The Best Audiobooks to Help You Hit Your Reading Goals
In 2020 I have set my reading goal to 100 books. I know, you are probably thinking "girl, how are you going to read 100 books in one year!?", I thought the same thing when I set this goal. With 3 jobs, family, friends, and just generally having to be an adult it is already hard to make the time to read. But I really wanted to push myself this year and I am having to come up with creative ways to get my reading in. Luckily, we live in a time where audiobooks are right at our fingertips at any given moment. So while I am doing chores, driving, working out, etc. I am able to read! Or rather, listen to someone read to me! It doesn't get much better than that and thanks to audiobooks, I have already read 6 books this year! So here are just a couple of audiobooks that got me hooked!
This was my latest listen and I was totally blown away. Taylor Jenkins Reid knows how to write a totally immersive book that will make it hard to believe that Daisy Jones and The Six was not a real band. The book reads like an interview that catalogs the story of a fictional group and their ultimate demise during the 1970s. The cast of the audiobook is filled with extremely talented actors that deliver a performance equal parts genuine and entertaining.
2. Becoming by Michelle Obama
So I know I have mentioned this book on one of my previous favorite lists and I adore it for many reasons. But the audiobook is read by Michelle Obama herself and it makes the experience even more personal. Listening to her read her own life story is truly exceptional and really adds another layer to her incredible journey.
3. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
If you know me then you'll know I am totally and utterly obsessed with Outlander. It is easily my favorite Historical Fiction series! Rich with history, action, and romance it brings you along on a journey through time in Scotland. Davina Porter is the narrator and she brings everything to life with her soothing voice and is able to seamlessly switch between all of the different characters. I wish she could narrate my life!
4. Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
Stephen Fry. I feel like that is all I have to say to get you to listen to this audiobook. But I suppose I will elaborate. Stephen Fry is an absolute legend in the audiobook world and is a world-renowned narrator for a good reason. His voice is like a warm cup of tea, totally soothing. Even if you are not a fan of the classic series of stories about the obstinate and eccentric detective, Sherlock Holmes, you should give the audiobooks a chance just so you can say you have joined the Stephen Fry fan club with the rest of us.
5. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
Do you love to have a good healthy ugly cry every once in a while? Then read this book. If you want to take it to a whole other level, then listen to the audiobook. This book is all about the heartbreaking tale of a young boy who gets mixed up in the dark world of selling art on the black market which is beautifully narrated by David Pittu who actually won the 2014 Audie Award for his performance.
So, are you a fan of any of these audiobooks? If you have some suggestions for audiobooks leave them below!
By guest editor,
Alicia (IG: @thebookishpuff)
About the guest editor:
Alicia is currently the resident blogger over at The Bookish Puff and aspiring author. Raised under the southern sun she is a true eternal optimist with a deep love of history, stories, and a shameless addiction to caffeine. When she’s not on the internet writing about books, you can find her baking up a storm in her kitchen, watching true crime documentaries, sipping on coffee while chatting with friends, or getting lost in nature. She currently lives with her boyfriend and two crazy cats in Charleston, South Carolina in the United States.