Six Great Audiobooks for your TBR

I only started listening to audiobooks two years ago. Before that, I always thought I didn’t like them. Not in a they-don’t-count-as-real-reading way but more in a I-don’t-like-when-narrators-voices-don’t-sound-like-I-image-the characters-would kind of way. My first audiobook that I listened to all the way through was Rebel Belles, and since then I have branched out a lot and I have learned to love audiobooks. I listen to them while getting ready, while cooking, while walking, and while falling asleep. They are great whether you want to multitask, or just want to sit down and listen to a great story.

I know that I am always on the hunt for my next audiobook, so today I want to share with you six of my favorite audiobooks, perfect whether you are a seasoned audiobook fan, or first venturing into the foray of audiobooks.

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Books for Spooky Season

The weather is cooling, the leaves are turning, and something is in the air. Halloween is creeping closer, and if you’re anything like me this means you want to curl up under a blanket with a mug of tea and a good book. Today, I’m sharing four books that are perfect for the occasion! And if you need more recs, you can head over to Saima’s post because evidently we have same brain on post topics, and they have even more Fall recommendations!

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Review: Fat Chance, Charlie Vega by Crystal Maldonado

  • Title: Fat Chance, Charlie Vega
  • Author: Crystal Maldonado
  • Genre: contemporary fiction
  • Intended audience: young adult
  • Format read: ebook
  • Publisher: Holiday House
  • Pub date: February 2, 2021
  • Trigger warnings: grief, fatphobia (external and internalized), mentioned death of a parent, mentions of sex, underage drinking, diet culture, strained/toxic relationship with parent, racism
  • Rating: 4/5 stars
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September Wrap-Up

Wow! It’s hard to believe that we’ve already reached the end of September; I feel like we just started. However, the weather has started to change. I know that I am certainly looking forward to my favorite fall activity: curling up with a mug of tea and a good book.

Despite it all, I did manage to fit in my standard ten books, even if two of them were for class. As promised in my Shadow and Bone review, I finally got around to reading Six of Crows! I will admit that I found it to be quite enjoyable, but knowing the characters and the elements of the fantasy world definitely helped me get into it. I also read and loved Fat Chance, Charlie Vega for TeaTimeLit‘s September book club. Those two books were definitely my favorites of the month. I keep trying to write a review for Fat Chance, Charlie Vega, but I’ve been having writers block every time I sit down to write it, so we’ll see whether or not that actually happens.

I will say that I peaked early in the month, and I have felt a little disappointed in some of my recent reads. Even though I have liked most of them, they have also felt pretty mediocre. However, it’s a good reminder to myself to be mindful about what I am choosing to read. It can be hard to remember that it’s in my best interest to read books I think I will like. My full list of reads for this month and my ratings are under the cut!

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My Favorite Bisexual Books

If you didn’t know, this week is bisexual awareness week, and Thursday, September 23rd is bisexual visibility day! In honor of this celebration, I wanted to share some of my favorite books featuring bisexual characters. It should go without saying that this is a very slim list of my favorites out of a wide range of bisexual books; and if these don’t sound interesting to you, there are plenty more to choose from!

I’ll Be the One by Lyla Lee

I recommend this joyful, empowering young adult book to anyone and everyone. I cannot recommend it enough because reading it just made me so happy. I’ll Be the One follows the dazzling Skye Shin as she takes the K-pop world by storm. After nailing the audition for a new K-pop reality competition show, Skye is thrust into the spotlight. But while her singing and dancing dreams are coming true, she is forced to confront the fat-phobic standards of the industry. While the book tackles a lot of important issues like fat-phobia and queerphobia, it is ultimately a celebration of being proud of who you are. Skye identifies as bi on page, as do other characters.

Trigger warnings: fatphobia, queerphobia, mentions of diet culture, mentions of racism

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August Wrap-Up

Hello lovely readers! You may notice that this wrap up is a few days late. That would be because when I moved back to college I managed to leave my computer charger at home, so I was devoid of a computer for an entire week. Thankfully, classes haven’t started yet and my new charger came in today. But as you can imagine, this was very stressful for me. Now I only have school to be stressed about hahaha…

Thankfully, I have reading to escape to. I read a whopping 15 books in August, which is under my goal of 20 for the month, but still higher than my average of 11 or 12. I really read a variety of books this month, in terms of genre and ratings. I read five nonfiction books, five young adult books, and two literary fiction novels (I really can’t believe how much nonfiction I read!). I took a few book recommendations from my sister to read some fun YA mysteries, and listened to multiple amazing audiobooks. I read some absolutely amazing books like The Woman who Smashed Codes, The Anthropocene Reviewed, Clap When You Land, and Get a Life Chloe Brown. I also read some books I ended up really disliking, like The Man Ban, and Sarah’s Key. I will leave my list of all the books I read in August under the cut along with my ratings.

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Review: The Dead and the Dark by Courtney Gould

  • Title: The Dead and the Dark
  • Author: Courtney Gould
  • Genre: mystery/thriller
  • Intended audience: young adult
  • Format read: eARC
  • Publisher: Wednesday books
  • Pub date: August 3rd, 2021
  • Trigger warnings: homophobia, slurs, funeral, drowning, murder, child death, claustrophobia (buried alive), blood, violence, police
  • Rating: 5/5 stars

I received an advanced reader’s copy in exchange for an honest review.

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July Wrap-Up

Welcome back to yet another monthly wrap-up! I don’t know about you, but for me it felt like July lasted for forever. I’m currently excited because I only have one more week left in my summer internship, and then I get a three week break before I have to go back to school! While I’m home, I’m hoping to get through a lot of books.

I read a total of 11 books this month, which is pretty comparable to every other month so far this year. I read a lot of really good books this month, including One Last Stop, Transcendent Kingdom, People We Meet on Vacation, and The Housekeeper and the Professor. Two of these were on my most anticipated of the year list, so I was so excited to finally read them. I only read one book this month that I didn’t really like, Fresh. This was also one of my most anticipated books of the year, but I just didn’t enjoy it. Hopefully I’ll be posting a review of that soon. I have left a full list of the books I read this month, along with my ratings, under the cut, and you can find reviews for some of them in my speed reviewing post. Happy reading!

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