SYNC: YA Literature Into Your Earbuds Program

It’s almost that time of year again, the SYNC: YA Literature Into Your Earbuds program. This year marks the program’s sixth year and it continues to grow.

I’m a huge fan of audio books. I didn’t like audio books for a while because I felt that it was more like talk radio and that I wasn’t really reading a book. I hung onto that belief for a long until I decided to give an audio book a chance. So I downloaded a James Patterson audio book from the local library’s website and never looked back. The first audio book I read was an Alex Cross, unfortunately I don’t remember the title. I remember the sound effects, the music, the narrator.

Now that I’m heavy into audiobooks, there are certain books that I will only read the audio version because I like the narrator and the sound effects.  James Patterson’s Alex Cross series and the Murder Women’s Club series, J.D. Robb’s (Nora Roberts) In Death series, and Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series are a few series that I prefer the audio versions.

This year’s selections look very interesting. I’m looking forward to reading them.

If you haven’t tried audio book, I urge you to try one this summer.  Try SYNC.  SYNC is a free summer audiobook program for listeners aged 13+. From May 7th to August 13th, SYNC gives away two complete audiobook downloads a week – a current young adult title along with a thematically paired classic or required summer reading title.


May 7 – May 13

BEAUTIFUL CREATURES by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl   Narrated by Kevin T. Collins with Eve Bianco (Hachette Audio)

REBECCA by Daphne du Maurier   Narrated by Anna Massey (Hachette Audio)

May 14 – May 20

DODGER by Terry Pratchett    Narrated by Stephen Briggs (HarperAudio)

GREAT EXPECTATIONS by Charles Dickens  Narrated by Anton Lesser (Naxos AudioBooks)

 May 21 – May 27

X: A NOVEL by Ilyasah Shabazz with Kekla Magoon  Narrated by Dion Graham with Ilyasah Shabazz (Brilliance Audio)

HERE IN HARLEM by Walter Dean Myers    Narrated by Muhammad Cunningham, Michael Early, Patricia R. Floyd, Kevin R. Free, Arthur French, Dion Graham, Nathan Hinton, Ezra Knight, Robin Miles, Lizan Mitchell, Gail Nelson, Monica Patton, Charles Turner (Live Oak Media)

 May 28 – June 3

THE RING AND THE CROWN by Melissa de la Cruz   Narrated by Jennifer Ikeda (Recorded Books, Inc.)

SEA HEARTS by Margo Lanagan    Narrated by Eloise Oxer & Paul English (Bolinda Publishing)

June 4 – June 10

A CORNER OF WHITE by Jaclyn Moriarty    Narrated by Fiona Hardingham, Andrew Eiden, Kate Reinders & Peter McGowan (Scholastic Audiobooks)

DRACULA by Bram Stoker   Narrated by David Horovitch, Jamie Parker, Joseph Kloska and a full cast (Naxos AudioBooks)

 June 11 – June 17

THE LIVING by  Matt de la Pena   Narrated by Henry Leyva (Brilliance Audio)

THE PERFECT STORM: A TRUE STORY OF MEN AGAINST THE SEA by Sebastian Junger  Narrated by Richard Davidson (Recorded Books, Inc.)

 June 18 – June 24

ROSE UNDER FIRE by Elizabeth Wein           Narrated by Sasha Pick (Bolinda Publishing)

ANNE FRANK REMEMBERED by Miep Gies & Alison Leslie Gold        Narrated by Barbara Rosenblat (Oasis Audio)

 June 25 – July 1

MONSTER by Walter Dean Myers   Narrated by a Full Cast; Afterword read by the author (Listening Library)

LORD OF THE FLIES Written and Narrated by William Golding (Listening Library)

 July 2 – July 8

ECHOES OF AN ANGEL by Aquanetta Gordon with Chris Macias   Narrated by Robin Miles (christianaudio)

BUDDHA BOY by Kathe Koja    Narrated by Spencer Murphy & The Full Cast Family (Full Cast Audio)

 July 9 – July 15

THE EXPLORERS CLUB by Nell Benjamin      Performed by Jack Cutmore-Scott, Carson Elrod, David Furr, John Getz, Martin Jarvis, David Krumholtz, Lorenzo Pisoni, Jennifer Westfeldt & Matthew Wolf (L.A. Theatre Works)

AROUND THE WORLD IN EIGHTY DAYS by Jules Verne   Narrated by Michael Prichard (Tantor Audio)

 July 16 – July 22

CROWS & CARDS by Joseph Helgerson        Narrated by MacLeod Andrews (Brilliance Audio)

THE ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN by Mark Twain     Narrated by Robin Field (Mission Audio)

 July 23 – July 29

MARCH by Geraldine Brooks         Narrated by Richard Easton (Penguin Audio)

LITTLE WOMEN by Louisa May Alcott          Narrated by Kate Reading (Listening Library)

