, which were currently inhabited by other creatures that will probably kill you on sight (Mines of Moria anyone?). Now I know and can appreciate when authors are ‘influenced’ by other authors and stories, and some can be very well written. But for me, this was just a bit too similar.

I also felt that Calliande earned her powers too easy. Nothing for ages, then we meet Alamur and bam, oh that’s how I do it. Even he was confused as to how she suddenly had her powers.

I liked the concept of this story and I liked how it leads itself into another book (or several, 15? Wow) but I don’t think I’ll be purchasing anymore of this series.

Have you read this book? Am I missing something or did you feel disappointed by it too? Would you or have you read the rest of this series? Maybe it gets better.

I gave this book a 3/5 on my goodreads.

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

Charlie

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T5W- Home Sweet Home

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February 3: Home Sweet Home
When reading, do you ever pause and say to yourself, “I want to live there”? I know I do at times! For this week’s Top 5 Wednesday, what are your top five bookish settings that you would like to move to? Worlds outside of our own are preferred, but if you want to say that New York sounds like home sweet home, go ahead! Credit to Laura for the idea behind this prompt!

For those of you who don’t know what T5W is, it is a blog post topic prompt in a group called Top 5 Wednesday on goodreads. Each Wednesday there is a new prompt and you talk about your top 5 of that topic.

Ok, so I know this topic was for the 3rd of February, but I couldn’t resist not writing this one.

Hogwarts

This may be a fairly obvious or popular answer, but I have always dreamt of going to Hogwarts. Stroling down to Hagrid’s hut and walking with him and Fang into the Forbidden Forest. Climbing the moving stairs to the astronomy Tower at night. Oh and the library? A giant magical library? With a restricted section? Yes please! Then of course the dungeons and the potions lab would be next. I may be a Hufflepuff but who wouldn’t want a potions lesson from the Head of Slytherin? Diagon Alley would be next. I would love to peek into all the windows and peruse all the magical shelves. Harry Potter Boxed Set: The Complete Collection (Adult Paperback): Contains: Philosopher’s Stone / Chamber of Secrets / Prisoner of Azkaban / Goblet … Phoenix / Half-Blood Prince / Deathly Hollows

The Shire

The Shire is probably another obvious one but who wouldn’t want to visit here. To walk through all the rolling hills. Looking at all the different doors to all the hobbit holes (does anyone else love looking at front doors? No? just me?). To be at a hobbit party, eating all that amazing food. To watch Merry and Pippin get up to hilarious hijinks and to watch Gandalf’s explosive fireworks display. The Hobbit & The Lord of the Rings Boxed Set

Redwall Abbey

Old castles and churches buildings fascinate me. So to be able to wander around Redwall, looking at tapestries, talking to the mice and other animals. To be able to taste honey cakes and the other yummy sounding treats. Although, I would prefer to visit when they are not being invaded by rats, no thank you. Redwall

The Old Kingdom

The Old Kingdom. To cross the wall from Ancelstierre. To travel to the Abhorsen’s house and eat food while hanging out with the sarcastic Mogget. Maybe visit the Clayr in the glacier, except I don’t think I’d like to travel in a paperwing though.Old Kingdom Trilogy Box Set

Wonderland

Ok, there seems to be a common theme for me and visiting these places for the food. But I have always wanted to try a cake or mishroom that makes you as small as a mouse. To go to a tea party with the White Rabbit and the Mad Hatter. However, I’m sure she’s lovely and all but I’ll skip the visit to the Queen of Heart’s, thanks. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass (Penguin Classics S.)

What about you? Where would you love to visit and why? Is it for the food like me?

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

Charlie

Book review

The Watchmaker’s Daughter (Glass and Steele Book 1) by C.J. Archer – book review

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I found this book for free on Google books but you can get it here
(for free at time of writing this) on Kindle from Amazon.

The Watchmaker’s Daughter by C.J. Archer, book review by Read You Fools

After the death of her father, India Steele finds herself without a fiance, a job and a home. As she looks for employment as a shop assistant in the other watch shops in the town, she finds Mr. Glass who is searching for a very specific person to fix his watch for him. So India finds herself a job as being his assistant in his search, but she knows something is not quite right about Mr. Glass and his special watch.

She then starts to think that Mr. Glass is the american outlaw that the newspapers have been talking about. All the evidence is pointing directly at him. Is she after putting herself in danger?

She then meets other employees (or are they friends?) of Mr. Glass, that live with him. They are also American and India thinks that they act quite weird. I quite liked the character Willie. A brash female with a male dress sense and a gun at her waist.

But then there’s his watch. Did you see the purple light? Or was she imagining things?

There are inconsistencies through out the story. For example India is first described as a plain looking girl who wouldn’t catch a fella to marry her for her looks. Then near the end she its described as a beauty that is too pretty to get a governess job. Unless this was how she saw herself? That when she recieved some attention she liked, she started to see the beauty in herself, maybe? Also the way Mr. Glass was healed or rejuvenated by his watch seems to take different amounts of time.

I also didn’t like the way her corset was written about. As I was someone who used to waist train and wear corsets daily for a few years. And who also has a love for researching historical dress/fashion. It pained me to then read the very stereotypical view, that corsets are a work of the devil and no-one could breath in them, or run, or move and they would require someone else to get you in and out of them. If you can’t breath in your corset then your not wearing the right corset for you. I could really get stuck into debating about them but this is not that post. Instead, I will just say, that I skimmed over the few mentions of her corset in this book. They didn’t add anything to the story anyways except for an excuse for a brief romance building section.

