Tomorrow brings more than predictable heat and humidity, though. June is Audiobook Month. Here is a link from Books on Tape about celebrating audio: http://www.booksontape.com/june-is-audiobook-month. I want to put in my 2 cents as well. On the drive to the office this morning (yes, as many of you are going on summer breaks, my colleagues and I are headed back for summer classes; 4 classes in 10 weeks for me), I finished reading a book "with my ears." In the commuting and travelling I will do this summer, I will add to my #bookaday lists dozens of books I might not have had the chance to read. I started THE SECRET GARDEN in the last 10 minutes of my commute this morning. You know, I do not recall having read this book (shame on me!), and I have fallen in love with the language and with the narrator already. Last month I listened to a full-cast reading of tales from the Brothers Grimm. Last summer I listened to Anne of Green Gables, another book I had missed in my childhood.
I can read with my ears while driving, sitting in an airplane, working around the house. I appreciate what audiobooks add to my reading. I can read more diverse books without dialect, word choice, etc. interfering. I can read adult books when I have the chance to squeeze in a few. I can revisit old favorites (Grasshopper Jungle) and find new ones (the aforementioned Anne of Green Gables). And did I mention, I can do some of this reading for FREE?
Check out Guys Listen with Jon Scieszka and Rose Brock: http://www.guyslisten.com/.
Learn about listening with a critical ear via Mary Burkey's audiobook lexicon: https://www.ebscohost.com/uploads/novelist/pdf/Audiobook_Lexicon_from_Audiobooks_for_Youth_by_Mary_Burkey.pdf.
Put on your reading ears and enjoy the sounds of fabulous narrators bringing books old and new to life.