Lori’s Listens: Favorite Audiobook Picks


Lori loves audiobooks, and she has been recommending some great ones. These audiobooks can all be  accessed online with your Wanaque library card! Don’t have a card? Need help getting started? Just email us at wanaquelibrary@gmail.com.

Lori’s picks from HooplaDigital

Hoopla has audiobooks, ebooks, music and even streaming music. The Hoopla audiobooks that Lori recommends are always available and can be borrowed anytime.

Tidy The F*ck up by Messie Condo. Reading this book will definitely tell you what to do with your crap, she is no-nonsense and humorous.

Second Chance Girl by Debbie Macomber. Another great Happily Inc. romance. A light easy summer read.

Eat That Frog by Brian Tracy. This is a great book for helping the messy among us to organize. A life changing book.

Everybody, Always by Bob Goff. Talks about love without restrictions, insecurities or inhibitions. Not my usual type of read, but I liked it.

Live Original by Sadie Robertson. This young woman is so smart and talented. In this book she speaks about using her faith to live her most authentic life.

Taming The Tiger Within by Thich Nhat Hanh. A life changing new way of being in harmony in your life and relationship.

The Happy Camper by Melody Carlson. Family drama with a little sweet romance thrown in. A great diversion in a crazy world!!

Of Literature and Lattes by Katherine Reay. Great characters, in a close knit small town. A great novel!

The Good Neighbor: The Life and work of Fred Rogers by Maxwell King. A super biography about the much loved children’s television pioneer, narrated by Levar Burton of Reading Rainbow!

Comedy! “Need a good laugh? Who doesn’t, these days? I knew Hoopla had music, but I also found out that they also have standup comedy albums. You can check out comedy from George Carlin, Artie Lange, Joan Rivers, Jim Gaffigan and Amy Schumer. I saw that they have Kathleen Madigan’s recently-released Greatest Bits Vol. 1, which is a compilation of some of her all-time favorite sets. She is one of my favorite comedians!! So happy I found it!!”

Lawman by Diana Palmer. Another great novel by one of my favorite authors. Somehow she has a great balance between romance and suspense!!

Tightrope by Amanda Quick. An edge of your seat romantic suspense novel. A fun read!!

Live by Sadie Robertson. This girl is rocking it, she is so together. Her knowledge of God is impressive. I am going to read her two other books soon.

The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein. I am a sucker for books about animals, this one is a good one.

Not Quite Over You by Susan Mallery. This is a fun romance read. Book four of the Happily Inc. Series. But a good stand alone novel. I didn’t realize it was part of a series, now I will go to book one.

God in the ICU by Dave Walker MD. An anesthesiologist noticed a positive difference in outcomes when he started praying with his patients. This book is inspiring.

Chasing Vines by Beth Moore. This is an inspirational book. I am happy I Stuck with it!!

Looking for a Hero by Debbie Macomber. This is a great two stories in one book read. Loved it!!

The Small Guide to Anxiety by Gary Small MD. This book is great to read, and especially in our current stressful environment, I found this book really helpful. It’s easy to listen to, and I learned a lot about ways to cope with anxiety.

An Unexpected Bride by Shadonna Richards. This is a feel good romance!! At times like this readers need to be taken away, and this book can do that.

Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly. The true story of the fiercely intelligent mathematicians who worked at NASA at a time when they had 2 strikes against them: they were black, and they were female, in a male-dominated career.

Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher. A life that was so sad and plagued with mental health problems, told with such great humor. A quick read!!

Nothing But Trouble by Amy Andrews. Typical romance, but a great listen if you want to escape this stressful time of social distancing!!

Never Turn Your Back On An Angus Cow by Jan Pol. Greatly amusing tales from this working veterinarian, spanning 40 years of his career, starting as a veterinary student in the Netherlands all the way to working as a rural vet in Michigan. I loved every minute of it!! (You may know Dr. Pol from his National Geographic TV series, The Incredible Dr. Pol.)

House Of The Rising Sun by James Lee Burke. For people who like westerns, this one was a really good one. I would call it a page turner!!

Best Laid Plans by L.K. Farlow. If you like romance novels, check out this book. I have never heard of this author, and hope I can find more from her!!

Girl Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis. This is a great self help book, and uses a lot of humor to help inspire women find their passion to reach their goals.

