Saturday, October 2, 2010

The Library Loves Me

You may think this pile implies an excess of free time. 

You'd be wrong. Does it matter? Nope. 

My latest obsession is audio books. I used to think they were for old people who couldn't see any more (yes, I am a brat) or for people who had long commutes. Guess what? They are for stay-at-home moms who don't have time to read but have an EXCESS of long boring minutes washing dishes and folding laundry. Who knew! 

While I was painting "the big thing" in the garage (don't worry, it's almost done and pictures are coming soon!) I listened to this one. All 11 discs of it. 

The description, as found on Goodreads: "It’s just a small story really, about among other things: a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. 
Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak’s groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement before he is marched to Dachau. This is an unforgettable story about the ability of books to feed the soul."

I agree. Solid 4.5 stars to The Book Thief. I really loved it. And having it read to me was, at first, a little strange, but as time went on it was really quite wonderful. I loaded it on to my iPhone and listened to it through ear buds while chaos rained around me, and it was grand. Audio books are fun. 

Next I'm planning to listen to these ones. 

I got a copy of that Dr. Laura book on Swaptree over a year ago, and I will probably never read it. Nonfiction has never been my thing. But listening to it in the car during the three trips I make each day to the kids' school? Doable. The middle one is a comedy one that sounds pretty entertaining, and the top one called 1776 is bound to be fascinating. That's also a book I would never sit down and read, but I'm looking forward to hanging out with our country's founding fathers while I scrub the kitchen floor. 

As for the other books in the pile, I've heard good things about The Help and it was just sitting there at the library, looking sad, so I took it home. I reserved Fall of Giants weeks ago at the library because my mom has been eagerly anticipating it's release and actually pre-ordered her own copy. I can barely remember the last time my  mom read a fiction book, so I'm jumping on that wagon. She doesn't know it yet, but we're going to have a book club. At over 1000 pages we should have a lot to talk about when we're done. 

What about you guys? Read, or listened to, any good books lately? I'd love to know. 


  1. 1776 is killer. You should read every book by David McCullough.

    Also, I'm obsessed with just about everything James Michener has ever written. For what that's worth.

  2. Good to know about 1776, Jordan, I'm looking forward to that one. And I will look up Michener, thanks for the tip!

  3. It's sad to say that the only books I read lately are the ones about yarn and fabric. Exciting I know.

  4. I just read Blessed Child and A Man called Blessed by Ted Decker. Loved them. I think Im becoming a Decker fan:)

  5. Kar, back in the day when I did needlecraft projects and crocheted, I *always* listened to books on tape because it was entertaining but easier than watching television. I wish I was reading books on yarn and fabric because then I'd know how to do all those cool things too!

    Jen, did you read the one that Connie liked.... I think it had Blink in the title? I still havn't really read a Dekker book (I gave up on Heaven Weeps) but I keep hearing such good things about him I need to give it a go.

  6. I love that you read such a variety of genres, Kira! Sounds like me! :) I just finished Shutter Island, after hearing about it for months from friends, and was shocked that it turned out to be one of the best books I've read all year. Have fun!

  7. This is the audio book I am currently listening to Kira, you can borrow it when I am done if it looks like something you would enjoy:

  8. That sounds great, Heather, I'll definitely listen when you're done!

  9. Book Club? Tell me more! Now that I am layed low, I will take out my new book and begin to devour it!

    Wat say, matie? aaaargh...


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