I have to admit that when I first heard of Audible, the idea rubbed me the wrong way… I’ve always considered myself a kind of “purist” when it comes to bookworm-ery, and that “reading” was not reading if someone was reading aloud to you. This went on for quite a while, with me insisting that friends and co-workers hadn’t actually read this book or that book, because, in my mind, they hadn’t read it because it simply wasn’t the same part of the brain being stimulated… I’ll admit that on this particular topic I was behaving like quite the hipster.
Don’t get me wrong, I still 100% prefer to feel the pages of an actual book in my hands. I love the feeling of turning a page or holding a book up to my chest as I walk to my favorite café. I have always adored the way books smell… Both new books at a store or old books at the library smell fantastic (am I alone? Is that weird? Any other bibliophiles out there?).
But let’s be honest (TBH)… We’re busy. Really busy. I don’t think there has ever been a time in history when people of all ages have way too much going on. Full-time jobs, part-time jobs, traffic, side-hustles, volunteering, school work, university, kids, nieces & nephews, hobbies… The list goes on and on. On top of all of our obligations, we’re also expected to be #adulting and keeping our homes together.
Tell me, when was the last time you really had time to sit down with a good book and read? (no really, tell me in the comments section, please!)
I so long for the days of high school when one unexpected snow day (I grew up in New England where this was common) meant I was able to spend a whole day curled up with my Harry Potter books (or P.G. Wodehouse) and a blanket, sitting by the window as the snow fell and sipping on hot cocoa.
One line of dialogue from Gilmore Girls (one of my favorite shows) from an episode when Rory is talking to her boyfriend’s co-worker comes to mind. Rory tells this woman that she’s in her last year at Yale and the character gets this dreamy look on her face and says, “What a luxury to spend all day just reading…” Of course, Rory takes this comment the wrong way, but that is neither here nor there. But I can say that girl, I feel this comment so hard these days.
I so wish that I had the kind of time to plop myself down in a nice, squishy armchair with Philippa Gregory’s The White Queen and have at it for five hours, but let’s be realistic here. When we’re not busy with all the aforementioned daily/weekly tasks, there are still dishes in the sink, laundry to do, and dogs to be walked!
So, one day, I was watching a video by one of my favorite Law of Attraction/Self-Improvement YouTubers, Zoey Arielle, and she mentioned Audible as one of her “favorites” that month. She then proceeded to list the books she had listened to that month, and I was pretty jealous of how much information she had consumed in just four weeks. At the end of the video, she mentioned that she had a code for an Audible free trial and that with the code I’d also get 2 book credits instead of 1! I thought you know what? Why not? I put aside my stubborn hipster streak and decided to give it a go, because, well, YOLO.
So, I clicked on her link and signed up!
Let me tell you, I haven’t looked back! I finished four books in four weeks that month, and I’m still a subscriber today! It’s amazing to be able to take in all of these awesome books while washing dishes, folding laundry, or sitting in traffic! I don’t have to make a choice anymore, I can have it all! (Super dramatic, I know, but true!)
So, without further ado, here are my September 2018 Audible favorites!
I will say, I do still prefer to actually read-read anything fiction (with 1 or 2 exceptions), so the majority of these books are non-fiction. This month I got obsessed with the “self-help” or “self-development” genre. This was a great book, and absolutely worth the listen! I will say that Jen Sincero’s voice (in my opinion) takes some getting used to… But it did grow on me in the end. This book definitely made me feel more empowered as a person in terms of being in control of my own life. It’s one that I’ll be listening to again and again because I’m one of those people that needs to be told more than once.
Another Jen Sincero! I have to say, this one is my favorite by her! My favorite part of listening to this one was that since my hands were free, I actually followed along with the writing prompts and completed the assignments as if the book were a course! It made the way I engaged with the content so much more real that I really absorbed the messages in it. Again, a book I will continue to listen to like a mantra. For some reason, I especially enjoyed this one as a gym companion… Go figure!
Oh, my goodness… Elizabeth Gilbert does it again. Firstly, I love her voice, there’s something so soothing and elegant about it. Secondly, this is one of the best books I’ve read (heard, listened to)! If you are a “creative” of any kind (you know what? Even if you aren’t) this is positively a must! Get it now. Right now. I’ll wait.
Okay, so I’m not actually done with this one yet, but there’s a reason it’s in my favorites. I am (re)learning French this year. I am teaching myself (with many different methods), and this one has been so fun! It’s The Girl On the Train by Paula Hawkins translated into French.
I’m using it as a learning device like this… I bought the paperback copy of the book and also used my Audible credit on an audio copy. Every night I take my book and my Audible app, and I listen to a chapter while following along in my physical copy. I underline (in pencil) any words or phrases I don’t know, then run them through my translator. One that’s done I go through and repeat the listening/reading process. Hearing a native French speaker read the words is helping my pronunciation immensely! And also, I wanted to be exposed to something written in modern day French that used some slang and phrases that real people use in real life.
(#ProTip, that’s how you use Audible to learn a foreign language!)
So that about wraps it up! Those are my Audible favorites for the month of September!
If you’re interested in starting your Audible free trial, use my link right here for 2 free audiobooks with your free trial! Or you can click on my evergreen Audible link in the sidebar or the one below! Enjoy being more well-read while not having to set aside more time in your busy schedule!
>> If you’ve made it this far, tell me what you’re looking forward to listening to with your Audible free trial!
>> If you already have Audible, what’s the next book on your list??
‘Till next time!
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