I decided just to take this pile of summer reading questions in order, and this second one is a request for favorite audio books for the car.
Can anything beat making the trip shorter like listening to stories as the miles slide by? They keep the driver awake and the children quiet. I haven’t traveled much in the past few years, but when I do, make a trip to the local library to check out six or eight choices, hoping to have something to please everyone, making sure we don’t run out, or come to one of those annoying scratched CDs that ruins the story.
(Here’s a summer question for you: why do those skips always happen at the climax of the book?)
It’s a funny thing, but some books have become permanently associated with specific road trips in my memory. So, in no particular order, here are some that come to mind that our family has enjoyed:
The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes
The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien
Because of Winn Dixie by Kate Di Camillo
Rifles for Watie by Harold Keith
100 Cupboards by N. D. Wilson
Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling
The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall
Mary Poppins by P. L. Travers
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Madeleine Takes Command by Ethel Claire Brill
Bridge to Terebithia by Katherine Paterson
And for Mom, Dad, and older kids:
Hannah Coulter by Wendell Berry
Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Annie Barrows
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Reading on the road makes all travel well.
For the joy of reading,