Listening Library [2]

I honestly have more luck with my weekly downloads in my Libby than I do with my regular purchases. Out of all the books I downloaded last week, only one of them remain unheard (The World As It Is by Ben Rhodes). I so wish my library stocks more new releases. My credit card could use some breathing room. Lol.

The Last Romantics by Tara Conklin | Henry, Himself by Stewart O’Nan | Odd One Out by Nick Stone | Call Them By Their True Names by Rebecca Solnit

The Last Romantics by Tara Conklin follows a family from Connecticut and their strong bond amid a family crisis or two. I’m a huge fan of family sagas so this is right up my alley.

Henry, Himself by Stewart O’Nan. This book gave me the “A Man Called Ove” vibe for the simple facts that they are both at the same age as they ruminate about their past loves.

Odd One Out by Nic Stone 1/5 stars. Follows the story of three friends as they navigate through life on the path to self-discovery. I loved about three-quarters of the book, then hated the ending.

Call Them By Their True Names: American Crises by Rebecca Solnit is a collection of essays about violence against women. In the hands of the people they love, the police, and random acts of violence. This will be an anger-inducing, life-affirming commentary about women, more often than not, suffer the greatest at home.

I’m Afraid of Men by Vivek Shraya | Finding Lanston by Lesa Cline-Ransome | Heels Over Head by Elyse Springer | Breathless by Beverly Jenkins

I’m Aftraid of Men by Vivek Shraya. Such a powerful, own voices read. 4/5 Stars.

From Goodreads:

“A trans artist explores how masculinity was imposed on her as a boy and continues to haunt her as a girl–and how we might reimagine gender for the twenty-first century .” 

Finding Langston by Lesa Cline-Ransome. LOVED this one. 5 /5 Stars. This was a sad, heart wrenching read about a boy who gets bullied in his school.

Heels Over Head by Elyse Springer. I love me some M/M romance from time to time. This one follows two swimmers who are opposites — one openly gay, and the other, closeted. Excited to read this!

Breathless by Beverly Jenkins. I liked this one, too! 4/5 Stars. This is book 2 of the Old West series. Looking for the first book. I might have to use one of my Audible credits.

So these are the downloads that will keep me company on my walks and keep me sane during my workweek. Lol.

Happy listening!

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Listening Library [1]

Hello.

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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Confessions of an Addict [27]: Audiobooks

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It started with Sync, a website that offers free audiobook downloads for a period of time. Time seems to tick by faster, and work days became increasingly bearable – and short. It turns out, I listen just as fast as I can read. Ever since then, I’ve developed a taste for a different kind of storytelling. I supposed, depending on the narrator, an audiobook has the ability to sell an otherwise, dry novel. Novels that feature intricate world building, and if the book is a part of a series, a recap of the past.

But now, this taste is becoming an addiction. I am finding myself buying audio copies of books that I already have.

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Like this one, for example. City of Heavenly Fire comes at an excess of 700 pages. I have a hardback copy that weighs probably at least two pounds. Cry me a river, right? My point is, as much as audiobooks are a good way to read and multitask at the same time, they are even more convenient than an e-reader.

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I used to be so a purist; the kind of reader who scoffs at technology as a way to read books. Gone are those days. I’ve learned to accept the benefits of lugging an entire library in my purse without breaking my back. Though my Kindle have been seeing less use this days, it comes handy at night; when I want to stay up and read without disturbing the chorus of snores and teeth-grinding  from my better half. Which brings me to an even better benefit of listening to audiobooks instead of reading on a Kindle at night: its capacity to drown out the background noise.

I also like to listen while I drive. Though, it drives the kids crazy. I have to be careful of any inappropriate language and situations that kids can hear.

In conclusion, I find myself with a brand new addiction, ladies and gents. Synchronized reading and listening enhances the experience of submerging yourself in a book. And if I’m lucky, a narrator with a British accent makes for a soothing listening.

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