14 October 2011

News Flash: Coming Down the Pipe


With Baby Whimsy on the way, time is about to change for me. So I have decided to take some advice from fellow mommy Natalie of I'd So Rather Be Reading. In a post entitled How Do You Balance Reading and Your Family? she advised mommies to get audios. So be on the lookout for audiobook reviews. It will be some brand new uncharted territory for me, but I'm ready!
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  1. First of all, Congratulations! My blogging habits will be changing this Spring for much the same reason. I hope that you find that you enjoy audio books. Once you've figured out what you like, it is a great experience. Don't be discouraged if you end up with a couple of stinkers along the way!

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  2. when I had a baby I read while I was nursing ...but I did take a break for while from reading. As my kids got older I usually read at night time or during nap times.

    I admit I haven't tried the audio books yet. Good luck.

    I am sure you will find your schedule once the little one comes :) Hugs

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  3. After re-reading much of Harry Potter via audiobook years ago and loving it and Jim Dale (http://www.jim-dale.com/) I've recently started listening again and love it for my commute to and from work. I'm going to test it out this weekend cleaning (I'm afraid my earbuds might fall out) Anywho...point is...it's a great idea!!

    ♥ Melissa @ Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf

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  4. Good luck, I didn't enjoy audios at all. Babies love hearing the sound of mommy's voice so I would recommend reading aloud at times. Instead of becoming a professional one handed blogger use that time for reading, lol

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  5. Jana from "Milk & Cookies" is a librarian and she does a lot of audiobooks--she loves them! :-)

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  6. Gr8!! We love them at our house, as well!

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  7. Teresa: Thanks :) OMG really? Well then a grand congratulations is order to you too :) *hug* You're so right on "not being afraid" part!

    Julie 5: Thanks :) I've heard nursing is a good time but I wonder if I'll be too tired in the begining to even see straight. LOL I'm hoping the audios will keep me from having to take a break from reading.

    Melissa: Oh goody! That sounds fun! :) And perfect for Halloween.

    Marce: I will definitely read aloud with her lots (when the time is right). But I also LOVE the idea of getting to hear my books while cleaning and such :) I have a feeling in the beginning it will be baby, sleep, clean.

    Shannon: Oh right on! I will keep that in mind :) Thanks doll!

    Kathryn: :)

    Gina Hott: Fabulous! :) Any narrator I should try?

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  8. I've never tried audiobooks, but YAY for trying new things, Juju! I know a LOT of people love them.

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  9. Juju some audiobooks are terrific. As long as the narrater isn't reading in monotone! I am so excited for you!

    Oh, I have a new Designer Pillows Giveaway I hope you will join!

    xoxo
    Karena

    Art by Karena

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  10. It is a really great idea---as long as you get a good reader. I've come across a few that I didn't like at all. For instance, if the story is told in first person, the voice has to match my idea of the character or it just doesn't work for me. (Fallen is one that comes to mind). One I definitely want to listen to is The Night Circus, read by Jim Dale. He's awesome. :D

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  11. Audios are a great idea! I've learned I'm incredibly picky on reading voices. I do much better with male audio reading as opposed to female, which is kind of odd.

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  12. Nap times are what worked for me. I would try to take three naps a week to read and blog or something like that. The others I would clean. WHOO!

    You'll find a pace. Audio books are a good idea.

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  13. I agree - Audio books are a great idea, especially when your hands are full. I occasionally listen to audio books when I'm cleaning up around the house.

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  14. Oh, congrats. How exciting!

    I found that becoming a mom didn't really impact my reading at all-- baby's are very accomodating. Especially the first few months. Just hold the baby close or in a sling and read away. I loved spending hours reading with my baby sleeping on me.

    Morning reads in bed with baby right next to me were lovely too-- I held a baby toy in one hand and a book in the other. Also, little character toys are fun to play peekaboo with and make up silly rhymes with over the top of the book.

    Reading will be easier than you think but be careful-- don't drop a book on the baby's head!

    :)

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  15. I don't know how mommies do it! I can barely survive with work, my boyfriend and real life - in addition to blogging! I give you wicked props, Juju! If you ever need guest bloggers to help, I'm more than happy to help however I can :)

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  16. I can't wait to hear (haha!) how it goes. Audiobooks are kind of strange animals. A book...but not... They are surprisingly easy to get into.

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  17. woah I totally did not know you are expecting!! Soooo exciting :D Enjoy it!

