Renee Conoulty: November 2014


Sunday, 30 November 2014

A book by any other name would sound as sweet

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With the combination of my Mother-in-law's recommendation, the TV series beginning and a buddy read in NBRC on Goodreads, I decided to read Outlander by Diana Garbaldon. I searched the catalogue of my local library but I couldn't find it. There were lots of other books by Diana Garbaldon, so I expected to find it. After a little more research, I discovered that the first book in the Outlander series was published as Cross Stitch in the UK - and also in Australia. Found it! Read it, and here's my review.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I don't usually read historical fiction, but it was recommended to me by my Mother-in-law and with the TV series starting, I thought I'd check it out.

I enjoyed the descriptive writing style and the dynamic between Claire and Jamie. I was expecting more jumping between time lines though.

There was lots of action, of both the combative and romantic nature.

This is the first book in a series, in some countries it is called Cross Stitch. I may read the next book at some point.
  • Where: Local Library
  • Format: paperback
There are many other books, movies etc that have different names in different countries. Here is a link to a wikipedia list with many of them.

Purchase links

Saturday, 29 November 2014

Freeding in French

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I'm based in Australia, and usually, there are more people from Australia reading this blog. One day this week though,  there were more people from France than any other country (yes, I stalk my stats....) So here's a shout out to all my French readers.

Here are some places you can find free books written in French.
You can also find free books for kindle at Amazon. That is the link to the top 100 free French books in the literature genre at the Amazon France website. To find more free books (on any Amazon website) you can browse by genre, then click on the option to show free books or sort by price, low - high. 

  • Where: Online - follow links above
  • Format: ebooks and audiobooks

Friday, 28 November 2014

Freeding with Hatchette

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'Tis the season to be freeding... More book giveaways on Facebook, this time from Hatchette Australia. They have a Christmas Giveaway called "It's the thought that counts" where you nominate somebody else to receive a free book. They are giving away 500 books by the 7th of December and you must be an Australian resident to enter. Good luck! And let me know if you win!

Thursday, 27 November 2014

Freeding with HarperCollins

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HarperCollins Books Australia having a Naughty or Nice competition for Christmas and are giving away 100 books over 10 days on their Facebook page. It is only open to Australian residents. To enter, you need to comment on the Facebook post and say whether you want to win the naughty pack or the nice pack, then share something naughty or nice that you have done. Good luck! And let me know if you win something!

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Audiofreeding with OneClick

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In the quest for more books, I joined another library as an online member, using my parent's address. Now the world of OneClickdigital has opened to me. I downloaded the free android app for the eAudio Player (it is also available for apple) and got listening. The first book I checked out was

The Cleverness of LadiesThe Cleverness of Ladies by Alexander McCall Smith
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A collection of 5 short stories set in various places ranging from Africa to the Caribbean. I really enjoyed the last story, but I just didn't really "get" the others. I listened to the audio version of the book and the narrator was great. She did a good job at all the different accents.

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Other Freeders

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I was poking around online to find some other bloggers who love free books and I stumbled upon this one. This blogger is listing books from Smashwords that are available for free, focussing on young adult fiction.

Free eBooks for Young Adults: Free eBooks for Young AdultsThis site lists FREE eBooks for Young Adults, featuring Smashwords books, and is hosted by Smashwords authors, but all books for (and about)(and by) Young Adults are welcome. The listings are updated weekly, (usually) on Mondays. Listings include genre and length.

Monday, 24 November 2014

Freeding with Overdrive

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Another place I access free ebooks via my local library from the comfort of my own home is +Overdrive. Many libraries around the world use Overdrive to access ebooks and audiobooks, my library only uses it for ebooks though. Overdrive has a different selection of books to Borrowbox, so I check them both when I'm looking for a particular book. A nice feature of Overdrive is that it gives you a list of book that it recommends for you based on the books you have previously borrowed. There is also an option to request a book from your library if they don't have it. My library recently bought The Rosie Effect on my request, though I had already found the paperback at a different branch by the time the ebook was available. One I got from Overdrive, read and discussed back in April is:

Orphan TrainOrphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I'm not usually drawn to historical fiction, but I decided to give this a go for an online book club discussion in NBRC. It was better than I was expecting and I really enjoyed it.

