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Happy 5 on Friday and Summer Book Challenge check-in

Wow it seems I just posted one of these check ins!  Oh wait, I did.  Then I disappeared for almost a month.  I have managed to keep up my reading while being away.  Thanks in part to Audible and some free audio books!

In between moving, I have read/ listened to...

*Remember that book titles are affiliate links!!

1.  A book that was recommended by a blogger (mandatory!) - One for the Money (Stephanie Plum #1) by Janet Evanovich. So the audio version of this book was recorded around the time that the actual book came out. Which was in 1994. It reminds me why I had been so iffy on audio books (even on Audible) before. You can totally hear background noise while listening to it, and the narration is not phenomenal. I think that distracted a lot from the book for me, so I wasn't overly impressed with Miss Plum. I'm still going to see it through and see how reading the second book in the series goes.

2.  A book that is or will be a movie (or TV show) - Down the Rabbit Hole by Holly Madison. Ya'll this was a FANTASTIC book. Again, I listened to it on Audible. But this narration is actually done by Holly herself and she does an amazing job. I think some of the most interesting things in the book are the parts that were not so widely publicized. I watched The Girls Next Door when it aired on E! and shamefully enough, have a couple seasons on DVD. I have yet to go back and watch them, but I think I will just to see how the knowledge of how she felt while recording the show affects my take on it.

3.  A suspenseful book – The English Girl by Daniel Silva.  Another book fantastically narrated.  As I've mentioned before, these books are about Israeli spy Gabriel Allon, and there are many, many different characters of different backgrounds.  George Guidall does a tremendous job using different voices, tones, and accents for each one.  It was also helpful listening to certain words (mostly Hebrew) were pronounced.  As a product of Hooked on Phonics, I tend to "sound it out" when it comes to words I'm not familiar with.  Which sometimes leads to gross mispronunciation.  I can't say enough good things about the Gabriel Allon series- they have been my favorite in a long, long time.  While searching for this book as an audible download, I stumbled onto Silva's newest Gabriel Allon book, The English Spy!  Just when I thought I was getting caught up with the series!

Well, that's only 3 books that I've managed to read this past month.  And truthfully, I haven't actually read them!!  But today is 5 on Friday as well, so I'm going to include what I've started reading since!

4. A book about Summer, with Summer in the title, or in any way related to Summer- Summer of Fire by Kitty Pilgrim.  I started this while moving, and I think because I had so much going on, I have't really gotten into it.  I'm hoping to finish this up while laying out by the pool.  Once all the boxes are unpacked.

5.  A YA book (mandatory!)- Divergent by Veronica Roth.  I switched this from The Heir by Kiera Cass that I had selected originally for a couple of different reasons.  First, I've seen the movie and want to see how the book matches up, and by book, I mean Audible file.  Second, the reviews for The Heir are just not that great, and I didn't want to waste an Audible credit on a (potentially) crappy book.  I'll probably still read it eventually, as I've read the others, but I'm putting it off a while longer.

Like I said before, these links are affiliates.  Also, Audible didn't sponsor any part of this- but you can get two free audio books for being a new Audible user, you just need an Amazon account!

Linking with See You in a Porridge / The Kay Times / By Kari Parker, Coffee with Caitlin / Bright on a Budget / Cup of Tea / Della Devoted, September Farm / The Farmer's Wife, and Meet @ the Barre

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