Since 2012, I’ve been doing the Goodreads Reading Challenge, and I highly recommend it. You set a goal of how many books you want to read during the year, and then log them on the Goodreads site as you finish. At the end of the year, you can look back and see all your books and your reading trends. This year, I’ve read some amazing books, a few clunkers (I usually put a book aside after 50 pages if it is not appealing to me, but there’s a few I powered through), and I can certainly see areas I want to improve for next year, such as non-fiction and books for 8-12 year olds. Over the next few days, I will highlight some of my favorites, starting with books I especially liked on Audible.
If you want to increase your reading time, audiobooks are the way to go. My commute to school is 15 minutes each way, so I can get in about 30 minutes a day of listening time. I have an Audible membership for one book credit a month, but you can also get books on CD at your local library, and even get downloadable audio books from some libraries. Check out the app Libby – it’s a great way to find some new books to listen to!
I find this category to be full of noteworthy books, often read aloud by the author. The three below are my favorites from this year:
The Princess Diarist– read by the author, Carrie Fisher, and her daughter, Billie Lourd. A dishy inside look at the making of Star Wars from the late Carrie Fisher. It’s funny, a little sad, and a fantastic listen, whether or not you like Star Wars.
Gloria Steinem My Life on the Road-introduction read by the author, Gloria Steinem and book read by Debra Winger. This insightful book covering Gloria Steinem’s travels, starting with her vagabond days as a child with her restless father and continuing into her adulthood, is a must for anyone who loves the road.
You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) – book read by author, Felicia Day. I’m not a gamer and don’t really watch internet series, but I LOVED this brave, funny memoir by The Guild star and creator, Felicia Day. Trust me on this, and take a leap of faith on this audiobook. You won’t be disappointed.
I find listening to a fast-paced book while cleaning out my closet or classroom to be a fun way to get through a dreaded chore. The Women’s Murder Club series is entertaining with added sound effects and dramatic music. There are several narrators throughout the series, and I recommend starting with the first book due to some plot developments that occur.
1st to Die – The Women’s Murder Club by James Patterson, narrated by Suzanne Toren. A serial killer is murdering newlyweds in San Francisco, and all efforts to capture the killer have failed. A homicide inspector, a coroner, a newspaper reporter, and an assistant D.A. join forces to track down the killer before he or she targets the next couple.
My current listen is The Demon Crown by James Rollins, the newest book in his Sigma Force series. The series is a mix of science, adventure, and a lot of action. I recommend you start at the beginning of the series with Sandstorm, but there is enough information on characters’ backstories to start with any in the series. The narrator, Christian Baskous, is adept at all the different voices and accents of the characters.
What were your favorite audiobooks this year? I’d love to hear from you in the comments section!