The story crossed between the present day with a family fostering a child and the late 1920's during the depression when orphan trains were used to deliver orphans to new homes in the country. The two stories come together at the end. There was a little underlying suspense in the plot to see how these two stories were going to come together. I found the characters likable.
Purchase links
Amazon Kobo icon

Overdrive is available through your browser or as an app for your apple, android or windows phone, or even as an app for your nook ereader.

The Paper Magician (The Paper Magician Trilogy #1) by Charlie N. Holmberg

Ceony Twill arrives at the cottage of Magician Emery Thane with a broken heart. Having graduated at the top of her class from the Tagis Praff School for the Magically Inclined, Ceony is assigned an apprenticeship in paper magic despite her dreams of bespelling metal. And once she’s bonded to paper, that will be her only magic…forever.
Yet the spells Ceony learns under the strange yet kind Thane turn out to be more marvelous than she could have ever imagined—animating paper creatures, bringing stories to life via ghostly images, even reading fortunes. But as she discovers these wonders, Ceony also learns of the extraordinary dangers of forbidden magic.
An Excisioner—a practitioner of dark, flesh magic—invades the cottage and rips Thane’s heart from his chest. To save her teacher’s life, Ceony must face the evil magician and embark on an unbelievable adventure that will take her into the chambers of Thane’s still-beating heart—and reveal the very soul of the man.

Hey! Here's my review.
A fun easy read. Fantasy set in London, 1901. I loved the system of magic, casting magic through man made materials. I particularly enjoyed the descriptions of all the origami paper folding used in the paper magic, most of those forms I had made as a child, but unfortunately mine didn't come to life. 

The story started off strongly and came together well at the end, but dragged on a little through the middle. This was the first book in a series and I am planning to read the next one. I received this book free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
This book is available to purchase from Amazon here:
The Paper Magician (The Paper Magician Series)

Saturday, 22 November 2014


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Do you read books one at a time, or do you have a few on the go and swap between them? I usually have at least three in my currently reading shelf. Generally it's an audiobook - for the commute to work and to keep me happy while doing house work, a bedtime story chapter book I'm reading aloud to the kids and a paperback or ebook for me. I'm still working through the Secret Seven series by Enid Blyton with the kids.

Recently my Mum came to visit to keep me company while my hubby was away. We both love reading, so when we weren't gossiping, we were sitting in the lounge, drinking coffee and reading. We have similar tastes in books, so when Mum finished a library book, I decided to read it to. Here's the latest paperback I read. The quotes are the ones Mum read out loud to me as she came across them.

The Angel at No. 33The Angel at No. 33 by Polly Williams
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Giggled, sobbed, giggled again. I loved the opening line - "So I get run over by a bus and I am wearing my worst knickers". This sets the tone for the whole book. A sad topic of somebody dying and how that impacts friends and family, with lots of humour thrown in.

British chick lit with likable characters I could relate to. Predictable plot, but I would have been unhappy if it had finished any other way.

Favourite word - periodphernalia, as in "There are no beauty products or periodphernalia in the bathroom cabinet"

  • Where: Local library
  • Format: paperback
This book is available to purchase from Amazon here:  The Angel at Number. 33

Friday, 21 November 2014

The Crossing Places by Elly Griffiths

 When she’s not digging up bones or other ancient objects, quirky, tart-tongued archaeologist Ruth Galloway lives happily alone in a remote area called Saltmarsh near Norfolk, land that was sacred to its Iron Age inhabitants - not quite earth, not quite sea.
      When a child’s bones are found on a desolate beach nearby, Detective Chief Inspector Harry Nelson calls Galloway for help. Nelson thinks he has found the remains of Lucy Downey, a little girl who went missing ten years ago. Since her disappearance he has been receiving bizarre letters about her, letters with references to ritual and sacrifice.
      The bones actually turn out to be two thousand years old, but Ruth is soon drawn into the Lucy Downey case and into the mind of the letter writer, who seems to have both archaeological knowledge and eerie psychic powers. Then another child goes missing and the hunt is on to find her. 
      As the letter writer moves closer and the windswept Norfolk landscape exerts its power, Ruth finds herself in completely new territory – and in serious danger.

