Showing posts from June, 2018

Ambition's Curse is the theme for this week's free #audiobooks from Sync

Week 10 of Sync's Summer of Free Audiobooks for Teens starts today! These titles are available for free 06/28 - 07/05only. Ambition is good, but too much ambition can lead you down the wrong pat. This week's books are Macbeth and The Curse of Crow Hollow. Everything you need to know about downloading this week's titles can be found at

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by William Shakespeare | Read by Josh Cooke, JD Cullum, Dan Donohue, Jeannie Elias, Chuma Gault, James Marsters, Jon Matthews, Alan Shearman, André Sogliuzzo, Kate Steele, Kristoffer Tabori, Joanne Whalley Published by L.A. Theatre Works

Infamously known as the cursed "Scottish play", Macbeth is perhaps Shakespeare’s darkest tragedy. When General Macbeth is foretold by three witches that he will one day be King of Scotland, Lady Macbeth convinces him to get rid of anyone who could stand in his way—including committing regicide. As Macbeth ascends to the throne through bloody murder, he…

Review: The Soldier Prince by Aarti V. Raman

The Soldier Prince (Royals of Stellangård Saga #1) by Aarti V. Raman Kindle Edition | 284 pages Published May 22nd 2018 by Karou Publishing ASIN: B07C6ZJRQ2
Review Copy Provided In Exchange For A Review Summary
The Soldier Prince...
Alexander ‘Iceman’ Heinrickson was born a prince. The spare heir to a European principality whose future was set in stone. Until circumstances forced him to abandon his wealthy lifestyle and royal heritage. He chose to become a soldier. After years of seeing needless combat, he works construction in New York city. And craves a normal life.  Going back home is not an option for him. But neither is leaving a brave damsel in danger. 

...And The Commoner 
Sasha Ray is an aspiring teacher and a soft touch waitress. Her life is normal. Boring even. She also has a massive crush on the newest Tall, Blond, and Handsome who frequents the New York deli where she works. What she doesn’t know about the stranger called Iceman might get her killed. Or worse. 
For one, he …

An #Audiobook Confession

I listen to audiobooks on many devices. My kindle, computer, and this  . . . 

An iPod shuffle (3rd generation). I've had this device for what seems like an eternity. It's small, compact, and weighs practically nothing. And while technology has moved leaps and bounds since this little thing came on the market, I still prefer to listen to audiobooks on it. It's dinged and scratched, but works perfectly. 
Last week while I was charging it, my daughter asked, "What is this thing exactly?" I then went on to explain, and with a confused look on her face replied, "Couldn't you just use your phone?" This conversation left me feeling a little bit . . . old. I guess I could use my phone, but the truth is I will keep using this tiny mp3 player until it no longer works. And then maybe I will switch to my phone. 
Or search ebay hoping someone somewhere has one to sell. 
In the meantime, if you see me around with my tiny mp3 player, you can safely assume I'm…

My faith in humanity is a little bit closer to being restored, Mary Shelley, Bodleian's New Tolkien Exhibit

"I have a fire in my soul . . . "
You may have already seen this in the theaters last month, but if you're like me, you haven't. Now it's available to rent, but I'm going to wait until it's on Netflix to stream. Have you watched it? Is it good?

The last few weeks have hit me hard. I haven't spent a lot of time on social media lately because . . .well you know. I know I'm not the only one struggling lately, especially with the current state of affairs. On one of the few occasions I did pop on, I saw this. It gave me hope that there are decent and kind people. More than we realize. And each in their own way trying to make this world a little bit better. 
This one simple act of kindness in 2015 started it all. I asked God one day to use me as his vessel & he did . MT once said, ”The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.”Find your “Why”. We all have a purpose here on this planet…

Celebrate Pride Week With Sync's Summer of #Free #Audiobooks for Teens #ILoveAudiobooks

