I love listening to audiobooks. People always ask how I am able to read so many books, and the answer is, sometimes I have them read to me. Listening to books on audio isn’t any less than reading them yourself and there are so many amazing books out there that are enhanced by listening to them on audio. I’ve loved listening to audiobooks ever since I was little. Without further ado, here is a list of my top 10 favorite books that I’ve listened to on audio…
#10 – Everything Leads to You
Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour is a beautifully written and slow-paced (yet extremely engaging!) YA novel about a young woman named Emi who is determined to make her way through the Hollywood film industry as a set designer. The novel follows her as she falls in love with the girl of her dreams, and uncovers secrets of the industry she longs to be a part of. It is impossible not to fall in love with these characters, and the narrator of the audiobook, Jorjeana Marie, has such a soothing voice and is an absolutely phenomenal storyteller! If you are looking for a casual read or something to listen to before bed then this is the book for you!
#9 – Period Power
YES! Periods! Feminism! And reclaiming the power of everyone who menstruates. I am SO here for it! I listened to Period Power on audiobook, read by the lovely Nadya Okamoto herself, and I finished it in one day! Everyone should read this book regardless of gender or knowledge of menstruation. Be an ally to the feminist movement and learn about the issues and inequities menstruators face in our society today.
#8 – Stay Gold
Stay Gold by Tobly McSmith is a YA romance novel between a transgender boy named Pony who’s going stealth at his new high school, and a cisgender cheerleader named Georgia. This book is narrated by two different voices, one for Pony, the other for Georgia and it was a really fun book to listen to! The story is extremely emotional at times and having it read to you is extremely powerful.
Music From Another World by Robin Talley is a YA novel told through the letters of two teen girls living in California in the late 1970s. Tammy and Sharon are paired as penpals and what starts as a long-distance friendship, over time, becomes something more. At the height of anti-gay sentiment in America, Tammy and Sharon find safety with each other and learn what it means to fight for what you believe in. Through the power of punk rock, letter writing, and friendship, these two girls might just change each other’s lives forever. This book is so special to listen to on audio because it feels like you are listening in on an intimate conversation between the two girls and you get to hear their letters to each other in their own unique voices.
#6 – The Hunger Games
If you’ve never read The Hunger Games before, or f you have and are aching to re-read it, the audiobooks read by Carolyn McCormick are the perfect way to do so! I have listened to the entire series on audio more than once, and it is the perfect thing to listen to on a long car ride, weekend day, on a walk, and more! Badass female characters, incredible worldbuilding, and a fast-paced story that will keep you on your toes… what’s not to love?
Okay, I love, love, LOVE this book! Fat Chance Charlie Vega by Crystal Maldonado is my new favorite YA contemporary novel, and I absolutely LOVED listening to it on audio. Carla Vega is a perfect narrator for Charlie and getting to hear Charlie’s experience through her own words? Wonderful! I’ve gotten to attend a virtual author event with Crystal Maldonado and she is absolutely amazing and I cannot recommend this book enough. It’s all about fat acceptance, friendship, love, and the pains of growing up and it is such a fun and beautiful read.
#4 – The Tao of Pooh
For those of you who don’t already know, I LOVE Winnie the Pooh. My early childhood love for the creatures that live in the Hundred Acre Wood has only deepened as I have grown. The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff may have changed my life. I cannot even explain how beautiful the sweet and simple delivery of Taoist principles was and I recommend this to every person ever. This book might just change you too, and it most certainly will make you think.
Read by Frankie Corzo, A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow is an absolutely incredible and heartstopping read that I want to recommend to literally everyone. The writing? Beautiful. The characters? Beautiful. The romance?! BEAUTIFUL. Lila Reyes dreams of being a baker, and her Cuban delights are to die for. As her life starts to fall apart around her, she is sent from Miami to England to spend the summer with family friends. This is a story about, love, growth, loss, heartbreak, and the magic of food. I cannot recommend it enough.
#2 – Cemetery Boys
Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas was so beautiful that thinking about it makes me want to cry tears a mix of sadness, joy, and love. Yadriel is a transgender Latinx boy whose family is made of the brujx, brujos and brujas who guard the cemetery, guide spirits, and protect their own. Yadriel and his cousin Maritza are determined to prove that Yadriel is a brujo, despite what the rest of the brujx have to say about him being trans. This story is full of mystery, intrigue, queer love, and what it means to be a family. This audiobook is so amazing, and I recommend it to literally everyone, I love it that much!
#1 – We Are Not Free
Drum roll please…. we’ve made it to number one! Hooray! We are Not Free by Traci Chee is a historical fiction Young Adult novel about a group of Japanese-American teenagers who had their lives uprooted after the bombing of Pearl Harbor when they were sent by the U.S. government to internment camps. I listened to it as an audiobook which was such a powerful experience and it turned out to be one of my top 20 reads of 2020! This story has a beautiful balance of heartbreak and humor, fact and fiction, and I recommend it to absolutely anyone, especially teens who live in the U.S. It is time to truly learn our history.
The Black Kids by Christina Hammonds Reed is a historical fiction young adult novel that takes place in LA during the 1992 protests and riots after the brutal police assault of Rodney King. Ashley Bennet is a wealthy black teenager living in LA and the novel follows her life as these riots change her life. Issues of race, class, and violence are prominent in this book and the writing was absolutely beautiful, and especially on audio.
Saffy’s Angel by Hilary McKay was recommended to me by a friend of mine who said it was one of her favorite audiobooks and I can tell you, it did not disappoint! The narration was so soothing and the Casson family was hilarious. Every character had such a fun and unique personality and it is perfect for middle grade audiences or anyone looking for a quick listen that is sure to make them smile.
Fable by Adrienne Young is such a wonderful book to listen to on audio. If you like stories with adventure, pirates, and subtle magical tones, then I recommend this book! The descriptions of the scenes are beautiful and the narrator, Emma Lysy, has such a soothing voice. Plus, again, pirates?!
I hope you enjoyed today’s post! Have you read or listened to any of these books? What are your favorite audiobooks? Let me know in the comments! I’d love to give them a listen.
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