Monday, April 28, 2014

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

So I finally finished my audiobook, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot. I enjoyed it. It was a good audio, interesting and with a very able narrator. I didn't finish any paper books last week but I did start a couple of good ones, and a new audio too.

In the paper realm I started The Cemetery of Swallows, by "Mallock," the pseudonym of a French writer who's named his main character the same thing. The title makes it sound all dark and stuff, but really it's just silly. I like it a lot, and I'm turning the pages and getting immersed, but I'm also rolling my eyes a lot. I think, in a good way.

I'm also reading The Conservationist, a very-serious-indeed Booker Prize winner set in South Africa. It's a downer, as most books set in South Africa tend to be, but it's good.

In audioland I started the very entertaining Orange is the New Black. Yes, I watch the HBO series and I love it (I just finished watching Season One last night) and I'm really enjoying the real-life version of Piper Kerman's year in prison. When I first saw this on the bookshelves I had a major eye-roll moment thinking, oh, here we go, another stunt-for-the-sake-of-a-book memoir but of course that's not the case at all and Kerman has already totally won me over. The funny thing is the audio is narrated by the same woman who narrated Henrietta Lacks, so I'm having a kind of déjà-entendu if you will.

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Mystica said...

Like the mix

Mystica said...

Sorry it got posted half done. Meant to say mix of reads

Sandy Nawrot said...

Yeah, I need to get to Orange. I like Cassandra Campbell...she is so prolific. I'm struggling through a non-fiction audio about the Iron Curtain and Europe after WWII, and she is just not a good fit. I think I'll just toddle over to my library right now and see if I can get the Orange audio, because I want to watch the TV show. I'm also listening to The Martian, and reading the short story collection called The Outlaw Album, writing by the same guy that wrote Winter's Bone.

JoAnn said...

I recently finished listening to Orange is the New Black and thought it was great! Now I'm trying to catch up with the series. Cassandra Campbell is an outstanding narrator and I've enjoyed quite a few of her audios... including The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

I loved the audio version of -- The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, glad u did as well.