Y’all. Time to get this Autismland Staycation on the road! We’re hittin’ the highways today to drive down south- visiting grandparents, sisters, brothers, in-laws, nieces, nephews, and cousins. Maine to Tennessee to North Carolina to Maine. Estimated travel time: 45-1/2 hours. Sweet!
We’re no strangers to the long haul- we usually get in two a year, for Christmas and the annual summer beach trip. Plus we drove across country to California and back a couple of years ago. Awesome trip, except for Roman getting kicked out of Autism camp. But I digress.
So how do we stay *mostly* sane with a car packed with 5 passengers and an occasional dog? Two words.
Audio Books. We got our first book on a nifty set of CDs from our local library, and we’ve been hooked ever since- although nowadays for convenience’ sake (I know that looks weird, but apparently, there is an apostrophe there. I looked it up on the internets.), we use Audible.
Here are our top 15 books, authors, and series:
- The Amulet of Samarkand: The Bartimaeus Trilogy by Jonathan Stroud. Simon Jones is spellbinding as the narrator, and we devoured all three books plus a recent 4th book added to the trilogy. Highly recommended!
- The Book Thief by Markus Zusak- just make sure that the Kleenex are within easy reach of all the passengers in the car.
- Neverwhere, and The Graveyard Book, both by the incredible Neil Gaiman, and both beautifully narrated by the author.
- The Enemy by Charlie Higson (zombiesssss!) Apparently, there are several sequels to book one, but none in audio book yet. This makes us sad.
- The Abhorson Trilogy by Garth Nix, narrated by the ah-mazing Tim Curry. Time flies with these!
- Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs (partially set in Ireland- I cannot resist that accent!)
- Pathfinder by Orson Card- space travel, clones, and alternate realities.
- Rules by Cynthia Lord (set in Maine, about having an Autistic brother)
- The Young Sherlock Holmes series by Andrew Lane, Mycroft included!
- Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi- transports to a bare, beachy future.
- The Young James Bond series by Charlie Higson, narrated by Brits Nathaniel Parker and Gerard Doyle)- mostly set in English boarding school.
- Divergent by Veronica Roth (hopefully not the future of what it means to be different)
- The Furnace series by Alexander Gordon Smith (underground prison with creepy prison keepers. Also, narrated by an Aussie.)
- The Maze Runner by James Dashner (a futuristic Lord of the Flies)
- The Keys to the Kingdom seriesby Garth Nix, brilliantly narrated by Allan Corduner (we’re halfway through book one, Mister Monday)
That runs about 300 hours so far. Hey- maybe we should think about taking a plane once in a while? Next time.
May the traffic on your journeys be light!