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Hey, loves! I’m back with another school-related post. If you’re new here, you probably don’t know how much I love organization, but… it’s a lot.
Like, I have seven different planners, hundreds of pens, a notebook system, etc. It’s bad.
Now, I don’t actually use all seven planners at once, but I like having them to play around with and figure out what I like best. I’ve finally set a system that works for me in terms of organization for school (and my life in general).
I wanted to show you what that looks like today because it’s the only thing that currently keeps me sane. I think everyone (student or not), needs a good planner system that works for them. That being said, this might not work for you, but some of it can. So pick and choose what you think you can incorporate into your own life, or feel free to disagree with all of my ways of doing things and continue on with what’s working for you! It’s nothing personal and everyone knows themselves and their lives best.
*Prepare yourself for a long and detailed post because I can talk about this for hours.
For taking notes:
This year, I am trying out a new system of note-taking at school. I’ve tried many different methods for this in the past, and I decided to combine the things that have worked before into one this September.
In class, I will be taking notes in a composition notebook. The majority of my classes do not allow us to use our laptops, so I am not able to type notes. I actually prefer handwriting my original notes anyways, so this is fine by me. But, I like my notes to be very neat.
During class, the professor talks really fast, so you don’t get to make your notes look pretty and they’re usually a mess by the end of each lecture. I found myself getting frustrated by this because I need my notes to be very organized. I color code, underline, etc.
Post-class, I am going to transfer my notes into a 5-subject notebook- one subject for each of my classes (I’m actually taking 6 classes this semester but one of them will not require much notetaking, so I got a separate notebook for it). These will be the nice notes that I take my time on, and I can refer to these during class or when doing homework. The information will be clear and easy to find. I know that for most people this is a lot of work, and there’s no point to it, but I learn by writing information down, so as I’m doing this, I’m also studying. I can kill two birds with one stone. I use my notes to study. I make study guides and flashcards with them, so these are vital to me.
Finally, I just downloaded the OneNote application to my laptop. I’m not too familiar with it yet, but I’ve been playing around with it and all of the features it has so that I can use it to its fullest potential. I am loving it so much.
I always, always make study guides for tests. It’s the best way for me to study. I take the information from my notes and type up only the information that I need to know for the exam. It’s definitely WAY more concise than my notes, so I can read through it a couple of times throughout the day to get in the information for the exam without being overwhelmed by pages and pages of detailed notes.
Again, this probably seems very tedious to others, but this helps me out a lot. OneNote also allows my notes to be customizable- you can draw on them, insert diagrams, pictures, etc. which I think will make the process even more enjoyable.
Hopefully this all makes some sort of sense to you! If it’s confusing, feel free to ask any questions down below!
For planning my day-to-day school life:
In college, your classes are all at different times; you might have one class at 10 am and the next one might not be until 2:15. Because of this, I needed a different planner than the one I used in high school where all of my classes took place at the same time every day.
Last year, I bought a Day Designer planner that was small but still gave me the functionality I was looking for. I bought the same one this year because I think it’s perfect for college students.
You get a page for each day that is split into two columns- one is a schedule, and the other is a to-do list.
On the side with a schedule (from 6am to 8pm), I write down what times I have classes, work, club meetings, plans with friends, etc. On the opposite side, I write down my homework and things I need to get done for the day. This includes chores like laundry, cleaning my desk, etc. I also sometimes put in sticky notes with shopping lists or other things I need to remember for the day.
As for the monthly layouts, I use those for keeping track of big assignments- project due dates, exams, finals, etc. I also include big events such as move-in day, winter break, etc. This way I can plan my day-to-day life accordingly.
This planner is probably my favorite that I’ve ever used, so I highly recommend it (this is not sponsored btw).
For planning my day-to-day creative life:
I got a ban.do planner back in January because I’ve always loved how they looked. I wanted to give it a try myself because I have 0 self-control. I really, really like it, but it doesn’t really work for my life right now. However, I do still have a few months of it left because it is dated, so I want to get use out of them.
So, I’ve been using it mainly to keep track of my creative projects- whether that’s writing a blog post, filming a video, working on my manuscript, editing my poetry collection, etc. Every day I want to make sure that I focus on at least one creative project. My entire life can not revolve around school (even though it often looks like it does). This is a good way for me to also stay on track with everything. I need to make sure I dedicate time to taking pictures for blog posts so that I can get the post up on time, for example.
After the year is over (maybe even earlier than that), I want to switch this all over to my bullet journal (which I will talk about next).
