I have previously confessed to my somewhat worrisome addiction to audiobooks on Overdrive. I keep a very robust wish list, and as soon as a hold comes in, I place another so that I am never in want of something great to listen to.
However, there are times when nothing on my wish list is available and my holds are still pending. When this happens, I long for Jedi powers to “encourage” other listeners to hurry up, finish their audiobooks, and return them to Overdrive so I can start listening to them already. When this doesn't work, I am grateful for the 175 audiobooks that are always available on Overdrive.
Here are the top five titles I’m keeping in my back pocket. Titles I want to listen to and will download when the new stuff is unavailable.
BALANCED AND BAREFOOT: HOW UNRESTRICTED OUTDOOR PLAY MAKES FOR STRONG, CONFIDENT, AND CAPABLE CHILDREN
I am not a parent. However, I LOVE reading parenting books. It’s weird. And, at this year’s Best Books of 2016 event, one of our other librarians (who isn’t a parent either, just saying) put this book on her list and I’ve wanted to listen to it ever since. In it, a pediatric occupational therapist explains why unrestrained movement and outdoor play are vital for children’s cognitive development. I’m hoping its just a really good argument for playing in mud because that sounds fun.
EMPEROR OF ALL MALADIES: A BIOGRAPHY OF CANCER
I am just realizing this has been on my “To Read” list for 6 years! Sigh. Maybe this year I will finally get a chance to listen to it. This is a “biography” of cancer, from its origins to the epic battle to cure, control, and conquer it. Also, it won the Pulitzer Prize, so it is probably well written and full of good things to know.
HEMINGSES OF MONTICELLO: AN AMERICAN FAMILY
While this book hasn’t been on my official list, it is one that has been on my radar. I love reading history books and last year I read AMERICA’S FIRST DAUGHTER by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie which is about Jefferson’s eldest daughter “Patsy.” I was fascinated by the novel and I am looking forward to learning about the Jeffersons from a different perspective.
BANANA: THE FATE OF THE FRUIT THAT CHANGED THE WORLD
I keep hearing about how we should enjoy bananas now because their days are numbered. I’d really like to know what that is all about. This book is a gripping biological detective story that uncovers the myth, mystery, and the endangered fate of the world’s most humble fruit. The only downside of listening to this audiobook is that I eat more when I read about food.
SURPRISED BY JOY
Audiobooks that are read by the authors are some of my favorites. How amazing would it be to have this autobiographical book about C. S. Lewis’s journey from Christianity to atheism and back to Christianity narrated by the author himself? So, that is not possible. But it would be cool and I am still excited to listen to SURPRISED BY JOY which is one of the few C.S. Lewis books I haven’t read yet.