Week 9 of Sync's Summer of Free Audiobooks for Teens starts today! These titles are available for free  06/21 - 06/28 only. This week's books are Doctor Cerberus and Openly Straight. Celebrate Pride Week with a novel and a play that ask: What’s the value of truth? The harm of labels? Everything you need to know about downloading this week's titles can be found at

by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa | Read by Steven Culp, Pamela Gray, Simon Helberg, Jamison Jones, Jarrett Sleeper Published by L.A. Theatre Works
Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa's coming-of-age, coming-out cocktail with a twist of terror. Thirteen-year-old Franklin Robertson is trying to survive adolescence. His parents don't understand him, his brother torments him, he has no friends, and he's more interested in the high school quarterback than any girl. The one bright spot in his life is the glow of the black-and-white TV in his parents' basement. Here, he worships at the altar of the Saturday…

Readers Make the Best Lovers, Stranger Things, and an inspiring speech!

Mathew McConaughey 5 minutes for the next 50 years of you life. This is a great speech that I think everyone should listen to. 

Penguin Random House has partnered with Netflix to publish a Stranger Things prequel novel, written by author Gwenda Bond, about Eleven’s mother and the MKUltra program. "The first two titles, set for a release this fall, will be a behind-the-scences companion book and a hardcover gift book for young readers. Additional titles for both adults and young readers will arrive later in 2019."

According to eHarmony, book readers make the best lovers. Well, who am I to argue with science. Click here to read the article.

Sync is Celebrating Juneteenth With This Week's #Free #Audiobooks #ILoveAudiobooks

Week 8 of Sync's Summer of Free Audiobooks for Teens starts today! These titles are available  06/14 - 06/21 only. This week's book are My Name is Not Friday and Come August, Come Freedom. Both books in celebration of Juneteenth. "The occasion of Juneteenth, dating from 1865, is a good time to celebrate both freedom and equal rights." Everything you need to know about downloading this week's titles can be found at

by Jon Walter | Read by Dion Graham Published by Scholastic Audio
A gorgeously written account of a freeborn black boy sold into slavery during the Civil War; think 12 Years a Slave for young adults. Well-mannered Samuel and his mischievous younger brother Joshua are free black boys living in an orphanage during the end of the Civil War. Samuel takes the blame for Joshua's latest prank, and the consequence is worse than he could ever imagine. He's taken from the orphanage to the South, given a new name--Friday--and sold into sl…

A Secret Garden remake, Falstaff, and the Secret Codes of a Reviewer

According to Bustle, they're remaking A Secret Garden starring Colin Firth and Julie Walters! I can't tell you how excited this makes me. I love the book! I love the 90s movie! I can't wait!
Craig Schwartz
Wait? Tom Hanks played Falstaff? How did I not know about this? I came across an article in Entertainment Weekly that declared it to be true. This all went down in Los Angeles and since I am nowhere near there, I missed out. But it sounds fantastic! Any chance it was recorded? 
I lost my mother in law last week. She was 96 and one of my best friends. A lifelong lover of books, she kept track of all she read on index cards and recorded her opinion in code. This is the key to her code and the cards we found among her belongings. — Lauren Tarshis (@laurenTarshis) May 26, 2018

Do you have a system for reviewing books? One woman made a secret code to review the books she read. This is awesome, as was the woman who made it. What kind of reviewing sys…

The Great American Read: A Book Giveaway With Dover Books

The Great American Read: A Book Giveaway With Dover Books Prizes and samples provided by Dover Publications, Inc. The Children’s Book Review| May 23, 2017
Dover Partners With PBS For The Great American Read Hosted by Meredith Vieira, PBS’s 8-episode documentary, The Great American Read, celebrates America’s 100 most-loved novels — and Dover Books publishes a wide variety of these essential works as Thrift Editions, Evergreen Classics, deluxe hardcover Calla Editions™, and other affordable formats for readers of all ages.

Enter For A Chance To Win A Set Of 7 Titles From The Great American Read List, As Well As The Five Great English Novels Boxed Set!

Two (2) grand prize winners receive: