The holiday season is very much over, and it’s a loooongg time till spring (Boo!). So what better way to beat the winter blues than to go on a vacation, a weekend trip, or even just take some time off work to stay at home? Why not enjoy those times by bringing an audiobook or two along for the ride?
Depending on where you are driving to, the journey can be more exciting than the destination. Make that trip even more thrilling by listening to An Anonymous Girl, which is by the authors of The Wife Between Us.
When Jessica Farris signs up for a psychology study conducted by the mysterious Dr. Shields, she thinks all she’ll have to do is answer a few questions, collect her money, and leave. However, before long, the questions grow more and more invasive and Dr. Shields begins to get more and more controlling. The twists and turns will add some excitement to your long drive!
Something to listen to at the ski lodge
Bite the Biscuit: A Barkery & Biscuits Mystery by Linda O. Johnston, narrated by Carla Mercer-Meyer
You’ve been skiing all day, now you’re nice and snug, curled up with a boozy hot chocolate and wrapped up in a nice warm blanket. What better to listen to than a cozy mystery?
Carrie Kennersly is a veterinary technician and owner of “The Barkery” where she sells dog cookies and treats. Myra and Harris Ethman, who own a rival store selling pet products, publicly badmouth Carrie and her business. Suddenly, Myra is found dead with a Barkery cookie beside her, and Carrie, with help from her dog, Biscuit, must prove she wasn’t involved in the crime.
Something for your cruise
Embrace Yourself by Taryn Brumfitt, narrated by Taryn Brumfitt
Is there anything better than being on a cruise, sitting in the sunshine, eating delicious food, and being safe in the knowledge that everyone else you know is at home in the snow, rain, and cold? I don’t think so.
While you’re working on your tan, why not work on your wellness and self-esteem? Taryn Brumfitt, the director of the award-winning documentary Embrace has helped people all over the world embrace their bodies and reject the destructive images we are bombarded with every day. Taryn Brumfitt narrates the book herself, which means it feels like a friend is telling you how great you are. So start now — love your body, and be an all-round more “sparkly” person.
Something for your tropical beach getaway
The Gown: A Novel of the Royal Wedding by Jennifer Robson, narrated by Marisa Calin
Ah, when you’re relaxing on that beach, you finally have time to sit and listen to a really good book. If you’re a fan of The Crown, you’ll love this. While there have been a number of novels set in the 40s and 50s, this takes a fresh angle — written from the perspective of the dressmakers of Princess Elizabeth’s wedding dress. Jennifer Robson balances behind-the-scenes details with an in-depth portrait of British post-war society and introduces readers to three unforgettable heroines: embroiderers Ann and Miriam, and Ann’s granddaughter, Heather.
Something for your staycation
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo, narrated by Emily Woo Zeller
Unless you’ve been living in a cave for the last month or so, you’ve heard about Marie Kondo, her Netflix series, and her amazing techniques for decluttering and organizing. My husband and I have already managed to watch the show and read the book, but the bit where we have to actually declutter hasn’t really happened yet. We are all about the KonMari Method…once we get off the couch.
If you’ve decided to take some time off work to hang out at home, what better way to take advantage of your time off than to start cleaning and tidying! With detailed guidance for determining which items in your house “spark joy,” this international bestseller will help you clear your clutter and enjoy the unique magic of a tidy home.
Something for your boys’ weekend
Positively Unstoppable: The Art of Owning It by Diamond Dallas Page, narrated by Joe Barrett, Diamond Dallas Page
Gearing up for a boys’ weekend? Do you need some motivation to get you ready for your trip? World-renowned WWE Hall of Famer turned fitness guru Diamond Dallas Page will totally get you pumped!
In Positively Unstoppable, he breaks down his understanding of what really motivates people to change their lives. Full of tips, goal setting guides, and more, there’s a whole lot of humor and fun that’ll keep you listening.
Something for your girls’ weekend
Love Me Tinder by Nicola May, narrated by Penny Scott Andrews
Off with the ladies for parties and prosecco? This is a fun, bawdy listen that you’ll enjoy from the start. I was initially attracted to this book because there’s a foul-mouthed (or should I say fowl-mouthed — hahaha) parrot called Lady P, and since I have my own overly vocal parrot, I thought this would be a fun listen. I was not disappointed!
With her marriage in pieces, Cali Summers hits the world of fast love on an internet dating app. With a charming F1 engineer, a handsome army officer, and her adulterous ex all on the scene, a predictable love match is far from on the cards!
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