Good morning, friends.  I am not sure what happened to me this past week – I sort of dropped off the face of the blogging earth for a few days there.  I definitely didn’t plan to take a week-long break from posting but I was just busy and before I knew it, it was the weekend and I had barely gave one thought to the blog.  I did get one post in – a review of The Summoning and The Awakening by Kelley Armstrong – but that’s about it.

In bookish news, this week I purchased The Passage by Justin Cronin, a book that everyone seems to be raving about.  This is a big deal for me because I very rarely buy brand-new books (my preferred methods of book acquiring are mooching, buying on sale, or simply using the library), but I received a 25% off coupon to Barnes & Noble from my credit card company, and that’s on top of the standard 30% off that the store was offering.  So I couldn’t resist.  I’m really hoping to start reading it soon, if only to find out what all the fuss is about, but I don’t know how soon is soon.  With my review commitments starting to really pile up, I might need to get through some of those books first.

Also, I recently got my first iPod (I know, I know… my first?  What was I thinking waiting so long?) and I’ve loved the experience of listening to an audiobook while doing just about anything.  I discovered that my library has a pretty good selection of iPod-friendly selections (about 1000 books) so for now I’m just using their site to acquire some.  Perhaps in the future I’ll join audible or something but for now the free ones are working out great!  Right now I’m listening to Short Girls by Bich Minh Nguyen and it’s translating very well to audio.  I also always have a book on CD going in my car at all times (currently it’s What the Dog Saw by Malcolm Gladwell), so it’s a perfect set up for me.  One book for driving and another for cooking, cleaning, working out, etc.  I love it!

Today I would really like to get a few reviews written, make time to hit the gym, and READ!  Also I have a Mary Kay party to attend (never been to one before – should be interesting) and need to stop at the grocery store at some point.

What are you up to this Sunday?


22 thoughts on “TSS”

  1. I love my iPod, although I mostly use it for music instead of audiobooks. I’m curious to hear what you think of The Passage. It seems to be everywhere, but I have to admit that I am not all that attracted to it.

    1. I do both music and books on the iPod. But I have to admit that I didn’t consider buying one until I realized that I could listen to books on it. 🙂

  2. My library isn’t very iPod friendly. I have to get the audiobook for the library, copy the files to my computer, and then load them onto my iPod. Kind of a long process, but I do hope you enjoy your new iPod. I love mine, especially for working out.

  3. Don’t forget about LibriVox! Volunteers record audiobooks of books in the public domain, so you can brush up on your Austen or any other classics. (They are, as you may have gathered, free.)

  4. I have heard so many things about The Passage and still haven’t made up my mind to read it yet. Glad that you are enjoying your ipod. I heart mine.

  5. I’m on the fence about The Passage too, although I love any well-written book about vampires or zombies. The only time I’ve ever listened to audiobooks was when I worked for an audio publisher and listened to them on my commute. And once I was totally seduced by a James Lee Burke book on a drive home from Ottawa to Sudbury. Mostly I can’t pass up the opportunity to listen to music when I’m walking or driving.

    1. I love listening to music too, don’t get me wrong. But mostly I listen to music as background stuff – like while writing, reading, or something else that requires concentration. When I can focus, I love the audiobooks. 🙂

    1. Totally! It makes my time at the gym FLY by. And I really don’t like to cook, because to me it’s boring, but while listening to a book it’s no longer boring. So great!

  6. I just let my daughter use my iPod for music for vacation but when I get it wiped back clean, I’m planning on loading it up with books I can listen to while I’m working. I didn’t think I would really need an iPod but once I had one, I loved it!

    1. Same here! I never thought I would really want or need one, but now that I have it I can’t seem to take those darn earbuds out of my ears!

  7. I’m experiencing a bit of a reading slump myself..maybe it’s the weather 😀
    I will buying an iTouch this coming weekend and can not wait to download audio books on it!!! I have a library that offers free downloads too so that will be very addicting I’m sure.

    Today I spent finishing a book, reading 100+ pages in Breath of Snow and Ashes, and then catching up on blog reading, doing a few posts for the week!

    Have a great week!

    1. Sounds like you had a productive and restful Sunday, Staci! I agree about the weather – it isn’t conducive to me getting work done. When I get home I just want to plop down on the couch and watch tv.

  8. I’ve never had an iPod either, but I have had several little, cheap mp3 players from Woot.com, and they work very nicely too. The good thing about little crappy cheap mp3 players is that I never worry about losing them. If I did, I’d be a bit sad, but it wouldn’t be a big financial loss. Still, I admit I am rather tempted by how pretty and clean and colorful other people’s iPods always look. :p

    1. well I’ve never had ANY mp3 players, so you are ahead of me on this one Jenny. 🙂 I do have to admit that I was partially sucked in by how pretty the iPods are… I got a purple Nano partly because it’s purple. 😉

  9. I don’t own an iPod as yet so I think that should make you feel a little better! 🙂 I just finished reading Short Girls and I loved the book. The review is up on my site if you wish to read… 🙂 Enjoy your iPod!

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