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January was a pretty bad reading month for me, so I'm thrilled to say I actually found a couple winners in February!
However, I didn't really read them. I had eye surgery the middle of January, and it didn't go quite as expected, which means that reading - my lifeline, my one real passion, the only hobby I really care about - has been off the table for most of the past month.
So... I discovered audio books.
And I'll be completely honest here. I have enjoyed them. But I don't LOVE listening the same way I LOVE reading. However, given my current circumstances, they are serving the purpose of keeping me from quietly going insane, so I'll take it.
I can see well enough to read again, providing I crank the font size on my e-reader up to ginormous size, but I can't do it for long or I get a terrible headache (and I've been using the few good hours I get with my eyes each day to blog and read blogs and comment on blogs - well, you get the picture) so audio books will probably be my best friends until this ridiculous eye business gets straightened out.
Anyway, I did find some good stuff last month. Here's what I read (well, sorta read).
Help for the Haunted by John Searles - I actually read this book right before my surgery, so it was the one book I read read for the month. Sylvie's parents are in the unusual occupation of helping lost souls find peace. Well, they are until they are murdered. Much of the story revolves around what Sylvie did or did not see on the night her parents were murdered. I could have probably done without the violence, but the storyline about lost souls and the fascinating and quirky characters kept me interested.
The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd - I loved loved loved this book, which is loosely based on the life of abolitionist and women's rights activist Sarah Grimke. The story follows Sarah and the fictional slave Handful through their lives together in Charleston in the early nineteenth century. They grow up together, but so separately, and the friendship that develops between them is unexpected and beautiful.
The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold - I have a terrible habit of not wanting to read things that are ridiculously popular. I think it comes from all my years working in the bookstore and having such huge runs on a certain book that I would lose interest in it before I ever read it. Lately I've been trying to pick a book every month that I skipped on purpose over the years and this time it was the Lovely Bones. It was beautiful in parts, sort of boring in others, and overall I think I would have enjoyed reading this one more than I enjoyed listening to it.
The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith - I'm trying to listen to this one now, and I'm not that far into it but so far I'm not loving it. I'm going to keep going for a bit, but I'm afraid it might be abandoned before long. I really think this one might be a case of a boring narrator for the audiobook, and not the book itself. I may move this one back onto the list to read instead of listen to.
And that's my month in books. It's not as many as I usually read, but listening to books seems to take a lot longer than reading them.
Do you listen to audio books? If so, do you think the narrator makes a difference?