For November I had to switch to mostly inside audiobook listening and I did a lot of it while cooking, baking, and cleaning the house. Audiobooks and vacuuming go really well together if you happen to have some noise-cancelling headphones! <– Highly recommend! I still borrow audiobooks on CD for my car to listen to while I’m driving. Using Libby works well, too – I use the Libby app on my phone and listen wherever else I might happen to be. I haven’t had a lot of luck with Playaways in the car (those are the pre-loaded audiobook players). The last couple I’ve borrowed have randomly switched off (repeatedly) while connected to my car system/speakers. They seem to work fine when I’m walking around with them, though. Do you have a preferred format/method for listening to books? This month I revisited some favorites and found a couple of new titles.
Wee Free Men, by Terry Pratchett – This is the first book in Terry Pratchett’s Tiffany Aching series. When it begins she’s a young girl whose family runs a sheep farm. Her greatest talent (until she discovers her other talents) is making cheese. When her home is attacked by powerful magical beings, however, she finds she has her own powerful magic and uses it to defend her land and her people. Being a witch, though, she learns is mostly about looking after people and helping them with things they can’t do for themselves (or doing what no one else wants to do). Read more about this book here. I listened to several other books in the series as well: A Hat Full of Sky, Wintersmith, I Shall Wear Midnight. Still haven’t read the last book. (Well…I did try to read it when it first came out, but it was finished posthumously by another author and it just was not the same experience, so I never finished it.) The audio editions of these books are great. Good readers. (teen fantasy)
Unmarriageable, by Soniah Kamal – If you want to experience a Pakistani version of Pride and Prejudice, LOOK NO FURTHER! Love, society, and lots of family drama. It translates beautifully to both setting and culture. (adult realistic)
Rogue Princess, by B.R. Myers – This was a quick sci-fi/fantasy read that’s a loose retelling of Cinderella – except “Cinderella” is a man with an evil stepfather (and stepbrothers) who falls for a princess in need of a husband to help save her people from an energy crisis. So, you know, there are a few differences. 🙂 If you like fairytale retellings, this is a fun one. It has some surprising twists. More about it here. (teen fantasy fairytale retelling)
I’m almost finished listening to The Fellowship of the Ring, by J.R.R. Tolkien (Lord of the Rings #1). There are many audio versions of this, so if you’re interested in listening, you’ll have options! I read the print version so long ago that the Peter Jackson films are way more familiar to me, so there were some things that I had forgotten and some things that Jackson took some liberties with to make a better movie/story. It’s interesting (and sometimes infuriating) to see *how* books get adapted into movies. It’s hard to do it well. I will most likely continue with the trilogy after I finish this one. Really enjoying it (again).
What have you been reading/listening to this month? Submit your books and activities here: No Sit Book Club
What books are you looking forward to reading in 2022?