Magnolia Story by Chip and Joanna Gaines. If you are a fan of Chip and Joanna Gaines, then you will enjoy this book. It tells of the ups and downs of their personal and business lives, with a lot of humor along the way.

A Dog’s Journey by W. Bruce Cameron. This sequel to A Dog’s Purpose was a great read that stood on its own. The perfect read for the dog lovers among us!

Lori’s picks from Overdrive/Libby

Due to the Overdrive/Libby lending model, these titles may not be available right away, but you can still place a hold, and you’ll be notified when it’s your turn to borrow.

Cottage By The Sea by Debbie Macomber. I always love her books. They always have great characters.

Running Wild by Linda Howard. A well written story with humor and suspense thrown in!! A heart warming novel.

Wag by Zazie Todd. A compassionate guide for dog owners, it helps you understand what your dog needs, so you can have your best dog. A must read for dog owners!!

Last One Home by Debbie Macomber. A novel about the power of forgiveness, second chances and the bond between sisters.

The Book Of Joan by Melissa Rivers. This book is an inspiring tribute to the iconic comedian mother. Humor and love shines through!!

Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham. Hilarious, fiercely candid collection of essays.

The Worry Less Book by Rachel Brian. This is a children’s book, but my daughter and I both got a lot out of it!! A great listen for worriers of ALL ages.

Tail Spin by Sandra Brown. If you like suspense novels, this book is a must read!

Let’s Just Say It Wasn’t Pretty written (and read) by Diane Keaton. A honest look at beauty and aging and staying true to your self, with a little bit of humor there too!!

First Comes Love by Sophie Kinsella. A story of family and friends, and the courage to follow your heart no matter what!!

Open Book by Jessica Simpson. Jessica May be a little ditzy, but she is far from stupid. She is a woman that’s been through a lot, but with hard work got back on top!

My Not So Called Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella. This witty workplace drama, is a worthwhile read!!

The Wedding Dress by Rachel Hauck. A timeless love stories of four women through time, and the wedding dress they shared.

Still Foolin’ Em by Billy Crystal. He makes the changes that happens to people when they turn 65 hilarious. I am nowhere near to that age and I already understand feeling like you’re falling apart….

Friction by Sandra Brown. Another great thriller by Sandra Brown. This book has some unexpected twists in it!! I am never disappointed in Sandra’s books!!

When Love Gives You Lululemons by Lauren Weisberger. The sequel to A Devil Wears Prada. This book is very entertaining!!

Bossy Pants by Tina Fey. This is a Laugh out loud book!! Just what you would expect from Tina Fey!

Food: A Love Story by Jim Gaffigan. This comedian has a hilarious relationship with food, and writes great books too.

Today Will be Different by Maria Semple. A funny novel about modern relationships.

In Pieces by Sally Field. This book was, wow. I liked her in the movies, but I never dreamed how her life was like. A great read!!

The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty. This book had me confused at the beginning, but I am so happy I stuck with it. I plan on reading another book by her soon.

Last One Home by Debbie Macomber. I always love this author’s books. This novel is about sisters and finding forgiveness. You feel better after reading it!!

In Such Good Company by Carol Burnett. This book is more about the show than about her personal life, and it’s told with all the humor that you would expect from the comedic icon!! I loved it!!

Seeing Red by Sandra Brown. Another great thriller from a great writer!! It will definitely take you away!!

By Invitation Only by Dorothea Benton Frank. A novel of spirit, humor and truth that makes you think about what it means to be wealthy!!

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling. This is a read that will make you laugh, which we could all use right now. I knew that Mindy was an actress, but I was not aware that she was a writer!!

You are a Badass by Jen Sincero. This self help book is more feisty, with a lot of humor thrown in.

I Owe You One by Sophie Kinsella. A fun story about complicated family life, taking charge of your own life, and finding love with an I. O. U.!!

Mean Streak by Sandra Brown. I really enjoy Sandra Brown novels, and this book is one of her best. The ending surprised me.

There Was a Little Girl by Brooke Shields. This memoir was fascinating. I never could have realized the life that she lived!!

Here I Go Again by Jen Lancaster. I usually avoid books that involve time travel, but I am so happy I listened to it. It was a really fun read.