By on November 28, 2017

I have always wanted reading to be part of my bed time routine. Unfortunately, I can’t seem to prioritize it over binging on Riverdale or scrolling through the ‘gram. Not to mention I am asleep before 5 minutes of any of those activities because #slothlife.

I finally decided to approach this from a different angle. I spend a ton of time in my car and finally realized that would be the perfect opportunity to read. And by read I mean listen. Audiobooks are my new best friend, although they can be kind of expensive so I think I am going to become a regular at the library. I never thought I would say this, but I have even been looking forward to my morning commute now that it involves a good book and some coffee.

My only complaint about audiobooks is not being able to dog-ear pages and mark things up. I feel like I am betraying an old friend because I love real books – I love bookstores, the excitement of holding a new book in your hands, and the feel of a well-loved book that has been around for years. But until my life provides enough downtime for me to finally cozy up with a book in hand, audiobooks will have to do.

Here’s what I’ve been listening to lately:

Braving the Wilderness by Brené Brown

After seeing her books on the best seller tables at bookstores for so long, I decided it was time for me to see what all the fuss was about. I am now a big fan of Brené Brown am asking for the hard copy of this book for Christmas. I love that her books are rooted in her research. Everything she wrote about “true belonging” really resonated with me and I just loved every minute of this book and wanted to do praise hands often while driving.

Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

John Green is one of my favorite authors, which makes me a forever young adult. I had never sobbed through a book until I read The Fault in Our Stars and Paper Towns solidified my love of his writing. I didn’t find this story as enchanting as the others, and mentally dog-eared fewer pages in this book than his others. Don’t worry, John, still a huge fan.

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

I watched one episode of this show a long time ago and was very intrigued but hadn’t thought about it until I got the audiobook. This book was a lot like listening to friends gossip for a solid 13 hours. But of course I was hooked because I knew something crazy was going to go down at some point. It was very addicting and although it wasn’t the most profound book ever, it definitely made my drives go by faster.

The Look of Love by Sarah Jio (currently listening)

To be honest, I’m currently listening to this book because there was slim pickings at Half Priced Books. This author has apparently written a number of best sellers. So far I am digging it. Coincidentally the first part of the book takes place in Seattle during Christmas time. Feels a little serendipitous!

What books are you reading? What audiobooks should I get on the lengthy waiting list for at the library? Have you ever pulled up next to someone who was listening to an audiobook so loud you could hear it? I just want to know I’m not the only one.

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    Robin Stetler

    November 28, 2017

    Thank you for sharing! So wise to use your commute time this way. I’m making a note of these books. I just read The Letter by Kathryn Hughes and I’m currently reading another one of her books called The Secret. Both are poignant. I also just read The Blue Lagoon written in 1908 by Henry De Verr Stacpoole which was beautifully written. I loved the Outback books by Aaron Fletcher too. Please keep sharing your recommendations!

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    November 29, 2017

    This was good information. I was digging around looking to see if I could find you an audio book…and I had picked out 2 of the above for you (Turtles All the Way and Big Little Lies)…funny. My search continues…



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