Most people I know these days have a commute of some sort, whether it’s by car or public transport. Mine can be either 20 minutes or almost an hour, depending which location I’m heading to, so some entertainment on the journey is a real requirement. I have a few Spotify playlists set up for when I want a good old sing-song, but otherwise I tend to prefer audiobooks for a bit of escapism. I use Audible (you get a free trial plus free monthly book credits, no this isn’t a sponsored post, I just love Audible), but I’m sure there are other apps out there if that one isn’t for you.
Here are my current recommendations. You can obviously also get these in book or Kindle format, just don’t read those while driving!!
Truly, Madly, Guilty by Liane Moriarty. This was my first foray into Liane Moriarty’s work and I was hooked in no time. The plot is intricate, full of twists and turns with likeable characters, and from the word go you’re left wondering what’s coming up. There’s a twist at the end that you’d never expect – which did leave me sobbing uncontrollably, so watch out for that!
Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult. A truly fascinating book which again had me at the first page. Tackling modern-day racism, it really is one to listen to when you have an amount of time to set aside, and the conclusion is fantastic.
Lily and the Octopus by Steven Rowley. A tearjerker for sure, but a must-read. Hilarious, heart-warming, frustrating at times, and beautifully written this is one not to be missed.
My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella. Girlish fun and very light-hearted, whilst also nodding not-so-subtly to the way we present ourselves on social media. A lot of fun, although not quite up to the Shopaholic series standard.
A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara. Approach with caution, and really I should be recommending this on a ‘To Be Read’ post since I’m not sure how the audiobook will go down with everyone. This is a heartbreaking book, as I’m sure you’ve heard if you’ve ever considered reading it. But fantastically written, beautiful characters, a gripping plotline, and a main character who won’t let you go for a long time after you finish.
And finally: the Harry Potter series. I probably listen to the entire series once a year on Audible, I find Stephen Fry’s voice incredibly relaxing and JH has got used to me wandering about with my phone in my back pocket and a Harry Potter novel following me about.
What are you reading/listening to at the moment?