When something tragic happens I ask myself, “what positive thing can come out of this situation or what can I learn from this situation?” However, when an avid reader such as myself, is told sitting, holding a book reading is a ‘no, no’, I freaked out! Tantrums are for children, and my reaction was not far from one. What good could possible come from this restriction! I had a little pity party then calmed myself down, and set out to find a way to still enjoy books. That is when I discovered Audible.com and that I still enjoy having a story read to me.
The first book I listened to was The Great Gatsby. F. Scott Fitzgerald is a favorite author of mine. The movie was new to theatres and I like to read, in this case reread, the book before seeing the movie. Jake Gyllenhaal read the audio edition I chose. Mr. Gyllenhaal reads this classic story with a tone that is true to the time period. Melodic and romantic with a bite like a crystal highball glass of scotch, neat.
I have listened to seven books so far and there are sure to be more downloaded from Audible. Check out the link Audible.com and give a book a sample listen. I especially like to listen while out for a walk.
Little Bee is a short read, but by no means an easy read. The complex thread of this story is woven through the reality of our world.
Soon we'll be ready to share our Little Bee Questions and Answers
For the past seven, eight or is it ten months, I have been absent from The Book Boutique. When I look at the calendar I see it has in fact been a year since what I thought was a little muscle spasm turned into so much more. It isn’t always easy accepting and coming to terms with the realities of life and injuries. I’m working on the accepting part and ever searching for ways to work with my new reality, I’ll touch on that a bit later. Up to this point I have not had the ability or the energy to explain my absence. However, without going into all the details of the past year, I feel it is time to say something…
First off, much gratitude goes out to my partner in all things literary, Maxine. During my absence she has been managing, maintaining and creating wonderful content for The Book Boutique. Cheers to you Maxine and many thanks.
Second, my return to TBB will be sporadic with the only rhyme or reason being that when I can read, review and write, I will and then I will share it with you.
So without further ado…I am so happy to return I skipped all the way to work…across the house to my computer.
Our November book selection is a story of life experiences many of us simply hear about on the news. Little Bee will take us through these horrific events and offer us a ray of hope.