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How to View Your Audible Percentage Read [2022]

As most of us Audible fans know, it is not currently possible to view your reading progress as a percentage on the mobile app. This means that it is hard to update progress on Goodreads, which is a nuisance, to say the least. The good news is, there IS a way to view the percentage, and I’m going to tell you how below!

Fire TV

In order to view your percentage without having to work anything out, you would need an Amazon Firestick or Fire TV. From here, you would need to download the Audible app, and sign in. From there, you can sync your progress with any other device you listen from.

The great part is, when you highlight a title in your library, it shows your percentage read in the top right hand corner!

How to Calculate Percentage Read

It may be that you don’t have access to Fire TV and want to calculate percentage read. That’s is possible in a few easy steps. There are a few formulas, exactly what you do will probably be down to habit. I use the time elapsed and the total time in minutes. The formula is:

Time elapsed ÷ total time × 100 = percentage read

You will need to calculate the time in minutes. I multiply the hours by 60 and add them to the minutes to generate the total minutes. In the example in the screenshots above, I have listened to 1:20:58. One hour, 20 minutes, and 58 seconds. I round up the minutes to 21 and add the 60 minutes from that hour. So I have 81 minutes in total.

The total time of the book is 16:14:54 on my current setting. Sixteen hours, 14 minutes and 54 seconds. I round the minutes up to 15 and multiply the hours by 60 to find the total time in minutes. So 16 × 60 = 960. Then add the 15 minutes and I have 975 minutes in total.

So this leaves me with:

81 (minutes elapsed) ÷ 975 (total time) × 100 (to find percentage) = 8.30 or 8%!

I hope this helps!

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Book Review: The Tick and the Tock of the Crocodile Clock by Kenny Boyle

Sometimes I worry my mind isn’t on my side. I feel like it’s lying to me. Actually, forget it.

Forget I said anything.

A book with a grey cover and deep pink writing is being held in front of some flowers by a brown hand.

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I got the opportunity to read this book as part of a tour with @Lovebooktours. Admittedly, I don’t read thrillers as often as I could, but something about this book really piqued my interest — it seemed so unique. I was NOT disappointed at all!! This stunning book was grim, clever, relatable, quirky, insightful, poignant… and I found that it caused two unusual things to happen to me:

  1. I flew threw it in one sitting.
  2. I cracked the spine (please, no stones).

That being said, I think that the main character, Wendy, would forgive me. I found her to be authentic and kind. She was also a great example of a high-functioning anxious person. Her experiences and the way she told them made me want to hug her tight. She’s an over thinker, a pleaser, a creative… and completely chaotic. Her unreliable narration was both brilliant and endearing. And due to some ingenious story crafting, her unreliableness was not that difficult to keep up with, but enough to keep you on your toes!

Wendy’s friendship with Cat was really charming. I really loved them and their beautiful, witty exchanges. They had so much chemistry and it was easy to see why they became friends so easily. Cat was intelligent and inspiring. I also had a special place in my heart for Wendy’s Gran!

‘I believe,’ Cat says.

‘In what?’ I ask.

‘In you,’ Cat fills in.

This story conveyed the multiple stressors and dilemmas people face in life, along with the difference between internal and external responses to them. I admired the way that the author showed mental health issues. The dark humour is maybe not characteristic of a conventional thriller, and you may be forgiven for thinking of this as being more along the lines of literary (I certainly did), but there was oodles of tension and it really worked for me.

This captivating debut has left me certain that I will be buying the author’s future work!

Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟/5

TW: Death, drugs


Description

Format read: Paperback
Pages: 292
Genre: Thriller 
Published: May 2022

Wendy just wants to be a poet. So how comes she’s on the run after an art heist?

An aspiring writer from the Southside of Glasgow, Wendy is in a rut. She tries to brighten her call-center job by shoehorning as many long words as possible into conversations with customers. But her manager isn’t amused by that and, after a public dressing-down, Wendy walks out.

Jobless and depressed, she finds consolation in a surprise friendship with another disgruntled ex-colleague, wild-child painter Cat, who encourages her to live more dangerously. It’s just what Wendy needs and it’s also brilliant for her creative juices. But a black cloud is about to overshadow this new-found liberation, as well as to put Wendy on the wrong side of the law.

