I love to read multiple books at a time. I know not everyone enjoys doing that, and I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone who doesn’t. It isn’t for everyone. For example, I know my husband loves to savor one book at a time and he gets way too confused with characters and events when he starts mixing books!
Because I do read multiple books I usually try to get an audio version and a book or eBook version, that way when I’m on the go I can continue to listen and move forward in the book. Again, this isn’t for everyone.
You have to constantly make sure you keep your book spots in place on both. I am a fast reader so that helps me be able to do this pretty well. I know some who just don’t enjoy it in audio format or some who are struggling with eye issues and only enjoy the audio version.
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For me, this is just a great way to get more reading in so I embrace it.
I typically read fiction, non-fiction, kid’s lit(because I just love kid’s literature), and a book club (usually an online one). I love the Everyday Reading Book Club! I don’t read every month because like in any book club all the selections don’t interest me, however, I do try to challenge myself and try something new she suggests at times so I can grow. She put a graphic novel on the list and I have zero interest in that but I challenged myself to read anyway and I LOVED it. I learned so much about graphic novels and I was so glad I jumped out of my comfort zone.
So all that said here is what I’m reading right now. I actually have two books this time that are kid’s literature. One is for book club! Just another reason I love Everyday Reading, she really appreciates kids’ literature (she was a librarian) and she even has blog posts about a kid’s literature book club she is in. I think it sounds just amazing. I ask her myself if there were actually adults in it that didn’t have children and she said absolutely!
4 Books I am Currently Reading:
At the beginning of the year, I finished Christina Soontornvat’s book All Thirteen, this is a non-fiction book about the cave-in in Taiwan with the young soccer players. This story was all over the news everywhere. The book was terrific and I even got my husband and son sucked in! It was fantastic on audio and we literally couldn’t stop it at times because it had you on the edge of your seat! So my first book is from the same author!
The Last Mapmaker by Christina Soontornvat
This one is a middle-grade fiction book about a young woman’s struggle to unburden herself of the past and chart her own destiny in a world of secrets. As assistant to Mangkon’s most celebrated mapmaker, twelve-year-old Sai plays the part of a well-bred young lady with a glittering future. However, her dad is really a thief and she wants nothing more than to get away from him. I’m now in the middle of the book where she is on a voyage with the mapmaker. I can’t wait to see all that she will learn. This one is middle school and up! Adults will love this one.
The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
The illustrations in this book are just stunning! This is a 2008 Caldecott Medal winner. 284 pages of original drawings and combining elements of picture book, graphic novel, and film, Brian Selznick breaks open the novel form to create an entirely new reading experience. Here is a stunning cinematic tour de force from a boldly innovative storyteller and artist. The story is wonderful as well and I’m totally engrossed in the story, even as an adult. This was is great on audio, it even has sound effects which make it a fun listen! But you have to see the real book too because you don’t want to miss the illustrations.
Finlay Donovan is Killing It by Elle Cosimano
This one is supposed to be very funny. A lady overhears the main character of the book talking about a murder and she thinks she is a contract killer. However, she was only pitching her murder mystery book to her publisher. The lady decides to hire her to kill her husband and it gets real, real fast. I could use a real laugh right now so I’m looking forward to it.
Jack & Jackie-Portrait of an American Marriage by Christopher Andersen
I love to read books on presidents, and first ladies. I have read some really great ones in the last few years. This one is about the history of Jack and Jackie’s childhoods and how how they met and married. I have always been intrigued by women or men who allow affairs to go on and be able to still cope and continue in the marriage. This book gives you some background on both of their lives so you can see how it could happen and how they made their marriage work despite it. You may not agree with how they handled their lives but the book at least helps you understand it better. . It also shows not all that glitters is gold. The magazines and new stories of the times often painted a fairy tale romance and life and this certainly wasn’t the case. A great reminder of social media today, what we see isn’t always truly what is there. All that said the author does believe they loved each other very much.
A few more I have read in the last couple of years is:
What are you reading right now? I would love to hear!