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To quote my girl, Anne of Green Gables:
“I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers."
Because October... right? It's the best. From the crisp, cool evenings to the turning leaves to PUMPKINS to just... everything. Everything about October is 💯.
My work uniform during October
And even though it seems impossible that October could get better than it already is, it's prime audiobook release season. I've put together a list of just a few October audiobook releases that a crazy awesome and totally worth adding to your library.
October hosts Day of the Girl (October 11th) and I propose that Captain Tammie Jo Shults’s October audiobook Nerves of Steel is the book for Day of the Girl: as one of the Navy’s first female fighter pilots, Tammie Jo embodies the spirit of hard-working womanhood, and her story is one that you’re not going to miss. I personally love the audiobook because it contains two bonus tracks, which include an interview between Captain Tammie Jo and Audie award-winning narrator Tavia Gilbert, and also a special speech that Tammie gave that highlights her amazing landing of Southwest Flight 1380.
This book is an amazingly creative idea + awesome characters + a thrill ride = you want this book, really, you do.
Here’s the rundown of the book: In the realms of The Memory Thief, memories are currency that can be traded for goods, services, skills, and experiences. A group of people - the Gifted - can steal and redistribute memories. Etta is secretly one of them, but she hasn’t used her Gifted abilities since she left the rebel Shadows following her mother’s accident two years ago. But when her mother is again in danger, Etta has no choice but to return to the underground group in order to complete her greatest heist and save her mother’s life. Etta faces startling attacks, unexpected romance, and above all, her own past as she uncovers a conspiracy that challenges everything she knew about herself and the world around her.
Bob Goff is everyone’s favorite Uncle: he is always smiling (true story: have no idea what Bob’s face looks like frowning), he can often be found with colorful balloons, and he just wants us to be kinder to one another.
His new book, Live in Grace, Walk in Love is all showing love in the world that so desperately needs it. And because this is divided into 365 individual stories, you could listen to one each morning to get you pumped to bring change and goodness and Bob Goff-ness into the world. I can’t think of too many better ways to start the day, honestly.
Tonya Dalton is my girl, because adulting is hard. As you get older, you find out a disappointing truth: you can’t be everything to everyone. Instead, Tonya argues that it’s really about harmony rather than balance. Sometimes certain areas of our life take precedent over others, and that is okay. For example, sometimes you gotta stay late to finish that deadline. But then, somedays, the deadline can get pushed. Sometimes, you got to hang out with the kiddos and totally forget about work. Or you need to get your haircut or take a shower or have a grown-up conversation with your spouse. But some of those things will have to be missed every once in a while, and you know what? That is the truth and it is just fine. We can’t get to it all all the time, and we’re not supposed to. And the way Tonya conveys this is beautiful. Anyone who has chased the illusive “work-life” balance myth and failed, fam, you need this book.
Jaci Velazquez was my VBS hero when I was just a wee one in the middle grades. Reading her story has got me just as excited as listening to We Will Overcome on my boombox when I was navigating growing up. Her story is definitely worth reading if you’re looking for a little hope, a little bit of laughter, and a huge dose of authenticity. Also? Here’s a video of Jaci hanging out with her chickens, because her and her chickens are BFFs and I find that super delightful.
Tell us about your October audiobook TBR!!
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