HOW TO AUDIOBOOK PART 3
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
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.
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.
THE WHEN, WHERE AND WHAT OF 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.
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
My Recommendation: Choose a book with a high energy or an expressive narrator.
Examples: I’ve Got This Round by Mamrie Hart, How to Ruin Everything by George Watsky