For big-picture planning:
I’ve used a bullet journal on and off for a few years now. I found that it never worked for me because I spent way too much time on making it look pretty that it lost its functionality. I had to make daily spreads weeks in advance in order to have them ready for the actual day I needed it for. That is not very practical, especially as a college student who already has so many other things going on in her life.
For the past couple of months, I started using the bujo style for tracking my reading, blogging, and videos. Even more recently, I made monthly spreads just for scheduling what posts were going up when. This was super helpful. I also realized that I liked being creative in my bujo, but that I don’t need every page to be super intricate.
Instead, I make my monthly spreads really pretty and creative but then stick to simple spreads for everything else.
Here is a list of pages that I include:
- month overview- plan blog posts and videos
- goals and to-do’s
- budget tracker
- TBRs (for read-a-thons and just for me)
- video/blog notes
- video/blog ideas
- upcoming ARCs
- morning/night routines (per season)
Again, as I mentioned, I will eventually include daily spreads for my creative life after I use up my ban.do planner.
So really, I am only using 2 planners- one for school life, one for creative life. I like keeping these two separate and I think I always will, so this system will most likely be around for a few years at least.
Anyways, I hope this post was helpful to some of you- if it was, please let me know so that I can continue to do posts of this kind! Again, if you have any questions about the system (it’s a lot, I know), just leave those down below!
Thank you so much for reading. See you next week.
Hey, loves! Welcome or welcome back to my blog :) Today I have a really exciting post because I haven’t done one of these in quite a long time- it’s an interview with Abbie Emmons, author of 100 Days of Sunlight.
I was so lucky to be able to be part of this blog tour and to get to interview Abbie. She is a YouTuber, blogger, and now, an author! I have been following her journey for a couple years now, so it was definitely exciting to receive an early copy of her book (Also, how gorgeous is that cover?).
Here’s the Goodreads synopsis:
When 16-year-old poetry blogger Tessa Dickinson is involved in a car accident and loses her eyesight for 100 days, she feels like her whole world has been turned upside-down.
Terrified that her vision might never return, Tessa feels like she has nothing left to be happy about. But when her grandparents place an ad in the local newspaper looking for a typist to help Tessa continue writing and blogging, an unlikely answer knocks at their door: Weston Ludovico, a boy her age with bright eyes, an optimistic smile…and no legs.
Knowing how angry and afraid Tessa is feeling, Weston thinks he can help her. But he has one condition — no one can tell Tessa about his disability. And because she can’t see him, she treats him with contempt: screaming at him to get out of her house and never come back. But for Weston, it’s the most amazing feeling: to be treated like a normal person, not just a sob story. So he comes back. Again and again and again.
Tessa spurns Weston’s “obnoxious optimism”, convinced that he has no idea what she’s going through. But Weston knows exactly how she feels and reaches into her darkness to show her that there is more than one way to experience the world. As Tessa grows closer to Weston, she finds it harder and harder to imagine life without him — and Weston can’t imagine life without her. But he still hasn’t told her the truth, and when Tessa’s sight returns he’ll have to make the hardest decision of his life: vanish from Tessa’s world…or overcome his fear of being seen.
Now, the interview:
First, where did the idea for this book come from and when did you start drafting/writing it? Is it based off of real experiences/people/etc?
One day I was thinking about my own lifestyle and how much I use my sense of sight for everything I do: blogging, writing, making videos, reading, everything — and then I thought how different all that would be if, for some reason, I suddenly went blind. I pondered this thought for a few hours, and then suddenly the idea struck me: blogger girl loses her eyesight, meets a boy with no legs (unbeknownst to her) and he helps her overcome her struggles. That was all I had at the start, but it was enough to totally steal my heart and make me want to write the book IMMEDIATELY.
How long was the writing process with this novel and was it difficult to write?
100 Days of Sunlight still holds the record for the fastest writing process I’ve ever had. I wrote the book for NaNoWriMo 2017 and finished the whole thing in 27 days. I felt super inspired while writing it and only took one day off throughout the whole writing process. It was truly a pleasure to write, from start to finish!
How has being on Youtube impacted your writing life, either in a positive or negative way?
It has definitely impacted my writing life in many positive ways! I love being able to connect with the writing community and share the struggles and triumphs of being a writer and author. I also love creating something every single week and putting it out there, getting feedback and building relationships with fellow writers. The only downside is that it does consume a lot of my time, which means I have to fight a little harder for my writing time. But it’s so worth it.
