The Secret Garden Was Not What I Thought

The Secret Garden

The Secret Garden

By: Frances Hodgson Burnett

I always thought this book was a portal world fantasy. Girl finds secret door goes through into magic other-world garden with fairies.

Boy was I wrong about that!

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Talking to Strangers

Talking to Strangers

Talking to Strangers

By: Malcolm Gladwell

Might as well start off nonfiction November with the one I read in October. I’m fascinated (and often confused) by communication period. But especially on social media and how that changes our ability to communicate with each other.

Talking to Strangers deals on a person to person basis not social media but I think it all really wraps in together.

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Things I’ll Never Say: Book Edition

Alice grabbing a book on her way to wonderland

Today’s Top 10 Tuesday is a Freebie so I put together a list of all the book related things I have never said or on the off chance I have I’ve said it to people who darned well knew I didn’t mean it!

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The Execution Kills the Emotion



By: Anna Burns

Grade: C

Milkman is the second of the Man Booker Long-Listed Books that I picked up and much like Sabrina I just don’t think this one was for me. Although on this one I have to say based on execution that may be true for a lot of people.

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Books, Movies, Other

Contemplating Changing Opinions & Blogging Life

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So at the end of September I will have had this blog for 4 years. I was looking back over old posts to see if my opinions had changed about anything. I reread a couple of books I’ve loved in the past. I rewatched a bunch of movies. Probably the big one this year I’ve tried the whole audio book thing again.

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Books, Other

My Year Trying Audio Books

So this year for the first time I decided to give audio books a whirl. Generally speaking watching Booktubers and such that’s how a lot of people seem to get so much reading done and they tend to rave about the ease of audio books.

Not the case for me. I tried several this year and while I wound up liking the books (usually) I think audio books were a big fat fail for me.

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First Ever Audio Book: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland


Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Author: Lewis Carroll

Performed by: Scarlett Johansson

Grade: A-

So despite how much I read I have never tried an audio book before for a lot of different reasons but mainly:

A.) My mind wanders at the drop of a hat.

B.) I’m a completely paranoid person and don’t listen to anything when I’m hiking/walking.

C.) They can get pretty pricey and  I tend to get addicted to buying stuff, especially stuff concerning books…

But Amazon has the Audible program which was offering a thirty-day free trial and two free books. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland was kind of cheating because I’m familiar with the story. I love the story! But it was Black Widow performing it so I was like count me in!

Overall I enjoyed the experience. The reading started off very good as a matter of fact. I was impressed by how different the voices sounded and what a good job she was doing. But I have to admit I started wandering a bit at the hour and a half mark and the voices started running together. I’m not sure if it was because I’m familiar with the story…

We shall see as I chose my second book. Still, if you like Alice and/ or Scarlett Johansson this is a fun one and it might be very good for kids to as she does have a super soothing voice.

I’m still familiarizing myself with the Audible program but the download was very fast, the production clear. Mine renews at $14.95 a month and apparently every month it does you get a free credit for a book. So I’m going to check into that deeper and then try a second book and go from there.

Recommend: Yes. All things considered it was a freebie for me but honestly, I think I still would have purchased it in the end.