 July 30 – August 5


Narrated by J.D. Jackson (Brilliance Audio)

JOHN BALL’S IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT Adapted by Matt Pelfrey   

Performed by  Ryan Vincent Anderson, Michael Hammond, Kalen Harriman, Travis Johns, James Morrison, Darren Richardson & Tom Virtue (L.A. Theatre Works)

 August 6 – August 13

UNDER A WAR-TORN SKY by L.M. Elliott     Narrated by Elizabeth Wiley (Tantor Audio)

THE OLD BROWN SUITCASE by Lillian Boraks-Nemetz   Narrated by Sofia Newman (Post Hypnotic Press)

Download Details
• Downloads are in MP3 format and are Mac and Windows compatible.

• Downloads will operate through OverDrive’s Media Console.

• Most listening devices are supported.

• Each SYNC audiobook will be available for download for a period of 7 days (only).

RN SKY by L.M. Elliott     Narrated by Elizabeth Wiley (Tantor Audio)

THE OLD BROWN SUITCASE by Lillian Boraks-Nemetz   Narrated by Sofia Newman (Post Hypnotic Press)


It’s Monday! What am I doing?

Today my usual post would be about what books I am reading for the week. However, between work (as usual), school (as usual), and being a little under the weather, I have fallen a little behind in my reading. I am still reading, but at a slower pace. I have finished, but not posted any reviews, the couple of books that I started reading last week.
I am reading The Returned by Jason Mott. The ABC TV show, Resurrection, is based on this book. It’s very interesting so far. I’m not sure how I would react if a loved one returned from the dead as nothing ever happened to them. I think I’d be a little freaked out about the whole thing.
Last week school work took up most of my free time and all day yesterday. Ugh! I have recently returned to school to earn my Bachelor of Science degree in Information Management Systems at the University of Maryland, University College. The research took a little longer than I had anticipated. But “it’s all good,” as the kids say today.
Today, though, in lieu of sitting in front of my computer and attending meetings, I am attending Computers in Libraries conference in Washington DC. It’s a little further commute here than to my good government job, but it’s well worth the trip. I have mapped out the next three days with eagerness to learn about library technology and websites. I didn’t realize at first how much I enjoyed my job and how much I enjoy finding out how things work. But I do. So I must admit to myself that I am library geek. I love learning about the latest technology gidget and widget for libraries. I love books. I love borrowing books from the library. I love my job, at the Library of Congress, of course. I am a LIBRARY GEEK, SUPPORTER, WORKER! And I say it with pride.
I’ll write a wrap-up post about the whole conference, but I promise it won’t be boring. Enjoy your week, readers!
Thanks for reading with me.

It’s Monday! What are you reading?

It's MondayIt’s Monday! What are you reading is hosted by Book Journey.

Last week I was finishing the homework for a required college course, Introduction to Research. Although I didn’t have to complete a research paper, I spent enough researching “what effects does fast food have on obesity in childhood?” that I could have written a paper.  Then with the final for the class, I didn’t spend much time reading or in front of a computer. But I’m pleased to say that I’m certain that I earned  an A in the class. (Yay!) So I’m still reading most of my books from last week.

The Gods of GuiltThis week I’m reading The Gods of Guilt book by Michael Connelly that I always enjoy as an audio book.

Summary: Defense attorney Mickey Haller returns with a haunting case in the gripping new thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author Michael Connelly. Mickey Haller gets the text, “Call me ASAP – 187,” and the California penal code for murder immediately gets his attention. Murder cases have the highest stakes and the biggest paydays, and they always mean Haller has to be at the top of his game.When Mickey learns that the victim was his own former client, a prostitute he thought he had rescued and put on the straight and narrow path, he knows he is on the hook for this one. He soon finds out that she was back in LA and back in the life. Far from saving her, Mickey may have been the one who put her in danger.Haunted by the ghosts of his past, Mickey must work tirelessly and bring all his skill to bear on a case that could mean his ultimate redemption or proof of his ultimate guilt.

While Beauty SleptI’m also reading a book, While Beauty Slept by Elizabeth Blackwell, that I saw reviewed on another blog. It piqued my curiosity so I borrowed the book from my local library. I hope I enjoy it as much as she did.

Summary: A beautiful princess lies in a sleep so deep it is close to death. Was Sleeping Beauty revived by a prince’s kiss? What really happened in that tower so long ago?

While Beauty Slept re-imagines the legend through the lens of historical fiction, telling the story as if it really happened. A Gothic tale of suspense and ambition, love and loss, it interweaves the story of a royal family and the servants who see behind the glamorous facade, following the journey of a young woman as she lives out a destiny that leads her to the brink of death.

I’m almost finished reading both books and should be posting their reviews later in the week.

What are you reading this week? Thanks for reading with me.