I love books. I know, it’s obvious… but bear with me. Once in a while, a great book comes out in which books – or at least one book – become central to the plot.
For a real bibliophile, these books are often a treat. It’s fun to listen to an audiobook that clearly understands the importance of books in our lives. Take these for example:
The Thirteenth Tale: A Novel by Dianne Setterfield (read by Bianca Amato and Jill Tanner)
I absolutely adore this book. A reclusive author decides to tell her life story to a biographer. The story includes twins, ghosts, and fire. Everything about this book leaves you breathless and waiting for the next chapter. I couldn’t wait to read each chapter, but was devastated that I was that much closer to the end.
The History of Love by Nicole Krauss (read by George Guidall, Barbara Caruso, Julia Gibson, and Andy Paris)
Leo Gursky wrote a book about falling in love – when he was only ten years old – and thought the book was lost forever. His book isn’t lost; in fact it has inspired others. Alma, named after a character in the book, seeks answers about Leo and the love of his life.
This book has passages of Leo’s book within it. The characters are wonderful and compelling. I read this a few years ago and have lent my copy out so many times it has gone missing…
The Eyre Affair: A Thursday Next Novel by Jasper Fforde (read by Susan Duerdan)
Thursday Next is a literary detective. This Great Britain is in an alternate 1985 where time travel, cloning, and the importance of literature are all incredibly interesting. In this first installment of the series, Thursday must find out who is kidnapping integral characters from famous novels – including Jane Eyre. I love these books. The whimsical style and humorous tone is very appealing.
Fahrenheit 451 written and read by Ray Bradbury
This classic novel tackles censorship and defiance as a fireman whose job is to burn books learns that maybe his job isn’t as noble as he thinks. For ten years he burned books without question. Now a 17-year-old girl and a professor have introduced him to the idea that books might not have to be destroyed. There is a reason this is a classic. Read it – discuss it – enjoy it.
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