Hands up if you visited my blog on Sunday, and were disappointed to see no rambling post? Well, I’ve got you covered with this very special mid-week rambling, and I’ll even rambling again on Sunday, so you get a double dose this week, aren’t you a lucky bunch. So, I guess I should go ahead and welcome you to the sixth instalment of Ramblings from my 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.
This week’s ramblings topics: Sweatcoin, I reviewed it wrong, book swaps on Instagram, and the five stars of October. 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!
The app that pays you for walking! My son told me about this app on Friday, and I am loving it, so much so, I thought I’d share it with you all, give you a quick rundown, and show you the reward I claimed. Sweatcoin is an app that tracks your outdoor steps and converts them into currency, sweatcoins – I think every 1,000 steps is 0.95 sweatcoins. There is a limit to how many coins you can earn a day, don’t quote me but I think you can earn up to 5 sweatcoin a day. If you subscribe you can earn more per day, and get this, you pay for your subscription with your earned sweatcoins (no actually money involved), so if you do a lot of walking a day, it may be beneficial. To my knowledge the app is in it’s early stages, so more developments are likely to come. Also, you must keep the app running in the background, if you force close it, it won’t track your steps and you’ll lose out!
So once I download the app and got to stepping, I claimed my first reward – a 60 day free trial with Scribd. I was planning to do the 30 day free trial that is available to all new customers, because as you know from my previous rambling, I’m looking for the perfect subscription for audiobooks. For 1 sweatcoin I got an additional 30 days for free!! If nothing else, this app has been worth it for that. I’m not sure how long offers are available, I’m still finding my feet with this app, but when I get excited about something I have to ramble about it!
I’m not being paid in any way to promote this app, and I take no responsible if you choose to download it. The information I have shared is correct to the best of my knowledge but I urge you to read up about it. All I know for sure is that I’m enjoying my access to Scribd, so the offer worked! I think the key is, if you’re signing up for a free trial, make sure to cancel your subscription before the trial is up otherwise you will be charged the fee of the monthly subscription. Who knows, I may just end up keeping Scribd!
Here’s some more offers I’ve seen that caught my eye, but I haven’t signed up to them yet.
I REVIEWED IT WRONG
I bet you read the title of this section and your interest was immediately piqued? My plan worked, because I have no intention of talking about reviews here! I’m joking, obviously I’m going to talk about reviews, and what I mean when I say I reviewed it wrong, I even have a question for you.
I requested a copy of a book on Netgalley, and was granted access to said title. I’m so behind with my Netgalley books that I opted to listen to the audiobook so I could fit in listening whenever I could. I was also sent a print copy of a different book from a publisher as a gift (I didn’t request it), I also listened to this audiobook instead of reading it. So that’s what I mean when I say I reviewed it wrong, I got it in one format and reviewed it in another. Both books will appear in photos on Instagram with my thoughts, I’ll just add in the caption that I listened to the audio. So, my question, be honest, was this wrong? Like completely wrong, or just a little bit cheeky? In my mind, I have so many books to read, I get blogger-guilt occasionally (it’s real, don’t laugh), listening to audio is a way of fitting in a book where I might not have been able to read it that month – the idea that it allows me to get a review up and a book promoted sooner rather than later. I’m curious to hear your thoughts, because if this is frowned upon, then I won’t do it any more, but I won’t know if I don’t ask…
Note: When I left feedback on Netgalley, I did explain to the publisher that I listened to the audiobook etc etc, I don’t know if that makes any difference but I wanted to be clear that I’m not deceiving publishers, pretending to read books when I listened to the audio.
BOOK SWAPS ON INSTAGRAM
Book mail is the best mail, especially when it comes accompanied with gifts! You guys should know by now that I love instagram, it was my first bookish platform, and where I first discovered just how amazing the book community is! Find me on Instagram – @keeperofpages. One of the things I’ve recently discovered on Instagram is book swaps, I took part in two this month. So I thought I’d share with you all the wonderfulness I received, and how you can get involved.
The first swap is run by Emily, @busymamabookclub, every month she posts the book swap theme, and people sign up to take part. Once sign ups have closed, she pairs you up with someone in the same country (cheaper postage), and you then arrange your book swap with your partner. You exchange wishlists, set a budget if you want, and then shop, wrap and send to your partner, so they receive the parcel in time for the announced ‘busy mama book swap’ reveal day, where everyone shares their parcels using the hashtag #busymamabookswap. For the month of October, I was paired up with @zukythebookbum. Zuky sent me the ultimate bookish night in parcel, it was so good, the author of the book, Joe Hart, reposted it on his Instagram page!
The second swap I took part in was the #HalloweenBOOkswap2018, arranged by the lovely ladies who run @blackheartreads book club – Lindsey, Janelle and Jennifer. This swap was a ‘secret Santa’ style swap, you filled in a form with your wishlist, likes and dislikes, and then you wait for your parcel to arrive. A budget was set so the value of what you received was equal to what you sent. And guess what, Zuky was lucky enough to get me, again! And, I didn’t think it was possible but she outdid her previous parcel!
I’m still cleaning up bits of shredded paper (thanks, Zuky!!!!) but it was so worth it. I host Stephen King readalongs all the time on Instagram, and Pet Sematary is the January book I chose, so Zuky’s got me covered! For Halloween candy, I put on my form Candy Canes (because they’re not just for Christmas!) – and she did, ladies and gentlemen, she got me candy canes in October!! and if you remember in a previous rambling, I was talking about how much I’m obsessing over Mary Shelley and Frankenstein – well look, Zuky got me a Frankenstein print, which I love! And the candle, chocolate, my lil’ Halloween man. Wasn’t this just the most thoughtful gift! Thank you so much, Ms Zuky Red 😉🖤
THE FIVE STARS OF OCTOBER
I’m still not entirely sure if I want to reinvent my wrap up post, or scrap it for good, but I do know my favourite books of the month deserve a little shout out! So my standout reads of the month were:
Born a Crime by Trevor Noah – I listened to the audiobook and my review is scheduled for Friday, but you should know, I’m going to be raving about this book forever, because I loved every listening minute. I recommend the audiobook especially, because Noah narrates it himself.
The Lingering by SJI Holliday is part psychological thriller, part ghost story. I buddy red this one with Eva @ Novel Deelights and we both really enjoyed it. I’m kicking off the blog tour with my review tomorrow.
The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter was all kinds of incredible, if you missed my review, it’s here.
LINK AROUND THE WEB
To Be Read Calculator | Read it Forward
Have you ever wondered how long it will take you to read all the books in your TBR pile, enter three figure into this calculator and find out! – TBR Time.
I hope you enjoyed reading this post as much as I enjoyed writing it, and you’ll join me this coming Sunday for some more ramblings. And FYI, I have 4 more blog tour commitments to fulfil, and you’ll be happy to know, none of them fall on a Sunday!
If you missed my last rambling you can find it here – topics: Audiobooks, BookBuddy Pro, Lauryn Hill and Jhene Aiko