THE CROSSING PLACES marks the beginning of a captivating new crime series featuring an irresistible heroine.

Hey! Here's my review.

I enjoyed this, a fast paced quick read. I was going to give it 3 stars, but it earned an extra one for emotionally engaging me. If a book can make me shed a tear, whether happy or sad tears, it deserves at least 4 stars.

The characters were realistic and flawed, though a bit stereotypical. I had guessed "who done it" fairly early in the story. This is the first book in a series. I may read the next one, but I have lots of other books lined up first.
This book is available to purchase from Amazon here:   The Crossing Places (Ruth Galloway)

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Amnesia by Peter Carey

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It was a spring evening in Washington DC; a chilly autumn morning in Melbourne; it was exactly 22.00 Greenwich Mean Time when a worm entered the computerised control systems of hundreds of Australian prisons and released the locks in many places of incarceration, some of which the hacker could not have known existed.

Because Australian prison security was, in the year 2010, mostly designed and sold by American corporations the worm immediately infected 117 US federal correctional facilities, 1,700 prisons, and over 3,000 county jails. Wherever it went, it traveled underground, in darkness, like a bushfire burning in the roots of trees. Reaching its destinations it announced itself: THE CORPORATION IS UNDER OUR CONTROL. THE ANGEL DECLARES YOU FREE.

Has a young Australian woman declared cyber war on the United States? Or was her Angel Worm intended only to open the prison doors of those unfortunates detained by Australia's harsh immigration policies? Did America suffer collateral damage? Is she innocent? Can she be saved?

Peter Carey's masterful new novel, AMNESIA.

Hey! Here's my review.

I love reading Australian fiction and I liked all the Aussie references. I found the plot a bit all over the place. It was hard to keep track of all the different POV, and I didn't really like any of the characters. 

The title Amnesia referred to an incident during World War II that the greater population of Australia had forgotten about - or were never told. I enjoyed reading about what that was and after checking online, realising that it was based on fact.

Overall though, this book just didn't do it for me. I received this book free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

This book is available to purchase from Amazon here:   Amnesia: A novel

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Freeding for kids

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My son is 5 and learning to read. This afternoon he begged me to let him "play a game on your phone". I have an app on my phone called Zoodles. I have the free version with the basic features. There is an option to upgrade to a premium subscription, but I've chosen not to do that. The feature I love in Zoodles is that it has a child lock. Once I open the app, the kids can't get on the internet or phone anyone by accident. In the free version you can set either a z pattern or your year of birth to exit the app. To adjust the settings, you open the Parent Dashboard. From the dashboard you can choose which apps and games are accessible from within the child lock. There is also a built in drawing app and several short videos that need internet connection to view.

The "game" he was begging for today was Read Me Stories. This is a free app available for android or apple, and is full of stories for kids. A new book can be downloaded for free everyday or you can purchase several at a time. There is the option for the app to read the story aloud while highlighting the words, or for the child to read the story to themselves.

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Real Life Book Club

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I finally made it to a real life book club! In my first post I talked about how I'd had trouble finding and getting to a real life book club, so I turned online and joined NBRC. Well, almost 4 months ago I saw a note in my son's school newsletter advertising a book club. I decided to check it out. I got in touch with the person running it and joined the Facebook group (see everything is online!). I had just missed that month's meeting.  September rolled around, then the meeting got cancelled because so many people couldn't make it. October......I couldn't make it.....So finally November. Yay!

