So, I bonded with this woman over a conversation about audio books last night. Billy and I went to a friends house for their son's high school graduation party. I felt like a real adult (I know I'm a real adult, but I feel and often think like a teenager). All these 18 year old kids were around and it was strange for me not being the kid at the grown folks' party. I even found myself encouraging the new grads to "enjoy these years, do your work, but enjoy your college days". My college days are only a few years behind me, but it seems like so long ago...especially in the presence of kids just starting out.
Anyway, I was just chatting with this lady...I forget what we were talking about, but somewhere in our conversation she asked me if I listened to audio books. Of course I couldn't believe the coincidence...as you know, I just finished The Bondwoman's Narrative today...which I told her...and so the bonding commenced. I was actually relieved that we had something to talk about (I was in a particularly anti-social mood, so I didn't have the energy or the desire to engage in silence-filler awkward-stranger small talk). We talked about other stuff too, but she had so much knowledge of and love for my new-found hobby...so by the end of the night, I was glad I came.
Although I actually read The Secret Life of Bees, she recommended I listen to it as well. I had planned on reading it again (I re-read books--really good books--all the time--just like I re-watch movies all the time), but I think it would be cool to experience it on tape. After that one, I'm planning to listen to the Bridget Jones' Diary books and the Shopaholic series (a.k.a. Bridget Jones' knock-offs) by Sophie Kinsella. Apparently they're read in English accents...yay! She also recommended some spiritual or religious books too, which I might listen to. I think it would be cool to listen to the Bible. Whether you're religious or not, what cool stories...you know?
I'm getting a library card A.S.A.P. No, I don't have a library card. I never got one when I moved here... just never got around to it. I like to buy books. I LIVE in Barnes and Noble, and never really had a need to check books out of the library. I think it may be because of the re-reading thing. It's weird that I'm finally getting library cards (for the city and the suburbs) not to get books but to check out tapes. From what I hear the tapes are a bit more expensive that books. I'll most likely listen to one book a week, and have zero interest in spending hundreds of dollars a year on them.
I still prefer reading to the audio thing, so I figure I'll listen to the audio versions of books I would like as movies, but wouldn't necessarily read...and listen to books I enjoyed reading instead of (or before) reading them again. Did that make sense? Like, I'll definitely be listening to those books by Eric Jerome Dickie and E. Lynn Harris., as well as Zora Neal Hurston's Their Eye's Were watching God...I'm sure I'll read that book at least 10 times in my life...I'm already halfway there.