Hello friends and fellow book lovers! If you haven’t noticed, I don’t usually do recommendation posts. Maybe it’s because recommendations are incredibly subjective. What I might enjoy, you might think is awful but that’s a discussion for another day. Anyways, let’s get back to what this post is supposed to be about.
During quarantine, I’ve been listening to a lot more audiobooks than normal. Maybe it’s because I can’t leave my house so I enjoy hearing someone talk to me or maybe it’s because I’m just lazy. Either way, I knew I wanted to make a post of some of my recent audiobook reads and recommend them.
Before I get started, I broke this down into three different categories. The first is non-fiction reads and the second is romance. Lastly, there is a YA section. Basically, this list has a little bit of everything and hopefully, you’re able to find something you like. Either way, let’s get into my recs!
1. Open Book by Jessica Simpson
This was actually the book that inspired my list. I read Open Book and absolutely loved it. If you couldn’t tell, this is Jessica Simpson’s memoir. In the book, she deals with a lot of tough topics such as sexual abuse, divorce, and abusive relationships. Even so, the book still has some of the brightness that can only come from Jessica Simpson.
Did I mention Jessica Simpson narrates this one herself? Because she does a fantastic job of telling her story and giving us a glimpse into her private life. Having her narrate it made the experience that much better. There’s just something special about hearing an author narrate their own story. Even if you’re not a fan of Jessica Simpson, I still highly recommend this audiobook as her story might touch you in some unexpected ways.
2. Dear Girls: Intimate Tales, Untold Secrets, & Advice for Living Your Best Life by Ali Wong
As for the next non-fiction book, I’m going with Dear Girls: Intimate Tales, Untold Secrets, & Advice for Living Your Best Life by Ali Wong. This book is told in letters Ali is writing to her daughters following Ali’s life while giving advice on certain situations. Once again, this is another case where the author narrates the book. While Jessica Simpson was more of an emotional narrator, Ali Wong didn’t lose her trademark humor or wit while reading. It made for a much more enjoyable experience.
This book is more light-hearted but it does focus on a lot of deeper topics, too. Ali talks about the challenges of being a mother, the dark side of stand-up comedy, and being rejected. Overall, this book is fun while giving great advice and not being afraid to go to the next level. Considering I’m a big fan of memoirs, these two were solid picks for me. If you’re just getting into non-fiction, these two are a good starting point.
3. The Wright Brothers series by Christina C. Jones
While this isn’t a recent read, I knew I had to include it when talking about romance books as I listened to this entire series on audio. I have a review of it if you want to check that out. If you don’t, this series follows the 3 Wright Brothers and their individual relationships. Each book focuses on a different trope. Whether it be hate-to-love, boss-employee, or friends-to-lovers, there is going to be a book for everyone out there hopefully.
These are also perfect if you’re looking for short reads. Each of them clocks in around 6 hours aside from the third book. When I listened to these, I devoured them in a few days and they’re available on Hoopla.
4. Undone by Bryce Oakley
This next read is perfect for pride month so I knew I had to include it. I’ve been talking about this book since I read it but it has hardly any ratings on Goodreads. Undone follows a relationship between Billie, a songwriter, and the relationship she has with Vero, the popstar she’s writing for. This book is incredibly short so things can feel a little bit rushed but I thought this was just so sweet.
This book clocks in at just under 5 hours, making it a super short listen. The narrator is Lori Prince who also narrated another f/f romance I enjoyed, Anyone But You. While the other books in the series aren’t on audio yet, I plan on reading it if you want to check them out on Kindle. If you’re in the mood for some good f/f romance with a little angst and lots of cute moments, I highly recommend Undone.
Young Adult Recs
5. Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo
Moving ahead to YA books, I knew I had to include something by Elizabeth Acevedo. Thankfully before I made this post, I listened to Clap When You Land which is told in verse. The book follows the two different girls who share a father and their lives along with the events that happen after their father dies.
This book is incredibly intense and focuses a lot of grief, sisterhood and privilege. While it’s my least favorite of her book, I really did enjoy the audiobook. It’s narrated by Acevedo and Melania-Luisa Marte who make such an incredible pair. It’s also incredibly short if you’re looking for a short read.
6. The Lunar Chronicles
The last book I’ve read recently on audio is The Lunar Chronicles and you might be thinking. “Uh, didn’t you just read this?” You’re not wrong but Ellyn and I decided to buddy-read this series together on audio. Currently, I’m reading Scarlet and I have to say that these books are even better on audio. Even though I know this is an older series, I wanted to include it on my list.
Personally, I think Rebecca Soler is one of the best audiobook narrators and she does a great job of differentiating between the characters. I read Cinder when I first read this series and I remember enjoying it. I’m happy to see that the next book is narrated just as well.
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