This month, I have been absolutely terrible about making time to listen to audiobooks. I haven’t really been reading that much, either (my last reading experiment was kind of a lot for my brain and work has been a complete dumpster fire). But I somehow got it into my head that I want to listen to ALL THE AUDIOBOOKS. Maybe it’s because I haven’t really been buying that many physical books or maybe it’s because I wanted to treat myself for my birthday, but I might have gone a little overboard getting some new audiobooks.
In my defense, almost all of these were on sale, and I used credits for the ones that weren’t. And also I didn’t realize that I bought sixteen audiobooks this month alone until yesterday. We’re not going to talk about it. I’m fully aware this is insane. Especially because I already have a ton of audiobooks I haven’t listened to (I refuse to count them). This is bad. But maybe it’ll make a fun post, because I stopped doing hauls a while ago when I stopped buying an insane number of physical books every month. Clearly things are going great.
Anyway, here are all sixteen audiobooks I’ve added to my library this month. At least they’re not taking up space, right?
In the Dream House: A Memoir by Carmen Maria Machado
This is actually on my list for an upcoming reading experiment. Which we all know can be kind of hit or miss. But I have a good feeling about this one, because it is a memoir with horror themes. You read that right. Which just sounds amazing! But it also delves into the authors experience with an abusive same-sex relationship, which is something I really haven’t seen before and seems like something for people to gain a better understanding of. The synopsis makes this seem like it’s kind of experimental and weird, and I feel like listening to the author tell her story might be a good way to experience this.
The Black Friend: On Being a Better White Person by Frederick Joseph
You all know that I’ve done a lot of exploring and sharing anti-racist books. So I was very surprised that I hadn’t come across this one until I saw the audiobook on sale. But I’m very excited about it now. This is basically a book where your new black friend, Frederick Joseph, drops some truth bombs about common white people mistakes. Like, “I don’t see color” (if you say that, you should really stop). I just think this premise is so cool. I’m sure it will make me feel uncomfortable about any mistakes I have no idea I’m still making, but that’s kind of the point and I really welcome being corrected so that I can be a better person. I will try to get to this soon (my summer reading list is kind of insane, but August looks manageable), and will definitely report back.
A Thousand Ships by Natalie Haynes
This is being marketed to fans of Madeline Miller. And I really need some more Madeline Miller mythology. So I guess this will do. Although I am getting more Silence of the Women by Pat Barker vibes from this one. It’s about the Trojan War from the perspectives of the women. Which just sounds incredible.
She Would Be King by Wayétu Moore
Speaking of incredible… this title just really does it for me. Luckily, the book sounds just as good. It’s a retelling of Liberia’s formation that blends magical realism and history. If you’ve been around for a while, you’ll probably know that magical realism and history are basically my two favorite things. I am really hoping I love this one because it sounds amazing. I also have Wayétu Moore’s memoir, The Dragons, the Giant, and the Women, on my TBR, and I hope I love this one so I can be even more excited about that one.
Priestdaddy: A Memoir by Patricia Lockwood
This one has been on my radar for a few years, and I was kind of on the fence about whether or not I wanted to read it. Apparently all it takes is an audiobook sale. I do really enjoy reading memoirs, especially by people who aren’t famous, because they’re great at exposing me to different experiences.
Divergent Mind: Thriving in a World that Wasn’t Designed for You by Jenara Nerenberg
I have semi-recently learned that being a highly sensitive person (or HSP) is actually a form of neurodivergence. I never thought of myself that way, but I have definitely struggled with being an HSP/empath because the world really isn’t made for us. I honestly believe I am a much better person because of it, but that doesn’t really help with making my life easier. So I’m interested in exploring that a bit more and maybe gaining more understanding. And this looked good.
NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity by Steve Silberman
I came across this book years ago after I’d read an article that posed the idea that autistic people are more highly evolved. Which is really interesting to think about, and honestly kind of cool. And I’m curious. While I’m not autistic, people on the spectrum share a lot of similarities with HSPs, so maybe this will help, too. But I’d be happy with just learning more about an experience that is different than my own. I think that’s so important, and it’s honestly made me a much more empathetic person, and I feel better about who I am because of that.
