Trying Out Audiobooks

 

I’m a slow reader. Don’t try to assuage me with sweet sweet lies about how I save money on books (I don’t) or that I get to savour my books (really??). It just kinda sucks. It takes forever to get through a book, unless it’s “Harry Potter” type good, then maybe a day or two. Now it takes me even longer because I just don’t sit down and read anymore.

A friend of mine who is an avid reader told me she just doesn’t have time for books anymore, so she listens to audiobooks. I thought that was a great idea, and she suggested I try my local library’s website. If you have a library card you can download audiobooks for free. So I went to my library for a card and downloaded my first audiobook: The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami*. It’s a short novel so I finished listening to it in an hour.

I don’t remember the last time I read a book in an hour.

However, the feeling of an audiobook isn’t the same. I’m a very tactile reader; I like to feel the pages, and turn the back cover over when I’m finished. The audiobook experience lacked this kind of satisfaction that I usually get with a paper book. However I was still able to enjoy the book, as well as do something with my hands (I was drawing at the time, but I can see myself doing lots of knitting with an audiobook going).

Having finished my first audiobook, I wanted to try another one — a longer one. My next download was Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. It always seemed interesting to me but I couldn’t quite get my head into the world. The audiobook helped with that! It was easier, for some reason, to situate myself in the novel’s story which is in the future in between a virtual reality game and real life.

Furthermore, with this second book I realized that the narrator is key to the enjoyment of the book. The narrator of The Strange Library was alright but nothing special. I’m really enjoying Ready Player One because Wil Wheaton is narrating and brings a lot of character and emotion.

I think as audiobooks become more popular (thank you, Audible, for sponsoring all my favourite YouTubers!) the narrators will be better and better, making the overall experience of an audiobook that much more enjoyable. I have already adjusted to not having a paper book when I tried ebooks, so this next step into audiobooks isn’t too difficult for me. I’m still having trouble calling it “reading,” but that’s just semantics. Here’s to absorbing more stories!

 

* I somewhat regret making this an audiobook choice because once I finished reading it I learned that the hard copy is full of illustrations. It would have been an entirely different experience to read the story the way it was published on paper.

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Retail Therapy & Chill: Etsy Faves

Like many others, when I feel down I fill the void in my soul with material goods. But you may recall from a previous post that I am in no position to be buying:

a) anything that is not immediately useful
b) anything I can’t use for work
c) anything

But am I going to let my pesky finances stand in the way of retail glory? You know me better than that. Of course I did buy some actual things of varying usefulness (thank you, Visa) but I also quelled my online shopping demons by going fave-crazy on Etsy. Nothing useful enough to give away my dollars but some very amusing items for a maybe possibly later date. Here’s what I’ve been loving on Etsy!

Grocery Totes

Don’t get confused; I don’t go grocery shopping. I just like the idea of these cute little totes because it makes me pine for the day where I’m a strong independent lady that gets her own shit done. Like grocery shopping.

$26.94 CAD

I also enjoyed the ones that said:
Hunter Gatherer
Make Terrible Choices & Regret Nothing
Because Reasons

Planner Stamps/Stickers

My planner is my lifeline, especially when I fall into funks when I can’t keep my own life in order. I like to take the time to organize and label and pre-write dates (especially pay days!). I’ve been falling out of sync with my planner and I think some stamps or stickers might brighten things up and help me stay organized.

$3.80 CAD

$5.58 CAD

The pay day sticker is kawaii af but if you are a boring person and want a simple little stamp, there’s always this option. Or you can look for a set that meets your planning needs!

Wax Seals

Listen. I know it’s not 1820, but sometimes it’s nice to be fancy. I’ve always liked that people had their own seals that were representative of themselves or their family. Plus seals are so pretty and elegant and surprisingly not as expensive as you would think. After looking at a number of designs I saw this peacock feather pattern and I decided it must be mine one day. (It’d be a nice touch for this year’s Christmas cards too!)

$13.20 CAD

Book Owner Stamps

Now that I’m becoming increasingly picky with what books I keep and what I donate, I feel the need to claim the keepers in a more decisive way than simply writing my name in them. Not all my books; just the ones that have a spot in my heart’s library*.

$33.66 CAD

I love the classy and elegant script that will mark my books as mine but you can get a stamp that really speaks to your personality. You can go quite ornate, or simple and cute. I actually quite like the idea of a snail stamp for my books as a wink to my embarrassing reading speed.

* “heart’s library” is probably the cheesiest thing I’ve ever said, PLEASE forgive me

Bath Bombs

I’m sorry.
I’m sorry.
I’m sorry.
I’m (not really) sorry.

I didn’t even like baths until I discovered bath bombs. The fact that I know I’ll never get the tub as clean as I want it pre-bath is a huge deterrent. But guess what! If you get bath bombs with a ton of shit in them, you won’t even notice that stray hair floating by. Plus they’re relaxing af and smell real nice. Great for shitty times. I found a vendor on Etsy that’s been selling Steven Universe themed bath bombs and I want them all.

$6.06 CAD

They seem to use scents that are pertinent to the show and characters. There’s a bath bomb for Pearl, Garnet, Sadie, and Lapis!

Now that you have a sense of the dumb eclectic shit I browse on Etsy you may understand why I chose not to buy them. But man, hitting that fave button sure feels good, and if I really find the need to spend $30 on a grocery bag then I know where to go.