Did someone say free audio books?

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I am in the midst of my last week of classes!  Don't celebrate too hard, it's not my last week ever, but it is the last week of this semester.  My professors this fall have been wonderful, but very demanding, and I am glad that I can see the light at the end of the tunnel.

I spent most of this weekend working on a presentation that I'm making this evening.  It is awesome and worthy of an A, but I did get so busy tweaking it that I forgot to upload my pictures.  Fear not fellow foodies, because I do have something to say.  

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I just started reading Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen, and it is AWESOME!  The characters are well developed and complex.  It has some dark parts, so make sure that you have your tissues handy, but there are several funny moments as well.  I hear that the movie was also good so maybe I'll check that out once I'm finished.

I want to mention that I downloaded this book for free from my local library.  In North Carolina, everyone who has a library card is eligible to download audio books and eBooks.  I imagine that there is something similar set up in other states as well.

You have to download a software called Overdrive Media to be able to access the audio book files.  You are allowed to download up to four at a time and after the lending period they will expire automatically and you can delete them from your computer.

To get started just stop by your local library and get a library card.  They will be able to help you navigate the digital library there.  Audio books from iTunes are generally around $25 so this service represents a huge savings for me.  I also like to listen to lighter, funnier things when I am working out.

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I'm also reading Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris, but that one is a paperback so I have it by my bed.  It is the hilarious memoirs of the time that he worked as an elf at Santa's Village at Macy's.  It's only about 150 pages so if you're looking for something light and quick to get you in the holiday spirit, this would be a good pick.

What are you reading?  I'm always looking for a new page turner.

I'm going to upload my pictures like a good little girl and return tomorrow with more delicious low carb recipes.  Until then, happy reading!


  1. I love David Sedaris. Holidays on Ice is classic! Highly recommend his other books. I have about 5 of them if you want to borrow. Also, if you ever have a chance to see him, definitely do it. Ask Ryan about the freaky mathafocka.

  2. I just read "Room" by Emma Donoghue and it was one of the best books I've read in a long time. It's definitely dark but it is SO good and unlike anything I've ever read before. It's written from the perspective of a 5-year-old boy who was born in captivity after his mom was kidnapped 7 years prior. http://www.amazon.com/Room-A-Novel-Emma-Donoghue/dp/0316223239