As a runner, I know how easy it is to get stuck in the same routine. The same playlist and the same route can get boring after a while. Mixing it up by listening to audiobooks is a great way to log your miles. Listening to stories helps me stay motivated and entertained when I'm running long distances, I also listen to audiobooks all day as I pack your orders. Here are some of the audiobooks that have been keeping me company on my latest runs and during my work days. I've "read" all of them, and am only recommending my favorites.
This is one of my favorite books in a long time. I loved Barbara Kingsolvers book Poisonwood Bible (I need to reread this, it's been a while) so knew I had to read Demon Copperhead. It's a modern day take on David Copperfield set in Appalachia and I recommend whole heartedly.
I loved the HBO series, I just watched House of the Dragons, so the natural next step was to spend my life listening to the audiobooks. This book follows along the series, so if you've watched it, you'll easily follow along with the books. You will get lost in the world George R.R. Martin creates.
I didn't pick this one up at first, but when I finally did I was done with it less than 24 hours later. About a band in the 70's, the story of the members and their rise to fame. An easy listen that will have you wanting to keep going just to see what happens next. Plus the cast who reads it is amazing and gives such life to the story.
Another by Taylor Jenkins Reid, this one is also a fun, page turning read. Carrie is an aging tennis player trying to come back for one more season to defend her record from a younger player. Perfect listen for a run, dealing with sport, a woman's place in it as she ages, the determination it takes to be successful at it, you'll easily get lost in this book.
Note: another Taylor Jenkins Reid book is The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, also a great read, I liked the two listed above better, but if you're going to start down her books this is the list in order I'd do
If you haven't read this book yet, start today. The story is beautiful and emotional, about a abandoned and neglected girl who lives alone in the North Carolina marshland. Known as "Marsh Girl", it's a story of her coming of age, the town that rejects her and her finding solace in the nature around her. And best part is, after you read the book, they've made it into a major motion picture and you can watch the movie.
My mother in law recommended this book (along with anything by Fiona Davis) and it was one of my first books that got me back into listening to audiobooks. Based in the New York Public Library, the story jumps between the early 1900's and the mid 90's, connecting the two worlds as they try and solve a mystery of missing books.
Hopefully these stories will help you log your miles and keep you excited for the next run as you wait to listen again. I know looking forward to listening to these books is always motivation for me.
As always, anything you're reading or have read that you'd like to recommend add to the comments section. Always in search of my next great read.