How to Listen to Audiobooks (Without Supporting Amazon)

Listen (haha), I love audiobooks. They are great whether you are trying to multitask, want something to fall asleep to, or just can’t seem to focus on words on a page. Unfortunately, the mainstream source of audiobooks is Audible, the service owned by Jeff Bezos that has haunted every podcast ad-read in the last five years. Luckily for you, I know how you can avoid paying Amazon $15 a month and still listen to great audiobooks.

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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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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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Book Recs for Summer

The weather is warm, the sun is shining, the cicadas are finally dying – it’s the perfect time to sit outside and enjoy a good book! (Because God knows I can’t actually focus when I have to worry about cicadas dive-bombing me). 

If you are searching for the perfect summer read, look no further! I’ve compiled a list of fun books that are perfect for reading under the summer sun.

Also please note that although I wrote down trigger warnings as I remembered them, it’s been a long time since I read some of these, and I definitely could have missed some things.

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My Favorite Book Covers

Hello all! I am headed into a very busy couple of weeks (and a reading slump, tbh), so I figured it would be a good time for me to share this post I wrote a couple of weeks ago about some of my favorite book covers!

We all say not to do it, but I am just as guilty as anybody of judging a book by its cover. Pretty cover? I’m much more likely to pick it up. Not so pretty? Eh. For example, I love illustrated romance covers, but the second you give me a romance cover with a picture of two half-naked people on it? Immediate aversion. (Although that might be my internalized misogyny that degrades romance novels talking (I still don’t like them though, they aren’t pretty.))

I wanted to have some fun today by highlighting some of my favorite pretty book covers! The rules? None! It is purely based on aesthetics. These are just my favorite covers, and all of this is in good fun!

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Book Recs Based on your Favorite 2000s Nostalgia Film

Who doesn’t love a good 2000s film? We all have that favorite movie from our childhood that we watched over and over and that partially consumed our identities at the age of 12. Right? I am here to give you book recommendations that you will like if you liked those movies!

In hopes that you will find at least one book on this list that sounds interesting, I have included a mix of young adult and adult books, although they are all contemporary because the movies are as well. So read on!

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Why you shouldn’t read the “Bridgerton” books, and what to read Instead

Hello lovely readers! As I’m sure many did, I binged the entirety of Bridgerton in just a couple of days.  In case you’ve been living under a rock for the last two months, Bridgerton is a Netflix original TV series set in Regency London, and follows eight alphabetically named siblings and their romantic exploits. The first season, which premiered on Netflix in December, follows Daphne Bridgerton. The series is based on the similarly named book series by Julia Quinn, and the first season is based on the first book, The Duke and I. I had a fun time watching the show, and being an avid reader, I had the foresight to put a hold on the first three Bridgerton books at my local library. The hold came in in January, and I immediately started reading them.

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