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My Latest Bookish Addiction [10] – Audiobooks

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In keeping with the theme of my blog, I decided to start bringing you updates of the newest and greatest bookish addictions in my life so I can share with you some awesomely bookish things or discuss if maybe we share the same bookish loves. It seemed like a great way to get a little discussion going in a very relaxed way.

This Edition’s Bookish Addiction? Audiobooks

I’ve been loving audiobooks for a while now, but I think it’s about time that I gush about the to their fullest extent. I was nervous to try audiobooks when I first tried listening. What if the narrator was awful? What if they couldn’t hold my attention? What if I got bored or annoyed or mad?

In all honesty, any one of those is a very real possibility, but that’s why I try to do some good research before picking a new audiobook. Sometimes a breathy narrator ruins the experience for me… On the flip side, a fantastic narrator can totally make the listening experience that much more amazing!

I feel that audiobooks should be selected just as carefully as your regular reads. The fact that you’re listening to a book and it’s being read by someone else just throws one more factor into your reading experience. I’ve been trying to pick my reads more carefully nowadays because I’ve finally come to grips with the very sad but real fact that I can never possibly read all of the books I want to… BUT audiobooks do help with that.

I’m a multi-book reader. That’s not a term, I know, but what I mean is that I read more than one book at time and audiobooks are a great way for me to read multiple books at once. I always have a physical copy that I’m reading and sometimes I throw in an ebook in there, but recently I’ve started adding a constant stream of audiobooks to the mix. I have a semi-long commute to work so they’re great for the long drives and who would have ever thought I could read while I was driving!? I love being able to read at a time when “traditional” reading isn’t quire possible. Depending on the production of the audio and how engaging the narrator is, I can even picture it as sort of a movie in my mind which is great to keep my attention and to further pull me into the book.

Looking for a good audiobook? Here are just a few of my favorites — both for the content of the book and some excellent narrators as well!

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline: Ready Player One was one of the earlier audiobooks I listened to and I LOVED it. Wil Wheaton narrated this masterpiece and aside from the great content of the book (sci-fi, dystopia, pop culture of the 80s), the production quality was fantastic! Wil Wheaton does a great job of narrating and I was HIGHLY entertained the entire time. I’ve been itching to re-read this on audio ever since I finished it because it was THAT good.

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The Scorpio Races by Maggie Steifvater: The audio for this book was amazing. This was the first audio production that I had listened to that incorporated more than one narrator. Since the book alternates between the voices of both Sean and Puck, the narrators alternated chapters as well. Listening to this book was just fantastic and it absolutely enhanced my reading/listening experience! SO many readers have fallen in love with this audiobook and I’m so glad I listening to the suggestions to pick this one up on audio first!

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The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern: I was in a YA kick when I started The Night Circus and honestly, I wasn’t 100% sure if it was YA or adult when I first started it because so many of my fellow YA bloggers were raving about it! I turned the audio on and to my surprise, the narrator was Jim Dale! (He also narrates the Harry Potter audiobooks, but I knew his voice as the narrator for Pushing Daisies.) The story was magical and listening to it somehow made it even easier to picture! Everything felt so vivid and like I was right in the action.

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The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman: The Graveyard Book was my first Neil Gaiman book which I selected thanks to the help of Alyssa (a major Gaiman fan) and because I wanted to listen to a good book for Halloween-time. This book was fantastic on audio. Neil Gaiman narrates the book himself and I was utterly swept away on this literary journey. His voice is just perfect for narration and I’ve pretty much made a promise to myself to listen to any of his books that he narrates! If you have the opportunity to listen to Neil Gaiman narrate, I highly recommend it!

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Some other great audio that I’ve listened to:

How do you feel about audiobooks? Is there anything holding you back from trying them? Are they a constant in your life? Do you have any personal favorites? I want to hear it all!

My Latest Bookish Addiction [9] – Swoony Snark

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In keeping with the theme of my blog, I decided to start bringing you updates of the newest and greatest bookish addictions in my life so I can share with you some awesomely bookish things or discuss if maybe we share the same bookish loves. It seemed like a great way to get a little discussion going in a very relaxed way.