What would you say is your main character, Tessa’s, biggest strength in terms of personality?
I would say that her greatest strength is her empathy. Like me, Tessa is a very loyal and caring person and feels very deeply about everything. After the accident that renders her blind, she feels super frustrated and bitter towards her circumstances but eventually awakens to the realization that she still has a full life and many ways to experience the beauty in the world. I think this world needs more empathetic people, and I hope Tessa’s journey inspires my readers to awaken to their own truths.
When did you first realize you want to become an author?
I can’t remember a time when I didn’t want to be a writer. I’ve always loved stories and found them so magical, and as soon as I learned how to write, I was crafting stories of my own. However, it wasn’t until about 5 years ago that I decided writing would be my career. I explored and learned a lot about myself in my teenage years, but the passion I kept coming back to was always the same: writing.
I know this is a difficult question to answer, but what is your favorite book of all time?
This is SUCH a hard question, but if I had to choose I would say To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. This is such an incredible novel for so many reasons, and it is hands-down the most impressive work of fiction I’ve ever read.
Can you describe the editing process for this book? Has the story changed dramatically from draft number one to now? If yes, in what ways?
The story hasn’t changed much since the first draft. In fact, I recently made a video explaining my editing process and comparing my first draft to my final draft if you’re interested in seeing a behind-the-scenes look! But because I outline so intensively before I sit down to write the first draft, I work out most of the story issues in advance and don’t have to edit much beyond wording and pacing in draft 2.
What has been the biggest challenge of the self-publishing process so far?
The whole self-publishing process is a challenge and a big learning curve. It’s something that you really can’t expect yourself to be great at the first time around. One of the things I’ve found most challenging is the back-and-forth formatting adjustments and making sure everything is flawless in the actual book files. It’s easy enough to update an ebook file, but print is forever! It’s been a little nerve-wracking to think about, but at this point, I feel confident that I have done my best.
Thank you Abbie, for taking the time to answer all of these questions. It was such a pleasure to chat with her today, and I hope you guys enjoyed this post! If you want to check out 100 Days of Sunlight, you can buy it on Amazon or add it on Goodreads.
Thanks for reading :) See you next week!
We are over half-way through 2019, which I am still trying to process. But, I realized I haven’t been focusing on my goals as much as I wanted to. In fact, my goals have changed completely.
So, I thought that today would be a good day to set new goals for myself that I can actually try to achieve before the year ends. I want to make sure I end this year feeling good about the things I accomplished, so hopefully hitting these goals will help me do that!
Read 100 books
I am at 82 books read this year at this very moment! That is the most that I’ve ever read in a year and I still have 4 1/2 months to go. I am definitely aiming for 100 now, even though my original goal was 52. Audiobooks have been my best friend, and honestly, that’s the only reason I was able to read so many. Nonetheless, this is an exciting moment in my reading life :)
Finish my poetry manuscript
I wrote a lot of poetry during the school year, so I thought that once the summer came I would write even more. But, I didn’t. I think I wrote a total of 2 poems all season long. My manuscript is well over 1/2 way done, so I just need another 50 or so poems to finish. I want to get this draft done, so I can either start edits or work on another collection I have planned.
Run at least twice a week
I started going on runs at home and I love it so much. I moved to a new house a few weeks ago, so the new route possibilities I have are endless and the views are phenomenal. It has been making me feel so good, so I want to continue this for the rest of the year, especially when school starts.
Get my Netgalley feedback ratio to 85%
I am a horrible person and I constantly request ARCs even when I have a ton of unread ones. My ratio is currently at 71%, so I only have to read and review a few more to get to 85. I think it will be manageable as long as I don’t request any others.
Not purchase any more books until 2020
At the beginning of the year, I put myself on a book buying ban for all of 2019… but that didn’t work too well. I allowed myself leeway of up to 5 books, but I ended up buying quite a few more than that. It is definitely still under the amount that I bought last year by a TON, so at least I can say that. So, my new goal now is to just not buy any books until the year is over. I have close to 100 unread books, so I have plenty to choose from, and I really don’t need any more right now.
Continue posting once a week on the blog for the rest of the year
I have been really consistent with my posting on the blog this entire year. I have posted every Tuesday (with the exception of a two-week hiatus) since January. For a little bit, I was even posting twice a week. I would love to finish out the year strong on the blog and continue posting every single week. In September I am going to be changing my posting day (most likely to Mondays) because of my class schedule next semester, but either way, I will stay consistent.
