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My Perfect Read

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Sunny Carito

I'm reading.

Driving back and forth between Los Angeles and San Francisco when I was in college on the horribly straight and boring interstate known as the 5, I started to listen to A Series of Unfortunate Events on cassette (yes, really) read by the incredible Tim Curry (there were a few read by the author but that was blessedly fleeting). This launched a love of audiobooks that became a multiple decade career in audiobook production and professional reviewing, and even inspired me to become a librarian.

Juggling work, commute, and a kid, audiobooks have frequently been the only way for me to find significant time to read. It’s been a long while since I popped a cassette into my car stereo, since I’m now usually plugged into an app. I consider spreading the good word of Overdrive a personal (and professional) mission. 

When I’m not using my ears to consume books I read the same genres, but with a large dose of comics thrown in. I’m a DC reader (Marvel movie fan). Batman is my favorite (especially when written by Frank Miller or Paul Dini), but I have long-honed love of indie books. Maybe it’s my theater background, but when multiple forces come together to tell me a story (pictures and words, words and performance) I find myself dazzled. Hopefully I can find something that will dazzle you too.

Favorite Genres:

  • Audiobooks (especially anything read by Scott Brick)
  • British Detective Mysteries
  • Fantasy
  • Graphic Novels
  • Psychological Thrillers
  • Quirky Non-Fiction
  • Young Adult Fiction and Children's Literature (as my reading interests and youth services career have dovetailed)

Multiple Reads/Listens

  • The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon
  • Assassination Vacation by Sarah Vowell, read by Sarah Vowell and many special guests
  • Bone by Jeff Smith
  • The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley
  • In Cold Blood by Truman Capote, read by Scott Brick
  • The Leviathan Series by Scott Westerfeld, read by Alan Cumming
  • Watership Down by Richard Adams

Graphic Novels

  • Good-bye, Chunky Rice by Craig Thompson
  • Kingdom Come by Mark Waid

Children/Young Adult:

  • The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill
  • A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket, read by Tim Curry

Adult:

  • The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America by Erik Larson, read by Scott Brick
  • Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, read by Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne
  • A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers, read by Dion Graham
  • Lonely Werewolf Girl by Martin Millar
  • The Lover's Dictionary by David Levithan
  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman, read by Neil Gaiman
  • The Scar by China Mieville

In my job as a Youth Services Librarian at the Pohick branch my hours vary, but you can usually find me there Tuesday evenings. Since I'm part time it may take a few days for me to be back in the library to see your messages, thanks for your patience!

I'd like to help you find your perfect read, so please complete the Let's Get Started form, and I will be in touch!

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