This Edition’s Bookish Addiction? Swoony Snark

Screw the days of White Knights. I want my Prince Charming to be completely sarcastic and utterly witty with a streak of adventure and let me tell you, NOBODY knows how to write these guys better than today’s YA writers. I feel no shame in admitting that I’m in love with a few fictional characters because they’ve just stolen my heart with their brilliance and boldness and I can’t get enough of the japes, the jokes, and the borderline arrogance (just as long as it doesn’t go TOO far). Give me a Han Solo or an Indiana Jones (apparently any Harrison Ford character…?) any day! I have many, many book boyfriends, but these scoundrels are the ones who stole my heart… Just to name a few:

ThorneScarlet (The Lunar Chronicles #2) – Marissa Meyer
My Latest Bookish Addition [8] – The Lunar Chronicles

Well, after finishing CRESS, Carswell Thorne tops the list. He’s funny and cocky, but also has a gentle and protective side. I’m SO glad we got to see him as more of a main character in CRESS and more of his story. Marissa Meyer wrote him perfectly and he is definitely my top book boyfriend of all time, at the moment.
Quote: A relieved grin filled up Thorne’s face. “We’re having another moment, aren’t we?”

Swoon Level: Sci-Fi Snark
 Han Solo

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SturmhondSiege and Storm (The Grisha #2) – Leigh Bardugo

Leigh Bardugo’s character Sturmhond, who first appears in SIEGE AND STORM, is another top top top choice. I love his banter with Alina and even the conflict with Mal, which I usually don’t enjoy. He’s confident, but not cocky, and his sense of adventure surely drives the book forward!
Quote: “I can’t decide if you’re crazy or stupid.”
“I have so many good qualities,” Sturmhond said. “It can be hard to choose.”

Swoon Level: Adventure Snark
Captain Jack Sparrow mixed with Indiana Jones

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duvalGrave Mercy (His Fair Assassin #1) – Robin LaFevers

Duval was not only chivalrous, but he was kind, dashing, and a whole lot of swoony. I love his clever with and sharp tongue I swooned for him right from the start. Just looking up quotes has me itching for a re-read!
Quote: “I will sit here but an hour or two, then leave.”
I yawn. “So very long as that?”
When he answers, there is a wry note in his voice. “I do have my reputation to protect.”

Swoon Level: Historical Snark
Ichabod Crane

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BloodlinesThe Golden Lily, The Indigo Spell
The Bloodlines Series by Richelle Mead

I actually wasn’t super swoony over Adrian in the Vampire Academy series because I had Dimitri-blindness, but I really got to love him once I started Bloodlines! I really love seeing that rich-boy swagger mixed with a sensitive side that he doesn’t want anyone to really know about. Add all of the snarkiness in there and you KNOW I was sold!
Quote: “You look confused,” said Adrian.
I shook my head and sighed. “I think I’m just overthinking things.”
He nodded solemnly. “That’s why I try to never do it.”

Swoon Level: Trust Fund Snark
Chuck Bass

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jasonMeant To Be – Lauren Morrill

Jason Lippincott from MEANT TO BE is a character that grows on you. Practical jokes, typical boy humor, and a whole lot of mischief turn off MC Julia, but as the book goes on, both Julia and I found a soft spot in our hearts for him!
Quote: “Holy crap, is that a bathtub at the foot of your bed? That’s awesome! Can I join?”
“Hilarious.”

Swoon Level: Goofy Snark
Chandler Bing

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dayLegend by Marie Lu (review to come!)

Well, I just finished LEGEND and LOVED IT. I really loved Day too! He’s smart, quick on his feet and also quick witted. He wasn’t super snarky in LEGEND but he and June has some nice banter which I always love! It makes me even more excited to continue on with the rest of the series too!
Quote: “You’re very attractive.”
I’ve been complimented on my appearance before. But never in his tone of voice. Of all the things he’s said, I don’t know why this catches me off guard. But it startles me so much that without thinking I blurt out, “I could say the same about you.” I pause. “In case you didn’t know.”
A slow grin spreads across his face. “Oh, trust me. I know.”