It was only a small group, but it was so much fun to get out of the house and talk to people about books and of course share my love of freeding. The two books we formally discussed were:

The Time Traveler's WifeThe Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I enjoyed this book. There is alot of time line jumping because of the time traveling. This can be difficult to keep track of, though it makes more sense once you realize that the book is based along Clare's time line. I found the movie version more emotionally involving.


Which I haven't read.

But of course there was a multitude of other books that were mentioned. My to-read list is growing and growing.....

  • Where: Darwin
These books are available to purchase from Amazon here: 
The Alchemist

Monday, 17 November 2014

HeySaidRenee's First Month

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Well, I've been blogging for a whole month now and having a ball!

In my first month I have shared my love of freeding with over 850 page views from people from all over the world, including:

  • Australia
  • United States
  • France 
  • Canada
  • Spain
  • Netherlands
  • Croatia
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • India
  • Norway
Yes....I've been stalking my stats.....

My most popular post was Freeding with Bolinda.

I've also had a comment from Carla Caruso, an author whose books I reviewed.

Sunday, 16 November 2014

NetGalley vs Local library - round 4

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I'm planning to read Captivated by you by Sylvia Day (smutty romance) in December with NBRC. NBRC is an all ages group on Goodreads, so we started a Back Room to discuss smutty books for our current team challenge. I had a look on NetGalley to see if I could get this book, but no listing. While I was in the library, I had a look on the romance shelves and found the previous books in the series.


I filled in a form to request that the library purchase the book I wanted. They said it was already on their purchase list, and put me in the line of people who want it. Not sure when I will get the copy, but it's on the way. Round 4 to Local library! Review to follow.
  • Where: Local library
  • Format: Paperback

Saturday, 15 November 2014

The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

freeding, books, audiobookThe Thorn of Camorr is said to be an unbeatable swordsman, a master thief, a ghost that walks through walls. Half the city believes him to be a legendary champion of the poor. The other half believe him to be a foolish myth. Nobody has it quite right.
Slightly built, unlucky in love, and barely competent with a sword, Locke Lamora is, much to his annoyance, the fabled Thorn. He certainly didn't invite the rumors that swirl around his exploits, which are actually confidence games of the most intricate sort. And while Locke does indeed steal from the rich (who else, pray tell, would be worth stealing from?), the poor never see a penny of it. All of Locke's gains are strictly for himself and his tight-knit band of thieves, the Gentlemen Bastards.

Locke and company are con artists in an age where con artistry, as we understand it, is a new and unknown style of crime. The less attention anyone pays to them, the better! But a deadly mystery has begun to haunt the ancient city of Camorr, and a clandestine war is threatening to tear the city's underworld, the only home the Gentlemen Bastards have ever known, to bloody shreds. Caught up in a murderous game, Locke and his friends will find both their loyalty and their ingenuity tested to the breaking point as they struggle to stay alive..

Hey! Here's my review.

I listened to the audiobook version of this book. It was a long one, around 22 hours, but the narrator was fantastic and the story engaging. 

The plot swaps between the current day story in the main chapters and the interludes, which explain the characters backgrounds. This style took a little getting used to for me, but I did enjoy both stories. The characters were well developed, the setting well described and unique and the plot full of twists.

  • Where: Local Library
  • Format: Audiobook
This book is available to purchase from Amazon here:  The Lies of Locke Lamora (Gentleman Bastards)

Friday, 14 November 2014


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So if freeding is reading books for free, efreeding is reading ebooks for free and audiofreeding is reading audiobooks for free, then speedfreeding is reading free books really really fast!

Speed reading is basically the ability to read and comprehend faster than that little voice inside your head that reads aloud to you. That little voice is called sub vocalisation. There are different techniques for speed reading. The one to become popular most recently is called Rapid Serial Visual Presentation (RSVP). It is a process where one word at a time is flashed up on the screen. 

