Books. I love them.
How well I remember Charlotte's Web, The Boxcar Children, Nancy Drew (all of them!), The Outsiders, The Hobbit, Treasure Island, The Scarlet Letter and later, the book to end all books as far as I was concerned - The Great Gatsby. I believe I have read The Grapes of Wrath about three times and oh! - East of Eden - wow - and Jack Kerouac and Oscar Wilde, Thomas Wolfe, Janet Frame, Stephen King, James Michener, Leo Tolstoy, Flannery O'Connor, Charles Dickens (Barkis is willin'!), Tennesee Williams, John Fante, Truman Capote, Edith Wharton, Theodore Dreiser and later, oh - the incredible work of Denis Johnson, Muriel Spark, Henry James, Virginia Woolf (To the Lighthouse: best book ever. Fight me.) A Confederacy of Dunces (my god.), Daphne Du Maurier (!), Saul Bellow, Philip Roth, Zadie Smith, David Foster Wallace, Dave Eggers, John Ajvide Lindqvist, Amos Oz, Sinclair Lewis - I can keep making this list for days. Bookworm is not the word for people like me. Nor bibliophile. Words become worlds and the worlds I have read and continue to read make my life so much richer. I'm similarly well versed in films. Don't get me started on that list!
Then, much to the delight of Audible, no doubt, I discovered audiobooks. I was done for. In the period since 2016, this is an incomplete list of the books I have listened to:
Stephen King: (It, Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile, The Body, The Stand) The Fractured Republic (Yuval Levin), A People’s History of the United States (Howard Zinn) Lost in Yonkers (Neil Simon), Sapiens: A Brief History, Homo Deus, (Yuval Harari) Major Barbara (George Bernard Shaw) Stories of Your Life (Ted Chiang) Lies My Teacher Told Me (James W. Loewen) Invisible Man (Ralph Ellison), In the Garden of the Beasts (Eric Larsen) Twelve Angry Men (Reginald Rose), Broken Glass (Arthur Miller) Letter to a Christian Nation (Sam Harris) The Misanthrope (Moliere) The Fireman (Joe Hill) The 5th Wave (Rick Yancey), The Elementals (Michael McDowell) Dead Wake (Eric Larson) Wool Trilogy (Hugh Howey) Speed the Plow (David Mamet) Mizlansky/Zilinksy (Jon Robin Baits) The History of White People (Nell Irvin Painter) Don Quixote (Miguel de Cervantes) Tolstoy (War & Peace, Anna Karenina) Crime & Punishment (Dostoyevsky) Fathers & Sons (Turgenev) Mrs. Dalloway, The Voyage Out (Virginia Woolf), The Plot Against America (Roth), Let Me In (Lindqvist), Madame Bovary (Flaubert), Consider the Lobster (Wallace), Bartelby the Scrivener (Melville), Catch 22 (Heller), The Master and Margarita (Bulgakov), Robot Dreams, (Asimov), Slouching Toward Bethlehem (Didion), The Wings of the Dove (James), The Turn of the Screw (James), Vanity Fair (Thackeray), The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (Spark), Regarding the Pain of Others (Sontag), Tribe (Junger), My Struggle (Knausgaard), The End of the Affair (Greene), Snow Crash (Stephenson), Wishful Drinking (Fisher), The Machine Stops (Forster), Burnt Offerings (Marasco), Small, Great Things (Picoult), For the Relief of Unbearable Urges (Englander), The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglas, The Secret History (Tartt), The Idiot (Dosoyevsky), The Odyssey (Homer) Did You Make it This Far? (Julie Gray) Told you I was a bookworm. And you doubted me!