Those are all of my goals! I really think I can accomplish most, if not all, of these goals before 2020 hits us. What are some goals you still hope to accomplish in these next few months? Let me know in the comments :)
Hey, loves! Happy Tuesday :)
Today I thought I would do this tag that Boston created! She actually tagged me to do it but I haven’t been able to sit down and film it, so I thought I would bring it to book bloggers instead!
If you are an active Twitter user, as I am, you would know that there is always tons of drama in the book community on there. I wouldn’t even call most of it drama… just people blowing trivial topics up. Boston’s tag is meant to be lighthearted and poke fun at some of the ridiculous arguments that have started!
Definitely be sure to check out her video for some background info on all of the drama!
Let’s get into the questions :)
Dick Soap Gate- Your favorite smutty book
Birthday Girl by Penelope Douglas: I haven’t read many smutty books, but I’m slowly getting more into them! This one was good, I really enjoyed it. It is also definitely one of the smuttiest books I’ve read.*
*But I don’t have much to compare it to, for reference
Incest Shipping- Your favorite sibling duo
Caraval by Stephanie Garber: The first one that came to mind was Scarlet and Donatella from the Caraval series. I recently finished this one, so it’s on my mind. I loved the relationship these sisters have. They are very protective of each other but also know how to lay low and give each other space if needed. I think they are a great duo!
Handbook for Mortals Drama- An overhyped book
The Cruel Prince by Holly Black: Sorry, but this book is just way too overhyped. Don’t get me wrong, it was good. But it wasn’t anything special by any means. I didn’t even want to read it initially, but because it gained so much popularity, I decided to pick it up. I had expected to love it so much, but the hype definitely made it fall flat for me.
JKR Drama- A character that makes questionable choices
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald: Jay Gatsby makes incredibly questionable choices. I mean, he bought a house across a lake just so that he could sort of coax Daisy, his love from years ago (who is now MARRIED), back to him. Strange, odd man.
Marie Kondo- If you could only keep one book, what would it be?
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern: I thought about this question recently for a collab youtube video I was a part of. I chose this book for a few reasons- it’s long so you can read and re-read it forever and always find new parts that you didn’t pay much attention to. Also, the writing is so beautiful and it’s an inspiration for my own writing, so I would definitely want to keep it around. Also, it’s fantasy, and since I mainly write contemporary, I would want a break from it at times.
Tomi Adayemi vs Nora Roberts- Two books with similar titles
Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout and Obsidio by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman:
These are just the first ones to pop into my head but there are THOUSANDS of examples.
Booktube Group Photo- A full-cast audiobook you love
Daisy Jones and the Six by TJR: I will use any opportunity to promote this book. IT IS AMAZING. Please read it. Listen to the audiobook. And then read it physically. Then read it one more time (if you want to be as crazy as me).
I hope you enjoyed this post! I had a lot of fun writing it and thinking up these answers :) If you would like to do this tag, then I tag you! If you do it, please leave a link in the comments so I can check it out, too.
Hey, loves. The last month of summer is upon us. I am so confused as to how that happened but I’m also so excited to get back to school already, so it’s very bittersweet.
I read so many books in July, so I am not stressing myself out too much when it comes to reading this month. There are two read-a-thons that I do want to participate in, though. Both are month long, so I have plenty of time, and I am definitely going to be stacking up on challenges between the two.
I sat for my O.W.L.S back in April, I believe, so I am ready to take my N.E.W.T.S now! I was a journalist/writer, which means I have to get an A in two subjects, and an E in one subject. That is only 4 books in total, which is completely doable.
– A- read a fantasy: Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
– E- read a book with a map: The Lady Rogue by Jenn Bennett
A in Muggle Studies
– Cover that includes an actual photo element: My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell
A in any other subject (herbology)
– Listen to an audiobook: Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
This is a new month-long read-a-thon where you get to pick a team and then complete the team challenges. I have chosen to be part of team Tangled because it’s one of my favorite Disney movies. Let’s look at the challenges.
Flynn Rider- Read a dark/mysterious book: My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell
The Snuggly Duckling Crew- Read a book with a dreamy cover: 100 Days of Sunlight by Abbie Emmons
Mother Gothel- Read a book with a power-hungry character (must be out of your comfort zone): The Lady Rogue by Jenn Bennett
*I’m not sure if this one entirely fits, but the father is a treasure hunter and he seems scary (and it’s historical fiction so definitely out of my comfort zone)
Maximus- Read the group book: A Curse so Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer
Special Ability: we can travel the map as we please
In all, this is only seven books that I need to read, which is something I have been doing each month. I am stressed because I’m a mood reader, but hopefully, I can convince myself to read all of these!