I love playing with gadgets and apps, so I decided to try out some of the android speed reading apps (the free ones of course). The one I like the most is fast reader. I started off at 300 words per minute and I've worked up to 650 words per minute. I find any faster than that and I lose comprehension. The features I like most are:

  • Free
  • Adjustable speed
  • Clear background while reading - no distractions
  • When you pause, the surrounding text is visible so you can reread something you missed
  • TXT, EPUB and PDF file supported
  • Very cool ninja icon!

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Wednesday, 12 November 2014

NetGally vs Local library - round 3

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The local library won round 1 and round 2 (with support from Borrowbox), who won round 3?

Browsing through NetGalley, as I do, and I spot The Mime Order. I had read book one The Bone Season as part of a BOM buddy read and I'd enjoyed it, so I clicked "request" and waited........

Yay! I was approved! It's not due to be released until January 27, 2015, So I have almost 3 months to read it as the publisher would prefer that I don't publish a review until 1 week prior to publication.

Round 3 to NetGalley!

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Review to follow.
This book is available to purchase from Amazon here:  The Mime Order (The Bone Season)

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Hello from the Gillespies by Monica McInerney

For the past thirty-three years, Angela Gillespie has sent friends and family around the world an end-of-the-year letter titled 'Hello from the Gillespies'. It's always been cheery and full of good news. This year, Angela surprises herself – she tells the truth . . .

The Gillespies are far from the perfect family that Angela has made them out to be. Her husband is coping poorly with retirement. Her 32-year-old twins are having career meltdowns. Her third daughter, badly in debt, can't stop crying. And her ten-year-old son spends more time talking to his imaginary friend than to real ones.

Without Angela, the family would fall apart. But when Angela is taken from them in a most unexpected manner, the Gillespies pull together – and pull themselves together – in wonderfully surprising ways . . .

Hey! Here's my review.

I loved this book! It is a great balance of character and plot. I really liked the characters and found them relatable. I spent the first half of the book expecting something in particular to happen, then it went in a completely different direction. 

I was immediately drawn to this book because the main character sends a Christmas letter every year. My Mum has done that for years, and still does. I hope hers doesn't turn out like this one year!

The story is set in the Australian outback and focusses on the relationships and lives the members of the Gillespie family. I can't say anything else without spoiling it.

I received and ARC copy from NetGalley and also borrowed the audiobook from Borrowbox through my local library. I listened to the audiobook. The narrator, Ulli Berve, was fantastic. She used an English accent for the main character and a mix of Australian, Irish and American accents for the other characters.

This book is available to purchase from Amazon here:  Hello From the Gillespies

Monday, 10 November 2014

NetGalley vs Local library - round 2

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The Local library won round 1.....who won round 2?

freeding, NetGalley, Borrowbox, ebook, audiobookI was browsing through +NetGalley , looking for inspiration, when I spotted "Hello from the Gillespies", available a couple of weeks before official publication. I had a look, but only people from US and Canada were being approved. The next time I looked, another edition had been added and Australian people were being considered. Yay! I clicked "request" and waited....... (there is also an edition for UK and Europe)........and waited..............and waited...........Publication date came and went..........

I was looking through through Borrowbox, (logged in with my local library card) as I often do, and there was "Hello from the Gillespies"....and it was available! On audio! No holds for me! I borrowed, downloaded, and put it on my phone.

Round 2 to Local library!

While I was about halfway through the audio, NetGalley approved my request, so I have an ebook version as well. Review to follow.

Audiofreeding accessories

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As you may know from some of my other posts, I LOVE AUDIOBOOOKS! I listen to them via headphones on my smartphone. I have mentioned the app I like to use, so here are the headphones. I was using the earbuds that came with my +Samsung Galaxy S5. I had even made a small shoulder bag to put my phone in when I was wearing an outfit that didn't have pockets, but I was always getting tangled in the cords. Especially when hanging the washing or loading the dishwasher (audiobooks make housework bearable!).

