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Best Audio Books of 2016


My Audio Book Journey

The majority of my day is spent in the car driving to work, school, and sports activities for the kids. In 2016, I made a choice to do something to enrich my life while behind the wheel. I became an audio book junkie! I'll admit it. I'm addicted to bestsellers, non-fiction, and even mysteries. It's not uncommon to find me parked in my garage listening to the final track of a bestselling book! Seventeen audio books later, I'm feeling like a new woman...well-read, relaxed, and ready for what 2017 may bring. Interested in trying one, too? Here is my round-up of the best audio books of 2016 available in stores and online now.


Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld & The City Baker's Guide to Country Living by Louise Miller

I started my journey with Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld. Set in Cincinnati, Ohio, one of my former stomping grounds, it's a retelling of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. While never really a fan of the original classic, I became all-consumed by the hilarious modern-day spin complete with a dysfunctional family, sibling rivalry, and a sweet ending to remember. The extraordinary narrator with a talent for creating eccentric voices truly brings this quirky read to life.

Next, I moved on to The City Baker's Guide to Country Living by Louise Miller. While only a novice in the kitchen, I do watch my fair share of cooking shows. The story focuses on Olivia Rawlings, a purple-haired pastry chef, bursting with lots of personality. When her flambe dessert sets a restaurant on fire in Boston, escaping to an idyllic town like Guthrie, Vermont becomes not such a bad idea after all. If only I could have tasted Livvy's scrumptious desserts baked in the small-town kitchen at the beloved Sugar Maple Inn.


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When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

As 2016 draws to a close, it's only fitting that I end my post with the book that profoundly changed my life, When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi. It has earned its place on the top of the New York Times bestseller list for a reason. It's an inspiring memoir written by a young neurosurgeon who attempts to answer the ultimate question...what makes life worth living? Wherever you are in your journey, pause for a moment and embrace your many blessings. And, thanks for making a part of your fabulous life.

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