Honey, I Blew Up My (Public Library) To-Be-Read Pile

It's a truth universally acknowledged that a bookworm with good intentions, and poor time management skills, will end up taking all the books she took out back to the public library before her fine gets over 25 bucks.That bookworm is me.I get reading droughts, those long stretches of having 57 books and yet feeling like …

(Audio)Book Talk: The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter

In my first job at the *Carolyn Sifton-Helen Fuld Libray at St. Boniface Hospital, I had access to University of Manitoba's vast collection as a staff member. I took out Angela Carter's The Bloody Chamber, only to carry it around for a while until I finally returned it, consigning it to my ever-growing and imagined TBR …

Book Talk: Emotional Agility By Susan David, Phd

Sometimes you find a book you need and sometimes the book you need appears at the right time. Emotional Agility: Get Unstuck, Embrace Change, and thrive in Work and Life happened to play a later role in my life. Embracing change? Good at it. Getting unstuck? Suck at it big time. Talking to a professional …

A Sweaty Story Time or Hearing David Copperfield While Working Out

I began Chapter 13 of David Copperfield, setting the timer to 15 minutes on the Audible app, and started walking around the track overlooking the gym at the Downtown YMCA. The walk always starts my work out allowing the book to play and no worries about cars nearly mowing me down, just people walking or …

It’s so nice to hear your voice.

Great post from Winnipeg Public Library on audiobooks, with some notable narrators like Jim Dale for good measure. Also good for gym use if you’re tired of the boom-shaka-lacka of dance beats. (Alright, I get tired from time to time. Richard Armitage’s voice? NEVER!)

Readers' Salon

There was a time when I believed that audiobooks were cheating – that books were to be read, not listened to. Well, I found out that I was wrong. And what brought me to this conclusion was motherhood – plain and simple. Very early on in motherhood I found out that I had little (read: no, zero, zilch) time to sit and read a book when my motherhood phases went like this:

  • The “Nap when the baby naps” stage, followed by the…
  • “He’s standing on his own two feet – better watch!” stage, followed by the…
  • “We can’t catch up with him! He’s running so fast! Did he even walk?!?” stage (pant, pant), followed by the…
  • “We need to get him up, feed him, get him to school, go to work, get home, eat, get outside, get him ready for bed” stage, followed by the…you get my point.

So whether…

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