Ever since I was a child, I was not great with long car trips. I would ask “Are we there yet??” every 30-minutes, fight in the backseat with my sister about whether or not her cabbage patch doll fell over onto my side of the car, and get super super car sick. How my parents didn’t throw us out on the side of the road, I’ll never understand.
Of course as I grew up the car sickness got better (since I’m the driver now and not trying to read Nancy Drew in the backseat under my blanket) and clearly the cabbage patch doll debacle ended as well. But let me tell you, by antsy-ness about “Are we there yet??” has not gone away what so ever.
Besides having to pack up my whole life, trying to find a new job in Miami, and having to make new friends all over again, I dreaded the 15-hour car drive by myself more. The boyfriend and I brought two cars down with us so that meant not only 15-hours of “follow the leader”, but also 15-hours of alone time stuck in a car with nothing to do.
That’s where my Audible obsession came in handy though! I set my account up with three very different books to keep me entertained throughout the ride.
The Girls by Emma Cline
This book made the hours fly by (as much as they can during a two-day car trip)! It’s a bit eerie but so interesting and crazy to think about what people can be brainwashed into thinking/doing. It’s not really a thriller since the book is pretty quiet with no “boo” moments, but the ending does give you a bit of a chill. The book is loosely based on the Charles Manson cult group and murders from 1969, so if that kind of thing interests you then pick this up!
4.5 out of 5 stars!
Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly
I don’t know what it is but I love a well-written WWII novel (ex: here and here). The story follows the lives of three different women through the war and the years after. It’s such a great depiction of how Americas, Polish, and Germans lead completely different lives during the same war. Three strong women, each in their own way, take you back in time and get you thinking about how lucky you are to live in the world as it is now.
5 out of 5 stars!
You are a Badass by Jen Sincero
When the first two stories got a bit heavy, I switched over to this hysterical, relatable, and actually very insightful book. The beginning (I won’t lie) was a bit out there, but half way through I was totally drinking the cool-aid and nodding my head along with her. Although this is probably labeled as a “self-help” book, it’s really just a nice reality check of a read that will give you an extra pep in your step, but doesn’t get preachy.
4 out of 5 stars!
What have you been reading (or listening to) lately? With all my free time I ready to soak up some rays by the pool and dive into a new book!