Archive for April, 2010

April 25, 2010

Book Blogs are Awesome!

There in the title, it’s a simple truth, isn’t it? I think book blogs are awesome. Bloggers, their writing, opinions, passions,  likes & dislikes. They never fail to inspire my own passion, agreement, disagreement(respectfully, of course!), and admiration for an opinion well written.
Book blogs encompass many of the things I love about reading, actually: going to a new place, meeting new people, seeing new things, learning something new.

Adele @ Persnickety Snark, a blog I’ve been reading for about a year now, posted a YA Community Thanksgiving post week & as I read it, I found myself nodding after every point on her list.

Things I love about the YA Community/YA blogs are:

1. The different daily themes. Whether In My Mailbox, Waiting on Wednesday, Vlogging. What I like, especially about vlogs, are seeing someone talking about their opinions or what they’ve got to read next, what they want to read, etc. Voices, facial expressions, laughter. It’s fun to see the people whose words I’ve been reading voraciously!

2. The many varying styles of reviews and the varying opinions. For example, whether you’re on Team Gale or Team Peeta, you can appreciate that what’s important is the love of The Hunger Games stories & the tale that Suzanne Collins is telling. Everyone can find something to discuss about something you’ve read. A disagreeing opinion need not turn into an event. I’m never sorry I read a certain review, even if I don’t agree, because it has usually made me think of something I hadn’t considered before and that is in fact, why I read.

3. The volume of reviews available. Some bloggers are reading machines, I kid you not.  I don’t know how they do it. My own reading pace has slowed considerably. I take full advantage of my public library’s audiobook selection, so I almost always have a story to fall into, but I’m happiest turning pages and seeing the words.

It was the blogs that I read that served as inspiration – I wanted to join the fun and community. I can only hope to be as fine a blogger as the rest of you!

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April 11, 2010

Up to My Ears…

In homework, but not just that. Every day, I can’t wait to get in my car & drive to work because I’ve been listening to The Book Thief by Markus Zusak on audiobook. It’s a great/sad/beautiful way to spend my commute. I’m almost finished with it – probably about 45 minutes left to listen to, then a review to write. I won’t pretend it won’t be a challenge with this book. I think it will, but I’m so in love with this book that I must at least make an attempt.

I read it in 2006 or 2007, I can’t remember which year at the moment. It’s even more engaging this time, for some reason. Perhaps it is that I just adore being read to. Even when a story is sad, there’s comfort in hearing the words.

Do you listen to audiobooks? Any favorites I should consider?