Audiobook Bloggers Week 2016: Travel Tuesday

It’s day three of Audiobook Bloggers Week 2016!

Miss Pippi at Adolescent Audio Adventures has done a fantastic job planning this week for audiobook bloggers! Check out Miss Pippi at Adolescent Audio Adventures for the #AudiobookBloggersWeek schedule. Be sure to leave a comment there and check out the other audiobook bloggers, too.


Given my schedule, I’ll be posting the day’s topic at night. I’ll be a little behind, but better late than never, right? Here’s what we’re talking about today:

We’re talking travel today. Do you travel with audiobooks? Do you take them on vacation? Do you take them to the gym? Where do you like to listen to audiobooks?

I most definitely travel with audiobooks, be it by foot, train, plane, or automobile. Especially when traveling with strangers, I’ve found that putting earbuds in and listening to an audiobook is a much bigger deterrent to unwanted conversation than pulling out a physical book.

While I can often get good audiobook listening time in while traveling to and from vacation, I don’t get as much time to listen when I’m on vacation. Vacations typically are about being with family and friends and discovering new places together. Since I’m the only audiobook fan in the family (I like to think my zeal makes up more than enough for the three other naysayers), I usually have to take a break from listening. Unlike reading in print, I don’t like to listen for stolen moments. I like to have time available for my audiobooks.

Last year I was a gym rat. I did use my time on the track to listen to audiobooks. I finished The Muralist that way and the audiobook certainly made up for the drab gym walls. I need to get back to the gym, but that’s a story for another day…

I listen to audiobooks at home doing chores, in my room, while walking around my neighborhood, and at work when I’m working on something mindless. My favorite place, however, is in my car. Audible and bluetooth are fantastic partners. I don’t even mind it terribly when I have to use my CD player. In my car I am alone and don’t have to worry about interruptions. I’m much more chill behind the wheel and it takes the sting out of heading into a tough day at work or heading home to middle schoolers.

How about you? Do you take audiobooks on the road?

Audiobook Bloggers Week 2016: Playing Catch Up!


Welcome to Audiobook Bloggers Week! Many thanks to Miss Pippi Reads for organizing this event!

Readers, my life has gotten the best of my blogging energy lately. I had the best of intentions over the past two weeks, but I even missed the beginning of #audiobookbloggersweek. This should be my favorite week of the year. I will stop lamenting now and just dive in and catch up.

Sunny Hello!

For those who don’t know me, my name is Jennifer. I have been the blogger behind Literate Housewife since 2007. I started blogging as a reading snob. To me, the only reading that counted was done with your eyes. As with so many other aspects of my life, my children taught me humility. In the late evening hours as I laid on their floor trying to get them to go to sleep, I couldn’t read a book. The light would keep them up. I eventually gave in and tried an audiobook. One thing led to another and in 2015 I was named the Audiobook Blogger of the Year by the APA. I never would have guessed that something I initially judged as “lesser” would become one of my life’s greatest passions.

Reading audiobooks has broadened my horizons (there’s no way else I’d have ever read not one, but two audiobooks about zombies!). Still, my favorite genres are literary fiction, historical fiction, and mystery/thrillers. Those are the same genres I read most often in print, but there is something that the right narrator brings to an audiobook that cannot be matched. Audiobooks make me love books and stories more than ever.

The Audiobook Slump

Until recently, I never really had a noticeable audiobook slump. There may have been times where one audiobook just wasn’t working for me, but I just moved on and enjoyed the next. This year, however, I’ve had two audiobook slumps. I am not sure that they can be blamed on audiobooks, though. My current position as Project Manager takes a lot more energy out of me than past positions (technical writing and business analyst). At the beginning of the year I was moved to a highly complex and critical project for my company. On top of that, my daughters are both in middle school and are at their most challenging to date. Together, my stress levels have been at an all time high. This spring I wasn’t able to concentrate on an audiobook for over a week. I fought it, but my mind was elsewhere. Eventually I started listening to music and found that giving myself the time off really freed me up. Not too long after that, I was able to start listening to an audiobook again. It also taught me that it’s best not to fight those times when I can’t concentrate or just don’t feel like reading at all. I switch to music and soon I’m ready for what’s up next on my Audible playlist.

This post catches me up. I solemnly swear to keep up with the rest of the week.

The New Neighbor by Leah Stewart

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The New Neighbor by Leah Stewart Published by: Touchstone Published on: July 7, 2015 Page Count: 320 Genre: Fiction My Reading Format: Review copy sent to me by the publisher for consideration Available Formats: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook, and Audiobook Summary from the Publisher: How much can you really know about the woman next door? Ninety-year-old […]

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#24in48 Readathon


I’m participating in my first 24in48 readathon. I’ve got a stack picked out I’m beginning the event by finishing This Must Be The Place by Maggie O’Farrell, which I’m really enjoying.  I’m going to use this post for all of my readathon activities, adding on to it as I go. Here are my answers to […]

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Shrill by Lindy West ~ An Audiobook Review in Tweets

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Shrill by Lindy West Published by: Hachette Books Published on: May 17, 2016 Page Count: 272 Genre: Non-Fiction My Reading Format: Audiobook review copy provided by the publisher for consideration Audiobook Published by: Hachette Audio Narrator: Lindy West Audiobook Length: 6 hours 9 minutes Available Formats: Hardcover, eBook, and Audiobook Summary from the Publisher: Coming […]

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Sunday’s on the Phone to Monday by Christine Reilly

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Sunday’s on the Phone to Monday by Christine Reilly Touchstone ~ April 5, 2016 ~ 336 pages I purchased this book from B&N because I coveted the cover I first discovered this book via Litsy. The cover and the title made me happy. I knew that this book was about family, but I had no […]

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? Week 9

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In an attempt to get my book blogging life back up and running more regularly, I decided to add a weekly meme or two to my schedule. I like the idea of this meme because it focuses on what you’re reading and I can make that as quick as a bulleted list or embellish as […]

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Diamond Head by Cecily Wong ~ Book Review

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Diamond Head by Cecily Wong Published by: Harper Published on: April 14, 2015 Page Count: 320 pages Genre: Historical Fiction My Reading Format: Paperback review copy provided by the publisher for consideration Available Formats: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook, and Audiobook Summary from the Publisher: A sweeping debut spanning from China to Hawaii that follows four generations […]

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My Husband & Michael Stipe


My husband and I met on a talker back in 1994. At that time, I was entirely obsessed with Michael Stipe and R.E.M. I would log on each evening and try to get everyone there to talk about Stipe. One evening, Danny said, “Stipe is unripe.” I almost blocked him, but when he mentioned that […]

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The Opposite of Everyone by Joshilyn Jackson ~ Book Review

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The Opposite of Everyone by Joshilyn Jackson Published by: William Morrow Published on: February 16, 2016 Page Count: 304 pages Genre: Southern Fiction My Reading Format: Advanced reader copy sent to me by the publisher as a prize for winning a contest Available Formats: Hardcover, eBook, and Audiobook Summary from the Publisher: Born in Alabama, […]

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