As if us parents of children with diabetes have the extra time or the energy to actually read a book, I’m giving it my best shot to read (or “read”) 50 books in 2011.
If only I wasn’t so bleary-eyed at 2:00 AM when I often am wide awake and can’t get back to sleep!
On a recent trip that I took without any family I managed to read an entire book. And it was a long one. The Year of Fog (recommended by Amy Clark of Mom Advice) was one of the first physical* fiction books I have read in a long time.
In fact I only took the one book and ended up buying a book at the airport on my layover on the way back! I hated buying that book, but I needed something to do and the airport didn’t have free (or at least easy to access) WIFI.
I used to buy books all the time. In fact I worked at a local independent bookstore, in addition to my real job, for years. But I made a choice a few years ago to spend less on books, except for children’s book which I buy lots of, and to utilize the library more. It’s easier on my wallet, creates more space on my bookshelves, and is better for the environment.
While I don’t read actual paper books that often any more, I do listen to audiobooks quite frequently. I upload them to iTunes and pass some of my time at work listening to either these books or podcasts. I always feel like I’m sticking it to the man! But part of my job does entail sitting at the microscope for hours on end and listening to something helps.
Visit my 2:00 AM Book Club page to see all of the books I’ve read in 2011 and those that are on my list.
So give me some ideas. What books should I read in 2011?
Dead and Gone by Charlaine Harris (audiobook)
If you have read any of the books that the True Blood series is based on, you know that these aren’t deep. However, they are fun, quick reads. In this installment, Sookie has learned of family that she didn’t know she had, but is this a good thing?
This is book 9 in the series.
My Name is Memory by Ann Brashares (audiobook)
This is the story of a man who can remember each of the lives he has lived and is on a quest to right a wrong and finally connect with the woman he loves. I highly recommend the audiobook for this title because there are two narrators. The male voice narrates Daniel’s past lives and the female narrates the present. Both narrators have good accents. It’s always my opinion that the narrator makes or breaks the audiobook. I can’t wait to listen to the sequel and see what happens next.
It’s difficult to believe that this is the same author who writes the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants books. This novel is mature.
*Physical, meaning actual book with paper pages as opposed to an audiobook.
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