Last Christmas, one of my best girlfriends was in town and when I picked her up for a coffee date she was completely engrossed in an audiobook she was listening to in her AirPods. Michelle Obama’s Becoming had just come out and my friend had decided to listen to this while she was running or out for a walk. I quickly started doing the same, so excited to be able to stay on top of new releases and put all of my car time to good use.
To be honest, audiobooks will never replace a printed version for me. I live for recommendations from Lake Forest Book Store! But these days, I do tend to have a book going in my car or in my AirPods, as well as a paper one. There isn’t much logic behind which one I’ll dive into where, it’s usually driven by time and how quickly I want to tackle it. It probably comes as no surprise that I get through many more audiobooks than I do print ones.
I signed up for the Audible audiobooks subscription through Amazon and it’s been amazing. Sometimes I’ve been lucky enough to hear books read by the authors and that gives the book a whole different context. I do have to say that I tend to prefer biography or autobiography over fiction when I’m listening to a book…those typically have a fewer number of characters and that way I don’t have to deal with the narrator trying to do a bunch of different voices.
Here were my favorite audiobooks from 2019:
- Save Me Plums by Ruth Reichl
- Know My Name by Chanel Miller
- Catch and Kill by Ronan Farrow
- Awful Beautiful Life by Becky Powell and Katherine Reay
- Glitter and Glue: A Memoir by Kelly Corrigan
I’d love to know if you love listen to books as much as I do!
Who knew that you can listen to audiobooks online through your local independent bookstore? Believe me, I love Amazon but if there’s a chance that I can shop local…I will! Visit libro.fm for all of the details. The best part is, if you’re a current Audible listener, you can switch to libro.fm and download 3 books for the price of 1. It’s a no-brainer!