43 Audiobooks I Listened to in December 2023
The book titles in bold are those I’d recommend…
- The Christmas Pig by JK Rowling- This was a fun story about toys and lost things. I enjoyed the witty puns throughout as J.K. Rowling added many items we mention we have “lost” in life such as a lost voice, lost hope, etc. Some reviews have said it is not for kids because of the divorce situation. I did not feel like that was too heavy. Many, many kids are part of a divorced family or know someone who is; an additional perspective is good for sympathy, compassion, and empathy.
- A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens- I listened to this last Christmas and I may keep it a tradition. The audiobook read by Hugh Grant is fantastic. I loved this book.
- Number the Stars by Lois Lowry- This was one of my favorite books in Jr. High school. It was nice to listen to it again. It’s a great entrance into the difficult and saddening subject of WWII.
- Make Your Bed Book by Admiral William H. As someone who doesn’t always make the bed, I was hesitant to listen to this book but it had great reviews, so I gave it a try. He doesn’t push making your bed too much and instead focuses on lessons he learned in the military. It was exciting and well-written. I have put his other books on the hold list.
- A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle- I have read this multiple times growing up and it was a fun re-read. I love the story and the message. It’s a great book.
- The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman- This is another re-read. I haven’t listened to/read the five love languages for quite some time. But it is a great book and has helped in my life. To realize that my husband, children, and I do not share the same love language and to seek to find out how best to show them love is a great way to strengthen relationships.
- The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho- This was another re-read and is a great classic.
- Dare Greatly by Brené Brown- I just love Brené Brown. I think she is a powerful force for good in the world. I’ve read many of her books and listened to her TED talks and many of her YouTube videos. Each time I listen to her, I feel validated, encouraged, and inspired to become a better person, wife, and parent.
- Christmas at the Gingerbread Inn by Michelle Stimpson- This is a romance about two people who reunite after many, many years. I enjoyed it as a Christmas romance. It was cute, had good character development, and was clean. It was a great read.
- The Christmas Star by Kate Forster- This was a fun Christmas romance that is clean. The plot was a twist of a few common Christmas plots.
- The Upside Down Christmas by Kate Forster- This was a cute Christmas romance however, I did like Kate Forster’s “The Christmas Star” better.
- The Best Worst Christmas by Kate Forster- This was my least favorite of the three Christmas romances I listened to by Kate Forster this month. It had some swearing and just was too negative and grouchy for my taste.
- Snobbery with Violence by MC Beaton- This was a great book by MC Beaton. The plot and character development were well done. It is a four-book series.
- Hasty Death by MC Beaton- The second book in the four-book series. These are murder mysteries that the main characters help to solve with a romance woven into the plot.
- Sick of Shadows by MC Beaton- Captain Harry Cathcart and Lady Rose Summer have entered into an engagement of convenience so Rose can avoid being sent to India
- Our Lady of Pain by MC Beaton- This was a sequel. I enjoyed how it progressed and ended.
- Defiant by Brandon Sanderson- This is a sequel to the Skyward series. While good, it wasn’t my favorite installment. I really cannot believe I’m not writing in bold for the title of a Brandon Sanderson book, but this one just fell flat for me.
- Live Not by Lies by Rod Dreher- This inspiring book about standing up for freedom. I was inspired by many examples Rod Dreher uses in the book. So many strong people have fought the fight for freedom (personal, religious, etc.). I hope I can do my part in life to support proper laws and leaders.The rest of the books listed are written by Agatha Christie; most are short stories, and some are long. They were engaging, great, and fun to listen to.
- The Affair at the Victory Ball by Agatha Christie
- The Jewel Robbery at the Grand Metropolitan by Agatha Christie
- The King of Clubs by Agatha Christie
- The Disappearance of Mr. Davenheim by Agatha Christie
- The Plymouth Express by Agatha Christie
- The Adventure of “The Western Star” by Agatha Christie
- The Tragedy at Marsdon Manor by Agatha Christie
- The Kidnapped Prime Minister by Agatha Christie
- The Million Dollar Bond Robbery by Agatha Christie
- The Adventure of the Cheap Flat by Agatha Christie
- The Mystery of Hunter’s Lodge by Agatha Christie
- The Chocolate Box by Agatha Christie
- The Adventure of the Egyptian Tomb by Agatha Christie
- The Adventure of Johnnie Waverly by Agatha Christie
- The Market Basing Mystery by Agatha Christie
- The Adventure of the Italian Nobleman by Agatha Christie
- The Case of the Missing Will by Agatha Christie
- The Incredible Theft by Agatha Christie
- The Adventure of the Clapham Cook by Agatha Christie
- The Lost Mine by Agatha Christie
- The Cornish Mystery by Agatha Christie
- The Double Clue by Agatha Christie
- The Theft of the Royal Ruby by Agatha Christie
- The Lemesurier Inheritance by Agatha Christie
- The Under Dog by Agatha Christie
I like to share the audiobooks I listen to each month so that I can keep track of them.
If you are looking for more recommendations feel free to read these lists as well.
In 2022, I listened to over 250 audiobooks. If interested you can click the link to see which ones I read last year.
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