Book Review: Audio Books

This year, I have tried two new things in my reading life. First, I overcame my resistance to learning new technology and downloaded the Storygraph app

While I was perfectly content with my paper-and-pen-book journal for logging what I had read, I have to say the graphed data this provides is pretty interesting. And, I’ve participated in a few buddy reads with one of my book-nerd friends. It’s been fun to read and leave comments for each other as we read. 

The second change, which has significantly increased the number of titles I have read, was to start listening to audio books. I use the Libby app to check out books from our local library system, and I am fortunate that our library has an extensive audio collection. 

I listen to quite the catalog of podcasts, and started out only listening to non-fiction on audio. However, I have discovered that I enjoy listening to rom-com books (I don’t typically read them). Of course there’s a wide diversity in the quality of audiobooks, depending on the narrator and your preferred genre, but this has been a great way to add more reading into my life.  I have found I don’t mind folding laundry, cleaning bathrooms or mowing the yard when I have a great story to listen to!

If you are looking for somewhere to begin, I really enjoyed listening to

  • Everything Sad is Untrue by Daniel Nayeri

This memoir is beautiful and heartbreaking. Blending his story of coming to America, with his family history and cultural myths and legends, this book is moving and powerful. 

And if you are a fan of rom-coms or looking for lighter fare for the summer time, these listens were great (fair warning some of them are spicy, you can check out the storygraph for tigger warnings and descriptions).

  • Accidentally Engaged by Farah Heron

Everything about this story delighted me. I enjoyed the setting, the cultural nuances, the characters, their relationships and the humor. A truly delightful read. 

  • The Duke and I by Julia Quinn (The whole Bridgerton Series, really) 

After enjoying the Netflix show, I decided to listen to the books, and I have enjoyed these stories so much. The books (of course) are even better than the show, adding lots of details. Each book explores a different romance trope; I’m ready to read Eloise’s story next. 

  • The Ex Talk by Rachel Lynn Solomon

This enemies-to-lovers story is set in the world of radio broadcasting. I enjoy Solomon’s style and appreciate the witty dialogue and humor she incorporates into her stories. 

  • The Roughest Draft by Austin Siegemund-Broka and Emily Eibberley

As a book lover, this romance set in the writing world was a fun behind-the-scenes look at what it might be like to be in a writing duo.

Published by shergerber

Pastor, momma & home baker in the Shenandoah Valley

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