Sorry I’m Late, I Didn’t Want to Come: One Introvert’s Year of Saying Yes by Jessica Pan
If this doesn’t describe my life, I don’t know what does. If extreme introversion was a sport, I might qualify for the Olympics. When I lived alone in college, I went days without talking to people and it didn’t bother me. I really enjoy staying home and generally hate bars and parties. But, when I was diagnosed with MS a few years ago, I realized there might be a time where I wouldn’t be able to do the things I avoided. So I started saying yes to things. I went to see Hamilton and to a P!nk concert and book signings and PRAGUE. And those are the memories that have gotten me through quarantine this past year. So I’m glad I did it, and I think it might be fun to read about someone else who did the same. (And I can’t wait to get back to being able to say yes to adventures!)
The Fireman by Joe Hill
I’ve read one Joe Hill book (Horns) and liked it. But I think the biggest reason I decided to pick this up is because Kate Mulgrew narrates it. And I love her.
Dead Mountain: The Untold True Story of the Dyatlov Pass Incident by Donnie Eichar
At one point during this whole stay at home forever thing I fell into a massive true crime black hole. And the Dyatlov Pass incident fascinated me when I watched a video about it. It’s kind of crazy, and way too complicated to get into here, but you can go read about it. Definitely super weird, and I really want to explore more about it.
Anxious People by Fredrik Backman
I’m pretty sure this book is about me. I’m kidding, but it could be. My personality is anxious. Also, I really enjoy Fredrik Backman’s books, and absolutely loved A Man Called Ove, which I listened to on audio. This one just sounds really good, and I thought Backman did a great job addressing mental illness in A Man Called Ove (I talked about it in my recent post for Mental Illness Awareness month), so I’m looking forward to seeing how he portrays anxiety.
Warlight by Macheal Ondaatje
There always has to be that one book that I picked up on a whim just because I’ve seen a lot of people talk about it. I think this is set during WWII, but I have absolutely no idea what it’s about. And maybe that’s okay.
The Huntress by Kate Quinn
This is about a woman who joins the Night Women, an all-female bomber regiment attacking Nazis, a Nazi hunter, and a young woman who doesn’t trust her father’s new German fiancee. How have I not read this yet??? This is actually a pick for the same reading experiment post (tentatively scheduled for July) that In the Dream House belongs to. Have fun guessing that theme.
From Here to Eternity: Traveling the World to Find the Good Death by Caitlin Doughty
I have read two Caitlin Doughty books – Smoke Gets in Your Eyes and Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs? – and loved both of them. I actually listened to both on audio, and think Doughty just does a great job of narrating her books, so I’m excited about this one. It’s about how different cultures care for their dead. Basically, what they do with dead bodies. I may be requesting a sky burial after I finish this. We’ll see. But being put in the ground doesn’t appeal to me.
Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach
One of you recommended this to me a while ago (so sorry, but I forgot who it was!), and it’s been on my radar for a while. But whoever you are, you can be happy that I finally picked it up, and I’m very excited to read it. It’s been way too long since I’ve read a weird science book.
Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner
Last, but not least is this new memoir that has been absolutely everywhere this month for AAPI heritage month. It just looks like a great memoir, and I love listening to memoirs. Which should surprise no one since this is the fourth one on this list. I’ve just heard really, really great things and I’m excited to be able to read it. Especially because I was able to use my Libro.fm membership to get this as an audiobook while also supporting a local Asian-owned independent bookstore!
I have been using a few different services to get my audiobooks (including my local library via the Libby app), but my favorite is Libro.fm. It’s a great way to get discounted audiobooks (either by paying a member’s price or using monthly credits that never expire!) while also supporting an indie bookstore of your choice. By using this link to sign up, you can start listening and supporting a cool bookstore (and I get a free audiobook).
That felt like such a long post to write, but I hope you enjoyed it! Please don’t let me ever do this again, because it’s going to take me approximately one million hours to get through all of these plus the audiobooks I already had and hadn’t listened to yet. Send help.
Have you listened to any good audiobooks lately? Are there any you think I should check out? (Even though I clearly don’t need you to enable me.)
If you’re looking for books of the non-audio variety, go check out my bookshop, where you can go and buy books and also shop my curated collections of my personal favorites AND all of the books I’ve read for my reading experiments (like the last one, where I read books based on my zodiac sign).