Sunday, June 12, 2011

Sunday Salon: Another Week, Another Book

So if you read my Friday post you know I've started listening to audiobooks. I've done audiobooks before, in the car mostly, on long drives; on the way to Philadelphia last fall my husband and I listened to David Sedaris's new one, Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk, and then we listened to Bill Bryson's Notes from a Small Island on the way home. It worked out pretty well, so I decided to give audiobooks another try since I'm doing some things that leave me with long stretches of time in one place.

I found out that one of my local independent bookstores rents audiobooks, and since I really don't have time to go to the library to borrow them (ironic since I work in one, but I work far from the books themselves), renting has turned into a good solution, at least for the time being. Last week I listened to David Gann's The Lost City of Z and now I'm on to Unbroken, by Laura Hillenbrand. It's been fun; I don't know how much longer I'm going to need them but we'll see.

And I'm reading print books alongside the audiobooks, too, and I've been reading at a good clip lately. I finished Assaf Gavron's awesome book Almost Dead last week and just finished The Giant's House by the lovely Elizabeth McCracken. Wow.  If you like Israeli fiction there is no excuse for not reading Gavron. It's a black comedy that knocked me off my feet. And McCracken's book was every bit the wonderful classic it's been billed as. Today for whatever time I have to read I'm going to settle into The Bone People, by Keri Hulme, which I started last week but only just. Last night I started The Sweet Hereafter, by Russell Banks, which I've been meaning to read forever. That's my theme for June- the "I've-been-meaning-to-forever" books. So far it's going well! I seem to have good taste when it comes to what to procrastinate on.

EDIT: THANK YOU to Cass who alerted me to free audiobook downloads from the Boston Public Library. Genius!

What are you reading today? Have a great Sunday! More Sunday Salon here.