Something A Little Different For Me An Audiobook

Although I haven’t listened for two weeks now, due to not being able to get to the gym (I will, however be there with bells and whistles on), I have not been listening to an audiobook I purchased on Audible. I’ve noticed talk among books readers about this option of book and decided to try it while I’m pumping iron at the gym!

I was apprehensive. I’ve always been a staunch supporter of paperback books. I love the feel of them in my hands, the smell of them. The character of them if they’re second hand etc. So branching into the ebook world was a big step. I’d tried it a few years ago and it didn’t turn out well. However, due to the sparseness of $$$ available at times, me being a student and all, lol, I’ve found ebooks a fantastic way to by-pass money issues. And I’ve been enjoying them.

So I thought maybe an audiobook could be a great thing to listen to while I’m working out. After all, a book is a book whether I read it, or someone reads it to me! So far, I’m enjoying it immensely. Fantastic way to keep yourself occupied as you feel the burn, lol. So what am I listening to? I hear you ask…

if i can't have youIf I can’t Have You — By Greg Olsen and Rebecca Morris

I’m three hours into it so far, from memory that was about ch 11 or 12 I think. Which makes it hard to update on Goodreads because there’s no options for hours. But I can tell you that so far, it’s an intriguing case. I’ve gone in not knowing anything about it, and very much looking forward to getting back into tomorrow.

Look out for my review for it in the coming weeks.

And don’t forget to enter my win an ebook competition!

If you’d like to purchase the Audible version, visit this linkΒ 

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Win 1 of 2 Free True Crime Ebooks

To celebrate two books that I’ve reviewed so far, and think that you should read if you haven’t already, I would like to give away a copy of;

1) Deliver Us by Kathryn Casey
2) Columbine by Dave Cullen

The two winners will receive one of these ebooks as a gift from me via Amazon, so you’ll need to have an Amazon account to enter.

The winners will need to enter via the Rafflecopter competition below which requires you to like me new Facebook page, twitter page, and this blog. Please if you can share this competition with family, friends, and your own likers that would be greatly appreciated.

Any questions, feel free to shoot me an email anaussiebookworm@yahoo.com.au

Good luck!

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Review: Columbine by Dave Cullen and Hush Little Baby by Jim Carrier

Thought I’d add a brief review of two book i read earlier this year.

columbine1. Columbine – By Dave Cullen

I read the paperback version, at it’s seriously thick! But the thicker the better I’ve always said. Ordinarily, that doesn’t always work though if the book isn’t written well, or week in context. This book however, I wish it never ended. A brilliant investigative piece, written in such a smooth way that it was difficult not to just continue reading and forget everything else going on in the real world.

If you’re not aware of the terrible columbine school shooting tragedy, this piece is an excellent book to get the facts from as the author is/was a journalist and involved in the story as it had unfolded. He delved into the lives of the poor victims, the two perpetrators, and their families. While the book is descriptive in the day of the shooting, it’s done so tastefully, although a tad slow in an area or two. It’s almost as if you’re there in the chaotic hallways of the school that day. Which as a reader, I find is the work of a good writer, I want to be there and forget that I’m sitting at home on the couch or chair. A definite recommend if you want good thorough research from all aspects, and not some hack piece.

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To purchase this book in various forms please visit this link

2. Hush Little Baby – By Jim Carrier

Hush Little BabyI admit that although it sounds awful, I enjoy these types of cases, given my area of study, it’s no real surprise though. This particular story recounts the death of a young woman whose unborn child was removed from her uterus via a crude c-section. It’s a terrible situation, and I teared up throughout. The author does a good job providing enough detail of both the offender and victim’s backgrounds, giving readers insight into where both came from to get where they ended up, and I thought remained neutral, not taking the side of one more than the other. Overall, I found it to be a good read.

