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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 5-1-17 #IMWAYR

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Happy Monday and Happy May Day! I was #saturdaylibrarian this week, but on my Friday off I read a whole book. It was very short. I read it because I’m trying to…

Well, you can tell by the title, can’t you? Get Your Sh*t Together by Sarah Knight is a humorous self-help book that follows the author’s best-selling satire (which I haven’t read) of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up (which I listened to on audio):

According to the author, people can be divided up into three categories, as far as getting their sh*t together goes. Never mind “introvert” or “extrovert”. After reading this book, you will identify as either an Alvin, a Theodore, or a Simon. (For an explanation of these categories, click here.) Unfortunately, despite being a pretty good imitation of a Simon at work, (planning and staying on top of things), I’m probably more of an Alvin when I’m at home. (I married a Simon, though, so, collectively speaking, our sh*t is together.)

I was jealous of everyone who participated in Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon this weekend, but it looked like everyone had fun! I did more dancing than reading this weekend, but doing a Dewey’s Readathon is something that would be on my Book Blogger Bucket List if I were more of a Simon and HAD a Book Blogger Bucket List.

On a serious note, I finished reading Disaster Falls, a memoir about a family tragedy by Stephane Gerson, this morning and plan to write a separate post about it.

At work I’m reading The Hate U Give, the best-selling young adult novel by Angie Thomas, inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement. The title comes from Tupac Shakur’s definition of the meaning of “THUG LIFE”: The Hate U Give Little Infants F–ks Everybody. Very good and I may need to bring it home to finish it because it’s getting pretty heavy for lunchtime reading.

This week I also expect to finish reading This Is Not Over by Holly Brown –a Girl on the Train-ish type of psychological thriller – which will be good to recommend to readers who are addicted to these first-person narratives of privileged white women and their self-destructive behavior, but I’m getting impatient to have it be over.

On audio, I’m listening to Long Live the King by Fay Weldon, the second in the Habits of the House trilogy, which I accidentally am listening to out of order (#3, #1, and now #2). This trilogy about English gentry and their servants and relatives who do not inherit would be great to recommend to anyone who is still suffering from Downton Abbey withdrawal.

Now I need to hurry or I won’t be early to work today and will fail at one of my New Year’s Resolutions.

Check out the other posts linked up at Book Date for more reading updates, and please tell me something you’re reading this week in the comments!


It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? (#IMWAYR) is hosted by Kathryn at Book Date. It’s a place to meet up and share what you have been, are, and about to be reading over the week. It’s a great post to organize yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment, and er… add to that ever-growing TBR pile! This meme started with J Kaye’s Blog and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at Book Date.

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June Is Audiobook Month #JIAM @audiobookSYNC

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To celebrate Audiobook Month, I’m listening to three audiobooks at the same time. (I’m listening to each one at different times, but all at the same time, too, if you know what I mean.)

Red Hook RoadUsually two at a time is my maximum for audiobooks, but I’m listening to Red Hook Road (Midwest Tape, 2010) written by Ayelet Waldman, narrated by Kimberly Farr, on CDs borrowed from the library, because I couldn’t get the audio download through OverDrive or Axis360 from any of my public library sources.

sin-eaters-daughter-101262-sync2016-2000x2000Then, when my Axis360 app wouldn’t work and I couldn’t finish listening to The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney, narrated by Mia Barron the other day, I downloaded a SYNC free audiobook to listen to: The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury, narrated by Amy Shiels.

Since listening on CD means I can’t listen to Red Hook Road except at home and The Sin Eater’s Daughter is good so far, but not gripping, I decided to start Armada by Ernest Cline, narrated by Wil Wheaton, once I finished The Nest (which I really liked, by the way). I’ve been noticing a few reviewers have said they didn’t fall in love with Armada the way they did with Ready Player One, so I wanted to get to it before I ran across any spoilers.

ArmadaI haven’t gotten too far into Armada, but I like it! So far there’s really no love story going on, it’s all Space Invader-style video game and scifi movies, but Wil Wheaton’s narration is great and I’m enjoying the voice of the main character.

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What I really wanted to mention with this post, though, was the weekly free audiobook downloads that are offered by AudioFile through the annual SYNC program, where you can download two audiobook titles a week: a YA novel paired with either a classic novel or multi-voice production of a play.

The selection changes each Thursday at 7 am. EDT, so bookmark audiobooksync.com to check selection weekly, or to sign up to receive weekly email or text reminders.

sync-poster-no-dates-2016-finalIf you have the OverDrive app on your phone or mp3 player already, all you need to do is add SYNC as a library and you can easily download the weekly selections. (They do take up room on your phone, though, so you might want to download them on a computer if you’re not going to listen right away.) There is no loan period; the audiobook files are yours to keep!