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.
MARY SHELLEY MOVIE
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
TRUE CRIME ON NETFLIX
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.
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.
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.
AUDIOBOOK SUBSCRIPTION UPDATE
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!
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.
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.
4TH ESTATE BOOKS
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?
LINK AROUND THE WEB
Important Dates for your 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.