Podcast Procrastination

2015 04-09 Lynda PodcastingI know you are desperately waiting for the fifth episode (what?!) of Come Read with Me, but you have a few more weeks to wait! I’m editing away and it will be released on time (Apr. 30). I don’t have a book post this week as I’m still trekking through The Witching Hour so I wanted to talk a bit about podcasting technology. Last week I wrote about reading technology and how simple it can be and it couldn’t be further from the complexities of podcast editing.

In general it takes me a VERY long time to edit an episode of Come Read With Me. Most of this time is because of procrastination, but a lot of it is because I’m very slow at editing and I wasn’t even editing HALF of what I’ve learned you can edit!

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Is It Really Technology?

Thirteen months ago I wrote about Spritz, a speed reading technology that Michael finally mentioned on Books on the Nightstand this past week. And even though I think it’s an awesome technology for non-leisure reading, I want to talk about something else.

2015 04-09 Turtleback Cover

I don’t remember when I bought this, but it was definitely pre-2003 and I completely forgot I owned one until I stumbled across it last December in a desperate attempt to find my passport. I decided to write about it as I’m trekking through The Witching Hour which clocks in at over 1,000 pages and the cover was starting to get pretty beat up from being shoved into my bookbag constantly. And this will most definitely help out with that. If you didn’t read what the left half of the photo says, I’m sure you’re asking what the hell is that?

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Book 343: Year of Wonders – Geraldine Brooks

Brooks, Geraldine - Year of WondersI picked this novel up back in November 2012, and as is usually the case, I’m sad I didn’t read it sooner. I enjoyed Brooks’ March, but apparently not enough to buy and read the rest of her works immediately. Check out the synopsis here (Amazon link).

Zombies may be all the rage these days, but plague has been around and written about for so much longer. Zombies, according to Wikipedia at least, didn’t appear in popular culture until the 1800s, whereas plague has been a stark reality off-and-on since the 1300s.

Now imagine three hundred years after the Black Death ravaged Europe, you live in a small village with fewer than 500 people in central England. In less than a year more than 2/3 of the people were dead and you were one of the survivors to witness this and all of it is because of the plague. What would you do? How would you respond? Well this is that villages tale and the flashback to what happened in this “plague village,” and it is not the only one.

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March Recap 2015

2015 03-15 Coffee ShopsSo far 2015 is turning out to be one hell of a roller coaster. Every time something great happens it’s like there’s someone waiting to smack you in the face before you get too excited or stay happy for too long.

The major positives are 1) we’re 1/4 of the way through the year so we’re past the “Monday” of 2015. 2) We beat the record so all the snow was worth it. And 3) Most of the snow has melted in Boston (even though it snowed this week), and we’re finally starting to see signs of spring including a couple of 50+ (10C) degree days over the past two weeks and the sun is out a lot more than it has been. It never ceases to amaze me how an extra 10-15 minutes of sunlight a day can seriously improve your attitude! As the weather has been so iffy lately I’ve spent a lot of time in coffee shops and curled up reading books, and thus the starting photo. (Yes that’s a spoon pushed into the cement.)

Other things happened and many more are still happening, so for now on to the books!

Books and Bookish
This was a fast month for reading, but according to Goodreads, I’m still TWO book behind! It must just be from February where I only read three books and something I’m refusing to call a book. I’ll catch up I’m sure!

The books I did read this month included one library book (Funny Girl), two “to-be-read” books (Tender as Hellfire and Emma – Yay JABC!), two galleys/ARCs (Shadow Scale and The Anxiety Toolkit), and one book a friend loaned me way too long ago (Crome Yellow), thanks Nick!

Recent Acquisitions
2015 03-20 Anxiety GalleyAccording to my spreadsheet I was really good in March! I only purchased one book and received one from a publisher (at my request). I purchased a copy of Ursula K. LeGuin’s The Dispossessed after recording episode five of Come Read With Me! The book I received from the publisher was The Anxiety Toolkit by Dr. Alice Boyes, which I cannot recommend enough. Seriously, go check out my response and then get a hold of a copy somehow.

What’s Next?
2015 03-12 Madrid PlanningI’m already most of the way through my first book of April (Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks) and I’ve already got the next few lined up including that Anne Rice novel I mentioned last month and the book for episode six of Come Read With Me with my friend Emily.

On a non-book related note (which you know I’ll make book related). We’ve started planning, and mostly finished, what we will be doing in Spain this coming summer. I’m hoping to quick read Don Quixote as I know I’ll see the famous Don Quixote and Sancho Panza statue in Madrid, but I’m not sure I’ll get to it. Either way I’m very VERY excited and can’t wait to be there.

Hope everyone had a great month!

Book 342: The Anxiety Toolkit – Alice Boyes

Boyes, Alice - The Anxiety ToolkitMy friend Caitrin (of podcast fame) sent me an article from Refinery 29 and after checking it out I knew I needed to read this book. I reached out to the publisher, Perigee Books (Publisher’s site), and they generously provided a copy of the book in return for my honest opinion. In addition to the book (Amazon link), there is an amazing free resource at theanxietytoolkit.com!

Last year I had a panic attack which resulted in a hospital visit when the lingering effects didn’t go away. I was already in therapy for stress, so I was convinced I was having a heart attack, but I wasn’t. That experience resulted in my researching more about anxiety and ways to deal with it. Between therapy last year, I “graduated” :-D last month, and reading this book I’ve come to realize I’ve always experienced a lot of anxiety but I’ve developed really good coping mechanisms throughout the years. Now on to the book!

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