Good morning everyone! Before I started writing my post this morning, I was scanning through my reader and saw that Rhapsody Jill was chatting about audiobooks. June is officially Audiobook Month so I thought I'd brazenly steal her idea and talk a little bit about this mode of reading that has changed my life. But first...
A few words about my week. It was fairly low-key. My son was invited down to Fort Myers Beach with a friend for a week and my BFF went on vacation so my daughter and I have been hanging. A little time at Andre's, a little time at an adoption event, a little time bingeing on the TV series "Fargo" (finished it and now have convinced my hubby to watch it), a little time at the mall spending a gift card or two. I went to the Ritz Carlton Spa for the entire day on Friday, using a gift card from my husband to get a massage and lay by the spa pool all day with my book. OMG! So freaking awesome.
I also took my daughter to our hairdresser for a cut and a highlight. When we got there, she turned to me and said "I think I need to REALLY get a cut. My hair is driving me crazy". Lo and behold, we figured out that she had a solid 10-12 inches that could go, so off it went and was quickly bundled and shipped to Locks of Love. Plus I think she looks awesome.
So on the topic of audiobooks. Not telling you anything that you haven't heard before. But with the exception of my recent obsession with TV series, I almost never sit down. I'm driving my kids around, running errands, cleaning the house, messing with the pool, doing yard work, or cooking. Back in the day, I might read 3 printed books a month. Enter the library audio and the 160 gig iPod my husband bought me. Once I learned how to load the discs (not a simple feat, that) I went on a rampage. Now I could "read" those 600 page books! I went through five of the Outlander books (before I burned out). Stephen King came back into my life! I actually wanted to go on long walks. I didn't mind cleaning the house. This worked.
With it came trials and errors. Earbuds were an issue...I learned that I needed the ones that hook over my ears. I had to learn how to listen and absorb info. I had to get over the fact that you couldn't take notes (easily anyway) and that I didn't have the luxury of paging back and reminding myself of the character names, dates and such. I quickly became opinionated on which narrators I liked and which I didn't, and who did a terrible job at figuring out pronunciations. I learned that I preferred the blurb at the end of each disc telling me which disc came next (if the discs aren't digitally labelled it was easy for me to forget where I was). I didn't like too many sound effects. I like multiple narrators. I discovered audios don't work well on vacations.
Here are my favorite audios that I've listened to this year, all five stars:
This is the Story of a Happy Marriage - Ann Patchett
We Are Water - Wally Lamb
Five Days at Memorial - Sheri Fink
Native Son - Richard Wright
Every Day - David Levithan
Wild - Cheryl Strayed
The Martian - Andy Weir
Fangirl - Rainbow Rowell
Someone Else's Love Story - Joshilyn Jackson
So what was I listening to this week? I finished up Ann Patchett's "This is the Story of a Happy Marriage" which was phenomenal. I could see reading this more than once. Just insightful, emotional, even frame-worthy thoughts on writing, the freedom of choosing what you want to read, finding love, dogs and grandmothers, book tours, etc. and all narrated by the author. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!! I am now about halfway through Michael Koryta's latest "Those Who Wish Me Dead", which is a very tense, action-packed plot.
In print I finished Karen White's "Strangers on Montague Street", the third in that series and probably my favorite of the three. I'm still hoping that the adorable Ms. White will pull this story together. Not sure how much longer I can deal with this love story that is rife with self-flagellation, self-deprivation and misunderstandings! I'm now nearly half-way through Mara Leveritt's flabbergasting account of a farcical murder case in West Memphis, "Devil's Knot" (the book was a birthday gift from my son). Stories like this make you scared to live in America.
So, wow. Long post. Are you still here? LOL. Hope you all have a lovely Sunday, filled with World Cup, a book, family and relaxation!