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Audiobook haul from the library!

My Top 10 Favorite Reads of 2017 (So Far)

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Last year, my goal was to read 25 books and I ended up reading 41. This year, I upped my goal from 25 to 40. As of today, September 8th, I have read 46 books and am expecting to finish up three more within the next few days. I hope to read at least 60 books by the end of the calendar year, but that will depend on how busy my new M.F.A. life will be, a few weeks from now. With that being said, I’ve read quite a few books this year and wanted to share my top ten 2017 favorites, in no particular order, with all of you.

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In honor of “It” coming to theatres today, I wanted to post this photo. I have yet to read this classic of Stephen King’s but am looking forward to seeing the film adaptation. I don’t usually like to watch movies before reading the books they’re based on, but because I didn’t have enough time for this abnormally large paperback in time for this release, I’ll make an exception. Nonetheless, I can’t wait to begin reading this book this fall.

You can purchase It here.

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I just read this book in a little over a day and I really loved it. I’ve read quite a bit of YA fiction, which only occasionally have featured a gay relationship and when they have, they’ve always been male. While I have read a few books (“The Price of Salt”, “The Hours”, etc.) that included lesbian relationships, that has never been the case in my experience with young adult fiction. Annie on My Mind was published in 1982 and was one of the first young adult books with a lesbian protagonist in a healthy relationship with a happy ending.  I really appreciated this book and thought it was well written, in addition to being extremely important and needed. I can see this book being a comforting, relatable read for teens who are queer or questioning their sexuality.

You can purchase Annie on My Mind here.

Contributor Book Review of ‘Natural Born Charmer’

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Natural Born Charmer by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
Review by: Jamie Gogocha

Warning: This review contains spoilers. Read at your own risk.

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Why You Should Be Listening to Audiobooks

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If you can’t seem to find time to sit down and read, audiobooks might be exactly what you need in your life. Between raising my son, working, and college, I don’t have much time for pleasure reading. While it can be difficult to make the time to sit down with a physical book, I have found that I get much more reading done when I listen to audiobooks while driving, cleaning, cooking, and exercising. Reflect on how you spend your time and incorporate audiobooks into your lifestyle. Though I love audiobooks, not everyone feels the same. I have friends who can’t focus on the book unless they are giving their undivided attention to a physical copy. Though they aren’t for everyone, I highly suggest that everyone give them a fair chance.

There are several ways you can go about accessing audiobooks. You can purchase a set of CDs or use an app on your phone or iPod. Be sure and check with your local library, as well. The majority of my audiobook endeavors are courtesy of the library in my town. I check out audiobooks, both physical and downloadable, all for free. The downloadable audiobooks are available through the Overdrive app, which only requires you to sign in with your library username and password before giving you immediate, free of cost access to most every book you can imagine. When my library doesn’t have what I’m seeking out or the wait list is longer than I’d like, I will purchase the audiobook through the Audible app. When you sign up for Audible, you get your first month free. After your free month is up, you pay $14.95/month and receive one credit a month. Each credit redeems you a single audiobook. While this might seem kind of expensive, it should be noted that most audiobooks are priced around $49.95. If you want more than what your monthly credit offers, you’ll get additional books for 30% off. If you only need access to a cheap audiobook on Audible once or every once in a while, you can turn your subscription off and on as you please, just as I do. I recommend using Overdrive and your library’s resources before diving into Audible and spending money, but feel free to browse all of your options.

If you don’t already have a library card, look up where your local library is and apply for a card. You might have to go to the physical location, but many libraries allow you to sign up online. If so, you can look forward to streaming free audiobooks in the very near future. What are your thoughts on audiobooks? What are some of your favorite books that you’ve listened to? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

 

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You can purchase Milk and Honey here.