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Got Library Mind-Muddle? Here's a few fave's...

Updated: Mar 18, 2019

Don't let miles of books send you reeling. Use my list to find that next great read!

Going to the Library can be a daunting prospect, especially when your most defined goal is:

“find a good book to read”


We love to listen to audio books as a family on long car trip and camping trips. It passes the time, it’s entertaining and it gives us things to discuss as we go.


Whenever we’re planning a trip, three days before, I hit up the Library and scour the shelves for audios that sound and look interesting and that we haven’t heard before.


Depending on the length of the trip, I will usually gather at least three to take, that way the odds that one of them will be good are much higher than being stuck with a dud.

We’ve definitely ran into some doozies, but usually try to give a book a fighting chance to win us over. On one such occasion, we had the Saddest book review statement came from our three year old when she cried

"Mom! Shut this book off! It's making my tummy feel yuckie!"

...And then that child proceeded to throw up. Repeatedly. -We didn't ever turn that book back on.


However, after thirteen years we've been on at least 100 or more trips. We've car-tripped as just my husband and I, and also with our growing family, so finding three new, promising books each time can get rough.


Weather you’re a newbie to road-tripping audio’s, a veteran looking for new ideas, or just want a good book to read; here are a few of our favorites that we still talk about years later.


Two adventures, one stone; audio books add a lot of interest to long car rides.



The List


Terry Pratchett-

-The Wee Free Men

-'‎A Hat Full of Sky

-Wintersmith

· We LOVED this series, ALL of us, ages 2-35, so funny and clever and not too dark. I think there is at least one more book in the series, but I haven’t gotten my hands on it yet. I can’t rave enough about these!


Jonathan Auxier –

-Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes

· This book kept all of us riveted. Our six year old and four year old kept begging to turn it back on, and my husband and I kept wanting to pause and discuss all the in’s and out’s of it. LOVED it. One of our very favorites ever!

-Sophie Quire and the Last Storyguard

· Also well worth the read, though not quite as captivating as his first, Peter Nimble, but it does continue the story. I know he has a third novel out, but I haven’t read it yet. I plan to though.


Redwall Series by Brian Jacques

· We’ve read probably fifteen of these, and they are all really good. The younger kids did get a bit board with some of the longer ballads and descriptions, as did we adults, but still great books.


Christopher Paolini-

Eragon -BEST

‎Eldest -Good

Brisingr –Good(er) :)

· We read the final book of this one, but weren’t huge fans, which is why I left it off this list. The others were good. And Eragon was definitely our favorite.


Gates of Thread and Stone by Lori M. Lee

· This one I have a hard time putting on this list because of the mature content (violence, sex, explicit homosexual activities ect). I LOVED the plotting, the writing, and the cover art *swoon* (I’m a sucker for good covers), all that was seriously AMAZING! But I DEFINITELY had to mute it, repeatedly, with my kids in the car.


Twilight Series by Stephenie Meyer

· This was one of the first book series of my adult hood I truly could not put down.


Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis

· KInda goes without saying – They are great!


Matched by Ally Condie

· The first in this series was great. The sequel we didn’t care for and never finished the series.


Enders Game by Orson Scott Card

· Again, a great classic. But the sequel was a no go for me.



Hope this list gives you some new material to consider. As I read more books I’d recommend I’ll update this post, so be sure to check back. Or you can follow me on Facebook and Twitter where I’ll post blog updates. You can also sign up for my email list where I Update my fans with my own latest works.


Happy Reading!

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