Take a little listen…

I LOVE audio books! How amazing that I can clean, fold laundry, drive, watch my kids in the pool, go for a walk or whatever and never have to put my book down! And, if you are lucky to come across a great narrator who makes the experience even more magical, all the better! And there are some great narrators out there…and sadly, some not so great ones.


So, I would like to offer up some suggestions for some great summer listens!



Harry Potter series read by Jim Dale

Pictures of Hollis Woods read by Hope Davis

Chronicles of Nick series read by Holter Graham

Lies of Locke Lamora read by Michael Page

In the After duology read by Julia Whelan

Ender series or Ender’s Shadow series read by a series of amazing narrators

Ramona series read by Stockard Channing…yes, Rizzo!!!!

Thirteen Reasons Why read by Joel Johnstone and Debra Wiseman

Unknown Assassin (previously called Boy Nobody) series read by John Salwin

Patricia Cornwell novels read by a series of great narrators

The Giver quartet read by a series of great narrators

All the Light We Cannot See read by Zach Appleman

Between Shades of Gray read by Emily Klein

Pirates!the true and remarkable adventures of Minerva Sharpe and Nancy Kingston, female     pirates          read by Jennifer Wiltsie


These are just a few audio books that have stood out to me over the years. It is not exhaustive by any means. Check out your local library – most libraries are equipped with Overdrive at this point and you can find so many books and audio books (for free!). A shout out to the Richland Library here in Columbia, SC with Overdrive set up with over 30,000 titles!!!!

Hope you can find a story that sucks you in this summer! More titles to come!

I want to know:                                                                                                                                                    What are you reading/listening to while you sunbathe this summer?


(For book review requests, there is now an email contact in the sidebar. I look forward to hearing from you!)




Have you ever had one of those weeks when you feel like:



The house is a disaster, there is somewhere to be every hour of the day, the kids have realized they only have 7 weeks of school left and prematurely begin their shift back into the Wild Things…oh and you’re buying a house…and this is what you want to do:


Yeah? Me too.

But, I survived and here I am! Back to catch up with my challenge and super encouraged by all the love of the readers! Thank you!  The show must go on!









Theme: My Favorite Stories in Haiku

G is for The Giver

Lois Lowry spins one of the most beloved tales of a futuristic society. The Giver is the first book in a quartet that imagines what the world could be like if we allowed ourselves to restructure society and eliminate the things that we thought had corrupted us. Jonas grows up in one of these new cultures, one in which science and reason have become the ultimate guides to “safe” living. But someone has to hold on to the past so that it is not completely forgotten. This “burden” lies with the Giver. So as Jonas begins his apprenticeship to become the next Giver, he begins to realize that the absence of love, dreams, color and emotion is less a solution than heavy chains.

Shades of memories.

Hope is born in vivid red.

Death…is colorless.

H is for Harry Potter

Yes, it’s Harry Potter. I’m with the millions who love it. This series is fun and exciting for people of all ages.  Not only that, but it makes a person want to read! It is the classic fantasy about good vs. evil, a young boy on a quest to save the world, the bonds of love, and of course, magic! J.K. Rowling invents a world that will go down in the history books next to Middle Earth.

Some of you may be saying, “What?! Harry Potter isn’t going to be a literary classic !!!”  But I would beg to differ. Some of the very things that make a story a literary classic are true about the Harry Potter series. Only a few of which are that the stories are loved around the world, the plot throughout is intricate and well woven. The characters are well developed and diverse. Another thing that I find interesting about this series is the writing style. The books begin when Harry is 11 and end when he is 17. Throughout the course of the novels Rowling’s style and voice within the narrative represent the age of her characters, which in turn means that the books seem to age with readers as well!!! Although, to be frank, I’m not sure anyone who has read them has been able to wait that long between books…except maybe those of us who started reading before the series was completed.

He’s the boy who lived.

Marked with love and for greatness.

Finds his family.