August 9 is National Book Lovers Day.
How should book lovers celebrate? By reading an awesome book, of course!
While most readers would love to spend this day curled up on their cozy couch, recliner, or bed (or poolside, it’s summer after all!) many people won’t have the opportunity to do that.
Thankfully, there’s a way for readers to observe this holiday even if they have to work, one that doesn’t run the risk of anyone getting fired for calling in sick when they’re really not. The solution: Audiobooks!
Book lovers can listen to audiobooks during their commute, on their lunch break, and even while preparing meals.
To help book lovers take full advantage of this holiday, Audiobook Store has compiled a list of must-read titles.
National Book Lovers Day: 5 Audiobooks You Need to Check out This Month
Looking for a new book to enjoy during National Book Lovers Day? Here are five books to check out this month.
Readers should also check out #NationalBookLoversDay on Twitter and Instagram this week, too. They’ll be able to connect with other like-minded bibliophiles and get even more book ideas for their must-read list.
1. Stay Sexy & Don’t Get Murdered by Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark
Stay Sexy & Don’t Get Murdered has made nearly every must-read list possible for 2019. It’s no wonder either, since this book was an instant success, going to number one on the New York Times and USA Today Best Seller lists.
Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Harstark are the hosts of a popular podcast entitled My Favorite Murder, which is a true crime/comedy podcast. Their show has broken podcast download records and resulted in sold-out tours around the globe, in addition to this new book.
The book is less about the crime stories they normally discuss and more about their personal lives, including their personal struggles with:
- Their biggest mistakes
- Eating disorders
- Deep-seated fears.
The funny, thoughtful narrative focuses on the importance of personal safety while they delve into deep societal issues. The authors are unapologetically frank as they tell stories of their pasts and offer advice to their readers on how to live with compassion and humor.
2. Yes, Chef by Marcus Samuelsson
Not everyone is a fan of the memoir, but when one is written with passion and has the power to move readers to live their best life – that’s when readers have found something special.
Yes, Chef is about Samuelsson’s passion for food and culture and how with determination, sacrifices, and persistence, he was able to achieve his dreams.
3. Moloka’i by Alan Brennert
What does it mean to embrace and live life in the face of death? The answer is found in Moloka’i, the story of a seven-year-old Hawaiian girl named Rachel who dreams of traveling the world. Her dreams come to a crashing halt, though, when she’s diagnosed with leprosy and taken to a leper colony where she will stay until her death.
With such a bleak future, most people would expect the quality of a person’s life to end in that very moment. Thankfully, this is a poignant story of hope as Rachel discovers her time in quarantine isn’t an end – it’s just the beginning.
4. The Passengers by John Marrs
For readers who are looking for an edge-of-your-seat type of a story on National Book Lovers Day, The Passengers should be at the top of their list.
Self-driving cars are something society doesn’t have a lot of trust in at this point in history. Down the road, though, it’s not difficult to imagine a time when these vehicles have been “perfected” enough for people to put their trust in them. In fact, people might even start to trust these vehicles over human drivers when it comes to road safety.
That’s the premise behind The Passengers. People trust the technology behind self-driving cars. However, in this story, eight people find themselves in a terrifying situation. Their car doors lock, they’re taken on a different route than they’d planned, and they have absolutely no control over the car.
Oh, and a voice tells them that they’re going to die.
The final, terrifying moments of these eight passengers are being broadcast for the world to see. Not only that, but the world must decide who will survive (if any) and who will be the first to die.
The Passengers will keep readers hanging on for dear life.
5. How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
National Book Lovers Day isn’t just about reading for entertainment. It’s a great opportunity for readers to educate themselves about current events, to get a fresh perspective, and to get reinvigorated to do what they can to make the world a better place for all humans to live.
How to Be an Antiracist is one of the best new audiobooks of 2019, written by a National Book Award-winning author.
The book turns the idea of eradicating racism on its head by asking readers to first think about what a society free of racism will really look like. Then, it asks the reader how they can play a role in creating that ideal.
Kendi uses a mix of science, history, law, and ethics, as well as his own story to create an engaging story that will move readers to become a bigger part of the solution and to play an active role in building a better tomorrow.
Should You Try Audiobooks? Why They’re Such a Great Investment
Holding a book, feeling the pages, and doing some good, old-fashioned reading is a delight. Unfortunately, with the fast-paced life people live these days, that type of reading isn’t always possible.
Does this mean that people should just go without reading? Definitely not. Reading is one of the best forms of self-care. It’s incredibly relaxing and is a wonderful way to learn new things, whether the reader is immersing themselves in fiction or non-fiction.
Fortunately, book lovers don’t have to limit themselves because of time. By investing in audiobooks, they get to experience a plethora of authors and genres, as well as some of their all-time favorite classic books. Since they get to listen to the books, they can enjoy them while doing other activities, including driving, exercising, cooking, and cleaning.
Audiobooks offer readers the ultimate multi-tasking experience, thereby making them one of the best investments ever!
Not sure which audiobook to listen to on National Book Lovers Day? Check out our Discovery Tool. Use this tool to introduce yourself to new books, genres, and authors.