Despite the fact that I love to read I haven’t had much inclination to sit down and read a physical book lately. I have however, found listening to audiobooks to be a great way to make up for this. I listen to them on my commute to work, while I’m cooking dinner and just before I go to sleep. Lately I seem to be going through them really quickly I have listened to quite a few in the last couple of months. I am drawn to non-fiction books, espeically those narrated by the author as I think that really adds to the listening experince. I thought I would share my thoughts on what I have listened to and give you some Audible recommendations.
Bad Feminist – Roxane Gay
This book had been on my radar for a while now and I wish I had read it sooner. It’s a collection of essays written by Gay about feminism, culture and race. Using her own experiences, Gay talks about some of major feminist issues today. This was a really interesting book and a great place to start – if like me – you want to learn more about feminism. I really liked Gay’s writing style and even when she is challenging ideas she does it in way that is witty. This is a book I will definitely be reading again, probably in its physical form.
Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race – Reni Eddo-Lodge
This is a really interesting book and really opened my eyes on just how privileged I am to be white living in the UK. This book is particulary interesting in that it focuses on the history of race in the UK (most books I have read about the subject tend to be about the US). This book focuses on race relations throughout history in the UK and and talks a lot about the race riots which took place across England in the early eighties. I have to say I didn’t enjoy the narration of this book which somewhat ruined the experience fore me. However, I am actually going to read the physical book as I did find it really interesting and overall I would recommend to anyone looking to learn more about race in the UK.
What Happened – Hillary Rodham Clinton
Hillary Clinton’s latest book recounts her recent loss in the US Presidential election last November. I have never been too sure about her, mainly because I didn’t know enough about her policies to form an opinion. I was however, surprised at just how much I enjoyed this book, she was very honest about the mistakes she made on the run up to the election and gives her side of the story. I found myself warming to her quite a lot. I also found myself feeling quite uplifted and optimistic after reading this which I was not expecting. Definitely one for those interested in the current political situation in the US.
Living History – Hillary Rodham Clinton
After listening to What Happened I was intrigued to listen to more books by Hillary Clinton so I bought botth Living History and Hard Choices (the latter I have yet to listen to). Living History is mainly about her time as First Lady in the 1990’s and touches on the whole Monica Lewinsky scandal. It was ok, but definitely not as engaging as What Happened. I think perhaps it is just a little irrelevant now.
What I know For Sure – Oprah Winfrey
I never used to be a big fan of Oprah but these days I absolutely love her. I am currently listening to her Podcast SuperSoul Sessions on Spotify which is really inspirational. In this book Oprah talks about the life lessons she has learnt over the years and ultimately the things she knows for sure and it is a great manual for life. I was feeling a little low when I started this book and by the end of it I felt completely positive and I have listened to it a couple of times since.
Everywoman: One Woman’s Truth About Speaking The Truth – Jess Phillips
I’m going to be honest and say I had no flipping idea who Jess Phillips was before I read this book. In fact the only reason I bought this book is because Audible recommended it to me. Turns out she is a labour MP who is quite outspoken but also very likable. I have found myself listening to a lot more in the way of ‘feminist’ books lately, especially books written by badass women who are totally winning at life and this book was no exception. I felt quite inspired after reading it and was left thinking I could achieve whatever I put my mind to.
The Life Changing Magic of Not Giving a Fuck – Sarah Knight
I love this book. As someone who gives way too many fucks about lots of things this really made me realise that I need to stop and actually work out what I actually should be giving a fuck about and focusing my energy on those things instead. I especially love her idea of having a ‘fuck budget’ as a way of making sure you are only giving a shit about things that matter to you. Narrated by Sarah Knight herself, this book is both informative and funny and like Oprah’s book I have listened to it a couple of times.
The Art Of Being Brilliant – Andy Whittaker, Andy Cope
This was one of those Deal of The Day books on Audible that cost about £1.99 so thought I would give it ago. It basically discusses how to be a more positive person. It was enjoyable and very funny in places but ultimately it wasn’t particulary memorable.
I have a few other Audible books on the go at the moment so I will be posting another update every soon! What have you been listening to on audible? Do you have any recommendations?