Welcome to the third part of the HOW TO AUDIOBOOK series. If this is the first post you’ve come across be sure to also read

Part 1: Where to buy and borrow audiobooks

Part 2: Choosing the right audiobooks

Living in a big city gives me ample opportunities to breeze through audiobooks. Riding the train, trying to navigate grocery stores that resemble Disney World mid-july, or walking down the street. I also listen to books while cooking, washing dishes, and folding laundry.

Audiobook:  Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things by Jenny Lawson   Coloring book:  You Are Here: Owners Manual for Dangerous Minds by Jenny Lawson

Audiobook: Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things by Jenny Lawson

Coloring book: You Are Here: Owners Manual for Dangerous Minds by Jenny Lawson

Listening to a book is a wonderful way to transform the mundane but necessary parts of your day into an enjoyable experience. In this post I share my take on what kind of audiobooks go best in which situations.

When people tell me they don’t like or can’t listen to audiobooks I always think “maybe you just haven’t met the right audiobook yet.” or at least not the right audiobook + activity pairing. So my goal is to help you find that perfect pairing and share some of my favorite audiobooks.

Links to each of the audiobooks I mention can be found at the bottom of this page.

I would love to hear from you about what audiobooks you love (or hate) and what kind of things you like to do (or not do) while listening to your audiobooks.


  • Commuting: Driving / Public Transportation / Walking

    • My Recommendation: Choose a book with a light subject matter, one that wont take your mind too far off the road, or from where you’re headed, and that you also wont mind listening to in short segments.

    • Examples: A Girl Walks Into a Bar- comedy calamities, dating disasters, and a midlife miracle by Rachel Dratch, Furiously Happy- a funny book about horrible things by Jenny Lawson

      * warning-both of these books made me burst out laughing, which can be frowned upon if done on a crowded NYC subway train.

  • Road Trip

    • My Recommendation: While keeping it light is important for daily driving, on a road trip you want a book that you can’t stop listening too. Young adult fiction or a fascinating memoir are my favorite genres to make the hours in the car fly by.

    • Examples: Everything, Everything, by Nicola Yoon; Bossy Pants by Tina Fey

  • Kitchen: Cooking / Baking / Meal prep / Washing Up

    • My Recommendation: I don’t think I have a good reason for it, but this is when I love to listen to “informative” books. How-to, self-help, or essays are my kitchen go-tos. They feel like the perfect balance between interesting and thought provoking without the “story” element that can derail or distract from the task at hand.

    • Examples: Shill by Lindy West; Animal - autobiography of the female body by Sara Pasco; Four Tendencies by Gretchen Rueben

  • House Work: Laundry / Tidying / Organizing / Cleaning

    • My Recommendation: Now this is the time for the intriguing, dramatic, and engrossing books. Laundry and organizing are pretty low-risk activities, so this is when I listen to the books that take the most concentration.

    • Examples: Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell, Autoboyography by Christina Lauren, My Oxford Year by Julia

  • Relaxing: Bath Time / Crafting (painting, drawing, knitting ect.)

    • My Recommendation: Pair these cosy, relaxing, self-care-ish activities with books that feed your soul or make you feel inspired and hopeful.

    • Examples: Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert, Love Warrior by Glennon Doyle.

  • Getting Ready: Hair / Makeup

    • My Recommendation: since this is usually done in the morning I like to listen to books that are energizing, or motivating, that will help me feel awake and ready to achieve the day’s goals.

    • Example: Big magic by Elizabeth Gilbert, The Little Book of Hygge- Danish secrets to happy living by Meik Wiking

  • Working Out

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