Most days when I’m working from home I stick on the radio and let the team at Original 106 natter away in the background without paying too much attention. Some days though, I just felt like a change and that’s when Audible came to the rescue (because I’m utterly useless at deciding what kind of music I want to listen to and Alexa makes some truly questionable choices. I also realised that I quite like an audiobook when I’m working on a project which is going to take a substantial amount of time, like decorating or tidying.
So I thought it would be great to share with you some of the books which I listened to during the first UK ‘lockdown’ (because let’s face it, the UK has never really been locked down and that’s why we’re in the mess we’re in now). In no particular order…
The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time by Mark Haddon
I hold my hands up and confess that I’ve listened to this book more than once, but it’s one of my all time favourite books and the audio version is so good! For anybody not familiar with this book, it garnered a lot of praise at the time of its release for putting people in the head of Christopher, a teenager with autism who’s world gets turned upside down when a neighbours dog turns up pierced by a garden fork. I definitely recommend checking this one out!
Me by Elton John
I absolutely loved this book. I’ve always been a fan of Elton John’s music and when I watched Rocketman I really enjoyed that peek into the superstar’s road to stardom. Well this book takes it one step further, and you can really feel the highs and the lows as his life unfolds on the pages. I recommend this one for any fans.
My Polar Dream by Jade Hameister
What an incredible young woman! Jade is the youngest female (I think maybe youngest person?) to reach the North Pole, South Pole and cross Greenland, AKA ‘complete the polar hat trick’, and this is her story! Features feminism, environmentalism, icy peril, Dad jokes and a sandwich.
The Year Of Living Danishly by Helen Russell
Admittedly I’m not going to say too much about this book because I’ve already dedicated a whole post to it (click on the subtitle to see what I said!), all I’m going to say is YES. I think everybody trapped in the hellishly non-Scandinavian lifestyle needs to read this book.
Cilka’s Journey by Heather Morris
I actually have a review of this book sitting in my drafts too, so you might see it soon! Cilka’s Journey is the sequel, I guess, to the wildly popular Tattooist Of Auschwitz. While the Tattooist Of Auschwitz is a solid top tier book, I think this one struggled to live up to the hype of its predecessor but nevertheless it still offers a fascinating insight into the life of those who experienced life in the concentration camps.
Have you read or listened to any of these books? Let me know your thoughts in the comments.