Monthly Recommendations: Audiobooks

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Audiobooks are tricky for me. I know there are some people that listen to multiple audiobooks a month at double speed, but I am way too picky for that. If I’m listening to an audiobook, it’s mostly for the experience so I need it to be engaging and interesting enough for me to continue listening on my own time. I am lucky to have a very short commute to work every day, so most of my audiobook and podcast listening occurs when I’m at home doing chores (and I’m a bit lazy). At the moment I’m obsessed with The Adventure Zone podcast, a D&D playthrough, so I am not currently listening to an audiobook.

Monthly Recommendations is a Goodreads group created by Kayla Rayne and Trina from Between Chapters, and obviously this month’s topic is audiobooks. The following are the audiobooks I have listened to and adored, as well as a couple I plan to listen to in the future.

 

C U R R E N T   F A V E S

Good Omens by Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman (BBC Radio 4) | I absolutely love both of these authors and was obsessed with this book in high school. I listened to the BBC Radio show to see if it held up, and it didn’t matter anymore because the cast is fantastic. It’s been a minute since I’ve listened to this one, but the fact that it includes a cast of characters, sound effects, and music was fantastic.

Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls by David Sedaris | This is a recommendation for anything by David Sedaris, really. He has a dry voice which works perfectly with his dry, humorous essays. Here’s an example of a story about his French class attempting to explain Easter to a Moroccan student in their limited French. My words can’t do him justice, so just listen to that clip to get the full effect. His narration brings his stories to life and I can’t read his physical books anymore without hearing his voice.

The Diviners by Libba Bray | Oooh this audiobook, man. It’s narrated by January LaVoy who gives every single character their own unique voice in a way that sometimes I would forget it was all the same narrator. The story takes place in 1920’s New York City with a diverse cast of characters, and I found myself using 20’s slang and accents while I was listening to this one

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee | I’m not gonna lie, I picked this one up solely because I heard it was narrated by Christian Coulson, who I found out was the kid who played Tom Riddle in the Chamber of Secrets. Such a cutie. And his voice worked perfectly for Monty.

 

P R E D I C T E D   L O V E S

Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman | I tried listening to one of Neil Gaiman’s short story collections and got too busy to finish it. While I’ll probably go back to it eventually, I’ve been interested in mythology and Neil Gaimain also narrates this book. His book is so gravelly and nice and I love it.

The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher | I started this one last year and got too busy again, but here is another audiobook narrated by Carrie Fisher. The hour I listened to was extremely interesting, but pretty sad every time you remember it’s the last book she wrote before she and her mother died. I’m saving this one for a memoir day.

The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkein (BBC Radio Drama) | Who would’ve thunk, it’s another BBC Radio Dramatization! I just love the in depth productions, particularly for these epic fantasy stories. I’ve been in a Lord of the Rings kick lately, and would love to re-read The Hobbit in a new way because I’ve been wanting to actually finish the trilogy. As a kid I read to about halfway through the Return of the King.

 

So there you have it! I hope you’ve discovered some audiobooks that piqued your interest and if you see any of your favorites please let me know! As always, any recommendations you may have are gladly accepted.

 

BookTube Made Me Read

Let’s kick this off with a Goodreads prompt! Monthly Recommendations is a Goodreads group that posts different topics to recommend books. This month, as per the title, concerns books that you picked up because of BookTube. I became a bit obsessed with BookTube once I found out it existed last year, so I devoured many books I recognized and could get my hands on. Here are a few of the books that I read and loved:

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T H E   R E G U L A R   N O V E L S

When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore | This book was my first introduction to magical realism, which I decided I loved; or at least I decided I loved McLemore’s interpretation of it. I need more magical realism recommendations myself. This book lead me to devour her other book, The Weight of Feathers, and currently I have her newest, Wild Beauty, in my Book Outlet cart. That reminds me, I have some books to buy…

The Smell of Other People’s Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcook| This book caused me to realize I love stories that tie a diverse cast of characters together. I love jumping between different character’s heads to understand what each one is experiencing.

T H E   G R A P H I C   N O V E L S

Nimona by Noelle Stevenson | BookTube made me fall back in love with graphic novels. This one, in particular, was the first one I picked up. It’s cute, funny, and perfect.

Saga by Brian K Vaughan and Fiona Staples | This series is a crowd favorite on BookTube and it makes sense. I’ve only read the first two volumes, but they’re addicting. The only thing preventing me from continuing is my need to have all the rest of the volumes available through my library so I can just binge the rest of the series.

Rat Queens by … | Now this one I’m not sure I recommend… even though it’s on a recommendations list. I love the first three volumes, but there’s a whole thing with the former artist who’s a douche-canoe and then they shadily fired his replacement… The fourth volume is lacking, to say the least. Maybe read this if you can get it from your library, and only the first three volumes.

My Favorite Thing Is Monsters by Emil Ferris | Emil Ferris is a fucking queen. This graphic novel is a gorgeous story surrounding a kid in the 60s who is obsessed with pulp horror and goes on an adventure to solve a mystery; this is a very dumbed down summary. The art is beautiful and is made to look like the kid’s journal. 5/5 stars, totally recommend. This is the only book I actually remember the BookTuber who recommended it, so here’s Possibly Literate’s review that is probably more convincing than mine. Now go read it.

T H E   B O O K T U B E R S

Here are just a few BookTubers I consistently follow that may or may not have influenced this list. I will probably create a list in the future of all my favorite internet book people, so stay tuned.