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Are You Really Reading A Book If You Are Listening To It?

That is the question that I pose to all of you. Dave and I (more Dave than myself) are obsessed with Audible. Audible is a place where you can buy books to listen to. Truth be told neither one of us really enjoys reading from a book. We love to multitask (drive, exercise, clean) while listening to a book. For me, it seems like a chore to have to actually read from a book when I can listen to it. I wonder if that makes me more of an auditory learner?

Dave is so obsessed with Audible that we own 369 Audible Books and so far this year he has listened to a very impressive 196 books. He wants to get to 200 by the end of the year, which I am sure he will accomplish. He has listened to so many books that he now listens to them at triple speed…and then he talks fast…ha!

I used to complain about the expense of Audible, but have stopped. First, if this is my husband’s passion, I am grateful because he is not away from us hunting, golfing, fishing, etc. Second, I enjoy lots of his books and buy my own whenever I feel like it without guilt. Last, in recent years I have read and heard over and over that very important trait of successful people is that they are well read.

I believe Audible allows you to have three different devices that can access the purchased books. Dave, Christa, and myself share the same account.

Dave also uses the Overdrive App to download books free from the library.

Are any of you looking for a REALLY GOOD BOOK to give as a gift or to even read for the first time? I have decided to peruse our audible books and recommend my top 10 (or so) books!

Corrin’s Top Book Recommendations (I LOVED THESE BOOKS) *not in any particular order

1. Naked Economics – Charles Wheelan: Why do drug dealers live with their mamas, how are summon wrestlers and teachers alike, and why would requiring buying seats on airplanes for infants cause more babies to die? These are all interesting questions that are answered in this book. I also LOVE: Freakonomics, Super Freakonomics, Think Like a Freak, All of Malcolm Gladwell Books, Good to Great, The No Asshole Rule.

*These are books that everyone loves! Old, young, college educated, high school students.

2. Unbroken– Laura Hillenbrand- One of the Best books I have ever read. So touching, so good! It will be released as a movie on Christmas Day. I want to go see it! It is one of those books that change you. It is based on a true story of a guy named Louis Zamperini whose plane went down in WWII. He was captured by the Japanese and somehow lived to tell about his crazy adventures. He recently died at the young age of 97.

3. The Help– Katherine Stockett- I just could not stop laughing/crying over this book. It was that good. Probably my favorite book of all time. It is written in the south during a time of prejudice. All I have to say is that if you haven’t read the book/seen the movie, you must to find out about the “chocolate pie”.

4. Gone Girl– Gillian Flynn: This thriller was Sooo good that they made it into a movie. I was not surprised. It is about a dysfunctional newlywed couple. The story is so crazy and the ending is even crazier!!!!

5. He’s Just Not that Into You– by Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo. I love this book because it is so honest. He’s not into you if he’s not calling, texting, asking you out. It tells singles the stark truth, but then follows it up with a reassuring monologue of why you are better than that. I love this book. I had to buy Christa 2 copies because she accidently threw one out of a car window.


“Most guys, or let’s say the guys I want you to be dating, will make sure, as soon as reasonably possible, that you know they mean business.”

“If he’s sleeping with someone else without your knowledge or encouragement, he is not only behaving like a man who’s just not that into you, he’s behaving like a man who doesn’t even like you all that much.”

“Don’t ask yourself what you did wrong or how you could have done it differently. Don’t waste your valuable heart and mind trying to figure out why he did what he did. Or thinking back on all the things he said, and wondering what was the truth and what was the lie. The only thing you need to know is that it’s really good news: He’s gone.”

“He doesn’t have to love your CD collection. He doesn’t have to love your shoes. But any good, mature guy better make an attempt to love your friends and family–especially when they’re great.”

6. Bel Canto– Ann Patchett- This beautiful book is touching. It is about a hostage takeover of a school where the hostage takers and hostages form a bond. Very touching! My former colleague Frank Strong recommended this book!

7. City of Thieves– David Benioff – This book during the Holocaust is funny. I know it is hard to say, but it is sooo good!!! It will change you after reading it!

8. Anything by Elin Hilderbran, Jane Green, Hannah Anderson

9. Anything by Curtis Sittenfield

10. TedTurner Biography, Confessions of a Sociopath

11. The Rosie Project, What Alice Forgot, The Husband’s Secret

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