Traveling this summer? You'll need some audio books to get you through those long drives.
I asked a group of friends what self help books they would recommend for a road trip, and I got a great response. Here are all the recommendations, and how to listen to them.
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This summer, my family and I are moving from the East Coast to western Tennessee. It will be a thirteen hour drive, and we will be going through the evening. I'll need help staying awake, so while I'm not doing jumping jacks at the gas station to wake myself up . . . I plan to listen to a lot of audiobooks. I love them because you can download them on your phone ahead of time, and listen to them without depending on wifi, and you can read them without looking at your phone. This is obviously important as we're driving.
How do I get audiobooks to listen to in the car?
First, get a library card. It's free. It's wonderful. You won't regret it. My children and I go to the library once a week now, but when my youngest was a baby, I got a library card and used it to check out books on their app, Overdrive. I could read for free, and they would return automatically. Something my post baby brain didn't have the ability to remember. You really can't beat free, so that should always be the place you look first.
If your library doesn't have something available, look on Amazon. They may have it, or Audible might have it. If you'd like to try Audible for a month and get two free books, sign up here.
Lastly, one of my favorite sites to find Audiobooks, although it's not free, is Scribd. It's a subscription service with the majority of the most recent and popular books of today. With this link, you'll get a free month, which is all you need for this road trip!
Okay, okay, so what are these awesome audiobooks?
What Self Help Audiobooks Are Great For Roadtrips?
1. Cultivate by Lara Casey. As the founder of Cultivate What Matters, and Power Sheets, a FANTASTIC way to dig deep and discover your goals and then crush them, she knows a thing or two about self help. All of her books are incredibly helpful, but this one is first because it's my favorite. I also put it first because her wonderful group offered me all the suggestions I compiled into this list.
2. Make it Happen by Lara Casey. I love her books. This one is great if you're like most women and strive for perfection. You can break that cycle of overwhelm and anxiety, and this book will help show you how. I can't recommend it enough!
3. Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis. This book has been wildly popular this year, and I have loved reading it. Sometimes I have to stop myself and contemplate my life and feelings while I was listening. It's eye opening in the best way possible, and shatters those awful lies we tell ourselves as women.
6. There were several mentions of “Essentialism”, and when I looked this up, there were so many different books by this title. I think this is what the several suggestions are referring to. Essentialism, about the benefits of minimalism.
7. Thrive by Arianna Huffington. I have seen this book offered as a suggestion to reading lists over and over again, I can't wait to give it a listen.
8. The 12 Week Year by Brian P. Moran. The picture speaks for itself, doesn't it? Get more done in 12 weeks (that's a quarter of a year!) than others do in 12 months. Wouldn't that be awesome? This seems like a winner to me. 9. The Best Yes by Lysa TerKeurst. This seems to be about saying yes to God, and what you want to be in front of His eyes, instead of saying yes to everyone. Ideally, this would give you a roadmap for how to shape your life. Saying yes to what is essential for being the person you want to be instead of who you think everyone else wants you to be. 10. The Circle Maker by Mark Batterson. This is about drawing prayers around your biggest challenges.
11. Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin. This is a great framework for building habits and creating a better life through better habits. 12. The More of Less by Joshua Becker. Finding the Life You Want Under Everything You Own.
13. The Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes. You know her. The one who created Shondaland. Gray's Anatomy. How to Get Away with Murder. Scandal. She's amazing and incredible, and everything I've ever dreamed of being. She reads this book for the audiobook, and it's one of the best audiobooks I've ever listened to. If you're looking to be inspired, this is it.
This is not a complete list. There will be more added as I receive more recommendations. The free PDF will be compiled after I close this post. If you'd like to be on the wait list for it, sign up below. Thanks for your patience, and I hope you found your new road trip audiobook here!