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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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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Happy (almost) Valentine’s Day! Valentine’s Day is a very weird holiday in that people experience it wildly differently. For some, it is a day to spend with your significant other. Some people use it to celebrate all kinds of love. Some resent it as a capitalistic exploitation of love and simply look forward to the candy. And for the book lovers among us, it’s just an excuse to read romance books. February just puts you in that romance mood, but if you don’t know where to start, here are some different books for you to check out.
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Welcome to day five of blogmas! Before I get started I wanted to give an extra special birthday shoutout to Katharine, my incredibly smart, kind, and generous friend who has been such a huge supporter of my book blogging endeavors. I love you so much! Happy Birthday! I hope this next year brings everything you could wish for.
Today is a traditional end-of-year post: my top ten favorite books that I read in 2021! These are all books that I read for the first time in 2021 (no re-reads included), and they are all books that I rated five stars. They are my absolute favorites of the year, the ones that really stuck with me and meant a lot to me.
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On the second day of blogmas my true love gave to me…another book list! In case you missed it, I am going to be posting every day from now until January 6th for a total of twelve days of blogmas.
Today I am going over my most disappointing books that I read in 2021. These are books that I was excited about and had high hopes for, but that I ultimately found to be a bit of a let down. If you read and loved these books, don’t let my opinions get you down. In fact, I am glad you enjoyed them more than I did! Especially since for lots of these, I thought the concept was good, it was just the execution that fell short for me. As last time, these are listed in the order that I read them, so let’s get into it!
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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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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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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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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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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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