July has flown by, and for me it’s been filled with audiobooks. I’ve been listening to books in the car, and while I’m working in the garden and around the house. Since it’s been so dry, I’ve been watering my plants pretty regularly and listening to books makes that chore a bit more interesting.
Here are some books I listened to this month (click on the titles/links for a more in-depth synopsis/review):
Wild Bird, by Wendelin Van Draanen – I mentioned (last month) that I’d just started listening to this, but wasn’t sure if I was going to like it or not. I did like it! Wren, the main character, was certainly annoying at times, but her evolution throughout the story was interesting and she definitely redeems herself in the end.
The House in the Cerulean Sea, by TJ Klune – This was a charming fantasy story about a man, stuck in a rut at work, who is sent to evaluate an orphanage for extraordinary children (magical kids/creatures) and unexpectedly ends up being their most vocal advocate and falling in love. It’s funny and whimsical.
All Creatures Great and Small, by James Herriot – This was a re-read for me. I’ve read it before in print, but really enjoyed listening to it – the narrator for the audio edition has a great accent. It’s a autobiography/memoir of James Herriot’s experiences as a country veterinarian (he primarily sees farm animals) in rural Yorkshire (England) back in the early 1940s – so things may be a little different as far as practicing goes these days. I’m looking forward to re-reading/listening to the sequels, too. (There’s a TV series detailing his adventures, too!)
And I just started listening to Dune (no review yet), by Frank Herbert, because there’s a new Dune movie (re-make) coming out in October 2021. I loved the old David Lynch one that came out in the 1980s. I was a wee sprog then and my dad had to painstakingly explain what was going on throughout, but I have good memories of that time. I don’t think I’ve ever read my way through *all* of the Dune books (there are many, and the series was continued by his son, Brian, after his father passed away). The audiobook version is quite good, and may be more palatable than the print version or the movie.
What have you been reading/listening to this month? Submit your books and activities here: No Sit Book Club
See you in August!