NaBloPoMo 2017 ~ What I’m Reading Today

I’ve got about half a dozen books on the go. Yes, it’s possible to read that many books at once.

Generally I listen to audiobooks because it’s easy to do using headphones and an app on my phone. If I’m doing mindless handwork of some kind, I’m listening to an audiobook. Washing dishes, while driving, while going for my daily walks. Audiobooks and podcasts are my jam.

All of the following books have been borrowed from my local library. Because libraries are free and plentiful, and should receive more funding so that the digital wait lists could be shorter. Just sayin.

Currently:

Uncommon Type: Some Stories
by Tom Hanks. Read by Tom Hanks.

Turns out, he’s a really good short story teller! And his love of classic typewriters features in tiny ways in each of his stories. And because I love Hanx so much, having him read me his stories is an extra special treat. I listen to this audiobook when I’m in the car or out for a walk.

 

Obama: An Intimate Portrait

by Pete Souza (Foreword by Pres. Barack Obama)

Photographer Pete Souza, the King of Shade on the Instagrams, has published a beautiful coffee table book jam-packed full of photos he took during his time as the official photographer of the Obama administration. If nothing else, I’m enjoying scrolling through the pages (on my iPad with a big glass of wine) remembering the good old days before the US government turned into a dumpster fire/train wreck. I read this book on my iPad while I’m waiting for the peanut to fall asleep.

The Walking Dead Vol. 1: Days Gone Bye
by Robert Kirkman (Tony Moore – Illustrator)

If you are a fan of the zombie apocalypse like I am, and/or are a fan of The Walking Dead tv show on AMC, then I highly and strongly recommend The Walking Dead graphic novel series. Even if you’re not a huge fan of graphic novels, I really think you’ll enjoy this one. The visuals are stunning, the writing is clever and sharp, the story is much bolder than what they put in the TV show, and honestly, it’s just really really good. Plus, the story and characters are often different from how they are portrayed in the show, so it’s like getting a whole different angle on Rick and Carl Grimes’ story. I read this one at the end of the day, usually with a glass of wine. It gets tricky, sometimes, to hide the more graphic images from the kidlets, but they mostly ignore what I’m reading because they’re more interested in asking for drinks and snacks before wandering away and leaving me to my stories. I’m actually on volume 17 now so hurry, get yours and catch up!


Cravings: Recipes for All the Food You Want to Eat
by Chrissy Teigen

Because she is just too adorable and her cookbook is honest and heartfelt and if you follow her on social media you can often catch a glimpse of her life in the kitchen. This book is the full Chrissy Teigen experience. Well, not the full experience. You can’t catch that kind of fabulousness on paper. I’ll probably never make any of the recipes, but I sure am enjoying this cookbook. I read this one at night in bed when I’m supposed to be sleeping.


Sleeping Beauties: A Novel
by Stephen King & Owen King

This audiobook just arrived from the library and I’m really looking forward to listening to it once I’m done reading Uncommon Type. It’s been many years since I last read a Stephen King novel, and I’m very intrigued by the fact that he wrote this one with his son Owen. A story that explores what happens when all women everywhere fall asleep and the men are left to thier own devices. And because this is a Stephen/Owen King joint, stuff gets really, really weird. Can’t wait!

 

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