Blogmas: My 5 Favourite Audiobooks of 2019

I have listened to so many incredible books this year and choosing 5 was incredibly hard, but I managed it. Because of the way I’m working I don’t think I’m going to get through another audiobook in 2019 so I’m calling it here. But what made the list?

Over The Top – Jonathan Van Ness

Ok honey, make way for THE Jonathan released a book and it was fabulous. Now, I haven’t watched all of Queer Eye but what I’ve watched I’ve loved. Then I saw Jonathan talking about his life, his HIV diagnosis and life I had to get hold of this book and the audiobook was perfect. Jonathan reads it and I could not have loved it more.

It’s Not Ok To Feel Blue (And Other Lies) – Edited by Scarlett Curtis

At first I was trying to read my copy but decided to switch to the audiobook and it was a brilliant choice. A large number of contributors read their own pieces and it makes it easier to digest. As you can imagine, there are some heavy topics in here, but importants ones.

The Flat Share – Beth O’Leary

I don’t usually listen to fiction but seeing as Carrie Hope Fletcher narrated it, I wanted to give it a go. I’m SO glad I did I absolutely loved it, a really heartwarming story and it might even end up as one of my favourite books of the year…

The Five: The Untold Lives Of The Women Killed By Jack The Ripper – Hallie Rubenhold

I heard about this on booktube and was interested and then it came up as a £2.99 deal (if you like audiobooks I’d definitely sign up to them I’ve got some crackers on there). This changes the narrative and instead of focusing on the killer, this looks at the women themselves their lives and families and dispels the myth that they were all prostitutes.

The Seven Husbands Of Evelyn Hugo – Taylor Jenkins Reid

This book, the cast, the story. I could not stop listening to The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo – so much so my fiancé found me listening to it in the evenings as well as all day while working. It’s an incredible novel and I am kicking myself for getting to it so late!

What audiobooks should I check out in 2020? Let me know below!

Easy ways to read more!

Each year I set myself a target of the number of books I’d like to read, normally it’s 100. That said since graduating last year things have changed in my life and trying to get through books has been a lot more to fit into my life, I’m obviously working 5 days a week (which really cuts into your reading time). A lot of people I speak to say they just don’t have the time to read more, so I thought I might help.

 

Always have a way to read with you 

Physcial book, Kindle, eBook, it doesn’t matter! You never know when you’ll have time to spare. You can also read on laptops, phones, iPods, tablets, you name it! Get reading!

Set time in your day to get a couple of pages in 

I like to try and read either at the beginning of my lunch break or before I go to bed at night. It doesn’t matter if you read one page or ten, giving yourself that little bit of time means you’re reading!

Audiobooks are your friend! 

I love audiobooks. I have a monthly subscription with Audible which allows me to get two audiobooks for £15. They’re great when you have a lot to do. I can listen at the gym, while driving, while cleaning. Personally, I like to listen to memoirs rather than fiction, but that’s my personal preference and there are SO MANY too!

Get a library card 

Anyone remember the tune from ‘Arthur’, our favourite Aardvark ‘Having fun isn’t hard when you have a library card!’. If you don’t have much money to spare on books, your local library is a great place to start reading without the cost!

Attend a local book club or meetup

I’ve started going to a new local book club, meaning I can talk about books and get new reads. It also gives you a reason to read, a lot of the people in my book club are trying the group so that they have the motivation to read! Sounds good to me.

Enjoy what you read! 

If you don’t have a lot of time don’t feel bad about stopping a book you’re really not enjoying! Find something you enjoy and get stuck in!

What are your tips? Let me know in the comments below!