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.
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.
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 :))