Thursday, February 8

January Book Report

In January I discovered audio books thanks to my little brother! He was kind enough to share his Audible account with me. I never thought I'd like audio books so I never bothered to give them a try but they're actually really great to listen to while you're working out, commuting, bed-ridden with the flu (this happened to me last week!), etc. So with that being said, a couple of the books I "read" were actually audio books that I listened to. I'll be sure to note which ones were audio books.

The Walking Dead: Compendium One


This is the first installment of 'The Walking Dead' comics. It's a large collection of the comics, in fact!

I would highly recommend this book for anyone who is a fan of the show. It's actually quite different from the show, both with regards to activities that happen and the characters (there are some different people and also some of the characters have very different personalities and backgrounds). There are enough differences to keep it interesting even if you know what happened in the show but enough similarities that you feel like it's still the same world. I don't want to spoil anything so that's all I'm going to say about it.

For anyone who's been living under a rock for the past eight or so years, 'The Walking Dead' is a post-apocalyptic zombie story that follows Rick Grimes and his family during their struggle to survive.







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The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy


This is the first audio book I ever listened to! I'm embarrassed to say that I actually started reading the paper version MONTHS ago after my husband bought me the entire series for my birthday and that I never finished it. It's a really good read but I found it a bit difficult due to all the strange lingo used by the alien characters. Therefore, listening to the story worked a lot better for me. 'The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy' actually got its start as a radio story anyways and then later became a book so I don't feel too guilty about it. Whether you decide read it or listen to it this is a great story!

It's about a British man who hitchhikes around the galaxy with some alien buddies following the destruction of the planet Earth. If you've seen the movie then you already know what it's about. If you haven't seen the movie then I highly recommend watching it after you read or listen to the story, it's really funny and a very unique story.


















Library Of Souls (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children #3)


This is the final installment of 'Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children', which is a really great young adult series about children with special powers who live in a time loop set in the 1940s.

In this third book of the series Jacob sets off to help rescue Miss Peregrine and the children from the wights. I don't want to give any spoilers to the series so I'll just leave it at that.

If you like the other books or are looking for a fun and easy read then give this book/series a shot! One thing I really enjoy about the Miss Peregrine books is the use of odd vintage photos throughout the book. It helps set the tone for things being just a bit strange -peculiar- in this world.

P.S. There's also a movie for the first book that you should watch after reading it!





Shutter Island


This is another book that I read on Audible! I had seen the movie years ago and remember liking it so I figured I'd listen to it while working out since my brother had it.

It's a psychological thriller about a man investigating a woman who went missing from an insane asylum on a secluded island. There are plenty of twists and turns and a surprise ending. If you've seen the movie like I had then you already know what happens but even still the build up was really good and I had fun spotting the clues along the way.

















1984


This was the third and final audio book I finished during January. I have owned this book for over a year and just couldn't finish it. I feel bad saying it but I just don't enjoy the writing style (given that it was written in 1950). However, I really wanted to read it since it's so applicable today (despite having been written in 1950!). So I did the next best thing, I listened to it. And it really is a great story and also a bit scary given how plausible it is today.

Since Amazon did such a great job writing a synopsis I'll share their words, "Winston Smith toes the Party line, rewriting history to satisfy the demands of the Ministry of Truth. With each lie he writes, Winston grows to hate the Party that seeks power for its own sake and persecutes those who dare to commit thoughtcrimes. But as he starts to think for himself, Winston can’t escape the fact that Big Brother is always watching..."

For me the creepiest part of the book is the telescreens. But in the 1950s I'm that seemed like such a far-fetched idea. But now it's happening! Our government really can, and really does, watch us through our tvs, cellphones, laptops, etc. Of course many things in '1984' haven't happened yet but it feels a bit too close for comfort and reads like a cautionary tale.

10 out of 10 I would definitely recommend this book to anyone and everyone!













That's all for January! My goal for the rest of the year is to read/listen to at least 3 books each month and to increase the number of non-fiction books that I read since I almost always read fiction books. Already for February I've finished a non-fiction book so I'm doing good




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