2017 Wrap-Up, Post #1

With the end of the year rapidly approaching, I thought it may be a good time to work on some year-end wrap-up posts.  In book news this year, I discovered audiobooks.  One reason I had never considered audiobooks a viable option for me was the price, they are really expensive!  However, due to a bookish forum I am a part of on Facebook (specifically the Owlcrate subscribers forum) I discovered the Overdrive app which allows me to loan audiobooks from my local library for free!  What a revelation.

How does it work? It is so simple! I browse their electronic library, check-out the book I want and download it directly to my phone on loan for 14 days. Now I can listen to books while walking my dog, driving to and from work and cleaning around the house.  Having made this discovery has really enhanced the number of books I can get through per year and has truly become a staple of my every day life.

One of my favorite books that I have read this year was actually my 2nd audiobook – The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith (the pen name of the beloved J.K. Rowling – yes, that J.K. Rowling).  Originally published in 2013, this gritty crime novel introduces us to the gruff and brilliant detective, Cormoran Strike and is the first book in a currently four book series.

As an audiobook the narrator they chose was wonderful; absolutely perfect for this story. I hope he continues on as narrator for the rest of the series. The story itself was right up my alley. I love characters like Cormoran – gritty and flawed yet super intelligent, humble and genuine. I really enjoyed the chemistry between Cormoran and his accidental assistant, Robin. I can’t wait to watch their relationship grow as the series continues. The mystery was very strong – it never let up and the police procedural aspect with which Cormoran went about his investigation was spot on, I felt. I will definitely be continuing with this series! Well done, JK!

2 thoughts on “2017 Wrap-Up, Post #1

  1. I am sooo happy to hear that you discovered audio books & Overdrive!! My library has CloudLibrary which is a similar platform. Also – many libraries also loan audiobooks on CD for those who do not have devices. If you find a narrator that you like you can also do searches for additional works that they have performed! I used to work for a company called AudioFile that publishes a monthly magazine with audiobook reviews — check that out also.

    A few recommendations I have for you on audio are Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn — amazing narrators, Girl on the Train was also fantastic on audio, A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore, Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom, Rules of Prey by John Sandford, the entire Lunar Chronicles Series by Marissa Meyer and the Husband’s Secret by Lianne Moriarty. A few kids selections that are really fun are Dory Fantasmagory by Abby Hanlon and the Nate the Great series by Sharmat. I could rave on and on about audiobooks but don’t want to take over your post.

    Soooo happy you have made this discovery!

    1. Thank you so much for the recommendations!! I will be sure to check them out on Goodreads and add them to my ever-growing tbr! I have the entire Lunar Chronicles set in hardback but haven’t gotten to them yet – perhaps audio would be a good way to start! Great information, Beth – thank you for sharing!

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