List of audiobooks I have loved so far this year

Top 8 Audiobooks

Dark Arts and a Daiquiri. cover art

Confession: I never listened to audiobooks before this year. Why? Because I have a terrible time concentrating on something if it’s not written down. I can’t watch a movie or tv show without subtitles, (even in norwegian). But, because of my unique gift of falling off horses, I have had to do some physio work, including doing a lot of walking. And, that is kinda boring. Audiobooks have really gotten me through these last months!

So here are my Top 7 out of 17: (Synopsis from Goodreads)

  • The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, read by Neil Gaiman – I highly recommend listening to this while walking through or around a cemetery.

Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a perfectly normal boy. Well, he would be perfectly normal if he didn’t live in a graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts. There are dangers and adventures for Bod in the graveyard: a gravestone entrance to a desert that leads to the city of ghouls, But it is in the land of the living that real danger lurks, for it is there that the man Jack lives and he has already killed Bod’s family.

  • The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzie Lee, read by Christian CoulsonRidiculous adorable and cute and funny

Henry “Monty” Montague was born and bred to be a gentleman, but he was never one to be tamed. But as Monty embarks on his Grand Tour of Europe, his quest for a life filled with pleasure and vice is in danger of coming to an end. Not only does his father expect him to take over the family’s estate upon his return, but Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend and traveling companion, Percy. But when one of Monty’s reckless decisions turns their trip abroad into a harrowing manhunt that spans across Europe, it calls into question everything he knows, including his relationship with the boy he adores.

  • Aristotle and Dante Discovers the secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz, read by Lin-Manuel MirandaA sweet coming of age story that will melt your heart.

Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special friendship–the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. And it is through this friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about themselves and the kind of people they want to be.

  • Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi, read by Bahni Turpin – I listen to this while reading the book, Bahni Turpin makes you feel that your there in the story. While I liked the book, Turpin made it into an experience.

Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic.
But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope.
With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to control her powers and her growing feelings for an enemy. 

  • You Should Se Me In A Crown by Leah Johnson, read by Alaska Jackson This was so good that I went ahead and ordered the book as well.

Liz Lighty has always believed she’s too black, too poor, too awkward to shine in her small, rich, prom-obsessed midwestern town. But it’s okay — Liz has a plan that will get her out of Campbell, Indiana, forever: attend the uber-elite Pennington College, play in their world-famous orchestra, and become a doctor.
But when the financial aid she was counting on unexpectedly falls through, Liz’s plans come crashing down . . . until she’s reminded of her school’s scholarship for prom king and queen.
The only thing that makes it halfway bearable is the new girl in school, Mack. She’s smart, funny, and just as much of an outsider as Liz. But Mack is also in the running for queen. Will falling for the competition keep Liz from her dreams . . . or make them come true? 

  • Three Mages and a Margarita by Annette Marie, read by Cris DukehartMy sister recommended this series, and I can’t believe I didn’t know about it! The Guild Codex: Spellbound#1

Broke, almost homeless, and recently fired. Those are my official reasons for answering a wanted ad for a skeevy-looking bartender gig.
It went downhill the moment they asked me to do a trial shift instead of an interview—to see if I’d mesh with their «special» clientele. I think that part went great. Their customers were complete dickheads, and I was an ***hole right back. That’s the definition of fitting in, right?
I expected to get thrown out on my ***. Instead, they… offered me the job?
So what’s a broke girl to do? Take the job, of course—with a pay raise. 

  • Three Mages and a Daiquiri by Annette Marie, read by Cris Dukheart. (still listening too this, but it is so good and funny that it deserves the last spot on this list) The Guild Codex:Spellbound#2

When I found myself facing down the scariest black-magic felon in the city, practically daring him to abduct me, I had to wonder exactly how I ended up here.

It all started when I accidentally landed a job as a bartender—but not at a bar. At a guild, populated by mages, sorcerers, alchemists, witches, and psychics.
Then my favorite guild members—three sexy, powerful, and intermittently charming mages—asked for my help. D They wanted to wrap me up in a pretty ribbon and plunk me in the crosshairs of a murderous rogue to lure him out of hiding.
So that’s what we did. And that’s why I’m here. About to be kidnapped. Oh, and our grand plan for safely capturing said murderous rogue? Yeah, that completely fell apart about two minutes ago.

Why did I agree to this again? 

So that was my little Friday list for you, Happy Weekend 🙂

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