This summer was a good one for me. I spent a full, glorious, book and family-filled week at the beach as well as many days in my backyard reading on the hammock. I learned about sour and gose beers, finally got to see one of my favorite books turned into a movie (I’m looking at you, Lara Jean!), and moved my career in an upward trajectory. I also thumbed my way through 14 books between June 20 and September 21 and below is a look at the cream of the crop. Continue reading
Title: Morning Star (Red Rising, #3)
Author: Pierce Brown
Published: September 2016
I would recommend reading further only if you have already read Golden Son (Red Rising, #2).
Another year in the books. I have decided to stop remarking on how fast time goes by, so I won’t say that “I can’t believe 2017 is over!” Every year that passes, time seems to move even faster. I can’t say that 2017 was a momentous year for me, especially coming after my fantastic 2016 year, but 2017 held its own. One area that surged for me in 2017 was how many books I read, surpassing last year’s total by 25 books! Not having graduate school to contend with really opened up my schedule for spending more time reading for pleasure. I also devoted significantly more time to this blog, which has been a welcome addition to my bookish adventures. Continue reading
Audiobooks can be the ugly-step-sister of the book world. Some people are purists about their literature and only consider reading the words of a book as acceptable. I say, okay whatever, to them. If you want to turn your nose up to audiobooks, that’s fine I guess, but I think audiobooks are a great addition to the literary world. I like to listen to them on my decently long drive to and from work–they keep me happy while I sit in traffic. I like to pop on my headphones when I am doing chores around the house to help make the process a little more enjoyable. I like walking my dog around the neighborhood whilst getting swept away in a story. I love that audiobooks allow me to experience books when I don’t have the time to sit down and read a book. I tend to listen to books that I really want to read, but not enough to pick up the physical book. Sometimes they are books I fear I will have a hard time getting through, so listening to someone read the story to me with the vocal elements and voice inflections helps make it easier to get through. I also like to listen to light reads via audiobook; given how often I am doing something I don’t love (cleaning or driving in traffic), listening to a fun book helps make those moments better. I also like to do re-reads via audiobook. I love snuggling up reading a great book, but I also love listening to a killer audiobook when the story and the narration comes together for an impactful performance. Here are 6 books that I think accomplish all that I love about audiobooks in a fantastic way:
Title: Always and Forever, Lara Jean
Author: Jenny Han
Published: May 2017
I recommend reading the previous two books in this series before reading further.
Title: A Gathering of Shadows (Shades of Magic #2)
Author: V. E. Schwab
Published: February 2016
I would recommend reading further only if you have already read A Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic #1).