After being spoiled by 'mild' (warm but not oppressively so) weather, reality has once again set in and it has been a sticky warm last few days. I erroneously thought the worst of the summer heat was behind us, but I really should know better by now. Just in time for school to start, the heat of summer is back. So the proper book post I had planned to write is going to have to wait for another day (or maybe the weekend as I don't foresee much energy coming out of a long workday for the next few 90+F days that are to come).
Instead let me tell you about the audio books I have just loaded onto my MP3 player. I have an Audible subscription so each month I get a token that I can use towards a digital audio book. Strangely (maybe not so strange really) I much prefer digital audio books and digital music over CDs. I have no attachment to physical CDs and not having bought any in years doesn't bother me at all. Now books are something else altogether (though I have been reading a couple of books on my 'work' ipad--and am finding it quite handy at the gym). How did I rack up five tokens? Has it really been so long since I exchanged one for a book? Apparently so.
I had been listening to Graham Simsion's The Rosie Project, but for some reason have just been too lazy to pull my player out on my walks to finish listening, though the audio has been quite entertaining. And it's nice listening to an Australian accent. I'm very picky about readers, but in this case the voice really works well with the story. Last time I made an audio 'purchase' I also loaded Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter, which I completely forgot about. I have heard good things about the book and with a setting of a small coastal town in Italy in the 60s (it's one of those parallel stories with a contemporary setting, too), how can you miss. It seems like perfect summer listening.
However, now I have three new books to add to the selection. I think I might start listening to Rhys Bowen's Her Royal Spyness. It's the first in a series of mysteries set in 1930s London featuring a minor royal who must work despite her title. Georgiana (Georgie) Charlotte Eugenie is a 'madcap' heroine and it sounds like just the sort of fluffy story (which includes mischief making, murder and maybe a dash of romance on the side) to help keep my mind off the stickiness outside.
I had checked out Elizabeth Gaffney's When the World Was Young from the library but it (you won't be surprised to hear) went back unread. "Acclaimed author Elizabeth Gaffney’s irresistible novel captures postwar Brooklyn through Wally’s eyes, opening on V-J day, as she grows up with the rest of America. Reeling from her own unexpected wartime tragedy and navigating an increasingly fraught landscape, Wally is forced to confront painful truths about the world—its sorrows, its prejudices, its conflicts, its limitations. But Wally also finds hope and strength in the unlikeliest places." It sounds a little more substantial than the Bowen, so I am curious about it.
And last but not least I loaded The Bellwether Revivals by Benjamin Wood, which is another book I had my eye on when it first came out. I think it might fit in well with my upcoming RIP reading, too. "When bright and bookish Oscar Lowe follows the haunting sound of an organ into the chapel of Kings College, Cambridge, one day, his whole world changes. He meets a beautiful and seductive medical student, Iris Bellwether, and her charismatic and troubled brother Eden. Oscar is seduced by their life of scholarship and privilege, but when Eden convinces Iris and her close-knit group of friends to participate in a series of disturbing experiments, Oscar fears he has entered into something from which he cannot escape." As a matter of fact I am definitely going to hold this one in reserve for September/October. Already I am looking forwar to cool (not cold, mind you) crisp days with leaves crunching underfoot.
I did lots of 'sampling' before choosing these three so I hope they are as good as my first impression of them was. They are all books I had wanted to read or try out in any case, and I liked what little I heard, so now I shall try my luck. I'll start with Her Royal Spyness. They will go with me to Colorado in another week, as I will have a long car ride with about eight hours that will need to be filled in some way or another.
I have plenty to choose from, but I can't resist asking anyway (always good to have a few titles tucked away in reserve)--have you listened to anything good lately?