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


Dear Martin by Nic Stone, narrated by Dion Graham


Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor, narrated by Steve West


Runner up:

We Are Okay by Nina LaCour, narrated by Jorjeana Marie


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.