Taking a little road trip, meditating on the dock, mastering BBQ chicken, or putting your green thumb to work – summer is filled with quiet moments like these. But how can we make these moments even more special? Audible.ca’s got you covered with a curated list of titles that are the perfect addition to a range of interests and activities – whether you’re solo or with the social distancing crew.

Spruce up your garden with Michael Pollan’s new literary classic, Second Nature, or spice things up on the grill while listening to Samin Nosrat’s Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat. Go for a relaxing jog by the lake with Ash Ranpura and Alice Fraser’s meditative guide, Calm World, or explore the artist in you through Jerry Saltz’s inspirational handbook, How to Be an Artist.

See below a roundup of our favourite titles that are guaranteed to motivate you, spark new passions, inspire creativity, and teach you a thing or two.

As a reminder, Audible also released Audible Sleep, a collection of tools and resources designed to help you get a better night’s sleep.                                          

Around the house

  1. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

Written by: Marie Kondo

Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller

Length: 4 hrs and 50 mins

Japanese cleaning consultant, Marie Kondo, takes tidying to a whole new level, promising that if you properly simplify and organize your home once, you’ll never have to do it again.

  1. Zero Waste Home

Written by: Bea Johnson

Narrated by: Henrietta Meire

Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins

In Zero Waste Home, Bea Johnson shares the story of how she simplified her life by reducing her waste. This book shares essential how-to advice, secrets and insights based on Bea’s experience.

  1. Tree

Written by: David Suzuki, Wayne Grady, Peter Wohlleben – foreword

Narrated by: David Skulski

Length: 5 hrs and 37 mins

The story of a single tree, from the moment the seed is released from its cone until more than 500 years later, it lies on the forest floor as a nurse log, giving life to ferns, mosses and hemlocks, even as its own life is ending.

  1. Second Nature

Written and narrated by: Michael Pollan

Length: 9 hrs and 1 min

A new literary classic, Second Nature has become a manifesto not just for gardeners but for environmentalists everywhere.

In the kitchen 

  1. Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat

Written and narrated by: Samin Nosrat

Length: 5 hrs and 57 mins

Master the use of just four elements – salt, which enhances flavor; fat, which delivers flavor and generates texture; acid, which balances flavor; and heat, which ultimately determines the texture of food – and anything you cook will be delicious.

  1. The Measure of My Powers

Written and narrated by: Jackie Kai Ellis

Length: 4 hrs and 59 mins

For fans of Eat Pray LoveWild and H is for HawkThe Measure of My Powers is the story of one woman’s search for self-love, experienced through food and travel.

  1. Feeding My Mother

Written and narrated by: Jann Arden

Length: 2 hrs and 50 mins

Feeding My Mother is a frank, funny, inspirational and piercingly honest account of the transformation in Jann Arden’s life that has turned her into the primary “parent” to her mom, who is in the grip of Alzheimer’s.

Me Time

  1. Walk to Run One Mile

Written by: Aaptiv

Narrated by: Jaime McFaden

Length: 6 hrs and 20 mins

Achieving a new goal is all about taking the first step and with the help of certified personal trainer, Jaime McFaden, those first steps will lead to a successful first mile.

  1. The World’s Fittest Book

Written and narrated by: Ross Edgley

Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins

Dubbed the body’s complete user guide, The World’s Fittest Book will become the go-to resource for learning all you need to know about building muscle, losing fat, eating (healthy) cake and unlocking your superhuman physical potential.

  1. Calm World: Introduction to Meditation

Written by: Alice Fraser, Ash Ranpura

Length: 2hrs and 15 mins

With the help of neuroscientist Ash Ranpura, comedian Alice Fraser explores the science, history, and culture behind meditation.

  1. One Drum

Written by: Richard Wagamese

Narrated by: Christian Baskous

Length: 4 hrs and 1 min

One Drum draws from the foundational teachings of Ojibway tradition, the Grandfather Teachings. Focusing specifically on the lessons of humility, respect, and courage, the volume contains simple ceremonies that anyone anywhere can do, alone or in a group, to foster harmony and connection.

Channelling your inner creativity

  1. Knitting Yarns

Written by: Ann Hood

Narrated by: Ann Hood, Sam Adrain

Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins

In Knitting Yarns, 27 writers tell stories about how knitting healed, challenged or helped them to grow. Poignant, funny and moving, it is sure to delight knitting enthusiasts and lovers of literature alike.

  1. Fibershed

Written by: Rebecca Burgess

Narrated by: Tia Rider

Length: 7 hrs and 26 mins

Fibershed is a resource for fiber farmers, ranchers, contract grazers, weavers, knitters, slow-fashion entrepreneurs, soil activists, and conscious consumers who want to join or create their own fibershed and topple outdated and toxic systems of exploitation.

  1. How to Be an Artist

Written and narrated by: Jerry Saltz

Length: 2 hrs and 20 mins

For many, becoming an artist is a lifelong dream. But how to make it happen? In How to Be an Artist, Jerry Saltz, one of the art world’s most celebrated and passionate voices, offers an indispensable handbook for creative people of all kinds.