Are you participating in any read-a-thons? Let me know in the comments!
Hello loves, it’s been a while. I was doing a really good job of posting twice a week on here for the past two months, but I finally wore myself out. I needed a bit of a break because I was feeling super slumpy about the blog. I had no motivation or inspiration, so I needed to step back for a little while before I started posting again.
I recently moved into a new house and while it’s been an overall good experience, it’s also extremely exhausting. On top of that, this week is the reading rush, so I’m trying to get a lot of reading done, which leaves no time for anything else.
I am hoping to get back into the rhythm of things, but I will be going back to posting one day a week, rather than two.
That’s all as far as my update goes, so let’s talk about what I’m currently reading!
It is day two of the reading rush when this post goes up, but it is day one as I am writing it.
So far, I have started the audiobook of Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout and I’m about 20% in. I am hoping to get over 50% by the end of the night. I am also reading The Year of Living Awkwardly by Emma Chastain, and I am only about 100 pages in, but I am hoping to finish this one tomorrow. I am not stressed about not finishing a book today because my hope is that I will finish both of these tomorrow, which will put me on track.
Aside from reading rush books, I’m also in the middle of The Secret History by Donna Tartt. It is on hold this week but I will pick it right back up as soon as this read-a-thon is over. I am hoping to finish it soon, but it’s been taking me so long already, who knows how much longer it’ll take.
Finally, I am reading You Asked For Perfect by Laura Silverman, which is also currently on hold. I may try to finish it this week in place of another book to complete a challenge, but I’m not sure if that will happen yet.
My reading this month has been going really great- I read mainly 4 and 5 star books, so hopefully, that trend will continue!
Thanks for reading! Let me know what books you are currently reading, and if you’re participating in the reading rush. See you soon!
Hey, loves! We are one week into July on the day that I’m writing this and… I decided to join Camp NaNo.
This was a very last-minute decision for me (clearly, as we’re already a week into the month), but I really wanted to make some serious progress on my novel. I’m not expecting to finish it. In fact, I’m not even expecting to make it 1/2 way through.
I am working mainly on a novel I started back in November for NaNo. I am currently at 21.5k words after reworking my outline and deleting some scenes that no longer fit. My goal is to hit 30k words on this WIP.
I think this will be totally manageable, as it’s less than 9,000 words total.
In addition to this, I am also working on outlining a second novel that I just recently got the idea for. I am hoping to get it outlined by the end of the summer so that I can start writing it for this coming NaNo. Once I’m back at school, I will have less time for planning, so I want to get as much of it done now.
The story is a YA contemporary, but since a lot of the plot is currently being reconstructed, I won’t say too much just yet. Here is a little snippet, though:
I’m hoping to do some writing vlogs, too, so definitely check out my Youtube if you are interested in those!
Are you participating in Camp NaNo? Let me know what you’re working on in the comments below :)
Hey, loves! Happy fourth of July!!
I wasn’t planning on doing any more wrap-ups on the blog since starting a Youtube channel, but I don’t have time to film one, so I thought I would put it in writing instead.
This wasn’t my best reading month, as I’ve only read 7 books, which I think is my lowest number of the year so far (I’ve been doing a good job of reading 10+ books each month). BUT, I did read some new favorites!
Let’s look at what I read last month:
All four of my 5-star reads have instantly become favorites for me.
Wilder Girls: This is an ARC I received on NetGalley, which I am so thankful for. It comes out in a few days and YOU NEED IT IN YOUR LIFE. It broke me, it was incredible, and the ENDING… that’s all I’m going to say.
With the Fire on High: This is Elizabeth Acevedo’s second book, and it was definitely one of my most anticipated releases of the year. I’m so happy that I was finally able to read it, and it was exactly what I needed. It’s a really quick read, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
The Night Circus: I got an ARC of The Starless Sea recently, but before I started that, I wanted to re-read this one. I read it back when it was still a newer book, before I had any bookish social media, before I was a critical reader. I didn’t remember anything from it, like at all. BUT, the re-read was so worth it. I don’t remember loving the story as much as I did this time. It is now one of my all-time favorite books. I can’t wait to read Erin Morgenstern’s next novel.
Aphrodite Made Me Do It: This is a poetry collection from Trista Mateer, and I LOVED it. It was so well written and really unique.
