Just as I pulled into the parking lot of the library on Saturday morning for The Big Book Sale, I listened to the last lines of Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer. The most I will say about the book is that it was profoundly moving and I recommend that you read it. No. That's not quite right, either. I urge you to read it. I would almost pay you to read it. Why? Because I care about you. As you begin to read you may wonder how the whole thing will tie together in the end. But be patient. Thou shalt be rewarded.
The audio book I listened to was beautifully read by several voices - at least three that I could discern. It might actually be the sort of book better experienced in audio than read in the traditional way. I'll leave that up to you.
Feeling the need for something totally light-hearted after Extremely Loud, and on the advice of the librarian, I picked up the audio version of The Well Of Lost Plots by Jasper Fforde and am loving loving loving my daily commute because of it. (Remind me to send that librarian flowers). Why oh why haven't I heard of this series starring literary detective Tuesday Next? I think I should probably have started with the first book, The Eyre Affair, but it's too late now. No jumping out of the roller coaster in mid-roll. Thursday, a JurisFiction agent, has applied for a vacation assignment through the Character Exchange Program (a program designed to allow bookpeople a change of scenery; there had been a spate of characters actually escaping from their books, you see, and one simply can't have that!) and she has been assigned to Caversham Heights, an unpublished crime novel in the Well Of Lost Plots. The Well is comprised of 26 floors of "dingy sub-basements" beneath the Great Library. It is here that unpublished books are "constructed, honed and polished" to make them ready for a place in the library, where they can then be read by Outlanders (people in the real world). As Tuesday explains, "The failure rate is high."
An added delight is the reading by Elizabeth Saztre, who has a lovely voice and a bright British accent absolutely perfect for the task.
Bibliophiles of the world, rejoice. From thought provoking and wrenching to sheer unbounded fun - what a wild ride is reading!