Amanda’s Top 10 Favorite Audiobooks

Hello, lovelies! How are you all doing? I’ve been living off audiobooks lately and loving it. I realized that I’ve never shared a list of my favorites. I’ve only made lists of recommendations by genre. So, I wanted to share today my top 10 favorite audiobooks (some of these are series and I recommend the whole series).

Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel
“A girl named Rose is riding her new bike near home in Deadwood, South Dakota, when she falls through the earth. She wakes up at the bottom of a square-shaped hole, its walls glowing with intricate carvings. But the firemen who come to save her peer down upon something even stranger: a little girl in the palm of a giant metal hand. Seventeen years later, the mystery of the bizarre artifact remains unsolved – the object’s origins, architects, and purpose unknown. But some can never stop searching for answers. Rose Franklin is now a highly trained physicist leading a top-secret team to crack the hand’s code. And along with her colleagues, she is being interviewed by a nameless interrogator whose power and purview are as enigmatic as the relic they seek. What’s clear is that Rose and her compatriots are on the edge of unravelling history’s most perplexing discovery-and finally figuring out what it portends for humanity. But once the pieces of the puzzle are in place, will the result be an instrument of lasting peace or a weapon of mass destruction?”

Sadie by Courtney Summers
“A missing girl on a journey of revenge. A Serial―like podcast following the clues she’s left behind. And an ending you won’t be able to stop talking about. Sadie hasn’t had an easy life. Growing up on her own, she’s been raising her sister Mattie in an isolated small town, trying her best to provide a normal life and keep their heads above water. But when Mattie is found dead, Sadie’s entire world crumbles. After a somewhat botched police investigation, Sadie is determined to bring her sister’s killer to justice and hits the road following a few meager clues to find him.
When West McCray―a radio personality working on a segment about small, forgotten towns in America―overhears Sadie’s story at a local gas station, he becomes obsessed with finding the missing girl. He starts his own podcast as he tracks Sadie’s journey, trying to figure out what happened, hoping to find her before it’s too late.”

Mirage by Somaiya Daud
“In a star system dominated by the brutal Vathek empire, eighteen-year-old Amani is a dreamer. She dreams of what life was like before the occupation; she dreams of writing poetry like the old-world poems she adores; she dreams of receiving a sign from Dihya that one day, she, too, will have adventure, and travel beyond her isolated moon. But when adventure comes for Amani, it is not what she expects: she is kidnapped by the regime and taken in secret to the royal palace, where she discovers that she is nearly identical to the cruel half-Vathek Princess Maram. The princess is so hated by her conquered people that she requires a body double, someone to appear in public as Maram, ready to die in her place. As Amani is forced into her new role, she can’t help but enjoy the palace’s beauty—and her time with the princess’ fiancé, Idris. But the glitter of the royal court belies a world of violence and fear. If Amani ever wishes to see her family again, she must play the princess to perfection…because one wrong move could lead to her death.”

A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson
“The case is closed. Five years ago, schoolgirl Andie Bell was murdered by Sal Singh. The police know he did it. Everyone in town knows he did it. But having grown up in the same small town that was consumed by the murder, Pippa Fitz-Amobi isn’t so sure. When she chooses the case as the topic for her final year project, she starts to uncover secrets that someone in town desperately wants to stay hidden. And if the real killer is still out there, how far will they go to keep Pip from the truth?”

Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant
“Seven years ago, the Atargatis set off on a voyage to the Mariana Trench to film a “mockumentary” bringing to life ancient sea creatures of legend. It was lost at sea with all hands. Some have called it a hoax; others have called it a maritime tragedy. Now, a new crew has been assembled. But this time they’re not out to entertain. Some seek to validate their life’s work. Some seek the greatest hunt of all. Some seek the truth. But for the ambitious young scientist Victoria Stewart this is a voyage to uncover the fate of the sister she lost. Whatever the truth may be, it will only be found below the waves. But the secrets of the deep come with a price.”

Red Rising by Pierce Brown
“Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he works all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of Mars livable for future generations. Yet he spends his life willingly, knowing that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better world for his children. But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity already reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and sprawling parks spread across the planet. Darrow—and Reds like him—are nothing more than slaves to a decadent ruling class. Inspired by a longing for justice, and driven by the memory of lost love, Darrow sacrifices everything to infiltrate the legendary Institute, a proving ground for the dominant Gold caste, where the next generation of humanity’s overlords struggle for power. He will be forced to compete for his life and the very future of civilization against the best and most brutal of Society’s ruling class. There, he will stop at nothing to bring down his enemies… even if it means he has to become one of them to do so.”

