Ramblings from my pages… #12

Welcome to the twelfth instalment of Ramblings from my pages…, and the second of 2019. We’ll skip over the fact that it’s been three weeks since my last rambling, but essay deadlines, the cold weather, life, these are things beyond my control 😆. I’m back with a rambling today, and that’s the most important thing.

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.

Today’s ramblings topics: Mary Shelley Movie, True Crime on Netflix, Audiobook Subscription Update, and 4th Estate Books. Whether you read the entire post or jump to the section(s) you’re interested in, I hope you enjoy my ramblings. 


As many of you know, ever since I read Frankenstein, I’ve developed quite an obsession with Mary Shelley. Something about her eccentric nature really appeals to me, and I think her life story is really interesting. So when I discovered there was a Mary Shelley movie, I had to watch it, and thankfully it was available on Netflix.

This movie came out in 2017, and I really enjoyed it, I recommend watching it. From the little I know about Mary’s life, this was a really good adaptation, and not widely away from accuracy [as far as movies go]. Elle Fanning does a wonderful job playing Mary. Not only did this move increase my ‘Mary love’, but I also want to know more about the life of John William Polidori – I have one of his short stories, Vampyre, which I plan to read soon, it was falsely attributed to Lord Byron when it was published. I liked Polidori’s character in the film and I think that’s what’s made me want to know more about his life, and death, because there are inconsistencies around his death – many sources citing he committed suicide due to depression, yet the coroner gave the verdict of death by natural causes.

Watch the trailer


Continuing with the theme of Netflix, there are three true crime docuseries that I’m hoping to watch soon. I’ll add the trailers below and give you a brief synopsis. Let me know if you’ve watched these, or are planning to.

Making a Murderer: Part 2 

I watched the first part with my friend and we got so involved in discussing this case, so we’re planning to watch part 2 together too.

Filmed over 13 years, this real-life thriller follows the unprecedented story of two men accused of a grisly crime they may not have committed.

The Innocent Man 

I read the true crime book [of the same title] by John Grisham, so when I heard there was going to be a documentary adaptation, I knew it was something I wanted to watch.

This documentary adaptation of John Grisham’s only nonfiction book raises troubling questions about two murder cases in Ada, Oklahoma, in the 1980s.

Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes

Present-day interviews, archival footage and audio recordings made on death row form a searing portrait of notorious serial killer Ted Bundy.


In rambling no. 5, I mentioned my search for an audiobook subscription as I’m all about the audiobook life now; I thought I’d do a quick update on how my free trials went, and which app I decided to subscribe to.

Firstly, I did a 60 day free trial with Scribd, which was great, until they cut me off! I’d heard from other people that you can only listen to a certain amount of audiobooks each month, then you have to wait until the following month/renewal before you can listen to any more, and it’s the truth! This really frustrated me and is the sole reason I didn’t subscribe. If you read a lot of ebooks, then Scribd may be the ideal subscription because you have access to loads of ebooks too, they really do have an extensive library of ebooks and audiobooks, but as I wanted the app solely for audiobooks, it wasn’t right for me.

I also mentioned hibooks, I never got a chance to try them out; when I registered, well tried to register, they informed me they not accepting new customers at this time, well that immediately ruled them out!

Audible App

So the subscription I currently have is Audible. After my free trial, I stuck with them, then after a month, I again thought £7.99 was too expensive for one audiobook a month (even though you get to own the audiobook, where the other two subscriptions, you lose access once you cancel your sub). When I went to cancel my subscription, they gave me a free credit to purchase an audiobook so I stayed. I then went to cancel my subscription after another month and they have offered me three months at £3.99, so I’m staying for the next three months at least. Each day a different audiobook is ‘deal of the day’ and is on sale for £1.99/£2.99, which I quite like and have purchased a few of those.

Recommended! Available for free on RBdigital

While it’s the subscription I’m currently subscribed to, and will remain subscribed to as long as they keep giving me offers/discounts, I still don’t think it’s cost effective, because all those ‘deal of the day’ audiobooks add up each month on top of the monthly subscription fee, but so far it’s the one I’ve stuck with.

I’m also still using RBdigital and Libby for free via my library app to listen to audiobooks.P


In the run up to Christmas, 4th Estate held a series of ‘4th Estate Advent Calendar’ giveaways, and I was lucky enough to win day five’s giveaway! What’s that saying “imitation is the sincerest form of flattery” – so I thought I’d recreate the photo that attracted me to enter the giveaway in the first place. What an amazing bundle of books! Have you read any?


Important Dates for your 2019 Literary Calendar

Are you a fan of the classics, do you share a birthday with any authors? Check out this literary calendar from Bookishly: 2019 Literary Calendar


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 my last rambling you can find it here – topics: Magnetic Vintage Library Cards, TOKEN Magazine, Sherlock Holmes Charity Shop Find, and Bitmoji.

26 thoughts on “Ramblings from my pages… #12

  1. I listened to The Innocent Man and have watched three episodes so far… so far underwhelmed 😬 I love Making a Murderer though and I can’t wait to watch The Bundy Tapes! Also I can’t believe hibooks isn’t taking new customers! That’s crazy 😱


    1. Oh no, don’t say that, haha, The Innocent Man was the one I was going to watch first! What did you think of the audiobook?
      Maybe I’ll watch The Bundy Tapes first then as I need to arrange a date to get together with my friend to watch MaM part 2 – the first part was so good right! I cannot believe people started protesting and if I remember correctly, the president had to make a statement that he wouldn’t be getting involved.

