Right now, I work in data entry, I’ve been there about five months and as far as boring jobs go…well, this one takes the cake. I don’t really mind it though. It’s not stressful, the people I work with are alright, and I don’t have to deal with customers, or customer service, or retail, (which I hate.)
And I can listen to music, AND audio books while I work, and this arrangement works well for a book-nerd like me.
I guess I didn’t realize until now, (late twenties now and I’m just starting to realize) that I really do have a terrible attention span. I’ll watch a video for 20 secs, and I swear if it doesn’t insight some kind of meaningful reaction in that very short life span, I’ll exit and find something else to look at.
I think this is also the reason I love young adult and children literature. For that genre, you really have to start out in the middle of the action to catch its readers, it is immediate, it takes you along for the ride.
I love a great story, but sometimes I don’t have the attention span, or time to sit down and try to absorb a thousand pages of high fantasy with a trillion characters, and numerous worlds, but I CAN listen to an audio book and I’ve absorbed my fair share in the past couple of months:
The books I’ve now read (listened to):
Harry Potter, by J.K. Rowling (all seven of them)
Game of Thrones, by George R.R. Martin (all five)
The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak
American Gods, by Niel Gaiman
Still Foolin’ Em…Where I’ve Been, Where I’m going and Where the Hell are My Keys? By Billy Crystal
Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls, by David Sedaris
Virals, by Kathy Reichs
The Casual Vacancy, by J.K. Rowling
If I stay, by Gayle Foreman
Where She Went, by Gayle Foreman
The books are pretty much in order from how I listened to them. I started with Harry Potter first, because, let’s face it – it’s the best! I’ve already read the books about a thousand times, but I do love listening to the audio occasionally.
And because it’s a list, I thought I’d do a little bit of ranking…
My favorite: Harry Potter, of course.
Least favorite: Virals, by Kathy Reichs. It wasn’t as original as I thought it’d be.
Funniest: Billy Crystal’s Still Foolin’ Em
Saddest: If I Stay, Gayle Foreman
Most thought-provoking: The Book Thief and American Gods
Most Surprising: The Casual Vacancy. The book was just different from what I was expecting. I think I expected more of a mystery-type novel from the way it is described, but the book is really more of a look into the heartbreaking world of human emotions.
And Most Inspiring: Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls. It inspired me to journal more, and write more non-fiction of my own.
And I guess that’s it. There really isn’t much else to this post except that I’m going to sit back and admire my own list and think about how awesome I am. 😉
I am contemplating listening to the Wheel of Time series next. What do think? Any suggestions?
What is your favorite book?
Have you read any of the books on this list?