Listening to audiobooks has revolutionised my reading life. However, they are not without their limitations, and I have seen them criticised on some platforms as not "really" reading. This has got me thinking about today’s debate topic – can audiobooks ever replace print?
Mr Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan: Fun, Quirky Bookworm’s Delight!
Rating: 4 stars Category: Mystery/ Adventure Synopsis: Clay Jannon has just lost his marketing position after the company went bust. Unemployed and increasingly desperate, he takes a job as the night clerk at Mr Penumbra's 24 Hour Bookstore. His eccentric employer has only 2 requirements: 1. A detailed record of every single customer must be made in the ancient logbook at the front desk. 2. Clay must never open any of the books. One night, when there are no customers, Clay can no longer suppress his curiosity and opens one of the forbidden books. Its contents will draw him into a centuries-old unsolved mystery...
Invisible Women by Caroline Criado Perez: Fortify Your Feminism!
Rating: 3 stars Category: Non-Fiction Synopsis: From limited career progression to queueing for aaaages in the ladies' loos, there are some struggles that women across the world have resigned themselves to. But what if it didn't have to be like that? In this collection of case studies covering cities, the workplace, hospitals, disaster zones and beyond, Caroline Criado Perez reveals how, in a modern society that revolves around data, women are being systematically excluded.