By Collection Management Librarian Kathy Sexton
Taking a road trip? Whether you’re traveling by yourself or with friends or family, an audiobook is a great way to make the miles fly by!
Audiobooks for your next road trip
The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow
Where are you going: Wherever you think of when you think of a magical place.
Who are you going with: The family, especially if there are older teens along for the ride.
Description: In the early 1900s, in a sprawling mansion filled with peculiar treasures, January Scaller is a curiosity herself. As the ward of the wealthy Mr. Locke, she feels little different from the artifacts that decorate the halls: carefully maintained, largely ignored, and utterly out of place. Then she finds a strange book. A book that carries the scent of other worlds and tells a tale of secret doors, of love, adventure, and danger.
The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois by Honoree Fanonne Jeffers
Where you are going: Anywhere VERY far because this is VERY long.
Who are you going with: Your friends who are always debating the next great American novel.
Description: Ailey is reared in the north in the City but spends summers in the small Georgia town of Chicasetta, where her mother's family has lived since their ancestors arrived from Africa in bondage. From an early age, Ailey fights a battle for belonging that's made all the more difficult by a hovering trauma, as well as the whispers of women—her mother, Belle, her sister, Lydia, and a maternal line reaching back two centuries—that urge Ailey to succeed in their stead.
Act Your Age, Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert
Where are you going: For a long weekend at your favorite romantic B&B.
Who are you going with: Your significant other.
Description: Eve Brown is a certified hot mess. No matter how hard she strives to do right, her life always goes horribly wrong. So she's given up trying. Jacob Wayne is in control. Always. The bed and breakfast owner is on a mission to dominate the hospitality industry, and he expects nothing less than perfection. So when a purple-haired tornado of a woman turns up out of the blue to interview for his open chef position, he tells her the brutal truth: not a chance in hell. Then Eve hits him with her car—supposedly by accident. Yeah, right.
Sadie by Courtney Summers
Where are you going: A big city. Small towns might be a bit too "quaint" after this read.
Who are you going with: Your friends who say they only listen to podcasts.
Description: Sadie's been raising her sister Mattie in an isolated Colorado town, trying her best to provide a normal life and keep their heads above water. When Mattie is found dead, and the police investigation is botched, Sadie is determined to bring her sister's killer to justice. She hits the road following a few meager clues. When West McCray, a radio personality working on a segment about small, forgotten towns in America, hears Sadie's story, he becomes obsessed with finding the missing girl. He starts his own podcast as he tracks Sadie's journey, trying to figure out what happened, hoping to find her before it's too late.
Clean Getaway by Nic Stone
Where are you going: On a tour of civil rights landmarks.
Who are you going with: The whole family.
Description: How to go on an unplanned road trip with your grandma: Grab a suitcase, prepacked from the big spring break trip that got CANCELLED. Fasten your seatbelt: G'ma's never conventional, so this trip won't be either. Use the Green Book: G'ma's most treasured possession. It holds history, memories, and most importantly, the way home.
We're Not From Here by Geoff Rodkey
Where are you going: The desert, preferably the Mojave, which seems to look a bit like Mars.
Who are you going with: Parents, kids, friends—EVERYONE!
Description: Life on the Mars station was grim, and since Earth was no longer an option (we may have blown it up), it was time to find a new home. That's how we ended up on Choom with the Zhuri. They're very smart. They also look like giant mosquitos. But that's not why it's so hard to live here. There's a lot that the Zhuri don't like: singing (just ask my sister, Ila), comedy (one joke got me sent to the principal's office), or any kind of emotion. The biggest problem, though? The Zhuri don't like us. And if humankind is going to survive, it's up to my family to change their minds. No pressure.
Where are you going: To compete in cross-country trivia tournaments.
Who are you going with: Your nonfiction nerds.
Description: Josh Clark and Chuck Bryant started the podcast Stuff You Should Know back in 2008 because they were curious—curious about the world around them, curious about what they might have missed in their formal educations, and curious to dig deeper on stuff they thought they understood.
Single. On Purpose. A Guide to Finding Yourself by John Kim
Where are you going: Away from it all.
Who are you going with: Your favorite travel companion: YOURSELF.
Description: After a painful divorce, "The Angry Therapist" John Kim realized he had never truly been on his own. He went on a journey to rebuild his relationship with himself, going from alone and disconnected to alone and fulfilled. Kim has gone on to help thousands of clients find their own unique way to break free of expectations and finally live their truth.
Kathy is a Collection Management Librarian who loves reading, sharing, and talking about books. Her missions in life are to: create communities of readers, convince folks that her official title should be "Book Pusher," and refute that "disco" is a dirty word.