Four years ago I made a promise to myself. No longer would I be the girl at the party just nodding politely when the conversation turned to books and the like. No longer would I only pretend to be well-versed in trending literature while others rejoiced in the entertaining pages of the latest best seller. The Gone Girls and the Hunger Games and the 50 Shades of Sex Reading would elude me no more.
There was just one little problem … time. And the fact that I didn’t have any. And I was even one child down at the time!
It was then I discovered the true beauty of the audiobook. All the pleasure of reading without the pressure of carving out additional down time. I play those puppies while I’m in my car and make my commute, long or short, a delicious dose of indulgent me time.
Before you get all Audible crazy, there are a few risks you should be aware of. First, the narrator has an unfortunate amount of clout in this situation. A bad reader can ruin a perfectly acceptable book. I once suffered through an entire series (cough, cough, The Mazerunner) – three books – with a gentleman whose lisp made me daydream about a fictional man with a 3-year-old’s face. Conversely, I’ve been carried away to Australia, England and the inner depths of the soul by masterful, enchanting voices, too. It’s a roll of the dice.
Second, you still have an obligation to not drive like an asshole. I’ve had books both mesmerize and infuriate me while I was behind the wheel. I finished Gone Girl going 70 mph down the highway. That’s living dangerously, my friends.
These books are some of my favorites ever, of all time. Almost all of them are available on audiobook, but the good old fashioned bound versions are just as worthy of your time. I hope this summer is filled with stories that move you, change you and keep you entertained.
The Shack by William Paul Young
Me Before You by JoJo Moyes
Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
Wild by Cheryl Strayed
Looking for Alaska by John Green
The Walk Series by Richard Paul Evans
For the Love by Jen Hatmaker
Present over Perfect by Shauna Niequist
Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed
Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert
10% Happier by Dan Harris
Born to Run by Christopher McDougall
FOR SHITS AND GIGGLES
Bossypants by Tina Fey
Yes, Please! by Amy Poehler
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling
When I become obsessed with a book …
Want to read more about some of these beauties? Check out these posts from the past: