Reading Our Way to Iceland


Northern Lights Over Jökulsárlón

Jason and I are heading to Iceland next week for our big trip of the year. We are so incredibly excited! Truth be told, we weren’t even supposed to be going on any vacations this year due to all the stuff that has happened (Winston’s surgery, our house stuff) but we are so thankful it all worked out and we are able to take this time off for ourselves! I wish we could bring little Winston along but alas, we have a pet sitter that will be staying at our house the entire time with him.

Right before big trips (long flights), I like to download a bunch of books to my Kindle to make the flight go faster. Typically I’m not one to do audio books but I recently discovered Audible!

Iceland isn’t “relax by the beach” kind of vacation, of course I’m sure you could make it what you want, but for us, we think it’s definitely geared more towards adventure and activity, which is pretty perfect when you have Audible. We will be doing a lot of driving around so an audiobook to take us through the drive and to our destination will be a great companion!

If you haven’t heard of Audible, Audible, Inc. is the leading provider of premium digital spoken audio information and entertainment. Audible was created to unleash the emotive music in language and the habituating power and utility of verbal expression. Audible content includes more than 250,000 audio programs from leading audiobook publishers, broadcasters, entertainers, magazine and newspaper publishers, and business information providers! There are literally so many options and you can get your 1-month free trial of Audible right here!

We both love mysteries and thrillers, especially really good mysteries/thrillers that keep you on the edge of your seat, so these are a couple books I can’t wait to listen to on our trip:

  • Reconstructing Amelia – From Audible: Reconstructing Amelia is a stunning debut pause-resistor that brilliantly explores the secret world of teenagers, their clandestine first loves, hidden friendships, and the dangerous cruelty that can spill over into acts of terrible betrayal.
  • Dark Places – From Audible: Libby Day was seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered in “The Satan Sacrifice of Kinnakee, Kansas”. As her family lay dying, little Libby fled their tiny farmhouse into the freezing January snow. She lost some fingers and toes, but she survived, and famously testified that her 15-year-old brother, Ben, was the killer. … Piece by piece, the unimaginable truth emerges, and Libby finds herself right back where she started…on the run from a killer.

What is on your Audible list this summer? I’d love to hear what you’re reading and listening to!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Audible. The opinions and text are all mine.


Posted on May 26, 2016

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  1. 05/26/2016 at 11:57 am

    for some reason, i cant do audio books but i have heard commercial from audible. they seem to have lots of choices there. i cant wait to read about your adventure and follow along snapchat :)

  2. Lauren
    05/28/2016 at 12:12 am

    Julie, I think you will LOVE Iceland! My husband, children, and I traveled there last summer, and we had such a fabulous time. It’s one of those places not everyone goes, and so that in and of itself makes it fantastic. Enjoy!! Oh, and I’ve read both Reconstructing Amelia and Dark Places, and really enjoyed both. Dark Places is really…dark…but I couldn’t stop reading, and Reconstructing Amelia was unputdownable as well! Have the best time. I love your site and recipes!

    • Julie
      05/29/2016 at 7:25 am

      Awesome! We can’t wait and I can’t wait to check out those books either. Thank you!!

  3. sab
    06/03/2016 at 9:05 pm

    Iceland is amazing! I hope you have a great time!! One of the most famous places to eat is actually a hotdog truck – and it’s so yummy! But also try the locally caught fish…. So good! Ohhhhh… And the restaurant at the Blue Lagoon…. I love good haha! I’m so jealous…. I’d go back to Iceland in a second!

    • Julie
      06/05/2016 at 9:29 am

      Omg, we fell in LOVE with Iceland!!! We ate at the hot dog truck and we ate a bunch of locally caught fish too (artic char!). We ate at LAVA (restaurant at Blue Lagoon) as well! Haha we are definitely going back to Iceland :)

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