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You can leave your books behind as you hear my “reading” suggestions today. I am partnering with Audible to share my 4 book suggestions with you today.

A stack of books with sunglasses resting on them with beach umbrellas and ocean behind them.

I am finding that I am listening to audiobooks on Audible more & more. It allows me to watch the kids in the pool without looking away to read. It allows me to be entertained while I run (AKA: Keeps me distracted). It allows our whole family to listen to a book in the car instead of watching a movie on a road trip.

Today, I want to share 4 audiobooks that I want to listen to this summer. You can find all of these on Audible and you can try them all out for free with this 30-day free trial. Honestly, you can find just about any type of book that you want. Audible has a huge unmatched selection of audiobooks, so it is hard for me to narrow it down. However… these are the ones that I’m looking forward to.

1- The X-Files: Cold Cases. I wanted to mention this one because it is a best-seller on Audible. It is an exclusive Audible original drama that features narration from Gillian Anderson (Emmy award-winner as well as Golden Globe winner) and David Duchovny (Golden Globe winner). Cold Cases is a great (thrilling) addition to The X-Files, that is set after the events of The X-Files: I Want to Believe.

Cold Cases provides additional backstory to the incidents that pulled Mulder and Scully out of reclusion prior to 2016’s miniseries revival, a database breach at FBI headquarters allows an unknown group to access and capitalize on those investigations left unsolved – dubbed cold cases – by the secret department once known as The X-Files.

When friends & Enemies that were thought to be gone start coming back, Mulder & Scully come out of anonymity to face a growing conspiracy that invoices the US government, as well as other forces… not of this world.

2- Dr. Who. My friends have talked about this show for years and I’ve never watched it or listened to it, so I figured there is no time like the present. The Doctor isn’t a normal doctor, handing out prescriptions, but instead, he is an alien Time Lord. He travels through space & time to fight evil. Once he dies, he regenerates into a new form (he has been 11 people).

It kind of reminded me of Quantum Leap, but I guess I’ll have to listen to it to really know if they are similar or not.

3- Secrets of The Tulip Sisters:
I just heard of this one from a friend last week, but when I looked it up on Audible, it was a best-seller, as well. According to Audible, it is “From the New York Times best-selling author of Daughters of the Bride.” about the unbreakable bond between sisters.

“Kelly Murphy’s life as a tulip farmer is pretty routine – up at dawn, off to work, lather, rinse, repeat. But everything changes one sun-washed summer with two dramatic homecomings: Griffith Burnett – Tulpen Crossing’s prodigal son, who’s set his sights on Kelly – and Olivia, her beautiful, wayward, and, as far as Kelly is concerned, unwelcome sister. Tempted by Griffith, annoyed by Olivia, Kelly is overwhelmed by the secrets that were so easy to keep when she was alone.

But Olivia’s return isn’t as triumphant as she pretends. Her job has no future, and ever since her dad sent her away from the bad boy she loved, she has felt cut off from her past. She’s determined to reclaim her man and her place in the family – whether her sister likes it or not. For 10 years she and Kelly have been strangers. Olivia will get by without her approval now.”

4- The Light Between Oceans
I actually just started this one, but I can already tell that it will be a tear-jerker.
So far, I know that a lightkeeper’s wife has found a baby in a boat that came ashore. The father of the baby was dead and there is no mother to be seen, so they assume she died on the trip. The lightkeeper wants to take the baby to the mainland to be given to authorities, but his wife, unable to have her own baby, insists on raising the child on their island, as their own.

They raise the baby for two years and later they take their daughter to the mainland, only to discover that the mother is not actually dead, but alive and searching for her lost family.

So far, I really love it and can’t wait to hear the rest.

On that note, off to a local splash park, where the kids will run around in the water and play, while I watch them and “read” my book.


Hi there!

I’m Becky, a former elementary school teacher turned certified child development therapist and blogger. I work at home with my husband and together we are raising (and partially homeschooling) our four children in the Carolinas. I love diet coke, ice cream, and spending time with my family.

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  1. I’ve got to add ‘the light between oceans’ to my to-read list. It caught my attention! I’ve had ‘courting Carrie in wonderland’ by Carla Kelly on my night stand for months! With 4 kids (5 and younger) I just don’t read much anymore. It’ll be nice when I can again!

  2. I absolutely love audible. I will really be using it while I drive to my new teaching job that us about 35-40 minutes away. I want to read several books, but I am most excited to read my sister’s newest book, Tower of Refuge. I have been patiently awaiting her 3rd book in a series.

  3. Kids today have largely missed on lots of good clean books I enjoyed in junior high and high school. Mostly they are out of print, available only as used paperback but also in Kindle editions.

    All four are by Alistair MacLean.

    Fear Is The Key. A crime/suspense thriller that both boys and girls would like.

    The Guns of Navarone. Much better than the movie that was based on the book. Teaches a lot about facing adversity and building character. Should be required for all high school students. Boys are more likely to enjoy since it is a war novel.

    When Eight Bells Toll. A mystery thriller both boys and girls would enjoy.

    The Secret Ways (Kindle edition is titled The Last Frontier). A Cold War spy thriller that will expose boys and girls to post World War II Eastern Europe.

  4. I am a mom of soon to be 6 kids, with the oldest being barely 8! I don’t do much pleasure reading to say the least, but I do want to finish the parenting book … How to Raise a Spirited Child … so I am better equipped to teach our kids with their various personalities!

  5. It’s an older book, but I’ve been dying to read “The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake” by Aimee Bender.

  6. Hello. I found all this very usefull. I have tried a lot of the tips on the children and most of them work for not me and themselves. I am
    Single mum that works three days a week with two children under the age of 5 ,

  7. Once the kids are back in school I will have more time to enjoy reading and I want to read The Nightingale.

  8. I would love to read “Secrets of the “Tulip Sisters” sounds intriguing!