This month I rediscovered the joy of audiobooks, thanks to the Whispersync for Voice feature in the Kindle app, and read two very different books which make you look at the world in new ways.
I’ve been a big fan of Tsh Oxenreider for years, reading her blog The Art of Simple (formerly Simple Mom), listening to her podcast The Simple Show, reading all her books and even taking part in her online course The Upstream Field Guide.
Her latest book, At Home in the World, is about the nine months she spent travelling the globe with her husband and their three children and what she learned about the meaning of home.
In a series of vignettes from the road she shows us the good times and the bad times, the times where the family visited amazing places and the times when they drove each other crazy. One of the most striking takeaways is the importance of carrying on ordinary life between the breathtaking experiences, not matter where you are. Home is indeed where the heart is.
Note: I had the honour of speaking to Tsh about world travel with kids for my Green Parent magazine series (forthcoming October/November edition) and managed to keep my inner fangirl girl sufficiently under control to conduct a suitably professional interview.
Station Eleven has been on my radar for a while. I listen to the What Should I Read Next? podcast and I feel like this book has cropped up on there a few times. I didn’t know what to expect other than some sort of post-apocalyptic something or other which is usually more up my husband’s street. He and I have very different tastes in books so when he said he’d read the Kindle sample and didn’t like it, I thought I would give it a try.
I bought the Audible narration along with the Kindle version and listened to it at every opportunity. I probably listened to more of it than I read, and I feel the audiobook format suited the sweeping story. I love a good paper book but reading in this way with the combined power of audiobook and ebook was a great way to get more reading done, something I tend to struggle with in this “young children” season of life.
It features a range of characters who are all connected in one way or another, and flits between the time before and after the Georgia flu wiped out most of the world’s population.
I could see why my husband didn’t like it – it’s not your typical post-apocalyptic thriller. It was poetic, it was about the importance of art, and it was about the strength and weakness of the human spirit. I was captivated by it.
Also on the go
- Dirty and Divine – Alice B Grist
- The Museum of Extraordinary Things – Alice Hoffman
- 31 Songs – Nick Hornby
- Moondial – Helen Cresswell