I love audiobooks. They are the only reason I can get through the number of books I do each year. I can listen while exercising, cleaning, driving, or cooking. Also, I love Overdrive. Downloading audiobooks is so much easier than having to swap discs in and out of my laptop and way safer than swapping discs while driving in my car.
Much of the time, the books I am most excited to listen to are popular choices for other people as well. So, I put myself on hold for them and (mostly) patiently wait my turn. In the meantime, the Utah State Library has 175 wonderful audiobooks available all the time. There is a lot of variety represented here but listed below are five of my favorite titles to enthusiastically recommend.
If you haven’t heard about Marie Kondo’s book, let me boil it down for you. In THE LIFE-CHANGING MAGIC OF TIDYING UP you will learn that if something doesn’t bring you joy, you probably don’t need it. Kondo’s ideas really can live up to the title and change your life if you can complete her whole process in your home. I did not manage to do that, but I did really appreciate her thoughts, and I have become much better at letting go of the extra and unnecessary things I have in my home and my life.
This book has been out for a while, but a new movie starring Jessica Chastain has made it very popular again. It is the true story of a Warsaw zookeeper’s wife who helped save hundreds of people and animals during World War II. I loved it when I read it years ago and am excited to see the film.
This was Shannon Hale’s debut novel, and I’m so glad she kept writing. GOOSE GIRL is a wonderful retelling of a German fairy tale and the first novel in the Books of Bayern series. This is a perfect pick for listeners of all ages and is narrated by a full cast.
WHITE TRASH is no fairy tale. It is actually a fairly depressing look at class history in America, from the present back to colonial times. However, taking a good hard look at our collective flaws can often lead the way to change. I learned so much while listening to this audiobook and I hope others will take the time to learn more as well.
I love all of Mary Roach’s books, but this one is my favorite. STIFF brings to light the oddly compelling and often hilarious lives of bodies after death. Cadavers have been involved in science’s boldest strides and weirdest undertakings and Roach explores and investigates them all. What I love most is the tone of Mary’s books. She is so fascinated with her topic that readers can’t help but be fascinated right along with her.
The Provo Library will soon host two amazingly awesome authors, James Dashner and Brendan Reichs. They will be visiting March 25 at 7:30 PM in The Attic (Located on the 4th Floor of the Academy Wing at the Provo City Library). If you are as excited as I am for their visit you might like to learn a little bit more about these great writers.
James Dashner was born in 1972 in Austell, Georgia, one of six children. He was an avid reader and, by the age of 10, started to write stories on his family’s old typewriter. He graduated from high school in Georgia, then came to Utah to attend BYU where he got a master’s degree in accounting in 1991. He worked as an accountant for a while but continued pursuing his interest in writing. In 2003, his first book, THE DOOR IN THE WOODS, was published by Cedar Fort, the first in the Jimmy Fincher Saga. That series was followed by the popular 13TH REALITY series. Dashner’s international fame was assured with the MAZE RUNNER series, the first book of which made the New York Times bestseller list for 100 weeks. MAZE RUNNER was, of course, made into a hit movie. Dashner loves his career as a writer and doesn’t miss accounting at all. He lives in Utah with his wife, Lynette, and four children.
Brendan Reichs is also a southerner, born and raised in Charlotte, North Carolina. He had an interesting childhood. His mother, Kathy Reichs, is a forensic anthropologist and a New York Times bestseller adult mystery writer. She is also a writer for the long-standing TV series BONES. Brendan Reichs attended WakeForest University in North Carolina and then received a law degree from George Washington University. He worked as a litigation lawyer for three years but left law to co-write the VIRALS series with his mother. His new solo YA series, NEMESIS, is coming out this year. He lives in North Carolina with his wife, Charlotte, two children, a dog, and two ferocious cats.
From Duluth, Georgia, fourteen-year- old Jimmy Fincher sets off on a quest that takes him across the country and to other, sometimes terrifying, worlds, armed with a powerful gift and a mission: to prevent the evil Stompers from destroying Earth.
Thirteen-year- old Atticus "Tick" Higginbottom begins receiving mysterious letters from around the world signed only "M.G.," and the clues contained therein lead him on a journey to the perilous 13th Reality and a confrontation with evil Mistress Jane.
Sixteen-year- old Thomas wakes up with no memory in the middle of a maze and realizes he must work with the community in which he finds himself if he is to escape.
