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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

audio book · Book review · dnf

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