Hello everyone. I’m taking a bracket break to update my blog for the first time in way too long. My reasons for not having written sooner are many but can best be summed up as laziness. At least I’m honest, right?
Let us see if I can’t catch you all up on the “happenings” in my life. This shouldn’t take too long but probably will take longer than it should.
We reside comfortably in the information age. And quite frankly, more often than not, the too much information age. It is true that even for topics that we are really interested in following there can be too much to keep up with and it can be hard to prioritize what is most important to you and what you can let pass by unnoticed.
Hello, all. I hope this post finds you all doing well. Obviously, it has been awhile since I have written anything and probably longer since I wrote anything worth reading. I hope to start reversing that trend soon but make no guarantees. I did think it would be a good time to catch everyone up on what has been happening or what will be happening in my life.
I love Star Wars and I love reading. I’ve even reviewed a Star Wars audiobook or two…or five…or ten…or more.
Today, the folks at StarWars.com have announced details of the fifth annual event which will take place the entire month of October. Check the link for details on all sorts of events and participants around the world.
As someone who periodically writes audiobook reviews, I often have to consider the question:
What makes for a good audiobook?
It is a question that is more complicated than it might sound. The audiobook comes in many different forms. Some are read by a single narrator and some are read by more than one or a full cast. Some feature a lot of acting on the part of the narrator and some are quite dry. Some contain music and background sound effects and some feature no background noise whatsoever. Individual preference is a huge factor in how a person goes about picking their next listen.
On Sunday, I was chatting with I Like the Remix about all of the books on my Audible.com wishlist. My wishlist currently stands at 425 Audiobooks and both she and I will be monitoring how it rises and falls over the year 2016.
She noticed that I have a lot of Tom Clancy novels on that list and wondered if I had actually read on of his books. I pointed out that I read my first Tom Clancy novel in December of 2015. The comment I made next is the genesis of this post.
I said that I felt like Tom Clancy was one of those authors that I should read once. There are some authors and even a few specific books that I want to read at some point in my life. You know about the “bucket list” and I consider this to be my “booket list” because the idea is the same.
In truth, most of my audible wishlist is comprised of series. If I’ve read the first book in a series, chances are the rest of the books in that series are on my wishlist. However, there are also recent releases, classics and multiple books that cover similar subjects that just happen to fascinate me.
My reading progress in the month of February has been steady. I’ve finished two books already, I’m going to finish a third before the end of the 4th of February and I already have my next read picked out.
This post contains a brief overview (and may contain mild spoiler information) of Alex Berenson’s ‘The Faithful Spy’ which I am currently reading. After that, I discuss how I’m feeling today and conclude with more book talk about my recent purchase of ‘A Fatal Thaw’ the second Kate Shugak novel by Dana Stabenow.
The calendar has officially flipped to February. As I said in yesterday’s voice post I always like when a new month begins because it feels like a fresh start or a new beginning. As I was still grieving over Ginny when the calendar flipped to January and to 2016, I feel like I missed out last month. But February is a chance to start fresh with a positive outlook and hope for a good month. Even though there’s a certain holiday coming up this month almost certainly to guarantee I end up in a bad mood. But we’ll deal with that when we get to it.
Today, I want to talk about reading. It is a little odd that I would want to talk about reading considering that right now I’m not reading anything. I’ve finished 9 books so far this month and have a goal to read 180 books this year. I’m probably going to have to revise that goal down, perhaps to the 150 I read last year. I just might not have as much time to read this year and that’s okay because my time may be filled with other fun activities.
If you’ve been reading this blog for awhile now you know that I review aAudiobooks. I haven’t reviewed any since last October but since I do intend to resume reviewing them shortly I didn’t want to say that I used to review Audiobooks.