Support Local, Win Audiobooks for a Year

You know we're partial to a good, old-fashioned physical books around here. But stories can take all sorts of forms, and (much as we'd like) we don't always have time to sit and read the day away.

That's where audiobooks come in. If you didn't know, we're all pretty big fans. Most of the staff listens to audiobooks on constant rotation—during our morning walks, through drives across town, on long afternoons spent in the garden, and any other time we can think of. So we were understandably pretty excited when we heard that our friends at were giving away free audiobooks for a year.

Let's take step back for a moment. If you (like us) love audiobooks, you need to know about They partner with independent bookstores across the country to offer digital audiobooks, and the revenue from those sales supports local economies. That sets them apart from another popular audiobook platform (rhymes with "Schmaudible"), which is owned by a company so obsessed with two-day shipping that its employees are afraid to take bathroom breaks. Long story short: rocks.

That's especially true this summer, thanks to their Summer Listening Challenge. Here's how it works: Listen to 20 hours of audiobooks from Libro this summer (that's a cinch, by the way), fill out their PDF worksheet or this online form, send it along to the powers that be, and you'll be entered to win free audiobooks for a year. And you'll be supporting local the whole time.

Need some help getting started? Here are a few of our recent favorites—select the book you're interested in, then click 'Get the Digital Audiobook' to head to Libro and get started.

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Eat Cake. Be Brave. Cover Image
ISBN: 9781538712160
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Grand Central Publishing - July 17th, 2018

From the star of USA reality show The Radkes and creator of the viral "Red Ribbon Week" video, this is a hilarious and inspiring story of finding self-confidence in a world of naysayers.

My name is Melissa Radke, and there is a very real chance you have no idea who I am or why I wrote a book. But admit it, you're curious!

The Best Cook in the World: Tales from My Momma's Table Cover Image
ISBN: 9781400040414
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Knopf - April 24th, 2018


From the beloved, best-selling author of All Over but the Shoutin', a delectable, rollicking food memoir, cookbook, and loving tribute to a region, a vanishing history, a family, and, especially, to his mother. Including seventy-four mouthwatering Bragg family recipes for classic southern dishes passed down through generations.

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Monday's Not Coming Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062422675
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Katherine Tegen Books - May 22nd, 2018

"Jackson’s characters and their heart-wrenching story linger long after the final page, urging readers to advocate for those who are disenfranchised and forgotten by society and the system." (Publishers Weekly, "An Anti-Racist Children's and YA Reading List")

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Endling #1: The Last Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062335524
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: HarperCollins - May 1st, 2018

In this first book of an epic middle grade series, Katherine Applegate takes us on an unforgettable journey.

A New York Times bestseller from the beloved author of the action-packed Animorphs series and the award-winning The One and Only Ivan.

The Book of Essie: A novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525520313
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Knopf - June 12th, 2018


"Both timelessly beautiful and unbelievably timely."—Chris Bohjalian, New York Times bestselling author of Midwives and The Flight Attendant 

Tangerine: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062686664
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Ecco - March 27th, 2018


“A juicy melodrama cast against the sultry, stylish imagery of North Africa in the fifties.” —The New Yorker

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The Word Is Murder: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062676788
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Harper - June 5th, 2018


New York Times bestselling author of Magpie Murders and Moriarty, Anthony Horowitz has yet again brilliantly reinvented the classic crime novel, this time writing a fictional version of himself as the Watson to a modern-day Holmes.

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Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062362599
Availability: Backordered
Published: Harper - June 13th, 2017

New York Times bestseller

National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist

Lambda Literary Award winner