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To purchase a copy of this book (only available via paperback) visit this link

Some more books to add to the collection

I love buying new, but I love buying used more! So yesterday I visited a newly moved thrift/op-shop and was pleasantly surprised to note that their books section was larger than before. Meaning more books 😍

I tried being good. Really. I did. If i had more money with me, I most certainly would have brought more! But what i brought will carry me through to my next shop visit. This is my stash for two day plus 9ebooks 😁 Til next time…

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True Crime Book Review: Deliver Us: Three Decades of Murder and Redemption in the Infamous I-45/Texas Killing Fields — by Kathryn Casey

MV5BMjMxMDQzNjkwMF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwMDM0MzU0Ng@@._V1_SX214_AL_I went into reading this book with little background knowledge of the I-45/Texas Killing Field Murder. I remembered seeing The Texas Killing Fields movie about a year ago, and was intrigued the the number of victims that had yet to have justice or a convicted individual.

This book was absolutely a page turner. Kathryn has done an excellent job writing in a u34+1F!EVWH7ngw7NLVXIcKIKW2pmYA+Gl!w8rbMsYH!BRIAG5OUet9tcq9F2XjffXkZsjELHH1dotzfe59Az2FupUoD0smiEWQR8Hyz1NeWsW1OYzkgsRAdZgmVYczuchronological timeline of the murders and went into them in as much detail as needed. Without giving too much away, some murders turned out not to be related, and as a result had a suspected convicted. Emotional and captivating writing, I enjoyed the author sitting in the trials, reporting on the the air in the courtrooms, and the response of those important in the story. The personal interactions interviewing those involved in the cases such as police, lawyers, and even the convicted or suspects was a proverbial cherry on top, I thought, very interesting. Although the overall feel of the case itself is somber and heartbreaking. One can only imagine the horrible situation the family and friends of the victims have to endure, especially if their daughter is never found.

The writing flowed beautifully. Sometimes you come across grammar and punctuation issues, unfinished or short, choppy sentences which jar a reader and make it difficult to follow, but not in this instance. It was a highly enjoyable read and I will most definitely be finding more written from this author!

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To purchase this true crime book please visit Amazon.

To learn more about this specific true crime case visit this link

What’s coming up shortly?

With just over 10% of Deliver Us by Kathryn Casey left to read, a review will follow shortly. secrets

Next up, I’ll continue to finish reading Secrets to the Grave (Oak Knoll, #2) by Tami Hoag. Admittedly, this will be the first thriller of this genre that I’ve read. I’m not sure how I’ve gone so many years without reading them, because so far I’m 80 pages in and loving it! Looking forward to more of its kind.

Speaking of, following Secrets of the Grave, I’ll be reading and offering a review on Andrew E. Kaufman’s newest books, Twisted. twistedIt looks and sounds equally fantastic, so I’m looking forward to sharing with you all how I’ve found it.

Until the next post.

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Oops I Did It Again…

IMG_9956 2I’d like to say that the amount of books I buy, depends on the mood I’m in. When I’m happy, I buy books. When I’m sad, I buy books. When I’m anxious or nervous, I buy books… But that’s not the way it works. I just buy books. And there’s no correlation between my mood and the number of books I buy.

I’m feeling a bit down today. Buying to books does pep me up up for that brief while, as I’m standing in the books isles, smelling the books, and checking my book catalog on my phone so I don’t buy the same books twice. That idea was good, although I still find that once in a while, I happen to buy a double again (like Private Eyes in this visit :-)…)

I never seem to have much luck walking into an op-shop, or second hand book seller, and finding a true crime book. So this visit was special, I got two! One day I’ll get to those, lol.

I know I should stop buying, but isn’t it better than I have a book addiction than drug? Of course πŸ˜›

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Never ending supply of books…

Hello, i’m Natasha, and i’m a compulsive book buyer 😜 Some would say hoarder, but I say they dramatise it. I have a number of bookshelves, and my collection is neatly placed in order of size. Oh, and alphabetised, of course.

Although, I must admit at the moment I have three neat stacks of 10 sitting on my kitchen bench because I’ve run our of room! New bookshelf is on the list. Β I’m one of those book buyers that buys for ‘the rainy day’. Yet, i’ve actually not read a single book…

But it’s been a dream to have my very own library. So if i want to read a particular book, i don’t need to worry about not having it. I will 😊. No need to Β mention that i brought a Kindle Paperwhite 4 weeks ago and i’ve already got 187 ebooks on there…

I can stop at anytime. Really.

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