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  18. Audiobook sounds like a perfect way to balance! Job, classes, husband along with blogging I guess I'll be needing audiobooks very soon.
    Congrats again for baby Whimsy :)

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  19. Audiobooks is how I cheat if I could not finish "reading" a book :)

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  20. Hafsah: Thanks :)

    Karena: Thanks Karena :)

    Liss Miss Becky: Ooo ok. I will keep that in mind. :) Oooo I have the audio of Night Circus on hold at the library :) Can't wait!

    Bluerose: Interesting! Great point I need to evaluate. I tried a female voice recently that totally grated on my nerves :)

    Michelle: That's what I hear. Great idea! I figure while I'm cleaning, I can be listening to audios. :) Thanks for your advice and words of wisdom.

    JessicaBookLover: That's my plan too :)

    Carrie in the Hammock: :) Thanks

    Lesa: Thank you :) Oh how sweet. I love that. And lol I will definitely watch for dropping books. :)

    Melissa: How sweet of you! Thank you darling! Very very gracious of you and you're a magnificent reviewer :)

    Alexis: *smile* A strange animal? I like that.

    Jillian: Thanks doll :)

    Smitten: That's what I'm thinking. You go girl! :) You sound like you have a heck of a lot on your plate too :)

    Cherry: I never knew :) How clever!

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  21. Audiobooks are a great way to get some reading in when you're really busy.

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  22. That's a great idea! Maybe I could try that too..., reading, I mean listening, while blogging.

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  23. Bermuda: :) That's what I'm hoping for. Do you audio? Recommend any specific narrators?

    Maya: Thanks :) Maybe! :)

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  24. I'm not gonna lie, I didn't read for about four years after having the twins. But I didn't really know about audio books back then.

    I'm listening to Outlander on audio right now. It's taking forever, but I can listen whenever I'm surfing the net which is convenient.

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  25. Blod: Thanks :)

    Joy: :) I feel ya and that's exactly what I'm trying to avoid. I can imagine with twins how tough that must have been.

    How is Outlander btw? Do you like the voice?

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  26. Two kids later, and I've still yet to listen to an audio book! I really do want to try one though!! Lol

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  27. Though I'm not a fan of audiobooks myself I think its a good idea especially for those that are busy, you can listen to it while doing other things at the same time.

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  28. BB: :) Did you have any problems fitting in reading when they were tiny?

    Jenny N: :) Thanks!

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  29. I've recently been picking up for audiobooks. Very fun way of doing chores around the house.

    Hope you like this new venture.

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  30. That's great. I haven't delved into audiobooks yet either but am thinking of checking them out because of some other bloggers around the net. I hope this works out for you time wise!

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  31. congrats on the upcoming addition to your family. i haven't really listened to many audiobooks but the ones i did i liked.

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  32. Sounds like a great idea Juju...and I'm sure your reviews will be just as fantastic as always. Enjoy the new adventure...can't wait to see the results. ^_^

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  33. Jade: Thanks hon :)

    Chelley: Ooo any suggestions? :)

    GMR: Ahh thanks doll! :)

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  34. Good luck with the audio. I have been trying to make it work for me, but I'm super picky and possibly not giving it a good enough go. i listen through you :)

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  35. I agree, audiobooks are great when you won't have much time to hold a book. I think you will enjoy them.

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  36. Jenny Girl: No worries! Hopefully I'll bring someone you will like to your attention :)

    Aths: Thank you :) *fingers crossed*

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  37. Baby?! You're having a baby?! CONGRATULATIONS! I'm so thrilled and excited for you. Time to start baby's book collection...

    I don't find audiobooks are terribly practical for me, though. Maybe when baby is very tiny, but once they get bigger they get noisy and have opinions about what you're listening to.

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  38. NotNessie: Hey darling! I've missed you. We most certainly are. Due this December actually. Thank you :) We have started the baby's book collection already :) How'd ya know?

    Thanks for the tip on it getting harder to do so when they're older ;) Noted. I think Natalie uses headphones to bypass that part.

    Do you have any reading tips?

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  39. I loaned a book to a friend that has 4 kids, she manages to get more reading done than I do, I guess she puts the kids to bed around 8ish and then reads the rest of the evening. I don't think she watches any TV either which probably frees up some time.

    Congrats on the baby by the way!

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  40. Rebs: Wow. Good for her! Gives me hope for when Baby Whimsy is older. :) I think I will take one stage at time but my first concern is getting through the lack of sleep and free time that accompanies a newborn and her inexperienced new mommy ;)

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  41. Audios on road trips are the best thing ever! I'm so excited for Baby Whimsy! :) xo

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  42. Shannon: Love them on road trips too :) And thank you ;)

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  43. SO excited for this! I cannot even tell you. If you want any suggestions, I am so willing. :)

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  44. Heather: Yay! :) Audiobook suggestions are a'coming :)

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  45. Yay! I love love love audiobooks! In fact, I have a couple I could send you if you'd like. I don't have much need for them once I finish listening to them and I'd love to send them your way. They really are great for reading with kiddos around, just as long as you are careful about the language of course. I've picked up a couple recently that totally shocked me with the language and I was glad I didn't listen to them in front of the kiddos.

