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The Audiobook Project

The school year is coming, and while I don’t feel too excited about returning to work, I am happy about the mission I’m going to accomplish on my commute.

There hasn’t been much time this summer for listening to audiobooks. My Audible library is chock full of books, mostly nonfiction, that I want to listen to. These books are mostly informative rather than entertaining; if I’m reading a great novel, I like to read a paper copy. But a book about parenting, adoption, or meditation? With books like that, it’s easier for me to listen than to read a hard copy, especially now that I have young kids and limited time for reading.

I don’t love commuting, but I like thinking of it as a time when I can accomplish something like this – educating myself on topics I want to learn about, like parenting, adoption, race, meditation, recovery, mindfulness, and writing.

Additionally, I recently spoke with someone about nonfiction books, and she has been busily plugging through a lot of great and informative reads. A big difference for her and me is that she focuses on one book at a time. I have so much trouble doing that, when it comes to nonfiction books! I get distracted reading or listening about one topic for an extended period of time.

But I’m going to give it a try. When the school year starts, I am going to listen to one audiobook at a time. My commute is a total of about 45 minutes each day, and these books range in length from 3 hours to 10 hours or more. That means I could listen to a short book in just 2 days and a longer one might take two weeks or more.

This is my list; it’s in the order I expect to follow, but I’ll keep that pretty flexible. Lately, the universe sort of tells me what book I need to prioritize. Edgar has a tantrum and I reach for a parenting book; I start to feel distracted and unfocused and I open a book about mindfulness. So we’ll see! I’ll check back in on this project with an update in a few months. Stay tuned.

  1. Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids, Dr. Laura Markham.
  2. Refuge Recovery, Noah Levine.
  3. How To Raise An Adult, Julie Lythcott-Haims.
  4. How To Talk So Little Kids Will Listen, Joanna Faber and Julie King.
  5. Peaceful Parent, Happy Siblings, Dr. Laura Markham.
  6. Drop The Rock, Bill P., Todd W., & Sara S.
  7. The Gift Of Failure, Jessica Lahey.
  8. Siblings Without Rivalry, Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish.
  9. Word By Word, Anne Lamott.
  10. Aware, Daniel J. Siegel.
  11. Get Out Of Your Mind & Into Your Life, Spencer Smith and Steven C. Hayes.
  12. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, Robert M. Pirsig.
  13. Meditation Now Or Never, Steve Hagen.
  14. Start Here Now, Susan Piver.
  15. I’m Chocolate, You’re Vanilla, Marguerite A. Wright.
  16. No Drama Discipline, Daniel J. Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson.
  17. Stein On Writing, Sol Stein.
  18. The Body Keeps The Score, Besser van der Kolk.
  19. The Untethered Soul, Michael A. Singer.
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2 thoughts on “The Audiobook Project

    1. That’s so funny! I finished my first one – Peaceful Parent Happy Kids – and just decided yesterday that How To Raise An Adult would be next! 🙂 Glad you’re enjoying it!

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