I finished all the books on my last What I’ve Been Reading post and then some. I’m pretty sure I’ve “read” more books this year than I’ve read in the past 5 years combined. Thank God for audiobooks! Here’s what I’ve been listening to…
Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro - This one was a little dark and left me feeling a bit disturbed when it was finished, but I really enjoyed it. Also, the narrator’s voice was sooooo lovely. I love being read to.
The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer – I absolutely adored this book. It follows the lives and friendships of a group of teenagers who meet at an artsy summer camp in the 1970s. At it’s core, it’s a bittersweet and touching love story with sprinklings of drama, sex, humor, depression, drugs, abuse and death. Have any of you read this? I was so in love with Ethan. LOVE HIM JULES, JUST LOVE HIM! This book really made me consider my life and think about how every choice I’ve ever made has led me to the point I’m at right now. It’s a pretty long book, definitely worth it.
Me Before You by JoJo Moyes – This story got inside of me. It’s been weeks since I listened to this one and I still think about it almost every day. It’s a beautiful and tragic, heart-wrenching story of star-crossed love… So wonderful and so painfully sad. Ugh. I almost always listen to audiobooks while I’m quilting and my quilting studio is in the same building as my husband’s screen printing business. I’m in a little room right next to the production floor and I have a glass door. Thankfully pretty much all of the guys were on their lunch breaks during the times I had to stop what I was doing, hide with my back toward the door and bawl my eyes out. I read that MGM bought the rights to make this book into a film, which I will definitely see if it ever really happens. In my imagination, Louisa = the lead singer of Chvrches and Will = Christian Bale. I really like listening to British books and narrators because their accents are so nice, and they usually curse a lot in funny ways. I have to be careful though, because after a while I start thinking (and almost speaking) in a British dialect. “You don’t fancy him? Why, he’s simply darling! You’re being completely daft…” etc. The same thing happened after listening to a few Harry Potters in a row.
Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls by David Sedaris – After four sad books in a row I started feeling super bummed out and had to change things up a bit. David Sedaris to the rescue! Oh my gosh, he totally cracks me up. This book is made up of a bunch of mostly autobiographical short stories and essays, and it was extra great because it was narrated by the author. Some chapters are darker while others are funnier, but one of my favorites is about his first colonoscopy – I about died laughing! (Not sure which is more embarrassing, having the guys see me cry all by myself in my studio, or having them see me cry-laughing all by myself in my studio.) Greg visited me a few times while I was listening to this and eventually said “man, this lady is always talking about homosexuals!” Haha! Extra funny because in the book, he actually mentions being constantly referred to as Mrs. Sedaris over the phone.
How We Are Hungry by Dave Eggers – I really wanted to read Tell the Wolves I’m Home: A Novel by Carol Rifka Brunt after the cover caught my eye in Target one day, but it wasn’t available on Audible! (It just became available today.) So I went hunting around trying to find another cover I liked and I came upon this one. I read A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius a few years ago, which I liked, so I thought I’d give Dave Eggers another try. I’ve only listened to a little bit of this one, and I have to admit it took a little while for me to really get into it, but now I’m good. With audiobooks, I think it just takes some time to get comfortable with the narrator’s voices. Some of my Instagram friends said they loved this book; I’ll let you know what I think when I’m finished!
I’m all for book recommendations, so please let me know what you’ve been reading! And find me on Goodreads.