Hello Peeples! How is your Sunday going? It is overcast here again. At least it isn't raining. Seems like all I do now is talk about the weather. That's because it is sooooo depressing. It puts everyone in a foul mood and in danger of getting rickets. While we're used to a lot of rain here in the north east, this is beyond ridiculous.
Earlier this week Blogger suffered a massive tantrum and refused to work, it even lost people's recent posts. It looks like I got everything back but honestly I haven't been writing a lot lately. I feel like I lost a bit of my blogging mojo. Even reading is a battle for me. I can't help but think that it has a lot to do with the atmosphere I'm living in. It's gray and blah, so I am gray and blah. Please Mr Sun, shine down on us again!
During these times, I find I want to listen to audiobooks. I finished The Paris Wife as an audiobook this week and started The Turn of the Screw. Yes, Henry James, my old nemesis! Can you believe it? But I thought "what the hell, I don't have to finish it if I don't want to." So far it is actually going well and I suspect that I could manage James if he was being read to me.
Speaking of audiobooks, Smart Bitches wrote a post on ACX, a company that allows authors to create audio versions of their work. This is an interesting idea. On the one hand, it creates new (or old) titles for readers who could previously only buy the text versions. Very helpful for people with a disability. On the other, it allows authors to narrate their own books. Um, not everyone is a great reader and a reader can make or break an audiobook. What do you think?
Audible is only offering the service for "professionally published", not self-published, authors so far. This isn't quite the do-it-yourself, no-rules world of Kindle publishing yet. I've received several review requests for self-published (some call themselves 'indie') books this past week despite the fact I have written in my About Chrisbookarama page that I do not review them. Authors, please, read the About Me pages of book bloggers. We have them for a reason. It will save everyone from frustration if you do. There are blogs who do review self-published books; this isn't one of them.
Finally, I finished Hard Times for the Classic Circuit. My review will go up on Wednesday. Tune in to see what I thought. At the library, I picked up Essex County, a Canada Reads contender from February. A trip to the used bookstore gave me 2 L.M. Montgomery titles: The Story Girl and Magic for Marigold.
And because it seems appropriate, here's the very moody Here Comes the Rain Again by the Eurythmics. Who hasn't wandered around the shore in their nightgown while some dude with a camera followed them?