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.
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