So on went the search for headphones. I decided that bluetooth headphones would be the solution. On my first visit to +JB Hi-Fi, I found some awesome ones, but a bit out of budget. You know how much I love free books, so budget everything is always preferred. I Googled bluetooth headphone reviews to see what was out there. I found an awesome review for some headphones from Amazon, but they wouldn't deliver to Australia. Next step.... +eBay . I found a few that looked ok, then I spotted some that looked like the ones in the review. Maybe not the exact same model, but near enough. and a few days new headphones (and another pair for my husband so he didn't get jealous...and it was his birthday). I love them! They do exactly what I wanted; 20 hours use between charges is awesome!

Five months later and they are still going strong. I LOVE them! Mine are a little more battered around than my hubby's because I use them every day. Maybe I'll swap them when he's not looking........

14 months later, one of the wires is loose and I have intermittent sound in one ear. Tried to switch with hubby's but he caught me. Definitely got my money's worth, though it might be time to replace them.

Since then I have tracked down some that are even cheaper and do ship to Australia from Amazon.

Friday, 7 November 2014

Freeding with Bolinda

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I was scrolling through my Facebook feed the other day, and noticed a giveaway from Bolinda Audio. +Bolinda publish the audiobooks that I borrow through Borrowbox. They were giving away my two favourite thing.....audiobooks and chocolate! I added some comments about why I like audiobooks such as:

I always listen to an audio book on the drive to work and listening to audiobooks makes housework bearable, especially hanging the washing in the heart and humidity of Darwin.
 I PM'd my address and waited........
Today the postie came with a package!

I opened it up and..........WOW!
Seven audiobooks and I haven't read any of them. I'll share the audiobooks (after I've read them), but I'm not sure about sharing the chocolate! Reviews to follow.

Death of a Gossip by M. C. Beaton
Lyrebird Hill by Anna Romer

Thursday, 6 November 2014

Storytime at the library

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I like to read aloud to my children, but sometimes it's nice to listen to someone else reading. Most weeks I  take my daughter to the Tunes and Tales session at our local library. Lots of songs with actions and then a story. Over the year, my shy daughter has gone from sitting on my lap and not participating, to being one of the kids up the front dancing and introducing herself to everyone.

Today the story was part of a book launch for a local lady. The book was:

Little Fish...Little Fish..... Can You Swim?Little Fish...Little Fish..... Can You Swim? by Michelle Adair Barnden
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A fun rhyming story about learning to swim. Written by a swim teacher in the Northern Territory.

I had this book read aloud to my daughter and I by the author at our local library during storytime.

Many library's run a storytime for the kids. It is a great way to experience a new book for free and meet people.
  • Where: Local library
  • Format: paperback
You can preview or purchase Little Fish...Little Fish..... Can you swim? directly from the publisher, +Balboa Press .

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Catch the Reading Bug

Catch the Reading Bug 
When I was a kid I loved to chase grasshoppers and catch butterflies, and then one 
day I caught the reading bug!

Duration: You set the pace!

◆ Fairy fly: 1-3 letters ◆ Sugar ant: 4-6 letters ◆ Ladybird: 7-10 letters ◆ Honey bee: 11-15 letters ◆ Butterfly: 16-20 letters ◆ Dragon fly: 21-25 letter ◆ Goliath beetle: All 26 letters
Rules: Pick one or more letters or do the whole alphabet from A-Z! Spell-It-Out: For each letter of the alphabet, pick the name of an insect or an entomological term, then read books with titles, series names, authors (first or last name), characters (first or last name), that begin with letters that correspond to letters of the word you choose. You may ignore the indefinite and 
definite articles (a, an, the, etc).

Bonus: You may substitute any letter with a book if it has an insect name in 
the title or a picture of an insect on the cover (Hint: tattoos of butterflies 
and other insects count).

