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The Best Adrenaline-Pumping Books To Listen To On Runs

If you’re looking to change up what you listen to on runs, audiobooks can open up a whole new world to you. Whether you’re looking for stories of inspiring runners or you would rather work out to a work of fiction, these librarian-recommended titles will be sure to help you forget about your running and get lost in a book.

An easy way to listen to them is through a free app called Libby—it allows you to access audiobooks (and e-books) from your local library–all you need is a library card! The app is simple to use and keeps all your borrowed titles well organized. (Visit for more information.)

Books About Running

  • Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen by Christopher McDougall
  • Chasing Grace: What the Quarter Mile Has Taught Me about God and Life by Sanya Richards-Ross
  • Can’t Nothing Bring Me Down: Chasing Myself in the Race Against Time by Ida Keeling
  • The Long Run: A Memoir of Loss and Life in Motion by Catriona Menzies-Pike
  • Marathon Woman: Running the Race to Revolutionize Women’s Sports by Kathrine Switzer
  • The Nonrunner’s Marathon Guide for Women: Get Off Your Butt and On with Your Training by Dawn Dais
  • The Pursuit of Endurance: Harnessing the Record-Breaking Power of Strength and Resilience by Jennifer Pharr Davis
  • Run the World: My 3,500-Mile Journey Through Running Cultures Around the Globe by Becky Wade
  • Running: A Love Story by Jen A. Miller
  • What I Talk About When I Talk About Running: A Memoir by Haruki Murakami

Adrenaline-Pumping Fiction

Literary Fiction

  • Another Brooklyn: A Novel by Jacqueline Woodson
  • Anthem by Ayn Rand
  • The Deal of a Lifetime: A Novella by Fredrik Backman
  • The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly by Sun-mi Hwang
  • Love Story: Love Story Series, Book 1 by Erich Segal
  • Shine (Short Story): A Short Story by Jodi Picoult
  • Walks with Men by Ann Beattie
  • Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds
  • Monster by Walter Dean Myers
  • A Wild Swan: And Other Tales by Michael Cunningham


  • Blonde Hair, Blue Eyes by Karin Slaughter
  • The Grownup by Gillian Flynn


  • Enchanted Night: A Novella by Steven Millhauser
  • The End We Start From by Megan Hunter
  • The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami
  • The Truth Is a Cave in the Black Mountains: A Tale of Travel and Darkness with Pictures of All Kinds by Neil Gaiman
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J. K. Rowling
  • The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman


  • And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer: A Novella by Fredrik Backman
  • Holy Cow by David Duchovny
  • Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary by David Sedaris

Short Stories

  • At the Bottom of the River by Jamaica Kincaid
  • Brokeback Mountain by Annie Proulx
  • The Mistletoe Murder: And Other Stories by P.D. James
  • Ninety-nine Stories of God by Joy Williams


  • The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving
  • The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
  • Second Variety by Philip K. Dick


  • Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur
  • The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

Adrenaline-Pumping Nonfiction

Criticism And Essays

  • Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine
  • Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie


  • The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
  • On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century by Timothy Snyder
  • Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging by Sebastian Junger

Biography And Autobiography

  • Gift From the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh
  • If You Ask Me (And of Course You Won’t) by Betty White
  • Letter to My Daughter by Maya Angelou
  • Three Cups of Deceit: How Greg Mortenson, Humanitarian Hero, Lost His Way by Jon Krakauer
  • You Will Not Have My Hate by Antoine Leiris


  • Seven Brief Lessons on Physics by Carlo Rovelli


  • Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time by Brian Tracy
  • The Energy Bus: 10 Rules to Fuel Your Life, Work, and Team with Positive Energy by Jon Gordon
  • Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life…And Maybe the World by William H. Mcraven
  • What The Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast: A Short Guide To Making Over Your Mornings—And Life by Laura Vanderkam
  • Who Moved My Cheese: The 10th Anniversary Edition by Spencer Johnson


  • Hallelujah Anyway: Rediscovering Mercy by Anne Lamott


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Bethany Mavis

Bethany Mavis is the managing editor of Triathlete magazine. She's a mom, rec soccer player, multiple half-marathon finisher and is learning daily how to become a better triathlete.