Ten whole audiobooks! Is this as many as in years past? No. Am I embarrassed or shy about these results? Also no. This puts me in the Weekend Warrior Category which feels accurate for this year. 2021 had black-to-back reading slumps that had me questioning where reading and books belonged in my life. In August I only managed to read one book. It was a joyless and stressful condition. Audiobooks, as always, helped me rebuild my reading.
These audiobooks weren’t all hits but they kept me company and brought me (for the most part) joy.
What I learned this year from audiobooks is that I love scary ones more than I could have imagined. Death Troopers by Joe Schreiber really opened my eyes to that.
I also love memoirs and travel books. Take me on a journey through your life and across the world! The Day the World Came to Town was a stand-out audiobook that brought me hours of joy. Likewise, traveling to Scotland with Clanlands by Sam Heughan & Graham McTavish was fantastic fun. And, Steve Martin reminded me with Born Standing Up how much I love from memoirs.
What I will not be repeating in 2022 are the pseudoscience books like, Talking to Strangers or Breath. Even Dare to Lead and The Gift of Fear, while better, were not memorable or enjoyable enough to recommend to one and all.
Think Like a Monk, however, reminded me how much I enjoy self-improvement books but also how much more I can gain from reading the physical copy. I love highlighting and outlining books that speak to growth. In 2022 I will try to remember how much more the physical book supports this growth.
This challenge is one I enjoy every year but Kimberly’s welcoming and supportive attitude about it helps me keep the joy. I cannot wait to join again for 2022!
Tell me, please! What are your favorite types of audiobooks?