I remember thinking to myself a few months ago, I wish I had more time to read. Then I remembered there are these things called “audiobooks” and my life was changed. (I’ve been trying to train myself to use the term “audiobook” instead of “book on tape” – don’t want to show my age! ;) ) Now I can “read” AND knit or sew or clean or quilt. It’s so great to be able to escape into my own little book world a few hours a day, but still get things done. I love it.
One of my friends hooked me up with all the Harry Potters a while back, so since I had never read any of them or seen any of the movies I thought I would start off with a few of those. I got through book four and then Voldemort came back and I was like, whoa. I need to read something a little less stressful – things just got so messed up! Side note, I’m fairly easy to impress when it comes to literature, but the Harry Potters are so good. I thought they were just going to be these silly little kid stories, but J.K. Rowling is a genius. They’re perfectly written. Also, I realize I’m like ten years behind on all of this, so sorry.
So next up was The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. I had no idea what the plot was, but just went for it because it was very highly recommended by pretty much everyone. Oh great… I thought, when I learned it was about cancer kids. It was sad guys, you will cry. But it was happy too. I found it to be really inspiring and touching. READ IT!!! I loved it, and I think I would have loved it even more had I actually read it. The narrator wasn’t my favorite. I don’t think I would have imagined the characters using the same inflection/tone that she used, but I just decided to keep listening and I’m glad I did. I read that they’re working on a film adaptation and just cast the two leads. I’m sure it won’t be anywhere near as great as the book was because that’s just the way it goes, but I’m excited to see it anyway!
Right now I’m in the middle of You’re Not Doing it Right by Michael Ian Black, narrated by Michael Ian Black. It’s pretty much a bunch of stories from his life and I’m really liking it. I think Michael Ian Black is hilarious so it’s not surprising that I find his book hilarious. It makes me laugh out loud a LOT. He’s also a sensitive guy who seems to be really in touch with his feelings. Who knew? I guess I need to add My Custom Van to my Goodreads ”to-read” shelf.
Ok, so here I am all happy-go-lucky, yayyy audiobooks, I love them! But they are expensive, man. So I was really happy when I learned about Audible last week! (I know, behind again.) It’s an Amazon company where you basically pay less for audiobooks. You can sign up for different plans at different price points. I’m on a 2/month plan and picked out my next two books.
Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro is up next unless I decide to go with Harry Potter 5. I started reading this last year but never finished. And then I got The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer, another one I’m completely unfamiliar with, but saw in a few of my friends’ Goodreads lists.
Now I just need a library card so I can get audiobooks for free!
What are you guys reading? Are you on Goodreads?