Hello there! Welcome back to #blogmas. Today we talk about one of my new found love – audiobooks.
Audiobooks are a great way of getting considerable amount of reading done if you’re always on the go or find hard to concentrate while physically reading a book. Also audiobooks do count as reading, so let’s just end the debate.
My top 4 audiobook recommendations of 2018
- Sadie – by Courtney Summers
This latest release is generating a lot of buzz, and for all the right reasons. The audiobook is narrated by full cast and it is a surreal experience.
The story traces Sadie, as she goes on a hunt to trace her dead sister Mattie. Sadie has always had a rough life and her only solace was her sister. But when she dies, Sadie’s world comes crumbling down and she’s determined to find the killer even if it means risking her own life.
This one’s dark, grueling, and content warning for – abuse, pedophilia, drug abuse, murder. Pick up when want to read something impactful, and it’ll not disappoint.
- All the Light We Cannot See – Anthony Doerr
For all you historical fiction fans, this one is a must read. I started reading it and was casucally browsing through my audiobook app and there it was. And OMG thank heavens, it was such a wonderful experience. To read and listen to it side by side.
The story is about a blind French girl, Marie Laure and an orphan German boy, Werner Pfenning during World War II. When she was twelve, the Nazis occupy her hometown and she had to fled with her father. The story traces these Marie and Werner, and then how their paths converge. It’s a beautiful story of will power, how people do good, and the spirit of life.
It is a tad bit slow and reads a lot like a classic, so I highly recommend the audio book.
- Every Heart a Doorway – Seanan McGuire
Magical realism mixed with fairy tale vibes, that’s what Every Heart a Doorway is about. The story traces children who’ve returned from fantastical worlds like Narnia etc. and are now finding it difficult to adjust in the real world. These children go to a special institution and that’s where this story is based.
It is the first book in the Wayward Children Series. The other two books are Down among the Sticks and Bones; Beneath the Sugar Sky. The good thing is that they’re all available, so enjoy binge reading/ listening.
Although the books are short, they’re enticing and so engrossing. The world building is impeccable and so are the characters. They’re flawed, grey, yet seem so real! You’ll love this series.
- A Very Large Expanse of Sea – Tahereh Mafi
This is a memoir/ semi autobiographical novel by Tahereh Mafi, who is the author of the super popular Shatter Me Series. This one is the story of Shirin, a 16 year old Hijabi Muslim girl who has to go to a new high school just 2 weeks after 9/11. She’s fighting the world and finds solace in break dancing.
It traces her struggles against racism and Islamophobia. Although the book deals with heavy topics, there are a lot of fun elements. Strong friendships, bubbling romance, and a very strong female lead makes this a powerful read. I could imaging Tahereh Mafi all the time while I was listening to it (go check her Instagram to know what I’m saying).
Hope these audiobook recommendations help you and you pick one up soon! If you have a favorite audiobook, do share it in the comments section below.
And don’t forget to come back every week for 4 posts all through December for #blogmas! See you soon.