Listening Library [4]


It’s been a minute. 🙂 This week’s audiobook haul includes three non-fiction that I’m super pumped to get from my library. I’m also excited to listen to Ms. Acevedo’s recent release, and while The Right Swipe received some polarizing reviews, I decided to see what the big hoopla was about. So here are the books I downloaded this week:

With The Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo | Color Me In by Natasha Diaz | The Right Swipe by Alisha Rai | Normal People by Sally Rooney
Permanent Record by Edward Snowden | America’s Reluctant Prince by Steven M. Gillon | Inside Out by Demi Moore

I listened to Permanent Record by Edward Snowden. This book is not so much about what happened in 2012 when he exposed how NSA was surveilling the American people without their consent and how the information was collected. Rather, this is about how he arrived to the decision to forgo his freedom for the sake of exposing his government’s intrusion. It was interesting and it made me think about how I feel about my privacy being invaded for the safety of the country. I’m still thinking about it.

I just finished Demi Moore’s memoir. I loved this one. She was brutally honest about her childhood, her dysfunctional parents, her rape, her addictions, her marriages, and how she’s trying to break free from her past by confronting the ugly truths about it all. I will probably pick up a physical copy at some point.

I’m really excited about all these books, especially the JFK jr one.

Let me know what you’re listening to this week!

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This week is a little light. I chose to actually pick up physical books to read instead of relying on audiobooks.

Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin | Forbidden by Beverly Jenkins | The Savior’s Champion by Jenna Moreci | At the Wolf’s Table by Rosella Postorino

Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin was a disappointment. Not for the writing, but for the character himself. He was selfish, spoiled, and a user — in other words, no redeeming quality to him whatsoever. It’s really tough to enjoy a book when you despise the character. 2 out of 5 Stars

Forbidden by Beverly Jenkins is the first book to her Old West series, which is the story of the girls’ Aunt Edie and Uncle Ryan. This was quite interesting as they were a mixed race couple. I especially love how determined Edie was to make a life for herself, with ambitions of owning her own restaurant. But she was so unlucky. Enjoyed this one. 4 out of 5 Stars.

The Savior’s Champion by Jenna Moreci is a Hungers Game type of novel in a fantasy setting. I haven’t read this one. But I downloaded it from Audible. It’s a 20-hour book. Might listen to it the whole weekend.

At The Wolf’s Table by Rosella Postorino is a novel about the people who tasted Hitler’s food for poison first before he ate them. Looking forward to starting this one!

So these are all the books I downloaded on audio this week. I’m endeavouring to read my physical copies in the next little while as I have quite a few.

Have you read/listened to any of these?

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Listening Library [1]


You’ve all heard my recent obsession with my Libby app — the app that has saved my Goodreads reading goals for the last couple of years. Not only does it enable me to read books I wouldn’t otherwise seek out, but it also saves me a few bucks by reading/listening to books before I choose to buy them. Granted, my library only stocks a few of the recent releases, but I still feel giddy when I see an audiobook I want to listen to.

Today, I thought I’d share with you some of the books I’ve downloaded recently. Let me know if you’ve read any of these.

Eloquent Rage by Brittney Cooper | The World As It Is by Ben Rhodes | The Last Voyage of Poe Blythe by Ally Condie | My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh

Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower by Brittney Cooper explores why “angry black women” should remain angry.

The World As It Is: Inside the Obama White House by Ben Rhodes is an account of Ben Rhodes’ role in the Obama administration as his writer.

The Last Voyage of Poe Blythe by Ally Condie is a story of an avenging heroine on the quest for gold and well, revenge.

My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh tells the story of a young woman in the new millennium currently suffering from an emotional and mental malady of sorts. With the company of a psychiatrist, she goes into hibernation mode in an effort to cure herself.

Red, White, & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston | The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani | The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary

Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston needs no further introduction. I’ve read this at least 3 times already but I wanted to see what the audio is like so I borrowed it.

The Night Diary by Veera Hirannandani is a story about a 12-year old refugee and her family escaping the escalating violence in Pakistan brought on by India’s separation from Britain.

The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary. Tells the story about roommates who share the same flat on schedule, and who don’t cross paths but somehow are destined to be together. Curiouser and curiouser.

I’m not gonna lie, they all sound good. I wouldn’t be surprised if you find a physical copy or two of these on one of my Hoarders posts in the future.

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