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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 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! 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 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.
I love audiobooks and now I try to listen to at least one book a month.
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!