For letter H, I chose the word head.

H Between Sisters by Kristin Hannah - author Hannah
E Eat, Pray, Love - title Eat
A Kiss the Girls - series Alex Cross
D The Book of Lost Things - character David

For letter X, I chose the bonus option.

X The Diving Bell and the Butterfly: A Memoir of Life in Death - insect in title

 or    - insect on cover                                                                                  

For ideas check out the lists of insects and entomology terms.      

Hey! Here's a challenge.

This was the first challenge I wrote for NBRC. The spell it out challenges are always popular. Come and join in if you like.

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Freeding aloud

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I love to read and I want to share that love of reading with my kids. My son had just started reading himself this year. He brings home those school readers, you know the ones with about 3 words on each page. I love listening to him read. Sounding out the words, looking at the pictures to work out what it might be.

He also loves listening to me read aloud. Reading is part of our daily bedtime routine. Both kids choose a picture book that we read together, then it's lie down and listen to a "chapter". My daughter sometimes falls asleep while I'm reading (or if she had a sleep at daycare, she will keep interrupting). My son always strains to keep his eyes open to the end, often asking for "one more chapter" if it has a cliffhanger.
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We are currently working through the Secret Seven books by Enid Blyton.

I loved Enid Blyton when I was young, particularly the fantasy genre books. My son loves mystery books and is really enjoying these.

Each book could be read as a standalone, but we are reading them in order. We just started number 6 tonight. They were written in the 1940s and 1950s, so some concepts and language are a little unfamiliar to this generation. The stories are just as exciting as ever though. They are about seven children (and a dog) who have made up a secret society and have adventures and solve mysteries. I'm giving them all a solid 4 stars so far.

  • Where: Local Library
  • Format: Paperback
Here are my reviews of the Secret Seven books on Goodreads.

This series is available to purchase from Amazon here:  The Secret Seven series

MortPlayer Audio Books

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I mentioned in one of my previous posts that I usually download an audiobook to my computer then transfer it to an app on my phone. The app I like to use is MortPlayer Audio Books with the MortPlayer Widgets. These are android apps and are available free from the Play Store.

+MortPlayer Audio Books is designed for audiobooks and has lots of great features. I like the folders so it's easy to swap between books. It automatically saves where you are up to. If you pause the book, it goes back a couple of seconds when you resume play so you don't lose where you are up to. If your tracks aren't numbered properly, you can manually change the order of play. Plus so much more.
  • Where: Playstore (links above)

Saturday, 1 November 2014

Freeding on the go

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I often read a few books at the same time. At the moment I'm in the middle of a couple of 500+ page books (perfect for the Baby Got Book challenge). I decided to take a little break today and rest my ears (both of my other books are audiobooks). I was out of the house for a few hours and only had my phone on me, so I couldn't get to all the ebooks on my ereader. I jumped online and had a look through my dashboard shelf on Netgalley for inspiration. I remembered that I had a novella there that would be perfect. Clicked on "send to kindle", opened my kindle app on my phone and there it was, ready to read. This is what I read:

Unlucky for SomeUnlucky for Some by Carla Caruso
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was the second book I've read by this author. This is a novella, so easy to read in one sitting.

The characters were likable and relatable. The storyline was fun with a bit of romance. The main character was quite superstitious and throughout the story she reluctantly challenged her superstitions.

The other book I've read by this author is:

A Pretty MessA Pretty Mess by Carla Caruso
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was the first book I've read by this author. It's set in a fictional upper class suburb of Adelaide in South Australia. I went into this book expecting chick lit and found a fun blend of cosy mystery and romance. I found the characters relatable and likeable.

I received these books free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
  • Where: NetGalley
  • Format: ebook
If you want to check these books out, they are only a couple of dollars from Amazon. Not quite free, but still pretty cheap. You can purchase all Carla Caruso's books on Amazon

**Update - A Pretty Mess will be available free from 16 December 2014 to 14 January 2015**