Summer Reading

I go through books pretty quickly when I listen to audiobooks on my 2 hours of commuting everyday so I haven’t been able to review everything. I want to share these great books so I hope you don’t mind a summary :dunno:

Prep by Curtis Sittenfield

I actually read this book, I’m not sure if it makes much of a difference other than the fact it took me months to read it. I thought this was a compelling novel that I had very mixed emotions while reading it.

The main character is a fairly typical teenager named Lee who while dealing with the confusion of high school is also dealing with living at a prep school. It appears to her that everyone but her is wealthy and “normal.” She questions everything about herself and the world around her.

You don’t always like Lee and sometimes you just want to scream at her. Mostly I wanted to hug her because I still remember how painful and lonely those years could be.

Anybody Out There? by Marian Keyes

This book I just finished by audio book and I’ve always been really touched by Keyes writing. She has a way of turning something mystical or painful into something charming.

It’s impossible to really tell anything about this story without giving away a substantial plotline. I’m glad I was blissfully unaware when I began it because I was genuinely surprised several times.

I will tell you that the writing is smart and beautiful. I will also tell you the characters are wonderful and that I just love listening to an Irish accent. I will also tell you this book was wonderful and you should immediately go get it. I will lastly tell you I was crying at the end and that what the main character went through I’m not sure I could have survived but it’s nice to know it’s possible.

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There was another book and I can’t for the life of me remember what it was. Well I’m sure this is enough for now anyway.

  1. Chris

    August 17, 2006 at 2:10 pm

    I’ve been thinking about getting some audiobooks for when I’m at the gym – but I don’t know whether I’m going to be able to concentrate on the words and actually listen.

    Do you prefer actually reading a book or listening to it?

  2. Robin

    August 17, 2006 at 2:12 pm

    Chris – I think you should give it a try :thumbsup: It’s easier to pay attention than you think. I think I actually prefer audiobooks because I can multi-task when I’m listening to them. I can “read a book” while commuting…that way I don’t completely waste 2 hours of my day sitting in a car. It’s the ADD in me :dunno:

  3. TJ

    August 17, 2006 at 11:05 pm

    Hey, glad your site is back up. Its been touch and go all week. Love the new layout!

  4. Robin

    August 18, 2006 at 7:40 am

    TJ – Thanks! Yeah it’s been a bit frustrating but all is weell now :sigh:

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