Aug 082018
 

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

Listening Length: 3 hours and 55 minutes
Program Type: Audiobook
Version: Unabridged
Publisher: Listening Library
Audible.com Release Date: August 28, 2014
Language: English
ASIN: B00MI249D2

Jacqueline Woodson, one of today’s finest writers, tells the moving story of her childhood in mesmerizing verse.

Raised in South Carolina and New York, Woodson always felt halfway home in each place. In vivid poems, she shares what it was like to grow up as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s, living with the remnants of Jim Crow and her growing awareness of the Civil Rights movement. Touching and powerful, each poem is both accessible and emotionally charged, each line a glimpse into a child’s soul as she searches for her place in the world. Woodson’s eloquent poetry also reflects the joy of finding her voice through writing stories, despite the fact that she struggled with reading as a child. Her love of stories inspired her and stayed with her, creating the first sparks of the gifted writer she was to become.

Thoughts
I’ve wanted to read this book for a few years and since the August Monthly Motif book theme is “Award Winners”, I chose this book.

I was surprised to learn that the author was born in Columbus, Ohio which is where I grew up.  I was also surprised that the author could remember so much from her childhood, especially her younger years.

The book was very interesting and gave me a great picture of her family and her life growing up. I’m a big fan of family time in books and this book was full of that. I was happy to know that she accomplished what she wanted in her life as a child. Not many of us can say that.

This was a really short read but it was full of good memories and I enjoyed it a lot. I would definitely recommend it.

I enjoyed listening to the author’s narration. She did a great job!

Counts toward the following challenge:
Audiobook
Non-Fiction
Monthly Motif

Aug 022018
 

How To Walk Away by Katherine Center

Narrated by: Therese Plummer

Listening Length: 10 hours and 36 minutes
Program Type: Audiobook
Version: Unabridged
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Audible.com Release Date: May 15, 2018

Margaret Jacobsen is just about to step into the bright future she’s worked for so hard and so long: a new dream job, a fiancé she adores, and the promise of a picture-perfect life just around the corner. Then, suddenly, on what should have been one of the happiest days of her life, everything she worked for is taken away in a brief, tumultuous moment. In the hospital and forced to face the possibility that nothing will ever be the same again, Maggie must confront the unthinkable. First there is her fiancé, Chip, who wallows in self-pity while simultaneously expecting to be forgiven. Then, there’s her sister Kit, who shows up after pulling a three-year vanishing act. Finally, there’s Ian, her physical therapist, the one the nurses said was too tough for her. Ian, who won’t let her give in to her pity and who sees her like no one has seen her before.

Sometimes the last thing you want is the one thing you need. Sometimes we all need someone to catch us when we fall. And sometimes love can find us in the least likely place we would ever expect.

Thoughts
This is another book that will be going on my 2018 favorites list. I love the way the story is written, the way things unfold, and all of the characters.  I did end up wanting to tell one of the characters off a few times, but in the end everything worked out.

I loved the way Margaret handled what she was dealt. I loved that her parents were so supportive, I loved that her sister Kit decided to go back home and help Margaret through this tough time. And I loved Ian. He was gruff and all business without a sense of humor with his patients, but soon he softened up just a tiny bit and you could tell there was a good guy  in there hiding.

I don’t want to say much more because I don’t want to spoil the story for anyone. I will say this is a really good book and I couldn’t listen to it fast enough. There were a lot of ups and downs and some really funny parts and some really sad parts. The ending was fantastic!

The narrator did a great job with the voices, especially Ian’s.

So glad I listened to this!

Counts toward the following challenge:

Audiobook

Jul 042018
 

 Hosted @ Hot Listens & Caffeinated Reviewer

We’re halfway through this challenge so the hosts are having a mid-point update. The final update will be Dec 15, 2018

My goal is:
Binge Listener : 20-30

Here are the review links for the books I’ve listened to so far:
1. Unashamed by Lecrae Moore
2. The Art Of Hiding by Amanda Prowse
3. The Last Ballad by Wiley Cash
4. Best Day Ever by Kaira Rouda
5. The Stowaway by Laurie Gwen Shapiro
6. Why I Hate Green Beans by Lincee Ray
7. Nomadland by Jessica Bruder
8. The Tour: A Trip Through Ireland by Jean Grainger
9. Minding Frankie by Maeve Binchy
10. Murder in Cherry Hills (Cozy Cat Caper Mystery #1) by Paige Sleuth
11. The Memory of Butterflies by Grace Greene
12. Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
13. The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry (Harold Fry #1) by Rachel Joyce
14. The Choice by Nicholas Sparks
15. The Railway Children by Edith Nesbit
16. My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She’s Sorry – Fredrik Backman
17. The Upside of Falling Down – Rebekah Crane
18. Britt-Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman
19. Half a Heart by Karen McQuestion

Dec 202017
 

 Hosted @ Hot Listens & Caffeinated Reviewer

2 updates with giveaways
First update will be June 30th, 2018
Final update will be Dec 15, 2018

 

I’m going for:
Binge Listener : 20-30

1. Unashamed by Lecrae Moore
2. The Art Of Hiding by Amanda Prowse
3. The Last Ballad by Wiley Cash
4. Best Day Ever by Kaira Rouda
5. The Stowaway by Laurie Gwen Shapiro
6. Why I Hate Green Beans by Lincee Ray
7. Nomadland by Jessica Bruder
8. The Tour: A Trip Through Ireland by Jean Grainger
9. Minding Frankie by Maeve Binchy
10. Murder in Cherry Hills (Cozy Cat Caper Mystery #1) by Paige Sleuth
11. The Memory of Butterflies by Grace Greene
12. Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
13. The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry (Harold Fry #1) by Rachel Joyce
14. The Choice by Nicholas Sparks
15. The Railway Children by Edith Nesbit
16. My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She’s Sorry – Fredrik Backman
17. The Upside of Falling Down – Rebekah Crane
18. Britt-Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman
19. Half a Heart by Karen McQuestion
21. Heaven Adjacent by Catherine Ryan Hyde