i listened to the audio books and they were amazing

October Wrap Up.

- The Music of Us by Beck Nicolas 5/5 

This was such a fun novella to read and just makes me even more excited to read The Last Days of Us by Beck Nicolas.

- Colorblind by Leah Harper Bowron 2/5 

I was interested to read Colorblind but felt it did not deliver. Read my spoiler free review for more of my thoughts. 

- Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo 5/5 

Six of Crows is one of my favourite reads of 2017 its absolutely brilliant. If you are wanting a great heist story with amazing diverse characters read this book. Spoiler free review.

- The True Colour of Forever by Carrie Firestone 4/5 

I loved that friendship was such a central theme in this book. The characters were well fleshed out and I felt like I got to know each of the main characters. A fun and serious contemporary that is well worth a read.

- Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J. K. Rowling 5/5 

I listened to the Harry Potter audio book for the first time and it was such a lovely way to reread the story. I loved Stephen Fry’s voices for each of the characters especially Dumbledore and Hagrid. I’m planning to listen to Chamber of Secrets in November. I highly recommend the audio books if you haven’t listened to them before.

- Annabelle and Gwendolyn by Patrick J. Wilmore 2/5 

The premise of Annabelle and Gwendolyn was really good but I felt the writing and the romances let the story down. Spoiler free review is coming soon.

- Turtles All the Way Down by John Green 5/5 

I LOVED THIS BOOK! The writing was absolutely beautiful and Aza’s story was so important. Spoiler free review.

October was such a great reading month. What books did you read in October?💕

Happy birthday Daniel.

Happy Birthday to Daniel Howell. I don’t know if I will ever meet you. So I’m putting my chances that maybe one day you will see this. Who knows maybe I’m just sending this out into the endless void that is the internet. Either way, I need to thank you from the bottom and top of my heart. 

You have helped me get through some hard times. Now you didn’t personally hold my hand or talk me through things. But your videos absolutely did. When I was laying in my university dorm awake at night it was always you and Phil that I turned to. I’m sure it has something to do with your soothing posh British voice. But those videos about how you nearly blinded yourself. Or how you talk to yourself. (A personal favourite) were the only things that could seem to make me laugh. I would actually be excited to get up in the mornings because I would listen to The amazing book is not on fire audio book on my way to class. I would literally be walking in the -40 dead of winter laughing to myself from the two of you. 

When I was finally ready to pull myself out of the pit of crappy mental health and crappy people surrounding me, it was yourself and Phil that helped me remember the happiness in the world that I thought I would never find again. So thank you, Daniel. For being a positive sunshine in this sometimes grey world. Even if your ascetics would peg everyone to believe otherwise. Oh and once again. Happy Birthday. You’re a year closer to death or some self-deprecating thing like that.

I hope you get spoiled like crazy for your birthday. @danielhowell  

Much love, Ashley Katherine.

Holy cow.

For your listening pleasure, here is the first chapter of the audio book. It’s narrated by the amazing Ari Fliakos.

Macmillan Audio gave me a little background on Ari and some of the work he’s done in theater and with The Wooster Group. They were ready to launch into an explanation of The Wooster Group and the brilliant theater they make when I held up and hand to stop them.

I went to school as an Experimental Theater major. The Wooster Group is to experimental theater what Switzerland is to chocolate. In short: Ari Fliakos is right for this book on so many levels.

Have a listen. While I’m sure you won’t cry like I did, you will hear my favorite male librarian, finally free of the page, sounding better than I could have dreamed.

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