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Okay, my brother and my husband will give me grief if I don’t admit to LISTENING to two of these books. (if only you could see my eyes practically roll back into my head right now). I don’t always enjoy audiobooks… The narrators can drive me crazy. Women talking like men, men trying to sound like girls, sometimes it just sounds bizarre. And sometimes, if the book is good enough, it can work (Handmaid’s Tale with Claire Danes in particular). But bottom line is, it can be a distraction. In this case, and in the case of some others I’ve read this year it is nice to sit back and enjoy the story in a different way. A little tip: if you are buying Kindle or e- books, it can be worth it to upgrade and add the audible to go along with it… This enables you to read when you want, then switch to audio, then back to reading, and you stay synced up. Learned that from Modern Mrs. Darcy (aka Anne Bogel) and it is great! (Especially for car rides or sorting laundry/cleaning the kitchen/fake sleeping so monkeys leave you alone – as if…)
So what I’m reading…
Flight of Dreams (Ariel Lawson)
I checked this one out months ago. It is a historical fiction account of the Hindenburg disaster. Not as ‘serious’ as Dead Wake or any Erik Larson for that matter, but thus far, I’m enjoying it. Also, the library is going to want it back soon…
The Guineveres (Sarah Domet)
This was in my August TBR post, and I’ve been scoping it out for a while… Four girls, all named Guinevere, buddy up in a convent, dropped off by their parents. I had high hopes for this one, but the Goodreads rating is only a 3.33 (eek) so I should’ve known it would have some lag. I will still try to push through, but I’m dragging (hence the reason I finally grabbed FofD, above).
Of Mess and Moxie (Jen Hatmaker)
This is an audio I grabbed from Hoopla because I couldn’t sleep and thought I could crash while listening. Wrong. Jen Hatmaker is hysterical. I should’ve known because I died laughing while I read For the Love! It kept me awake for a solid two hours. I just kept restarting the sleep timer. I happen to love Jen, and this book is read in her voice, with some extra commentary for the listener, which makes it that much greater!! Do not try to read this while sleeping.
Creativity, Inc. (Ed Catmull)
This book is OUTSTANDING and I know I will have to write a separate post for it. It’s written by the co-founder of Pixar. The guy is legendary in his field, obviously, but for more than being a great moviemaker. He literally created animation software that has revolutionized the movie industry. He is a genius and judging by his book, a phenomenal boss. If you are an entrepreneur, a manager, a leader of any sort, or just a lover of non-fiction and memoirs, READ THIS BOOK. OR, do what I’m doing – grab the audio and take notes!! No joke. I have a running Evernote with notes. And I must grab the physical copy after this because I need to go back and underline. My minions I lord over someday will thank me for it. =)
Reading People (Anne Bogel)
I am a lucky participant in the Launch Team for this book. Anne Bogel is the host of one of my favorite podcasts, “What Should I Read Next?”, and the smartypants behind the Modern Mrs. Darcy blog, which I and thousands of others consult on a regular basis for book recommendations, Kindle deals, reading challenges, etc. She wrote a book about how discovering her personality types and tendencies changed her life. I’m a quarter of the way through and enjoying the perspective it’s giving me! I will eventually post about this one as well, as I’m taking lots of notes. You can pre-order this one until it releases mid-September.