I've rekindled my love for audio books recently. In the past, the only time I've listened to them was on road trips. But now I listen when I go jogging and when I'm doing mindless things around this house like dishes, laundry or cleaning. So I inundated the library with requests and now I have 7 or 8 downloaded to my iPod. Sometimes technology and I get along!
The Hobbit by J.R.R . Tolkein
I listened to this one on audio book. Loved it! When we were driving to SLC the summer we moved there, Peter and I listened to The LOTR trilogy which was read by the same man who reads The Hobbit. He is great! The nuances in his voice blew my mind- more so in LOTR. But he's still great in The Hobbit. I can see why this one is a classic. I hope I can read it with John one day.
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
I also listened to this one on audio book. This is the first book in the Hunger Games trilogy. This series is hugely popular. Every book club that I know of has read it. I am going through the series for one of my book clubs. There is a movie slated to come out within the next year, I believe. This book was very gripping and I'm looking forward to reading the other two. It is supposed to be a young adult novel. However, I don't really think it's appropriate for young adults because it contains disturbing material. It's very violent and the premise is somewhat Lord of the Flies-ish. Everyone I know who has read this series couldn't put it down. I'd recommend it as long as you know that you're not picking up a fluffy book about kittens and puppies frolicking in a field with butterflies. This one is considerably darker.
The Shaping of a Christian Home by Elisabeth Elliot
Elisabeth Elliot is one of my favorite Christian writers. Often while reading her books I find myself saying "she's writing what I'm thinking!" This was a memoir of her childhood and particularly how her parents structured their home and imparted their values. I loved reading this and would recommend it.