My Favorite Audiobooks

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When I became a mom in February, I knew that the way I read was going to change a bit. I knew that I wouldn’t be able to read the physical copies as much as I had been, especially in the beginning when I was nursing a lot more and holding my sweet snuggling newborn. So, I started listening to audiobooks more! I have always been a fan of audiobooks, but this year that has solidified even more. I know that there is still an ongoing debate (WHY?!?! JUST LET READERS READ!!) with people saying that listening to an audiobook doesn’t count as reading and that you haven’t actually ‘read’ the book. But, I just have to say that whether you listen to it or hold a physical copy or read an e-copy you are reading.

I use Audible and Overdrive to listen to all of my audiobooks.

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

I tried to read this on my kindle and I just couldn’t get into it, but it sounded like a book that I would like and so I listened to the audiobook. I know that some people weren’t a fan of this audio version, it is read by Jim Dale (who also reads the Harry Potter series.) But I found it magical. I even got myself a physical copy because I loved it so much and I can’t wait to read it again!

Grace, Not Perfection by Emily Ley

I only read this one on audiobook because it was available and I wanted to see what it was about. I’ve actually listened to it twice now because I love Emily Ley and the way she thinks and talks about motherhood and life! Ah. This book was such a great reminder to me as a new mom that it’s okay to not do it all, and that I should seek grace, not perfection in every aspect of my life.

This book is also slightly about simplifying your life and I just purchased a Simplified Planner for 2019! You can get $10 off yours here if you are interested (Not an affiliate link, just a product I love and want to share with you!)

Someday, Someday, Maybe by Lauren Graham

I LOVE Lauren Graham and when I realized that she’d written a novel, I knew I had to pick it up. One day at Barnes and Noble I almost bought a physical copy, even though I knew that I already had the audio version (read by her!) on my phone. I didn’t end up buying the physical copy, but I really enjoyed listening to it. I definitely took my time listening to this one, because it isn’t a face paced book, but I really enjoyed it. And maybe that’s cause I love Lauren Graham and the fact she read it made me happy, but, I also know that I really just enjoyed the book.

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

This book is incredible but after reading the first fifteen chapters THREE times and getting stuck, I knew that I needed to read Strange the Dreamer in a different medium. So I picked up the audiobook and bam, I flew through it! This is one that I read the book and listened to the audiobook (not together, but if I was reading I’d read from the book but if Von was awake I’d listen instead.) This helped me get through it a lot faster, and I think it made me enjoy it even more. This world and this story are incredible, and I highly recommend! Plus, the second (and final) book in this series, Muse of Nightmares is out now.

Shades of Magic Series by V.E. Schwab

This series is one of my favorite reads this year. I really love how Schwab writes and I loved these books. These were ones that I read the physical copy when I could and listened to the audio when Von was awake and needed me. Loved it. The narrators were perfect and this trilogy is amazing. That is all.

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

This book is hilarious! I listened to it a while ago when I was still working full time (and listened to it at work) and I caught myself laughing out loud so many times! The twists and turns and adventures are great and I loved the narrator (who I don’t actually remember who it is…) but it was so good. The story + the narration = a really fantastic read.

Where’d Ya Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple

This was the first audiobook I listened to (besides Harry Potter) and it really got me started on my love for audiobooks. This book is told mainly through letters, emails, and journal entries. To be honest, that part was slightly confusing in the audiobook at first. But you catch on really quickly this story is great. I really loved this audiobook and the story.

The Magnolia Story by Chip and Joanna Gaines

Is read by Chip and Joanna and I LOVE THEM! And their story is so much fun. I honestly don’t know if I would have enjoyed reading this book as much if I’d just picked it up and read it. I really liked listening to them as they told their story together. It was a real treat.

These are just some of my favorite audiobooks. Now I try to listen to at least one book a month, but sometimes I read more, it just depends. Do you like audiobooks? What was your favorite and would you recommend it to me? Let me know in the comments so I can check it out!

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  1. ashleystephenson011 says:

    I have never listened to an audio book but I do listen to podcasts, so maybe I will try one of these!

    1. Taylor says:

      I started with Podcasts too! But I love listening to audiobooks too. I listened to all of the Harry Potter books while growing up and I think that helped me love these ones even more!

  2. Emily Michelle Fata says:

    I’m always looking for a great new audiobook to listen to when taking long flights. 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

    1. Taylor says:

      They are so good for long flights! I’m glad I could share some suggestions!

  3. I’ve never actually listened to an audiobook before; however, I just started listening to my first podcast and I am literally obsessed. I’m like, why didn’t I try this sooner?! It’s actually a Harry Potter podcast, so maybe I’ll try listening to either Harry Potter or The Night Circus as my introduction into the audiobook world!

    1. Taylor says:

      That’s so fun! I love Podcasts too! And yes, Harry Potter or The Night Circus are both great places to start with audiobooks!

  4. Honestly I never listened to audio books. I’m so wrapped up around the idea that books are meant to be read, not listened to.

    I will give them a try someday.

    1. Taylor says:

      I love holding a book and reading it! That’s how I prefer but with a new baby that hasn’t always been an option and audiobooks have been a great way for me to still read books!

  5. I’ve never listened to an audio book! I’m not against them, just have never tried one. This might be the perfect place to start!

    1. Taylor says:

      I really just started listening to them more this year! But they are nice if you still want to be reading, but can’t hold a book (while driving in a car, or cleaning the kitchen) But I’ve loved these ones, so I definitely recommend them to start with!

  6. adding these to my wish list. i really need to switch to audiobooks as i have no time to read

    1. Taylor says:

      They are great to read (listen) to while doing other things! Audiobooks help me read so much more!

  7. Usually I’m a book reader because I love being able to turn the page. But I’ve heard good things about audiobooks especially when in the car.

    1. Taylor says:

      I love holding a physical copy of a book! But I do love audiobooks when holding a book isn’t an option!

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