No Time to Read? Here Are 10 Audiobooks We Recommend Instead

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I love to read. But after long and hectic days, I find myself only being able to finish a few pages in bed before my eyelids become heavy, I call it a night, and I drift off to sleep. Sure, I’ve slowly finished a few books by reading several pages at a time, but there’s truly nothing like that “can’t put it down” feeling where you just fly through a great book.

So in an effort to read more and finish books at a better pace, I recently tried something I’d never done before: listen to an audiobook. And I’m here to tell you that listening to audiobooks is really great. I was surprisingly captivated by having a narrator read to me, but the real treat of an audiobook is the convenience. And who doesn’t need more of that?

Now, I’m popping in one of my AirPods and listening to an audiobook whenever I get the chance. From a solo grocery shopping trip and driving around in the car to a lunchtime walk and while I get mindless computer work done, I take advantage of as many short spurts of time I have throughout my day to continue listening.

There are many different ways to listen to books, but I’ve been using Barnes & Noble’s newly-launched B&N Audiobooks platform and I highly recommend it. Users can listen anywhere by downloading the B&N NOOK App or via and instantly have access to more than 300,000 new releases, bestsellers, and more. Subscribers get their first audiobook for free (yes, free!), and after that, users receive one monthly credit to redeem for your next listen (1 credit = 1 book). And if a subscription isn’t for you, users can buy books a la carte at any time and get access to daily savings on thousands of audiobooks.

Ready to get reading with B&N Audiobooks? Click here to view the platform and sign up for your free trial. Then, scroll down to check out a list of 10 audiobooks I recommend—from new releases to bestsellers, these titles would make a perfect first audiobook listen. 

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The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood

One of the most popular books on TikTok right now, The Love Hypothesis is a fun and flirty rom-com about two scientists who enter into a fake relationship. But their experiment soon takes a turn when Olive starts to catch real feelings for Adam and her theories on love are put to the test.

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Open Book by Jessica Simpson

There's a reason Jessica Simpson's memoir has remained one of the most talked-about books of the last few years. Narrated by Simpson herself and filled with so many juicy celebrity tidbits and heartfelt private moments, this audiobook is like listening to a super-long podcast—and you'll love every second of it.

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The Duke and I by Julia Quinn

Chances are, you've watched Bridgerton on Netflix—but have you read any of the books behind the series? If not, start with the first story, The Duke and I, about Daphne Bridgerton and Simon Hastings' steamy love story. The book is lengthy, so I recommend listening to it instead!

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The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

Narrated by actress Carey Mulligan, this feel-good book follows a young woman named Nora who finds herself in a library filled with books containing different versions of her life. As she browses the options and tries a few out, Nora learns what is truly fulfilling in life and what makes it worth living in the first place.

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Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Though this novel came out in 2019, listening to it as an audiobook is a real treat because it's narrated by a full cast. As if that's not cool enough, you'll be hooked on this story about Daisy, a young girl living in Los Angeles during the '60s, who becomes the lead singer of a mega-popular rock band.

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Book Lovers by Emily Henry

Voted one of the best audiobooks to listen to while laying on the beach, Emily Henry's latest novel (she also authored Beach Read and People We Meet on Vacation) follows Nora, a literary agent, and her sister, Libby, as they go on a summer vacation in North Carolina. But when Nora runs into Charlie, a book editor she knows from the city, their stories begin to intertwine and the carefully crafted stories they've written about themselves unravel.

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Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner

This poignant memoir written and narrated by musician Michelle Zauner—lead vocalist of indie rock band Japanese Breakfast—chronicles her experience growing up in a Korean household in Oregon and reconnecting with her Asian American roots after her mom is diagnosed with terminal cancer.

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Atomic Habits by James Clear

This five-hour-and-35-minute listen will help you transform your life with practical strategies for forming good habits and breaking bad ones. If fiction audiobooks aren't your genre, I highly recommend listening to James Clear's teachings in this interesting and informative self-help book that promises big results through tiny changes to your day-to-day routine.

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Black Cake by Charmaine Wilkerson

Narrated by two different women, Black Cake will transport you across decades and to different countries as siblings Byron and Benny unravel their mom's life story after she passes away and leaves them a traditional Caribbean black cake and a voice recording that changes everything they know.

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No One Goes Alone by Erik Larson

A top-selling audiobook, this mystery follows psychologist William James as he travels to a remote island in search of answers after a family vanishes there. This story is only available as an audiobook, as author Erik Larson thinks "ghost stories are best told aloud."


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This post was in partnership with Barnes & Noble, but all of the opinions within are those of The Everymom editorial board. We only recommend products we genuinely love.