2020 Audiobook Challenge Update

I love Hot Listens and Caffeinated Reviewer’s audiobook challenge. For my audiobook challenge I wanted to listen to 20+ books this year and I did it! This is a challenge I have participated in for a few years and each year I find more ways to integrate audiobooks into my reading life. This year that makes me a Binge Listener!



I love listening to nonfiction audiobooks, especially memoirs. This year I enjoyed Me by Elton John, The Greatest Love Story Ever Told by Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman, Cary Grant: A Class Apart by Graham McCann, Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil DeGrasse Tyson, The Misadventures of an Awkward Black Girl by Issa Rae, Notes on a Nervous Planet by Matt Haig, The Year of Less by Cait Flanders, The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg, Code Girls by Liza Mundy, The Woman Who Smashed Codes by Jason Fagone, The Trauma Cleaner by Sarah Kranonstein, A Woman of No Importance by Sonia Purnell and The Professor and the Madman by Simon Winchester


The Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackermann, The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins, The Humans by Matt Haig, How to Stop Time by Matt Haig, Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella, The Dutch House by Ann Pratchett, The Ghost Hunter Next Door by Danielle Garrett, The Canterville Ghost by Oscar Wilde, Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkinds Reid, Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi, A Boy Called Christmas by Matt Haig.


I listened to so many fantastic audiobooks but there were three stand-out listens for me this year. Notes on a Nervous Planet by Matt Haig is the book that landed in my lap at precisely the right time. In the middle of a pandemic, the book radically changed how I allowed the world into my home and my head via social media and the news. I have probably recommended this book so much I have overhyped it but it was, honestly, the book that saved my sanity this year.

The Dutch House by Ann Patchett is a gorgeous story but was perfectly narrated by Tom Hanks. I felt like I knew this family through this story and Tom Hanks brought them fully to life and made them important to me. The end of the book was like saying goodbye to each of them.

Similarly, Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid was a nearly perfect audiobook. This story of a band coming together and falling apart in the 1970s had everything I wanted in a story and was exquisitely casted. In a rare moment of peace this year I sat and watched the sun set as I listened to the final chapter.

Tell me, please! What were your favorite audiobooks of 2020?


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