The Year of the Audiobook (And Library)

This was the year I discovered it was hard to be a mother, work, eat, sleep, and read.

This was the year I discovered audiobooks from the library.

Up until this year the only audiobooks I listened to were Harry Potter narrated by Jim Dale (essentially on repeat, don’t judge. Also Jim Dale is infinitely better than Stephen Fry, I’ll fight you).

This year I read 27 audiobooks. 27! That blows my mind! Using the Overdrive app, I listened to books I would have never gotten around to reading otherwise – non-fiction, so many contemporaries, and a ton of diverse reads.

Here are my top five audiobooks of 2017 in no particular order:

Hunger by Roxane Gay, narrated by the author.

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel, narrated by Kirsten Potter

Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds, narrated by the author

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Dear Martin by Nic Stone, narrated by Dion Graham

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Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor, narrated by Steve West

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Runner up:

We Are Okay by Nina LaCour, narrated by Jorjeana Marie

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Each of these novels entranced me. The narrators took me out of reality straight into the story. I laughed, more often than not I cried, I was breathless. While I will always read print books, consider me an audiobook convert.

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