Swoon Level: Survivalist Snark
Sawyer mixed with the athleticism of Jason Bourne

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I totally swooned over Emilio in THE BOOK OF BROKEN HEARTS. He was sly, witty, and FORBIDDEN *fans self* I really loved his interactions with Jude and how their relationship developed! Definitely swoon-worthy for me!
Quotes: “Emilio smiled, and it was like, stubble, dimples, scar. Damn.”

 Swoon Level: Bad Boy Snark
Phil from The Hangover

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I swoon for snark! Who are your favorite literary scoundrels? Anyone on this list that you would have included that I missed?

My Latest Bookish Addiction [8] – The Lunar Chronicles

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In keeping with the theme of my blog, I decided to start bringing you updates of the newest and greatest bookish addictions in my life so I can share with you some awesomely bookish things or discuss if maybe we share the same bookish loves. It seemed like a great way to get a little discussion going in a very relaxed way.

This Edition’s Bookish Addiction? THE LUNAR CHRONICLES

The Lunar Chronicles: Original Art by The Book Addict's Guide

Original fan art: The Lunar Chronicles — Created by The Book Addict’s Guide, Sept 2013

I was fortunate enough to win an ARC of CRESS, the third book in The Lunar Chronicles series by Marissa Meyer, from Macmillan. CRESS isn’t officially published until February 2014 and usually I wait until closer to the pub date to read my advanced copies but I honestly could not wait to dive in and completely devour this book, and GUYS. It. Was. Amazing. Don’t worry — there will be a full review coming close to the pub date with ALL THE FANGIRLING but I absolutely needed to talk about some of the feels NOW and share them with my fellow bloggers!

I was already a fan with CINDER, and SCARLET totally amazed me but CRESSCRESS was just out of this world! (No pun intended. Okay, pun kind of intended.) Each main character that gets added to this story,  I get more and more hooked and never overwhelmed. Each one feels unique to me as well, providing their own voice and adding another layer to an already amazing story.

Without any spoilers, I wanted to share with everyone what I love so much about The Lunar Chronicles AAAAND what you have to look forward to in CRESS! (Spoiler-free! Cross my heart!)

THORNE

In The Lunar Chronicles: Throne brings an awesome comic relief to some pretty serious characters with pretty serious agendas! I love how his personality fits in with this cast of characters and the humor is greatly appreciated! He’s also extremely important as the owner of the Rampion which is frequently essential as a mode of transportation! Also? He’s my Han Solo. (And probably Marissa Meyer’s too? *nudge* *wink*)
In Cress: Thorne is dreeeeeeamy. We get to see a LOT of Thorne in CRESS and a lot of his dazzling charm. I said no spoilers so I won’t get into details, but I love how prominently he was featured and how he really became a main character instead of just Cinder’s current sidekick/assistant. Oh, and did I mention he’s dreamy? Because yeah. Serious swoons!!!

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LUNARS

In the Lunar Chronicles: The Lunars fascinate me. I love what Marissa Meyer has done with the Lunar race. It’s so interesting that they live on the moon and they’re different than humans but UNLIKE so many sci-fi series, the are NOT aliens. I love that their powers and glamour aren’t just magic either. There are actual explanations and they have a whole world of their own that I am LOVING exploring.
In Cress: We get to see a lot more of… dun dun dun…. LEVANA. Dude, Levana terrifies me. We also get to see: more life on Luna, more thaumaturge interaction, more info about shells, another glimpse at Lunars on Earth, AND more Lunar characters.

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THE ACTION

In The Lunar Chronicles: The action in this series is FANTASTIC. Marissa Meyer does a really great job making each of these scenes detailed, exciting, and CLEAR. I feel like too often I read actions scenes that get confusing really quickly because so much is happening, but I never feel lost in this series! There’s also a wonderful balance between action scenes, dialogue, and information. Everything seems to have the perfect balance to keep the reader engaged in pretty much every type of way at all times.
In Cress: I legit gasped and shouted my way through CRESS. Remember all those surprises in SCARLET? There are MORE SURPRISES in CRESS!!! I also literally felt like I was watching a movie as I was reading this book. I could see everything in my head as it was happening which actually is kind of difficult for me sometimes. I could picture each one of these action scenes and as I was reading, I was trying to decide where I need to start petitions and pleas to make these books in to movies ASAP.

