Six More Audiobook Recommendations

Last October, I wrote a blog post with six audiobook recommendations. But I listen to a lot of audiobooks, and I have discovered so many new, great audiobooks since I made that post. Thus, I wanted to take some time to circle back around to the topic. If you are new to audiobooks, these are all great books to get you started! (If you’re new to audiobooks, you can also check out my where to listen to audiobooks post to get you started.) On the flip side, if you are a seasoned audiobook lover, I have no doubt that you will also love the ones on this list. Originally this was going to be a list of five books, but I just couldn’t choose so I ended up with six! These are all audiobooks that I listened to and rated either four or five stars, and for which I thought the audiobook experience was really well done.

I haven’t been listening to a lot of YA audiobooks recently, so you will find that these are all adult books. However, I did include a mix of fiction and nonfiction, so hopefully you will be able to find something you are interested in! I also want to note that nearly all of the content warnings are from my memory, they are not necessarily an exhaustive list, but I also couldn’t find a lot of other sources for them.

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June Wrap Up

Welcome (back) to my blog! I honestly do not have a lot of prelude to this month’s post. It was very busy for me, so I didn’t read as much as I normally do. However, I did read a decent amount of books, especially given that arguably two of them are litfic and I was in the middle of two classics (one I finished, one I am still reading). I still read six books in total, which is certainly a respectable amount. I also managed to post multiple book reviews, which is a high number of reviews in one month for me.

My favorite book that I read this month was definitely Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng. I listened to the audiobook, and it was absolutely amazing. I highly recommend it! I also re-read Emma via audiobook, which was really nice. All in all, I basically enjoyed all of the books I read this month. My full wrap up is listed under the cut!

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Review: Home Field Advantage by Dahlia Adler

  • Title: Home Field Advantage
  • Author: Dahlia Adler
  • Genre: Contemporary
  • Intended audience: young adult
  • Format read: eARC
  • Publisher: Wednesday Books
  • Pub date: June 7, 2022
  • Content warnings: homophobia, mentions of death of a teenager, mentions of car crash from drunk driving, mentions of abortion
  • Rating: 4/5 stars

Thank you to Wednesday Books and NetGalley for providing me with an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review

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Review: Yerba Buena by Nina LaCour

  • Title: Yerba Buena
  • Author: Nina LaCour
  • Genre: literary fiction
  • Format read: physical arc
  • Publisher: Flatiron books
  • Pub Date: May 31, 2022
  • Content warnings: sexual assault (adult and minor), death, parental death, depictions of grief, cheating, divorce, drugs and overdosing, alcoholism and addiction, murder, colorism
  • Rating: 4/5 stars

Thank you to Flatiron books for providing me with an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review

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My Hot Girl Summer TBR

I don’t know about you, but I love reading books in the summer. It is one of my favorite seasons to read in (although who am I kidding? I like reading in all seasons). I just love sitting outside in the sun devouring a good book! It also happens to be one of the times of year where I have the most free time in which I am available to read. Thus, I have so many books that I am hoping to get through this summer. I was writing up my June tbr the other night, and I just got so excited about all the books I am hoping to read all summer long that I wanted to share – which is how this post came to be.

I do want to make it clear, this is not a recommendation list of “hot girl books;” which as far as I can tell means short litfic featuring women (although some books on this list do fit that category and I could probably do a post with those recommendations if people are interested?? drop your thoughts below). This is literally just my tbr list for the summer. However, I am hot and I am a girl (ish) and I am determined to be in my hot girl summer era so I feel justified in using this title.

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May Wrap-Up // getting back into the swing of things

Hello hello! I don’t know about you all, but May was a very busy month for me. I finished school, took a short vacation, then moved and started a summer internship. I also got the chance to read many great books, especially during my short break time.

I read some absolutely amazing books this month, including some of my most anticipated releases of the year: Book Lovers by Emily Henry and Yerba Buena by Nina LaCour. I also re-read I Kissed Shara Wheeler, and got out of my comfort zone by reading 3 nonfiction books, one fantasy, and one sci-fi! Not all of these attempts were successful, but some of them were amazing, like Clint Smith’s How the Word is Passed. Overall, I would say it was a pretty solid reading month. As always, my full list of books is under the cut.

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Discussion: My Top 5 Favorite Romance Tropes

Romance has been on my mind a lot lately. Last week I got to read Emily Henry’s amazing Book Lovers, and it was everything I wanted and more! I cannot recommend it enough. I don’t think I will write a full-length review of it anytime soon, but I did post a short review on goodreads if you want to check it out.

In addition to that, I also got to see Casey McQuiston on the I Kissed Shara Wheeler book tour, and one of the things they talked about was about the way they really wanted to use all of their favorite romance tropes and also turn them on their head.

This all got me thinking a lot about what I think makes a good romance, and more importantly, which romance tropes are my personal favorites. Because as we all know, the tropes used make a huge difference in terms of how much you enjoy a book. So I thought I would share my personal top 5 romance tropes! These are tropes that enhance my personal experience of a romance book, and that make me more likely to pick a book up. I would also love to hear about your favorite tropes, so please do let me know in the comments what you look for in your romance!

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April Wrap Up // reading new books

Hello everyone! I hope you are doing well. I am currently doing lots of school work preparing for finals, but I am optimistic because the end is in sight, and Spring is here! The sunshine and warm weather do wonders for my mood. Especially because they give me the chance to read outside.

I read less books this month than I would have liked, but I managed to stick to my tbr relatively well, and I read some great books! I read eight books total, and some of my favorites of the month were Ophelia After All by Racquel Marie, Black Cake by Charmain Wilkerson, and Fortune Favors the Dead by Stephen Spotswood. I purchased 3 new books this month, all of which were published in 2022! I don’t do a lot of book purchasing, so it was very fun to get my quarterly book unboxing and shiny new covers. I did read all 3 of those this month, to mixed results. Overall, it was a good reading month! Read more about the books I read and what I posted on the blog below!

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Review: I Kissed Shara Wheeler by Casey McQuiston

  • Title: I Kissed Shara Wheeler
  • Author: Casey McQuiston
  • Genre: contemporary romance
  • Intended audience: young adult
  • Format read: eARC
  • Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
  • Pub date: May 3, 2022
  • Content warnings: homophobia, bullying
  • Rating: 5/5 stars

Thank you to St. Martin’s Press for providing me with an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review

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Discussion: How I Choose What Book to Read Next

Hello hello! It has been a very long time since I did a discussion-style post, so hopefully this will be a fun change of pace! I polled my Instagram followers on whether I should write this post next, or my I Kissed Shara Wheeler review, and this one won out!

So: when I finish a book, how do I choose what to read next? The answer to this is certainly different for everyone. Lots of people have monthly TBR lists, and I tend to have a loose TBR, but rarely do I stick exactly to it. Because I tend to be a bit of a mood reader, that also definitely factors into my decision. But it turns out it is actually a combination of many different things that gets me to pick my next book.

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