What's Playing In My Ear? September 14, 2020

By Shannon Navin - Ndgrad95reads

By Shannon Navin - Ndgrad95reads

This Tender Land

William Kent Krueger

$17.00 $15.64

I'm LOVING this book. The narration is excellent and the story is totally tugging at my heartstrings. The story of two brothers and their friend who are living in an orphanage...it's bleak and hopeful in turns.

Next Year in Havana

Chanel Cleeton

$15.00 $13.80

Enjoying listening to this audiobook as the narrator authentically delivers the accents of the characters. I've been drawn in to the story of the protagonist returning to Cuba with her grandmother's ashes.

The One-In-A-Million Boy

Monica Wood

$15.99 $14.71

This is my favorite book of all time! My son is finally old enough to listen to it with me. Unfortunately, the narrator is a bit of a 'low talker' so it's sometimes hard for my son to keep up. I wish that wasn't the case because this is definitely a book that's worth your time!

The Hate U Give

Angie Thomas

$18.99 $17.47

My son and I watched the movie this year although I was more than halfway through the book. I'm having trouble finishing the book because (having seen the movie) I now know how it ends...but that's just me! I'm going to persevere and find out how different the book is from the movie!

The Brothers K

David James Duncan

$19.00 $17.48

I'll admit it...I've been listening to this book bit by bit for over a year. It's a great book but it got slow for me when it veered away from the family and baseball and into political territory. When one of the brother's is sent to Vietnam, the story stalled for me and I'm having to push myself to get through this part. I'm no quitter though...I'm still excited to see what happens to the Brothers K.

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie: A Flavia de Luce Mystery

Alan Bradley

$17.00 $15.64

Flavia, Flavia, Flavia! This is a mystery story told from the perspective of an unreliable young narrator. She's plucky and funny and the straits she ends up in are sometimes hilarious!

The Overdue Life of Amy Byler

Kelly Harms

$14.95 $13.75

I totally relate to Amy Byler. Given, my husband never left me and my children for 3 years to live abroad...but her demeanor, insecurities and parenting style could BE ME! If you have kids and are in the 30-50 age range...check out this book. It's a great story and the characters really resonate!

Cinder: Book One of the Lunar Chronicles

Marissa Meyer

$11.99 $11.03

I started listening to this book with my son but, with COVID, we haven't travelled anywhere recently enough for him to finish the book with me. I'm enthralled with this Cinderella retelling that doesn't stick too close to the original at all. I don't want to read Cinderella again...but I do want to read a whole new story that just uses the Cinderella premise as its backbone. This is a sci-fi YA take on an old classic...and I love it!

America for Beginners

Leah Franqui

$15.99 $14.71

I lived in India for several months and really enjoyed the warmth and humor that I found amongst the Indian people. American for Beginners explores what happens when a native Indian son becomes too American for his parents and what happens when his mother (in the wake of her husband's death) goes to find him. It's charming and real...I lovely combination.

White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk about Racism

Robin Diangelo

$16.00 $14.72

Honest warning: I love the content of this book but DO NOT listen to it on audio. I love being educated about contemporary topics and racism and social justice have been in the forefront of my mind (as they have for many) these days. DiAngelo has a fascinating take on how white people perpetrate and respond to racism and I'm here for it. The narration, however, is awful! If it's not being read by an AI bot, I'll be shocked!