I downloaded some pretty fantastic audiobooks from the library the last couple of weeks — half nonfiction and general fiction. Including a couple that has become an instant favourite of mine: Invisible Women and The Day the World Came to Town. I hope to write a review for them once I process everything and maybe even reread them.
Invisible Women by Caroline Criado-Perez. 5/5 Stars. This is such a fantastic read about all the ways the system is working against women. Fascinating, eye-opening, thought-provoking. Honestly one of those reads that will make you go hmmm with every turn of the page.
Three Women by Lisa Taddeo. 3/5 Stars. I wish I could like this more. This book is a nonfiction that reads like fiction tackling three women’s relationship with sex and how much control they lost once they let sex dictates their relationships with men. I didn’t love it for the simple fact that there were no resolutions at the end of it.
The Day the World Came to Town by Jim Defede. 5/5 Stars. Oh, this book. I cried for practically the whole time I was reading this. It’s about the generosity and kindness of the people of Gander, Newfoundland during the tragedy of 9/11. I absolutely loved it.
The Rainbow Comes and Goes by Anderson Cooper and Gloria Vanderbilt. 4/5 Stars. I saw Anderson Cooper in the Summer when he talked about his life, his career and his relationship with his mom. This is, I guess a more nuanced version of those stories particularly how his relationship with his mom shaped the kind of person he is now.
The Summer Before the War is unread. I have a physical copy from a while back but I haven’t read it so when I saw it was available to borrow, I downloaded it right away.
Her Royal Highness by Rachel Hawkins. 3/5 Stars. This is pretty cute, I supposed. It’s a romance between an Scottish princess and a jilted American girl who got cheated on back in the States. So she applied for a scholarship to a boarding school in Scotland where she meets the princess — who at first hated her guts. It was enjoyable and made me want to read the first book, The Royals.
Washington Black by Esi Edugyan is also unread. I picked up a hardcopy at a thriftstore, so I’m excited to finally get this off my TBR.
Open Your Eyes by Paula Daly. 4/5 Stars. This was a good mystery about the competitiveness of the publishing industry. It has blackmail, intrigue, attempted murder…etc. Very compelling.
It’s been a minute. 🙂 This week’s audiobook haul includes three non-fiction that I’m super pumped to get from my library. I’m also excited to listen to Ms. Acevedo’s recent release, and while The Right Swipe received some polarizing reviews, I decided to see what the big hoopla was about. So here are the books I downloaded this week:
I listened to Permanent Record by Edward Snowden. This book is not so much about what happened in 2012 when he exposed how NSA was surveilling the American people without their consent and how the information was collected. Rather, this is about how he arrived to the decision to forgo his freedom for the sake of exposing his government’s intrusion. It was interesting and it made me think about how I feel about my privacy being invaded for the safety of the country. I’m still thinking about it.
I just finished Demi Moore’s memoir. I loved this one. She was brutally honest about her childhood, her dysfunctional parents, her rape, her addictions, her marriages, and how she’s trying to break free from her past by confronting the ugly truths about it all. I will probably pick up a physical copy at some point.
I’m really excited about all these books, especially the JFK jr one.
This week is a little light. I chose to actually pick up physical books to read instead of relying on audiobooks.
Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin was a disappointment. Not for the writing, but for the character himself. He was selfish, spoiled, and a user — in other words, no redeeming quality to him whatsoever. It’s really tough to enjoy a book when you despise the character. 2 out of 5 Stars
Forbidden by Beverly Jenkins is the first book to her Old West series, which is the story of the girls’ Aunt Edie and Uncle Ryan. This was quite interesting as they were a mixed race couple. I especially love how determined Edie was to make a life for herself, with ambitions of owning her own restaurant. But she was so unlucky. Enjoyed this one. 4 out of 5 Stars.
The Savior’s Champion by Jenna Moreci is a Hungers Game type of novel in a fantasy setting. I haven’t read this one. But I downloaded it from Audible. It’s a 20-hour book. Might listen to it the whole weekend.
At The Wolf’s Table by Rosella Postorino is a novel about the people who tasted Hitler’s food for poison first before he ate them. Looking forward to starting this one!
So these are all the books I downloaded on audio this week. I’m endeavouring to read my physical copies in the next little while as I have quite a few.