March and April were extremely slow reading months around here – and I only managed to finish 3 books, 2 of which were audio books. But, let me just say, I am now utterly addicted to Audible and audiobooks in general. I have at least a 45 minuted commute to and from work 5 days a week – and audiobooks trump the radio every time. every single time.
The Peach Keeper by Sarah Addison Allen
I have fallen down the rabbit hole and cannot get enough of Sarah Addison Allen’s books. They all follow the same recipe: 1 part southern charm, 1 part hopeful love, and 2 parts magical realism; which results in the best chick-lit I’ve read in a long, long time. Seriously, everytime I sit down with one of her books, I don’t get up until it’s completed. If you’re looking for a bit of fun, a bit of the South (complete with idioms and accents), and a bit of fantasy/magic, I highly recommend any of Allen’s works.
The Goldfinch by Donna Tart
On Audible, I often search for the longest titles – I want to use my “credit” on the most expensive items, which, in audiobook terms means the newest and longest releases. Enter The Goldfinch. I’d been hearing quite a bit about this book across social media and various blogs, and after reading the short description, decided to try it out. Honestly, I really liked it – not quite loved it, but would definitely listen to it again at some point in the future. I’m not sure that I could have drudged through the text heavy, plot-thin book without listening to it, but it was perfect to pass the drive to and from work for a solid month. If you like high-action, plot twists, and plausible mysteries, this is not the book for you. All in all, it’s a bit slow- lots of patchy character development, lots of back-story. But, for a look at how a tragedy can have a profound impact on the human psyche – how quick decisions have lasting consequences, this is worth the read.
American Gods by Neil Gaiman
I love Neil Gaiman’s books – but I will say, he is very much a love-it or hate-it author. Like Sarah Addison Allen, Gaiman incorporates a healthy dose of magical realism into his writing – enough for the book to be solidly grounded in this world, but to also convince the reader that the extraordinary is also possible – that old Norse Gods roam the earth hoping to stay alive amidst the new American Gods of “Internet,” “Highway,” and “Television.” I loved this book and would read it again and again. Definitely a must if you’re into ancient gods, mythic tales, and even the tried and true road trip story.