Books, Music, Podcasts

Good Listens in 2019

Happy New Year!

It’s been a long time since I had a post in my series of posts Audiobooks and Podcasts. So I thought my first post of 2020 would be a recap of some of my favorite audiobook listens in 2019.

I constantly listen to audiobooks, especially on my twice a day dog walks and while crafting. Occasionally I listen to fiction but my favorite genre is non fiction, especially books related to personal growth.


Below I share my favorite listens in 2019 along with a link to the Publishers Weekly or or book review; and a quote from the book that resonated with me.

Signs: The Secret Language of the Universe by Laura Lynne Jackson

“Souls have deep connections and unique contracts that span centuries, exist back and forth in time, and bind us in ways we can’t really understand…. These connections are ancient and everlasting, and they already exist in our hearts, even if we’re not always aware of them.”

Never Split the Difference: Negotiating As If Your Life Depended On It by Chris Voss

“Psychotherapy research shows that when individuals feel listened to, they tend to listen to themselves more carefully and to openly evaluate and clarify their own thoughts and feelings.”

Unfu*k Yourself: Get Out of Your Head and Into Your Life by Gary John Bishop

“Love the life you have, not the one you expected to have.”

Everything is Figureoutable: How One Simple Belief Can Help Us Overcome Any Obstacle and Create Unstoppable Success by Marie Forleo

“I win or I learn, but I never lose.”

Digital Minimalism: On Living Better with Less Technology by Cal Newport

“Digital Minimalism A philosophy of technology use in which you focus your online time on a small number of carefully selected and optimized activities that strongly support things you value, and then happily miss out on everything else.”

The Courage to Be Disliked: The Japanese Phenomenon That Shows You How to Change Your Life and Achieve Real Happiness by Ichiro Kishimi and Fumitake Koga

“Unless one is unconcerned by other people’s judgments, has no fear of being disliked by other people, and pays the cost that one might never be recognized, one will never be able to follow through in one’s own way of living. That is to say, one will not be able to be free.”

The Alice Network by Kate Quinn

“What did it matter if something scared you, when it simply had to be done?”

Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy by Sheryl Sandberg

I discussed this book in my 5/13/19 post New Library Stack and Option B

“Resilience comes from deep within us and from support outside us. It comes from gratitude for what’s good in our lives and from leaning in to the suck. It comes from analyzing how we process grief and from simply accepting that grief. Sometimes we have less control than we think. Other times we have more. I learned that when life pulls you under, you can kick against the bottom, break the surface, and breathe again.”

Resilience: Hard-Won Wisdom for Living a Better Life by Eric Greitens

I discussed this book in my 2/16/19 post Soup’s On

“When real transformation does occur in someone’s life, it usually happens through evolution, not revolution. Every time we make a choice to confront our fear, our character evolves and we become more courageous. Every time we make a choice to move through pain to pursue a purpose larger than ourselves, our character evolves and we become wiser. Every time we make a choice to move through suffering, our character evolves and we become stronger.”

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

“We’re more than the sum total of our choices, that all the paths we might have taken factor somehow into the math of our identity.”

I listened to more audiobooks that those listed above in 2019, but these were my favorites!


Feature Photo by Tomasz Gawłowski on Unsplash

12 thoughts on “Good Listens in 2019”

  1. I LOVE audiobooks!! I almost become more of a fan of the narrator than the author in some cases.

    I’ve heard a bit about the Digital Minimalism book, but since I’m already nearly anorexic with my digital life, I’m not sure what more I could give up. Still, I might give it a look, or a listen :)) Great list!

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  2. I love audiobooks. I got involved with them when I had my eye operations. Unlike you I only listen to thrillers or mystery stories. I like a lurid listen, I guess! I listen while doing art, cooking, and when walking on the track at the gym. Occasionally I just lie on the sofa and listen. What luxury to have someone read to you.

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    1. I’ve listen to some awesome thrillers as well as science fiction in the past (I especially enjoy post-apocalyptic fiction) and I do love to just sit sometimes and be read to! Glad you appreciate the delight of a good listen!

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  3. “Living Better with Less Technology” – are you insane?! Suggesting that anyone can have too much technology is nothing short of blasphemy! How can anyone get anything done without a cornucopia of blinkenlights! Folly!

    (I like this list a lot. Thank you!)

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  4. I love the traffic jam picture! I’ve been there and was so glad to have a book to listen too as I inched along. I so enjoy listening to books, many of the readers are amazing and add a lot to the story. Great post.

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