....the audiobook edition! I've continued to not have as much time to read as I would like, so I've remedied that by searching the audiobook section of the library (through my Overdrive app). I love that I can still get some books in this way.
Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari:
This book is a commentary on what dating is like in our current digital age and how relationships are impacted by the use of texts, emails and online dating. It's an interesting observation on our culture today, with research and data to back it up. It's not a thorough analysis but I think it captures the phenomenon of a dating culture in an accurate and compelling way, especially since it comes from his point of view. I appreciated his tone (made more apparent because I listened to him read this) and enjoyed his perspective on this topic.
The Story of the Lost Child by Elena Ferrante:
This is the fourth and last installment of Ferrante's Neopolitan series and I found it stunning. Ferrante is a masterful storyteller and the way she fleshed out these characters over the span of six decades kept me wondering if this was based on real life experiences and people. I had renewed appreciation for the previous books while reading this one and maybe because of that reason this one might be my favorite of the four. I was also impressed by how she was able to describe the complexities of motherhood, balancing a career, friendship, relationships and feminism through these characters.
Lila by Marilynne Robinson:
I read this book earlier this year and it's probably my favorite book of this year so far. It is quiet, lovely and makes your heart ache from the way she portrays humanity - vulnerable, resilient, desperate, searching and kind. When I came across the audiobook, I decided to read it a second time and I'm having a different experience with it this way - it makes me feel so sad it's almost unbearable...
Winnie the Pooh by A. A. Milne:
I did a summer study abroad at Cambridge during my law school years a few years ago, and I can recall my international law professor vividly when I think back on that time. He was past his 80s, brilliant, and a wonderful teacher. He was a great lover of gin and the Winnie the Pooh stories - he said because of its simplicity, humor and wisdom. He would quote from it all the time during class and I think of him often while going through this audiobook with Sloane.