Joining a book club is the best thing I could have done for my reading life. Coupled with the fact that I just rediscovered the library (FREE BOOKS!), I have read more books in the past year than I did in all the prior years since college (assigned books not withstanding). Here’s what I’ve been reading these last few months:
The Maltese Falcon
Love in the Time of Cholera (book club)
Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison (book club)
Let the Great World Spin (book club)
Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim (in progress)
After I started my new job last fall, it was really difficult for me to adjust to my commute. Just to give you an idea what it’s like, I travel 11 miles in anywhere from 25 minutes to an hour (sometimes worse, if traffic is really bad). My commute requires me to go through ongoing, unavoidable construction… and will do so for another two years. I’d arrive at work already stressed out and would be absolutely miserable upon arriving home. Adam suggested I listen to audiobooks during my commute and that suggestion was an absolute lifesaver. I used his iPod for a few months and then finally caved and requested my very own Apple product — an iPod nano — for Christmas for the sole purpose of listening to audiobooks.
So far, I’ve listened to:
The entire Harry Potter series. If you are an HP fan, I cannot recommend listening to the audiobooks, especially the British version, enough… I caught so many things I missed while hurriedly reading through the series myself. I listened to the entire series, straight through, which took me about 7 months (including a break for the wedding, honeymoon and holidays).
I’ve also listened to several episodes of Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me! and David Sedaris Live at Carnegie Hall.
I started Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, and while I think I will like the book if I were to actually read it, I could not stand the voice of the person who was reading it, and so I stopped listening before it ruined the book for me for good.
Have you read (or listened) to anything you’d recommend lately?