Reading and Listening

January 28th


This week I finished reading “The Outsiders.” Do you remember the movie? I remember bits and pieces, and that the drive in movie theater from the movie (in Tulsa) burned down not too long ago, causing a storm of emotion. (And fundraisers to rebuild, apparently.)

The book is an easy, quick read and one I do recommend, namely because it was written by a 16-year-old girl. That amazes me. It isn’t that the story has so many twists and turns I can’t believe a kid came up with the premise, but the character development is superb. And adult. And told from the perspective of a teenage boy, which she seems to get spot on.

Four out of five bananas.

Also, I’m now hooked on Audible. I’ve powered through “Yes, please” and am now listening to “The Heart of Darkness” and “The Hobbit.”

Let’s just say if you need a good reminder how far we’ve come in race relations, listen to Joseph Conrad’s work. Holy hell, this is some racist stuff. I get that it is an important story historically (charting ivory dealers on boats in the Congo), but the way the indigenous people are described and treated will make your ears hurt.

Bilbo Baggins and I, however, are becoming dear friends.

What are you reading?

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  1. Ok Kellie, I’ve got a book for you to listen to. It’s wicked long, but incredible . The book is called Shantaram, and it’s read by an Australian (swoon) and is a little Unbrokenesque, but different too. Breathtaking and you won’t want it to end.

  2. Let’s see – what am I NOT reading, more like it. I’ve started 4 books but have only made it a few chapters in each so far and then I got hooked on Serial so that’s all I’m doing right now. But this year I’ve read 2 James Patterson books already – quick easy reads.

  3. Right now, I’m halfway through Anne Lamott’s “Small Victories” — really good.

    And I have no idea what racist overtones you refer to in Heart of Darkness, because I’ve blocked out the whole wretched story. Yes, color me not cultured: I HATED IT! Wrote a paper on it in college and just could not wait to be done with that short, dreary book.

    My boy has been patiently waiting for me to read The Hobbit, and I haven’t gotten but a quarter way through. And I really like the characters! And loved all three LOTR books! I don’t know what my problem is, there.

  4. I just finished State of Wonder. 4 out of 5 bananas! It’s not Bel Canto, but close.
    Listening to Wild on my drives to work and back. Sooooo good. Have you read it?