Fresh, insightful and funny, as well as unflinchingly honest about the tougher side of life, Kenny Boyle’s debut novel takes us deep into the psyche of a likeable misfit who treads a fine line between reality and fantasy – and just wants the world to see her true self.


I don’t know what time it is when I go to bed – all the clocks in my house are wrong but I don’t fix them out of principle because if it’s my job to tell them the time then what are they bringing to the relationship?

Do you have any thrillers that you would like to recommend? Let me know in the comments!

Self Love and Vibrators: Is the Romance Genre Changing?

This post may contain some spoilers from the book White Boyfriend by Leesha McCoy. 

Earlier this week, I finished reading a book listed as a ‘heart warming rom-com’. It was entitled White Boyfriend, written by Leesha McCoy, and I thought that I would be getting a light hearted but enlightening look at the intricacies of being a Black woman dating a white man for the first time. I mean, look at the cover:

Book cover art on a tablet screen, showing the title White Boy Friend.

I can be forgiven for that, right?

What I found however, was that like several titles I have read lately, this book was more about self-love. It was about self-discovery. It was about breaking the chains of oppression imposed upon children by well-meaning, overbearing parents. This also included a sort of sexual liberation, a secondary coming-of-age where a woman gets to decide what type of sex she wants and learn to be confident in getting it.

That’s where the vibrators come in.

Flowers and Freedom

I can’t help but notice that of late, vibrators and other sex toys are becoming symbols of sexual emancipation and more importantly, self-love (of the spiritual kind). No more putting up with dissatisfying, male-led encounters, where a woman politely searches the ceiling whilst a partner tries to figure out what buttons to bash for a win (or skips her pleasure altogether).

Now, instead of your typical girl-next-door being wooed by bunches of flowers, the flowers causing the most excitement in these books are vibrating roses, which, I have since discovered, come highly recommended on TikTok. By the time I finished reading White Boyfriend, I knew exactly where to purchase this little gadget, but could barely remember anything about what’s-his-name (besides the fact that he does in fact, season his meat, and that before our main character’s arc was complete, he discovered her vibrating, cobweb-dipped ‘bestie’ from college. Awks).

The rose that is said to do mythical things.

A Romance Trope?

As the main character grew to love herself, she became more confident and gave her rose a place in her life. A place that was all for her. Her previous ‘bestie’ had been previously lost or hidden by her ex (hence the cobweb), along with any hope of escaping a vanilla existence while with him. She was doomed to bedroom boredom by his conservative views. Thus, the rose entering her life allowed her to bloom in more ways than one.

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Perhaps it is simply the titles I have been reading, or perhaps it is the sign of a turning tide? Is self-love the romance trope that we want and need? Or should self-love journeys remain strictly confined to contemporary fiction or development-based non-fiction? Is the focus on life-affirming romance becoming outdated? Let me know what you think!

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One response to “Self Love and Vibrators: Is the Romance Genre Changing?”

  1. Miriam Elen avatar

    How interesting! I’m more into fantasy than anything else so I haven’t come across this shift. While self love is an important message, maybe it fits a genre of its own instead of being marketed as a romance/ rom-com? (Not sure on this one! but yes the title may be a little misleading)

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13 Things my Plants Taught me About Love

Today’s post was inspired not only by my reflections on love, but by a book that I read last summer as part of the #BlackResilienceBookstaTour on Instagram, hosted by @PrettyLittleBookShelf .

My task was to present a book that enhanced my reading. My choice? Lessons from Plants by Beronda L. Montgomery, who is a Professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology and Microbiology & Molecular Genetics at Michigan State University. The book used plant observations to show how human society might be improved. So I have used my own observations of my collection of tropical plants to show how love might be improved (see original post here).

Let me know what you think and what else you would add!

~ Steph

A hand holds up the book Lessons from Plants in front of a green snake plant.
  1. DESIRE

You have to want it. People can try to gift you plants or plant-bomb you to the end of time, the only way you will be truly interested is if you want to be. The same goes for love. You have to want it. If the desire is not there, attention will quickly be lost and quite soon there will be nothing left.

