5 brilliant audiobooks to listen to for some major quarantainment


5 brilliant audiobooks to listen to for some major quarantainment

From new-age tales on motherhood to revisiting timeless poetry

By ELLE team  May 18th, 2020

So you’re running out of good options on Netflix . And you’re bored of swiping on Tinder. And you’re most definitely tired of baking banana bread. The good news is: You don’t have to do any of the above to keep yourself entertained during lockdown. Sit back and listen to a gripping audiobook instead. Here are 5 audiobooks that are worth your time:

NORMAL PEOPLE BY SALLY ROONEY

The award-winning book follows the journey of two teenagers Marianne and Connell. Connell is popular and an athlete, while Marianne is nerdy, offbeat and friendless. Normal People follows their journey for the next four years as both of them wind up at Trinity College in Dublin. The story brings out the electricity of first love, entangled in the complexities of family and friends. It’s the kind of book that keeps you hooked all along.

You can listen to it on Audible

ATTACHED: THE NEW SCIENCE OF ADULT ATTACHMENT AND HOW IT CAN HELP YOU FIND—AND KEEP LOVE BY AMIR LEVINE, RACHEL HELLER

Many of the people who’ve read Attached have described it as “groundbreaking”. That is because it helps you get better at navigating relationships while understanding the science behind it. It helps you see reason in difficult romantic situations that seemed devoid of logic altogether at one point.

You can listen to it on Kobo.com

MOTHERHOOD BY SHEILA HETI

This is a hard-hitting book and often spells out things that most people are afraid of saying. The protagonist is a writer in her late 30s, divorced, now lives with her boyfriend in Toronto and, most of all, does not want to be a mother. One of the lines from the book reads, “It suddenly seemed like a huge conspiracy to keep women in their 30s—when you finally have some brains and some skills and experience—from doing anything useful with them at all.”

You can listen to it on Scribd.com

THE COLLECTED POEMS OF EMILY DICKINSON BY EMILY DICKINSON

If you’ve been wanting to read a book again, now is a good time to revisit classics. This collection contains 444 of the nearly 1,800 poems that Emily penned during her lifetime. She’s considered one of the greatest American poets even though her bold and non-traditional writing style met with mixed reviews when she was first published. This book features poems like Because I could not stop for Death and Hope is the thing with feathers. Dickinson’s poetry is timeless and it’s (really) a good time to read them at any given point.

You can listen to it on Scribd.com

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TINY BEAUTIFUL THINGS BY CHERYL STRAYED

On the surface, Tiny Beautiful Things is just a compilation of agony aunt columns. But, the writer, who gives her advice under the pseudonym Sugar, makes all the letters humorous, heartbreaking, and unique in detail. Each letter contains a nugget of common human experience or emotion. The author’s beautifully crafted answers are thorough, thoughtful and will hit you at all the right place. The fact that much of her counsel springs from reflection on her own life makes it more intimate.

You can listen to it on Audible

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