    My absolute favorite narrator (as you may already know) is Nick Podehl. He records for Brilliance Audio which does most of the major publishing house's audiobooks. So I'd definitely be on the lookout for him. I'd recommend The Chaos Walking trilogy by Patrick Ness, but I don't know if you might think it's too dark? If you'd like to listen just let me know and I'll send you my copy. I'll keep thinking though and be in touch!

    Enjoy! I love audiobooks! :o)

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  46. 1stdaughter: Really? My ears just perked up like a dogs ;) LOL I would LOVE that! You wouldn't mind? You're a gem! Would it be too forward to ask what you have?

    OOoo thanks for the warning on the language. I will definitely keep that in mind for the future.

    Nick Podehl? Noted! Making a note right now actually :) I do want to listen to The Chaos Walking trilogy some day. Just probably not right now. But thank you SO much for the suggestions and for your amazing offer. *happy dance* You made my morning.

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  47. I'm starting to get into audiobooks - they make my boring drive to campus more interesting :)

    Hope you find some great ones to listen to! It looks like you've got a lot of suggestions to pick from ;)

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  48. YA: Thanks :) Will you be reviewing the ones you've been listening to on your way to school?

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  49. Audiobooks are a great idea, still have not really gotten into them mainly because they take so long. I read while I breastfed my kids (when they were tiny, they ate every two hours and one loved to comfort nurse so it would take a while) but now that they are older, I read after they go to bed at night. I really don't watch TV. After a few months, you will find a nice routine that works for you :-)
    NC
    Truly Bookish

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  50. Truly: Right on. Nursing sounds like a great time to read and relax. I guess my fear is how tired and bleary eyed I will be in the beginning, ya know?

    Comfort nurse? I'm off to look that up.

    Thanks for your words of encouragement :)

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  51. Audiobooks are such a great idea. I didn't even think of them when my son was little, but I wish I had...would have made things so much easier. In fact, I think I'm going to follow after you, and get myself some audiobooks these next few months.

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  52. Penelope: Thanks :) *high five* I'm glad I inspired you!

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  53. Yeah, the narrarator for Outlander is pretty good. She's got a great accent. You should give it a try. But at 32+ hours long, Baby Whimsy will be in nursery school by the time you get done.

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  54. Joy: LOL OMG 32 hours is realllly long. You brave gal. Glad to hear the narrator is good though. Will you be reviewing it when you're done? 'Cause now I'm really looking forward to your thoughts.

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  55. Thank you for referencing our post! Natalie loves her audio books.

    Have you decided on a name yet? I keep thinking about it, and I love Calliope for you. It just keeps coming back to me!

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  56. Kelli: Calliope is a great name. I think we've decided. *fingers crossed* But I won't be announcing it until after she's born :)

    Thank you so much for asking :) and for your great suggestion.

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  57. I can't wait to find out what you decided! Am so glad you've chosen one you like. Just to let you know, when Kaitlyn was born she did not feel like a Kaitlyn. It took about two weeks for her to grow into her name. But, she did and now I can't imagine her being anything else!

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  58. Kelli: Oooo that can happen? Good to know. Thanks for the warning and for stopping by to let me know :) *hug*

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  59. Yes, one of my friends told me it happened to her. Her baby did not feel like a Caroline for about a month! She wanted to change her name but already had too many items embroidered with her name. So she kept it and Caroline started to feel like a Caroline. I was so glad she told me about that, so when it happened to me I was not worried. Just keep saying the name as much as possible and that will help.

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  60. Kelli: Oh thank goodness. I'm so glad you warned me. I bet I would have panicked and wondered if I'd picked the wrong thing. Thank you so much for your advice :)

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  61. You're so welcome! I wish you all the best with the end of your pregnancy and delivery of baby Whimsy!

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  62. I found audiobooks to be extremely useful. One thing that fascinated me was how much my baby boy loved listening to them too! I bought HP and the Sorcerer's Stone on a sale, whenever I played it, he would listen with me and repeat words. And the best thing is that English isn't anywhere near our native language :D Gotta get them started while they're young ;)

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  63. Kelli: Thank you :) I'm so nervous about the "delivery" part ;)

    Ivana: Oh right on! I'm so glad to hear that. I'm hoping that happens to me too :)

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