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Trying to be an audiobook kinda girl but I need recommendations!

I have been anti-audiobook for years now. Not because I actually have anything against audiobooks but because I have the attention span of a pea and have just never been able to stay focused.

That all changed recently however when I was faced with a lot of travel and knew my eyes would not survive reading that much. And so I invested in Audible and so far it’s been a success! (When I’m back at uni in the UK I’m gonna see if my local library has Libby btw).

The only problem now is that I don’t really know what audiobooks I want to read. Today I thought I’d talk a little about what I’ve already read and what few books I think I might like.


Already Read!

The two audiobooks I’ve read that opened my eyes to the fact that yes, I can actually read audiobooks have both been autiobiograpies narrated by the authors themselves – I’m Glad My Mom Died by Jennette McCurdy and Mox by Jon Moxley.

I’ve wanted to read Mox since it’s release last year. I even ordered the hardback copy of it not long after it came out but something happened with my order and it was never back in stock. This book is the autobiography of professional wrestler Jon Moxley and it goes over his life working death matches, working at WWE, what made him leave WWE and join the brand new company AEW, how he met his wife (who’s podcast I love).

I’m a big fat nerd when it comes to professional wrestling, it’s that one wierd interest that I’ve had ever since being a kid and I had every intention of using my first months credit on this book but then I’m Glad My Mom Died came out and recieved rave reviews. Obviously this is Jennette McCurdy’s book that details the abuse she faced at the hands of her mother and all the horrific things she went to after making it in the industry.

Ultimately I couldn’t choose between the two. I ended up using that month’s credit and then paying for the second book.

What I loved about these two audiobooks was that they were narrated by the authors themselves. It made it feel like I was just listening to a podcast which I think was a big help in introducing me to this new format of consuming a book. It also added so much to the stories themselves.

While I do want to branch into more fiction audiobooks, the main thing I want more of is memoirs and autobiographies. I’ve got a couple picked out already but I do need more recommendations!

  • Crying in H Mart by Michelle – there was a 2 for 1 deal on select audiobooks this week and I’ve heard nothing but great stuff about this book so I jumped at the chance to read this.
  • Know My Name by Chanel Miller – this hasn’t been on my radar for very long I know for a fact it will be getting this in October.
  • Finding Me by Viola Davis – Noelle Gallagher on Youtube raved about this and I want to read it too.

Re-reads!!

My plan to help me get used to reading/listening to fictional books which probably recquire more focus is to start of wih books I’ve already read. The main three I have in mind right now are:

I loved reading Daisy Jones and The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid and because it’s written in transcript format I just know for a fact that it will make an even better audiobook.

Next up is All For the Game by Nora Sakavic aka my favourite series of all time. For the first time ever I’ve met someone in real life who’s not only read these books but actually loves them. She’s re-reading the series right now and the more she reads the more I’m tempted to pick it up again so why not try the audiobooks?

And finally we have The Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo. I’m determined to re-read this book before the sequel comes out early 2023 but the problem is that this is a chunky ass book. So I’m thinking it could maybe be a good one to listen to while travelling back to uni for second semester (train to airtport, waiting in airport, flight, drive to my dads, drive to uni, etc) ready to dive right into the second book.

So there we have my audiobook related plans but I need recommendations!! Please leave suggestions in the comments for what I should spend my monthly tokens on, especially for YA and fiction books!! Thanks for reading :))

Elli xx

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10 thoughts on “Trying to be an audiobook kinda girl but I need recommendations!”

  1. If you’re into mythology i always recommend Norse mythology by Neil Gaiman, that’s also narrated by the author and it’s seriously great.
    You could also try the audiobook for divergent if you haven’t read that already, it’s a nice book.
    Shatter me narration is good, i enjoyed the books while i was listening to them.

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  2. oooh! i love audiobooks—they’re actually my primary reading format! i HIGHLY recommend The Diviners by Libba Bray (January LaVoie does amazing narration for this book/series and it’s a perfect atmospheric spooky listen for the fall season), Beauty Queens by Libba Bray (Bray narrates this one herself and it’s a riot!), The Illuminae Files by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (this is a full cast production with really cool sound effects too), and Strange The Dreamer by Laini Taylor (this is narrated by two of my all time favorite narrators—Fiona Hardingham and Steve West—and also includes snippets of music). hope you enjoy and happy listening!

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    1. I didn’t even think of The Diviners I think that could be such a cool one. I’ve got the three Daughter of Smoke and Bone books by Laini Taylor which I tried reading years ago but wasn’t totally into. Maybe I should try again but with the audiobooks? Thanks so much!!

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  3. It took me a while to get into the audiobook scene as well, but I love how it can encourage me to try different kind of books.
    I think memoirs work so well on audio as typically there is a lot of personality in them~~ I am currently reading We Were Dreamers by Simu Liu via audio and loving it!
    Some of my favourite audiobooks have been The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern (the voice actors were amazing), The Sun Is Also A Star (a lot of the same actors from The Starless Sea), Sistersong by Lucy Holland and Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko.
    The Daisy Jones ones is good too so I hope you enjoy it 🥰

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    1. I had no idea Simu Liu had a book! I’ll definitely be adding that one to my wishlist. Honestly cannot wait to read Daisy Jones through audio – think I’m going to wait until close to the TV show release haha. Thanks so much for the recommendations!!

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