3 Books you Have to Listen to

I am a bit of a book worm to begin with but ever since I discovered Audiobook a couple years back I started to devour books at an alarming rate. From a young age, hearing a story told was and is perhaps my favorite thing of all time.  I realized recently that I grew up with an audiobook of sorts, the only difference is that the narrator was my darling mother. My mother would read one chapter from the bible and then a chapter from whatever fiction book we happened to be going through at the time. The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, Little House on the Prairie, Nancy Drew, The Hardy Boys and a number of others.  What I love about the following three Non-fiction books is that the authors tell their own stories. When an author reads a their story I find that you capture their essence. The story is passed on to the listener in the exact way that they intended it to be with the inflection and cadence unique to only the author. I prefer non0fiction audio books to be read by the author for that very reason. Fiction on the other hand, is a completely different story, literally and figuratively but we’ll save that for another blog post.


1. The Magnolia Story

By Chip and Joanna Gaines

Who doesn’t love Chip and Joanna Gaines, they are the epitome of relationship goals. What I love about their story is that its real, they don’t shy away from the the hard stuff. It’s honest, heartwarming and downright inspiring. We get a peak into their lives before Fixer Upper came along, they take us back to when they met, how they fell in love and eventually became Chip and Jojo we’ve come to know and love. Some of my favorite quotes from the book came from Joanna:

“Find contentment in the journey.”

“God has not brought us this far to let us down now.”

“It’s actually down in the mess when things get good.”

You find find yourself enveloped in their story, you’ll laugh, cry and begin rearranging your house while you listen. I loved every minute.

2. Talking as Fast as I Can

By Lauren Graham

I grew up watching Gilmore Girls, it was one of my very favorite shows. I rather related to the shy bookworm Rory but also to the fiery wit of Lorelei. I was the same age as Rory’s character when I first watched it, I grew up as she grew up. I dated ding dongs in the same order she dated ding dongs of an eerily similar nature. When I came back to the series for the second time I was 32, just like Lorelei and I have a mini daughter. Go figure. In Lauren Graham’s book we get an inside look into what her experience was while filming Gilmore Girls. We also get to follow her on her journey to getting that big break in the role of a lifetime and then onto a second role of a lifetime. I don’t know about you guys but my husband and I watched parenthood every week religiously and fried like sobbing fools.I found her experience of being an Actor quite fascinating and very informative. Lauren is hilarious, like laugh out loud I wish we could be best friends hilarious.  Her humor is just as witty, unassuming, original and smart as Lorelei Gilmore. Lauren Graham is everything I dreamed she would be and more. Here are a few favorite quotes from the book:

“Just don’t eat a lot of crap. Take walks. Thank you for buying this book. The End.”

“From what I remember, the people upstairs sounded like they were running a cat hotel while training for river dance.”

“I’m not sure how my name got changed to Melba in this negative fantasy.”

You will be laughing outloud, feeling nostalgic and and cueing up Gilmore Girls on netflix while reading this book.

3. Braving the wilderness

By Brene Brown

Brene Brown is my favorite author/speakers/psychologist/researcher/storytelling human ever. I have listened to Braving the Wilderness three times now. I am going to buy a hard copy as well because I need to highlight and take notes all over the place. Brene talks about true belonging and the courage to not move from being who you really are. Brene’s books are heavy but in the life changing sort of way that makes you deal with the hard stuff. You come away feeling lighter because you’ve learned how to lift the burdens of shame and loneliness. Some of my favorite quote that I may or may not have totally related to are:

“Everywhere I go I’m and outsider breaking the rules and talking about things no one else is talking about. I’ve got no crew and it’s been this way my whole life.”

I feel like I’m on a path I don’t understand and I can’t find anyone else on it.”

“I will always belong wherever I show up as myself and talk about my work in a real way.”

This book will make you weep, smile through the tears and promise to yourself that you will not be moved.

2 thoughts on “3 Books you Have to Listen to

  1. Thank you for this great list! I need to start reading again (for so many reasons, but also because screens have started giving me chronic headaches) and I don’t usually enjoy audiobooks, but I LOVE the idea of listening to the AUTHOR tell their story. 🙂 Thanks for this 🙂

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