Even with the odd inconsistencies though, this book caught me, hook, line and sinker. Victorian-esque london? Yes historical fiction. Watches, clocks, cogs and gears? Yes please. A steampunk sounding watch with a bit of purple magic? You got me. I will more than likely be purchasing the next book in this series to see what adventures do Glass and Steele get up to next. I wonder will it explain more of the magic systems? I hope so.

The Watchmaker’s Daughter (Glass and Steele Book 1)

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

Charlie

Round up

Charlie’s Round-up January 2021

Charlie’s Round-up January 2021 – Read You Fools

I’m a tiny bit late but here is my monthly round-up for January 2021. My first full month of being a book blogger is complete. I’m slowly getting the hang of this blogging thing. I still have lots to learn but I’m really enjoying the journey and everyone in this community are wonderful and so welcoming.

To be read 2021 – Read You Fools

My first post of the month of January was my tbr (to be read) list of 2021. You can read it here. So far I have read 1 of them and have started 2 more so I feel that I am making good headway with it.

Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman – book review – Read You Fools

My next post was my first book review. Neverwhere is an urban fantasy by Neil Gaiman and it was 1 of the books from my tbr list. You can read what I thought of it here.

20 Questions Tag – Read You Fools

My last post of January was the 20 questions tag. This was a fun little tag I did as a sort of introduction to myself. I love reading tags and I really enjoyed answering the questions. You can check it out here.

So that was all my posts for January 2021. I hope you enjoyed reading them. I’m looking forward to reading more books and writing new posts for February.

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

Charlie

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20 Questions Book Tag

20 Questions Book Tag

I wanted to do a book-based get to know me type of tag but all the ones I liked were too long. Then I found this tag here on paperfury.com and thought it was a good way to let you know more about me.

So now, let’s answer some questions!

1. How many books are too many for a series? There are never too many books, unless they are obviously been written to milk it and written poorly. But if you can keep me sucked into an amazing world with amazing characters, write more! I never want it to end!

2. How do you feel about cliffhangers? I love and hate them. They really keep me gripped to the story, but if I know there isn’t going to be another book then I feel sad. I need good closure. Not a bunch of what if’s and maybe’s.

3. Hardcover or paperback? I find paperbacks so much easier to read. I used to read every night in bed when I was a child, so if you fell asleep reading your giant hardback tome, you could get knocked out! Also I hate dust jackets, I think they are the most annoying thing to deal with when trying to read. They slip and slide around as your reading and if you leave them off then, if your like me, you loose it, or they get damaged. So paperback please.

4. Favourite book? Just one book? Ya right, I can’t pick just one. But my top 3 would have to be: Lirael by Gareth Nix, The Half Blood Prince by JK Rowling and The High Lord by Trudi Canavan. I could read these over and over, again and again.

5. Least favourite book? I actually can’t think of one off the top of my head, hmmm. No that’s too hard, I can’t think of any!

6. Love triangles, yes or no? Nope, not for me. I’m not much of a romance genre lover anyways, so adding another person into the mix is a no.

7. The most recent book you couldn’t finish? George R.R. Martin – Fire and Blood. It’s set 300 years before everything, I think, but as I haven’t read or seen (I will eventually!) Game of Thrones, I kept getting lost and confused. So I think I’ll come back to this book when I get around to reading the other ones.

8. A book your currently reading? Frostborn: The Gray Knight by Jonathan Moeller. I’m only a few chapters in but I’m liking it so far.

9. Last book you recommended to someone? Lord of the Rings. Always Lord of the Rings! Or atleast The Hobbit, but mainly Lord of the Rings, all three books of The Lord of the Rings. Can you tell I love Lord of the Rings?

10. Oldest book you’ve read by publication date? The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo. It was first published in 1831 and the edition I have was printed in 1975.

11. Newest book you’ve read by publication date? That’s probably The Watchmaker’s Daughter by C.J. Archer. It was published in 2016. (Blog spoiler, but this might be coming up as my next review, so keep your eyes open for it.)

12. Favourite author? Trudi Canavan! Hands down, always Trudi Canavan.

13. Buying or borrowing? All of the books. It dosn’t matter how I get my hands on them! Although if I really love the book then I want to keep it.

14. A book you dislike but everyone seems to love? The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe by CS Louis. I don’t know what it was about that book but I could never get into it. Having said that I haven’t tried to read it in years, so maybe I should add it to my tbr pile. Have you read it? Do you think I should give it another try?

15. Bookmarks or dogears? Bookmarks, if I can find one (using random junk that’s near by counts right?). But if I can’t find anything, I am not against dogears.

16. A book you can always re-read? Lireal by Gareth Nix. Love this book so much. I really saw myself in this character when I read it as a teen so there is alot of nostalgia in it for me. Also the entire Harry Potter collection, because Harry Potter.

17. Can you read and listen to music? Usually I’m either reading while the kids are playing/ shouting/ watching tv/ making noise. Or else I’m in bed, so I probably could listen to music but never get a chance.

18. 1 pov or multiple? If it’s written well I like reading from multiple points of view. I like getting different perspectives of certain situations.

19. Do you read a book in one sitting or over multiple days? Back when I was in my teens or younger and I had no responsibilities, I loved reading in one sitting (Harry Potter new book releases anyone?). But nowadays thats just not feasible (aka adulting). So now I try and fit in my reading around everything else.

20. Who do you tag? Everyone and anyone who wants to have a go.

So there you have it, my answers to the 20 questions. What about you? Would you answer the questions the same as me or would you have said something different? Let me know if you do this tag, or have you done it already? I’d love to read your answers!

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

Charlie