With stay-at-home orders, it can be hard to find ways to get moving as routines have been disrupted and changed completely. For me, I love the ability to just head out my door and take a walk. Nowadays, I look forward to my daily walks as I try to hit 12k steps/day. I wanted to change things up recently and decided I was going to try audiobooks — formerly books on tape (which I’m sure you can still get tapes or CDs??).
Audiobooks are great because most times they are read by the author. There are a number of different channels for listening from free to paid subscriptions. I started with a free trial of Audible. I was able to listen to two (2) books for free over the course of my trial. Unfortunately, I could’ve listened to about 5 books during this time and you have to pay for additional books, so I decided Audible was not for me. I’m too cheap! However, if you are someone who only sees themselves getting through 1–2 books/month, it is a great option!
I then moved on to my local public library. Jackpot! Free! My library uses OverDrive to stream audiobooks, eBooks, and even movies it seems! OverDrive is available across all phone types. The downside to using my public library is the fact that there is no guarantee that the book you want will be available immediately. You might have to wait days, weeks, or even months depending on when the book was released. This is where utilizing both Audible and OverDrive could come in handy.
In the order that I listened to them, here are the 4 books that I HIGHLY recommend:
#1 — Open Book by Jessica Simpson
My friend Jenna has been an unwavering fan of Jessica Simpson since she arrived on the scene back in the late 90’s. She and some other friends of hers got this book as soon as it came out and binged it quickly. She told me I had to read it BUT I should get the audiobook version so I could hear Jessica recount the tales of her life. So, my audiobook journey began!
Why you’ll love it: This memoir is so honest and genuine. She’s so vulnerable, real, and raw… I can’t tell you how many times I cried at her heartbreak, but also relating to her struggles. On top of all that, she spills the tea on all of her relationships(Nick, Johnny, John), aaaaaaand I’m here for it. I have always liked her, admired her beauty, and fashion line — but damn if I don’t love this woman now!
#2 — This Will Only Hurt a Little by Busy Phillips
I’ve wanted to read this memoir for a long time (it came out in October 2018), but just hadn’t gotten around to it. I love following Busy on Instagram and I first became a fan of her during her Dawson’s Creek days, and later seeing her on Freaks and Geeks. Every time I see Busy on screen I get excited. I even got to see her co-host with Kelly Ripa live a few years ago. She’s just funny and seems genuine. Her book is no different.
Why you’ll love it: She lays it all out on the table, starting with growing up in Arizona. She also keeps it real about her career — which was my favorite part. She offers a behind the scenes look at how shitty Hollywood can be, but also how rewarding. This made me appreciate and respect Busy so much more!
#3 — Is Everyone Hanging Out with Me (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling
I own this book and have read it multiple times, but thought it would be so wonderful to re-read/listen with Mindy reading. And it was! I am a huge comedy fan, especially of The Office. I recently started taking a sketch writing class through The Upright Citizens Brigade and hearing Mindy’s stories provides me with confidence and hope.
Why you’ll love it: Even if you’re not a fan of The Office or other works by Mindy, she’s just simply hilarious! Her essays as charming and relatable. I feel like Mindy is one of those people who can verbalize things that you’ve thought about, but could never quite find the words. I was already such a fan of her so I could be bias, but I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.
Bonus: For those of you who are fans of The Office, you’ll recognize some voices!
#4 — Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling
After I read her first book, I wanted more Mindy! I wish she had a third book or a podcast. If you read this Mindy (or any of Mindy’s people), please pitch that to her. This is Mindy’s second book of essays, which coincides with the next chapter in her career as she moves on from The Office to her own show, The Mindy Project.
Why you’ll love it: This book is equally as fun as her first book, with more tales of Mindy’s adventures as she rises to fame. She’s so down to earth and hilarious! Even if you don’t want a career in writing, she provides her take and insights on life and being a woman that I found to be incredibly inspiring.
Honorable Mention — The Actor’s Life: A Survival Guide by Jenna Fischer
I really want to listen to this, but for some reason it is not in my library’s catalog. I’d love to hear from you if you’ve listened to the audiobook. I’m a big fan of The Office and enjoy Jenna and Angela each week on their podcast, Office Ladies.
Thank you for reading! Let me know what you think of these books in the comments and other suggestions you have for me.