Have you met Libby? I just downloaded her this weekend on my ipod so I can listen to audio books checked out from the library. She is actually pretty cool and a nice way to organize my digital library shelves and she will sync the books between devices. She's so smart. If I try a book and find it is not what I am in the mood for I can just 'return' it with a click.
It is always such a difficult choice as to what to listen to, but I am starting with Elizabeth Polinar's As Close to Us as Breathing which should keep me occupied for a good twelve hours. I have not listened to an audio book for ages, so I have to adjust my attention/focus to catch all the little details. This is a multigenerational family saga which means lots of family members to keep track of.
"Elizabeth Poliner is a masterful storyteller, a brilliant observer of human nature, and in As Close to Us as Breathing she has created an unforgettable meditation on grief, guilt, and the boundaries of identity and love."
Let me know if you have listened to something particularly gripping--I could use some audio distraction. It helps pass the time on my daily walks.
Speaking of the public library, I am eager to go and pick up my (lone, which is good) most recent hold, Plum Rains by Andromeda Romano-Lax, which should fit in perfectly with my summer reading theme, Other Worlds and Alternate Realities.
"In a tour-de-force tapestry of science fiction and historical fiction, Andromeda Romano-Lax presents a story set in Japan and Taiwan that spans a century of empire, conquest, progress, and destruction."
I am looking forward to this one as it has not only real characters but some of the characters are robots, too. Should make for interesting reading.
I'm not going to try and squeeze Megan Abbott's Queenpin in just yet (too many in progress books right now and I have to say 'no' to something, right?), but it/her books are well on my radar. I am going to have to read her soon as she keeps popping up all over the place lately.
There is this about Megan Abbott and Hollywood and Gillian Flynn and Megan Abbott in conversation over at Vanity Fair, Megan Abbott's forthcoming novel, Megan Abbott on the difference between hardboiled and noir, and I suspect I may well have missed one or two yet. I have not read her before, though I know she has quite a few books out (and I bet I have something on my reading pile that I have forgotten about--this book above is a library copy).
And one last note, I am thinking about my July prompt now and will have a list of choices to share very soon!