Monday, June 27, 2011

Walking and Listening...

I have a 3.5 mile rail trail that runs directly behind my home.  Most of it is a lovely asphalt paved path, with the southern most mile or so being crushed limestone.  It tunnels under roadway intersections making it a pretty safe walking environment, and it is relatively flat.

It is easy to get in my 10,000 steps but I found the same route can be boring when walking alone. 

To alleviate this dilemma, some days I switch things up and branch off into a neighborhood or nearby park.  Then my knitting friend, Ellen, told me about a new program at our local {fantastic} library.   I can download audio books and listen to them on my Ipod Touch.  This has solved any boredom and I am always anxious to get out and walk and continue my book.

So far I have listed to...

Days of Grace, by Catherine Hall

This is the story of a woman who at the beginning of World War II, and at twelve years old, is sent away from London to the safety of the English countryside.

I enjoyed it and I give it 4 out of 5 stars.

The Last Time I saw You, by Elizabeth Berg

This book is about a fortieth high school reunion, written from five different perspectives. All the characters attend for different reasons; all experience a significant change in their lives afterward.

I like Elizabeth Berg, and give this book 3.5 stars.

Room, by Emma Donoghue

This is the story of a boy and his mother living in a small room.  The 11 x 11 foot space is the only home Jack has ever known, but it is a prison for his mother, after being held there for 7 years.  

Room is an interesting story, but I would suggest reading it, as opposed to listening.  The audio book is narrated by a young 5 year old voice, which I found irritating at times. Still, I enjoyed the book, and I give it 4 stars.   

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, by Stieg Larsson

Book 1 of the Millennium Series.  Engrossing murder mystery.

A book club favorite.  I give this book 4.5 stars. And I quickly downloaded his next book. 

The Girl who Played with Fire, by Steig Larrson

Book 2 of the Millennium Series.  The story continues!  "Powerful prose and intriguing lead characters will carry most readers along." says Publisher's Weekly.

4.5 stars and currently listening to the third book of the series.

Now that is more books than I've read in the last few years! 

Walked late in the day, due to early morning rain. 82 degrees, 11289 steps, 5.37 miles

1 comment:

LaurieJ said...

Just finished The Girl who Played with Fire, also. Fantastic! Can't wait to see what happens in the next one. I heard rave reviews for the movies as well.

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