2. ACTION

Dreaming of having beautiful plants or saying you want a lush indoor jungle is cute, but unless you are willing to do something and keep doing it, that haven will never manifest. Even if you buy a plant that is already beautiful, it will wither and die unless you SHOW that’s what you want through your actions. Love and relationships are no different.

3. CONSISTENCY

This brings me to my next point. You can’t just love your plants when its convenient if you want them to flourish. You have to prioritise them, no matter what else is going on. They need regular, focused attention, or before you know it, pests and problems will take hold. Relationships are the same.

4. UNDERSTANDING

Plants have different needs. You might want to water them every day and put them in a dark corner to make YOU feel better, but if you love them, you will learn what THEY need and love them in that way. And you have to PAY ATTENTION. As they grow and get used to your home, their needs might change. People are just like plants in that respect.

5. SEASONS

There is a time for growth and a time for rest. Both are important for overall health. And during times of quiet and rest, care and focus still needs to be prioritised. Constant growth and drama takes up a lot of energy and will eventually become troublesome. The ability to relax and feel safe in silence is vital. Not all plants go dormant, but they all have seasons, just like us.

6. COMMUNICATION

Plants are constantly communicating. They don’t keep secrets. It is important to focus on them and learn them and how they communicate their needs. It’s also important to interact with them. They are created to interact with creatures. They respond to positive energy and kind tones. Speak kindly. Learn them. Listen. Make an effort to understand. Then do the same with loved ones. Easy.

7. MAKE ROOM

You need to have physical space for them and be mindful that they will need more as they grow. You need time. You need mental space to learn about them. Your life has to change if you want to accommodate plants in your world. If you are not willing to make room or changes for plant or human connection, you are probably going to find yourself troubled in the not-too-distant future.

8. HELP

Actually, there is absolutely nothing wrong with asking for help sometimes. In fact, there are times where it is necessary. The trick is to ask someone who has the expertise and doesn’t have any malice. If you need help with a tropical climbing plant, there’s probably no point in asking your hateful cousin who keeps killing their succulents. The same goes for navigating social connections.

9. COMMUNITY

It’s great to surround yourself in people who are also interested in cultivating healthy plants. You learn faster and benefit from all the positive energy. There are going to be plenty of miserable people who want to put you down for being happy with what you are happy with. Don’t waste time trying to convince them.

10. SELFLESSNESS

Seeing your plants flourish is reward in itself. You don’t always need to directly benefit from something and if you do love your plant, seeing them happy will be a reward in itself. It’s fine and healthy to allow to find that joy in your person’s achievements as well.

11. PROTECTION OF PEACE

Everything won’t be for you. People might try to ask you to take on their plant problems or take their pest-ridden plants in your home to save. You may not have capacity for the problem. The pests may spread to your own plants. You may simply not know the answers. You have state that simply. Protect your plants. Anyone who is real will understand.

12. LOVING OUT LOUD

People always talk about the things they love and are enthusiastic about. ALWAYS. Enjoy what you love out loud. It helps you learn to let people hold their own saltiness. You shouldn’t have to hide the things that bring you joy.

13. LETTING IT GO

If you know a plant isn’t for you, don’t buy it just because it’s trending or whatever. And don’t hang on to it if you realise you made a mistake. It’s cruel. There is always someone who loves the plant you aren’t crazy about. They deserve a carer that is crazy about them!

Most of these principles pretty much apply to every type of relationship, be it with yourself or others. Most of them come naturally when you love someone or something. Some we learn as we go along. And I guess that’s the last love lesson my plants have given me. There is always something to learn.

Let love grow.

*I started keeping plants in 2020. I have 70+ now, mostly tropical climbers. My plants inspire me every day with messages, which I post to my planty page on Instagram:

www.instagram.com/mangocherry_plantlady

A heart shaped philodendron plant leaf, half vibrant pink. Doodle style dashes are drawn around it in a heart shape.

Lessons From Plants by Beronda L. Montgomery is out now. Available at all good retailers.