Audiobooks are my current obsession.
I have to admit with work, chores and exercise getting in
the way of my reading time, it just seems inevitable that I’ll try it out.
After all, libraries are now loaning audiobooks. And with the help of the
Overdrive app, it’s pretty easy to download the audiobooks and return it before
or once the loan period ends.
What can I say about audiobooks that I haven’t covered in an
It’s convenient. I don’t need to think about saving actual
space in my cramped room. I can listen to my favorite author’s stories (and in
the case of some authors, their narration) while on the go which saves on time.
Time I spend laying down or sitting down while turning the page of a physical book
can be turned into time I can use to clean up, work, jog and travel while
listening to a story.
Now I know that not a lot of people like audiobooks and
don’t consider it reading. But personally, audiobooks have good and
professional narrators whose interpretation of character nuances and voices
actually make things more interesting in my opinion. In some cases, the
narrators publishers get are also actors you see on tv or the movies, which
makes it even more fun in my opinion.
Honestly, 21st century libraries are the best. They managed
to find a way to lend audiobooks and ebooks. Unfortunately, the my local
library doesn’t have enough audiobook titles to fill my obsession.
Hence, why I have turned to audiobook retailers. So if you are an audiobook enthusiast, here are some retailers I would recommend. They are by no means perfect but I’ve tried their services and each have their good points!
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Why are Disney/Pixar movies so popular? At first glance, these movies are geared for kids and yet these movies earn a lot of money?
A lot of you would say that of course it’s because the parents would be forced to buy tickets not just for the kids but also for themselves. You can’t leave kids alone in the cinema.
But notice the trend of the past decades. If you take a look at the audience, it’s not just kids and parents watching. You see a lot of grown ups on the seats too. And I’m not just talking about teenagers. I’m talking about people in their twenties or thirties watching with friends (of the same age)!
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Here are three novels published on the Year 2018 that I’ve recently been obsessed about.
So for like-minded individuals looking for your next obsessions. Here are 3 standalone novels you should really take a look at! (And yes, they do not require sequels). The endings are satisfying!!!!
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One misconception of series containing 6 books or more is that the characters remain at status quo. Or that the protagonists do not experience character development. Why else, they might think, would an author choose to write about the same characters so many times.
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Tired of present day magical, supernatural urban fantasy fiction? And do you feel that the dystopian futuristic fiction category is heavily saturated?
Then why not try fantasy fiction set in the past? And by that I mean late 20th century/early 21st century authors writing fantasy set in the past —the historical past.
I just can’t help but admire authors that took the time to research just to ensure that the story feels authentically in the past. And yet at the same time, they managed to create a story that managed to suck me in.
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I think we’ve tackled this with my previous post about whether retellings are fanfics.
But honestly, we get new retellings every year. Whether it’s in book form, TV form, Movie Form or Disney form.
Why is that so? I think it’s simply because they work. People love these stories for as long as we can remember. But at the same time, they are tired of hearing the same story. Hence we get familiar stories adapted or told differently.
I don’t think people (myself included) care who originally thought these stories up. It doesn’t really matter how similar the story is (because at this day and age, what story can truly be called original) as long as it entertains.
So here are some of the retellings that have entertained me so far:
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For anyone who decides to read books that center around djinn or djinni or jinni, you often noticed one common factor.
At least one (who may or may not be the main character) is under some form of slavery. Like the Jinni on Aladdin, the djinn character is bound to grant their “master” or “owner’s” wishes whether the djinn wants to do it or not.
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Why would large, flying (possibly fire-breathing) dragons hide in plain sight?
MOBS OF PEOPLE. Or more specifically, a mob of bloodthirsty dragonslayers.
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The following titles are recommendations to readers who want a frightened “AHHHH!!!” added with a heartwarming “AWWWWWWW”
A word of warning that dark and/or brutal scenes abound in the following books. But also expect moments of tenderness and love that only serve to highlight both aspects of the story. Because let’s face it, how can you truly appreciate works that may (or may not) kill off characters if you don’t even care about the characters?
And how exactly do you realize the depth of love you have for the fictional characters of a story if you don’t have a sinking feeling that they might be lost or hurt beyond repair?
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We grew up on fairy tales wherein fairies would come to the aid of a young and deserving hero or heroine. They’re benevolent. And all they want to do is to help
But once you go beyond the children’s section of the bookstore, you’ll find that fairies or the fae are usually depicted as cruel or mad or simply out of touch with normal human reality and morality. Being near-immortal and powerful has them usually portrayed as looking down on humans (though that doesn’t stop them from taking humans as pets/lovers and producing half-human offspring with them)
Of course, this is not to say all fae characters in books are evil. Some harm humans as a way to protect themselves. Fae are usually portrayed as very connected to nature (eg. forests, lands, rivers etc). And with human beings doing whatever they want to the land, it seriously pisses the Fae off that their home gets polluted and eventually destroyed.
This just goes to show that once you browse the sections for young adults and adults, Fae get the morally gray and/or black shade
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