Stitching and Listening

Regular readers of this blog will know that my love of stitching is only surpassed by my love of reading. I’m not sure how I got to the ripe old age of 40 without discovering the joy of listening to books. One of the tasks for the Book Riot Read Harder Challenge that I am taking part in this year is to listen to an audiobook that has won an Audie award. I signed up for a free trial of Audible, and downloaded this book:


First of all, it's a great story, and the narration is absolutely spot on – it really brought it alive. But mainly – audiobooks are a revelation! I can "read" a book and quilt at the same time!! I can "read" while I am making the dinner; I can "read" while I am doing the ironing; I can "read" in the bath without risking dropping my book in the water. Hurrah for audiobooks!! I have used my birthday money to treat myself to some decent headphones and a year’s subscription to Audible.

My next audiobook is this one:


This will fulfil the challenge task to read a book by an author from Southeast Asia. The author, Zen Cho, was born in Malaysia. The books sounds pretty intriguing, don’t you think?

The Royal Society of Unnatural Philosophers, one of the most respected organizations throughout all of England, has long been tasked with maintaining magic within His Majesty’s lands. But lately the once proper institute has fallen into disgrace, naming an altogether unsuitable gentleman – a freed slave who doesn’t even have a familiar – as their Sorcerer Royal and allowing England’s once profuse stores of magic to slowly bleed dry. At least they haven’t stooped so low as to allow women to practice what is obviously a man’s profession.
At his wit’s end, Zacharias Wythe, Sorcerer Royal of the Unnatural Philosophers and eminently proficient magician, ventures to the border of Fairyland to discover why England’s magical stocks are drying up. But when his adventure brings him in contact with a most unusual comrade, a woman with immense power and an unfathomable gift, he sets on a path that will alter the nature of sorcery in all of Britain – and the world at large.

So, my Slow Sunday Stitching this week will involve headphones and a quilt, much like this:

stitch & listen

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29 thoughts on “Stitching and Listening

  1. Lovely quilt in the hoop! πŸ™‚

  2. daneesey says:

    I didn’t realize The Martian was a book — we got the DVD for my son-in-law for Christmas and I’ve heard great things about the movie. I’ll have to check out the library and see if they’ve got it! I’ll be interested in hearing your thoughts on it. Your stitching looks cozy and perfect for a slow Sunday . . . enjoy!! πŸ™‚

    • vivjm says:

      I’ve got the movie ready to watch so will be interesting to compare. I thought the book was ace – exciting & funny, with a geeky maths/science element that I enjoyed.

  3. Sarah says:

    What a great day you’re going to have!!

  4. Looks like and sounds like a wonderful way to spend the day.

  5. katechiconi says:

    I loved The Martian, and have plans to re-read it very soon. As a household, we’re audiobooks converts too; my husband drives a huge double fuel tanker over 1000km a day, and audiobooks are his constant companion on the road. There is something extremely satisfying about being read to; early childhood memories of someone else’s voice bringing a story to life…

    • vivjm says:

      I agree about being read to – it’s lovely! The Martian had such a good narrator that I think it will probably mean the book stays with me for longer than if I’d read it. I bet your husband gets through lots of books that way!

  6. Angela says:

    Audio books is such a productive way to do double duty. Enjoy your next book.

  7. Carla says:

    I love listening to audio books from my library when I stitch. We have Alexia from Amazon and she now reads kindle books to you but her voice is unbearable to listen to after 15 minutes I had to tell her to stop!!!!!!! Enjoy your stitching today!

    • vivjm says:

      Ha ha, Alexia sounds a bit annoyng. Our library doesn’t have many audio books available, which is how I justified treating myself to the Audible subscription πŸ™‚

  8. That looks like the perfect day to me!! ENJOY!

  9. Kay says:

    Never listened to an audio book but sounds like a great way to spend an afternoon, stitching and listening – the quilt is looking great too

  10. Sandra says:

    I’ll have to try audiobooks. I always think it would be hard to pay attention, but maybe not if everyone else seems to like them!

    • vivjm says:

      I was worried about that too Sandra but there is a button that goes back 30 seconds so if you drift off or lose track it’s easy to go back. Listening at the same time as sewing makes sure I don’t fall asleep listening πŸ˜‰

  11. Marie says:

    What a great idea! I usually listen to CBC radio when I am in the sewing room but when I’m upstairs I don’t want to disturb my husband, so if I’m not watching TV while I do my hand stitching it’s usually pretty quiet. I’ve been thinking lately that much of my reading time is being consumed more and more by stitching so this nicely kills two birds with one stone. Thanks!

  12. Deb says:

    Looks like a perfect day. Enjoy the books.

  13. lapaylor says:

    I just love being read to. We always listen to books on disc in the car on trips but recently I’ve been listening in the studio too. What a revelation! Like you, I can read more of the stories I want to but am too slow to finish! I have already heard three and all were great. There was one reject, it went back after the first chapter, ah well.
    Love to read. LeeAnna at not afraid of color with a page of books read since blogging

  14. Kaja says:

    Thank you so much! I’ve just had a light bulb moment. I have often listened to Book at Bedtime on Radio 4 but hadn’t made the leap of imagination to audio books. I can be a bit slow. Also the Zen Cho sounds good.

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