I’ve long said that there’s always something off about me. Typically I mean my appearance, whether my cardigan is buttoned wrong or my hair is crazy, I just can’t seem to get it together all the way. Now my not-quite-right essence is seeping into other aspects of my life, such as books.
I made a commitment to go through my craft books, and what do I do? I read fiction instead. And i listen to audiobooks — both fiction and nonfiction.
I’ll come clean, the two books I actually read were YA books: Calvin, by Martine Leavitt and This is Where it Ends, by Marieke Nijkamp. Both of the made me cry. For different reasons. I’m not trying to say that YA books are easy reads. They are, however, sometimes shorter than books for adults.
I really liked Calvin. I don’t know what teens will have to say about it. It feels like it was meant for people my age, who spent more formative time with the comic strip. Of course, I have no claim on Bill Watterson or his work. I’m sure that kids find the compilations and fall in love with Calvin and Hobbes just like I did.
I also caught up to the rest of the world and listened to The Girl on the Train. An audiobook can’t be a page turner, can it? It has to be more like a driveway book, sorry NPR. I did find myself sitting my car and listening, no wanting to hit pause.
Now I’m finishing up Meet Me in Atlantis, by Mark Adams. I’ve been fascinated by the idea of Atlantis for as long as I can remember. A personal highlight for me is the fact that the author introduced me to the word geo-mythology. It’s the study of alleged references to geological events in mythology. The word was coined by someone at Indiana University in the late ’60s. (Yay for Hoosiers!). In the book he mentions someone at the UW (three cheers for the Pac NW) who studies it now.
Why didn’t I study geo-mythology or cryptozoology? (big sigh …)
That’s my book talk for the day. All of those books are good listens while crafting. Honest. Do you listen to audiobooks? If so, is it while you do something else? If so, what? I’d love to hear! You can also find me on Goodreads; my profile name is Spawnder.