My children are off for Fall break this week. I have the fortune of being able to take off work during this week to stay home with them. There has been a lot of family time, and not as much reading. Which was the plan.
Although, I have managed to squeeze in some reading during the quite moments. I finished Mark Lawrence’s The Broken Empire series. It was a three part series following Jorg, a young king. It was pretty dark. Thankfully it lightened up some by the third book, but not all that much. I should have the reviews up for the second and third book soon.
I needed to read something different, and I am still waiting on the first book of The Red Queen series, so I started reading Girls of Paper and Fire. It is sad that a book that came with a trigger warning is lighter reading then The Broken Empire series. In all fairness, The Broken Empire series should have come with several trigger warnings. I am also listening to The Red Sister, also by Mark Lawrence, on audio. I started it last week and am only about a fourth of the way through. It is still pretty dark and graphic, but I am enjoying it more. I am taking my time with it, and only putting it on when an audiobook is the best choice. Mainly while driving, when the kids are all ignoring me with headphones.
If you check out the new Kindle Paperwhite by Amazon, you will see that they added in audiobooks. It also added back in assisability features, such as text to speech. I am happy that Amazon is making sure to support individuals who need this feature, and I am also happy to have use of this feature. Audiobooks are still easier, and have narrators instead of an electronic voice that cannot interpret pauses very well. However, there are times when it is just easier to turn on text to speech and continue with the same book that you were reading in Kindle. I also use text to speech to help my children to read. Listening to the words while they are reading them helps them to stay focused and improve their reading. If you have a newer Paperwhite or Oasis you can find the text to speech under settings and then accessibility. Make sure to have a Bluetooth speaker installed to listen to the directions.
The final round of the Goodreads Reader Choice Awards are here. They opened on November 13th and will close Nov 26th, with the winners being announced early December. There are ten books left in each category.
Overall, I have read six out of the ten. I am currently in the middle of two of them. The other two I have started the series, but am not far enough caught up to read the books yet.
Book Roast has announced another addition to her Harry Potter themed readathon. This time it is around the Christmas or Winter holiday season from December 17 - December 26. She built it on a reading journey that allows you to attend the Christmas feast. You can choose your own path, by filling out the reading a book based on the prompt. If you finish you will end up reading five books.
You can find the reading lists here: Grey, Parchment, White
Here are the categories:
Finish your coursework - finish a book you are currently reading
Help Hagrid decorate the tree - Find a book with golden details
HAve a snowball fight with the Weasley twins - Choose a book that you think will be really fun
Visit 3 broomsticks for mulled pixie wine - pick a quick read
Exchange presents at your common room - A book that you think includes a strong friendship
Sneak into kitchen to gift Dobby odd socks - Read a book that features an item of clothing on the cover
Attend a Yule Ball - Read a book you have been preparing yourself for
Fly around snowy Hogwards grounds - read a book with buildings on the cover
Put on your Molly's knitted sweater - Read a book where family is a strong theme, or where parents are present
Use Invisibility Cloak to get into Restricted Section - Read a banned book
Bring a festive treat to Hedwig at the Owlery -Have an animal on the cover, title, or series title.
Attend the Christmas Feast - watch a Harry Potter movie
I will be working on my reading list and posting it within a week or so. In the meantime watch Book Roast's original video.
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