June is Audiobook Month, and for the second year, Jen at Devourer of Books is hosting Audiobook Week at her blog. I’ll be celebrating here as well. There will be daily posting topics, although I may skip some. I’m going to try to post some audiobook reviews, too.
Anyone following my monthly reading summaries will know that I’m a big audiobook listener, with 35 audiobooks listened to since the beginning of this year (out of a total of 73 books read). This is up from last year (25 audiobooks, out of 67 read).
The more I listen, the more I can listen to them while doing! I’m better at listening while reading e-mail, for instance– in the beginning, anything involving words was out. Now, I can’t listen if I need to concentrate, but routine computer work is fine.
So, I listen while driving, while shopping, while working around the house, while goofing around on my computer, That’s pretty much any time I’m not interacting with other human beings, or concentrating on a word-related subject (like reading a print book!).
With all of those books listened to, what are my top picks from the last year, since the last June is Audiobook Month?
- I think the most fun I had listening was with The Mischief of the Mistletoe by Lauren Willig.
- The City & The City by China Miéville was mindbogglingly cool.
- The Mystery of Grace by Charles de Lint was a beautiful and touching.
- Room by Emma Donoghue was amazing and disturbing.
- I’ll throw in Feed by M.T. Anderson as a good, thought provoking book which was probably better in audio.
That said: I listen to a lot of fun but forgettable books, for a variety of reasons. I don’t review many of these. I also listen to most of my book club books, which are mostly very good, but sometimes I really don’t like them. In addition, I’ve been in a bit of a reading slump this year, and it’s been worse recently. It isn’t that I haven’t been reading, but I haven’t been getting into the books– either audio or print. I could have read some even better books, and not noticed!
Do you audiobook it? Let me know!