This series spins off of the Bones TV show that Kathy Reichs wrote. Tory Brennan, Temperance Brennan’s niece, and her friends must race against time to solve a murder after being exposed to a virus that gives them animal-like abilities.
I love a good pun. We have recently been evaluating the mystery section and the titles of cozy mysteries, in particular, frequently feature puns. Below are 10 of my favorites. While I haven’t read any of these books, the titles alone make me want to check them out!
It's Halloween in Caerphilly and the town has come up with another festival to bring in the tourists. Meg Langslow is heading up the “Goblin Patrol,” there's trouble at the Haunted House, and body parts are being found at the zoo. Meg is once again called in to save the day and solve the crime. (Meg Langslow Mystery #19)
Willow Vanderling has never wanted to be a model, yet surprisingly, here she is voluntarily strutting her stuff in a charity runway show. But the director, Antonio, is making the fashion show a less-than-fabulous affair. After Antonio plays a shocking prank on Willow and her friends, he mysteriously winds up dead—and someone is trying to pin the blame on Willow. (Threadville Mystery #5)
Cake shop owner Rita Lucero agrees to help blind trumpet player Old Dog Leg Magee solve a family mystery, and, while undercover at a bed-and-breakfast with Cajun bartender Gabriel Broussard, finds more than one mystery to solve. (Piece of Cake Mystery #3)
The Black Sheep Knitters attend a thread and fiber festival and end up investigating an attack against the local llamas in this fifth title in the charming mystery series, with bonus recipes and knitting ideas. (BlackSheep Knitting Mystery #5)
Cozy towns like Timber Ridge—the home of Eleanor Swift's delectable pizzeria, A Slice of Delight—don't take well to prima donna celebrities. So no one is pleased when famous chef Antonio Benet roars into town for a book signing and insults Eleanor, her saucy sister Maddie, and everyone else within earshot.Insults are one thing, however...but a cold dish of murder is quite another. (Pizza Lovers Mystery #4)
Jane Jeffry, suburban sleuth extraordinaire, and her friend, Detective Mel VanDyne, have braved a blizzard to join her friend Shelley at a Colorado ski resort. In spite of having all their kids along, Jane and Shelley imagine a few days of relaxation. But their hopes are dashed on their first attempt to ski when Jane careens into a snowman that hides a very real, and very dead, body. (Jane Jeffry Mystery #6)
This is a page-turning James Bond-esque spy thriller starring William Shakespeare and Christopher Marlowe. The story follows the golden age of English espionage, the cold war gripping post-Reformation Europe, the cloak-and-dagger politics of Shakespeare's England, and lastly, the mysterious origins of the Bard's most haunting play: Macbeth. You won't want to miss this fast-paced historical retelling!
Trying to escape her overbearing mother, vintage kitchenware enthusiast Jaymie Leighton retreats to her family's cottage. While there she hopes to write an article about the Ice House restaurant, owned by good friends and neighbors. One night, Jaymie overhears an argument and, ever the sleuth, sets out to explore. But when she stumbles upon a dead body her blood runs cold. (Vintage Kitchen Mystery #3)
Magdalena Yoder investigates the murder of Lizzie Mast, the worst cook in peaceful Hernia, Pennsylvania, while coping with an influx of new guests at the PennDutch Inn and a killer who will do anything to stop her from uncovering the truth. (Pennsylvania Dutch Mystery #9)
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas for the knitters of Fort Connor. Juliet’s new romance has given her an extra reason to be joyful this year. But as soon as she finds happiness, death finds her. Suspicion falls on a newcomer to the knitting group; the crew isn’t convinced of this person’s guilt. It’s up to them to separate the true lion from the lambs before someone else gets fleeced. (Knitting Mystery #6)
Precocious Eloise’s boring tutor takes her to the dinosaur museum, but she’s determined to have an exciting time.
Nancy, a precocious little girl, has picture day at school, and she needs the perfect look. She realizes that her hair-do will be critical for such an important day, so she sets out to curl, style, and trim until it’s flawless.
Mr. Moose has more mustache than he can control. It causes all sorts of problems until the day he meets Ms. Moose, a lady with luscious locks to rival his facial hair.
Martha wants a pet, so she orders a moose. When her new pet arrives, they have such a marvelous time together that she throws caution to the wind and begins ordering moose after moose.
Even though a little boy and his sister want every pet in the pet store, they get to choose only one. Told in Dr. Seuss's characteristic rhyming style.
Do you really know why dinosaurs are extinct? Rhyming text reveals it was because of the Mighty Underpants War.