      And hibooks, so frustrating, especially as they allowed me to enter all my information before telling me! How’re you getting on with, still the subscription you’re sticking with?

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      1. I wonder if it’s because I listened to the audio and it almost felt like there was too much detail to follow at times and then watching the show I felt like it was missing a bunch. And probably because I watched it right after I finished the book it felt redundant (so my own fault). I know people that didn’t read it loved it. 🤷🏼‍♀️ I’m guessing you’ll appreciate it if you read it a while ago. I need to finish watching part 2 of MaM though. I just haven’t been watching as much tv lately.

        I cancelled hibooks at one point but then went back to it. 😂 It’s weird it’ll show this ridiculous countdown for when my next book is available and then as long as I delete the ones I’ve downloaded and finished the countdown generally seems to go away. So it’s been good so far, besides something not having as many new releases.

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  2. So interesting about checking out audiobook subscriptions. I’ve just cancelled mine again because I’ve got so many that I haven’t listened to and like you agree that 7.99 is a lot each month. As well as the daily deal you can get cheaper audiobooks if you buy the kindle book. I’ve bought quite a few this way and will probably carry on like that.

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      1. Yes, I guess that’s of the few member perks, and I got an email today, they’re having a 2 for 1 sale for the next week.

        But like you mentioned, you can get deals without having a membership, I often add audio narration to ebook purchases for £2.99. I suspect once my £3.99 a month offer runs out, I’ll be on the hunt for a new subscription service.


  3. I’m sorry to hear Scribd didn’t work out for you. Everyone says they cut you off but I’ve honestly never had that happen to me and I’ve been subscribed to them for a while now. Idk maybe I just don’t listen to as many audiobooks as most of y’all do but I feel like I’m listening to a lot.

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      1. I usually only listen to them when I have WiFi near me. We don’t have the greatest internet connection where I live and the one time I tried downloading a book it took forever to download and I didn’t want to use my data trying to download it offline. I usually just save them for later. I have had 1 or two tell me they weren’t available until a specific date but nothing like everybody else is talking about and i think I would be fine with it if it did because I can’t justify paying for audible and having to pay for every book you listen to as well.

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      2. I agree, I was going to cancel my audible subscription for that very reason, but as I’ve got 3 months half price, I’ll stick with it and cancel after another three months. I won’t pay for Scribd when the main reason I want it is to listen to audiobooks, and have experienced being cut off. I guess the good thing about Audible is the audiobooks are yours for life.

        In a few months once the half price deal is up, I’ll hunt around and see what other subscriptions are out there…

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  4. What did you think of the Innocent Man book? I haven’t read it but I wasn’t blown away by the Netflix show…it was fine, I just didn’t find it particularly gripping and my attention was wandering. I’m wondering if it’s a book-is-better situation.

    I’m almost finished with the Netflix Ted Bundy docuseries though, and I like it much more. It’s a little heavy on B-roll archival type footage of the era that’s not directly related to the story, which is the main drawback, I think, but otherwise it’s really compelling. I want to read the book(s) it’s based on (seems like the journalists wrote two?) now!

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    1. I read the book quite a few years ago, and I really liked it, I remember being so appalled at the treatment by the police and so frustrated at the blatant overlook of mental health concerns. You’re the second person to mention it being underwhelming, which is so disappointing as the book had me googling the case to find out further information, the book is very one sided in that it is clearly written in favour of the accused and against the justice system, so I went in search of ‘the other sides’ account.

      I’m glad to hear The Bundy Tapes are a better watch! Maybe I’ll watch that first 🤔

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      1. Those points in the documentary were so appalling, I feel like I’ve read/seen so many of these miscarriage of justice stories and each one somehow tops what I’d known before. It is just so horrifying. Content-wise I thought it was excellent, it was just the execution of it that was underwhelming, I guess. There was this odd addition of a journalist at one point who didn’t serve much purpose, I couldn’t figure out what her part was supposed to show. And I just had a hard time paying attention despite being interested in the story and it being a fascinating case (or cases, as it were.) Maybe I’ll try the book, or The Dreams of Ada, which is about the other guy who’s still in prison (was the other author interviewed on the show besides John Grisham, seems like that one might be a good read!)

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  5. I love following your audiobook subscription journey because I’m always hoping you’ll find the perfect one and I can sign up there too! I’m still going strong with a mix of Libby and Scribd. I did starting adding in some podcast listening to my commute, so I haven’t been told I need to wait for anything on Scribd for a little while now. I really don’t understand why there can’t be a truly unlimited service out there!

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    1. Do you download the audiobooks on Scribd so you can listen to them offline. Earlier in the comments, Misty said she doesn’t, she listens to them online so I’m wondering if that’s why she’s never been cut off 🤔. I think if I wanted Scribd for ebooks too, it’d be worth it!

      I doubt I’ll stay with Audible once my half price offer is up. I’m wondering about a Kindle Unlimited subscription as a lot of their ebooks come with narration 🤔

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      1. Interesting! I do download them because I listen to them in my car on my commute. Seems strange they would judge you on your downloading preference, but maybe they think if you just download a bunch that you’re hoarding them or something 🤷🏼‍♀️.

        I’ve been considering a Kindle Unlimited subscription for a little while now, but usually I can get a good mix of ebooks from Libby and Scribd that meet my needs. I never thought about the ones that come with narration though!

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    1. I really liked the book, although I read it years ago, I still remember it being very emotional at times. It has faced a lot of criticism for being a very one-sided view, so I did do some Googling for more information from ‘the other side’ after finishing it

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