Call it the teacher in me, but I really like to read. In recent years, I have fallen behind on reading books that are for me. When I was teaching, it was materials for the classroom. I read a lot of chapter books to keep up with Children’s Literature. Then, it was reading to my boys. I could tell you all about the latest adventure of Jack and Annie in the Magic Treehouse books, but I could not keep up with books on the NY Times Best Sellers list.
I would sit and read my friend Nancy’s blog about all of the books that has read and wish I had read more of them. Yes, I could have read if I really wanted to. After all, I read all of the Harry Potter books, Twilight Series and others since I had my boys. The dilemma that I had over the last two and a half years since having JSL is I found another past time that I love. That passion is for knitting. Hearing the clicking and clacking of my needles as I work on a project is therapeutic. I love making things for my family, friends and others.
A solution was to find books on CD and listen to them while knitting. I even used an audio book in my classroom once and the kids loved this different strategy to literature (great for listening comprehension skills). I tried listening to books on CD, but did not like them while knitting. Hauling my computer was a pain and I still heard everything else in the background.
The other day it dawned on me. There are MP3’s of books that I can get from our library. Duh, I have an MP3 player and can put them onto it. Sunday, I put The Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs onto my MP3 player. I sat there and heard chapter after chapter as I knitted away on my soon to be born nephew’s blanket. As I type this, I only have a few chapters left to listen to and the blanket is onto the third skein. I already have my next MP3 book waiting to "read" while I multitask.
Since I am so behind on must-read books for adults, my question for this week is:
What book(s) do you recommend for me to try to get on MP3 to "read" while knitting? Thanks in advance for any suggestions, I really appreciate it.
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So sorry, I don’t have any book to recommend.
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For Your Listening Pleasure by David Sedaris is supposed to be hilarious, but I haven’t listened to it yet. Or, on the flip side, Stephen King.
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Oh where oh where to begin? The Kite Runner. Persian Girls, A Thousand Splendid Suns. All of Philippa Gregory’s works.
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I don’t have any to reccom!! Aloha
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oooo the only books i can recommend you now is something concerned with economics marketing or civil law.. so either of them, they just suck .. si better just say way to go to knitting!
Happy Friday! My Aloha is up too:)
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Wow- what a cool idea!
I like to listen to the motivational stuff.
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I’m not sure what books are on MP3. If they are on MP3 my two favorite books are Standing in the Rainbow and Everything After.
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I don’t know, but it’s funny, because I’ve been thinking of doing the same thing – esp now that we don’t have TV! Good question, I’ll check back and see your answers. ;)
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My husband loves audio books! He listens to movitational and inspirational books the most. His favorite so far is Dave Ramsey. I like Nicholas sparks books myself! How fun!
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what a great idea… I am reading Richard Castle new book now. May be you would like that one.
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I am a huge fan of Jodi Picoult!
David Sedaris is a great suggestion, he’s hysterical. He reads his own stuff and the books I’ve listened to have had some live (in front of an audience) readings as well.
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That is a great question and guess what? I have that same mp3 player! lol
What about a thriller based book like James Patterson? The suspense might keep your hands moving. lol
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I suck! I don’t read much other than blogs. Blogging and taking care of my kids takes up all my time these days. I personally like John Grisham novels though.
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I highly recommend reading any of Karen Kingsbury’s books. But not without a box of tissues! If you’re looking for some good reads, I have several book reviews on my blog you can check out.
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Ooh I wish I knew. Glad you already have some great suggestions!
Enjoy your weekend.
I would love to learn to knit! and crotchet!
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I loved listening to books on CD. We do that when we travel.
How about the Anne Rice Vampire books?
Sorry, wish I could help!
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I’m not big into reading so I’m of no help to you. I could be big into listening to books, though. lol i should try that. :)
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Have you read Janet Evanovich? I love her books – nice and easy to digest while you knit.
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I have no clue what kind of books you can get on MP3, I don’t have one.
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I really liked that book, too. I remember there was another knitting-type book but I can’t remember the name. It wasn’t as good as this one, though.
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Two books I read over the summer were The Tea Rose and The Winter Rose by Jennifer Donnelly it is a series and the 3rd book is coming out this spring I think.
I have no idea if they are on MP3 but I really liked them.
Good luck with your knitting & reading. That’s a great idea, I actually do both too, and never thought to combine them.
What a great idea! I just downloaded Dear John to my reader. I thought that sounded good. Jen Lancaster is a great author that I just discovered that is hilarious!
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