Overdrive or Libby(by Overdrive) allows you to link your library card and check eBooks or audio books. You can only check out books that your library offers. They also offer holds if the book is currently checked out. Libby is easier to use on your phone or tablet but they are compatible and sync between devices so you have don’t have to worry about finding where you left off.
RBdigital (previously Zinio) you can also link to your library. Here you have the option of checking out eBooks, magazines and audio books. I hated Zinio but so far RBdigital has been easy to use. The only drawback is it doesn’t sync between devices.
Goodreads allows you to keep track of books you are reading. You can review books and read reviews from other members. The are also groups/book clubs you can join. If you have been looking for a reading community this is it.
These are the apps I’m using to help me reach my 2018 reading goals. What are your favorite apps to use for reading?
My week was quiet spent some time reflecting on my goals for 2018 and my current planner situation as we move into the second month of the year. Here are few other things I dabbled in this week!
Television:The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story – Season 2 I remember some details of this but not many. The acting has been wonderful. I knew when I saw Judith Light episode 3 I was in for a treat.
Books: I finished Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones. I didn’t quit love this but it held my attention. I hated all of the characters and felt the resolution was meh. This was second time reading a book by Ms. Jones. Right now I’m 50/50 on her but her new book is on the way via Book of the Month subscription.
Podcast:Still Processing, Jenna and Wesley came of the gate swinging after their break. I have enjoyed all of the new episodes so far. Even when I don’t always agree they do make you think about things in pop culture a little differently.
Food: I’m finishing up my final week of Whole 30. This has really shown me a lot about my diet and things that I’m okay with not eating on a regular basis. I have slipped up few times but overall I have been committed.
I started off the year with good intentions to finish at least one book a week but once I finished my first book and was ready to dive into my second book I already felt burnt out. Too much pressure I believe to stick to the new year goals. One thing that I knew was missing was me listening to an audio book. The last part of 2017 I was listening to Stephen King’s IT but I was so over the book and I started to hate some of the characters so around mid-December I quit listening. It was easy because I was away from work and that is typically when I listen to my audio books.
The second week of January I downloaded some reading apps (will be writing a review and making suggestions) and got to looking for audio books that would be of interest to me. I downloaded two and I have already finished one of the audio books and half way finished with the second (happy dance). I have adjusted my exceptions that I may not be completing physical copies of books in one week but it may a combination of an audio book and traditional book over 2 weeks. My Goodreads goal is only 26 books a year so I think I will meet that goal if I follow that plan. Now with all of that being said here is what I have completed and attempted this month.
Naughts and Crosses Malorie Blackman- this a YA novel about Sephy a cross and Callum a naught with reversal of the oppression of the races. The crosses are black people the race that is in power and controls their nation. The naughts are the white race the people that are oppressed. During the novel there is a form civil rights uprising/movement taking place. There are even slurs that the two groups have created for the other race. It is a very interesting read especially with the current social and racial climate here in American and other multi-cultural nations. I recommend this to adults if you like YA or if you want to grab it for teen in your family. Naughts and Crosses is the first book series I’m not sure if I will continue the series but this first novel does have me interested in reading the others in the series.
Loving Donovan Bernice L McFadden- Campbell and Donovan are the main female and male characters in the book. The book is in three sections the first goes over Campbell’s childhood, the second goes into Donovan’s childhood and the third section is them as adults, their meeting along with series of events that take place after. Both experienced some trauma as children that has affected them as adults and how they go about relationships. I had some feelings about the ending to the book but I do recommend it. I listened audio book the narrator was easy to listen.
The Changling Victor LaVelle- this book starts off as a traditional novel to me but midway shifts gears and turns into a something like a magical/fantasy novel. I think that is what took me and made it difficult for me to continue. I love fantasy/sci-fiction but I need that to be that way from the start not a shift midway through. I may try to re-read this because the reviews are great for the book.
Silver Sparrow(audio book) and Purple Hibiscus I will have reviews for these next month.
What did you read this month? How did you feel about your books and have you adjusted your reading goals for 2018?
I’m going on journey to read more, plan more just enjoy life more and want to take you along with me. I will be discussing books I’m currently reading and also reviewing those books. I will also be showing my planner supplies stash, discuss my setups and how I’m using my planners I use bunch (don’t judge me). There will also be an occasional discussion or review on some beauty stuff because I think I’m a cute middle aged nerd!