I'm trying to convert myself into audio books, and it's beginning to work. I've never been opposed to them, but I have a short commute. This semester I'm spending more time driving, and I've been enjoying Adriana Trigiani's Very Valentine for about a month now. I just started the last disc, so I hope to finish it this week. The trick for me, I think, is getting the right kind of book on audio. I don't want something to suspenseful because I don't feel the need to find excuses to drive just to listen. I also tend to dislike literary fiction on audio. Even though it's my favorite genre, I'm a note-taker, and I can't record my favorite passages when I listen on audio.
I also checked out my first Playaway from the library this week: Sara Gruen's Ape House. Playaways are amazing; they are a player with only the book loaded on it. My library is kind enough to include a battery and headphones, but you can also use your own. If you have a car adapter, you can play it through your car stereo too. Without the hassle of loading cds or downloadable audio books onto my iPod, I can simply carry the Playaway around to use at the gym, in the car, while doing dishes and grocery shopping. I'm definitely a convert, and my library has over 1000 available.
Best of Year
Amazon released their Best of the Year lists this week, and it was fun to see their picks. I've been working on my own Best of 2010 list, which includes my favorite books from this year, regardless of when they were published. I won't publish mine until January 1, 2011, but it's been fun looking back on my year of reading to see so many favorites emerge. I won't limit myself to a certain number of books, but I'm aiming for around ten. I'm contemplating ranking them this year rather than dividing by genre as I did last year. This year I've mostly read literary fiction, and all of my current favorites are literary fiction.
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