Cinder by Marissa Meyer
“Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless Lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl. . . . Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.”

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
“Xiomara Batista feels unheard and unable to hide in her Harlem neighborhood. Ever since her body grew into curves, she has learned to let her fists and her fierceness do the talking. But Xiomara has plenty she wants to say, and she pours all her frustration and passion onto the pages of a leather notebook, reciting the words to herself like prayers—especially after she catches feelings for a boy in her bio class named Aman, who her family can never know about. With Mami’s determination to force her daughter to obey the laws of the church, Xiomara understands that her thoughts are best kept to herself. So when she is invited to join her school’s slam poetry club, she doesn’t know how she could ever attend without her mami finding out. But she still can’t stop thinking about performing her poems. Because in the face of a world that may not want to hear her, Xiomara refuses to be silent.”

Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson
“Ellingham Academy is a famous private school in Vermont for the brightest thinkers, inventors, and artists. It was founded by Albert Ellingham, an early twentieth century tycoon, who wanted to make a wonderful place full of riddles, twisting pathways, and gardens. “A place,” he said, “where learning is a game.” Shortly after the school opened, his wife and daughter were kidnapped. The only real clue was a mocking riddle listing methods of murder, signed with the frightening pseudonym “Truly, Devious.” It became one of the great unsolved crimes of American history. True-crime aficionado Stevie Bell is set to begin her first year at Ellingham Academy, and she has an ambitious plan: She will solve this cold case. That is, she will solve the case when she gets a grip on her demanding new school life and her housemates: the inventor, the novelist, the actor, the artist, and the jokester. But something strange is happening. Truly Devious makes a surprise return, and death revisits Ellingham Academy. The past has crawled out of its grave. Someone has gotten away with murder. The two interwoven mysteries of this first book in the Truly Devious series dovetail brilliantly, and Stevie Bell will continue her relentless quest for the murderers in books two and three.”

Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi
“Twelve-year-old Aru Shah has a tendency to stretch the truth in order to fit in at school. While her classmates are jetting off to family vacations in exotic locales, she’ll be spending her autumn break at home, in the Museum of Ancient Indian Art and Culture, waiting for her mom to return from her latest archeological trip. Is it any wonder that Aru makes up stories about being royalty, traveling to Paris, and having a chauffeur? One day, three schoolmates show up at Aru’s doorstep to catch her in a lie. They don’t believe her claim that the museum’s Lamp of Bharata is cursed, and they dare Aru to prove it. Just a quick light, Aru thinks. Then she can get herself out of this mess and never ever fib again. But lighting the lamp has dire consequences. She unwittingly frees the Sleeper, an ancient demon whose duty it is to awaken the God of Destruction. Her classmates and beloved mother are frozen in time, and it’s up to Aru to save them. The only way to stop the demon is to find the reincarnations of the five legendary Pandava brothers, protagonists of the Hindu epic poem, the Mahabharata, and journey through the Kingdom of Death. But how is one girl in Spider-Man pajamas supposed to do all that?”

What are your favorite audiobooks?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Amanda’s Favorite Audiobook Narrators

Hi, lovelies! Audiobooks have been keeping me afloat this year, so far. I’ve not been feeling in the mood to read any of my physical books or any of the books I have on my Kindle. So, obviously I’ve been listening non-stop to audiobooks from my library. If you’re an audiobook lover like me, I highly recommend you see what apps your local library (if you have one) has available for you to listen to books for free! I want to talk about some of my absolute favorite audiobook narrators. I have a few new ones and a few that I’ve listened to almost everything they’ve narrated. I’m going to share the books they’ve narrated that I’ve listened to and the books they’ve narrated that are still on my TBR. I will not be including books that I read in a different format, as I did learn about quite a few books I love were narrated by some of my favorite narrators. Let’s get into it.

