5 Uplifting Audio Books for Summer Adventures

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Audio books are one of my must-haves for traveling.

We love listening to music while traveling and listen to plenty of it, don’t get me wrong. But it seems like every time we travel, a point comes where we just can’t figure out what we want to listen to.

We’ve covered all the roadtrippy, open-road genres, the 90s sing-a-longs, the classic rock, the old school country. But when you just can’t dramatically I Want It That Way it anymore…audio books step in for the win.

Because traveling can be such a revitalizing, uplifting experience in itself, I like to pick audio books that will leave me even more reenergized and inspired. That way when the vacation is done, I can step back into the day-to-day of my life ready to thrive.

These 5 audio books are absolutely perfect for doing just that.

 5 uplifting audio books for summer adventures

5 Uplifting Audio Books for Summer Adventures

1. What I Know For Sure by Oprah Winfrey

what I know for sure by oprah winfrey audio book

Hands down, this is the audio book that has had the biggest impact on my adult life. Gifted to me a few years ago by a former co-worker and mentor before a cross-country road trip, I’ve easily listened to What I Know for Sure, written and read by Oprah Winfrey, at least 20 times from start to finish. Covering a wide-range of life lessons, this is one of those books where different parts can speak to you on different levels at different points in your life.

Every time I listen to it, I gain a fresh perspective. Every time I listen to it, I’m re-energized, no matter how exhausted my life is in that moment. Every time I listen to it, I walk away feeling optimistic and ready to conquer and thrive. 


2. Traveling With Pomegranates by Sue Monk Kidd and Ann Kidd Taylor

traveling with pomegranates sue monk kidd audio book

An uplifting story documenting a mother and daughter’s travels through Greece, Traveling with Pomegranates cuts back and forth between the mother (Sue Monk Kidd, of The Secret Life of Bees fame) and daughter (Ann Kidd Taylor), allowing readers to gain a full prospective on a story that’s rich with travel and truth.


3. Find the Good: Unexpected Life Lessons from a Small Town Obituary Writer by Heather Lende

find the good audio book

As an obituary writer in a small Alaskan town, Heather Lende explores life-lessons learned from lives lived. The overarching message for how we should be living our lives is both simplistic and incredibly challenging: Find the Good.


4. Wild by Cheryl Strayed

wild audio book

Whether it’s from the major motion picture starting Reese Witherspoon or the mention in Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life (which I’m still pretty much trying to pretend never happened), you’ve probably heard of Wild. The story of a 20-something woman who rebooted her life by hiking the Pacific Crest Trail alone is full of wisdom and insight that is guaranteed to life you up from wherever you are in your life.


5. Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes 

year of yes by shonda rhymes

Shonda Rhimes is, of course, the modern day queen of television content, but it turns out she’s got an entirely different skill set that many don’t know about: giving damn good advice. If you’re someone who is constantly trying to silence your self-doubt and become who you were truly meant to be, Year of Yes is an absolute must.


What are some uplifting books that leave you feeling reenergized and inspired?


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  • Reply Sophie

    Glad I found your blog. Looks like we have some common interests: coffee, books, and kids. Haha is that like most moms?

    June 14, 2017 at 6:13 pm
    • Reply Kaity

      Pretty sure liking those three things is a requirement for all millennial moms. 😉

      June 14, 2017 at 10:02 pm

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