Truly Devious: I am trying to work my way through some of the mystery/thrillers I have because I love reading them, but don’t pick them up as much as I’d like. This one was really good, especially for YA. I am definitely going to pick up the rest of the series.
The Rest of Us Just Live Here: This book was just ok. I don’t want to talk about my feelings about it too much because I will be posting a video where I talk all about it!
Romeo and Juliet: I was so bored by this play since I’ve known this story for years (as do most people). I don’t think I got anything new out of reading it. I could have just stuck to the movie adaptations.
That is all for this short wrap-up. Let me know if you’ve read any of these and what your thoughts were! See you Tuesday :)
Hey, loves! Happy July :)
Last month was not my best reading month, so I’m really hoping to make up for that this month. My TBR is a little ambitious, but I am determined to get as much reading done as I can. So, let’s take a look at what I’ll be reading!
The Secret History by Donna Tartt- I put this one on hold for a few months now, and I’m pretty sure it was on my TBR for June, but some other books came up and I didn’t get to it. I know I’m going to love it (I already do and I’m only one chapter in), but I haven’t been able to dedicate the time to it yet.
I am doing a little bit of a secret video for my Youtube channel, and there are 4 more books I have to read for that. I don’t want to give them away, but they are on the TBR!
Biannual Bibliothon: July 11th-19th
This month is also the last time that the biannual bibliothon will be running, so I want to participate. There are 9 challenges, but I will be aiming for 5. I combined a few of the challenges because I know there is no way I will be able to do all of them.
A Book Based on its Cover: 100 Days of Sunlight by Abbie Emmons
Free Choice/ Wild Card Book: The Secret History by Donna Tartt (I know I’m currently reading it, but I probably won’t continue until the time of this read-a-thon)
A Book from an Author You’ve Never Read Before/Read One of the Hosts’s 5-Star Reads: The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee
Read a Book You Were Really Excited for, but Never Picked Up/Read a Predicted 5-Star Read: A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro
The Reading Rush:
I will also be participating in the reading rush (formerly known as the booktube-a-thon), but my TBR for that will go up later in the month on my channel, so be sure to subscribe if you don’t want to miss that!
I hope you enjoyed reading this post. Let me know what’s on your TBR this month! I am always looking to add new books :)
I have been loving audiobooks for quite some time now, so I want to share my love of them with you guys through this tag! I just stumbled across it today on Kristin’s blog, so be sure to check out her answers as well.
Have you always listened to audiobooks or when did you begin?
I have not always listened to audiobooks. I began around my junior year of high school, so about 2.5/3 years ago. I discovered the Overdrive app where I could listen to audiobooks from my library on my phone. I have been listening ever since, but have expanded my platforms- I’ve tried Audible, Scribd, etc., but my favorite is Libby.
What is your favorite audiobook?
The Woman in the Window: This is such a good thriller, and hearing the story rather than listening to it really added to my enjoyment. I think this one is perfect for audio listening.
Daisy Jones and the Six: Full cast, great story. Do I need to say more?
What is your least favorite thing about audiobooks?
I listen at 2.5 speed, so if I lose focus for even a couple of seconds, I miss so much of the story. With audiobooks, you can multitask, but it can be easy to get distracted as well. Sometimes I have to rewind the audiobook because I missed a huge chunk of the chapter.
What do you think is the difference in experience between physically reading a book and listening to it?
There was actually a study done that showed that there is no difference in the way you process the story when you either listen to a book or read it physically. However, your experience is different. An audiobook narrator can either make or break the story for you. Some people listen to a book and hate it, but when they physically read it, they like it a lot more. So the difference is really in the way you experience the story. Sometimes one format doesn’t click with you the way another would.
How and when do you listen?
I listen on my phone through the libby app, as I mentioned before. I listen pretty much whenever I have time- between classes, while cleaning/cooking, before bed, in the bath, etc.
What style/genre do you prefer?
Anything but fantasy. I love contemporary romances and thrillers the most, but I can not do audiobooks for fantasy novels. There is just too much to pay attention to, so I need to take my time and see the actual words on the page. Otherwise, it can get very confusing.
What are some audiobook/narrator recommendations?
Talking as Fast as I Can: If you like Gilmore Girls, you will love this. It was funny, fast-paced, and really interesting.
Turtles All the Way Down: This is another one of those books where I am glad I listened to the audiobook. It really enhanced the experience for me. Very well done.
I hope you enjoyed this tag! If you like audiobooks, I suggest doing this tag yourself! I would love to see your answers :)