TAKING ON THE 2019 AUDIO BOOKS CHALLENGE

This challenge was originally issued by “Hot Listens” and “Caffeinated Reviewer,” but I came across it on one of my favorite blogs, “Carla Loves to Read.” Carla has planned to read 50 audio books in 2019.  Having come fairly lately to audio books, and being a visual learner, I am not willing to commit to that many audiobooks, but I will  attempt to listen to 30 in 2019.

Here is the first review of Mitch Albom’s For One More Day.  Most of this book I listened to while in the car. I had read other books by Albom (specifically Tuesdays with Morrie, Marley and Me, and The Five People You Meet in Heaven) and was prepared to become teary-eyed, but For One More Day was a heartbreaker.  It was also heart-wrenching as family secrets were revealed to the main character, “Chick” . Albom’s recurrent theme of unsuccessfully trying to please one’s father, and in this character’s case, taking one’s mother’s love for granted made the story hard to hear. Perhaps I would have handled it better had I read it in print.

The title comes from wishing for “one more day to set things right.” Chick was granted that day with his mother.

 

Author: Rae Longest

This year (2019) finds me with 50 years of teaching "under my belt." I have taught all levels from pre-K "(library lady" or "book lady"--volunteer) to juniors, seniors, and graduate students enrolled in my Advanced Writing class at the university where I have just completed 30 years. My first paying teaching job was junior high, and I spent 13 years with ages 12-13, the "difficult years." I had some of the "funnest" experiences with this age group. When I was no longer the "young, fun teacher," I taught in an elementary school setting before sixth graders went on to junior high, teaching language arts blocs, an assignment that was a "dream-fit" for me. After completing graduate school in my 40s, I went on to community college, then university teaching. Just as teaching is "in my blood," so is a passion for reading, writing, libraries, and everything bookish. This blog will be open to anyone who loves books, promotes literacy and wants to "come out and play."

7 thoughts on “TAKING ON THE 2019 AUDIO BOOKS CHALLENGE”

  1. Ooo… I love the sound of this challenge – maybe I’ll finally get sufficiently organised to listen to some books! Thank you for this review – but I’ll give this one a miss. I try to avoid heartbreak, these days…

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