Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Audiobooks Equals Many Miles













And these pictures have NOTHING to do with audiobooks, but it was sunny yesterday and kind of freezing.  I really wanted everyone outside for a bit of fresh air so it's pretty handy that my Jack is a master fire builder...we were close to being warm..then the sun went down and we went in.  But not before we breathed in fire smells and fresh sunshine air....

About audiobooks, I love them.  I listen to them all the time.  Over at Modern Mrs. Darcy today she tells you the different ways to listen so I thought I would put out my favorite listens over the last few months.  And to tell you how I do audiobooks.

 I RUN with them.  I fold laundry with them.  I knit with them. I cook with them.  I walk with them....but mostly I run with them.  I run about 40-50 minutes 6 days a weeks at 5:00 in the morning and it takes a lot for me to get out of bed EVERYDAY...especially when it is so very dark, cold and rainy lots of those days. When I have a good story going during my run I don't mind (as much).  When I was training for my marathon I listened to an epic book that got me through several long runs.  I feel like those stories were very much part of my marathon experience.

Here is a list of the books I have really loved...some I have listened to twice.

Praise God and Thank Him Led by Faith  Left to Tell  Mother Angelica: The Remarkable Story of a Nun, Her Nerve, and a Network of Miracles  Kisses from Katie  Hold On to Your Kids: Why Parents Need to Matter More Than Peers  The Distant Hours

Dad Is Fat  Among the Hidden  Loving Frank  Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald  Into Thin Air  The Mockingbird Next Door  Expecting Adam: A True Story of Birth, Rebirth, and Everyday Magic

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption  Pilgrim's Wilderness: A True Story of Faith and Madness on the Alaska Frontier  Out of My Mind Net of Jewels The Storyteller  Jane Eyre [Brilliance Edition]  War and Remembrance 

The Winds of War  Defending Jacob: A Novel  The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane  The Thirteenth Tale: A Novel  Moloka’i  The Forgotten Garden  Before I Go to Sleep: A Novel 

Fever: A Novel  Wonder  The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics The Husband's Secret  Me Before You: A Novel  Seabiscuit: An American Legend

Another list I should share are the books that I bought, tried and was not able to get through.  I sometimes think that books need to find you at the right time in your life and some of the ones that did not make the cut may one day be exactly what I need.

The Winds of War and War and Remembrance were my marathon books.  World War II will always make me think of running 26.2 miles in D.C.

Molokai was SO very good.

I went through a Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald fascination stage and loved Zelda.  I read The Paris Wife and loved it.

I use audible and love it.

 If I had to pick my favorite book from that list that I know I would NEVER have picked up and read was Boys in the Boat.

Among the Hidden  was very good and fast.  It was a book Molly had to read for school and I thought it sounded interesting.

I am always out for the next good listen.  Right now I am listening to   The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society  and love it.  Thanks to Mrs. Darcy!!


  1. I'm curious about the earbuds you use when running. I have a pair of wireless earbuds, which I love, but there's no way I could run in them (not that I run! lol). They fall out just doing housework. I love the idea of not having to keep my device with me all the time (I can leave my ipad almost anywhere in the house and still listen on the earbuds), but I'd really like a pair that stay in.

    PS Thanks for the suggestions!

  2. I thought of my son when I saw yours with his "hatchet". (which is a very good book for little boys who love outdoors) Our son didn't like to read either and audio books were the key. I am working on getting into audio books. John, my husband, has started listening to audio courses from the "Great Courses" catalog and likes them very much while he exercises. We listen to them in the car too. Our public library also uses the app Overdrive and you can check audio books out easily through them. And for Barbara, as far as ear buds....our son bought Jaybird bluetooth wireless earbuds and my husband loved them so much I bought a pair for him for Christmas. He does everything in them. They are a little pricey, but the way they fit into his ears without the cord hanging down makes it much easier to use them.

  3. Thanks, Jenny. The plantronics earbuds my husband bought me last year were almost $100. They still work well, but they have never stayed in well. If I were running I'd have to hold them in -- not too easy to do. Even cycling they fall out a lot. I might have to ask for the Jaybirds for my birthday. I noticed there are several versions available -- which does he have?