You need to listen to these six audiobooks while running!
I recently wrote a post about my favorite podcasts to listen to while running. One of my favorite podcasts I mentioned in that post is “What Should I Read Next” by Anne Bogel. This podcast has led me to read some incredibly interesting books, most of which I’ve finished as audiobooks. The truth is, I don’t have tons of time to pick up a book and read, and by the time my kids are in bed, all I want to do is turn on The Office, scroll on my phone, and get ready for bed. Enter, audiobooks. The great thing about running (and exercise in general) is that it provides an opportunity for me to be well-read while still taking care of my body. I listen to my audiobooks through an app called Libby, which logs you into your local library (if your library is connected to the Libby app) and allows you to check out audiobooks for free through the app. In this post I’m going to share some of my favorite audiobooks and some that are on my list for the future.
1. Comedian Memoirs
I’ve listened to a few comedian memoirs, and I’ve enjoyed most of them. If you like a specific comedian, chances are you’ll enjoy reading (or listening to) a book about an aspect of his/her life. Usually the reader of a comedian memoir is the author himself/herself, so that gives the audiobook an edge over the printed book because you can hear exactly how the comedian meant for the words to be read. I read Mindy Kaling’s Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me and loved it, so when her second book Why Not Me came out, I listened to it through Libby and laughed through it (minus a chapter or two) while running. People at the playground by the track must have thought I was crazy because of how much I was laughing while simultaneously running repetitively in a circle at a fast pace. Next on my list is Jim Gaffigan’s Dad is Fat and Food: A Love Story. Rule of thumb: comedian memoirs (not all of them!) can have some material that isn’t necessarily conducive to helping you live a wholesome life, so make sure you read chapter titles and maybe even skim questionable content before you commit yourself to listening to it on a run.
2. Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
I highly recommend listening to adventure novels while running. There’s something very empowering about hearing the story of someone conquering the wild while I’m conquering my own physical challenges on a run. Into the Wild is the true story of a man who ventures into the Alaskan wilderness and ends up dying through an unexpected cause. Jon Krakauer is a fantastic novelist. Into Thin Air (his novel about the 1996 Everest disaster) is probably one of my favorite books of all time, so both of these books of his are high on my list of book recommendations.
3. War Novels/All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
I started reading All the Light We Cannot See but for some reason I had trouble finishing it through reading. So I rented it on Libby, listened to it in fast pace while I ran, and now I’m on the hunt for more war novels to listen to next (I’ve heard The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah is good!). All the Light We Cannot See follows the individual stories of two young people, a French girl and a German boy, during WWII. The way Doerr weaves their stories together is impressive and beautifully done.
4. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo
Chances are, you’ve either already read this book or you’ve finished binging the new Netflix series about it. I haven’t done either, so I’m interested in listening to this book as an audiobook. I’m not going to start it right away, because I’m worried once I do it’ll change my life, so I’m going to wait until I get closer to moving in the summer to start it.
5. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (or any of the Harry Potter books)
I hope I never stop my bi-yearly habit of rereading Harry Potter. It is a series that contains so much drama, character development, and depth. If you are having trouble finding the desire to read or can’t find any good books that spark your interest, listen to one of the Harry Potter books again, and it should cure your reading rut.
6. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
Ender’s Game is a science fiction novel about a program that trains young children to fight a race of aliens by using strategy and intelligence. It is a book that will always be one of my favorites. Ender’s Game is actually the first in a series of four books, so if you have already read Ender’s Game but haven’t read the three novels that follow, you may enjoy picking up the entire series. Admittedly, I have only read the first two books in the series, and I am not convinced that any of the sequels will ever be as good as the original; however, I do like the way these novels not only tell interesting science fiction stories, but they also evoke philosophical questions and deeper thinking.
Have you tried listening to audiobooks while running? What are your favorites?
Katherine Finney is a high school religion teacher turned stay-at-home mom to her daughter Miriam (and one on the way!) A New Orleans native, she loves cooking (especially creole dishes), dancing, and doing karaoke with her husband. Kat originally started running because she was inspired by her husband's zeal for running. Now she loves it herself and has discovered many spiritual, emotional, and physical benefits to it. Kat's primary goal in life is to become a saint with God's grace. She hopes that through this online community God can make her a vessel to both give and receive wisdom about what's truly important in this earthly life.