I have written about this before: I am a recent convert to the joy of audio books.
I have never been so up-to-date with current literature.
Since signing up to Audible's "£7.99 a month for one book a month" scheme I have been able to "read" the latest books almost as soon as they are published, instead of waiting until they reach my local library or paperback.
And actually, even then I have limited time to dedicate to sitting down with a novel as it requires me to do nothing else. So my ink-based reading has been slow this year.
I am a real multi-tasker.
Audio books allow me to knit or sew or walk or travel at the same time as "reading".
I have a great need for narrative in my life.
It reminds me that I need to keep writing too.
So what have I read this year?
Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld
This Must be the Place by Maggie O'Farrell
The Girls by Emma Cline
The Turning Point by Freya North
In Gratitude by Jenny Diski
My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante
Villette by Charlotte Bronte
The Strays by Emily Bitto
Out of Time by Miranda Sawyer
All at Sea by Decca Aitkenhead
The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry
Orphans of the Carnival by Carol Birch
Hamilton: The Revolution by Jeremy McCarter and Lin-Manuel Miranda
Swing Time by Zadie Smith
And ready to go: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, narrated by Thandie Newton
It is such a luxury to have someone read to me.
Especially someone with a magnificent ear for the "voices" of a narrative.
It works for me, and it also works for my elderly mother.
I did not blog about this, but at this time last year she had a medical emergency which resulted in her losing her sight. The doctors were able to give her vision back in one eye, but she is now partially blind.
I cannot imagine... ouf.
And because I was embroiled in other waiting room situations, a few hundred miles north, there was little I could do to help.
So I gifted her a "Listening Books" subscription.
They have a special service for the partially sighted: MP3-format CDs drop through her letterbox at regular intervals - as soon as she sends one back, another appears - brilliant!
She can ring up the nice young man in London and discuss her preferences.
We seem to have honed it down to "cosy murders"...