Slice of Life: Returning Audible Books, Kids Reading and More Summer Reading Lists…

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Slice of Life is a regular update on the latest in my life. This is where I write about my books, movies, tv, food, fashion, family or whatever subjects are on my mind that week. It’s just a little glimpse of my “slice.”

  1. Did you know you can return your Audible books for any reason and get your credit refunded? I recently was so upset about wasting a credit on a book I DNFed (see my post on the DNF) and I complained about it to my husband. He then bestowed upon me this knowledge about Audible returns. Turns out, he is right! According to my research, they will cut you off from returns if you abuse the practice, so be careful and use it wisely (and probably sparingly).
  2. I am getting ready for summer reading with my kids and even though we read all the time, my oldest is still pretty unimpressed with it (and it just breaks my little bookworm heart). However, earlier this week when we finished our latest chapter book we are reading together (Magic Tree House), I let him record it as the first book on his summer reading log. This sparked something in him and made him much more excited about summer reading. He can’t wait to add more to the list! (Another strategy: letting him watch the first movie in a series. For example, Harry Potter or Percy Jackson…and then READING the second book. See what I did there?) Here is a great free kids summer reading list printable to download.
  3. Here are some really good strategies for carving out more time in your day to read. I am anticipating reading less this summer because I will have the kids with me more. I think this will especially will affect my audio book listening. Looking for as many tricks as I can find.
  4. I love reading thrillers in the summer. I find them mostly to be light and easy to read with exciting elements that keep me interested, even when I have other distractions (kids in the pool, etc). So, I have been counting down to next week (the official first week of summer in our area), by releasing suggested thrillers to read each week under different categories. Next week is the last installment, “Tried and True Classics,” and then I will have my curated list of 37 thrillers to read this summer ready to go.
  5. Last week, I shared a few stellar summer reading lists that have come out recently. Here are a couple more: New York Times, The Art of Simple YA (backlist) Books

On the Blog this Week:

Summer is for Thrillers #4: Dark and Twisty

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Books from the Last Ten Years

Recipe: Watermelon Mint Champagne Cocktail

Currently Reading:

I am about halfway through Run Away (e-book: snapped it up when it was $1.99 for Kindle Daily Deals) about a father trying to rescue his daughter from a dark life of drugs and crime and really enjoying it. I really need my characters to be likable but still complicated (i.e. not perfect) and Coben does a good job of that in this book. I am only a few pages in to The Gown (paperback) but so far, it seems like it is going to be charming.

Just Finished:

I had heard so many good things about Emma in the Night. Including that it was very underrated. I did like it but never really cared enough for the characters to make it a highly-rated read. For Dark Matter, I joined a buddy read for June on Instagram. It was available from the library (Libby library app) so I snapped it up and read it in a matter of days. I found it to be fast-paced, highly entertaining and totally unputdownable.

Did Not Finish:

I have been hearing about Verity just about every day for the past couple months and was super excited when I found the e-book on sale through Amazon. Alas, I think this author is not for me. It was way too dark and twisty and was starting to go in a direction I did not enjoy so I DNFed after about 100 pages.

Likely Up Next:

Me thinks I need a break from thrillers. I keep hearing so many good things about Southern Lady Code, a book of essays about Southern life and womanhood. Living in the South (even the “Texas South” as opposed to the “Deep South”), I think it will resonate with me. In addition, essays are so great when you need something easy to ready amongst summer activities and distractions. My sweet neighbor down the street and I are going to buddy read Inheritance together in June. Super excited to have a real person to chat with about a book!

Listening to:

Just started Crazy Rich Asians on audio. So far, so good!

I am hoping to get to the new episode of the Sarah’s Bookshelves Live podcast soon because her guest is none other than Mary Laura Philpot, author of I Miss You When I Blink (LOVED. THAT. BOOK.) Alas, kids being home full time means I am having a harder time listening to pretty much anything other than Radio for Kids on Pandora. Such is this blessed life!

What are you reading this week?

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