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THE ROMANCES

In The Lunar Chronicles: Everyone is pairing off and I am swooning big time! I actually didn’t feel a lot of spark between Cinder & Kai in CINDER but I loved Scarlet & Wolf in SCARLET. I think Cinder & Kai was actually more of a slow development for me, personally, but I’ve loved watching how this relationship develops!
In Cress: So, so, so many swoons. We’re looking at THREE main romances with a dash of crushes and I loved every single one of them. And when I say loved, I mean I was OBSESSED with every single one of them. Each one of them grows stronger in CRESS and I can’t wait for everyone to experience ALL THE FEELS.

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THE TWISTS

In The Lunar Chronicles: I think CINDER just had one really major twist for me and that was where SCARLET totally blew me away — there were SO many surprises in SCARLET that I was like, “Marissa Meyer, HOW DO YOU DO THIS?” I am honestly astounded with how well Marissa weaves in these plots and subplots and twists and… seriously. Truly, truly amazed.
In Cress: You know how I said that SCARLET blew me away with all the twists? Hold on to your pants, my friends. CRESS is a wild ride full of reveals and shock and delight and gasps. Once again… totally dumbfounded (in a good way) with how well all the pieces of the puzzle fit together — and pieces I never even thought to question! It’s SO SO GOOD.

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In short, CRESS is amazing, folks. There’s no doubt that fans of this series will be over the moon (har har. I’m actually really not trying to do this…) with CRESS. There was not one thing I would change about this book or this series as a whole. My obsession with this series maaaay be borderline unhealthy because I honestly can’t stop thinking about how awesome it is and everything I read about it just makes me want more more more.  I was already loving The Lunar Chronicles, but CRESS easily sealed its fate as one of my favorite series OF ALL TIME.

Have you been lucky enough to read CRESS yet? I’d love to hear your thoughts and feelings and fangirling!!!
Super excited to be able to read CRESS this winter?? What are you most excited for? Is The Lunar Chronicles series your Latest Bookish Addiction too?

My Latest Bookish Addiction [7] – Bookish Tote Bags

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In keeping with the theme of my blog, I decided to start bringing you updates of the newest and greatest bookish addictions in my life so I can share with you some awesomely bookish things or discuss if maybe we share the same bookish loves. It seemed like a great way to get a little discussion going in a very relaxed way.

This Edition’s Bookish Addiction? Bookish bags!

I. Love. Bookish totes. Especially after BEA this year, I’ve amassed quite a decent collection! Like everything else in my blog life, Bundles of Books — the used book store in Glen Ellyn — started this bookish habit. Every time you buy a bundle of books (har har), you get a free tote bag. They had a map pinned on the wall behind the counter and each customer who came in could say where they had brought “Bob” (Bundles of Books). There was a US map and even a world map with a surprising amount of push pins!

Naturally, I ended up with… at least four “Bob” totes. Then Kristina from Gone Pecan got me a sweet “Talk Nerdy to Me” tote for Christmas last year! And then… well… BEA happened. FREE TOTES GALORE. Some were simple, some were adorable (Quirk Books!), some were downright HANDY (Putnam Anniversary tote). And I may or may not have saved my little bag from The Strand because I’m touristy and nostalgic like that. It’s not a tote but hey, it’s a bookish bag. I’m counting it!

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“Eat, Sleep, Read”Got for Christmas from my mom
The StrandSaved from my purchase at The Strand
“So Many Books, So Little Time!”“Bob” the Bundles of Books bag

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Periplus bagfrom BEA
Allegiant bagfrom BEA
I Read YAfrom BEA

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“Talk Nerdy to Me”Gifted from Kristina at Gone Pecan for Christmas
Level 2 bagReceived at Lenore Appelhans signing
Quirk Books bagfrom BEA. How cute are those books!?

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“See Things Differently”from BEA
Putnam 75th Anniversary bagfrom BEA and my tote for EVERYTHINGGGGG all the time
“Think Harlequin”from BEA

Somehow my bookish addictions have extended to bookish totes! I don’t rotate them as much as I’d like because you have NO IDEA how handy that Putnam bag is. It’s huge and SO sturdy.

Do you have any favorite bookish totes? Did you get them from anywhere special? I’d love to hear what people’s favorite book bags are!