Hooray! I am so happy it’s June! If you could see me (please pretend I’m wearing something glamorous instead of the pjs I’m actually wearing), I’d be jumping up and down with excitement. I love audiobooks!
There is one aspect of audiobooks that keeps coming to mind. It’s how the world of audiobooks has created a comfortable space in which I can explore books outside of my comfort zone. Not only is it comfortable, it’s irresistible. It’s innocent at first. You select a title because you’ve wanted to read it. While listening to the audiobook, you discover that the narrator is an absolute revelation. Once you’ve finished that initial book, you immediately search for something else
Simon Vance that narrator has recorded. Then you find all sorts of titles you just have to read that were never even on your radar before.
It’s not just the narrators that will lead you into uncharted reading territory. Other audiobook lovers will as well. Throughout May, many of my Tweeps were participating in a major zombie celebration. I had such a great time following their audiobook adventures. I don’t normally care for zombies. They’re kind of gross, but I did happen to make one exception because of a narrator and had a great time. I found myself wanting to join in the fun. I’ve been following the reviews of the entire Armchair Audies team and there are so many new books that I’d love to read. Before Armchair Audies, I wouldn’t have looked into them because they fall outside of that rather small bookish box I find myself inhabiting. I don’t feel confined in that box in print as I do in audio. That’s precisely what I mean when I say that audiobooks makes me feel safe to explore all that is out there.
This JIAM, I’m going to focus on listening outside of my box. There will be zombies, science fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. Who knows what else I’ll have picked up over the course of the month. I’m going to have fun exploring. I’ll be recording my progress along the way. I’m beginning the month with For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When The Rainbow Is Enuf by Ntozake Shange. This book is a collection of poems that was first performed on Broadway in 1976. I don’t read much poetry and I’m fairly certain that this will be my first choreopoem. Thandie Newton is narrating and at just under 2 hours, it’s the perfect way to get my toes wet. I’m looking forward to the new experience.
June is packed with other audiobook goodness. I’ll be celebrating the 2012 Audie Awards while I’m in New York for the BEA Bloggers Convention and BEA next week. If you’d like to play along, the Armchair Audies Team has developed a ballot for the event. Please download a copy for yourself.
I will continue to work on the Listener’s List of Audiobook narrators. The votes are in for both male and female narrators. Over the course of the month, I’m hoping to build on the list. Although I haven’t had a chance to compile them yet, I’m planning on hosting several audiobook giveaways this month. Keep an eye out for all of that along the way.
At the end of the month, Jen from Devourer of Books is hosting her yearly Audiobook Week event. It’s going to be another awesome week of audiobook goodness. It’s being held at the end of the month this year because of the timing of BEA and the Audie Awards. I think I like that. It will send off the 2012 JIAM celebration with a bang.
Now that I’ve shared my thoughts and plans for June is Audiobook Month, I’d love to know how you #JIAM!