I constantly find myself listening to the same music on repeat, especially during commutes and long travel days. Books can be heavy if you’re trying to travel light, not to mention dangerous if you’re operating a motor vehicle. Last summer, on my hour and a half commute to work everyday, I developed a love affair with audiobooks and podcasts.  Here are some of my favorites:


  1. “The Girl With The Lower Back Tattoo” by Amy Schumer: Listen to Emmy Award-winning comedian read 8 hours of personal stories and essays. Schumer’s collection of stories and jokes is full of confessions of her early life.  If you’re stuck in traffic, Schumer will bring you to tears with entertaining comic relief.  


  1. “Serial” by Sara Koenig: If “Making A Murder” is on your most recently watched list on Netflix, this podcast is for you. “Serial” is a podcast produced by the creators of “This American Life.”  Journalist and host Sara Koenig investigates true crime stories leaving the listener fascinated with these unsolved cases. The two seasons are filled with different stories of different men who have been accused of crimes while Koenig re-investigates their cases. Let “Serial” make you think and sit at the edge of your seat every time you listen.


  1. “Modern Romance” by Aziz Ansari and Eric Klinenberg: While Aziz Ansari is one of the leading comedians of the moment, this book is not a comedy. Ansari teams up with Eric Klinenberg, New York University sociologist, to discuss relationships within the 21st century and how they have changed throughout the years due to the Internet.


  1. “Paris For One” by Jojo Moyes: If you’re looking for a romantic novel to escape to, Moyes’ new novel “Paris For One” is a winner. The story is about a British woman whose plan on taking a couples’ getaway is ruined, leaving her in the City of Lights single. If you were a fan of Moyes’ best-selling novel, “Me Before You” – this is for you!


  1. Yes Please” by Amy Poehler:  Looking for a few hours of laughs? Amy Poehler’s audiobook is my go-to because her memoirs are relatable and personal. As a bonus, this also includes commentary from stars such as Carol Burnett, Seth Meyers, Patrick Stewart, Kathleen Turner and even Poehler’s parents!


  1. “Code Switch” by NPR: This is a fascinating take on themes of race, ethnicity and current culture. These are extremely relevant topics and important to discuss. Listen to a few episodes of “Code Switch” and you’ll have yourself plenty of conversation starters at your next family dinner.