Thursday check-in

Between a bunch of friends’ birthdays, the 4th of July and all the craziness of camp, I haven’t had a chance to check in for a week! Ack! So, I’ll just do a quick update.

1. It’s Thursday, which means free downloadable audiobooks! This week’s selections are Where the Streets Had a Name by Randa Abdel-Fattah and A Passage to Indiaby E.M. Forester. I read A Passage to India years and years ago, and will be happy to revisit it. I’m not familiar with the first book, but another one of Abdel-Fattah’s books, Does My Head Look Big in This, was one of the free books last summer and I LOVED it, so I’m really looking forward to listening to it.

2. My book-a-week challenge. I’m keeping up. I finished The Invisible Gorilla this weekend and found it really fascinating. In fact, I talked so much about it, my husband asked me to stop at the library and pick up a copy for him (I was reading it on my Nook, so I couldn’t share it with him). The authors of the book make some interesting points about how to look critically at things. And they make a really good point about why cell phones and driving don’t mix…ever!

One afternoon after camp, I was hanging out in the library with some of the after-camp people and picked up Robot Dreams. It’s a graphic novel that’s in the library. It’s about a dog who orders a robot kit and then takes his robot to the beach. They go swimming together, which doesn’t end well for the robot. The book follows the dog and the robot (stuck on the beach) for the next year. It’s really a neat little book. And most interesting of all, there are no words. I’m definitely going to push it off on some of you next year. Even at close to 200 pages, it only takes about 20-30 minutes to “read” it.

I also started a book called “There Are Things I Want You to Know” About Steig Larsson and Me by Eva Gabrielsson. There is a very popular series of books called The Millennium Trilogy. If you haven’t heard of them (the first book is called The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), they’re kind of the adults’ version of The Hunger Games Trilogy. People got really into the stories. Unfortunately, the author of these books, Steig Larsson, died suddenly just before the books were published. His partner, Eva Gabrielsson, has written a book about their life together and how the Millennium books came about. Here’s the thing: she’s not a very good writer. And she was more interested in making some other people look bad than in telling a good story. I only read about 30 pages and decided I didn’t want to read the whole thing. There are too many good books out there waiting to be read to waste time on something that’s not fun. So, I returned that one to the library and grabbed Zombies vs. Unicorns instead. I’m happy with that decision.

3. Audiobooks. I had been listening to The Girl Who Stopped Swimming, but found one of the characters so mean, I couldn’t keep listening (I guess this was my week for giving up on books). I may pick up the book sometime so that I can skim through the end and find out what happened, but I couldn’t listen any more. So, I’m looking for a new audiobook to start.

And that’s my reading week. I’ll update the list over the weekend. I have a huge list from Mr. Betteridge and Emily (who put me to shame with all of the books they read). I might even have a non-vampire entry from Abby!!

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