Friday, September 02, 2016

August: What I Read

This month I made a miraculous discovery:  AUDIOBOOKS ARE AMAZING.  I know.  Welcome to the 90s.  But seriously.

I was getting bored with the podcasts I listen to (which is ok because Ben and I are debuting our very own podcast next weekish), and it was hard to motivate myself to exercise and listen to them.  But!  I had a random $106 iTunes credit, so I used it for books books books and got hooked.  unfortunately, iTines books are expensive and only gives you a book a month for $14.95, and that seemed too rich for my blood because I go through about 3 books a week.  But then!  I realized my library has the Overdive app, and I can listen to library books FOR FREE.  You all know I am really committed to borrowing and donating some the $$ I would have spent on books back to my library, so I was thrilled to find this free library option.  If you haven't, check to see if your library does the same thing because it's AWESOME.

(Ironically, I am about to buy an iTunes book right now because I am on 10 (literally) wait lists for titles and finished my book yesterday).

Without further ado, my August reading and listening list:

(One more thing-- I am a fast reader and the pace of the audiobook format was driving me nuts until I realized I could control the speed.  Now I listen to books double-time, and it's much better).

11.  Imagine Me Gone by Adam Haslett:  I didn't like this book, but Goodreads assures me that most people do.

10.  The Singles Game by Lauren Weisberger:  No Devil Wears Prada but fortunately no Revenge Wears Prada, either.

9.  Behind Closed Doors by BA Paris:  CREEPY thriller.  I listened to it and loved the narrator.  You have to suspend your disbelief and be OK with hating the main character a little bit.

8.  The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider:  Loved this YA and bonus-- the main character did debate! Harry and I listened to it in the car on the way to my parents' house.

7. Before the Fall by Noah Hawley:  This was a great, fast read-- an excellent pool read to cap off summer.

6.  Heroes of the Frontier by Dave Eggers:  RIVETING.  I read it so fast, and I was worried almost the whole time.

5.  Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague by Geraldine Brooks:  This was sad and lovely and ultimately hopeful.

4.  My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante: WOW!  I listened to this one while I exercised and I can't wait for the next one!  (I have a hold on it, but there are 3 people ahead of me and from what I can tell this week, the holds move SO SLOWLY).  I am late to this party, but believe the hype about this trilogy.

3.  You Will Know Me by Megan Abbott:  LOVED this thriller about competitive gymnasts.

2.  Truly, Madly Guilty by Liane Moriariy:  Another audiobook-- this one has a FANTASTIC narrator.  And I LOVE Liane Moriarty!  If you haven't read her you really should.

1.  The Girls by Emma Cline:  This,  Was. Great.


  1. Ok, bookmarking all of these. I LOVE using overdrive (although you're totally right about the wait lists moving super slow). I'm currently listening to Fate and Furies and it's fantastic.

  2. Also, I'm super interested to hear more about this podcast of yours. I have been listening to My Dad Wrote a Porno, which is not kid-friendly but always makes me laugh.