It’s always an amazing feeling to find new things that you fall in love with. With the world already going to shit, I find it harder and harder to lose myself in a physical book. If you look at my Goodreads, you’ll see that I’ve not been reading as much as I used to and the slump I’m in feels never ending. I’ve been struggling with some sleepless nights and not to mention how my concentration has been waning. Going against the old crone in me I decided to check out Scribd’s audiobook collection. My first pick was Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas, a book I’ve been meaning to read for a while now.
Turns out, audiobooks are not what I expected them to be.
WHAT I LOVE ABOUT AUDIOBOOKS
Honestly, I did not think I would stick to it that long. The book is 13 hours long and that was more daunting than a 500 page book. As I continued to listen to Yadriel and Julian’s story, I found myself…at peace. Listening to an audiobook is so much more relaxing than reading a physical book. I could easily lie back and close my eyes; I did not have to worry about holding up a book and turning the pages. An audiobook gave me a sense of security, which is what I needed during restless at night. As I continued to listen, the narrator’s voice felt like a companion and drowned out my own anxious thoughts. My brain was captivated by the narrator and the prose they knitted, capturing my thoughts, filling my mind until there were less and less chances to drift away.
Reader, I have fallen in love with audiobooks. As of writing this, I’ve listened to two audiobooks and I’m currently finishing up Today Tonight Tomorrow by Rachel Lynn Solomon! What I also love about audiobooks is that I have more chances to work on other crafts like bullet journaling or cooking. I also go on walks with an audiobook but this isn’t so different as I’m always listening to podcasts when I’m out.
I’m really glad for Scribd’s referral program which has helped me keep up with my reading habits. So, I wanted to highlight the service and recommend you the audiobooks on my saved list.
Audiobooks on Scribd I Want to Try
🌸 UPRIGHT WOMEN WANTED BY SARA GAILEY
Read by Romy Nordlinger
Esther is a stowaway. She’s hidden herself away in the Librarian’s book wagon in an attempt to escape the marriage her father has arranged for her—a marriage to the man who was previously engaged to her best friend. Her best friend who she was in love with. Her best friend who was just executed for possession of resistance propaganda. The future American Southwest is full of bandits, fascists, and queer librarian spies on horseback trying to do the right thing.
After I saw Anna recommend this in their bookish recommendations for College-aged LGBT Protagonists, I had to bump this book up my TBR!
🌸 CLOWN IN A CORNFIELD BY ADAM CESARE
READ BY JESSE VILLINSKY
Quinn and her father moved to tiny, boring Kettle Springs to find a fresh start. But ever since the Baypen Corn Syrup Factory shut down, Kettle Springs has cracked in half. The town is caught in a battle between old and new, tradition and progress. It’s a fight that looks like it will destroy the town. Until Frendo, the Baypen mascot, a creepy clown in a pork-pie hat, goes homicidal and decides that the only way for Kettle Springs to grow back is to cull the rotten crop of kids who live there now.
Killer clown. That is my worst nightmare come to life. Or to the page. Either way, I want to explore more horror books this year and I think it would be fun to give a horror audiobook a try!
🌸 WHO I WAS WITH HER BY NITA TYNDALL
Read by Jesse Vilinsky
There are two things that Corinne Parker knows to be true: that she is in love with Maggie Bailey, the captain of the rival high school’s cross-country team and her secret girlfriend of a year, and that she isn’t ready for anyone to know she’s bisexual. But then Maggie dies, and Corinne quickly learns that the only thing worse than losing Maggie is being left heartbroken over a relationship no one knows existed. And to make things even more complicated, the only person she can turn to is Elissa — Maggie’s ex and the single person who understands how Corinne is feeling.
This books sounds like a wonderful exploration of queer identity and I’m especially interested because the main character is bisexual. I’ve heard nothing but good things about this book, so I plan on giving it a try when I have the emotional capacity to handle it.
🌸 A Princess in Theory by Alyssa Cole
Read by Karen Chliton
Prince Thabiso is the sole heir to the throne of Thesolo, shouldering the hopes of his parents and his people. At the top of their list? His marriage. Ever dutiful, he tracks down his missing betrothed. When Naledi mistakes the prince for a pauper, Thabiso can’t resist the chance to experience life—and love—without the burden of his crown.
I’ve been endlessly recommended Alyssa Cole’s books and after having tried her latest thriller novel, When No One is Watching, which focused on gentrification. I liked how the author explored the history of Brooklyn and tackled gentrification on a micro and macro level, however, I do have some gripes with it but I don’t want to spill my thoughts yet. I’ll be writing a review for it but I still want to try her romance books.
🌸 I’m Thinking of Ending Things by Iain Reid
Read by Candace Thaxton
A man and his girlfriend are on their way to a secluded farm. When the two take an unexpected detour, she is left stranded in a deserted high school, wondering if there is any escape at all. What follows is a twisted unraveling that will haunt you long after the last page is turned.
I initially thought this was a contemporary coming-of-age novel but apparently, it’s a surrealist pyschological thriller. I rarely read the blurb for books and now this is making me wonder how many books I might have missed out on.
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I hope you enjoyed my little story on what I love about audiobooks!
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