I have always been a runner but once I started listening to audiobooks, it truly changed my life and made me look so much more forward to my daily run. I have always been an avid reader and love all sorts of books. Running gives me the ability to finally read again with my limited time and crazy schedule. I cannot tell you the last time I had the opportunity to sit back and kick up my feet and read a book since I had kids.

When spring and summer comes, I get through books super quickly as I can finally get outside to run. In the winter, I am stuck on the treadmill binge-watching Netflix or Hulu shows. Even if you are not a runner, you can listen to audiobooks this summer on long drives to make the time pass. This could also be the first step toward getting yourself outside for walks!

I have put together my list of recommended audiobooks for this summer below. Keep in mind that audiobooks differ from hardback books in terms of the elements needed to make them ‘work’. For example, the book needs a voice that keeps you engaged. Where the Crawdads Sing is all the rage right now but I could not get through the first run of it because the voice was southern and hard to understand and also very slow. I also need an audiobook that will pull me in quickly or I will never make it through the first run. Lastly, mystery and suspense books tend to be great for audio because they keep you guessing and wanting to keep listening to find out what happens.

There are many places where you can get audiobooks, but none better than your public library where they are FREE.

Onto the list…..

Non Fiction – these can be more challenging to listen to but the below really captured me

The Tattooist of Auschwitz – Heather Morris  * My favorite book I have listened to recently

Maybe You Should Talk to Someone – Lori Gottlieb

Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy

Mystery – these keep you guessing and wanting to listen to more

Little Fires Everywhere – Celeste Ng

The Perfect Couple – Elin Hilderbrand

The Wife Between Us – Greer Hendricks

Pretty Girls – Karn Slaughter

Fiction – these are fun and easy listening

All We Ever Wanted – Emily Giffin

When Life Gives You Lululemons – Lauren Weisberger

Biographies – these are always great when the author actually reads it!

Scrappy Little Nobody – Anna Kendrick

Becoming – Michelle Obama

Shoe Dog – Phil Knight

What I Know For Sure – Oprah Winfrey

On My List for This Summer

The Crooked Little Road to Semi-Ever After Happiness – Heather Harpham

Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will to Survive – Stephanie Land

An Anonymous Girl – Greer Hendricks

Mrs. Everything – Jennifer Weiner