Welcome to the fifth instalment of Ramblings from my pages… – a weekly feature here on Keeper of Pages. This post was inspired by It’s Book Talk’s “5 on Friday: Things I’m Loving Lately” – it differs slightly, similar in that it will feature bookish and non-bookish topics, but different in that I will ramble about things I’m loving, hating, wishing for, links I’ve enjoyed, life updates – you name it, I may just ramble about it. The only staple feature of this post will be concluding it with a cool link I found around the web.
In this week’s ramblings, I’m talking about: Audiobooks, BookBuddy Pro, Lauryn Hill and Jhene Aiko. Whether you read the entire post or jump to the section(s) you’re interested in, I hope you enjoy my ramblings. Note: if it’s green, it’s a link, click it!
I’m on an audiobook roll, I finished listening to The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter – it was brilliant; Susie James is a narrator I’ll look out for. Yesterday, in one eight hour sitting, I listened to Born a Crime by Trevor Noah, which he narrates himself, and omg, it was fantastic, as if I didn’t love him enough already!! Full review for both of those audios will follow. I’m currently listening to Something in the Water by Catherine Steadman, which she narrates herself. I’m enjoying the story but not so keen on Steadman’s narration, it irks me that I can hear the saliva in her mouth, like she swallows at the wrong time, it’s weird to explain, but it makes me cringe, it’s like there’s all this excess saliva in her mouth!
Which leads me to the point of this section, not ‘the saliva in her mouth’, but the ‘I’m on an audiobook roll’ – I need an app/subscription for audiobooks. I always check my library first, via RBdigital and Libby (The Good Daughter is on RBdigital). But while 100s of titles are available for free, oftentimes not the ones I currently want to listen too.
I did the 30 day free trial with Audible, so I could listen to Born a Crime, but I don’t think audible offers good value for money, for £7.99 a month, you only get one free audiobook, and then you have to pay for any further listening. If I’ve previously bought a Kindle book, I sometimes add audible narration to that purchase, when it’s £2.99, as I think that’s a fair price, I listen to that through audible but you don’t need a subscription for that.
I also looked at Scibd, the site say it gives you access to an unlimited number of books, audiobooks, magazines, and more for $8.99. Audiobooks are my main reason for wanting it, and I’ve heard from a few people that once they had listened to a few audiobooks, they had to way until the following month/renewal before they could listen to any more – so unlimited isn’t really unlimited, so that rules that out.
Said friend who has tried Audible and Scribd has not been happy with either, so is now using hibooks – it’s early days but she said she will report back on her experience. So, people, help me out, is there an audiobook subscription you recommend? Are you using any of the above, what’s your experience with them?
Just yesterday I discovered a great new app for managing my books. In conversation with Eva @ Novel Deelights, we were talking about how we manage all our books, and how helpful it is to be able to separate your owned books from your wishlist, review copies from books purchased, cataloguing series together so you know where you’re up to. Goodreads (GRs) just wasn’t cutting it! So after a little App Store search I downloaded BookBuddy Pro for £4.99, and while I was listening to my audiobooks, I began cataloguing all my books! This app is fantastic, much better than GRs for organising your books, it doesn’t have the social feature of GRs, but it is perfect if you want a system to manage your books. There is a free version available if you want to try it out – it allows you to catalogue 50 books – I went straight for the paid version because I like to live life on the edge!
Some of the features the app has I really appreciate, you can track what books you’ve loaned out, mark your favourites, create a wishlist, track and record series, create categories for groups of books. The app also has so many different book filters, so you can search for the books you’ve added in various ways – by series, author, narrator, publisher, genre etc. Another of my favourite features, is you can create tags, attach them to books and then search for them that way. If you do decide to give this app a go, hint, you can only put a book in one category, but you can attach multiple tags to it. I have tagged all my nonfiction books, and added an extra tag to the review copies – if I used categories, it would have to go in the review copies or the non-fiction category. Oh and you scan the books in, you can also look up books online to add, or enter them manually.
BookBuddy is designed to track your books rather than review then, it has a notes section, so I guess you could add your review there if you really wanted to (I don’t know if there’s a word limit though). I have to keep it real, this app does have one flaw, the app doesn’t seem to recognise when a book is part of a series so I have to manually input that info. However, it’s worth it because I read so many series, it’s so hard to keep track of where I’m up to in which series, which books I already own and which books I don’t.
I’d love to say I’m being paid by the company to promote this app, but I’m not, I just love it! I’ve only had it since yesterday, but basically spent all of yesterday on it! I’ll report back after a few weeks of using it, let you know how I’m getting on.
I feel like we’re really bonding in these rambling posts, I love the freedom of these posts, and I hope that as the weeks pass, you’re getting to know a bit more about me, as I am about you through your comments on this post. So fun fact, I write these posts in the early hours of Sunday morning, I’m talking 3am, give or take an hour, lol. I feel like that gives me a full week for stuff to happen, so I have some stuff to ramble about. Also, because that appears to be my creative hour when it comes to this post – the only thing I know ahead of time is my link around the web.
And because we’re all about bonding, I thought I’d share with you one of my favourite songs of all time – it’s from one of the greatest albums of all time, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill by Lauryn Hill. If you don’t know about this album, please make it your goal to listen to it, it’s musical gold (or should I say platinum!) One of those albums you can listen to all the way through without skipping a track! My favourite song from the album is To Zion, I listen to this song, when I’m happy, when I’m sad, and when I’m feeling every emotion in-between!
YouTube link, incase embedded video doesn’t work: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SWz-RU3OtmA&index=4&list=PLA552MBeRktOMxb3X59HNL4BNb_oQP-8r
So of course I fell into a YouTube jam session while getting the above link, and it’s now 5am! So let me take my ass to bed, but first, Comfort Inn Ending by Jhene Aiko is my jam! In fact this who EP, Sail Out, is fire!
YouTube link, incase embedded video doesn’t work: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k8tzfpeyPzw
LINK AROUND THE WEB
Penguin Classic Quiz
Some of you may have seen this link via my instagram and possibly taken the quiz already, but for those of you who haven’t, I discovered this fun quiz designed by Penguin. You answer some questions and they then tell you which classic they think is your prefect reading match. My match was Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, take the quiz and let me know yours – Which Classic is your perfect match?
I hope you enjoyed reading this post as much as I enjoyed writing it, and you’ll join me next Sunday for some more ramblings.
If you missed last week’s rambling you can find it here – topics: Mental health days, The Good Daughter on audio, Mary Shelley and her monster, and #Quercus2019