15 Happy & Light Audiobooks to Ease Your Newborn Night Feedings
15 Pleasant and lighthearted audiobooks to lift your mood during your newborn night feedings.
Those late-night newborn feedings are one of the hardest parts of being a new parent. You’re completely exhausted, your hormones are all over the place, and your mood probably is too. One thing that can help get you through those late night feedings is listening to audiobooks, especially happy and light-hearted ones. Listening to audiobooks can take your mind off your exhausting task and help you focus on something else. Plus, it helps keep you awake.
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For more on why audiobooks are an excellent way to ease your night feedings, check out this article.
Below is a list of happy, pleasant, lighthearted audiobooks to help ease those late night newborn feedings. You may also want to check out this list of light romance audiobooks.
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1. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
A forever classic, Anne of Green Gables is great not only for kids but also adults of all ages. Anne’s relentless optimism and lovable quirks are chicken soup for the soul. Reading this book always seems to restore my faith in the world, and it’s nearly impossible to come away from this classic feeling down. This lighthearted read is sure to lift your mood and brighten a long night.
2. This Is Happiness by Niall Williams
This is Happiness is a longer and more literary choice, but it is SUCH a pleasure to listen to. It is a book you savor, about a small town in Ireland at the dawn of electricity. Nial Williams has so much wit, wisdom, and compassion for his characters, and he views all aspects of life from a comical lens. The way he describes the characters and the Church are heartwarming in their hilarious quirks and eccentricities.
3. The Girl Who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison Allen
Sarah Addison Allen’s books are a cold glass of sweet tea on a hot summer’s day. They’re just good for the soul. This is an enchanting Southern romance sprinkled with mystery and magic. Hummingbird cakes, dancing backyard ghosts, wallpaper that changes color, and other little quirks make this such a charming read that will lighten your mood and soothe your soul.
4. The Funny Thing Is…by Ellen DeGeneres
Every time I listen to this book I find myself literally laughing out loud, even after reading it multiple times. You don’t even have to be a fan of The Ellen DeGeneres Show to appreciate her wit, wisdom, and hilarity. I always find this to be such a feel-good laugh, and a good laugh is often the best way out of those late-night slumps.
5. All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot
If you love animals and heartwarming veterinarian stories, you’ll love this old classic. This is the memoir by famous Yorkshire veterinarian James Herriot, which is now a three-season PBS series. Tale after treasured tale of Herriot tending to animals in rural Yorkshire will make you giggle while listening to his challenges and triumphs.
6. Queen Bee by Dorothea Benton Frank
A charming read about a Lowcountry beekeeper and the power of friendship and family. Fun little honeybee facts are sprinkled throughout like pollen, so bee lovers will especially appreciate this one. The ending is a bit predictable and the author is a little preachy in her traditional values, but the drag queens and the bees make up for it. Truly a lighthearted and pleasant from beginning to end.
7. The Enchanted April by Elizabeth von Arnim
A lovely and subtly humorous novel about four women who take a trip to Italy to stay in a medieval castle. Previously strangers, these women find the castle in a London newspaper ad and pool their money together to enjoy the holiday of a lifetime. Through comical mishaps and misunderstandings, the women each find themselves and what they’ve been missing in their lives.
8. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
If you’ve never read this old classic, you’re in for a treat. The beginning starts off a bit grim, but hold on because it’s worth the slight wait. For those like me who love the idea of gardening more so than the follow-through, this is perfect because it transports you to the Yorkshire Moors and truly makes you feel like you’re right there in the garden with Mary. A gorgeous and pleasant read to brighten those dark nights.
9. Winnie-the-Pooh by A. A. Milne
There is nothing quite like the nostalgia of a trip back to the Hundred-Acre Wood. There are many different audio versions of Winnie-the-Pooh, but this one is the best. It has a host of narrators, including Stephen Fry, Judi Dench, Michael Williams, Geoffrey Palmer, and more. Summon your inner child and soothe your soul with Pooh and his woodland friends.
10. The Lager Queen of Minnesota J. Ryan Stradal
A feel-good story of family, beer, and determination in the Midwest. Meet a lovable cast of this All-American family and listen to their tales of award-winning pies and creating recipe after recipe in order to craft the perfect IPA. I’m not even a beer-drinker, and I still found this to be such a fun and uplifting and even inspiring read.
11. Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
Admittedly, this children’s classic is my all-time favorite book in the entire world–for good reason. It is beautiful. This is a magical tale about a girl who stumbles upon a boy in the woods, discovers an old family secret, and is whisked away by the Tucks to witness the simple life they live deep in the forest. This evocative, magic little story will take you to faraway lands, back to the innocence of childhood, and will stay with you forever.
12. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
There’s a reason this is one of the most popular novels ever. It’s impossible not to be charmed by Jane Austen’s wit and humorous approach to life, as seen through the eyes of her characters. Almost no one is immune to the charm of Mr. Darcy, and these things set against the backdrop of rural England make this an absolute delight to read. Even if you’ve already read Pride and Prejudice, it is just as amusing the second (or third or fourth) time.
13. Harry’s Trees by Jon Cohen
A sweet, magical tale about a forester who simply wants to win the lottery to own a tree business, and a little girl who finds a magic book in the library. The little girl and the forester are both overcoming loss, but the story focuses not on their grief but on overcoming it, and on the magic of the forest. It is a fairytale about trees, friendship, and love.
14. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
This cute story has all the nostalgia of first love. You may have heard of it, as it’s been turned into a Netflix movie (I highly recommend!). It’s a warm and fuzzy young adult romance about a girl whose secret love letters to all her past crushes are mistakenly delivered TO those crushes. I’ve read or listened to this book several times and it’s always such a feel-good love story.
15. The Café by the Sea by Jenny Colgan
A peaceful story about a woman who returns to the quiet Scottish island where she grew up to help out her family. There, she rediscovers her love for cooking and works to restore a quaint little seaside café.
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