One of the ways I hit my reading goal last year was by listening to audiobooks. As a rule, I do not enjoy fiction on audio – I find myself drifting off for some reason – but I love memoirs and other non-fiction books. Here are my favourite audiobooks from 2021:
Four Thousand Weeks by Oliver Burkeman
I liked this one so much I asked for the hardback version so I can read it and highlight or bookmark bits. The title comes from the amount of time we have on this earth if we live to about eighty. It is not your usual productivity life hack type book but instead, Burkeman took a more philosophical look at how we spend our time and how we get right with how we spend our time.
The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson
Unnerving but fascinating, this book took us into the minds of psychopaths. I am fascinated by anything to do with psychology and how the mind works.
The Lazy Genius Way: Embrace What Matters, Ditch What Doesn’t, and Get Stuff Done by Kendra Adachi
I regularly listen to Kendra Adachi’s podcast which helps busy people name what matters and gives practical ways to hack a whole host of different aspects of daily life. Her familiar and personable style translated perfectly to the audiobook version (of which I also have the physical copy for the aforementioned notes and annotations).
The Book You Wish Your Parents Had Read by Phillipa Perry
It is not an understatement to say that this is a MUST read book for any parent. Her kind but straightforward style is.
James Acaster’s Classic Scrapes
James Acaster is one of my favourite comedians and this series of funny stories was such an utter joy to listen to. His inimitable delivery coupled with some truly hilarious scrapes in which he finds himself made this a book I will revisit over and over whenever I need a lift.