Sunday, July 26, 2015

Off-Topic Sunday: Audiobooks

Welcome to Off-Topic Sunday, a tag that I'm using to post whatever is floating in my head that I want to chat about. For the most part, they'll be book-related but you may occasionally see some non-book-related posts/rants as well.

The "reading" experience of audiobooks:

Up until this point of my reading journey, I haven't been a big fan of audiobooks. I've tried a couple - such as the Harry Potter series narrated by Stephen Fry - and although I have enjoyed them, I still preferred to read the books myself for a variety of reasons. For one, my contact with audiobooks is limited to those I can access in my local libraries. Secondly, I sometimes don't particularly agree with the narrator's enactment of a character's dialogue. I prefer to read books aloud in my own head and put my own voices to the characters.

So all in all, audiobooks is a reading medium that I have used the least.

Recently, due to a combination of time pressure, falling behind on my GR reading challenge and the fact my GR friends are all raving about this particular audiobooks, I decided to pick up Yes Please by Amy Poehler. I figured I could listen to a chapter or two on the train to and from work and would be done with the book under a week.

Best decision ever.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Feature Follow Friday: Favourite Movie

Feature Follow Friday is a blog hop hosted by Parajunkee Alison Can Read. It's a way for bloggers and readers alike to make some new friends and gain some new followers as well. The point of this hop is to follow other bloggers. I follow you, you follow me.

Also, this week's featured bloggers are Readiculously Peachy and The Book Goddessso make sure you check them out too!

While I do prefer GFC and/or Bloglovin follows, if you would like to follow me via email/twitter etc, that's great too! Also, please leave a comment so I can follow you back!

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Top Ten Books That Contain Diverse Characters

TTT is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

A bit of a shameful confession: I have come to discover I haven't read that many novels that celebrate diversity. In fact, upon finding out the topic, I was almost tempted not to do this meme this week. And even as I type out this post, I don't think I have fully grasped exactly what "diversity" in novels really mean. Is it about having a main character who is not white and well-off? Is it about discussing topics such as racism and war? Is it about all of the above?

I'm still not sure what the correct answer is but I thought I'll give this week's meme my best try. Apologies if my interpretation of this topic is wrong. So, in no particular order...

Monday, July 20, 2015

Series Review: Fruits Basket by Natsuki Takaya

Fruits Basket by Natsuki Takaya

Number of Volumes: 23
Publisher: TokyoPop
Release Date: 1998 - 2006
Read Date: July 2015
Tagged Under: 2015 read, 2015 favourites, manga or graphic novel, 5, YA-fiction
Check It Out: @Amazon@GoodReads

Series Summary

A family with an ancient curse... 
And the girl who will change their lives forever... 
Tohru Honda was an orphan with no place to go until the mysteriour Sohma family offered her a place to call home. Now her ordinary high school life is turned upside down as she's introduced to the Sohma's world of magical curses and family secrets.

Series Review