Murderbot & Meditation

I am still reading The Murderbot Diaries. I read the first one, All Systems Red, last Sunday, and then finished the second one, Artificial Condition, Thursday night. I’m now on to the third one, Rogue Protocol, tomorrow afternoon. I loved the first one and enjoyed the second one.

Also this week, I ditched my subscription to Audible in favor of a meditation app, Insight Timer. Not only is the app a third of the cost of Audible per year, but also I believe I will get more use out of it than Audible. I’m just not an audiobook person.

I understand the appeal for those who commute or who like to do housework while listening to an audiobook, but I do neither. I work five minutes away from the library where I work and I don’t like doing housework 😉 . The real reason, though, is just that I don’t like being read to when I can read faster than any narrator. Plus I’m weird, at least to some of you, in that sometimes I like to listen to music, mostly instrumental, when I read.

As I write this, it’s a little after 7 p.m. Saturday, and I missed Dewey’s Reverse Readathon, which started at 8 p.m. EST Friday night and ends at 8 p.m. EST Saturday night. I had to work earlier today so I knew I wouldn’t be participating…

To be honest, I think I’m over readathons. After 15-plus years of being a book blogger, I think I’ve done enough readathons. Also with the torch being handed on from Andi and company at Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon to the next generation, I think it’s time to say goodbye to them (readathons). Plus I like to read at my own pace, which is slow – and steady. I don’t need the pressure.

So whatchya’ll reading now? Anything good (or bad). Share in the comments.

16 thoughts on “Murderbot & Meditation

  1. I finished In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware. Hugely popular and advertised as a thriller, which it was not, but it was enjoyable to me and that is all that matters. I just started Bill Clegg’s The End of the Day. I really liked his other book so I am looking forward to this one. It started off slow. Very slow but it’s picked up. Right now I am technically working but the used bookstore is having a 50% off sale right now so I am debating a quick trip there on my break to see what they have. The downside is when they have a sale there is a long line to get in due to capacity rules. I don’t know. I have so many books but it’s hard to ignore 50% off plus I like to support them.


  2. I couldn’t live without my audiobooks. They’ve enriched my life for 30 some years. But I totally get that they’re not for everyone. I participated in the first maybe 4 readathons way back when.


  3. I also missed the readathon this time around. I like doing them when I have uninterrupted time, but don’t like feeling guilty when I sign up then don’t read. Like you, I don’t listen to audio books. I am much better with the printed word.


  4. I listened to lots of audiobooks when I had a long commute for work. Then I stepped away from them for a long time. Now my library has Hoopla, and I find that occasionally listening to classics seems to work better for me than reading the books. In general, I am like you in that I can read faster than I can listen to someone else read to me. Sometimes I don’t like the voices the people are given either. I’m listening to Wives and Daughters right now on Hoopla and I abhor the voice of the girl Molly. I may have to give up on it.

    During this pandemic, one of the things that has kept me going is Christian Meditation. I have met with a group now and then for years, but now that we are stuck at home, we Zoom once a week. It’s refreshing and uplifting. My yoga class at the Y did much the same thing for me. I wish I could find a good online yoga class.

    This readathon was probably the best readathon I ever did. I read for a couple of hours, hosted (which meant I mostly read some more), slept, woke up the next day, took a walk, and then read for the rest of the day. I didn’t stress about how much I was reading or what I was reading or if I was posting enough or any of that. It was actually very meditative.

    I hope you have a lovely week.

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    1. What kind of Christian meditation do you? Even though I am no longer Catholic, I like using Ignatian practice, especially The Examen in an abbreviated form. Through a spiritual guide who took me through The Spiritual Exercises, I discovered a book called Sleeping with Bread that includes two simple questions: For what was I most grateful for today? For what was I least grateful for today? I still try to do that as well as a simplified version from The Book of Common Prayer for morning and evening prayers.


  5. Given that we are back in lockdown here and it is highly unlikely that I will go back to commuting which is when I used to listen to audiobooks, so I am struggling to find time to listen. I do understand what you have said about being able to read faster than the narrator because I feel the same, but I guess this way when I find time I still get to read.

    I haven’t participated in a readathon for a while now. I enjoyed the community feel but I never managed to get the balance right between reading and being social so I never really read as much as I wanted to. I would rather sleep in and read or bake or watch something than put pressure on myself.

    Have a good week!


  6. I keep thinking about cancelling Audible as well. I don‘t commute, I‘m close to work as well. And my housework is limited, as I live in a small apartment. I really have to commit to listening.
    With the Audible app the speed of narrator is not an issue, I just go to whatever speed works — usually 1.5x as fast and sometimes 2x as fast.
    I think I will spend my remaining credits and then cancel or at least take a longer break again.

    Martha Wells—will you read the full-length Murderbot novel as well?


  7. Glad you are adjusting to what works best for you. I actually subscribe to EStories, $11. Only because I can’t get audiobooks from my library, and I like listening to brand new French audiobooks. I listen to audiobooks each time I do things around the house (dishes, dusting, ironing, cooking, gardening, etc). I currently alternate audiobooks between the Bible (youtube recordings- I’m in the 2nd Book of Kings), French thrillers (just finsihed one by Franck Thilliez) and classics (am in a project to listen to all of Hercule Poirot – next in line: The Big Four).
    Sometimes, when I find the narrator too slow, I do speed it up!
    I just finished reading The Inugami Curse (Japanese classic) and today I’m reading a French novel Le Livre de Perle (readalong with one of my students) and Killer, Come Back To Me: The Crime Stories of Ray Bradbury!
    Have a nice Sunday!


  8. I ditched Audible for Scrib’d which is $8.99/mth – but you don’t “own” the audiobooks (they have eBooks too). And, I do love a good readathon but since I can never devote all day to reading – and I don’t read fast. You said you don’t really love scifi but looks like you’re enjoying the Murderbot series. I really liked it too. Right now I’m reading The Ballad of Sonbirds and Snakes and I’m really enjoying it. On audio, I’m listening to Survivor Song by Paul Tremblay – loving that too.


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