Rebecca Soler

Books I’ve Read
The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
Heartless by Marissa Meyer
Renegades by Marissa Meyer
Caraval by Stephanie Garber
Sadie by Courtney Summers

Books Still on my TBR
Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson
Verona Comics by Jennifer Dugan

Kate Rudd

Books I’ve Read
Snow Like Ashes trilogy by Sara Raasch
Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson

Books Still on my TBR
Magic Bitter, Magic Sweet by Charlie N. Holmberg

Bahni Turpin

Books I’ve Read
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
On the Come Up by Angie Thomas
The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern
The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix
Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson
The Gravity of Us by Phil Stamper

Books Still on my TBR
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
Borne by Jeff VanderMeer
Dread Nation by Justina Ireland
This is my America by Kim Johnson

Kyla Garcia

Books I’ve Read
We Unleash the Merciless Storm by Tehlor Kay Mejia
Puddin’ by Julie Murphy
The Midnight Jewel by Richelle Mead

Books Still on my TBR
Chosen Ones by Veronica Roth
You Had Me at Hola by Alexis Daria
Miss Meteor by Anna-Marie McLemore & Tehlor Kay Mejia

Christine Lakin

Books I’ve Read
Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant

Books Still on my TBR
Parasite by Mira Grant
Life’s Too Short by Abby Jimenez

Michael Crouch

Books I’ve Read
The Gravity of Us by Phil Stamper
Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard series by Rick Riordan
Black Wings Beating by Alex London
Red Skies Falling by Alex London

Books Still on my TBR
Like a Love Story by Abdi Nazemian
The Fascinators by Andrew Eliopulos
Verona Comics by Jennifer Dugan

Shayna Small

Books I’ve Read
All the Stars and Teeth by Adalyn Grace

Books Still on my TBR
The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

Soneela Nankani

Books I’ve Read
Pandava Quartet by Roshani Chokshi
The Daevabad Trilogy by S.A. Chakroborty
The Gravity of Us by Phil Stamper
Internment by Samira Ahmed

Books Still on my TBR
The Ruin of Kings by Jenn Lyons
Empire of Sand by Tasha Suri
The Mother Code by Carole Stivers

Julia Whelan

Books I’ve Read
Educated by Tara Westover
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah
Vox by Christina Dalcher
The Last Time We Say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand
Rules for Being a Girl by Candance Bushnell & Katie Cotugno

Books Still on my TBR
Far From the Tree by Robin Benway
Muse by Brittany Cavallaro
The Wife Between Us by Sarah Pekkanen & Greer Hendricks

Fiona Hardingham

Books I’ve Read
An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern
Furyborn by Claire Legrand
My Plain Jane by Cynthia Hand, Jodi Meadows, & Brodi Ashton

Books Still on my TBR
We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal
A Treason of Thorns by Laura Weymouth
Anna and the Apocolypse by Katharine Turner

Rasha Zamamiri

Books I’ve Read
Mirage by Somaiya Daud
Court of Lions by Somaiya Daud

Elizabeth Acevedo

Books I’ve Read
The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo
Pride by Ibi Zoboi

Tim Gerard Reynolds

Books I’ve Read
Red Rising by Pierce Brown
Golden Son by Pierce Brown
Morning Star by Pierce Brown
Iron Gold by Pierce Brown
Dark Age by Pierce Brown

A.J. Beckles & Preston Butler III

Books I’ve Read
Early Departures by Justin A. Reynolds

These are the narrators that have read books I’ve really loved. I can absolutely say that these narrators made me love these books even more than I would have if I had read these books in another format. These are also the audiobook I hope to listen to in the near future.

Who are your favorite audiobook narrators?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Amanda’s Favorite Audiobooks of 2020

Hi, lovelies! I read 85 audiobooks in 2020. Some of them were absolutely incredible and I knew I needed to make a separate list of favorite audiobooks so that I could share and recommend them to you all. Some of them may be on a list I’ve already posted or on one that’s coming later this month, but being on more than one of my lists is how you know it was just that good. Now, I am pretty pick about what kinds of audiobooks I like. I prefer narrators that do different voices for different characters. My favorite thing is full cast audiobooks. But I do sometimes find audiobooks that just have one narrator that does an incredible job telling the story. This list is a combination of those.

Mirage by Somaiya Daud

The Silvered Serpents by Roshani Chokshi

Red Rising by Pierce Brown

Do You Dream of Terra-Two? by Temi Oh

The Last 8 by Laura Pohl

The Final Six by Alexandra Monir

The Epic Crush of Genie Lo by F.C. Yee

You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson

Rules for Being a Girl by Candace Bushnell & Katie Cotugno

Aru Shah and the Tree of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi

Wanderers by Chuck Wendig

A Song Below Water by Bethany C. Morrow

The Gravity of Us by Phil Stamper

Internment by Samira Ahmed

Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo

Early Departures by Justin A. Reynolds

There we have it, friends. These are all of my favorite audiobooks that I listened to in 2020. Now, I did reread a few series via audio but I didn’t include those on here. What audiobooks did you listen to in 2020 that really blew you away?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.